When One Episode Turns Good to Great : Kotoura-San Episode Review

Today we are doing another episode review, taking a deeper look at why my favorite episode of Kotoura-San is in my opinion an execeptional work of storytelling. If you’re worried about getting spoiled for the series you’re in luck because we are going to be looking over the first episode… Hopefully I can hook you […]

Clannad: The Complete Story

“It is sadder to find the past again and find it inadequate to the present than it is to have it elude you and remain forever a harmonious conception of memory.”- F. Scott Fitzgerald The concept of rose-colored nostalgia googles tells me that this might not be a great idea but if you give me […]

The Sympathetic Killer

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Vile Ted Bundy is what I think is the title of the Netflix movie everyone is talking about at the time of writing this. I’ve heard mixed responses on the film mostly pertaining to how the film has chosen to portray Ted Bundy through the perspective […]

A Critic’s Critique of the Critics’ Critic: Are You Allowed to Say Endgame is Bad?

Preface: I don’t like to stir the pot but I mean just look at that title. It was too fun to pass up the opportunity to write that. I feel it necessary to warn you all that there is something truly terrifying that I will be discussing today, and it is something that may have […]

Could This Actually Be True? The Secret Behind Synecdoche, New York

“Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.” ― Lloyd Alexander Life can only contain so many fleeting moments before it all comes to an end. A brutal fact that everyone must accept at some point I suppose. Few films demonstrate a perspective of life filled with such existential melancholy […]

‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ What Exactly Am I Looking At?

“I can’t save you”- Hoboman After watching a film as dense and awkwardly presented as Velvet Buzzsaw one might hope that a self-proclaimed critic such as myself can clarify the film in some regards or possibly legitimize your feelings of disdain or satisfaction. However, in this case I have to refrain and admit to you […]

Finding Your Way in the ‘City of God’

The tagline for City of God is captivating for those uninitiated, but a loaded statement to reflect upon after viewing. “If you run, the beast catches you; if you stay,the beast eats you” the tag iterates how fated circumstances constructed by environment and attitude will inevitable cause demise. The chicken that darts across the streets […]

How a Streetcar,a Heart Transplant, and a Prostitute Reminds Me ‘All About My Mother’?

Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire uses Stella Kowalski’s abusive and unfulfilling relationship as a cautionary tale to portray the importance of letting go and leaving things behind. The parallels that All About My Mother produces comes to a different conclusion, the importance opting in, letting go of your insecurities and accepting your place. The whole conceit […]

Farce or Fantasy? Filmmaking Through the Lens of ‘Day for Night’

Jean-Luc Godard’s accusation against Francois Truffaut for presenting the process of filmmaking as something fraudulently sentimental is unjustified. The words spat by Godard to disparage Truffaut and his vision is more or less a statement on the quality of Day for Night, but a blunt statement that services as proof that la nouvelle vague, French […]

The Pessimists Paradox: The Irony, Symbolism, and Cynicism of ‘La Dolce Vita’

A barrage of paparazzi swarm around a starlet bombarding her with a multitude of questions. One question particularly stands out, and that is whether she considers Italian Neo-realism dead? The question seems incredibly dense in company of the other questions as well as to be directed towards a pop culture icon. The question is even […]

What Exactly is Happening in ‘Enemy’? (Debate/Theory)

The Denis Villeneuve directed, Jake Gyllenhaal starring mystery thriller Enemy shows a problematic clash when Adam Bell a history professor meets an actor who is his exact doppelganger. To everyone who has seen the film will agree that things are never quite as they seem and here we will debate the possible theories as to […]

The Feminine Mysticism of Sofia Coppola: Mapping the World and Painting Protagonists

The Tree The sturdy oak tree with its dispersed branches, leafy exterior and firm roots casts a symbolic image of ancestry. The seeds of future are protected by the shade of its elder tree, making continued prosperity the family business. One of the proudest family business in all of Hollywood is that of the Coppola […]

The True Meaning Behind Netflix Original ‘Before I wake’

Film has this amazing intrinsic quality of capturing the imagination. Unraveling our subconscious, and exploring the beauty of interpretation. No film has reminded me of such quality than the recent Netflix addition in Before I Wake. The movie is wonderful, staring Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane as two grieving parents who after the death of […]

Who is the True Feminine Figure in Ibsen’s ‘A Doll’s House’?

The Shattered Doll Preface: This is a short academic and critical analysis done on the the representation of Feminism found in Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. More specifically it was prompted to compare and contrast the portrayals of the two main female characters in accordance to my own definition of feminism. I decided that it would […]

Character Analysis: Comparing the Cops from Best Picture Winner Crash

Los Angeles, a city under the stars washed out by a raging fire upon the surface. For decades, the city has become a breeding ground for discussion on the ways in which race impacts our interactions with one another. Like moths towards a flame those looking for ways to explain or comprehend these racially perturbing […]

Thoughts on ‘Cat Person’, The Trending Viral Short Story

Cat Person is a viral short story narrative by Kristen Roupenian published by The New Yorker.  The short story can be read here which includes an audio copy narrated by Roupenian herself. Cat Person began trending on Twitter and has erupted numerous responses. I thought who better to discuss this viral story than me “Kat” […]