2012 Gems: ‘Shut Up and Play the Hits’ – An LCD Soundsystem Goodbye Packs an Emotional Punch

How do you say goodbye to a band that never really went away? The LCD Soundsystem hiatus really threw a wrench in my feelings toward music back in 2012. Just a few years earlier, Fall Out Boy, the emo band of my teen years, had announced its own dissolution. I was prepared to never love music … Continue reading 2012 Gems: ‘Shut Up and Play the Hits’ – An LCD Soundsystem Goodbye Packs an Emotional Punch

Fantasia Fest 2021: ‘Alien On Stage’ Delightfully Spotlights Community Theater

Few films have left the cultural legacy of Ridley Scott's Alien since its release. The seminal work of horror and sci-fi touched on classicism, racism, feminism, and sexual violence through ground-breaking visuals. But, above all else, the creature feature was entertaining as hell, creating involuntary reactions of shock, laughter, and fear at every turn. The … Continue reading Fantasia Fest 2021: ‘Alien On Stage’ Delightfully Spotlights Community Theater

Fantasia Fest 2020: ‘Hail to the Deadites’ Celebrates the ‘Evil Dead’ Fandom with a Fun New Documentary

Fantasia Fest 2020: In 2020, it can be difficult to celebrate the fandoms of the most popular intellectual properties. Star Wars, Game of Thrones, and many more have become hotbeds of vitriol through social media. Finding non-toxic fandoms is a breath of fresh air and Hail to the Deadites keys in on the one surrounding Evil Dead. The … Continue reading Fantasia Fest 2020: ‘Hail to the Deadites’ Celebrates the ‘Evil Dead’ Fandom with a Fun New Documentary

Fantasia Fest 2020: ‘Clapboard Jungle’ Shows the Struggle for Independent Filmmakers

Fantasia Fest 2020: With the amount of content available to audiences, it can feel like everyone is in the process of making a movie. With the advent of iPhone films and endless platforms, it is possible to get content to more people than ever before. Yet with that influx of opportunity, the field is spread … Continue reading Fantasia Fest 2020: ‘Clapboard Jungle’ Shows the Struggle for Independent Filmmakers

Fantasia Fest 2020: ‘Feels Good, Man’ Attempts to Save a Cartoon Frog from the Clutches of Facism

Fantasia Fest 2020: Many were confused when an image of a cute cartoon frog was retweeted by Donald Trump. For Trump's followers from 4chan and the alt-right, this simple gesture was one of empowered. The meme/cartoon, known as Pepe the Frog, had been a viral sensation over the previous decade. In the months leading up … Continue reading Fantasia Fest 2020: ‘Feels Good, Man’ Attempts to Save a Cartoon Frog from the Clutches of Facism

Review: ‘Miss Americana’ Gives Taylor Swift the BioDoc Treatment with Strong Political Undertones

There are few more polarizing figures in American Pop Culture than Taylor Swift. The actress turned mogul and multihyphenate has taken the world by storm with her obsessive fandom. Her appeal ranges far beyond her musical roots in country music, making her one of the most bankable celebrities alive. However, her exposure across mediums makes her … Continue reading Review: ‘Miss Americana’ Gives Taylor Swift the BioDoc Treatment with Strong Political Undertones

Oscar Catchup Review: The Sweet Documentary ‘Honeyland’ Features the Best Drama of 2019

Communication and tradition can be tricky as generations try to pass on what they've learned. Every generation feuds with the one before it. Often, skip-level generations find ways to bond over their small commonalities, even if only on a couple subjects. Whether the elderly and the young come together for some metaphysical reason or not, … Continue reading Oscar Catchup Review: The Sweet Documentary ‘Honeyland’ Features the Best Drama of 2019

Review: ‘The World According to Jeff Goldblum’ Is a Wonderous Delight

Actor Jeff Goldblum remains one of the most exciting enigmas in pop culture. He's weird, charmingly funny, and attractive. Yet at the same time, he's so strange, you wonder if you need to call someone to make sure he's okay. His eccentric, tycoon-like energy makes him an extremely captivating watch, and thank god someone realized that. The … Continue reading Review: ‘The World According to Jeff Goldblum’ Is a Wonderous Delight

Review: ‘Apollo 11’ Showcases Incredible Restoration and Scale of the Lunar Launch

Last year, First Man struggled to connect with audiences in a meaningful way. Perhaps it was following A Star Is Born that caused the failure to launch. Maybe it was the tonal equivalent of Manchester By the Sea that did it. God forbid they not show a flag planting in a personal story about loss and grief. For whatever … Continue reading Review: ‘Apollo 11’ Showcases Incredible Restoration and Scale of the Lunar Launch

Review: ‘Leaving Neverland’ Draws Power From Two Boys Growing Up In Michael Jackson’s Shadow

Michael Jackson left an indelible mark on pop culture for decades. Jackson might be the single largest star in the history of American culture. The longevity of his career and his talent have never been in doubt. However, the specter that lived in the shadows of his career were the allegations of pedophilia and sexual … Continue reading Review: ‘Leaving Neverland’ Draws Power From Two Boys Growing Up In Michael Jackson’s Shadow