Review: ‘The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales’ Wrestles with the Disney Legacy

Before I begin, I want to be honest about my background before reviewing Abigail E. Disney and Kathleen Hughes’ The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales. Prior to my life as a critic, I was a Walt Disney World Cast Member for more than four years. Therefore, the life depicted in Ms. Disney’s film contains … Continue reading Review: ‘The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales’ Wrestles with the Disney Legacy

TIFF 2022: ‘My Imaginary Country’ Dissects 50 Years of Chilean Political History

Director Patricio Guzmán may not be a household name. Yet his documentary series, The Battle of Chile, made him one of the principal figures in capturing Chilean history on film. After being on the ground to capture the beginnings of the Allende revolution and the rise of Pinochet, Guzmán’s more than proved his credibility. Yet … Continue reading TIFF 2022: ‘My Imaginary Country’ Dissects 50 Years of Chilean Political History

TIFF 22: ‘While We Watched’ Tells an Urgent Tale

The rising tide of nationalism is not a unique event in the global marketplace. In Greece, the Golden Dawn rose to power at an alarming rate. In the United States, the MAGA movement and Trumpism have created deep political rifts. For India, the rise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has become its own hot button … Continue reading TIFF 22: ‘While We Watched’ Tells an Urgent Tale

Inside the Mind of a Cat: Fluffiest Movie of the Year

According to Netflix’s new documentary Inside the Mind of a Cat, cats have overtaken dogs as the most popular pets in Japan. It is a wonder then that very little is known about these mysterious creatures when compared to dogs. Animal documentarian Andy Mitchell aims to shed some light on cats behavior with the help … Continue reading Inside the Mind of a Cat: Fluffiest Movie of the Year

Review: ‘The Rehearsal’ Delivers a Wholly Unique Television Experience

As the creator of one of the strangest TV series of the last decade, Nathan Fielder became an alt-comedy superstar. It meant that someone was always going to give him a chance to make something truly strange. However, there is no doubt that The Rehearsal pushed us further than anyone might have anticipated. The resulting … Continue reading Review: ‘The Rehearsal’ Delivers a Wholly Unique Television Experience

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