Laughing at the Movies: Mulholland Drive and the consequences of making a masterpiece

By Nathan Chazan I went to a screening of Mulholland Drive the other day. It’s a good movie by most people’s reckoning although it’s had the misfortune of being deemed canonically great. When a film becomes great, people start to watch it less, even if they go to see it. When we go to a canonical film, our experience of the work is predetermined to … Continue reading Laughing at the Movies: Mulholland Drive and the consequences of making a masterpiece

Embracing the Best of the Bad: The Room and why we love bad movies

By Anna Godek It was close to midnight on a late August night as I made my way to my seat in the movie theater, box of plastic spoons in hand. I was there to see a movie, and I was hoping it would be bad. Really bad. I wasn’t disappointed—it was terrible. I was there to see The Room, a movie so hilariously awful … Continue reading Embracing the Best of the Bad: The Room and why we love bad movies

When Politics Engulfs Criticism: do we over-account for political messaging in cinema?

By Lorenzo Benitez Among my favorite arts critics is Armond White, currently a writer for the National Review and Out, whose compelling, albeit controversial, voice is uniquely situated amidst contemporary film criticism. Most infamous for writing the first negative review of Toy Story 3 to appear on Rotten Tomatoes, White has, over the years, accumulated his own fair share of critics. For instance, White was … Continue reading When Politics Engulfs Criticism: do we over-account for political messaging in cinema?

A World of Violence: the Yakuza films of Kinji Fukasaku

By Clarence Boyce Director Kinji Fukasaku, well-known for Battle Royale, did for the Yakuza genre what Francis Ford Coppola did for the gangster genre. From 1972 to 1976, Fukasaku directed several Yakuza films that showed a postwar Japan in a state of non-stop violence and brutality. Long gone were the days of honor, these new times called for unrepentant killing and unabashed displays of cruelty. … Continue reading A World of Violence: the Yakuza films of Kinji Fukasaku

The Art of the Rom-Com: love in the time of banality

By Gabriela Dickson La Rotta When did the world fall in love with the romantic comedy? Was it the moment in City Lights (1931) when the Flower Girl saw the Tramp for the first time? Perhaps when in Some Like It Hot (1959) Jack Lemmon finally tears off his wig and reveals that he is not Daphne to the indifference of his alarmingly persistent suitor? … Continue reading The Art of the Rom-Com: love in the time of banality

36 Facebook Groups and Counting: a tour of the weirdest corners of the web

By Viri Garcia One of my closest friends once said I’m “well-versed on the internet,” and he’s not wrong. Being active on several social media platforms ensures my exposure to plenty of content. I have been from the socially conscious and aesthetic pages of Tumblr to the icky, questionable corners of 4Chan and Reddit and back. I have seen things I wish I hadn’t, and … Continue reading 36 Facebook Groups and Counting: a tour of the weirdest corners of the web

Running Thoughts

By Lela Robinson Thoughts have a tendency to run away with themselves taking a variety of routes, some leading us to creative, critical, or brilliant ideas, others taking us to no destination in particular, only to dull contemplation. There are certain courses, however, dragging us on uphill marathons, stealing the last agonizing breath from the lungs, and replacing it with an utter exhaustion completely enveloping … Continue reading Running Thoughts

Unnecessary Tools: a contradiction

By Sesha Kammula Tool (noun): 1. a handheld device that aids in accomplishing a task. 2. something (such as an instrument or apparatus) used in performing an operation necessary in the practice of a vocation or profession. There’s a kitchen implement that is only used to slice avocados. It is named, aptly enough, an avocado slicer, and you can buy one for $5.99 on Amazon. … Continue reading Unnecessary Tools: a contradiction

Skincare: a millenial’s obsession

By Viri Garcia I’ll just say it now: I’m a millennial and I’m obsessed with skincare. There are countless articles about our generation’s growing obsession with self-care in general. From manicures to gold sheet masks, it is true that we have not only brought self-care to life, but also suffocated it. However, when it comes to self-care, I think that it’s not only important to … Continue reading Skincare: a millenial’s obsession