Dollhouse: The Eradication of Female Subjectivity in American Popular Culture (2018) – Enough Said

“Even though this film accurately depicts the actual, crazy shit that people do to women, the characters represented in the film, including those based on real persons, are fiction.” — Nicole Brending, the director of Dollhouse: The Eradication of Female Subjectivity in American Popular Culture (2018) As this quote appears in the end credits after an uncomfortably woke, rollercoaster experience from a shy-of-over-an-hour indie film, … Continue reading Dollhouse: The Eradication of Female Subjectivity in American Popular Culture (2018) – Enough Said

Never Be Done: The Richard Glen Lett Story (2020) – A Story of Humble Humanity

Within the stand up comedy world, everyone knows of the name “Richard Lett.” He had it all: being able to perform in various venues throughout Canada; appearing in a few TV shows like Dark Angel and Supernatural; and had written many plays, two in which were nominated for the Jessie Richardson Awards’ “Most Outstanding Original Play.” Roy Tighe, the director of the film, initially records … Continue reading Never Be Done: The Richard Glen Lett Story (2020) – A Story of Humble Humanity

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Just Mercy (2019): A Call to Action

In light of the current times, knowledge is the first step into taking informative action. Consequently, I believe that Just Mercy (2019) deserves your attention as it delivers a raw glimpse of the broken social and judicial institutions that continually fail to maintain the true meaning of “liberty and justice for all” today. My Quick Summary Based on a true story occurring in the late … Continue reading Just Mercy (2019): A Call to Action

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First Generation (2017): Asian American Identity “As Seen on TV”

“… [C]lose your eyes and picture an American. Did you picture a yellow face? Probably not. We’re not those kind of Americans yet. We’re not “real” Americans. And I would argue that is both cause and effect for why we’re not the kind of Americans you see on TV.” — Charles Yu,  “What It’s Like to Never Ever See Yourself on TV,” TIME Magazine As … Continue reading First Generation (2017): Asian American Identity “As Seen on TV”

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Apocalypse Now (1979): Reflecting on the Vietnam War 45 Years Later

My name is Đỗ Thị Hồng Ân Christine. I identify as a first generation Vietnamese American yet I feel that I do not belong in either origin. At home, my family calls me Ân. With my friends, they call me Christine. I may look Vietnamese but I can only grasp the basics of its language. I speak English but I do not know the full … Continue reading Apocalypse Now (1979): Reflecting on the Vietnam War 45 Years Later

Echoes of You (2019), Starring Laurence Fuller: A Beautiful Ode to Music

Just to let you, my fellow readers, learn more about me, I will always have a soft spot for music. I mainly have to thank my mother who inspired me to love music. I will never forget my first exposure, which was during a late night mass when I was about 3 years old. I clearly remember picking up the church’s book of songs and … Continue reading Echoes of You (2019), Starring Laurence Fuller: A Beautiful Ode to Music

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019), The Downfall of the Saga (Unpopular Opinion)

It’s hard to believe that the new chapter in the Star Wars Saga was just released four years ago. And within those four years, the series has experienced the best of times (namely Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)) and the worst of times (–cough cough– The Last Jedi (2017)). Before walking into the movie theater, I … Continue reading Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019), The Downfall of the Saga (Unpopular Opinion)

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Frozen 2 (2019): Disney’s Attempt to Dabble with the Dark Side

Personally, I felt that Frozen (2013) did enough in telling its story: the lessons of women not needing a romantic partner and familial love were all important for kids–especially young girls–to learn. But, because of its huge success, I knew a sequel was coming. After all, Disney has its history of making sequels when its original works bring in high praise from audiences and critics … Continue reading Frozen 2 (2019): Disney’s Attempt to Dabble with the Dark Side

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Toy Story 4 (2019): Is this the End? (Deep Discussion)

Don’t get me wrong: I love the Toy Story series. I grew up loving Woody, Buzz, and the rest of Andy’s Toy roundup. They are the reason why I love and have a special connection to my own toys. Most of my childhood memories were playing with my toys with my siblings and we made sure that all of our toys were one family, just … Continue reading Toy Story 4 (2019): Is this the End? (Deep Discussion)

Spiderman: Far from Home (2019) – Marvel’s Best Romantic Comedy

Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) is such a great, cheerful follow-up after Avengers: Endgame (2019) because it brings the spotlight back to the youngest, fun-loving hero of the team –Spider-Man :). This movie, at first, made me very hopeful for how Peter’s relationship with MJ would develop in later Spider-Man movies. However, their future seems muggy now because of the recent news between Disney and … Continue reading Spiderman: Far from Home (2019) – Marvel’s Best Romantic Comedy