miss stevens – julia hart

Rating: 5/5 ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ In this lesser-known, but ultimately gut-wrenching film, Miss Stevens (Lily Rabe) and Billy (Timothรฉe Chalamet) deliver an intimate and heart-felt performance that makes us realize that a coming-of-age film doesn't only have to be about teenagers after all. The movie starts off with a back shot. The audience is shown standing up [...]

on political writing

I am thinking about the โ€œpoliticalโ€ writing, one that is usually held at a lower standard than the Western canon. Roxane Gay and Ocean Vuong writes about this, both in luminous ways. Vuong writes โ€œThey will tell you that to be political is to be merely angry, and therefore artless, depthless, โ€œraw,โ€ and empty. They [...]

on the social response to the coronavirus

And the award of the year's stupidest tweet goes to... Thanks PETA for caring more about advancing their political agenda than human lives being destroyed. The assumption that somehow the word we use to call a virus have any inherent connection with the name for people who eat meat draws on a rhetoric that appeals [...]

parasite – bong joon ho

Rating: 5/5 ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ (Minor Spoilers) The cinematic masterpiece Parasite swept the 2020 Academy Awards, taking home four Oscars for Best Original Screenplay, Best Directing, Best International Film, and Best Picture. I watched the movie with my friend two nights before the Oscars, determined to understand the buzz surrounding it. Going into the movie, I had [...]

happiness, part two

College applications and the stress of senior year has kept me busy for the past few weeks, so I'm sorry for the lack of quality blog posts. Even though the grueling process that is college apps isn't over, I found a little bit of time yesterday (or rather, forced myself to stay up for thirty [...]