The Magic of Pixar

The Magic of Pixar

For kids, every summer brings with it a wonderful sense of innocent possibility. With school out for a couple of months, all that awaits is endless hours of playing sports, riding bikes, huddling around a tangle of wires with close friends playing Nintendo, while eating junk food until the sunset and it was time to […]

The Don Draper Truth

The Don Draper Truth

Matthew Weiner, the creative genius that helped architect The Sopranos, and delivered a masterpiece with Mad Men. The show, seemingly an innocuous depiction of life at a high stakes New York advertising firm during the 1960s and 1970s, was actually a profound exploration of existentialism. It was a massive success, garnering widespread critical acclaim, while […]

The Danger of Adaptations

The Danger of Adaptations

Cinematic adaptations have been one of the staples of Hollywood. Properties that receive acclaim in different mediums, such as books or video games, are consistently targeted by studios to become the next big film. Studios believe that they can distill its essence into a cinematic capsule that can be consumed by a wider audience. However, […]

The Silent Brilliance of ‘The Americans’

The Silent Brilliance of ‘The Americans’

Television shows experienced a glorious renaissance in the early 2000s, spearheaded by classics, such as The Sopranos and The Wire. These shows definitively proved that television had the artistic merit to stand alongside Hollywood epics. This renaissance ushered in a Golden Age of Television that saw the emergence of now classic shows, such as Breaking Bad and Mad […]

Six years later: examining the ‘Kony 2012’ problem

Six years later: examining the ‘Kony 2012’ problem

I noticed something peculiar plastered on a streetlight as I walked by. It was a faded, partly torn sticker that read “Kony 2012.” The colors that were once so vibrant had softened through the years as it was battered by the passage of time. It was partly covered by other stickers from various skateboard brands […]

Digital Apocalypse

Digital Apocalypse

Technological advancements have revolutionized every facet of society. Today, technology has fully embedded itself in the DNA of the human race. It is the perfect tool that allows the human mind to push the boundaries of what is possible continually. However, with the eruption of progress that it has allowed society to make, certain adverse […]

Film Therapy

Film Therapy

Joaquin Phoenix has a history of portraying complex characters that allow him to explore the dark corners of the human psyche. His performances have resulted in landmark films and have deservedly garnered universal acclaim. However, his choice of roles isn’t a mere correlation. The characters he chooses are a reflection of his own inner turmoil […]

Breaking up with the american dream

Breaking up with the american dream

To a dream that can never be, I have to tell you something, but before I do, I need you to know a few things. I’ve been asked what I want to do with my life more times than I can remember. Back when I was a kid,  I would answer vaguely, knowing full well […]

Kumail’s Quest

Kumail’s Quest

Since the plague of terrorism has spread throughout the world, the perception of Muslims has become increasingly corroded in the minds of Western culture; this distorted view has crept into their cinematic representation as well. As such a crucial extension of the cultural psyche, it has subtly warped the social consciousness, and allowed the actions […]