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OPINION: “The Queen’s Gambit” is much more than a women’s empowerment story

Anya Taylor-Joy stars in
November 19, 2020
“The Queen’s Gambit” tells a compelling story about a young girl and has deeply moving morals. However, this show is not just about the empowerment of women; it’s about showing the real destructiveness of substance dependency and how one can overcome it with the support of friends.

REVIEW: ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ is a timely success

REVIEW: ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ is a timely success
October 28, 2020
The "Trial of the Chicago 7" is worth your time. It is likely that it’s the one film to be released all year that’s the most relevant to America’s current condition. It is a nuanced, impartial, and truthful telling of one of America’s most important legal cases—with great performances and strong execution to boot.

The best comedy specials to watch on Netflix

The best comedy specials to watch on Netflix
October 25, 2020
I think I have earned the title of “Netflix Comedy Special Aficionado” and I feel the world deserves to benefit from this knowledge. After all, shouldn’t something other than my much-improved sense of humor and ability to reference any comedy sketch come from all of those hours of binging comedy specials? I think so.

REVIEW: ‘Emily in Paris’ is the show we love to hate

REVIEW: 'Emily in Paris' is the show we love to hate
October 17, 2020
The series is a frothy 10-episode ode to millennials and an American ideal of Paris. There is little in the show that holds ties to reality. It’s as if the show’s creator, Darren Star—known for “Sex and the City”—sought to create a fantasy experience completely removed from the realities of being a 20-something abroad in Paris. 

REVIEW: ‘Cuties’ is the opposite of cute

REVIEW: 'Cuties' is the opposite of cute
September 18, 2020
If the Maïmouna Doucouré, the director of "Cuties", really wanted to comment on the over-sexualization of children, she should not have done so by putting heavy camera-emphasis on genitals and thrusting motions. The glamorization of this is not decreased at all by covering it in music that glorifies sex just as much as the movie does. It isn’t right, not even remotely so.

REVIEW: “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” is a cinematic brain freeze

Jessie Buckley and Jessie Plemons in a scene from
September 13, 2020
Charlie Kaufman’s latest foray into cerebral cinema, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, a film that is perhaps the least accessible film to the general public that Netflix has ever released—which in turn makes it their most exciting original film to date.

REVIEW: ‘John Was Trying To Contact Aliens’

August 25, 2020

You would be forgiven for thinking John Shepard, the subject of “John Was Trying To Contact Aliens,” is a strange man. You would also be forgiven for thinking (at least before viewing) that “John...

The best 75 movies to watch on Netflix

August 22, 2020

There are a lot of movies on Netflix for your viewing, but to avoid endless searching through categories that just push the same titles over again, we’ve created a list of the best movies, 75 to be exact,...

REVIEW: “Project Power” is mid-grade at best

August 19, 2020
The instant picture this brings to mind is of a thrilling battle between throngs of superheroes and supervillains filled with tons of explosions and unique superpowers slamming together for a fast-paced, end of the world style battle. The premise here is exceptional based on those details alone, setting the creators of “Project Power” up for an intensely exciting and culturally relevant piece of art. If this writeup so far has managed to make you excited to watch, I’m sorry, I was too. 

REVIEW: ‘The Old Guard’ is the Right Film for the Right Time

Charlize Theron in “The Old Guard.”
July 20, 2020

As the number of the coronavirus cases increase in America, films seeking to release theatrically are forced to watch their release dates tumble further and further back in the calendar year. As...

Netflix releases Eric Andre’s new stand-up set “Legalize Everything”

Netflix releases Eric Andre's new stand-up set
June 25, 2020

Eric Andre’s sense of humor is absurd. It’s like if someone asked you to flip the light switch, turn the heater on, and make some coffee, but you responded in turn by using their grandmother’s ashes...

Da 5 Bloods: As good as gold

Clarke Peters and Delroy Lindo in a scene from
June 20, 2020

Upon the release of Spike Lee’s "Da 5 Bloods" on Netflix on June 12, many viewers made note of the film’s impeccable timing. It has not only released amid a global pandemic in which millions have...

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