Hot Girls Wanted: Exploitation, Objectification, & Autonomy

Documentaries are never unbiased. Everything is shot with intention and meaning, every angle and close-up indicative of a larger, broader tile in the mosaic of the director’s idea. They want to sell you something–whether it’s a conspiracy, a new perspective, a scandal, the documentarian will make sure the audience can piece it together with as…

Mother Night: Say What You Mean

“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be very careful about what we pretend to be.” Kurt Vonnegut said it best. Perceptions of the self are precarious enough without adding in the idea of perspective. To us, we are who we are. Our being inhabits a crystalline sort of compound, something definitive,…

Hamilton: Changing History By Staying the Same

Lin Manuel-Miranda has a lot to be proud of. His hit play, Hamilton, easily the most popular and successful Broadway show of the past decade, catapulted the careers of its star and writer, along with castmates Leslie Odom, Jr., Daveed Diggs, and Jonathan Groff to name a few. The show brought a new perspective on…

Kids: Childhood With Consequences

Spoilers for the movie Kids One of the most enduring factors of childhood is innocence. Take that away and you’re left with little else. Childhood takes up such a small fraction of every person’s life, and yet its subsequent influences can be lifelong if left untreated. The habits one creates in his or her formative…

The Stranger: Recognizing the Sun

Existence is not inherently meaningful. Our direction and purpose is defined, not by our own will but by the will of others and a great state of cosmic indifference that allows this awesome liberty to take hold. This is the stage in which Albert Camus’s masterpiece The Stranger takes place, tackling deep questions about the…

Westworld: Dissonance

Spoilers for Westworld season 1 What is humanity? What elements define our progress, and how do we rationalize our sentience in a manner that doesn’t involve an excuse of divine intervention? Are we gods, or are we animals who simply strayed too far from the natural cycle of life and are clawing to find our…