Hail, Caesar: Divine Presence To Be Shot

When Christianity first began gaining traction and churches rose out of the cellars of secrecy, the followers of Christ encountered a problem. Few besides the rich could read, and because Christianity first rose in popularity amongst the common people, a distance between the clergy and parishioners became imminent. In order to combat this, priests instructed…

Black Mirror: The Boundaries of Horror

Crafting a solid horror story is at once incredibly difficult and even harder to explain. Like comedy, horror is entirely subjective—without a solid framework, good elements can end up being dog-piled by the unnecessary and repetitive. Unlike comedy, however, which can create effective commentary through satire and wit, horror’s strengths remain deeply rooted in a…

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…