Death on the Nile: Love Makes You Crazy

I couldn't help but notice that the recent 2022 Death on the Nile film adaptation, directed by Kenneth Branagh with screenplay by Michael Green, had a "love makes you crazy" theme. I found this rather curious, and truthfully, disheartening, given that I had watched the 1978 film adaptation not too long ago. Without beating around … Continue reading Death on the Nile: Love Makes You Crazy

First Ever Blog Post

When I started this blog, 6 years ago, I had this plan of gradually transferring all the content from my Tumblr, which was my first ever blog to here. Instead of re-posting the content though, I just embedded them in another post. I did not think it would take me 6 years to get through … Continue reading First Ever Blog Post

Romance is Confusing: (Divergence & Convergence in) Love & Basketball

I was watching an old movie called Love & Basketball. (OK, it's only about 20 years old, but it's set in the late '80s / early '90s, which, let's be honest, was when the world was sufficiently different that it feels distant from today.) I'm not going to be careful about spoilers; mostly because I … Continue reading Romance is Confusing: (Divergence & Convergence in) Love & Basketball

Looking Back on Literary Vlog Series Adaptations

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is now 10 year old! Whew! I was in college when it came out; can't remember if it was before or after I took an Austen seminar, but I still remember eagerly waiting for the weekly (or were they biweekly?) episodes and watching them as soon as they dropped. After LBD … Continue reading Looking Back on Literary Vlog Series Adaptations

Don’t Look Up and all the covid feels

What's that? Don't Look Up is supposed to be an allegory for climate change and not covid? Well, sure. I know that was the intention behind the movie. And it wasn't subtle. But the film has garnered a lot of criticism for this allegory. For example, apparently, it fails as a satire because a comet … Continue reading Don’t Look Up and all the covid feels

Encanto hit me on a personal level

Content warning: Mild spoilers for Encanto and an unfiltered discussion of frustrations and negative thoughts (i.e. this post was therapy, lol). I didn't catch Encanto in theaters or when it first came out on Disney+. But all the channels on my YouTube feed were obsessed with this movie, so I checked it out. As I … Continue reading Encanto hit me on a personal level

Daughter of Sand and Stone: A Potential Case of Erasure

This post is a submission to the November 2021 Carnival of Aces on the theme “Inside the Frame, Outside the Frame” in honor of National Novel Writing Month. My submission is about a 2015 novel that, based on the research of the author, had the potential to frame the protagonist as asexual, but either chose … Continue reading Daughter of Sand and Stone: A Potential Case of Erasure

Shang-Chi: What’s Katy Doing in This Movie?

I don't have a whole lot of interesting thoughts by way of a review for Shang-Chi and the Legend of The Ten Rings, but I did have a lot of thoughts about Awkwafina's character Katy and her relationship with the titular character Shang-Chi. But what I will say about the movie is that, to me, … Continue reading Shang-Chi: What’s Katy Doing in This Movie?

Dune 2021: Lady Jessica

This includes a short opinion piece about the new movie, followed by a long-ish review of the book (written in 2016). Avoid reading this if you're trying to avoid spoilers. Also be aware that I will be discussing elements from the story without providing much context about them, so knowledge of the material is necessary … Continue reading Dune 2021: Lady Jessica