Infinity War Might Not Be for Casual Fans

I will be discussing the end of Infinity War. Expect no recap but plenty of spoilers. I have been seeing a lot of reviews online mostly on big news outlets that complain about the "cheap" ending of the movie. Those deaths (or disintegrations more like) should have been gut wrenching, except we all know that … Continue reading Infinity War Might Not Be for Casual Fans

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Whitewashing and My Unexpected Reactions to it

Based on the rest of my blog, it would be a fair conclusion to draw that whitewashing might be one of those issues that could get me worked up. But for whatever reason, if I'm being honest with myself, it doesn't bother me that much. And it kind of feels like an inconsistency, given all … Continue reading Whitewashing and My Unexpected Reactions to it

How do we React to Representations of Muslims in the Media?

I recently discovered a podcast called #GoodMuslimBadMuslim that was started towards the end of 2015 by Taz Ahmed and Zahra Noorbakhsh. Honestly, I've listened to only the first episode, but it sent me on a spiral of overthinking which sent me back to my blog. On a slight tangent, I was reading reviews for this … Continue reading How do we React to Representations of Muslims in the Media?

Blade Runner 2049 Explains Why I Hate AI Movies

OK, I don’t hate AI movies. I enjoyed Age of Ultron and I, Robot quite a bit, for instance. I hate AI movies that deal with the question of the humanity of AIs. (No, I have not watched Steven Spielberg’s A.I. although I know quite a bit about it, and probably never will.) Why don’t … Continue reading Blade Runner 2049 Explains Why I Hate AI Movies

The Big Sick Backlash

The Big Sick is a universally lauded film, which got a standing ovation at Sundance and has a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes (as of writing this at least). But haters gonna hate, right? My Facebook actually had a bunch of articles that were less than pleased with the movie. The truth is, I completely related to … Continue reading The Big Sick Backlash

The Hundredth Queen: Cultural Appropriation?

Review: The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King This was a free book from May's Kindle's First Reads picks. I'll be honest, I picked this one because I thought it would be fraught with cultural appropriation and I thought I'd make a good time of it calling it out for that. Well, okay, also because I … Continue reading The Hundredth Queen: Cultural Appropriation?

How Do You Make a Post-Racial Fantasy World?

You know how they say that generally Fantasy stories are set in the past and Sci-Fi stories in the future? I’ve been wondering though, if we want to create a Fantasy world set vaguely in the past, then how should we represent the past? Because the past isn’t sunshine and rainbows. Do we sanitize the … Continue reading How Do You Make a Post-Racial Fantasy World?