REVIEW: ‘Tommaso’ (2020) is a Vulnerable Portrait of Guilt and Humanity

When you spend much of your life on the brink of self-destruction, how do you build and sustain a life worth wanting? Director Abel Ferrara explores this concept and more in the deeply personal, self-reflective film Tommaso.

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MHAM: ‘We All Have Powers’: Grief and Trauma in the Spider-Man Films

When the character of Peter Parker and his superhero persona Spider-Man was created by comic book writers and artists Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in the early 1960s, they were excited about the concept of a superhero who wasn’t completely invincible.

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Top of the Docs #15 – ‘Shut Up and Sing’ and ‘Miss Americana’

When you’re a young woman in the music industry, who also happens to be a household name, there are two extremes that can happen if you decide to speak publicly about a controversial subject: you could inspire a media frenzy of people telling you to stick to singing, or you could be heralded as “brave” and “outspoken”.

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‘Toy Story 4’ and the Love That Defines Us

What do you do when you feel like you no longer have a purpose? How do you move on? Toy Story 4, the latest and presumably final installment in the beloved Toy Story franchise, attempts to explore these (and many other) existential questions in a way that is accessible and hopeful for both kids and…

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REVIEW: “BoJack Horseman” Season 6 Part 1 is a Nuanced Lesson in Acceptance

Before the sixth season, the last time we see the character of BoJack Horseman (Will Arnett) he is finally turning himself in to rehab after an especially difficult string of events caused by his excessive drinking and addiction to painkillers (following an accident on the set of his TV show, Philbert). It becomes increasingly harder to want to root for him, which is undoubtedly on purpose.

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REVIEW: “Ophelia” is a Clever Reimagining of Shakespeare Through a Female Lens

“McCarthy takes the liberty of expanding onto the story in order to bring it into the 21st century and give it a much needed female perspective.” There’s a certain kind of magic that comes with watching a Shakespeare play performed on stage that doesn’t entirely translate in film adaptations. It seems to be difficult for…

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The Lasting Relatability of ‘Freaks and Geeks’ 20 Years Later

There are very few TV shows that depict the awkwardness and confusion of being a teenager quite like Freaks and Geeks. Although it premiered in 1999 and only ended up running for one season, it has since gained a following of loyal fans thanks to word-of-mouth praise, and the ability to stream the show on…

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The Sweet, Complicated Process of Recovery in ‘Brigsby Bear’

For James (Kyle Mooney), the most familiar and comforting sound is the crackling static of a VHS tape rewound to the beginning of his favorite TV show, ‘Brigsby Bear Adventures’. An upbeat theme song reminiscent of 80s and 90s sitcoms plays over a colorful opening title sequence, introducing the character of Brigsby the bear and…

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‘Looking for Alaska’ Preview: Who is the Adaptation for in 2019?

Over the weekend, we received our first real glimpse of Hulu’s upcoming limited series based on John Green’s first novel, Looking for Alaska. In the heavily color graded, minute long teaser trailer, the main characters are introduced at a glance, with voice-over dialogue of some of their popular quotes from the book. It’s appropriate that…

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Through David and Patrick, ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Imagines a Kinder Reality for LGBTQ+ Individuals

When the term “comfort show” is brought up in conversations about TV, what do you think of first? For many people, it’s situational comedies that are easily binge-able – shows like The Office, Parks & Recreation, or Friends. One example that I have noticed popping up more and more on people’s lists is the Canadian…

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