‘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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Best of 2019 So Far – Paige Kiser

As often as I watch (and re-watch) TV, I still never feel like I can catch up with every new show that people are talking about, or even stay completely up to date on new seasons of already existing, beloved shows. But that doesn’t stop me from trying. 2019 has already given us so many…

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‘The Tick’ (2017): Mental Health and Growing Up Through the Lens of Arthur

Considering that we’re in the midst of a pop culture landscape that is currently overwhelmed with superhero movies and TV shows, it’s understandable that some of the lesser known ones fly a little under the radar. I first heard of The Tick when the pilot for the new iteration was released on Amazon Prime in…

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