Columbus

Director Kogonada’s film Columbus is a true masterpiece. It revolves around the story of a Korean American man (played by John Cho) named Jin who departs from his publishing job in Seoul to visit his sick father, a renowned Korean architect, in the quiet town of Columbus, Indiana. He befriends a young white woman named Casey […]

Annabelle: Creation

Annabelle: Creation occupies yet another (maybe gratuitous) slot in James Wan’s The Conjuring universe. Directed by David Sandberg, this movie is a solid horror, coming with a couple jump scares, some creepy dolls, and an adequate storyline that drives the film forward. With all that said, I think The Conjuring 2 is still, by far, […]

Memo on Misc. Gory Horror Films

I’ve made it over the hill! The romantic comedy hill! The Notting Hill. Hugh Grant’s charm has worn off, for the most part. I’ve been waiting for something to bring me back to life, to strike inspiration, to move me. It turns out that horror movies hit the sweet spot. This week, I indulged myself with […]

Cultural Artifacts from July 2017

Hello, Internet! It’s been a while since I’ve posted and that’s because I’ve been so busy! I’m wrapping up some freelance projects and a few drafts at work, so I’m back for the moment. Here are some of my favorite picks from July that I wanted to share with you. Twin Peaks  Twin Peaks isn’t […]

SJMOA Exhibits – Beta Space and Liquid City

I visit SJMOA on a quarterly basis and its diverse and thoughtful art collection never ceases to inspire me. Yesterday, I took a trip downtown and visited the museum to see its new exhibitions, Beta Space and Liquid City. I won’t be talking about Fragile Water, Darkened Mirror, or Your Mind, This Moment, but they’re […]

Netflix’s GLOW and Catfight

I haven’t been blogging for a while, but I have some thoughts to share about two cool things that I streamed on Netflix recently: Catfight and GLOW.  I love how these two pieces dig into what it means to be a woman fighting, like, physically, viscerally, guts-and-blood fighting. It reminded me of a Roland Barthes […]

Wonder Woman

Patty Jenkin’s Wonder Woman was damn great. Perhaps it’s because of the messy, often times misogynistic political climate, but I found myself more inspired than ever after watching this superhero film. Usually, I snooze during action sequences, but golly, wow, Gal Gadot, who plays Wonder Woman, can kick butt in a really dignified and venerable way. […]

Florence Foster Jenkins

As I’ve mentioned earlier, I’m going through something of a Hugh Grant rom-com phase. This particular movie, a period dramedy, strikes me as the most romantic of all the romantic comedies I’ve watched with Grant as the leading man. Yes, there’s something quite warm and lovable about this movie. I’d even call it the antithesis […]

Netflix’s “The Keepers”

I love true crime and I love documentaries, so Netflix’s The Keepers was something of a treat to watch last weekend. But to lump the series into the true crime documentary genre would be myopic since it explores so much more beyond the case of Sister Cathy Cesnik. The Keepers, in fact, uncovers a much […]

Hasan Minhaj’s “Homecoming King”

I encountered Hasan Minhaj eons ago in the Invisibilia podcast episode “Frame of Reference,” where he talks about his immigrant father, a survivor of the 1947 Partition between India and Pakistan. Minhaj’s father, like many immigrant survivors of trauma, dons a poker face when it comes to conversations about racism and mental health struggles. He […]