A vampire hunter tries to stake a Legacy vampire’s heart.. but ends up stealing it instead.Continue reading “First Kill (2022) – Review”
Ovid’s Metamorphoses, while popular, can also be classified as being pretty misogynistic—Madeline Miller spins this narrative, subverting the gendered tropes in her retelling of the epic tale.Continue reading “Galatea by Madeline Miller – Review”
Films and TV shows with LGBTQ+ representation are thankfully becoming better and better—in the past decade, we’ve had films where queer people are no longer just the sidekick, propped up to provide comic relief, or are merely there as a token. Of course, stereotypes will still be present in some films today, but there are now more diverse LGBTQ+ experiences and stories in cinema than ever before.
In honor of Pride Month, I’m sharing a list of my personal top LGBTQ+ films and TV shows of the past decade:Continue reading “Favorite LGBTQ+ Films and TV Shows”
What happens when two magicians are pitted against each other in a twisted game that only aims to appease some fragile egos?Continue reading “The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – Review”
What if your thoughts intersected with someone else’s—and your identity and sense of reality become completely warped? Similar to his debut film Primer, Shane Carruth heavily focuses on identity using slow, layered, unique and intricate scenes that convey one’s humanity in Upstream Color.
A pretty experimental film that makes your head scratch at times, this is the type of subgenre that truly captures a person’s subconscious in a nonlinear way. The premise can be described as “basic” in the sense that it’s simply about a parasite affecting people’s mind, but it’s more so metaphorical than plot-driven.Continue reading “Upstream Color (2013) – Review”
The grisly, the sublime, and moral quandaries are all fascinating aspects of the Gothic genre—and Silvia Moreno-Garcia doesn’t shy away from them in her novel, Mexican Gothic.Continue reading “Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – Review”
In an era where isolation and loneliness are far from alien, director Kiyoshi Kurasawa shows us the true horrors of technological acceleration.Continue reading “Pulse (2001) – Review”
Being the daughter of one of the most powerful gods might give you the most extravagant lifestyle you can imagine–yet Circe’s life is anything but that.
A tale of triumphs, grief, heartbreak, and ego-filled gods, Circe focuses on the peculiar daughter of Helios (god of the sun) and Perse (a nymph and naiad). Since her childhood, Circe the nymph has had to go through all sorts of trials and tribulations that her siblings don’t even have to–and she eventually snaps, getting ousted from the opulent house of Helios.Continue reading “Circe by Madeline Miller – Review”
Paying homage to classic slashers such as the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise, recent A24 film X delivers a few modern tropes in combination with a 70s atmosphere that many horror fans are nostalgic about—with a more risqué premise.Continue reading “X (2022) – Review”
17 people go on a writer’s retreat to craft pretty words with no distractions, no contact with the outside world, all together in an abandoned theater for three months. What could possibly go wrong?
Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk is a compilation of 14 disturbing short stories that are part of a bigger narrative. Following the lives of 19 people with names representative of the stories they tell, such as Saint Guts, Sister Vigilante, and Mother Nature. Palahniuk adds a much darker and satirical tone in a setting and premise that might remind the audience of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None.Continue reading “Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk – Review”