Another Day of Sun: A Tribute to 2016

Well, that's a wrap on a pretty insane year all told. I want to look back at 2016, warts and all, the good and the bad. I'm gonna do so in the only way I know how: through a movie reference. My favorite film of 2016 was undoubtedly La La Land (Chazelle, 2016), and my favorite song from … Continue reading Another Day of Sun: A Tribute to 2016

30 Strange Things I’ve Learned About Myself from Studying Abroad

Well that's it, folks! My semester abroad in New Zealand has come to an end, and as I reflect on my past few months and all of the amazing things I had the crazy opportunities to accomplish, I realized that I've learned quite a few things about myself and about New Zealand. Let's discuss: 1. I can … Continue reading 30 Strange Things I’ve Learned About Myself from Studying Abroad

Look What Popped Up at the Pop-up Globe Theatre

This past summer, the city of Auckland, New Zealand celebrated the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare in a very unique way - by building an exact replica of the second Globe Theatre and putting on a series of tours, workshops, and Shakespeare-penned productions. This was an effort conceived by Professor Tim Fitzpatrick … Continue reading Look What Popped Up at the Pop-up Globe Theatre

We’re Sorry We Inflicted “The Bachelor” Upon You, World. Love, America

So we've already covered the fact that I am Bachelor/Bachelorette trash in one of my very first blog posts, but let's forget about all that (and all of my many cringeworthy colloquialisms scattered throughout that text) and instead delve right into my rather curious experience of watching the American-born reality show make its way 6000 miles across the … Continue reading We’re Sorry We Inflicted “The Bachelor” Upon You, World. Love, America

Me Before “Me Before You,” and Me Afterwards

I have been absolutely obsessed with the notion of Me Before You since the trailer premiered in February. Even though I, a cinephile who is studying criticism, should have immediately waved it off as a silly chick flick, I found myself absolutely giddy. May couldn't come soon enough! Well. It's June. New Zealand got Me Before You a month … Continue reading Me Before “Me Before You,” and Me Afterwards

Enter Die Antwoord; Exploring CHAPPiE’s Unique Soundtrack

Post written for University of Auckland course FTVMS 323: Popular Music on Screen I don't like Chappie (2015)- there, I said it. While I'm at it, I may as well get several more things out of the way: I don't like most of Neill Blomkamp's work. I walked out of District 9 when it was first released, a film which … Continue reading Enter Die Antwoord; Exploring CHAPPiE’s Unique Soundtrack

Never Trust a “Sold Out” Sign – Two Nights at the Auckland Writers Festival

Yesterday and today, I attended the 15th annual Auckland Writers Festival. Sadly, of the hundreds of lectures, signings, workshops and other events the Festival has going on, I could only attend two of the lectures, thanks in no small part to my student budget and crammed student schedule. But tonight, as I sit here thinking about the … Continue reading Never Trust a “Sold Out” Sign – Two Nights at the Auckland Writers Festival