Courage and Kindness

This is a silly blog. Don’t think I don’t know it. I know that the only people who take a look at it are very kind friends, my mother (hi, mom!), and, according to WordPress statistics, someone in Bulgaria (so “Zdravei” to you, friend!). I write it mostly for practice. I have a lot of thoughts … More Courage and Kindness

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

Batman vs. Superman vs. Deadpool: SPOILER FREE!

Since arriving in New Zealand, I have only seen two new films at the local cinema, both of which are based in the superhero genre: Deadpool and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. I was initially never planning on seeing either of these films, as I had some prejudices against Deadpool’s character for personal reasons and Man of Steel set the … More Batman vs. Superman vs. Deadpool: SPOILER FREE!

Taking a Leap or: How to Fall with Style

Yesterday was February 29th, or leap day. To celebrate, I jumped (or, “leapt,”) off the tallest structure in New Zealand. Taller than the Eiffel Tower, the Seattle Space Needle, and the Sydney Tower (Take THAT, Australia! …yes, the rivalry has already begun…), the Sky Tower is truly an architectural marvel that powerfully looms over the city of Auckland … More Taking a Leap or: How to Fall with Style