Janet Van Dyne is the Best Avenger – Fight Me.

Spoiler Free! Hello and welcome to my TED talk. When Ant-Man was first released in 2015, I immediately took a liking to the character of Hope van Dyne, played by Evangeline Lilly. Seeing as my other standout favorite lady boss in the MCU is Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), I figured that I simply had a propensity to … Continue reading Janet Van Dyne is the Best Avenger – Fight Me.

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

Why Betty Haynes from “White Christmas” Will Forever Be #LifeGoals

Five years ago, I decided to pop in the old VHS tape of White Christmas (Curtiz, 1954) my family had always kept, but had never gotten around to watching. I was in the last three minutes of the movie when the tape broke, to my horror! By complete coincidence, the movie was also playing on television, and when I … Continue reading Why Betty Haynes from “White Christmas” Will Forever Be #LifeGoals

A DC Comics Villain Made Me a Better Me

This article features no spoilers for the 2016 Warner Bros. Film, Suicide Squad.  Despite having mixed feelings about DC's latest film endeavor Suicide Squad, I came away with one resounding impression: Harley Quinn was rad. I first learned about Harley Quinn/Dr. Harleen Quinzel from a high school friend who has cosplayed as her for years (and loves her … Continue reading A DC Comics Villain Made Me a Better Me

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

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 … Continue reading Batman vs. Superman vs. Deadpool: SPOILER FREE!

Let’s Talk About My Love Life and “Disney Princess Syndrome!”

I'm sitting here on my floor, typing this blog post while listening to my vinyl record of Adele's 25 (because I actually am the most stereotypical person alive), and am in the proper mood to blab about deeply personal things! In coinciding with the upcoming Valentine's holiday, the purpose of today's blog post is to reveal a … Continue reading Let’s Talk About My Love Life and “Disney Princess Syndrome!”

Thank You, Mission: Impossible; Rogue Nation!

I would like to take this moment to thank the producers and casting directors of Mission: Impossible; Rogue Nation. THANK YOU FOR CASTING REBECCA FERGUSON AS YOUR FEMALE LEAD. But let's start at the beginning, shall we? Beginning about two weeks ago, I saw all of the Mission: Impossible films from the first in 1996 … Continue reading Thank You, Mission: Impossible; Rogue Nation!