For such an average movie, that one lake scene makes all the difference.
On late Friday night re-runs in the 2010s, I would watch the Pixar sequel that almost everyone pretends doesn’t exist.
Monsters University, a sequel to Monsters, Inc., is objectively weaker than its predecessor. In Monsters, Inc., the audience is introduced to two unlikely monster friends, Mike and Sully, who accidentally bring a human child to their world. Despite establishing that Sully is the beloved figurehead of Monsters Incorporated and Mike is an underdog who is overshadowed by his colleagues, the filmmakers choose to skip over the…
It started as an English assignment. It ended as art.
It started as the final English project.
Each student was tasked with finding a global issue and creatively portraying it through song, art, or poetry. At first, I chose “the adverse effects of mass incarceration in America.” However, as I began researching the effects, I realized nearly all of them were intentionally targeted at the Black community.
At the end of the project, I recited my 8 minute long poem to the class. I was proud of my work. People valued my work. As one of my friends remarked, “It’s…
An ingenious concept that needed a little more concentration and refinement.
Treasure Planet bombed the box office. A mere week after it released in November 27th, 2002, it was (righteously) usurped by “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.” As of March 27th, Rotten Tomatoes ranks the Disney movie as a solid 69% among critics and a similar 72% among audiences. It is no secret that the movie’s undeniably talented directors, Ron Clements and John Musker, have tried to pitch their passion project several times. In fact, I doubt anyone has the gumption to label their efforts as “lazy.”
A PragerU video about the “indoctrination” of college and high school students ended up on my YouTube page. This is how a real high school student responds.
Somehow, PragerU’s content reached my YouTube FYP. The first video I clicked on described colleges, high schools, and even elementary schools as “leftist indoctrination centers.” I became intrigued. As a public high school student, I wanted to listen to what the video had to say.
Spoiler alert: Nothing. It had nothing new or insightful to add. Just plain, old fear mongering.
Poor graphic design can lead to severe consequences.
After returning from an excruciatingly painful wisdom tooth surgery, the surgeon prescribed two medications to help fight off infections and reduce the pain, respectively. Then, I placed the bottles amongst a growing sea of uniform prescription cylinders.
You probably know which ones I am talking about.
They each follow the same format:
You heard it here first: If you want to be treated equal to a man, you need to be blessed with magic chi powers.
The new version of Mulan is bad: Lousy acting, culturally inaccurate, boring characters, distracting editing work, hilariously bad CGI effects (search up: “Phoenix in Mulan”), poorly executed story beats (as per the lack of songs, according to Sideways), controversy surrounding the lead actress, controversy about Disney’s credits that thank Chinese groups which are linked to the country’s detention camps, and it costs an additional $30 on Disney+.
But even after all of its external messes, it…
Something about an old man being possessive of a twelve year old girl is disconcerting.
Considering they put “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley in the trailer, I was never fully convinced that “Ralph Breaks the Internet” was going to be a cinematic masterpiece.
Boy, was it much worse than I expected.
The sequel to “Wreck It Ralph” does not just provide the audience with a two hours worth of 2010 memes, but it also seems to misrepresent the characters that made the original movie so captivating in the first place. …
Agent Carter gave Peggy Carter an in-depth story. Avengers Endgame took it away. (Major spoilers for Avengers: Endgame)
Avengers: Endgame signaled the bitter end of Phase 3, we got to see our favorite heroes retire. In particular, after Captain America returns the Infinity stones to their rightful places in the time stream, he realizes that he can go back to his lover, Peggy Carter. In the post-credits scene, we see Peggy and Steve share a long requited dance.
Yet, upon further inspection, Captain America’s happily ever after was a little…
Disappointing. Confusing. Odd.
If Captain America lived in…
After paying an additional $30 to my Disney+ subscription, I was ready to get invested into Disney’s latest Disney princess. Yet, it all felt…
There isn’t anything particularly offensive, but there isn’t anything memorable either.
The story takes place in the fantastical, Southeast Asian inspired world of Kumandra. Since Kumandra was plagued by the Druun, a shapeless entity that turns people to stone, the dragons created an enchanted orb that can counter Druun’s magic. 500 year later, war breaks out between five regions for possession of the orb. Despite Chief Benga’s best efforts to unify Kumandra again, the…
I started watching to be inspired by a powerful female hero. I continued watching because I trusted the 93% critic reviews on Rotten Tomato. But Diana Prince just never earned her title as Wonder Woman.
After hearing about the great reviews about a “fresh, innovative, feminist” stance that Wonder Woman takes, I thought it was finally time to check this movie out. Yet, the bleak setting and bland characters only contributed to an overall “woke” narrative that lacks an in-depth perspective at Wonder Woman. In the film, Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) lives among her Amazonian warrior companions. Against her…