We Don’t Deserve Kelly Marie Tran

Kelly Marie Tran, star of Disney’s latest, Raya and the Last Dragon, has been gracing my social feeds again much to my delight. She’s been slaying red carpets and impromptu promo shoots, crushing interviews—even speaking out on the harassment she endured following The Last Jedi. The groundswell of support this time around seems to indicate those days of racist man-boy hatred are long gone. Thing is, I’ve been watching the outpouring of affection towards Kelly Marie Tran with more caution than optimism. Because we’ve been here before, and I ain’t buying it. Continue reading

Favorite Movie Moments of 2020

Every January I signal boost my favorite movies of the last year, and of these movies I pick out my favorite moments. This is just as difficult as nailing down a list of strictly ten movies because, well, any one movie can have any number of moments that wow me. It’s an obvious sign of a movie’s impact on my overthinking brain and relentless beating heart, which is why this is the last stop before I unveil my top ten. Continue reading

Favorite Movie Trailers of 2020

We’re still in a pandemic, you say? That sure as hell didn’t stop (some) movies from coming out.

I thought about whether my usual end-year lists were worth doing this time around, considering most of 2020’s film slate got annihilated thanks to our current pandemic. (One-year anniversary coming up soon! 😬)

And then I came to my senses because movies have once again provided for much needed balms and escapism from everything going on. It seems the more anxiety-inducing the news cycle, the more I yearn for the next big release. These trailers came in mighty handy in providing something to look forward to, even if not all of these movies came out in 2020. Those that found ways to adapt via streaming and premium rentals, my anguished soul is eternally grateful. I’m hard at work narrowing down my favorite moments and top ten movies overall. In the meantime, here are the ten trailers of 2020 that had me wrecking the replay button. Continue reading

The Profound Misunderstanding of ‘Fight Club’

I have a love/hate relationship with Fight Club. This has less to do with the actual movie and everything to do with the film’s reputation 20 years later. Fight Club, in author Chuck Palahniuk and director David Fincher’s own words, is a satire. But to a certain subset of men, it’s a pro masculine movement that crowns man as the alpha being in the universe a.k.a. “the manosphere.” Consider all of the men’s rights activists and anti-feminist circles that coddle Fight Club as a handbook, or worse, a BIBLE.

I am Jack’s cold sweat. Continue reading