Category Movies

“Selma” and America’s Struggle With Admitting Our Problems and Facing our Past

As I sat in the theater watching Selma yesterday, I physically reacted more than once. I gasped, I curled my fingers into a fist and dug my nails into my palm without realizing it, I grabbed my friend’s arm, I cried, and I clapped. I resisted throwing my box of Red Vines at the on-screen […]

We Can All be Superheroes: A Look at Heroism, Politics, and Fixing the World We Live In

I’ve always been interested in politics and keeping track of history: after 9/11 I remember making a scrapbook of newspaper and magazine clippings about the events of time. It’s still sitting around my family’s house somewhere, and it kept track of the major news of the event itself, as well as the war following, for […]

Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier, Or Some Words on Steve Rogers and Why This Movie is Seriously Excellent

Five years ago if someone asked me to go see a comic book movie, I probably would have gone along with a little bit (a lot) of reluctance: I’d never liked superheroes much growing up, and Toby McGuire as Spider Man didn’t do much to change my mind (Andrew Garfield did, though!) To be fair, […]

The Summer of the Soul in December: Musings on Christmas According to the Muppets

As a child, Christmas was always my favorite time of year. It was pure, absolute magic. My family is Catholic, and I remember the first time I was allowed to go to Midnight mass instead of the children’s service, remember looking up at the stars in complete excitement before we walked into the church, because […]

Disney’s “Frozen”: A Whole Different Kind of True Love

I’ve been a Disney fan since I remember being conscious. I grew up during what is called the “Disney Renaissance” the period from 1989 to 1999 where Disney animation was at its peak, releasing The Little Mermaid, The Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, […]