‘mother!’ The Abstract, Allegorical Tale of the Worst Houseguests Ever

*DISCLAIMER: This analysis contains major spoilers for mother! If you have yet to see the film and wish to go in blind, please come back after seeing it.* A few years after his Biblical epic, Noah, talented auteur, Darren Aronofsky, returns to the subject of faith and nature in his latest, mother! In this story of an isolated couple whose peace is disturbed by uninvited … Continue reading ‘mother!’ The Abstract, Allegorical Tale of the Worst Houseguests Ever

With a Great Look and Great Potential, ‘Discovery’ Will Soon Be a Welcome Addition to the Trekverse

Back in 2005, Star Trek: Enterprise went off the air and ended Trek’s continuous run on television that started with Star Trek: The Next Generation back in 1987. But now, Star Trek returns to the small screen with Star Trek: Discovery, and, presumably, also returns to the “Prime Universe” that J.J. Abrams left behind in his 2009 film and its sequels. The series is set … Continue reading With a Great Look and Great Potential, ‘Discovery’ Will Soon Be a Welcome Addition to the Trekverse

Macklemore’s ‘Gemini’ is a Truly Uninspired Mess

If you turned on the radio 5 years ago, chances are you would have heard one of the numerous hit singles from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ monumental album The Heist. The sound they crafted seemed like the perfect archetype for pop-rap that would please both the general public and hip-hop heads alike. Ryan Lewis’ production may have been a bit elementary, but Mack’s massive charisma … Continue reading Macklemore’s ‘Gemini’ is a Truly Uninspired Mess

‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ is a Lackluster Sequel to 2014’s Surprise Hit

Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the sequel to 2014’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, features Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Taron Egerton and Julianne Moore, among other big names in a seemingly endless cast list. The first film in this series was a breath of fresh air in the action genre, and its creativity allowed it to stand out as one of the year’s best. The charisma of Colin … Continue reading ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ is a Lackluster Sequel to 2014’s Surprise Hit

The Killers’ ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ Explores the Grace and Complexity of Being Alive

The Killers are arguably one of the greatest alternative rock bands of this generation. The Las Vegas four-piece has been creating heart-wrenching, sweeping and iconically anthemic music since 2001, from the ever-popular “Mr. Brightside” to “When You Were Young.” After a long four years since their 4th studio album Battle Born, The Killers are back to their old tricks in Wonderful Wonderful, their latest release … Continue reading The Killers’ ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ Explores the Grace and Complexity of Being Alive

Fergie Returns to the Spotlight with Visual Album ‘Double Dutchess’

I have a clear memory of getting a copy of Fergie’s The Dutchess when I was in seventh grade and playing the disc over and over and over again. In fact, I have the exact same copy sitting on my shelf as I type this. It still eludes me as to how my parents let a twelve-year-old, fresh out of sixth grade buy The Dutchess, … Continue reading Fergie Returns to the Spotlight with Visual Album ‘Double Dutchess’

Do Yourself a Secret Service, Don’t Watch ‘American Assassin’

With a sea of great action movies to watch, American Assassin is a shallow pool with a story that’s equivalent to a Call of Duty game. However, while Call of Duty has the entertaining gameplay to back it up, American Assassin has the same generic dialogue for 90% of the runtime with no memorable action scenes to be had. Abort, abort, abort. You have probably … Continue reading Do Yourself a Secret Service, Don’t Watch ‘American Assassin’