Arts & Culture | Movies
Making the Grand Romantic Gesture

In our seven years together, we’ve thrived on routine. We’ve done long-distance before, but never quite like this.

Feb 16, 2023
Arts & Culture | Movies
Who Deserves Love In the Nineties Rom-Com?

Somewhere between the one-dimensional BIPOC sidekick and the final, showstopping kiss, I forgot that I was consuming love stories built on exclusion.

Feb 13, 2023
Arts & Culture | Movies
Lessons In Lust and Life from ‘Dirty Dancing’

Like Baby, I was raised to be a nice Jewish girl, with all of that trope’s stifling implications.

Nov 2, 2022
Arts & Culture | Movies
The New Haunted House Is a Symbol of the Housing Crisis

Beneath the veneer of desire and ambition lurks something darker—the grotesqueness of wealth and the violence it implies.

Oct 26, 2022
Arts & Culture | Movies
Save the World, Abort the Future: ‘Terminator’ and Trans Bodies After Roe v. Wade

When I think about queer masculine pregnancy and parenting, I think about Sarah Connor in ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day.’

Oct 18, 2022
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Nuns, Nurses, and Busybodies: The Queerness of the Character Actress

This is what I became known for in acting class: old-lady drag.

Oct 11, 2022
Arts & Culture | Movies
Looking into the Reflections of Andrei Tarkovsky’s ‘Mirror’

The filmmaker’s retreat from the conventions of Socialist realism—patriotism, militarism, subservience—becomes a journey to locate the self outside the strictures of state ideology.

Sep 1, 2022
Arts & Culture | Movies
Horror Films Understand the Terror of Pregnancy

We are told we will forget the pain, as though all the trauma of childbirth evaporates from our minds. But it did not for me.

Aug 8, 2022
Arts & Culture | Movies
A Woman Walks Home Alone At Night

In a horror film, the sight of a woman alone fills us with dread. We expect terrible things to happen to her. But she also fills us with a sense of supernatural expectation.

Jun 1, 2022
Arts & Culture | Health | Movies
Hayao Miyazaki’s Characters Help Me Grieve My Chronic Illness

“Howl’s Moving Castle” and “The Legend of Korra” are about protagonists living with magic and fighting for the fate of the world. To me, they’re also metaphors for dynamic disability.

Jan 3, 2022