TRIGGER WARNING: Mention of sexual assault, violence, unpopular opinions of men.

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We were just kids. She was just as drunk as we were. If she didn’t want to be assaulted she shouldn’t have been drunk in a public place. These excuses and many more have often been used by men to excuse their and other men’s behavior when it comes to what happens to young women in public and private places. It is extremely sad that all too often these excuses are used in the trend of “blaming the victim” when a woman is either nearly or fully…


What happens when you take a guy with a wildly active imagination and have him literally chase his dreams on a fictional highway into the metaphorical abyss? You get the 2002 film Interstate 60: Episodes of the Road. Honestly, I have to say that this is one of the most unique films I’ve seen in awhile. The concept is very high and the subtlety of the underlying messages are very well written and filmed. But, before I get too ahead of myself, here’s an overview of the plot.

Art student Neil Oliver, played by James Marsden, whose father does not…


Virginia (2010) Written & Directed by Dustin Lance Black

Virginia is a dark love story about a young boy named Emmett, played by Harrison Gilbertson, who falls in love with the Sheriff’s daughter in the small town he lives in. Sheriff Tipton, played by Ed Harris, does not want the two together because he has been having an affair with his mother Virginia, played by Jennifer Connelly, for nearly 20 years and he fears Emmett may be his son. Through a school project about tracing family lineage, Emmett finds out that it would be impossible for him to be related to the Sheriff’s daughter Jesse, played by Emma Roberts…


Relationships are complicated. Whether they are romantic or simply platonic, navigating a relationship and thriving in one is probably one of the most complicated feats a human being can master. And even so, we never actually master it. Relationships are something we strive for and do our best to hold on to; relationships with others are what keep us from being alone forever. This concept is the core theme of the 2020 film Palm Springs. Set at a wedding venue in Palm Springs, California, the film is loosely about a wedding guest and the maid of honor that become stuck…


True Detective is a masterpiece of cinematic style and storytelling formatted for television. Since its original air date on January 12th of 2014, this crime drama anthology has gripped viewers across the globe and completely redefined the police procedural genre. Written and created by Nic Pizzolatto, True Detective focuses on police detectives working a particularly gruesome case that ends up not only taking a toll on their professional careers but also their personal lives. Each season is full in intrigue, deep character development and a rather bleak view of the world. As I write this, True Detective has 3 seasons…


I remember when I first saw the movie Suicide Squad. I had seen the trailers and was so excited that DC was finally getting their anti-hero ensemble piece. I felt like I would finally be freed of the formulaic dreck that Marvel was manufacturing. After seeing this film in theaters, I came out with a noticeable look of disappointment and regret on my face. Suicide Squad was such a terrible movie but the one saving grace, for me at least, was Harley Quinn. She was basically the only compelling character in the whole thing and Margot Robbie was inspired as…


Privilege; one of the most powerful words in the English language. Quite possibly the most powerful and dangerous type of privilege would be white privilege. Let’s be honest; if you are white in America, you are afforded certain privileges that many minorities could only dream of. Given today’s current social climate and an administration that tells those of Caucasian descent that they should not be ashamed of their privilege, I understand that many would disagree with this statement. Give this some thought though, if you are white think about how many times you have been harassed by the police, refused…


What Happened to Monday (2017)

Overpopulation is quite possibly one of the most complicated and frightening topics of our day. What could be worse than living with the thought of our world being filled with so many human beings that essential means of survival like food, water and other natural resources become so scarce that eventually we will be left with nothing. That scary thought and potential reality is explored in the 2017 sci-fi film What happened to Monday starring Noomi Repace, Glenn Close and Willem Dafoe.

Set in an unspecified amount of time in the future, overpopulation has become a major problem in the…


An Analysis of Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next Music Video

I must admit, I’ve never been much of an Ariana Grande fan. Strange statement to make since this article is about one of her music videos but it’s true. I honestly didn’t even know what she looked like until her 3rd or 4th hit single dominated the airwaves and I decided to look her up. Since then, one or two of her songs made it to my “Guilty Pleasure Pop Songs” playlist on Spotify; yes, I do have on of these and no I don’t think having one is a…


Once upon time in 1995, a film based on the comic series written and illustrated by Alan Martin and Jamie Hewlett was released in theatres. This film was called Tank Girl. Set in the post apocalyptic future of Australia where, due to a meter crash on the earth’s surface, has not seen rain in eleven years. Our lead character Rebecca, played by Lori Petty, is a rebel that is a part of a resistance movement that steals water from an evil company simply named Water and Power. Run by a psychopathic and tyrannical man named Kesslee, played by Malcom McDowell…

Alexandria Hoskins

Writer. Film Fanatic. Student of Life.

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