‘P.S. I Still Love You’: Shallow but Sweet

The Netflix adaptation of Jenny Han's bestselling YA book To All The Boys I've Loved Before premiered in the summer of 2018 to warm reviews and enthusiastic support from fans online. It was the first in a mainstream awakening of Asian-led romcoms, followed closely by critical and commercial successes Crazy Rich Asians (2018) and fellow…

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Dirtbag Leftism: What White People Ignore in Their Love for ‘Parasite’

2019 was a major win for progressive film. In just one year, American cinema released The Irishman, Just Mercy, When they See Us—the list goes on. All of these works received critical acclaim for their emotional depictions of issues ranging from police brutality to union busting. Perhaps most notable is how honestly they contend with…

HSM: The Musical: The Series – The Start of Something New

In 2006, a Disney Channel movie called High School Musical debuted on the small screens across the United States. An athletic boy named Troy Bolton (Zac Efron) meets a brainiac girl named Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Hudgens) while singing karaoke in a ski lodge, and they coincidentally go to the same school. They audition for the…

How “The Rise of Skywalker” Can Fix Star Wars…Or Not

In a recent rewatch of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), I found myself struck by how much the series' scope has changed within a few short years. Three Star Wars movies have been released since then—Rogue One (2016), The Last Jedi (2017) and Solo (2018)—and while only one of these belong within the current…