Laika’s done it again

“If you must blink, do it now,” the titular character begins in Kubo and the Two Strings, a warning viewers will be eager to heed, as they won’t want to miss a second of Laika’s latest masterpiece.

The magical story follows a young boy named Kubo (voiced by Game of Thrones’ Art Parkinson), who weaves spellbinding stories in his village with his shamisen (a Japanese guitar) and impressive, origami creatures who come to life through his tunes.

Kubo lives an exciting, fantastical life through his stories, while his reality is a bit more bleak and restricted.

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The Witch: Under its spell

I’ve been dying to see Robert Eggers’ directorial debut The Witch since first hearing murmurs of the “New England Folktale” as it debuted at festivals. And as it drew closer to wide release the nonstop chatter surrounding the film saw my excitement build, as I wondered if it could be this year’s It Follows.

And after finally seeing it on Friday, I can say that it is… and it isn’t. See, it isn’t like normal horror films as it comes to the scares. The Witch is very atmospheric and slowly builds, feeling almost suffocating with its Puritan values, desperate confusion, and the crushing guilt thrown at its characters.

The story follows Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy), the teenaged daughter of a family banned from their Puritan community after their father’s “proud” acts, leaving them isolated as they set up a new home in front of unfamiliar woods.

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Thoughts: How To Be Single

So, anyone dating Jake Lacy’s character in a movie/TV show has pretty much got it made. That much seems to be clear. But that 30-year-old hunk of walking rom-com perfection aside, it’s rough out there for a single gal.

And while the struggle of dating is often simply depicted in film as a drop dead gorgeous actress messing up her date by being too clumsy or doing an alarming amount of background checking, How To Be Single seems to actually have a handle on the plight of mid-twenty-something singledom.

The story follows Alice (Dakota Johnson) as she faces the New York City dating scene, after ending things with her college boyfriend Josh (Nicholas Braun), thinking she should be on her own for a bit before settling down for good. Continue reading

The surprising feminism of Degrassi: Next Class

Degrassi has always “gone there,” but with the latest iteration, for the Netflix audience, the season spent a great deal of time focusing on feminism. From Maya’s (Olivia Scriven) anthem and online trolls to an active feminist club, the subject was not merely a theme floated through one hectic episode, but a focus throughout the season.

It begins in the third episode – #YesMeansYes – when the series brilliantly tackles the important topic of consent, as it applies to one of the show’s main couples, Maya and Zig (Ricardo Hoyos). The two have had sex once before, so Zig sees no problem in pushing Maya into a physical relationship once again, as he fears the romance is fading.

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Five most memorable ANTM moments

So by now you’ve probably heard that the great America’s Next Top Model has entered its final cycle – 22. Of course, 22 cycles is an awful lot. We’ve seen plenty of highs and lows, meltdowns, comebacks, horrifying makeovers, and the addition of sexy, male models to the fray of hopefuls. But that doesn’t mean the news didn’t hurt me like a number 7 challenge score.

As Ross wisely said* on Friends when Rachel brazenly asked if his copy girl hookup was “good,” to this cancellation, I say: “Nobody likes change.” What am I just gonna search the internet for a flawless photoshoot picture of Tyra Banks that just happens to be on theme of the week – do I make up my own themes? Who’s gonna remind me to smize? Continue reading

Stuck in the dark

Ugh… so as much as it kills me to admit it, Vulture was pretty spot on with their review for Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places.

After just about dying of anticipation, then realizing that I could have watched the movie all along on iTunes… I was already feeling a bit iffy about the quality. (Why did it go right to VOD? Why, when it said it had a release date of August 7, were only two theaters “near” me showing it… and why were they over two hours away?!)

So this past weekend I finally checked it out. And first of all, as expected, Charlize Theron is a badass Libby Day. She’s gritty, fearsome, and does a great job of portraying the darkness simmering below the surface for the character. Continue reading

Drake is the most adorable and I can’t handle it

Okay, okay. So I know there has been all this drama in the media lately about some beef between Drake and Meek Mill. But here’s the thing: I have no time for it. I’m like Lucille in Arrested Development. I won’t hear it and I won’t respond to it. Hell, I’m still upset that Drake and Nicki aren’t married like he says in “Moment 4 Life.” Moving on.

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Yesterday the “Hold On, We’re Going Home” singer posted a snap to Instagram alongside two of his former Degrassi: The Next Generation co-stars – Daniel Clark, Adamo Ruggiero and Lauren Collins at the We Are Disorderly premiere in Toronto. Nostalgia alert.

If that wasn’t adorable enough, the former Jimmy Brooks captioned the photo – in which he can be seen absolutely beaming as he hugs his co-stars – “I think these kids went to my high school.” COME ON. How could anybody fight with this guy (I know – I lied. I brought it up again… but I swear that’s it.)? Continue reading

Can he live?! The Fresh Prince is OVER those divorce rumors and I’m swooning

It’s been a tough year for some of Hollywood’s favorite couples. First American Horror Story sweethearts Emma Roberts and Evan Peters called off their engagement. And while the pair had their ups and downs, don’t act like you didn’t just about die of envy anytime Emma shared sweet BTS pics or cuddly date night shots.

Then Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck announced they would be divorcing… a day after their ten-year anniversary. And we all resigned to the notion that love is dead.

Just days later another (nearly) decade-long couple – Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick – called it quits, followed in mid July – to country fans’ dismay – by Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton. Continue reading

Dark Places countdown is on

So this post is mostly gratuitous but guys, oh my gosh am I excited for Dark Places. And guess what? It’s only NINE days away. That’s all.

Just nine days until Gillian Flynn’s brilliantly written crime thriller hits the big screen, bringing to life anti-hero Libby Day.

Oh, and did I mention Libby is played by god’s gift to earth, Charlize Theron? She’s joined by Nicholas Hoult, the breathtaking Christina Hendricks, Chloe Grace Moretz – who I’ve been obsessed with since Kick Ass – and Corey Stoll, who I adore despite his evil inclinations in Ant-Man, because come on, House of Cards. Continue reading

Still can’t say no to a DCOM

Fans of Disney Channel’s app WATCH Disney Channel were treated to quite the surprise this past weekend as it was revealed that they could access the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie Descendants a week ahead of its July 31 premiere.

As a Disney nerd and longtime DCOM lover, I of course, checked it out, and it’s about as cheesy and entertaining as you would imagine. See, Descendants tells the story of a world where all of the villains have been banned to Isle of the Lost, while heroes and heroines live it up in the dreamy Auradon.

However, tides turn as – ahead of his coronation – Ben (Mitchell Hope), the son of Belle (Keegan Connor Tracy) and Beast (Dan Payne) decides that his first act as king will be to allow students from the Isle of the Lost to attend Auradon Prep.

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