The Way She Was: In Shirkers Sandi Tan Looks Back at a Youth Filled with Creative Passion and Personal Betrayals

Kids are weird. Most kids. All kids, maybe? Before external pressures and internal anxieties combine to extinguish their spirits, kids revel in their most outlandish ideas, they’ll explain their looniest schemes to whoever will listen. But they don’t usually stay that way for long. Those who can retain that joyful weirdness past their “little kid” […]

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A Simple Favor between friends? In Paul Feig’s new thriller, it’s an ice cold martini and an easy out.

At first, two words kept me from getting excited about A Simple Favor, prior to it’s release: mommy. blogger. Or maybe it’s technically “vlogger” as Anna Kendrick’s character, Stephanie, runs a youtube site where she videos herself doing all sorts of domestic things – making cupcakes, crafting crafts – to share with other moms. Now […]

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An old world’s violent end in the Australian zombie flick Cargo

“Zombies? How 2011.” That was a friend’s response to me telling them about Cargo, a new Netflix original movie that debuted on the streaming site last Friday. Originally conceived as a short film and then expanded into feature-length by Australian co-directors Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke, Cargo does indeed fall into a familiar category. You know, the “post-nearly-apocolyptic-event […]

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“Happy Valentine’s Day, no one!” Ten romantic-ish popculture recommendations for February.

“Love loves to love love,” or something like that. What is it about February 14th that brings out the grinch in me? The gender-normative stereotype reinforcing? The forced sappiness and craven branding of emotional expression? The sugar crash that inevitably awaits me after I eat an entire box of cheap chocolates at work that day? […]

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October Watch-a-thon, Day 5

It (2017) in theaters now I knew I’d enjoy doing an October Watch-a-thon, but I didn’t know how much I’d love finding new ways to cheat. Unfortunately cheating is a must sometimes, especially on weekdays when I don’t have much time to write. For this one, I’m going cross-promotional. On the latest episode of Red […]

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October Watch-a-thon, Day 4

It Follows, Available for streaming on Netflix Hi. Cheating again. It Follows came out in 2014, and since then I’ve been talking about it to whoever would listen. It has a brilliant, original concept and commits to its story and characters in a way that’s rare in horror. There are no cheap thrills in It Follows, […]

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October Watch-a-thon, Day 3

The Witch, Available for streaming on Amazon Prime Alright friends, these are going to get shorter as the week wears on me. Luckily it’s easy to put my love for the 2015 horror film, The Witch, into a few appreciative sentences – the movie is visually precise, hauntingly acted and will send all those nightmares that […]

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