10 Strange Facts for Stranger Things

I love Stranger Things. And apparently, so does everyone else. Despite its popularity, the rampant critical acclaim of Netflix’s Stranger Things was unprecedented upon its release. The initial script produced by the series’ creators, the Duffer brothers, had been repeatedly rejected by a string of cable networks. It was simply uncategorizable. The ensemble of children…

Speculative ASMR

Speculative settings are known to enchant and exhilarate. Whether you’re flying through space and time, or surrounded by magicians and dragons, speculative works create an overpowering sense of adrenaline and excitement. What proves fascinating is the way in which these worlds and characters are also capable of lulling the audience into a peaceful, sometimes trance-like…

Just Peace: Ambitious Politics in Doctor Who

Yes, in this post I will be discussing specific scenes. Yes, there will be spoilers. Doctor Who is an awesome show; you don’t need me to tell you that. Full of action, sci-fi, and a dash of romance, it has captivated viewers over many generations. Even if you aren’t interested in any of these aspects…

The Lows and Highs of Fifteen Dogs (Part 2)

Click here for Part 1 Andre Alexis’ novel, Fifteen Dogs, has its moments of elevated hopefulness. Before diving into the storylines of two dogs whose intelligence leads them towards meaningful lives, I must pause to reflect on what I feel is a major weakness of the novel, a tragedy wrought by the author’s hand. Among…

Between Gods and Dogs: A Fable about Human Nature (Part 1)

Have you ever wished you could speak with and understand your dog? With their sympathetic eyes and joyful energy, dogs can be uplifting companions through the toughest times and the worries of every day. When our minds are preoccupied with regret and anxiety, dogs can bring us into the present moment and make us feel…

Jessica Jones: Feminist Noir

“In my line of work, you gotta know when to walk away. But some cases just won’t let you go…” Jessica Jones, Marvel’s second outing with Netflix following Daredevil, arrived on November 20 at 3am EST. Needless to say, an hour later I had finished the pilot, and a day later, I dried my eyes…

The Fantastical Duo in The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

This review contains spoilers. “America teaming up with Russia—that doesn’t sound very friendly.” The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a 2015 reboot of the 1964 NBC TV series directed by Guy Richie (who previously wrote and directed the Sherlock Holmes film series a couple of years back). The retro-flavoured, stylish remake of the classic spy show…