The Incredibles 2 is a story for our times

Enough has been said by now about the success of The Incredibles 2—by both reviews and record-breaking box office numbers—that I don't need to belabor its quality. I will say that it's a sequel that rises sufficiently to the challenge laid down by its precursor's popularity, as well as the incredible (pun severely intended) expectations... Continue Reading →

The Wages of Superficial “Inclusion”

In this country, we grow up being told that our road to success lies in working hard, becoming the most excellent version of whatever fits with our God-given talents. We are not told about limits, about the ceilings that will inevitably, invisibly halt our progress when those of us who don't fit the profile of... Continue Reading →

Avengers: Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War starts almost at the exact moment Thor: Ragnarok left off, with Thanos' ship bearing down on the Asgardians in full attack mode—setting the tone for the rest of this movie, which can best be described as nearly three hours of sustained battle interspersed with quips, with the occasional pause for character moments.... Continue Reading →

the memory of hope

  This past weekend, I presented at Notable Pursuits, which is a showcase for local artists started by The Light House Project. This was the Anniversary episode, in honor of Deah, Yusor, and Razan, who tragically passed away three years ago, around this time. The organizers asked me to address hardship or struggle in my... Continue Reading →

What makes a hero in The Last Jedi

I first watched the original Star Wars trilogy the summer I was ten, because it came on TV and my older brother was in charge of the remote. I enjoyed it, but it didn't take up much real estate in my head afterwards beyond suddenly understanding previously mystifying pop culture references. I never ended up... Continue Reading →

Film Review: I Am Not Your Negro

I finally saw this movie last weekend—I say finally because it's been my most anticipated movie since I first heard about it in September of last year—and it was even more powerful, essential and devastating than I had hoped. I Am Not Your Negro is a clear-eyed, courageous look at American society's relationship with race... Continue Reading →

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