Pop Culture

The rise of the virtual concert

The year 2020 has been the year of cancelled events. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, hundreds of concerts, festivals, and tours have been cancelled or postponed. With touring being the largest source of income for the world’s most famous artists, it makes sense that fans wouldn’t be the only ones disappointed.Continue...

Clare & Dale’s romance highlights the odd format of ‘The Bachelorette’

As the almighty Chris Harrison has stated many, many times, this season of The Bachelorette is “unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.”Continue...

The Kardashians are setting a poor example for pandemic behaviour

It has been almost eight months since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic. Everyone has felt the harrowing effects of social isolation and quarantine.Continue...

Examining the ethics of family vlogging

We’re all familiar with YouTube; boasting about every genre known, its videos range from beauty tips and toy unboxings to gaming videos and everything else in between. One genre which has cropped up in recent years is family vlogging, racking up millions of views and attracting a number of families to give the format a shot.Continue...

To the Hallmark movie critics: stop hating on romance

Hallmark movies have a reputation. Unfortunately, unlike Christmas trademarks like Elf and It’s a Wonderful Life , that reputation isn’t particularly favourable. The question is: why?Continue...

The new Disney+ disclaimers help us step forward into an era of conversation

Last month, Disney made a small but significant change to how it presents certain films on its streaming platform—and it’s one for the better.Continue...

‘Emily in Paris’ tests negative for COVID-19

Netflix’s latest bingeworthy show, Emily in Paris , has been the perfect way for me to escape the harsh realities we’re facing today. From the bright, vivid colours to its amazing soundtrack, the show captures the magical essence of Paris. I was a little hesitant to watch the show, but gave it a chance after realizing Darren Star was the mastermind behind Emily in Paris—surely the creator of Sex and the City wouldn’t let me down.Continue...

Ranking Jane’s love interests on ‘Jane the Virgin’

Jane the Virgin centres around a young woman obsessed with writing, thinking about, and living out romance novels. As the title indicates, the series initially centres around Jane saving her virginity until marriage—a commitment which is complicated when she’s accidentally artificially inseminated.Continue...

‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’ falls eerily flat

You know those people who re-watch their favourite show or movie over and over again? I’m one of those people, and I was The Haunting of Hill House ’s biggest fan. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for its sequel in Netflix’s popular horror anthology The Haunting of Bly Manor —just one viewing was enough.Continue...

Stop putting down media for young women

In the world of media for young adults, there are quite a few cheesy, absurd, and sometimes even brain-numbing options out there to choose from. Most of us probably have ‘guilty pleasure’ shows we binge in secret or movies we feel a little ashamed of enjoying, and we understand that while we like them, they’re objectively pretty bad. But there’s a difference between recognizing that a show isn’t very good or a book series is full of tropes and shaming young women for consuming them.Continue...

The public has no right to discuss Billie Eilish’s body

Earlier this week, Billie Eilish stepped out onto a sidewalk in casual clothes. Wearing a tank top and long shorts, the 18-year-old looked like every other teenager in the world. But unlike every teenager in the world, a paparazzi snapped a photo. In response to the image’s release, Twitter lit up with controversy.Continue...

Is nostalgia cramping Hollywood’s creativity?

Over the past decade, it’s started to appear as if Hollywood is incapable of creating anything new.Continue...

Disney Channel never got worse, we just got old

Growing up, I had a bone to pick with 90s kids.Continue...

A24’s filmmaking crafts meaningful art under a new mainstream spotlight

From Lady Bird to Mid90s , A24 has consistently been producing intricate, aesthetically-charged films which connect with its audiences on multiple levels.Continue...

The return of ‘Saturday Night Live’ couldn’t have come at a better time

2020 has been quite a year—from a deadly virus to murder hornets, it’s left us all wondering what could possibly come next. With everything going on, it’s easy to lose hope. But, as a silver lining, this year’s bizarre events are good fodder for a reliable coping mechanism: comedy.Continue...

‘The Social Dilemma’ excels as a documentary, but fails as a drama

Society has a social media addiction. Netflix’s new documentary-drama hybrid, The Social Dilemma, not only exposes this truth, but frames our dependency on smartphones as a reality on track to self-implode.Continue...

‘Supernatural’ has a pattern of queerbaiting

This week, the CW’s hit television show Supernatural returns to air its final seven episodes. On top of being the longest-running American live-action fantasy TV series to date, it’s also a contender for the most prominent example of ‘queerbaiting’ on television.Continue...

I read ‘Midnight Sun’ so you don’t have to

I started reading The Twilight Saga in 2007, right at the forefront of ‘ Twilight fever,’ and the novels were a defining moment in my childhood.Continue...

How Zendaya quietly forced us to take her seriously

This September, Zendaya became the youngest person to win the Emmy for best lead actress in a drama for her performance in HBO’s Euphoria . The 24-year-old’s win was a major upset, with many wondering how someone fresh off of Disney Channel managed to beat out the heavily acclaimed actresses she was up against.Continue...

What makes BTS stand out?

The South Korean boy band BTS, short for Bangtan Sonyeondan or Beyond the Scene, has been killing it in the music industry since their debut in June of 2013.Continue...

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