“Django Jane” Makes Beyoncé’s Feminism Look Especially Flimsy

Released in conjunction with the Prince-saturated “Make Me Feel,” “Django Jane” and its video offers something of a more “militant” tone than its companion single, the kind Beyoncé seemed to want to achieve with the look of her “Formation” video and the “controversial” Super Bowl performance of it that followed. Set …

Janelle Monáe Takes “Fluidity” Where Prince and Michael Jackson Couldn’t

Like the lovechild of Prince (the riff to “Kiss” most definitely comes to mind), Michael Jackson (you can’t say “The Way You Make Me Feel” without “Make Me Feel”) and, occasionally, Robert Palmer, one of Janelle Monáe’s latests songs and its accompanying video, “Make Me Feel,” takes the concept of …

“Drowned World/Substitute For Love” & “Mer Girl”: Two Perfect Bookends on an Indelible Album

Because it is the twentieth anniversary of an album consistently ranked as being among one of the greatest of all-time–and possibly the very best in Madonna’s entire oeuvre–it is prudent not to address Ray of Light from a broad perspective, so much as one that offers an appreciation of the …

Desi Arnaz Was Wrong: Santiago Can Be Very Chilly When You’re Trans

“You don’t choose your sexuality, it’s how you are. It’s nature,” deliberate two quintessential New York City biddies after coming out of a screening of A Fantastic Woman. Clearly, if that’s one of the takeaways from Sebastián Lelio’s latest, it’s saying quite a bit about what even formerly intolerant olds …

Belgium and “Frozen” Tango Again: Loena Hendrickx Pays A Very Literal Homage–Just in Time for the Ray of Light Anniversary

While someone Loena Hendrickx’s tender age of eighteen more likely relates to the term “Frozen” in pop culture pertaining to the Disney animated film, the Belgian figure skater nonetheless took to the rink for her short program to glide and twist to a melodic, ethereal remix of the Madonna song that, …

Everything Sucks! Is Thorough In Its 90s Research But Doesn’t Quite Achieve What Stranger Things Does With the 80s As Its Less Put Upon Crutch

Because nostalgia is at such a premium in the present era of wanting to escape into the past when it is not merely one’s imagination that “things were better then,” Netflix continues to try its hand at something that has worked very well for it of late: going back in …

How Rihanna Crept Into Music As A Pop Princess Before Snapping Her Fingers & Becoming @badgalriri

While “Pon De Replay” might have been one of the summer anthems of 2005, it was the sort of Sean Paul-reminiscent track that could have easily belonged to the likes of a one hit wonder pop ingenue. Filled with the Barbadian rhythms that Rihanna would come to perfect on subsequent …

The Color Wheel Takes the Margot/Richie Dynamic Where Wes Anderson Wouldn’t

The steady presence of Alex Ross Perry in the world of what can still vaguely be constituted as “indie film” (once associated only with Miramax-distributed projects) began with 2009’s Impolex and continued, strangely, with an appearance in the behemoth of a self-pitying narrative that would launch Lena Dunham’s career, Tiny …

Black Panther: A Polemic That Can At Last Creep Into More Closed Minds

As one of the most momentous films released since, well, let’s face it, Gone With the Wind, Black Panther has an infinite amount of pressure to stand up to–to prove to all those studios who foolishly refrained from participating in making it that they’d made a huge mistake. And almost immediately Marvel Studios …