Don’t Ever Get Married: The Purple Rain Mantra Applies to Tonya Harding Biopic I, Tonya

As The Kid’s father (a.k.a. “Francis L.”), warned him in Purple Rain, “Don’t ever get married.” Or at least don’t let someone’s abusive form of “love” lead you to lose sight of a goal you’ve worked your entire life toward. That’s the hardest lesson any woman starved for affection and …

Living In Oblivion Parodies Indie Filmmaking Being Just As Impure As Major Budget Movies

The 90s. Arguably the time when indie filmmaking was at its peak definition of “indie,” in terms of major Hollywood actors suddenly wanting to get in on the action post-Reservoir Dogs in the hope of solidifying their acting credibility away from blockbuster affairs. With director Nick Reve (Steve Buscemi, looking …

Tell-Tale Heart Syndrome in Search Party Season 2: What Happens When the Problems You Thought You Wanted Become Real

When the finale of Search Party‘s first season “aired” back in November of 2016, viewers were met with a denouement very unlike any they’d ever witnessed or expected. One that proves the oft touted adage, “Be careful what you wish for”–and what Dory (Alia Shawkat), our mixed up, in search …

“Toxic” & “Womanizer”: The Anti-Male Anthems of Britney Spears

Though Britney Spears is typically pegged as the embodiment of a conventional Southern girl, all femininity and belief in the heterosexual dynamic of the twentieth century (compounded by her publicized love of Julia Roberts movies), the Princess of Pop hasn’t always expressed a warm and fuzzy feeling toward men. And …

Madonna’s Art Curation Influence on Mass Culture via the Music Video

  They say the true mark of wealth doesn’t begin until you can afford to start art collecting. One could argue, however, that Madonna unwittingly began her connoisseurship in the field when she struck up a romantic dalliance with then mere “street artist” Jean-Michel Basquiat. During the course of their …