Problems of the Present and Past Plague Black Mirror’s Increasingly Futuristic Season 4

“End fucking game!” So the sentiment of the very first episode, “USS Callister,” of Black Mirror season four indicates the collective desire to exit from the self-imposed technological prison we’ve created for the sake of entertainment. Yet how can we get ourselves off the tainted teat we’ve come to know, …

“The Legend of a Man-Fish”: The Shape of Water at Last Finds The Creature From the Black Lagoon Vindicated

“Time is but a river flowing from our past.” This is the first “thought of the day” we’re confronted with as mute cleaning woman Elisa Esposito (Sally Hawkins, who’s sure to be more valued henceforward) rips off a page of her calendar and heads to the government facility, Occam Aerospace …

Brenda in Adventures in Babysitting as Precursor to Barb in Stranger Things

Considering the thoroughness with which Stranger Things strives to appear as a show directly out of the 80s, it’s not remarkable that the inspiration for Barb in season one might very well stem from another quintessential “gawky, hyper-reactive” archetype from a classic of 80s cinema: Chris Columbus’ directorial debut, Adventures in …

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 …