Bad Times at the El Royale is a Narrative Masterpiece

Welcome to the El Royale. In case the vacant parking lot in between the deserts of California and Nevada or the incessant flickering of the neon sign above the ornate wooden doors weren’t clear enough indicators, not very many people stay at the Royale anymore. “This place used to be hustlin’ and bustlin’,” says Laramie Seymour Sullivan, a vacuum salesman played by the charismatic Jon … Continue reading Bad Times at the El Royale is a Narrative Masterpiece

The Shenandoah Papers Chapter Two: Manifest Destiny and Selective Education

Enter Wichita, Kansas — Kansas’ biggest city, and yet unimposing all the same, practically centered in a state that is primarily composed of plains and endless seas of wheat. Although Wichita lacks extravagant sights such as the breathtaking mountains of its neighbor Colorado, it does have a more poignant landmark on its Riverside: The Keeper of the Plains. The obscure structure towers over the bustling … Continue reading The Shenandoah Papers Chapter Two: Manifest Destiny and Selective Education

Isle of Dogs is Another Wes Anderson Masterpiece

When The Grand Budapest Hotel came out in 2014, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect of the movie. The trailer for the movie was lighthearted in an almost satirical way, certainly intending to poke fun at overdone movie tropes and cliches. As a result of Anderson’s genius writing and directing skills, a satisfyingly awkward and hilariously off-beat humored masterpiece was found in The Grand Budapest Hotel. Backed … Continue reading Isle of Dogs is Another Wes Anderson Masterpiece

A Quiet Place Proves that Silence is Golden

I’m a fan of the horror genre. Really, I am. However, as a fan of the horror genre, I’m willing to admit that the genre is always hit-or-miss. Whenever I spot a trailer for an upcoming horror movie, I typically roll my eyes and think, “is this going to be another cheap, jump-scare based cash grab?” When I saw the trailer for John Krasinski’s new movie … Continue reading A Quiet Place Proves that Silence is Golden

Ready Player One Boasts an Inimitable Replay Value

Man, let me just preface this post by saying that I never thought I’d live to see the day that a commercialized book-to-movie adaptation of a video game based story would end up being widely popular and successful. I had low expectations of Ready Player One as it opened, but word of mouth and reviews were surprisingly positive, which compelled me to see it as soon … Continue reading Ready Player One Boasts an Inimitable Replay Value

Modern Religion: The Unspeakable

Religion has become a topic that is either entirely condemned, condemns others, or is completely ignored. I believe that religion has a place in society, but that it shouldn’t come at the cost of the condemnation of others. On Monday evening, I was working at the movie theater, which mainly consisted of me tearing tickets and directing customers towards the auditoriums of their movies. One … Continue reading Modern Religion: The Unspeakable

The Real Problem Behind Gun Control Debates

Introduction A massive amount of gun control debates have risen in the wake of the recent Florida school shooting that claimed 17 victims. With each mass shooting that has come to pass, there has always been fiery debate on both sides, and yet no change has come. This is mainly due to misinformation and the vehemency of the partisan divide. I will speak on  these obstacles … Continue reading The Real Problem Behind Gun Control Debates