Dawson’s Creek: A Case Study in Love Triangles

Ah yes, the love triangle. It’s one of the staples of movies and television that somehow never gets old, and yet can easily feel stale if not done well. What actually separates the love triangles we get invested in from the ones that feel like lazy plot devices? That’s the question we’re going to explore today. We’ll be looking at it through the lens of … Continue reading Dawson’s Creek: A Case Study in Love Triangles

‘One Tree Hill’ pilot review: Why does it take 42 minutes for a kid to join a basketball team?

In the past, I’ve done two daily blogging projects that involved reviewing television pilots. First there was “30 Pilots in 30 Days” in August 2017, and then “100 Pilots in 100 Days” which ran from January 1st to April 10, 2020. Outside of these projects, I’ve never reviewed any of the television pilots I’ve come across in my normal day-to-day television consumption. Until now. Because … Continue reading ‘One Tree Hill’ pilot review: Why does it take 42 minutes for a kid to join a basketball team?

‘folklore’ by Taylor Swift – The Taylor Swift Album I’ve Been Waiting For

So I am by no means a ‘Swiftie.’ Sure, I’ve listened to every song and even written a review of every album (links to those at the end of this post). And yeah, from 1989 onwards I’ve been fairly invested in her album rollouts, listening to new songs and watching new videos almost immediately after they dropped. But I’ve also consistently had negative opinions about … Continue reading ‘folklore’ by Taylor Swift – The Taylor Swift Album I’ve Been Waiting For

Album Anne-alaysis: Gaslighter by The Chicks

Genre: Country with tasteful dashes of pop Year: 2020Runtime: 46:54Total Number of Tracks: 12Songs you might know:– “Gaslighter”– “Sleep at Night”– “March March”– “Julianna Calm Down” My prior relationship with the album and artist: I freaking love The Chicks (still getting used to the new name). When I first got a boombox when I was 6 years old Fly was THE album I couldn’t stop playing … Continue reading Album Anne-alaysis: Gaslighter by The Chicks

A Definitive Ranking of all of One Direction’s 2010 X-Factor Performances

And by “definitive ranking” I mean “ranking I came to just now over the course of a few hours as I rewatched all these performances, bearing in mind I could do the same exercise a year from now and come to an entirely different conclusion.” But all that doesn’t fit in a headline, does it? 15. “Something About the Way You Look Tonight” (Elton John) … Continue reading A Definitive Ranking of all of One Direction’s 2010 X-Factor Performances

30 Movies in 30 Days: The Princess and the Frog

Had I seen it before: Yes, but it had been a while. Year: 2009 Directors: Ron Clements & John Musker Writers: Ron Clements (story and screenplay), John Musker (story and screenplay), Greg Erb (story), Jason Oremland (story), Rob Edwards (screenplay), inspired by the story The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker. Where you can stream it now: Disney+ or Netflix What IMDb says: A waitress, desperate to fulfill her … Continue reading 30 Movies in 30 Days: The Princess and the Frog

30 Movies in 30 Days: The Nice Guys

Had I seen it before: I saw it when it was in theaters, but not since. Year: 2016 Director: Shane Black Writers: Shane Black and Anthony Bagarozzi Where you can stream it now: HBO What IMDb says: In 1970s Los Angeles, a mismatched pair of private eyes investigate a missing girl and the mysterious death of a porn star. Why I picked it: I remember really, really loving … Continue reading 30 Movies in 30 Days: The Nice Guys

30 Movies in 30 Days: Voyeur

Had I seen it before: No. Year: 2017 Directors: Myles Kane and Josh Koury Writer: N/A, it’s a documentary Where you can stream it now: Netflix What IMDb says: Journalism icon Gay Talese reports on Gerald Foos, the owner of a Colorado motel, who allegedly secretly watched his guests with the aid of specially designed ceiling vents, peering down from an “observation platform” he built in the motel’s … Continue reading 30 Movies in 30 Days: Voyeur

30 Movies in 30 Days: Brokeback Mountain

Had I seen it before: I think I tried to watch it on TV one time but the commercials made it a pain in the ass, so I didn’t even make it halfway through. Year: 2005 Director:  Ang Lee Writers: Annie Proulx (short story), Larry McMurtry (screenplay) and Diana Ossana (screenplay) Where you can stream it now: Starz What IMDb says: The story of a forbidden and … Continue reading 30 Movies in 30 Days: Brokeback Mountain

30 Movies in 30 Days: Singin’ in the Rain

Had I seen it before: No. Well, maybe? I remember clips of this being on when I was too young to really make sense of a whole movie. But this was basically the first time. Year: 1952 Directors: Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly Writers: Betty Comden and Adolph Green Where you can stream it now: HBO Max What IMDb says: A silent film production company and cast … Continue reading 30 Movies in 30 Days: Singin’ in the Rain