Things Will Get Better

2017 was a real trip, huh? But then again, so was 2016, 2015, and 2014. It has sorta been like a micro storm that started brewing in a single human life (obviously my own, as I am the center of this WordPress Universe), and then just expanded to destroy literally everything in its path. Wildfires…

Nostalgia Is A Drug

It really bugs me that there is now a backlash over The Last Jedi being a film that upends series mythology when so many Star Wars fans were critical of The Force Awakens being too derivative of A New Hope. I mean, fandoms are a fickle bunch, but… for real? You’re going to toss this…

The Past Must Die

The Last Jedi is a fascinating film. It is definitely one of the most artful blockbusters I have ever seen, with some truly astounding visuals. I mean, there’s this: And this: And this: It’s clear Rian Johnson took his time to not only revisit the rules set up by George Lucas all those years ago,…

A Love With Many Names

Yes, Call My By Your Name is good. Very, very good. I went in with elevated expectations and a cynical Cinema Studies attitude, but I was completely moved by it. Luca Gaudagnino has made quite the film, and both Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer are fantastic in it. Even with some of my previously stated…

Batman Gets Hitched

Remember when I made that whole post about the relationship between Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle? And I unpacked the brilliant ballroom scene from Batman Returns, but used it as a way to illustrate their perfect-but-imperfect love and how it played a formative role in my development as a young gay male? I even said…

Forever Yonge

“My feet tread a familiar path along Yonge, a neon circus of idling cars and roving packs of suburbanites here to enjoy something a little different. The sixties have come to Toronto two years too late, and so seven odd decades of being good atop a mud pile have left the citizens feeling antsy. I…

The Nemesis of Neglect

2017 hasn’t been a particularly good time to be a queer person in Toronto. I mean, there is still significant division within the community over the demands made by Black Lives Matter in the 2016 Pride Parade, with Pride out roughly $1.3 million this year via lost sponsorship and lowered attendance. Hanlan’s Point, a popular and…

On Being Biracial

Growing up biracial in the eighties, elderly couples used to stare at my family as we would pass in the street. Kids would ask awkward questions at school. It was almost impossible to understand myself in relation to popular culture or even my own family tree. So seeing a biracial woman become a princess and…

The Blissful Melancholy of BoJack Horseman

On paper, BoJack Horseman seems somewhat derivative. A Hollywood satire about a faded sitcom star hoping to reclaim former glories? That’s HBO’s The Comeback. An alcoholic haunted by his past and locked in a cycle of self-destructive behaviour that impacts his loved ones and coworkers? That’s AMC’s Mad Men. A mature animated series featuring an…

Saggy Ass Sad Girl Christmas

Today, I put up my Saggy Ass Sad Girl Christmas Tree. She leans to the side and turns on and off without notice, but so do I, I guess? At least the job is done. I’m not a big Christmas person. I’ve debated if this started later in life, or whether it has always been…