burning hot-take roundtable!
five writers stir controversy on the latest in film, music, and…podcasts
Midsommar, directed by Ari Aster Griffin Plaag Content Warning: Sexual assault Alright, we’re gonna do it: We’re gonna talk about some problems with Ari Aster’s summer horror hit, Midsommar. Be warned, spoilers await. On the whole, I find Aster’s commitment to exposing the subtle, microaggressive behaviors of the everyday male a refreshing project; rarely has […]
twice upon a time in hollywood
with help from quentin and leo, a former child actor finds his star on the walk of fame
Leonardo DiCaprio is punching himself in the face, and I’ve never felt more understood. Before you reprimand me for failing to intervene (presumably by reminding him that in 2016 he, in fact, won his long-awaited Oscar), I should clarify that poor Leo isn’t really hitting himself. He’s acting in Quentin Tarantino’s latest release—a 1969 period […]
granola bowls or porridge?
breakfasts with body dysmorphia
Content Warning: Eating disorders, body hatred, body dysmorphia The best weekends of my life have always begun the same way: with a “healthy” breakfast of granola, strawberries, chocolate chips, and brown sugar. Episodes of This is Us keep me company as I eat. In these golden days of old, this delectable cocktail proved a source of reprieve […]
red dead remembrance
songs and memories of a wannabe cowboy
1 – “Far Away” by Jose Gonzalez Exposed breasts—his sworn enemy. The countless executions, f-bombs, and depictions of drug use are fine in my father’s eyes. No, it’s the threat of exposed breasts—virtual ones, for chrissakes—that makes him recoil from the pre-owned copy of Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption I clutch to my chest. […]
if it weren’t for you meddling kids
a scooby-doo autobiography
Content Warning: Mentions of eating disorders and body hatred 4 I’ve got a bump on my head the size of an egg and a cartoon dog is to blame. So what if I slipped racing back to the television? I wanted to see the climactic reveal! Finding out who’s really under the creature mask […]