Mademoiselle Noir and The Willow Maid: Songs that Tell Stories

What if the man who found Rapunzel was scared of her singing instead of in love at first sight? What if a man insisted on pursuing a fairy he fell in love with, despite the first answer he got? These two haunting narrative songs, telling of fairy tale twists alongside beautiful art, have been on … Continue reading Mademoiselle Noir and The Willow Maid: Songs that Tell Stories

The Neighbor’s Window: Romanticism and Gratitude

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1vCrsZ80M4&feature=emb_logo "The Neighbor's Window" is a 20 minute short film exploring the human tendency towards comparison, coveting our neighbors, missing "good old days," wanting what others have, and a renewed perspective on love in day-to-day living. This is an Oscar-winning short film that stood out to me the most when I saw it in a … Continue reading The Neighbor’s Window: Romanticism and Gratitude

Toothless, Limbo, and the Love of Good Trouble

Maybe it was because nostalgia soothes an anxious adult, maybe it's because characters in purgatory are getting more and more relateable. Toothless was one of the first films I felt like rewatching when quarantine hit. If you haven't seen it before, fair warning that the following contains spoilers. The film follows a down-to-earth dentist named … Continue reading Toothless, Limbo, and the Love of Good Trouble

Don’t Look Under the Bed: the Imaginary in Liminal Spaces

Let's watch another Disney Channel movie! A scary one this time. Don't Look Under the Bed is a very underrated one, perhaps because it's the scariest thing I've seen on Disney Channel besides Raven and Chelsea turning into cows or Bill Cipher gaining a physical form in the flesh. The movie opens immediately in weird … Continue reading Don’t Look Under the Bed: the Imaginary in Liminal Spaces

Holy Saturday, Unrest, & Jesus Christ Superstar

In times like these, our souls hunger for stories more than ever. Thank goodness for the generosity to still experience theatre. I hope we never take it for granted. The following is my very brief reflection from back on Holy Saturday, watching this theatrical production online in the early stages of quarantine. (I wish I … Continue reading Holy Saturday, Unrest, & Jesus Christ Superstar