9 Documentaries to Watch in Honor of Black History Month

Black History Month is a celebration but also a reminder that our history is more than just what is written in the textbooks. In the spirit of celebrating diversity and recognizing tragedy, I have compiled a short list of documentaries that honor the important in political and social history of African-Americans in the United States….

Blade Runner 2049: Why It’s Worth the Watch

Blade Runner 2049, directed by Denis Villeneuve, has been released on 4K/Blu-Ray/DVD and digital, and has received Oscar nominations for its cinematography, visual effects, sound editing, sound mixing, and production design. While critically acclaimed, audiences did not seem to be there for it. Fans of the film are louder with their opinions and recommendations now…

The Magicians Season 3 Episode 4 Review: Be the Penny

This week’s episode of The Magicians featured everyone’s favorite character, Penny! I’m so happy with how “Be the Penny” was structured, after last week’s choppy episode. It was a nice way to put a through-way in the episode without jumping around unreasonably. During Penny’s It’s-a-Wonderful-Lifeing he discovered that people weren’t surprised he was dead, and…

The Genius Plague, or Why You Should Be Afraid of Fungus 101

The Genius Plague by David Walton (Pyr, 2017) We all know that the goal of a species is to not die out, a goal that can be achieved in many ways: living in mutually beneficial relationships with other organisms; spreading further geographically so if there are problems in one region, the other regions survive; killing…

Mary and the Witch’s Flower Review: Disappointing and Confusing

This article contains spoilers for Mary and the Witch’s Flower —  you have been warned! I went to the theater to see Mary and the Witch’s Flower with an open mind and a few expectations. Were they too high? Maybe, but even for a children’s movie I thought Mary and the Witch’s Flower could do much better. The film lacked charm…

5 Nonfiction Books on Race in America

There has been a flood of books in response to the growing national conversation about race and the lives of persons of color. I’ve recently read (or, perhaps more accurately, inhaled) several books that explore the past and present of race in the United States, particularly Black America. From personal memoirs to comprehensive histories, these books expose…