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True Detective’s Missing Persons

The peak of feminism in True Detective is really more of a small hilltop, and we appear to reach it in the second episode, “Seeing Things,” when a weathered madame with some fight left in her…

#soblessed

I recently found myself wanting to post something about gratitude to Facebook. Some kind of status update that would advertise to the world my extreme contentedness. I’ve been so happy lately (now, bear with me) that…

High and Low

People create art for many different reasons. For some, art is an intensely private pursuit of self-expression, while others do so to alleviate an acid-burning insecurity. No matter why people decide to create, at some point…

Awkward Watch 2013

Your comprehensive guide to the holiday movie releases and all possible awkward family interactions these movies may trigger. Wolf of Wall Street – Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of a tell-all book about hedonistic life and high-finance fraud…

The Same Old Song: On Inside Llewyn Davis

In the Fall of 1998, my friend Becky and I saw the theatrical rerelease of Blood Simple on the Upper West Side. I was sixteen, Becky was fifteen, and for two kids from Long Island, taking…

The Same Old Song: On Inside Llewyn Davis

In the Fall of 1998, my friend Becky and I saw the theatrical rerelease of Blood Simple on the Upper West Side. I was sixteen, Becky was fifteen, and for two kids from Long Island, taking…

Toward a Theory of Magic

Every month has its sun sign, its birth stone, its question. December’s question is (to paraphrase Katy Perry): Does life ever turn out the way it does in the movies? Does life ever live up to…

Inconceivable

Last week’s issue of New York magazine ran, as the cover story, a collection of personal abortion stories from twenty-six women. The testimonies in “My Abortion” are framed as a response to the increasingly restrictive abortion…

Ender Meets Hollywood

Last Friday, the movie adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s young adult sci-fi novel Ender’s Game opened in theatres across the United States. As Trop’s resident Young Adult lit enthusiasts, we couldn’t wait to see the nerd…

For Your Consideration: A Review of 12 Years a Slave

Here’s what I want from a mainstream movie: a stance, an idea, something political, progressive, and topical. I’ll usually settle for less, especially if I’m laughing or if the colors and shapes are pretty. No doubt,…