More WNBA-NBA integration will be an asset to both leagues

Sabrina Ionescu’s 3-point battle vs. Steph Curry makes us wonder what the future could hold.

Almost a week has passed, and we still haven’t quite nailed down how to cure the lethargy around the NBA All-Star weekend. But that’s not to say that there hasn’t been a wide variety of assessments about why we got here.

If you ask Stephen A. Smith, he lays the blame for the fall of the slam dunk contest squarely at the feet of Lebron James. It would have been great for one of the greatest players to c

The Endings: 'The Zone of Interest' and How the Karmic Heaviness of Darkened Hallways Lead Into Warnings of the Future

The Endings is a new column chronicling some of the biggest films in the 2024 Oscar race and how their powerful endings are essential and long-lasting to the success of their narratives. These accounts are based on the notes of the first viewings of the film and the bigger context of how they feel over time.

I wanted karma. I desired it. After seeing Jonathan Glazer’s The Zone of Interest in October of 2023, it’s a natural emotion to desire. Even as if the New York theater walked out steeped in

'Stopmotion' Combines Fable With Animation Into An Entertaining Nightmare

There’s something symbiotically macabre when the animation style of stop-motion and the horror genre come together. It’s a match made in heaven, really. Scenes in horror films are predicated on setup and the eventual payoff (sometimes on numerous occasions). With stop-motion, there’s a meticulous nature that comes with it. In a highly detailed process, you are making figurines feel like they have a life of their own — much like the characters who have starred in our nightmares, like Freddy Krueg

'Dune: Part Two' review: Grander In Scale, But Its Savior Complex Commentary Is The Bread and Butter

Is being near the proximity to power too hard to resist? Can the themes of prophecy and revenge overpower even the purest of minds? If Denis Villeneuve’s 2021 Dune is viewed more as an appetizer to Frank Herbert’s massive world of spiritual, physical, and theological warfare, then Dune: Part Two sinks its teeth deeper into what all that means. When we last left this story, Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) and his mother, Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson), had joined the Fremen on the desert plane

'Orion and the Dark' review: Darkness Isn't So Scary When You Dance Within The Balance

Life is full of the good and the bad — there’s no way around it in the terms and conditions we all agree to. When you’re a kid, that concept tends to be simplified in some cases and amplified in others. You have an aura of invincibility because it feels like you’re cloaked from the existential pressures life hits you in your older years. Housing and food are provided. Death isn’t a fully realized concept as you are at life’s beginnings. The biggest crisis you might face is getting homework done

'Bob Marley: One Love' review: Proves To Be Too Unfocused For It's Legendary Subject

You might be tempted to look at a specific part of Bob Marley’s for a legacy as extensive, far-reaching, and how powerful as it still is. Reinaldo Marcus Green’s biopic Bob Marley: One Love begins with the famous press conference before the 1976 Smile Jamaica Concert. It’s right within the height of political violence within the vacuum of two political groups at odds. But Marley is at peace. He’s not doing this to sway to any political agenda or monetary gain; it’s for peace. It’s because he bel

'Out of Darkness' review: Oh, The Horrors The Endless Abyss Hides

Andrew Cumming’s Out of Darkness comes equipped with its own prehistoric language but speaks to a universal fear of things that like beyond the reaches of the light. Setting the suspense, adventure, and sometimes horror-dripped film 45,000 years ago sets some sparse, but engaging parameters. Back then, everything was tailored around survival — hunting, finding shelter, and not being vulnerable to all sorts of predators were the main drivers of the day. Thus, rather than having things rely on a d

Jay-Z's Speech and the Conundrum of Needing The Grammy Award Accolade

Jay-Z’s acceptance speech for the Dr. Dre Global Impact Award included a part in which he highlighted two previous Grammy boycotts he and Will Smith did — while still acknowledging they watched the show anyway. That is a perfect summary of the relationship we have with the Grammys at large now. It’s billed as “The Super Bowl of music,” where the industry’s best comes together with the spirit that the best works from the prior year will be awarded. Again, that’s at least the spirit of what the Gr

‘Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero’ review: Tour Documentary That Paints With Broad Strokes

There’s a part in the documentary Lil Nas X: Long Live Montero where he’s on a tour bus and starts playing Denice Williams’s 1976 classic, “Free.” The chorus’s parts resonate most with his soul when she sings, ” I’ve got to be free, free, free, oh/I just got to be me, me, me. The singer, rapper, and songwriter born Montero Lamar Hill, states this song has a hold on him, and he’s later seen in a skating ring moving carefree to the track again. If a theme is apparent throughout Lil Nas X’s career,

'Love Lies Bleeding' review: Kristen Stewart and Katy O'Brian Are A Winning Pair Inside a Tale of Love, Dark Secrets, and Pumping Iron

Out of all the small gyms in New Mexico, she had to come into mine. The first shots of Rose Glass’s second full-length feature, Love Lies Bleeding, start with an animalistic tone as slow-motion shots track groups of people going through various workouts. The sweat, muscles flexing, and raw energy almost take you by the hand and never let go. There’s a particular sheen cinematographer Ben Fordesman goes for that acts as another character within itself. If there is one circular theme that encompas

'Cry Me A River' Is A Song Justin Timberlake Can't Seem To Shake

On November 25, 2002, Justin Timberlake premiered the video for a song (you may have heard it) named ‘Cry Me A River’ from his debut solo album, Justified. There was a time when he was silent about where the inspiration for that song came from. No doubt it was about a prior relationship that crumbled to the ground, but Timberlake stated it wasn’t specifically about anyone in October of 2002. Cut to the premiere of that video directed by Francis Lawrence, and the resemblance of the faceless blond

'The Moogai' review: Important Message Gets Lost In the Conventionality of It's Horror Style

The one thing you will immediately notice in writer-director Jon Bell’s The Moogai is the strong character design of the monster itself. It’s a sometimes horrifying practical physical embodiment tied to terrible atrocities committed against the “Stolen Generations” between the years of 1910 and 1970. That was when mixed-race children (who were deemed “half-caste) of Australian Aboriginal descent were forcibly taken from their families due to Australian policies on the books. To this day, the exa

'Look Into My Eyes' review: Lana Wilson's documentary make the world of psychics accessible

You can be honest with me. There’s a healthy amount of skepticism when people hear the word psychic or believe there’s a way to peer into the afterlife. Some people may not even believe in places we go after hitting our inevitable fates of death entirely — let alone think that people can see visions through a crystal ball or tarot cards. One is because spirits contacting us sounds too scary and ridiculous, and also, it’s just easier to accept once someone is gone; that’s it. It would be more pai

'Argylle' review: Has As Many Twists and Turns as It Does Spies and Not To It's Benefit

You can’t lie and say that Matthew Vaughn’s Argylle doesn’t at least look intriguing and bombastic from its trailer. The spy-action-comedy hybrid has always been fertile ground for twists. Allegiances get twisted, broken, and re-aligned in unexpected ways. Perhaps the bad guy is only a figurehead to the overarching evil figure behind them, or a death that occurs at the beginning of the narrative reveals itself. It’s all fair game, and Argylle certainly takes advantage of those inhibitions — perh

'Scrambled' review: A Leah McKendrick Showcase Which Laughs and Cries At Fertility's Ups and Downs

If you haven’t heard by now, growing older isn’t easy — especially with the societal expectations of marriage and children. It can feel like a pressure cooker if you are the odd person out while everybody around you is experiencing these milestones. Thankfully, we’re starting to get where people feel more comfortable opting out of the quintessential “dream” of husband/wife, a house with a white picket fence, 2.5 children, and a pet, and doing whatever feels natural. But it doesn’t mean that’s ea

'I Saw The TV Glow' review: Jane Schoenbrun's Expansive, Artistic, Nightmarish Take On Identity Purgatory

Writer-director Jane Schoenbrun’s I Saw The TV Glow is not what I would call a happy film. The feeling of anxiety and dread only gets worse as you reach its conclusion. What you can be pleased about is that a piece of art depicting a certain kind of experience that is provocative, intelligent, inclusive, and fine-tuned to the fears of the trans community was created for the mass populous to see. There are almost an infinite amount of ways that you can portray how loneliness feels. That concept i

'In A Violent Nature' Review: A Restrained POV As A Slasher Concept Tweak

Classic slasher films come with an agreement that you will invest in a healthy amount of suspension of disbelief. For example, why can an undead killer walking two miles per hour catch somebody running full speed away from them? Or that there happens to be a well-timed branch or bear trap in the way to hinder their escape. Many of these scenarios have circled the bend but still bring much joy to the horror faithful. Almost all of these stories come from the perspective of survivors or a group of

Sports Illustrated's downfall is a symbol of sports journalism's ongoing erosion

When I was a teenager, there was this mall my friends and I used to go to. The space outside school and our houses was where we could just be high schoolers. We would stop by the food court and peruse the many stores inside. If one of us had money, we could buy clothes or a video game. Most importantly, there was a place where we could just be ourselves outside the watchful eyes of the adults in our lives. As I got older, that mall started to disintegrate piece by piece. First, the big retail st

'Your Monster' review: Where Theater, A Disney Affinity, and Toxic Exes Reside

If I told you Laura Franco (Melissa Barrera) was going through a rough patch, I would be underselling how big her problems are. On the way, striving for Broadway fame and stardom, she gets cancer and has to undergo surgery. Her boyfriend Jacob (Edmund Donovan) suddenly breaks up with her as she recovers because “it’s too much to handle.” As an insult to injury, he has taken full ownership of the musical they worked on together and intends to hold auditions without her knowing. (Did I mention the

'Handling The Undead' review: Zombie Drama Focuses On the Grief of the Living

Zombie films almost have too much immediacy to incorporate grief’s slow, suffocating feel. There’s the reanimation part, which usually happens in seconds and the person/people you once knew to turn into ravenous, flesh-eating creatures with a void in their eyes. From there on, it’s the principles of survival and not getting bit as the need to be on the go constantly acts as a numbing device. But think about what would happen if that process was prolonged. Instead of the story we’ve all come to k

‘The American Society of Magical Negroes’

Many of us know the phrase “go along to get along,” and that can apply to the classic “magical negro” stereotype. Films such as The Legend of Bagger Vance and The Green Mile share a commonality of the leading white protagonist having an issue and a supporting Black character possessing some mystical insight/powers to make it disappear. Only when this ailment is cured the Black person is looked at as some equal — usually inside a world that sees them as being less than others. That role is proble

The Essentialness of Music Journalism Must Be Recognized

Music is magical. It’s one of the few mediums where you can relive the feeling of hearing something for the first time in repetition. It will always repay you if you allow yourself to be overtaken by melodies, rhythm, and the shared stories of instrumentals and lyricism. For me, it was my late grandmother’s love for the piano and Gospel music. Then, it grew from my uncle’s vast CD collection full of R&B and classic hip-hop. Soon, I would make my own discoveries by watching MTV, where Nirvana’s “

'Echo' Review: A Good Enough MCU Limited Series

If you haven’t heard yet, as has been said through most of the MCU transition from 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, things are in flux. Since the inclusion of Disney+ shows into its extensive canon, the universe has been pulled in multiple directions with more projects on the docket, resulting in uneven results on both big and small screens. Going into 2024, Marvel had to decide how to welcome those who felt the weight of the number of projects they had to follow. This is where the Marvel Spotlight ser

The Bear's Fan Fiction Invades Ayo Edebiri's Golden Globes Win

This past summer, I had the pleasure of reviewing the fantastic second season of The Bear, and one of the prevailing wants of some people who watched was a supposed love story between Carmy (Jeremy Allen White) and Sydney (Ayo Edebiri). Of course, art is open to interpretation, but I saw a friendship and mutual respect forged by the life and death of a restaurant. Once Carmy’s focus was pulled into the direction of his budding relationship with Claire (Molly Gordon), Sydney felt that. It’s no di
Load More