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20-something-year-old Ravenclaw. Lover of movies, TV shows, fiction books and memes. Expert in pretending that I know what I’m doing with my life.

One musician provides escapism and solace for troubled Japanese youth in this dark indie drama.

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Fandom culture (or stan culture, as most young people would call it today) has been explored in many movies and TV shows to varying degrees (think “Scream”, “Misery”, or “The Big Bang Theory”). But none of them will ever compare to Shunji Iwai’s harrowing 2001 film, “All About Lily Chou-Chou”.

The opening scene starts out with 14-year-old Yuichi Hasumi standing alone in a lush green rice field, Discman in hand, headphones blasting the titular singers’ haunting and dreamy voice. All while online chatroom messages flash on the screen, displaying multiple conversations between Lily’s fans about how much they love her…

If you say you’ve never been brainwashed into wanting to be like any one of these couples, you’re lying


Authors and screenwriters are some of the most influential people on the planet. They have the power to shape the way we think and feel. They can make us see the world in a completely new and different light. The phrase “the pen is mightier than the sword” exists for a reason.

We’ve all fallen in love with a fictional character at some point in our lives. And we’re all guilty of being mesmerized by romantic relationships in books, movies and TV shows. When we watch or read them, we’re so sucked into the plot that we start imagining ourselves…

Trust me, I’m not exaggerating any of these and as always, spoilers ahead.

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It’s been a little over eight years since “Gossip Girl” — a show about an anonymous blogger exposing the scandalous lives of a group of hyper-privileged Upper East Side teens and their families — wrapped up on The CW. Although it’s ratings weren’t the best while it was on the air, this zeitgeisty pop culture phenomenon has experienced a revival of sorts over the years, particularly amongst younger generations who discovered it for the first time on Netflix.

I was always aware of the show’s existence, but I didn’t actually start getting into it until the summer of 2014. My…

Reflecting on the past year and coming to the harsh realization that coping during a pandemic is not easy, even when you’re an introvert.

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It’s December 31st, 2019. I’m at a New Years Eve party in a Manhattan nightclub with my friends. The clock is about to strike 12 and the excitement in the air is palpable. The dance floor is packed and the DJ cuts the music. The countdown ends as quickly as it began. It’s now January 1st, 2020. Confetti is cascading down and landing on our heads as we scream and cheer for the start of not only a new year, but a new decade. In my head, I was hoping that with the return of the 20’s, society was gonna…

Believe it or not, being stuck in between two powerhouse generations can cause a major identity crisis.

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Were you born in the mid-to-late 90's? Was 9/11 one of your earliest vivid memories? Did you have an analog childhood and a digital adolescence and early adulthood? Did you grow up playing with Tamagotchi’s, Gameboys and Bratz dolls? Do you feel too young to be a Millennial but too old to be a Gen Z’er? Then congrats, you’re a Zillennial! Meaning you’re not fully one or the other, you’re a mix of both. Be prepared to live the rest of your life with a serious case of generational middle child syndrome.

Micro-generations are not a new concept. They’ve been…

A native Brooklynite looks into how Netflix portrayed the Brooklyn high school experience.

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When I first heard about Netflix’s new teen drama, “Grand Army”, I’ll admit I was a little apprehensive. I heard that the show was based on several prestigious New York City public high schools — most notably Brooklyn Tech. Just to give you some background, I was raised and went to school in Brooklyn all my life (Brooklyn Tech is even in my neighborhood, coincidentally enough).

From what I’ve seen, teen movies and shows that take place in New York usually center on characters that live or go to school in Manhattan, which heightens the glitzy and glamorized image of…

Ethnic ambiguity, false assumptions, light skinned privilege and a struggle to find acceptance are the pillars of the mixed race existence.

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There are many questions that mixed race people get asked on the regular: “What are you?” “Where are you REALLY from?” “Are you *insert guess of random race/ethnicity here*?” “Are you SURE you’re from *blank*?” If mixed people had a dollar for every time we were asked these kinds of things throughout our lives, we’d all be millionaires. When I was younger, I just brushed it off and didn’t think too much of it. I thought that people had the right to be curious and I thought that it was normal for people to ask, especially when they first meet…

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