I became a finalist in the 2022 Gen Z Critics Contest with this essay on Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master.”
Entertainment, Film, Film Review, films, Gen Z, Joaquin Phoenix, Movie Review, Movie Review Contest, Movies, Oscars, Paul Thomas Anderson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, PTA, Scientology, The Master
Our podcast discussing great classic & modern films is available NOW on Spotify, Google Podcasts, and more.
Including 6 recommendations for you to watch!
In one of my most interesting interviews of all time, I spoke with Valladares about how Stanford nurtured his passion for film and his insights on film criticism and the movie industry.
Criterion Collection, David Fincher, Entertainment, Film Critic, Letterboxd, Martin Scorsese, Marvel, Marvel movies, Movies, Stanford, Tarantino, Taxi Driver
I watched movies in 12 languages, including works by Fellini, Paul Thomas Anderson, Bo Burnham, Scorsese, Kore-eda, and Jackie Chan.
Action, action movies, brokeback mountain, Charlie Chaplin, city lights, Coen Brothers, Drama, Entertainment, Lost in Translation, Martin Scorsese, modern times, Movies, Oscars, romance, Taxi Driver, Wes Anderson
Concertos Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 (complete) Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations (complete) Dvorak Cello Concerto Elgar Cello Concerto Haydn Cello Concerto…
I watched 50 more movies between 2/5 and 4/15. Also, 6 more recommendations for you to watch.
best movies, Charlie Chaplin, Chinese movies, David Fincher, David Lynch, fight club, films, golden globes, Japanese movies, Korean movies, malcolm & marie, monty python, moonrise kingdom, Movie Review, Movies, Mulholland Drive, noah baumbach, nomadland, Oscars 2018, Oscars 2021, Wes Anderson
In “House of Balloons,” The Weeknd paints soundscapes of beaten-down basements and blurry memories, setting the standard for alternative R&B of the 2010s and beyond.
Abel Tesfaye, Beauty Behind the Madness, Can't Feel My Face, House of Balloons, mixtape, R&B, R&B albums, R&B music, R&B musicians, Super Bowl, Super Bowl halftime show, The Weeknd, Trilogy
I’ve decided to be a full-blown film buff. Here are are the 50 movies I’ve watched as of Feb 4, 2021. Also, 7 recommended movies for you to watch.
2020 movies, Back to the Future, Borat 2, Charlie Chaplin, Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Mank, Minari, Movies, Musical, Musical Theater, Netflix, Oscars, Oscars 2021, Pieces of a Woman, Studio Ghibli, The Dark Knight, Wes Anderson
I got Netflix for the first time and watched 48 full-length movies in basically 4 months.
Bong Joon-Ho, Chinese movies, Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, Facebook, Gone with the Wind, Greta Gerwig, Korean movies, Little Women, Lord of the Rings, Marriage Story, Movies, Netflix, Robert Pattinson, Scarlett Johansson, Tenet, The Lighthouse, The Social Dilemma, The Social Network, Uncut Gems
What is the 2010s if not the decade when we connected with each other most — whether through text messages, car rides, Facebook — and also felt the most isolated?
2010s, Alright, Best Albums, Best albums of the 2010's, Blonde, Frank Ocean, Frank Ocean Blonde, Hip hop, Jazz, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Power, R&B, Rap, Runaway, To Pimp A Butterfly
I react to and comment on my top 20 most played songs from 2020 according to Spotify.
After Hours, ASAP Rocky, Beyonce, Brockhampton, FKA twigs, Frank Ocean, Hip hop, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Lorde, My top songs, R&B, Rap, Spotify, Spotify my top songs, Spotify playlist, Spotify Wrapped, Spotify Wrapped 2020, The Weeknd
Yeol-Eum Son dazzled the masked audience with maturity and restraint during her all-Schumann piano recital on June 23, 2020 at Seoul Arts Center.
Classical Music, 클래식, 클래식 음악, 손열음, 피아노, 피아니스트, 콘서트, Music, Pianist, Pianists, Piano, piano concert, Piano music, piano performance, piano recital, Recital, Robert Schumann, Schumann, Schumann Arabeske, Schumann Fantasie, Schumann Fantasy, Schumann Kreisleriana, Schumann Scenes from Childhood, Solo Piano, Solo Piano Recital, Tchaikovsky, Tchaikovsky Competition, Yeol Eum Son
The already-mainstream artists are sure to sweep the major awards, including two of the most viral artists of the past year: Lizzo and Billie Eilish.
7 rings, Ariana Grande, bad guy, Billie Eilish, Bon Iver, Father of the Bride, Grammy Awards, Grammys, Grammys 2020, Indie, Lana Del Rey, Lil Nas X, Lizzo, lover, Maggie Rogers, Music, Music News, New Music, Norman Fucking Rockwell, Old Town Road, Pop, Popular Music, Post Malone, Rap, Rock, Rosalia, Sunflower, Swae Lee, Taylor Swift, thank u next, truth hurts, Vampire Weekend
Melodrama establishes Lorde as an artist with the lifestyle of a party-loving, city-scaling teenager and the soul of an intellectual with wisdom seemingly compounded over generations.
2017, Alt pop, Alternative Pop, Best Music, Best music of 2017, best music of the decade, Best Pop, Best pop albums, Best Pop Music, Green Light, Homemade Dynamite, Indie Pop, Liability, Lorde, Melodrama, Music, Pop, Pure Heroine, Sober, Writer in the Dark
This gem of an album distills decades of R&B, pop, dance, rock, and soul into 10 vibrant and poignant tracks.
20/20 Experience, 2013, 2013 Music, Albums, Best albums 2013, Best albums of the 2010's, Best albums of the decade, Best Music, Best music 2013, best music of the 2010s, best music of the decade, Justin Timberlake, love, Mirrors, Music, Music 2013, neo soul, Pop, Popular Music, R&B, Rock, romance, soul, Suit & Tie, The 20/20 Experience, Timbaland, Tunnel Vision
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, you’ll run into ‘em, so here are the top 10 picks for the best holiday songs of the season.
All I want for Christmas is You, Best Christmas Songs, Blue Christmas, Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, Christmas, Christmas Music, Christmas Songs, Elvis, Elvis Presley, George Michael, Grinch, Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Holiday Song, Holiday songs, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Rock, Last Christmas, Let It Snow, Mariah Carey, Music, Nat King Cole, Sleigh Ride, The Grinch, Wham, You're a mean one Mr. Grinch
Brockhampton concerts are guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience with an exhilarating atmosphere and music.
100 gecs, bearface, Brockhampton, Concert, Dom McLennon, Ginger, Hip hop, iridescence, Joba, Kevin Abstract, Matt Champion, Merlyn, Music, Music concert, Music Tour, Rap, Rap concert, Rap Tour, Saturation, Saturation II, Saturation III, slowthai, Tour
I enjoyed listening to rock and rap outside the mainstream, listening to the discographies of artists like Cage the Elephant, Freddie Gibbs, DMX, and The Internet.
Album, Albums, Anderson .Paak, Arizona Baby, Best New Albums, best new music, Beyonce, Billie Eilish, Brockhampton, Cage the Elephant, Crash Talk, Cuz I Love You, DMX, Ego Death, Entertainment, Freddie Gibbs, Free Spirit, Ghettobaby, Indie, Indie Rock, Kevin Abstract, Khalid, Lemonade, Lizzo, Marina, Megan Thee Stallion, Melophobia, Music, New Albums, New Music, Pop, Rap, Rock, Sara Bareilles, ScHoolboy Q, Thank you happy birthday, The Chemical Brothers, The Internet, Vance Joy
I explore A$AP Rocky, Mos Def, and Big K.R.I.T’s discographies.
808, 808s, 808s & Heartbreak, 808s and Heartbreak, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Ariana Grande, ASAP Rocky, best new music, Big KRIT, Billboard, Billboard Hot 100, Blade Runner, Calvin Harris, Drake, Dua Lipa, Grammy Awards, Grammys, Grammys 2019, Gunna, Harvard, Harverd Dropout, Hip hop, J. Cole, Joy Division, Kanye West, Kehlani, Lil Pump, Mary J Blige, Migos, Mos Def, Music, Musical, Musical Theater, Musical Theatre, Musicals, New Music, next, Offset, Original Soundtrack, OST, Phantom, Phantom of the Opera, Pharrell, Pharrell Williams, Pop, Popular Music, producers, Rap, thank u, thank u next, The Phantom of the Opera, Travis Scott, Unknown Pleasures
With 8 nominations in each of the four major categories, the race is more wide open than ever. Will female artists and rappers triumph?
21 Savage, A Star is Born, Ariana Grande, Bebe Rexha, Beerbongs & Bentleys, Black Panther, Boo'd Up, Bradley Cooper, Cardi B, Country, Country Music, Dirty Computer, Drake, Dua Lipa, Ella Mai, Entertainment, God's Plan, Golden Hour, Grammy Awards, Grammys, Grammys 2019, H.E.R., HER, Hip hop, I like it, Invasion of Privacy, Jorja Smith, Kacey Musgraves, Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga, Margo Price, Music, Music Awards, Music Industry, Music News, News, Pop, Popular Music, Post Malone, R&B, Rap, Scorpion, Shallow, SZA, TDE, The Middle, This is America
Despite the tense history between rap and the Grammys, the nominees this year are very interesting.
21 Savage, All the Stars, Astroworld, Award Shows, Awards, Be Careful, Best Music, Best Rap, Bubblin, Cardi B, Childish Gambino, DAYTONA, Drake, Eminem, Future, God's Plan, Grammy Awards, Grammys, Invasion of Privacy, James Blake, Jay Rock, Joyner Lucas, Kamikaze, Kendrick Lamar, King's Dead, Lucky You, Mac Miller, Music, Music Awards, Music News, Nice for What, Post Malone, Pusha T, Rap, Rockstar, Sicko Mode, Swimming, SZA, This is America, Travis Scott
10 R&B and rap albums from 2018 outside the mainstream spotlight for you to discover. Featuring Joey Purp, 88Rising, Sophie, and more.
88Rising, Album, Best Albums, Best albums of the year, Best New Albums, best new music, BlocBoy JB, Cocoa Sugar, Conner Youngblood, Cozz, Dreamville, Effected, Electronic, Electronic Music, Filthy Frank, Flintlock, Higher Brothers, Hip hop, Hip hop industry, Ivy Sole, J. Cole, Joey Purp, Joji, Kendrick Lamar, Knowledge the Pirate, Music, New Albums, New Music, Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides, Overgrown, Playboi Carti, Quarterthing, R&B, Rap, REASON, Rich Brian, Rich Chigga, SiR, SOPHIE, TDE, There You Have It, Top Dawg, Top Dawg Entertainment, Underground, Underground Hip Hop, Underground rap, Vince Staples, Young fathers
Revisiting releases from earlier this year – 6 months down in my project!
21 Savage, Aaliyah, Courney Barnett, Death Grips, Entertainment, Hip hop, Ice Cube, Indie Rock, Justin Timberlake, Media, Meek Mill, Music, New Music, New Rap, Noname, OutKast, Popular Music, R&B, Rock, The 1975, Vulfpeck, XXXTENTACION, Young Thug
I aimed for a range of different subgenres and types within rap and R&B as well as pop and indie rock in my top 25 albums of 2018. Including Swimming, Voicenotes, Daytona, Isolation, and more.
2018, A$AP Rocky, Ariana Grande, ASAP Rocky, Astroworld, Be the Cowboy, Best Albums, Best albums of the year, Best Music, Best Music of 2018, Best New Albums, Best of 2018, Brockhampton, Charlie Puth, Death Grips, DiCaprio, Dirty Computer, Earl Sweatshirt, Experimental, Experimental Music, Indie Rock, iridescence, J.I.D, Janelle Monae, Jay Rock, Kali Uchis, Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Kids See Ghosts, Mac Miller, Mitski, Music, Music, Music News, New Rap, New Rappers, Odd Future, Pop, Popular Music, R&B, Redemption, Retro, Rock, Some Rap Songs, Sweetener, Swimming, Travis Scott
Great rap album releases this month, along with more experimental genres.
Anderson .Paak, best new music, Billie Eilish, Brockhampton, Christmas, Christmas Music, Creed II, Florence + The Machine, Hip hop, J.I.D, Jaden Smith, JID, John Legend, Kevin Abstract, Lil Wayne, Lupe Fiasco, Metro Boomin, Migos, Music, Music, New Music, Pop, Popular Music, Public Enemy, R&B, Rapsody, Smino, Takeoff, Tha Carter V, The Smashing Pumpkins, Vince Staples
All together, the songs from “Blonde” make up the four seasons of the year.
Album, alternative hip hop, Alternative rap, Best Albums, Best Music, Blonde, Calendar, Frank Ocean, Music, Music, neo soul, R&B, soul
Great projects from Swizz Beatz, Vince Staples, Metro Boomin, Freddie Gibbs, and more.
Action Bronson, Best New Albums, best new music, Entertainment, fetti, FM, Metro Boomin, Migos, Music, Music, New Music, Noir, Not all heroes wear capes, november, poison, Rappers, Smino, Swizz Beatz, Takeoff, The last rocket, Travis Scott, Vince Staples
Exploring lesser known artists during October.
Albums, Arcade Fire, BlocBoy JB, Cardi B, Ella Mai, Eminem, Future, Hip hop, Juice WRLD, Khalid, Lil Wayne, Lil Yachty, Migos, Mo Bamba, Music, Music, Music News, New Albums, New Music, New Rappers, Quavo, R&B, Rappers, Rock, Sheck Wes, Solange, Solange Knowles, Twenty One Pilots, Usher, Young Thug
Dipping my toes into a wider variety of genres in September.
Album, Albums, Best Albums, Brockhampton, Bruce Springsteen, Daniel Caesar, Drake, Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Lana Del Rey, Logic, Lust for Life, Mac Miller, Migos, Music, Nebraska, Overly Dedicated, Oxymoron, Panic! at the Disco, Paul McCartney, Quavo, ScHoolboy Q, SZA, Take Care, The Divine Feminine, Travis Scott, Troye Sivan, Ultraviolence
The seven best albums released before June 30th, 2018. Including names such as Cardi B, Janelle Monae, and Pusha T.
Best Albums, Best albums of 2018, Best albums of the year, Best Music, Cardi B, Care for me, DAYTONA, Dirty Computer, Entertainment, Invasion of Privacy, Isolation, Janelle Monae, Jorja Smith, Kali Uchis, Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Kids See Ghosts, Lost & Found, Media, Music, Music, Music Industry, Music News, Popular Music, Pusha T, R&B, Saba
Every year, the hip hop magazine XXL releases a list of (usually) 10 rappers on the rise– artists they feel…
BlocBoy JB, Entertainment, Freshman, Gucci Gang, Hip hop, Hip hop industry, J.I.D, Lil Pump, Media, Mumble Rap, Music, Music, New Rappers, Rappers, Shoot, Shoot Dance, Ski Mask, Ski Mask the Slump God, Smokepurpp, Stefflon Don, Trippie Redd, Wifisfuneral, XXL, XXL 2018 Freshman Class, XXL Freshman Class, XXL Magazine, YBN, YBN Nahmir
Vulture describes it best: “ye is a bit of a success and a bit of a failure. Like a collapsed, undercooked cake, it’s temptingly sweet but also disconcertingly mishandled.”
Album Review, Albums, Best Music, Best New Albums, Bipolar, Bipolar Disorder, Chicago Rap, GOOD Music, Hip hop, Hip hop industry, Kanye West, Kanye West Donald Trump, Kanye West Twitter, Kim Kardashian, Mental Health, Music, Music, Music News, music production, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Popular Music, Rappers, The College Dropout, The Life of Pablo, twitter, ye, yeezus, yeezy
“Darkest Hour” is alright– until the plot turns painfully contrived and, frankly, baffling by the end. Gary Oldman is the only truly laudable part of this film, which drags on for far too long otherwise.
Biopic, British Films, British Movies, Darkest Hour, Entertainment, Gary Oldman, Joe Wright, Movie Review, Movies, Oscars, Oscars 2018, Rotten Tomatoes, War Movie, World War 2, World War II, World War II Movie
Kendrick Lamar and other Top Dawg artists showcase artistry and heartwarming cooperation in the unforgettable Championship Tour.
Championship Tour, Concert, DAMN., Hip hop, Hip hop industry, Jay Rock, Kendrick, Kendrick Lamar, Lamar, Music, Music, Music News, Music Tour, Popular Music, Pulitzer Prize, Pulitzer Prize for Music, Rappers, ScHoolboy Q, The Championship Tour, Top Dawg, Top Dawg Entertainment
“J. Cole’s pure approach to music is a powerful antidote to the often exhausting excess of hip-hop.”
2014 Forest Hills Drive, 4 Your Eyez Only, Best New Albums, Entertainment, Features, Hip hop, Hip hop industry, J. Cole, KOD, Media, Music, Music, Music Industry, Popular Music, Rappers, Solo
J. Cole’s heart-wrenching narratives are made complete with these equally poignant beats that make his words linger in your head for days afterward.
2014 Forest Hills Drive, 4 Your Eyez Only, Albums, Beats, Best Music, BET Awards, Born Sinner, Cole, Entertainment, Grammys, Hip hop, Instrumentals, J. Cole, Media, Music, Music, music production, Popular Music, Rappers, Top 10 Lists
Lamar’s Pulitzer Prize win is not only a landmark in hip hop history but also a huge stride in recognizing the immense artistic and cultural significance of hip hop in American society.
Awards, DAMN., Entertainment, Grammys, Hip hop, Kendrick, Kendrick Lamar, Lamar, Music, Music, Music Industry, Music News, News, Pulitzer, Pulitzer Prize, Pulitzer Prize for Music
The Youtube legends visited my school, and I took this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to snap some pictures with them.
Asian, Asian American, Asian Americans in Media, Comedy, Drama, Entertainment, Famous Youtubers, Media, Media Company, Movie Production, Movies, Netflix, Sketches, Skits, Wong Fu, Wong Fu Productions, Youtube, Youtube Channel, Youtube Partner, Youtubers
Wendy’s fires shots at McDonald’s and more, including killer lines like “Why yo’ ice cream machine always broke? Why yo’ drive through always slow?”
Albums, beef, Burger King, diss, Fast food, feud, McDonalds, mixtape, Music, Music, music production, restaurant, twitter, Wendy's
The Shape of Water is both harrowing and sensual: an idealistic fairytale and a portrayal of a universal, harsh reality.
Venice and Telluride snag Best Picture wins; Cannes, not so much.
Part 1 of a series on various artists’ best beats. First up: Kendrick Lamar and his five full-length projects.
Albums, Beats, Hip hop, Instrumentals, Kendrick, Kendrick Lamar, Lists, Music, Music, music production, producers, Top 10 Lists
Historic wins from Peele, Deakins, and del Toro; questionable misses for Lady Bird and Get Out.
Best Picture, Dunkirk, Get Out, Guillermo del Toro, Jimmy Kimmel, Jordan Peele, Lady Bird, Oscars, Oscars 2018, The Shape of Water, Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri
Good lineup overall, but the race comes down to two difficult but necessary films in the current polarized climate.
Best Picture, Best Picture Prediction, Call Me By Your Name, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, Get Out, Lady Bird, Oscars, Oscars 2018, Phantom Thread, Prediction, The Post, The Shape of Water, Three Billboards, Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri
The cultural landmark has ways to go before the rightful attention it deserves will subside.
Album, Black, Black Panther, Entertainment, Hip hop, Kendrick Lamar, Movie Review, Movies, Music, Music, Panther
Once again, Grammy voters refuse to award the top honor to excellent rap albums.
Tyler is a genius rapper and producer, and his newest project is a brilliant streak of originality in the current hip hop scene that stands toe-to-toe with even the most seasoned artists like Jay-Z.