I became a finalist in the 2022 Gen Z Critics Contest with this essay on Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master.”
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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.
I watched movies in 12 languages, including works by Fellini, Paul Thomas Anderson, Bo Burnham, Scorsese, Kore-eda, and Jackie Chan.
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.
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.
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.
I got Netflix for the first time and watched 48 full-length movies in basically 4 months.
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?
I react to and comment on my top 20 most played songs from 2020 according to Spotify.
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.
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.
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.
This gem of an album distills decades of R&B, pop, dance, rock, and soul into 10 vibrant and poignant tracks.
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.
Brockhampton concerts are guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience with an exhilarating atmosphere and music.
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.
Musical theatre, rock, pop, and Game of Thrones soundtracks.
I explore A$AP Rocky, Mos Def, and Big K.R.I.T’s discographies.
With 8 nominations in each of the four major categories, the race is more wide open than ever. Will female artists and rappers triumph?
Despite the tense history between rap and the Grammys, the nominees this year are very interesting.
10 R&B and rap albums from 2018 outside the mainstream spotlight for you to discover. Featuring Joey Purp, 88Rising, Sophie, and more.
I explored old-school hip-hop and EDM during January.
Revisiting releases from earlier this year – 6 months down in my project!
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.
Great rap album releases this month, along with more experimental genres.
All together, the songs from “Blonde” make up the four seasons of the year.
Great projects from Swizz Beatz, Vince Staples, Metro Boomin, Freddie Gibbs, and more.
Exploring lesser known artists during October.
Dipping my toes into a wider variety of genres in September.
First update on my goal of listening to at least one full album a day for the first time.
The seven best albums released before June 30th, 2018. Including names such as Cardi B, Janelle Monae, and Pusha T.
Every year, the hip hop magazine XXL releases a list of (usually) 10 rappers on the rise– artists they feel…
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.”
“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.
Kendrick Lamar and other Top Dawg artists showcase artistry and heartwarming cooperation in the unforgettable Championship Tour.
“J. Cole’s pure approach to music is a powerful antidote to the often exhausting excess of hip-hop.”
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.
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.
The Youtube legends visited my school, and I took this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to snap some pictures with them.
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?”
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.
Historic wins from Peele, Deakins, and del Toro; questionable misses for Lady Bird and Get Out.
Good lineup overall, but the race comes down to two difficult but necessary films in the current polarized climate.
The cultural landmark has ways to go before the rightful attention it deserves will subside.
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.