I became a finalist in the 2022 Gen Z Critics Contest with this essay on Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master.”
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.
I watched movies in 12 languages, including works by Fellini, Paul Thomas Anderson, Bo Burnham, Scorsese, Kore-eda, and Jackie Chan.
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.
With 8 nominations in each of the four major categories, the race is more wide open than ever. Will female artists and rappers triumph?
I explored old-school hip-hop and EDM during January.
Revisiting releases from earlier this year – 6 months down in my project!
Great projects from Swizz Beatz, Vince Staples, Metro Boomin, Freddie Gibbs, and more.
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 … More
“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.
“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.
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.
The cultural landmark has ways to go before the rightful attention it deserves will subside.