I became a finalist in the 2022 Gen Z Critics Contest with this essay on Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master.”
I’ve watched 200 movies in 2021 (as of October 28)
Including 6 recommendations for you to watch!
Interview with Nadia: Film Critic Carlos Valladares discusses A24, 1930s Hollywood, and the plight of Marvel
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’ve watched 150 movies in 2021 (as of June 20)
I watched movies in 12 languages, including works by Fellini, Paul Thomas Anderson, Bo Burnham, Scorsese, Kore-eda, and Jackie Chan.
I’m listening to one new album every day for a year: April
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.
I’m listening to one new album every day for a year: March
Musical theatre, rock, pop, and Game of Thrones soundtracks.
Grammys 2019: Predictions for MAJOR Awards (General)
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’m listening to one new album every day for a year: January
I explored old-school hip-hop and EDM during January.
I’m listening to one new album every day for a year: December
Revisiting releases from earlier this year – 6 months down in my project!
November is stacked for Rap – Part 1
Great projects from Swizz Beatz, Vince Staples, Metro Boomin, Freddie Gibbs, and more.
I’m listening to one new album every day for a year: July/Aug
First update on my goal of listening to at least one full album a day for the first time.
Best Albums of 2018 So Far
The seven best albums released before June 30th, 2018. Including names such as Cardi B, Janelle Monae, and Pusha T.
Ranking the XXL Magazine 2018 Freshman Class Freestyles and Cyphers
Every year, the hip hop magazine XXL releases a list of (usually) 10 rappers on the rise– artists they feel … More
Darkest Hour – Film Review
“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.
The One Vital Lesson Hip-Hop Can Learn From J. Cole
“J. Cole’s pure approach to music is a powerful antidote to the often exhausting excess of hip-hop.”
Best Beats Over the Years: J.Cole (pt.2)
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.
Kendrick Lamar Wins a Pulitzer Prize, Makes Hip Hop History (Grammys, Take Notes.)
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.
I Met Wong Fu Productions!
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 – Film Review
The Shape of Water is both harrowing and sensual: an idealistic fairytale and a portrayal of a universal, harsh reality.
Venice vs. Cannes vs. Berlin vs. Oscars vs. More: Comparing the Great Festivals
Venice and Telluride snag Best Picture wins; Cannes, not so much.
The Black Panther Hype is Just Starting
The cultural landmark has ways to go before the rightful attention it deserves will subside.