CULTURE

Love Is Toxic — At Least According to These Romance Movies

When they go low, fall in love with them.

Megan Fox, Queen of being toxic on screen and IRL

Jennifers Body / 20th Century Studios, Fox Atomic

My favorite song of all time is "Lover, You Should've Come Over" by Jeff Buckley. It's also my biggest red flag. The song is about a man who lets the love of his life get away for pretty much no reason. Some interpret it as a song about infidelity. I just say it's the toxic person's anthem. Our lonesome man knows he should treat his lover better, but he blames his youth for why he can't.

"Maybe I'm too young to keep good love from going wrong" is one of the best lyrics ever put to melody — but a cop-out is a cop-out.

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I Want What Those Two Swedish Boys Have

The Young Royals Season 3 trailer just dropped and emotionally, I'm not ready

Young Royals Trailer

via Netflix Young Royals

2023 was the year of queer cinema — from campy rom coms like Red, White & Royal Blue to instant cult classics like Bottoms and heartwarming dramas like All of Us Stangers. But to me, most necessary in the queer canon, are stories about queer adolescence like Heartstopper, Sex Education, and Young Royals.

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CULTURE

Watch These Black Shows and Movies Before They Get Axed

It's Black History Month — no better time to support these Black-led movies and shows.

Black Movies for Black History Month 2024

Chris Harris/Searchlight Pictures

In 2020, pretty much every industry went through a crisis. Yes, partly because of the pandemic. But, after the murder of George Floyd and the international Black Lives Matter playlists, everyone looked around and realized: their Black representation was abysmal.

From corporate offices to movies, people were forced to reckon with the institutionalized racism at the center of their industries. Promises were made. Copies of bell hooks's All About Love were sold out. DEI executives were added to C-Suites. And everyone swore to look inward and make changes outward. But now, all those promises have been forgotten.

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Film Lists

I Can't Wait to Go to the Movies in 2024

Most anticipated movies coming in 2024

Zendaya Challengers Release Date

via MGM

I remember exactly where I was when I first watched it: the trailer for Challengers starring Zendaya, Mike Faist, and Josh O'Connor. That was my Super Bowl. It had everything: besties, bisexuality, and Zendaya in that Blonde bob.

I had waited months to finally get a glimpse of Zendaya's collaboration with Luca Guadagnino. Ever since the film had been announced, we'd savored clips of Zendaya practicing her tennis game, Tomdaya strolling around Boston on location, and even her judgemental looks (and flawless courtside fashion) at Wimbledon and the US Open.

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CULTURE

Cinema Might Be the Secret to Personal Style

Need some style inspo for 2024? Movies can be muses, too.

Julianne Moore in Sharper

via Apple TV
We're living in the heyday of fast fashion. TikTok microtrends are churned out faster than most brands can keep up with and toxic "dupe" culture has convinced us that it's always better to pay less to participate in trends — despite the environmental and social impact of major fast fashion brands. Is getting one picture in a polyester dress really worth the hours of child labor that went into it, and the eternity that piece of plastic masquerading-as-fabric will spend in a landfill?
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Film Reviews

How ‘Love in Taipei’ Tackles The Immigrant Experience

Like its protagonist, this Paramount+ romance is far more than meets the eye

Love in Taipei

via Paramount+

It’s a particular experience to be a marginalized person in a predominantly white setting. When you’re an immigrant in any Predominantly White Institution (PWI) in the U.S., you’re both defined by and alienated from your ethnicity. The idea of your ethnicity feels like a shroud that separates you from the people around you, while also obscuring the complexity of the reality of your place of origin.

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