Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, and Trevante Rhodes as Chiron in the Moonlight poster. (A24)

This review will contain mild spoilers.

I have to admit I avoided watching Moonlight since it came out.

It’s not that I didn’t want to see it. The coming of age film written and directed by Barry Jenkins received a ton of hype from both film critics and fans since its 2016 premiere, and that has overwhelmed me ever since.

Out of all the films I wanted to review for “Nope: Never Seen It”, Moonlight was the one I anticipated the most. It’s not part of a decades-spanning franchise like Star Wars, nor is it culturally ubiquitous to the point…

(left) Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford at Comic Con (Inside the Magic)

At the end of my original trilogy review, I wrote that I considered myself more of a Trekkie because I claimed to not be into these “war movies”. It’s been almost a year and I have yet to watch Star Trek.

Over the past several months, I gained an unexpected appreciation for Star Wars. It reignited my love for Carrie Fisher, who I already adored since I saw her roast George Lucas at his AFI tribute for her unabashed sense of grace. …

(This essay will discuss racism, violent hate crimes, and sexual assault. Viewer discretion is advised.)

So this is a little different from my usual content, as I write about movies and the occasional tv show. I just couldn’t help but investigate some Twitter drama, especially since it concerns someone who influenced how I look at those subjects in the first place.

Screenshot of Youtube search results for Lindsay Ellis. (Top to bottom) her main channel link with a photo of Ellis, her video entitled “RENT-Look Prettyy and Do As Little as Possible: A Video Essay”, her video entitled “Joel Schumacher’s ‘Phantom of the Opera’ Video Essay”.
Lindsay Ellis’s video essays on the musicals Rent and Phantom of the Opera (Youtube)

Lindsay Ellis is a Youtuber who has grown from making goofy, hastily-made video reviews as the Nostalgia Chick on the ill-fated website Channel Awesome to becoming a Hugo Award nominated video essayist and best-selling author. I deeply admired the…

Two boys, Vision, and Wanda raising their arms in a stance to looking straight at SWORD agents offscreen
Billy (Julian Hilliard), Tommy (Jett Klyne), Vision (Paul Bettany), and Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) doing their Incredibles pose against S.W.O.R.D (Disney)

When I realized that there wasn’t going to be a new episode of WandaVision this week, it hit me like a slightly-too-cool breeze on my neck. I couldn’t be too bummed though, as the discourse never stopped for a second.

WandaVision aired its series finale on Disney Plus last Friday and it received a positively mixed response. It took me a while to figure out what I actually thought of it, and thus the show as a whole. I would have shared my thoughts earlier if they didn’t keep evolving over time.

So without further ado, here’s my admittedly unorganized…

A poster comprised of the characters of WandaVision, with Wanda in the center surrounded in red light as the characters Monica, Vision, Agnes, and Jimmy Woo are surrounded in blue.
Clockwise: Paul Bettany, Kathryn Hahn, Randall Park, Elizabeth Olsen, Teyonah Parris, Kat Dennings (Credit: Disney)

To me, WandaVision is the only TV show that matters.

For the first time in a while, viewers are consistently showing their love of a TV show for longer than a week. Though there are shows on streaming services that do get talked about often, such as The Mandalorian, The Queen’s Gambit, and Bridgerton, Disney Plus’s WandaVision, directed by Matt Shakman, maintained its cultural relevance in a more prevalent way. While those shows released an entire season for viewers to binge-watch in a day or two, WandaVision aired its episodes on a weekly basis. …

Glenda Brown

Black. Filipino. Autistic. Film lover. Creator of the blog Glen’s Lens, home of the “Nope, Never Seen It!” series.

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