Entertainment Journalism & Lifestyle Articles

A collection of some of the pieces I've written for entertainment publications. 

Old Guard's Queer Rep Should Be Wakeup Call for Big Studios

While major movie studios might make lots of excuses for their lack of LGBTQIA+ representation, and it might seem like the norm, the mold is finally being broken in other places. With most theaters still closed and very few new films releasing in them, more people than ever are watching streaming content, and Netflix’s The Old Guard put Disney (including Marvel and Star Wars), Warner Bros., and others to shame by showing just how easy queer representation in genre films can be.

What the Meme-Filled Tiger King Buzz Misses: Abuse of People and Animals in the Exotic Pet Trade

While making jokes can be cathartic in such difficult times, and even heavy subject matter can be entertaining, the most important takeaways from Netflix’s Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness documentary seem to have gotten lost in the shuffle. While the filmmakers didn’t start out filming with the intent to mainly follow the feud between Carole Baskin and Joe Exotic, the undeniable but disturbing appeal of many of the powerful people in the narrative seemed to take over from the issues at ha

Why Did Avengers: Endgame Get a Pass for the Same Problems Rise of Skywalker Had?

While both Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker were released in 2019, they are both still present topics of conversation in online and fandom spaces. As both of these films and their respective franchises were hugely successful at the box office and have millions of fans, their dramatic climaxes brought up a lot of intense emotions, as well as some controversies.

Breasts, Chests & Fan Art: How fan art displays at big cons are shifting, and what it says about fandom

Big conventions like New York Comic Con offer such a wide range of activities and options that there is something for most fans to love. One big draw that seems to become more and more popular each year is Artist Alley. At a convention like NYCC, there are dozens of artists to choose from, including popular names in comics as well as relatively new fan artists who have a large following online.

Review: THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL leans into its camp for a truly fun ride

For hardcore fans, getting to see their beloved stories told in a variety of mediums is always exciting. While many fantasy books are adapted into movies, there aren’t that many that are also turned into Broadway productions. While Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was an original screenplay meant to be adapted for live performances, Rick Riordan‘s Percy Jackson and the Olympians ‘verse was never really intended for the stage — until The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical. In 2014, Thea

10 Tourist Traps To Avoid In New York City

If you’ve never been to New York City before, you’re probably excited about planning your trip and hitting up all the iconic spots. There is so much to do in NYC that it can be hard to know where to start. No matter what kind of thing you're into whether it’s nightlife, food, museums, or parks, this city has you covered. However, there are a lot of touristy spots that aren’t really worth visiting. Some of the most talked about areas for tourists are actually pretty overrated.

Queer Coding Bucky Barnes: Why the MCU Should Put Up

It’s no secret to fans of the MCU, especially those involved in fandom, that Steve Rogers/Bucky Barnes is one of the most popular fan ships of recent years. In fact, a recent survey about shipping with over 17,000 participants has “Stucky” listed as the most popular current ship of any fandom. Of course, shipping is a separate entity outside of canon, and whether or not there is textual evidence in canon for a fan pairing is somewhat irrelevant to popularity.

8 Best Roles Mads Mikkelsen Has Taken On (Besides Hannibal)

While Mads Mikkelsen is best known for playing Hannibal Lecter on NBC’s Hannibal, he has also been in a variety of other roles over the years. Mikkelsen brought Thomas Harris’ character to the screen in a powerful way that rivaled Anthony Hopkins performance, which is no small feat. Mikkelsen clearly has some serious acting skills and is masterful in creating a nuanced performance just with the slightest changes of expression.

Avengers: Endgame: 8 Things The Trailers Hinted About Captain America

Now that there are two trailers for Avengers: Endgame, fans are looking at every little detail they can to make theories about what will happen to their favorite characters. While neither trailer has given away much, Captain America has been the focus of both of them. This has many fans speculating about the fate of Steve Rogers and what Avengers: Endgame will hold for him. While we won’t know the ending for sure until the film is released, we’ve collected a list of clues that are hinted at Capt

Why We Still Need More Diversity In Our Superheroes

When superhero movies first started becoming popular, the leads were nearly all straight white men. As time has passed, we have started to see more diversity. Most notably is Black Panther which featured a black male lead as well as numerous black supporting cast. Black Panther has definitely become a cultural phenomenon and socially significant. The popularity and importance of that film is a good case for why diversity in these types of films is important. he

Interview Exclusive: From Dancing Queen to Camp TAZO: Alyssa Edwards is living, and she’ll show you how too

Alyssa Edwards has had a lot of recent success with season 1 of her show Dancing Queen premiering on Netflix earlier this month. The show follows Alyssa’s dance studio Beyond Belief as the kids she teaches compete across the country. The series also focuses on aspects of her personal life and shows the drama and struggles that come along with being a drag queen and successful choreographer and dance teacher.

INTERVIEW: Dave Dwonch on transforming Bryan Fuller’s TV characters into the MIND PALACE comic

Dave Dwonch is a comic book creator and writer who has recently gotten the attention of fans of Bryan Fuller’s work as his newest comic, Mind Palace, features characters from many of Bryan Fuller’s TV shows such as Hannibal, Pushing Daisies, and more. He was promoting this work and others at NYCC this year, and I was able to chat with him a bit about his history creating comics as well as Mind Palace.
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