In Tribute to John Avildsen: My Introduction to THE KARATE KID

Originally published on June 17, 2017 I did not think I would be writing about THE KARATE KID films almost a year to the day after I made my debut on YOMYOMF, with my 30th anniversary overview of the second film. However, with yesterday’s loss of director John G. Avildsen at age 81, it only …

A Question Regarding the Casting for EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING

Originally published on May 17, 2017 This Friday will see the release of the film, EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING. Directed by Stella Meghie, it is an adaptation of Nicola Yoon’s 2015 young adult novel of the same name. Maddy Whittier (Amandla Stenberg) has lived a majority of her life at home due to an incredibly rare illness …

Lives Unexpectedly Collide and Interconnect in YOUR NAME

Originally published on April 7, 2017 As a hardcore Miyazaki fan, I was absolutely stunned when I learned that his Academy Award-winning film, SPIRITED AWAY, became the second highest-grossing anime film ever last year, when Makoto Shinkai’s YOUR NAME exceeded it. Apart from its worldwide box office success, the film had also received positive reviews …

ANDI MACK: A Disney Channel Show with Long-Awaited Edge

Andi Mack is on the verge of turning thirteen when her older sister, Bex, returns home in order to get her life together. With a tight group of friends who have her back and a crush on the captain of her middle school’s frisbee team, nothing can prepare Andi for the secret that Bex drops on her first day of adolescence: Bex is actually Andi’s mother. From there on out, Andi can already tell that life as she knows it will never be the same.

Two Different Films, One Commonality: POI E and WINDOW HORSES

POI E and WINDOW HORSES are very different works that are connected by the shared experience of re-connecting with one’s roots through the arts; whether that be through music like in the former or poetry with the latter. It’s for this reason, along with all that make these two films the individual works they are, that I will be recommending them both to anyone and everyone whenever I can.

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