Now, I know that title is hyperbolic without statistics to back me up, but lack of critical thinking had to be the conclusion I came to when I watched the reaction of some young people to Bo Burnham’s new comedy special, Inside.

Burnham’s comedy special was so unusual for the genre that I even debated whether it should be considered one. The special was definitely funny, but I would never call it light-hearted. Tackling such heavy topics such as racism, climate change, and white male domination, in an honest and self-aware way, the comedy special is unconventional.

Still of Bo Burnham from ‘Inside’

Burnham’s comedy has…

★ ★ 1/2

Moxie (2021) is the new film directed by Amy Poehler. Vivian, a young girl just beginning a new year in highschool, is inspired by her mother’s — played by Poehler — stories of her rebellious youth where she protested misogyny. After meeting Lucy, a new girl at the highschool, Vivian becomes aware of the rampant sexism at her school. Vivian decides to publish a zine calling out the sexism, causing a feminist revolution amongst the student population.

The movie opens with a dream, Vivian is running through a forest in a scene that could have been taken straight out of…

For as long as I’ve watched movies and TV shows, I’ve been on the lookout for media with women I could relate to, characters with complex lives and behaviours. So, for Women’s History Month, I’ve compiled a list of film and TV that portray women in the way we truly are — human.

WandaVision (2021)


This new show from the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a refreshing change to the typical style of a superhero show by referencing different decades in the history of TV. Wanda lives with Vision as newlyweds in this idealistic, suburban world but Wanda’s story slowly unravels with each…

Pride and Prejudice, Atonement, and Anna Karenina

The female gaze is a term created in response to Laura Mulvey’s term the male gaze. It essentially describes the gaze and perspective of the female viewer and filmmaker. This concept seems to be present in the actor-director collaborations of Keira Knightley and Joe Wright. Especially in Pride and Prejudice (2005).

Atonement (2007)

Pride and Prejudice is at the centre of a significant love for period pieces amongst the younger generation, particularly younger women. This has most recently been obvious in the success of Shonda Rhimes’ Netflix show, Bridgerton. It’s been so successful that TikTok user @bridgertonmusical has 31.9k followers, and @enchantedeventsuk

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