“Birds of Passage”: Film Review | Sundance 2019

A south-of-the-border crime drug epic unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, in which illegal trafficking poisons an indigenous Wayuu clan in a based-on-true-events story by an Award-winning Colombian duo. Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra’s Colombian crime epic is like an indigenous version of The Godfather, revealing the slow and steady destruction of a closely-knit indigenous family…

“Hala”: Film Review | Sundance 2019

A thoughtful Pakistani-American Muslim girl nearing high-school graduation grapples with sexuality, faith and tradition in this feature directorial debut. A genre that is currently booming in the independent film scene is coming-of-age stories (see “Eighth Grade,” “Lady Bird,” or even “Columbus”), but most of the time, they revolve around the lives of white, heterosexual characters…

Witness (Album Review)

Katy Perry is one of my mainstream pop addictions and I’ve eagerly waited almost four years for her fourth studio album (fifth if you count her eponymous debut album Katy Hudson which was released under her birth name Katy Hudson) since the release of Prism in October of 2013. What captivated me most with Miss Perry were her eye-popping…

Melodrama (Album Review)

Our Lorde and Savior (and critique of all things bourgeois) is back. I am not much of a clubber or hard-core raver and in fact that’s what captivated me most with Lorde’s debut album Pure Heroine back in 2013. She became the voice for those weekend rager-haters and not a fan of the “boujee bourgeoisie”. With an…