The Shape of Water is a film that doesn’t shy away from ugliness, exploring it just as deftly as it does beauty.
New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei invites readers, new and old alike, to get to know Takei and the life he’s led so far, alongside short comics from a diverse set of writers and artists. It’s an invitation worth taking up, and a collection that carries Takei’s legacy forward into the future.
In The Handmaid’s Tale, Toronto is revised and redone as Gilead, and it is harder to hear the call of home. Hard not because it is strange, but because it isn’t, not so much, not really.
Tokyo Idols doesn’t shy away from that realization, but it doesn’t quite ask its subjects to engage with that truth, not to the full extent of discussing how it plays into their lives. The film presents their desires and their engagement with idols, but stops before positioning itself directly for or against idol culture.
Watching the Sailor Moon R film was an exercise in testing the limits of that nostalgia, seeing where it was carrying me through, and asking myself if the new English voice cast still captured what I had loved about this movie when I first saw it almost exactly ten years ago.
S. Jae-Jones’ prose captures you just as deftly as the Goblin King, and the story she creates is equal parts enchanting and terrifying.
Born to the last Korean king before Japan’s colonization of Korea, Deok-hye was the last princess of the Joseon era, and the subject of a new historical melodrama featured at this year’s Reel Asian Film Festival.
In this strange, frightening new world, we need shows like Kim’s Convenience to remind us of all the ways immigrants are carving out their space and their lives.
The devil’s in the details they say, and no one knows that better than Park Chan-wook. His newest film, The Handmaiden, takes audiences into 1930s Korea with a pickpocket-turned-lady’s maid and an unexpected, unstoppable romance. Park unwraps each layer of intrigue in three parts, his careful directorial eye setting the stage for a story about the spokes of desire: for power, for sex, for attention, for security.
ome is a strange, perturbing concept to diaspora kids, especially during that first visit to one’s so-called “native” country. Fresh Off the Boat managed to capture the contradictions and complexities of what home means in this season premiere.
I chatted with Laura and Carmilla themselves, Elise Bauman and Natasha Negovanlis, on what scenes have been their favourites over the last two years, what the filming experiences is like, and how they’ve grown as actors. (And as Elise promised us during the interview, there will be lots of Harry Potter references for the eagle-eyed fan to spot in season three!)
Sam recently chatted with WWAC about the year since Fangirl’s Guide first came out, how her feminism has grown in tandem with her fangirl life, and the women that inspire her every day.
Heroine Complex is one of the most genuinely satisfying novels I’ve read in years, and it makes that happen in its commitment to the story at hand. It doesn’t downgrade or dismiss the fact that it’s about two young women trying to figure out their lives; it celebrates them and their choices.