“The Lobster” Review

Unity A Film Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! The world of The Lobster exists within the dangerous confines of binary systems. Binary systems are inherently divisive and while that specific word has become thoroughly monotonous this year, there is nevertheless a point to be made from it. A binary system, as the phrase’s … Continue reading “The Lobster” Review

The Man in the High Castle 2.02: “The Road Less Traveled” Review

Asylum A Television Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! Philip K. Dick’s greatest accomplishment as a writer is his ability to create worlds that feel unique, alien, but so close to what we imagine within the purviews of our own existence that it becomes eerily prescient. The Man in the High Castle sticks out … Continue reading The Man in the High Castle 2.02: “The Road Less Traveled” Review

“Love & Friendship” Review

Propriety A Film Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! Jane Austen has in some part become thoroughly associated with the imagery of nineteenth-century British aristocracy. The mere mentions of Pride and Prejudice, Emma, or Sense and Sensibility conjure up images of gorgeous clothing, idyllic countryside manors where some lord or baron nevertheless complains about … Continue reading “Love & Friendship” Review

The Man in the High Castle 2.01: “The Tiger’s Cave” Review

Alternative Realities A Television Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! The Man in the High Castle first appeared as a unique, dystopian piece of sci-fi that felt intriguing but inherently otherworldly (which is in and of itself quite difficult to do so these days amidst the gamut of dystopian narratives). That sense of the … Continue reading The Man in the High Castle 2.01: “The Tiger’s Cave” Review

“Arrival” Review

The Language of Diplomacy A Film Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! Science fiction as a genre is often noted for space fights, aliens, and lightsabers (these days, we might also add “unnecessary sequels” to the list). While all three of those can be essential ingredients in such a film (not that that is … Continue reading “Arrival” Review

Star Wars Rebels 3.11: “Visions and Voices” Review

The Twin Suns A Television Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! The catastrophe of last week has given way to an episode that is centered around the unique relationship that has been budding between Ezra and Maul. There’s a complexity in that relationship, a real push and pull that makes both of those characters … Continue reading Star Wars Rebels 3.11: “Visions and Voices” Review

“Moonlight” Review

My Name is Chiron A Film Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! Hollywood has deservedly garnered a plethora of flack for not having enough stories about minorities and women. The word “diversity” has become a buzzword in recent years, except the unfortunate reality is that the word itself has become more of a flash … Continue reading “Moonlight” Review

Westworld 1.10: “The Bicameral Mind” Review

It’s Our World A Television Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! In 1976, American psychologist Julian Jaynes presented the idea of bicameralism in his seminal text The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind. Jaynes described bicameralism as the philosophy arguing that the cognitive functions of the human mind was split … Continue reading Westworld 1.10: “The Bicameral Mind” Review

Westworld 1.09: “The Well-Tempered Clavier” Review

My Old Friend A Television Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! The Well-Tempered Clavier refers to the series of preludes and fugues composed by none other than Johann Sebastian Bach in the 1720s. While “clavier” is French for a keyboard instrument (usually referring to a harpsichord), the “well-tempered” part of the title refers to … Continue reading Westworld 1.09: “The Well-Tempered Clavier” Review

Star Wars Rebels 3.09: “The Wynkahthu Job” Review

Idiocy A Television Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! After the slight improvement last week, Rebels once more delivers an episode that is illogical, contrived, and makes no sense in terms of character progression. “The Wynkahthu Job,” titled after the planet where there is rumored to be a wholesale cargo of Imperial weapons left … Continue reading Star Wars Rebels 3.09: “The Wynkahthu Job” Review

Star Wars Rebels 3.08: “Iron Squadron” Review

Detours A Television Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! A considerable improvement over last week, “Iron Squadron” is a filler episode of Rebels that manages to find some breathing room from whatever narrative weightiness is waiting for the show’s protagonists down the road. For now, their greatest obstacle is teenage stubbornness, particularly strong in … Continue reading Star Wars Rebels 3.08: “Iron Squadron” Review

Westworld 1.07: “Trompe-l’œil” Review

Veneers of Civility A Television Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! Trompe-l’œil is a French term meaning “deceive the eye.” It is a technique in art that employs realistic imagery to carefully craft an optical illusion of a three-dimensional structure. The most shocking installment outside of the pilot, the episode is aptly named for … Continue reading Westworld 1.07: “Trompe-l’œil” Review

Star Wars Rebels 3.07: “Imperial Supercommandos” Review

Hackneyed A Television Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! “Imperial Supercommandos” is an episode that is poorly titled, terribly written, and barely saved from being a complete and abysmal failure by a handful of good scenes that hold some glimmer of promise the rest of the episode simply isn’t able to muster. The word … Continue reading Star Wars Rebels 3.07: “Imperial Supercommandos” Review

Westworld 1.04: “Dissonance Theory” Review

The Maze A Television Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! The Cognitive Dissonance Theory states that powerful motivations to maintain a consistency in cognition can in turn give rise to irrational and maladaptive behavior. Leon Festinger proposed the theory in 1957 and he defined cognitive dissonance itself as a state of tension that arises … Continue reading Westworld 1.04: “Dissonance Theory” Review

“13th” Review

The Good Old Days A Film Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! There is an adage that has withstood the test of time, an adage that is meant to evoke an aura of goodness enveloped in the warmth of nostalgia. “The good old days” is a harkening back to a time that was kinder, … Continue reading “13th” Review

Star Wars Rebels 3.05: “Hera’s Heroes” Review

Heirlooms A Television Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! Hera’s Heroes is an oddly titled episode that also happens to harbor the weakest script of the season thus far. The strength of Rebels this season has arrived from an understanding of just how dire the circumstances are for the Rebellion. The scrappy band of … Continue reading Star Wars Rebels 3.05: “Hera’s Heroes” Review

Westworld 1.02: “Chestnut” Review

Contagion A Television Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! A chestnut is a symbol of prevention and foresight, of fertility, provision, justice, and invigoration. Sweet chestnuts are diminutive in stature but bursting with nutrition, making them a long traveler’s delight as they plan an arduous journey. Chestnuts often arrive in an abundance, thus earning … Continue reading Westworld 1.02: “Chestnut” Review

Star Wars Rebels 3.03: “The Holocrons of Fate” Review

Twin Suns… He Lives A Television Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! The Star Wars prequels perhaps deserve the most flak for missed opportunities, for the intriguing possibilities that never seemed to bear the fruit they so tantalizingly had promised. Darth Maul for example serves as a striking villain on account of his phenotypical … Continue reading Star Wars Rebels 3.03: “The Holocrons of Fate” Review

Star Wars Rebels 3.01-3.02: “Steps into Shadow” Review

The Entrance of Thrawn A Television Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! Star Wars Rebels is crafting a tale quite similar to that of the prequels in relation to its chief protagonist. Ezra is walking down a similar path to that of Anakin Skywalker, slowly shedding his attachment to the side of the light … Continue reading Star Wars Rebels 3.01-3.02: “Steps into Shadow” Review

The Night Manager

Murderous Philanthropy A Television Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! John le Carré earned his name as a writer by crafting what could be termed as the “anti-Bond” novels. There was little outright sexiness, no “Bond girl” (not that his novels aren’t largely male-dominated), and there were no outlandish action set pieces that would … Continue reading The Night Manager

2016 Emmy Picks

DRAMA Outstanding Drama Series Game of Thrones (HBO) The Americans (FX) Homeland (Showtime) Mr. Robot (USA Network) Better Call Saul (AMC) Downton Abbey (PBS) House of Cards (Netflix) Outstanding Lead Actor on a Drama Series Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings, (Episode: “The Magic of David Copperfield V: The Statue of Liberty Disappears”), The Americans (FX) … Continue reading 2016 Emmy Picks

Outlander 2.13: “Dragonfly in Amber” Review

Through the Stones A Television Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! A dragonfly is symbolic of transition. It can symbolize the turning of seasons, the comings and goings of relationships, the distinctly different direction one’s life might be headed in as they stand upon a precipice, defined or otherwise. It’s quite a vague, broad … Continue reading Outlander 2.13: “Dragonfly in Amber” Review

Penny Dreadful 3.08-3.09: “Perpetual Night/The Blessed Dark” Review

The End A Television Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! The last two episodes of Penny Dreadful are exquisitely crafted, as to that there is no denying. From its inception, the drama so unfortunately trapped within the labels of being a “genre drama” and little more was far better than anyone expected it to … Continue reading Penny Dreadful 3.08-3.09: “Perpetual Night/The Blessed Dark” Review

Game of Thrones 6.09: “Battle of the Bastards” Review

A Time for Wolves A Television Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and to a lesser degree, the subsequent television adaptation Game of Thrones at their hearts are about the cyclical nature of violence, the disease Septon Ray noted couldn’t be cured by spreading … Continue reading Game of Thrones 6.09: “Battle of the Bastards” Review

Reign 3.14-3.15: “To the Death/Safe Passage” Review

Farewells A Television Review by Akash Singh NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!! To the Death and Safe Passage feel like episodes that are taking Reign into a significantly new direction. The show still has some ridiculous subplots and slips of anachronisms but generally speaking Reign has matured significantly and the promise of season two that had bogged … Continue reading Reign 3.14-3.15: “To the Death/Safe Passage” Review