<i>Onward</i> Takes Viewers on a Personal, if Uneven, Quest

Onward Takes Viewers on a Personal, if Uneven, Quest


Pixar’s new fantasy adventure flick Onward (2020) is surprisingly poignant. “It’s probably the most personal film we’ve ever made at Pixar,” Kelsey Mann, the studio’s Head of Story, said in an interview with the Voice. He should know: Mann led the storyboarding team and coordinated with director Dan Scanlon at every point of the filmmaking…

Grimes Celebrates Darker Sound and Gothic Doom in <i>Miss Anthropocene</i>

Grimes Celebrates Darker Sound and Gothic Doom in Miss Anthropocene


In the aftermath of her transition from a DIY, counter-culture feminist to Elon Musk’s goth popstar girlfriend, Grimes has released Miss Anthropocene (2020). Though her ecological thesis gets lost in her nihilistic translation, Miss Anthropocene registers as an accomplished culmination of her sound’s development before and since its acceptance in the mainstream music scene.  Grimes…

Cunning and Absurd: <i>EMMA.</i> Finds Meaning in Frivolity

Cunning and Absurd: EMMA. Finds Meaning in Frivolity


“I would like to see Emma in love. And in some doubt of a return. It would do her good.” In one of his first on-screen appearances, Mr. Knightley (Johnny Flynn) speaks boldly of Emma’s selfishness—the two equally headstrong individuals seeking, perhaps futilely, to humble each other. A sparkling combination of hilarity, candidness, and frivolity,…

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