Author: Angel Cruz

Shinsuke Sato’s I Am A Hero Takes an Existential Stance on Zombification

I Am a Hero Director: Sato Shinsuke Original screenplay: Kengo Hanazawa (manga) and Akiko Nogi (screenplay) North American voice cast: Yo Oizumi, Masami Nagasawa, Kasumi Arimura North American premiere: March 13, 2016 (United States); June 16, 2017 (Canada) I feel pretty confident in saying that I probably wouldn’t last very long in the zombie apocalypse. For one, I don’t fancy having to fight my way through hordes of the undead, fast or slow. That hasn’t stopped me from loving zombie movies or watching them and making up plans in my head about how I’d survive whatever situations the characters found themselves in. I...

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A Novel I Never Expected to Find: I Believe In A Thing Called Love

I Believe in a Thing Called Love Maurene Goo Farrar, Straus and Giroux May 30, 2017 Korean dramas were never part of Desi Lee’s life plan. Becoming student council president? Sure. Spending four brilliant years at Stanford University? Definitely. But unlike her beloved Appa (Korean for “father”), Desi has never been interested in watching Korean dramas (Kdramas) especially when they can’t get her one or twelve steps closer to her dreams. That is, until Luca Drakos transfers to Desi’s school. She’s sure her inevitable flailures (flail +  failure) when faced with a cute boy will drive Luca away, but after a...

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Piecing Hope Together in Shattered Warrior by Sharon Shinn and Molly Knox Ostertag

Shattered Warrior Sharon Shinn (Writer), Molly Knox Ostertag (Artist) First Second May 16, 2017 A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Warning: mentions of rape, violence. It was the brown face that caught my attention when I was first presented with the cover for Sharon Shinn’s Shattered Warrior. Jagged edges frame and section a face that still communicates determination and defiance, a testament to Molly Knox Ostertag’s art. Colleen Cavanaugh won’t be stopped, the cover seems to say, even on this cover. It’s an optimistic promise that sets up the graphic novel with...

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Manufactured Fantasies: On Kyoko Miyake’s Tokyo Idols

Tokyo Idols Director: Kyoko Miyake North American Premiere: April 29, 2017 It’s sold as a platform where dreams come true. Tokyo Idols is a fairly straightforward film. Like its title, the documentary from Kyoko Miyake is direct in its introduction of Japanese idol culture. We meet 23-year-old Rio Hiiragi as she prepares for a show, her pale limbs clad in white silver fabric cut to expose her midriff and legs. She laughs as she lifts a leg to show the camera the sole of her right boot, the canvas fraying away. She repeats this gesture after a few songs,...

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Toronto and Gilead: The Handmaid’s Tale’s Unseen Spaces Between

There is a strange disconnect in seeing your city as the backdrop of a dystopia. It is the Toronto that I see every day, the tan cement slabs I walk on with my worn sneakers that Offred–once known as June, once a free woman–walks in Hulu adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale. Against familiar skylines does Margaret Atwood’s modern classic novel unfold, a new layer to add to the chilling reality that audiences are now tuning in for every week. It’s home, and yet not. Unlike most TV shows that shoot their episodes on the streets of Toronto, it’s not as easy to...

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