Author: Cristina Jimenez

Make Cinema Magical Again: Why La La Land Gives Me Hope for Hollywood

Out of the ashes of a former entertainment goldmine arises one of the most majestic films in recent years. La La Land is a one-two punch: a critical darling and commercial success with seven Golden Globe wins and a stellar box office turnout. A base-level analysis of the film would likely attribute such success to its originality, its stellar direction, the magnetic chemistry of stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, and its dazzling cinematography. However, such an analysis would be incomplete if it overlooked what the film was ultimately communicating through these avenues: a return to timeless, universal stories....

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Feminism, Planned Parenthood, and the Trivialization of the Pro-Abortion Movement

As we know, actress and feminist activist Lena Dunham’s recent pro-abortion flub proved once again that personal accountability and self-awareness are not parts of the modern feminist tool kit. That is, until public outrage forces them to say and do otherwise. However you feel about the practice of abortion, recent attempts by celebrity feminists to transform the concept into an empowering act and a symbol of feminist defiance have done nothing but further degrade the pro-choice cause from one of normalization to glamorization. So much so, that one of the most notable faces of the modern feminist movement, Lena...

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