TV

J.J. Abrams’s overlooked gem explores parallel universes

Have you ever wondered where your life might have gone if you’d made some different choices along the way? What if I’d taken that job that I always regretted turning down? What if I’d gotten up the nerve to talk to the cute guy or girl I saw at that bar? Ever contemplated what the world would be like if certain key moments in our evolution and history had turned out differently or just not happened at all?

Thoughts like these are bound to spring up in our lives when we’re forced to make only one decision or another, as…


Every once in a while, you discover the work of a writer or musician whose words speak directly to you as if they were pulled right from your mind. Other times, their work sheds a revealing light on situations and realities of which you were aware but never really gave much thought. Once your eyes have been opened to these hidden realities, it’s impossible to close them again. I’ve been fortunate enough to discover several artists whose work has left this impression upon me. One of the most profound and relevant to our current times is the late Gil Scott-Heron…


FILM

Trials, tragedy, and triumph

You are not alone

Back in 2013 when Zack Snyder kicked off the planned DC cinematic universe with Man of Steel, Marvel Studios already had a five-year head start kicking off their own shared cinematic universe with 2008’s Iron Man. The clock was already ticking for DC to catch up. In one of the film’s most memorable scenes, Superman’s Kryptonian father Jor-El tells his son before he flies for the first time that he will “give the people of Earth an ideal to strive towards. They will stumble, they will fall, but in time they will join you in the sun, Kal. In time…


If you’re a fan of Sci-Fi shows, there’s a chance you might’ve heard of a little show co-created by J.J. Abrams. No, it’s not Lost. It’s an admittedly lesser known, but no less fantastic (I’d say better) show than his most famous series. It’s called Fringe, a surreal Sci-Fi trip full of freaky occurrences, parallel universes, altered timelines, and mysterious beings known as Observers. For Fringe fanatics like myself, the task of picking out favorite episodes is a nearly impossible task. With five seasons of stand out episodes, even picking ten is an almost insurmountable challenge, but I attempted it…


It’s a good bet that if you ask most people where they get their moral values, the answer will have something to do with how they were raised and the values with which they were brought up. In the world that we deal with everyday, it can often be hard to determine what the right thing to do is in a given situation. Perhaps this is why many people find comfort in turning to a ready made code of moral conduct such as those belonging to most major religions around the world. Here in America, it’s a good bet that…


MUSIC

The impossible task of picking up an all-time favorite

When it comes to asking Beatles fans to pick their all-time favorite Beatles album you’d probably have better luck asking them to pick a favorite child. In the barely eight years that those four Liverpool lads were together, they churned out one incredible album after another at rapid-fire speed, albums which continue to inspire and enthrall music fans of all ages. In moments of quiet introspection, I’ve often wondered which Beatles album is my favorite and as I imagine to be true with other Beatles fans, the answer usually involves the same three albums stuck in constant rotation for top…


MUSIC

Their songs are immortal because they speak directly to universal human passions

I vividly remember the moment when I really listened to a band called the Beatles for the first time. I was twelve and like any kid growing up in a post-Beatles world, I had heard their songs here and there before, but I’d never truly listened. When I finally gave them a serious listen, my little world was changed forever. What I heard in those songs sparked something in me that I couldn’t fully comprehend or articulate at the time. All I knew was that is sounded radically different than any music I’d heard prior to that and immediately I…


Daenerys finally faces the man who murdered her father in Episode 2 of Game of Thrones final season.

After tonight’s tense, edge of your seat cliffhanger ending to the second episode of Game of Thrones final season, I’ve already seen an avalanche of complaints that the episode was nothing more than a boring filler with the long anticipated battle being teased and then cruelly saved for next week’s episode. …


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A less intense superhero adventure filled with a lot of laughs

This past spring the tidal flood of comic book films finally reached critical pressure when we had four, count them four, superhero films playing in theaters at the same time. First, we saw the long-anticipated Captain Marvel finally arrive in theaters on March 8th. DC’s Shazam! flew into theaters on April 5th, followed closely by the Hellboy reboot and then on April 26th the world finally got the feverishly anticipated Avengers: Endgame. What’s more, in a perfect (or perfectly planned) twist of fate, two of these films, Captain Marvel and Shazam!


“It seemed to me that to every creature several other lives were due.” -Arthur Rimbaud, A Season in Hell.

Warning: Serious spoilers for Orphan Black ahead.

Imagine you came face to face with someone who looked just like you. I don’t mean a mere passing resemblance, I mean imagine coming face to face with your own face staring back at you, your very own eyes gazing back into yours. Until that very moment, you would’ve assumed that your face was completely unique to you. From an early age, we’re instilled with the core belief in our unique self. You are…

Matt Frati

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