Freelance writer // Leopold Place // Your local troubled gay author
The Bechdel Test: Does Your Favorite Movie Pass?
The Bechdel test, named after cartoon artist Alison Bechdel, is a way to measure if women are represented in a film or other media form. To satisfy the Bechdel test, there must be a) at least two female characters with names, b) who talk to each other, c) about something besides a man. It is a quick way to see if there is female representation, and it’s just kind of asking for the bare minimum.
Dwarves, Hobbits, Elves: A Personality Profile
In personality psychology, we use a model called the Big Five for analyzing personality. Unlike other models in popular use like the Myers-Briggs and the Enneagram, the Big Five Personality Traits, or OCEAN, are based on empirical scientific studies. Instead of placing individuals in boxes, it is actually a spectrum, and allows for almost infinite variation. The model is ever-changing, and psychologists always welcome new evidence and findings. However, the OCEAN model is currently the most common in use, and has high replicability, even across cultures. Today, I'm using the Big Five OCEAN model to examine three cultures we meet in JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.
Reflecting on BROCKHAMPTON's 8-year career
BROCKHAMPTON announced their breakup this week, a decision that had been planned but still seemed too sudden. From their formation in San Marcos, Texas in 2015, to their dissolution in 2022, they delivered more music than most other musicians might in a lifetime. Today, I'm taking a look back at the seven different eras of the band.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
I recently embarked on a journey that took several months: watching Star Wars: the Clone Wars from beginning to end. My brother and I did it together as part of our larger Star Wars marathon. I ended the seven seasons with a more holistic view of Star Wars, and I learned many important facts that changed my whole view of the Star Wars world.
Star Wars is Gay!
I recently compiled a list of what I think are queer Star Wars characters. What follows is a list of 12 characters and couples that strike me as queer. It's 2022, and Star Wars has yet to give us an out and proud mc. Yes, we have Dr. Aphra and other comic books, but the movies have taken great lengths to avoid gay relationships, no matter how much the fans have begged for them. However, there are still queer-coded characters, and some that the actors have even confirmed are queer from their perspective. And there are some characters that just seem so obviously not-straight, it's hard for me to imagine them otherwise. Have fun reading this list!
Uncut Gems: Where Are They Now?
[WARNING: Spoilers for Uncut Gems] A24's 2019 crime thriller Uncut Gems reminded us that the Safdie brothers are an unstoppable force, delivering one powerful movie after another. Perhaps their most complex character yet is Howard Ratner- a New York City jewel dealer who weaves himself a tangled web of debts, gambling, family troubles, and broken promises. In a chaotic twist of events, Howard is shot by his brother-in-law's henchman in the film's final moments. This is my take on how each character's reacted to Howard's death, and how they picked up the pieces.
9 Days With Anna
Prologue: The Plan Her name was Anna. Pronunciation: “Ah-nuh.” Any other pronunciation was unacceptable, so you had better not try “An-ah” or any other nonsense like that. Anna worked as a secretary at a paperclip corporation, and she rode her bike to work because she read in The Times that it was good for your health. She had lived in New York City all her life, and lived in the most sensibly priced flat she could find. She was twenty-eight and a half years old and lived with two roommates, Marcie and, and exactly one dog, Royal. The dog was small, and properly trained, and it never wet the floor.
train ride It’s cold on the train. Four more stops, I tell myself. Train, bus, gondola, I say, repeating the order of my transportation. Train, bus, gondola. Trying to make the trip seem more manageable. Train, bus, gondola. Trying to make my destination come sooner.
Douglas Harbour, Isle of Man, United Kingdom January 4th, 2022 21:28pm Privacy activist Christian Dassault stands in front of a port in Douglas Harbour watching the ships come and go. Even the ones in the distance move slowly, sluggishly, and he wonders that they get anywhere at all. Up until this week, Christian’s life has been fast-paced. He barely stopped to take a breath. His education was intense, at a private school that demanded the best out of him until it nearly wore him down. Four years of university, and he didn’t have much interest in friends, so his time was filled with more work and study. Summer holidays were spent interning for a tech company, Ocean Cloud. His dream company. His life’s great disaster.
The Nag's Head
Isle of Man, United Kingdom January 3rd, 2022 21:53 PM The man wipes his face with a cloth and sets his mug of beer on the counter. The pub is dimly lit and grimy with scum. An aged bartender pulls out a rag and begins to rub down the surface to the left of where the man was sitting. There are three other occupants. They are seated in the dark corners of the pub, eying the stranger carefully. It’s not every day a new face shows up in The Nag’s Head. Contrary to what the bartender might tell you, these men own the pub. They know every person who steps foot in their domain. This man is a stranger, a young one, slimly built but not skinny, with a face pale from lack of sunlight. A black hoodie is pulled up to obscure his face, but they can still distinguish its strong features- strong cheekbones, a prominent nose.
A real vigilante is hunting down the elite for their crimes against the poor. You are an experienced hacker working under private contract. The vigilante is very much aware of your skills, he tracks you down and asks you to join his cause. You agree.