Hello! My name is Michaela Calabrese. I've had a passion for writing since I was little; from research-heavy articles with citations galore to lighter introspections about abstract concepts (and some nerdier posts about my favorite fandoms)
Dipping My Toe in the Water
I’ll be honest, I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus recently. Part of that has been because my mental illnesses are on the fritz again; like bad wiring in a cheap lamp. Motivation flickers on and off, my body aches here one day and there the next, and every day I question whether I can still call myself a “young writer” at Twenty-four.
Let’s get this out of the way right away: Mortal Kombat is not a movie meant for families. I’m saying that right off the jump because some parent somewhere will, inevitably, be talked into taking their child to see it because said-child plays the games or has watched someone play the games. The film is bloody, violent, and there is casual swearing galore. It earns its R rating, so if you’re the sort of parent who doesn’t want their child exposed to that sort of thing…first of all, pay closer attention to their media consumption, and second of all, sit this one out. Go see Godzilla vs. Kong instead.
A Poem on Poems (sort of)
Explain to me why When the hour is appropriate I can’t seem to write a single word But when the sun’s gone And the moon’s in its business
Dear Mildred; It’s been a while since we’ve spoken. The last time was…last year? Maybe? When did I go to that spiritual reading? The one you would have laughed at me for attending?
The Devil All The Way Review
What’s so unique about The Devil All The Way is how unapologetically filthy it is. I don’t mean it’s written in poor taste, it looks ugly, or it relishes in gratuitous violence or sex, I mean the morals of its characters, all its characters, are completely skewed…and that’s what makes it so genius.
The Last Full Measure Review
I was born on April 11, 1997; exactly thirty-one years after Airman William H. Pitsenbarger died in the Vietnam war. Until this film came out, I knew nothing about him. I knew almost nothing about the war at all. I went into The Last Full Measure expecting a film which was…okay. All it had to do was tell a story and keep my interest; maybe make me cry a little from time to time. It did all that.
Black Beauty (Disney+) Review
Three years before I was born, in 1994, an adaptation of Anna Sewell’s novel Black Beauty was released; starring Sean Bean, David Thewlis, and featuring a narration by Alan Cumming. The story appears simple at face value: a horse is born on a small farm, gets sold to a wealthy family once he’s been trained, and develops a close bond with a stable hand named Joe. Black Beauty’s life takes him from one owner to another, some kind and some cruel, and all the while he dreams of reuniting with Joe some day. Through hardships, abuses, and one particularly devastating death (this was not a film to sanitize harsh realities), lessons are learned and Beauty fights to maintain his optimism; even when it seems he’ll never see Joe again.
Dolittle (2020) Review
Dolittle is a perfectly serviceable film, if you’re the type of person who asks for little more from a film than to just be entertaining. It isn’t deep, it isn’t particularly complex, it’s not part of a larger story, it’s just…Dolittle. It doesn’t try to be anything more, and I respect that.