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)
Hostage House Review
Move aside, Hollywood blockbusters; the independent film community is coming back strong! Hostage House, directed by David Benullo, was just released to Netflix, and proves that you don’t need flashy effects or loud car chases to make an entertaining film. Sometimes, all you need is a handful of talented actors, a beautiful house, and a cameraman and director who know what they’re doing (i.e no shaky cam THANK GOD!)
Aaron was happy. Nowadays, it was easy to be happy. Ben loved him, their son was healthy, and a stretch of perfect weather was keeping the garden green. The clouds of the past had parted, leaving only painless scars and faint memories.
Blood, Sweat, and Tears
Superheroes seem to cry a lot nowadays, don’t they? How refreshing is that, right? No, I’m not being sarcastic; I am actually thrilled with the trend of superheroes (and super-powered characters in general) showing more vulnerability in media lately. When they get hurt, you can see the pain in their eyes. When they’re lonely, sad, unsure, they don’t always approach those situations with the stiff upper lip they used to. This seems like a new trend, but…is it, really? Or have we, as the audience, just been given permission to let our heroes’ weaker moments sit with us longer?
Loki Episode Two: New Answers, New Questions
Heyyy episode three is coming out tomorrow! Time for a last-minute Loki review! This episode was a give-and-take for me. We didn’t get the same powerhouse emotional moments Episode One gave us, but we did get a massive leap forward in terms of story development; to the extent that people are saying the whole MCU could be affected. There’s only a few hours before Episode Three, and there’s a lot of ground to cover; so let’s jump right into the recap! Spoilers ahead.
Slew of Haikus
Why do I write dark? I hurt my own characters; Like some messed-up god. Try to mix it up, Write a joke or let them laugh
Every Step, Every Stumbling Block
So! You want to be a writer! You want to tell stories that will last a lifetime. Maybe you want to make a little money. First of all, if you’re becoming a writer because you think doing so will magically lift you into a better financial situation, you’re in it for the wrong reasons. Sure, plenty of people have gotten lucky and gotten rich on the first try; but, the most famous example regularly gets cancelled on social media nowadays, and no amount of magic spells will change that. It takes work, patience, and a surprising amount of pain. You’re going to doubt yourself. That’s just reality.
Three for Three?
The new Disney+ series Loki kicked off today, which means I’ll have material for a weekly review; for a little while at least.
What Happened to Horror?
Horror movies have gotten weird lately, huh? It seems like they always either have some gimmick or they’re attached to existing franchises. We haven’t gotten a really solid, classic horror movie in a while.