Jennifer Lopez is a public figure who many people would refuse to call a bonafide "triple threat" in the entertainment industry, and I believe this is a rather unfair judgement of her abilities, if we deliberate over her 30+ years of work in both music and film. Case in point for the latter: her acting in, and co-producing of, Hustlers, a film that not only presents a near-accurate depiction of an actual strippers's scam timeline, but also the nuances and complexities of life as a female stripper.
I have been critiquing virtually all forms of entertainment media for almost seven years now, and the longer I do this, the more I sympathise with other critics' increasing exhaustion with the endeavour. Not because it gets boring—although I do very much like to save my creative juices for other projects in the interest of exploring other challenge-filled avenues—but because it sometimes feels like audiences don't understand or appreciate why critique exists in the first place.
Disney's Hercules somehow manages to have so many good bits in a wholly convoluted film. What I felt like was supposed to be a sort of follow up to Aladdin ended up being a battle between mismatched motifs, unresolved plot threads, and a few legitimately good characters wallowing in their unrealized potential.
The older I get, the more I realize that we all—regardless of age—should really be talking about parents in fiction more often than we already do. To those who have or wish to have children biologically or through adoption procedures, parenthood in our world is arguably the most important part of being a human; through varying levels of communication, education, discipline, support, and bonds, it virtually shapes the kind of societies we end up living in for as long as we're here.
This is a follow-up journal entry (with recent edits) to the novel studies from Grade Eight that I have already shared on this site. For your reference, visit the first and the second story in particular to capture the full context of this final post.
I don't talk about it very often on this site, but I used to study criminology as an undergraduate student. While I did begin my career in a workplace that surprisingly related closely to this field, I ultimately strayed from that path to pursue creative communications, although I'm grateful to my program for providing me with the critical and reflexive skills in order to be a purposeful communicator in the first place.