Phoebe Sunny Sheng
I'm a mad scientist - I mean, teen film critic and author who enjoys experimenting with multiple genres. If a vial of villains, a pinch of psychology, and a sprinkle of social commentary sound like your cup of tea, give me a shot.
My Pitch For Shang-Chi 3's Villain (and Shang-Chi 3)
In the original comics, Zheng Bao Yu, also known as Fah Lo Suee, is the immortal half-sister of Shang Chi, the daughter of Fu Manchu, and the head of her own criminal organization, the Oriental Expenditors, who were a front for the Golden Daggers sect. Under the moniker "Cursed Lotus," she ruled over a narcotics empire that supplied a highly addictive drug known as "Wild Tiger." She's vicious, duplicitous, gaslighting girl boss and honestly, she's still one of my favorite Marvel characters.
A New, Old Terror
This is a dead horse trope that, true to its nature, refuses to stay in the grave. From vampire, jiangshi, and xidachane, the walking corpse has collected many names from many cultures. Renowned horror authors such as Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley, Ambrose Bierce, and H.P. Lovecraft have all been instrumental in influencing the exploration of the horrors of not only death but what lies beyond it.
'Haven't I Always Treated You Right?'
An elderly white man in an elegant black coat stands on the deck of a ship. He smiles warmly, patting the shoulder of the well-dressed slave in front of him. The African-American beams, his eyes shining with undying faith and adoration as he grasps the hand of his master. His bleached teeth are a sharp, cartoonish contrast against his dark skin. The Virginian children reading the textbook this picture is taken from cannot help but share his grin. What a happy sight! What a happy illusion. These instances of mistaking indoctrination for education have persisted far beyond Lincoln’s abolition. Recently, Scholastic came under fire for publishing a children's picture book depicting the slave Hercules and his daughter Delia cheerfully baking a cake for George Washington's birthday. America, a nation built on freedom, should condemn those who wield the lash. Instead, it praises those who restrain themselves from using it. Charles Waddell Chesnutt’s satirical short story and Jordan Peele’s horror film combat this with their own proposal: a beneficent master can never truly exist if they drop the charitable act as soon as they are a master no longer. This essay will argue that “The Passing of Grandison '' and Get Out tear down the fantasies of white supremacists, using allusion, irony, dialogue, and symbolism to expose the duplicity within their so-called justifications for the exploitation of black bodies.
Batman Begins (2005)
DISCLAIMER: This is my OPiNIOn. I am human. I am biased. My word is not law. You can like or dislike whatever the heck you want. If you disagree with my review, that is completely okay. Keep it respectful if you want to debate with me in the comments. Then let’s both move on. I genuinely hope you have a great day.
The Intrepid Reporter
This would be the interview of Alika Zale’s lifetime. She knocked over several textbooks and kicked aside some stray cardboard boxes as she dug through what seemed like hundreds of colorful portfolios, flipping through the pages until she found and yanked out the right documents. She pinned them onto her clipboard and tucked it under her elbow, slipping her ballpoint pen out from behind her ear and pulling out a loose strand of smooth, dark hair from her ponytail. She chugged down the last of her tea and slam-dunked it into her trash can. She dusted off her suit pants and her ink-black blazer and tugged at the crisp collar of her dress shirt. Then she snatched her camera off her desk, stuffed it into her satchel, and slung the leather bag over her shoulder, throwing the door to her office closed.