Guest Review: Mustang (Film)

Author: Kalena Tamura

The Turkish film “Mustang,” directed by Deniz Erguven, centers on the lives of five orphaned sisters from a small conservative village in northern Turkey. Based on a number of events from Erguven’s own personal life, the film courageously battles topics of arranged marriage, rape, and the normalization of suppressed female sexuality in the face of a patriarchal society. In a depiction that is both stunning and timely, the film delivers an honest message via the voices of five sisters who have never acted before, but who know what it means to grow up as a young girl in a conservative society — how it shapes character, how it tests resilience, and how it teaches the inexhaustible strength of familial unity. Ultimately the film’s strongest achievement is not its accurate portrayal of cultural tension and the pressing hardships young Turkish women must face, but its representation of female characters as determined, intelligent, compassionate and most of all human.

Huge thanks to the very talented and well-written, Kalena Tamura, for sharing this Guest Review! Kalena is also a Film & Television minor at UCLA and is constantly giving me new, exciting content to watch. This will be next-up on my watch-list for movies, and I’m guessing it’s on yours now too.

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How to Watch: Netflix (At the moment)

Release Date: 17 June 2015

To see more of Kalena’s art / writing / coolness, check out her website: here!

Once again, if you have a TV show, film, or any type of visual art that you would like to write a review on, please reach out to me! Feel free to shoot me an email, and let your inner television/film geek run free!

Guest Review – The Haunting of Hill House Season 1

The Haunting of Hill House – Season 1

Author: Ryan Brookins

The Haunting of Hill House is one of the most intense, emotionally gripping television series that I have ever seen. It’s very rare for a horror genre film or television show to have a compelling storyline that grabs at every fiber of your core. The story follows a husband, wife & their five children that flip homes for a living. The show chronicles their journey after moving into a home teeming with life beyond death.  Consistently transitioning between present day and the past, you learn about how the effects of a traumatic night in the home have shaped the family’s present.  Each character has their own unique side of the story and you solve the mystery of the Hill House as each person reveals their version and how they now struggle with events transpired from their childhood.  You are consistently on the edge of your seat; laughing one minute, the next terrified, the next, so emotionally ravaged that you catch yourself with your mouth agape as the mystery of that mysterious night is told to you. This is hands down my absolute favorite show of all time and I cannot wait to see if there will be a second season.


Huge thanks to Ryan Brookins for writing the first Guest Review for this site! I have yet to see this show, but after hearing this chilling and enthralling review, it’s definitely going to the top of the television bucket list. Sounds like the perfect show for the Halloween season, stay spooky friends!

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How to Watch: Netflix

1 Season, 10 Episodes

Creator: Mike Flanagan

Release Date: 12 October 2018

Also, if you have a TV show, film, any type of visual art that you would like to write a review on, please reach out to me! I absolutely loved reading this article and am always stoked to hear about sectors of television (like horror) that I don’t tend to watch as much (because I’m a huge weenie). So feel free to shoot me an email and let your inner television geek run free.