Author: Uma Balaji

TV Show Review: Master of None

Two years after the critically-acclaimed first season of his show Master of None, Aziz Ansari has returned to Netflix with a more thematically and artistically mature endeavor in season two. The season starts off with a curveball in “The Thief.” Completely filmed in black-and-white and full Italian dialogue, the episode is a piece of Italian

Is Katniss dangerously naive?

As the Hunger Games series, by Suzanne Collins, has gained popularity, it has, naturally, gained critics as well. Some claim that the books’ ideas are simply recycled from other books, while others have more of a problem with the bland writing style. However, in light of recent protests—  such as 2014 pro-democracy protests in Hong

The Book Without Pictures

Most know BJ Novak as Ryan Howard (not the baseball player) from the hit television mockumentary The Office. However, Novak has recently caught the public’s attention with the publication of his children’s book, The Book With No Pictures. At first glance, it seems like an unimaginative attempt to wean young children off picture books, but

The Giver’s Mediocrity

  The dystopian young-adult genre has seen a surge in popularity, with high-action films like Divergent and The Maze Runner following in the footsteps of the hugely successful Hunger Games trilogy. But recently, a film adaptation of Lois Lowry’s The Giver, a more understated dystopian novel, was released to mixed reviews after being in the