Family Time and Movies in a Time of Upheaval

Originally, this article was supposed to be about my Marvel movie marathon this past quarantine. However, I had a separate movie marathon going on at the same time that I realized might be more profound to write about. My dad (who went to Fordham as well) decided to show me some of his favorite movies over the years. After a few weeks, I noticed many of them followed similar themes and related a lot to some current events.

Frida

If you’re a pseudointellectual art nerd like me, you must watch “Frida,” like now. Filmmaker Julie Taymor’s biographic drama depicting the life of Frida Kahlo, the Mexican surrealist painter is nothing less than an artistic masterpiece.

The Reemergence of Avatar

[Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony. Then, everything changed when Covid-19 attacked. Only the Avatar, master of all four elements, could stop the quarantine boredom, but when the world needed him most, he vanished. Twelve years after the show’s finale, Netflix discovered the Avatar, an Airbender named Aang. Since May 2020, “Avatar: The Last Airbender” has been available to stream on Netflix. I believe that Aang can save quarantine.]

New York is Not Dead

I’m sure by now that many of you are familiar with that recent op-ed that appeared in the New York Times about how New York City is dead, that all the scenes and places that used to be so vibrant are now empty, and people can’t go to their favorite brunch places. All the clubs are closed, nobody is out anymore, it is a ghost town.

Reading Poetry during a Global Pandemic

Throughout this whole ordeal, I’ve been shocked by how much casual indifference there has by on the parts of so many to this crisis based on the belief that it “only” affects other people. Many have expressed the desire to continue about their daily lives or semester without interruption, even if that endangers the lives of many in their communities. The navel-gazing is not exclusive to Gen Z and millennials, as many on twitter and the in the media have suggest. Brueghel’s and Auden’s works are testaments that these attitudes have been common throughout history, whether it be eighty or five hundred years ago.