2015 Updates

2015 in Review: 6/13 – 6/26

On this update: anthropomorphic emotions, Tinder, hip-hop fashion, and Studio Ghibli.

Swiping right on Tinder is a big yes to possibilities, but it’s also a yes to vulnerability

“I always swipe right.”

“The Movies of Studio Ghibli, Ranked From Worst to Best”

“This week marks the 30th anniversary of the founding of Studio Ghibli, possibly the world’s most revered animation house. It’s a bittersweet occasion, given that the company’s activities have been on a ‘hiatus’ since last year, due to the retirement of founder Hayao Miyazaki and the disappointing box office performance of several of its more recent films. Still, that’s no reason to dampen any celebration of Ghibli’s beloved output.”

Inside Out Review

“The studio has been fine-tuning its strategic, questionably graceful manipulation for years. Its power was first glimpsed in Toy Story 2 and hit what was once its height with the opening sequence of Up. Pixar has a supervillain-tight grip on our collective middle-class anxieties and sense of nostalgia for childhood. And Inside Out shamelessly exploits both — Riley has been put in crisis by her family’s moving across the country, and the story heavily features her nearly-forgotten old imaginary friend. Once Pixar tried to make you feel bad for throwing out your old toys; now you must regret letting go of your imaginary friend, you monster.”

Fresh Dressed Review

“When I began reviewing movies online by watching a documentary every day, I strongly believed that every doc, even not-too-great ones, still had intrinsic, significant worth. “Even if it didn’t move me too much,” I thought, “at least I learned something new.” And many people process nonfiction film the same way, with a utilitarian mindset. But movies aren’t tools — they’re art. Even if boring art can be useful or educational, it’s still boring.”

By Dan Schindel

Born and raised in Maryland and currently based in New York, Dan Schindel is an associate editor at Hyperallergic, freelance culture writer, and available for any copy-editing/proofreading needs you may have. This website was originally a blog called Days of Docs, and chronicled his attempt to watch and review a documentary every single day for a whole year. He was mostly successful at this, and now he knows everything. He puts this knowledge to use by writing about movies, TV, games, books, comics, art, and more.