Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of: Thoughts on Russian Doll, Part 1

Stop me if you have heard this one before. An individual awakens one morning to find that it is not the promised tomorrow, but rather they are starting the exact same day they just completed all over again as if some higher authority has hit a reset button somewhere in the universe. The character soon …

The Ted Bundy Tapes Fails to Offer Much New Insight into the Infamous Killings

On the 30th anniversary of the execution of perhaps the most talked about and prolific serial killer in American history, Emmy-winner and Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger takes aim at Ted Bundy with not one but two projects detailing the sordid history of the serial rapist and murderer. One project is the biopic Extremely Wicked, …

The Kite and the Line: Marriage and Mental Illness in The Haunting of Hill House

However you choose to interpret The Haunting of Hill House—supernatural, psychological, or somewhere in between—one thing is certain: there is something terribly wrong with Olivia Crain. Ghost stories aside, Olivia’s descent into madness and the ripple effect that has on her husband and children are the heart of the series. At 25YL we have previously …

Choose Stefan’s Adventure! Black Mirror: Bandersnatch puts the viewer in the story

Bandersnatch is an impressive piece of work. As a child, I loved to read Choose Your Own Adventure books. I can’t recall any particular titles I enjoyed, and certainly none of them were as elaborate as the titular book Stefan sets out to base a video game on; they were rather all thin little books …

Favorites: Top Five Episodes of Black Mirror (S1-S4)

Here at 25YLSite, we handle a lot of heavy lifting. Analysis, interpretation, deep discussion, introspective interviews…you name it, we've got it. "Favorites" takes a lighter approach to the material we normally cover. Each week, we will take you through a list of favorites---whether it's moments, scenes, episodes, characters, lines of dialogue, whatever!---in bite-sized articles perfect …

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: “A Midwinter’s Tale”

Keep your Yule logs lit as we delve into both the welcome and unwelcome guests, and their related Christmas/Yule/Solstice folklore, who visit Sabrina (Kiernan Chipka) and her family and friends over several nights leading to the longest night of the year in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina holiday special, "A Midwinter's Tale". I’ve always been …