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‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery’: This Sequel Lives Up to the Hype

Three years ago Knives Out hit theaters around Thanksgiving and it was an instant hit. Daniel Craig starred as a brilliant detective with a distinctly Southern twang, Benoit Blanc, in a murder mystery that was well-written and delivered plenty of twists and turns along the way. When it was announced that there would be a sequel, I was excited but understandably skeptical. Could Rian Johnson do it again?

Could he make another delightfully witty, genuinely shocking whodunnit with a cast of characters we’d never forget? Spoiler alert, he did. In fact, Glass Onion, in my opinion, is better than the original.

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Revisiting ‘Hamilton’

Oh my gosh, I forgot just how much I love this musical. Before yesterday I had seen the Broadway work of art a total of four times in the span of about two weeks and then I decided to take a break…a break that finally ended last night and once again, I was lost.

This Broadway masterpiece is truly one of the greatest things I have ever seen. Its attention to detail is staggering, its lyrics tell a story that is both complex and mostly accurate, the actors are simply outstanding, specifically Leslie Odom Jr. who does such a tremendous job breathing life into Aaron Burr’s side of the story, and of course, by the end, I was crying again. (Five times in a row and I haven’t been able to contain my tears.)

I cannot fully express in words how moving and inspiring Hamilton is to someone like me. Lin-Manuel Miranda provided the world something that feels poignant, powerful, and feels like a glimpse at what movies, television shows, and Broadway shows will and should look like in the coming decades. The idea that people of color can’t hold a show, aren’t as talented as other actors, and aren’t smart enough to produce the type of mediocre content that dominates our entertainment is laughable and Hamilton proves that point.

I love it, love it, love it so much and I can’t wait to see more Broadway shows in the future.

I thank you for reading my gush post about Hamilton and I hope you have a lovely day.

The Five Best Songs in ‘Hamilton’

Hamilton is a musical (duh) and what a musical it is. I’ve never had so much trouble ranking songs in a musical before but I’m going to take a crack at it. Here goes nothing.

5. “It’s Quiet Uptown”

Tears. So many tears. Alexander Hamilton has had a terrible affair on his wife. That’s the first check on the forget-you list. Then his and his wife’s son gets killed because a college student picked on their son about his father’s scandal? Brutal! The despair in this moment of the show and the fact that Eliza’s love for Hamilton wins over her past anger and that she forgives him as he begs for her to let him return to her life is just: 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 Continue reading The Five Best Songs in ‘Hamilton’

My Top Three Favorite Characters in ‘Hamilton’

I just watched Hamilton for only the second time last night and it is truly a masterpiece. I can’t get enough of this musical that is sheer perfection. I’m talking…SHEER perfection. Every bit of choreography, every moment of acting from the cast, the costume design, oh, it is wondrous.

It inspires me to become a better writer and to one day potentially change the world as long as, like Hamilton, I am willing to make my shot and take this world by storm.

It is so quotable, so lovable, so impactful, so undeniably brilliant that it almost feels unbelievable when you see it. How did something this incredible get made and how has nothing like this been made for? It will change the world, it will inspire young artists of color forever and one day will be looked upon as the pinnacle of artistic genius, maybe, in the same ways that Shakespeare’s work has been regarded for hundreds of years.

Hamilton is perfection and I can’t say anything less about it. As I write this, its songs revolve inside my brain, bringing me joy on a casual Tuesday morning that no movie has given me for a long while. Oh gosh, I’m ranting and completely missing the point of this post which is to share my top three favorite characters in Hamilton, which honestly almost seems unfair but here’s a crack at it. Enjoy!

3. Elizabeth Schuyler


Elizabeth Schuyler could’ve been a damsel-like character. Instead, she is a strong woman whose extreme kindness and trusting nature can not be mistaken for weakness. Phillipa Soo delivers an accordingly powerful performance that ranges from shy and madly in love with Hamilton to a burning volcano of rage and finally a proud mother/wife who has been burdened with the power of her husband’s legacy and her goal to make sure his story is told.

This woman invokes such emotion in every scene she’s in and she’s almost the breakaway star of the production. Continue reading My Top Three Favorite Characters in ‘Hamilton’