Suspenseful & Thrilling | Review of ‘Life’ (2017 Film)


By Cynthia Ayala

Life starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ariyon Bakare & Olga Dihovichnaya
Columbia Pictures
Image Credit: IMDB

“A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a rapidly evolving life form, that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.”

—IMDB

The alien in space movie is not new, many are failures, but others have become staples of the genre. Life is part of the latter. The premise of the film is about a team of scientists who have discovered life on Mars. At first, the creature is docile, but when provoked, the alien has entered monster territory, if only for its desire to survive. The problem is it doesn’t know when to stop feeding, creating a being that is incredibly dangerous. What makes it even more dangerous is how smart it is. It evolves, and with its evolution, it grows bigger. It’s a sinister being and the writers knew how to develop the creature, its needs and everything that made it dangerous.
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The Postpartum Effects of “Adam’s” Birth – An Essay


Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein has amazed audiences all around the world and has tingled the thoughts and minds of readers everywhere. There is so much to be said that will keep the novel alive for public consumption and thought. But one of the more riveting aspects of the novel is Victor’s clear and initial rejection of his creation, his son, from the beginning and the effects of the “birth” that follows[…] Continue reading The Postpartum Effects of “Adam’s” Birth – An Essay

Week 21 2013 Pt. 2


Aquaman #20 Skinwalker Filler issue. Just a filler issue.  The girl brought into the issue was interesting but her character needs more flushing out.  Understandably, she was brought in to become the caretaker of the other Atlantean artifact, but her character was lackluster.  Don’t get me wrong, she had a strong will and an interesting backstory and conflict with her family, yet a strong connection with then that makes her who she is, but her character was incredibly boring to read.  I felt no connection to her whatsoever. This issue is what it says, an interlude that has absolutely nothing … Continue reading Week 21 2013 Pt. 2

Falling Darkness ©


Falling… Falling… Falling down And then my heart beats And then it stops And I’m no longer falling But floating in darkness My screams echo through the air My hair wraps and tangles Intertwining with my fingers And I pull I scream In the darkness Of my soul. Falling for so long I forgot who I was I forgot what Made my heart beat. There was something once A light in the sky When I was alive. I’m lost Have lost myself Have lost something Something that made my heart beat and ache Made my skin tingle and burn Made … Continue reading Falling Darkness ©

Life of Pi


Beautiful. Honestly the most beautiful and profound movie that I have seen in ages. The story was so powerful, it was beautiful and touching and magnificent and absolutely wonderful. The special effects were wonderful and the story was just, so powerful. This kid lost his entire family, everything he ever knew in a moment, one moment of nature being both beautiful and terrifying at the same moment. The tragedy of that moment is never forgotten and is further reflected throughout the movie in his struggle to survive. My god, this was just a powerful movie to watch and be a … Continue reading Life of Pi

Hey All! – Answers for AWOL


So I’m really sorry I’ve been AWOL lately.  It has started, finals week at Emerson College has arrived and my brain is officially dying.  Three papers (10, 7, 5 pages min respectively), two finals, one short story revision…that is my final week.  I’ve knocked out the paper, those have been done for a week now, but the story story and the studying….environmental ethics, literary foundations, Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Virgil‘s Aeneid.  Yeah, up until 3 am last night working on my revision.  Final’s are always stressing. On another note, I was able to make it to a comic shop this weekend, … Continue reading Hey All! – Answers for AWOL

Adventures in Emer-Land


Oh college, I have missed thee. I really did.  I was freaking out that I might not be able to attend again (money issues).  But I’m back at Emerson College in MA.  Back with my own kind!   I’m excited to be here, and yet at the same time, I am so overwhelmed.  School is already hectic.  I mean it was before, but I’m joining clubs now and working on my novel that it’s just so amazing.  I absolutely love it.  I mean I really really love it.  This is my life.  I am a workaholic.  But it’s what makes me, … Continue reading Adventures in Emer-Land