The Best & Worse of K-Pop: November 2019

It's the holidays, so let's take the time to appreciate small victories. We got the November list out before 2020! While October challenged us with largely underwhelming music, November presented the opposite obstacle. Pretty much everything was good, and a lot of it was really good! We'll see you in the new year with a recap... Continue Reading →

The Best & Worst of K-Pop: October 2019

Okay, so this one took a while. I'm going to blame the holidays. You know, All Soul's Day, Thanksgiving, Veterans Day, National Origami Day—all those classic November holidays that we here at Academic Exiles definitely observe. Or it could have also been the fact that despite all the big comebacks, we didn't really have strong... Continue Reading →

The Best and Worst of K-Pop: September 2019

We made it before Halloween! Barely, but it still counts. We'll get started right away on sorting through the October debuts and comebacks. I'm guessing we'll be done around February. WORST “Dumb Litty” by KARD S: Despite picking worst songs each month, there actually isn’t much out there that Amanda and I actively hate. Sure,... Continue Reading →

The Best and Worst of K-Pop: July 2019

Every time you turn around there’s a K-pop act debuting or coming back, and it’s pretty much impossible to keep up. But dammit, we here at the Academic Exiles try our hardest, consuming just about every new music video we come across. Knowing that busier (and probably saner) people don’t have time to obsess over... Continue Reading →

Review: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Get ready to learn the dirty truth about Mr. Rogers! Just kidding; Morgan Neville's Won't You Be My Neighbor? confirms that he was a great guy. But in my review, I point out that the movie could've given his portrayal a bit more nuance.

The 10 Best Movies of 2017

Twenty seventeen was a rough one. But as the world sunk further into horror and bullshit, the cinema at least offered a little escape. Sure, this year saw the release of another Transformers movie, Fifty Shades Darker and the monstrosity that is The Emoji Movie, but we got some really good films, too. There was... Continue Reading →

Review: Wonder

Wonder made my mom cry. But it’s the kind of movie designed to make moms cry, so that’s not really saying much. The story of a fifth-grade boy with a severe facial deformity (Jacob Tremblay) going to school for the first time was bound to cause a few sniffles. To the film’s credit, it’s not... Continue Reading →

Review: The Justice League

The Justice League is bad, but it’s also not the complete and utter slog Batman vs. Superman was. There’s certainly entertainment to be had, and I wouldn’t hate to watch it again. Unfortunately for the film, that’s largely to do with its incompetence. There’s a certain level of ineptitude that you just can’t help but... Continue Reading →

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