By Sara Hashemi
by Meagen Tajalle
by Orlando Mendiola
by Aaron Sánchez Guerra
by Rebecca Rosén
by Katherine Clowater
Hold On To That Feeling: ‘Glee’ and Don’t Stop Believin’ (Part Two)
By Rachel Malstrom | "With every ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’ the show offers a hand to hold and anchor for the show’s ambitions. It never promised to offer solutions to all of the world’s problems, despite its obsession with acknowledging them."
1972, Revisited: Dick’s Feminist Reinterpretation of the Watergate Scandal
By Charlotte Turner | "Dick reimagines the national memory of Watergate through a feminist lens by making teenage girls the heroes of the story."
Opening Yourself Up to Joy: ‘Glee’ and Don’t Stop Believin’ (Part One)
By Rachel Malstrom | "[Glee] is a show with its own profound thesis statement … which is never more evident than in the song ‘Don’t Stop Believin’.’
‘The Bling Ring’ Is All Too Familiar with Its Own Spectacle
By Claire Davidson | "Viewing The Bling Ring retrospectively, the girls’ belief in their own stardom is even more flimsy than it is depicted through the instantaneous nature of the film."
The Art of the Two-Person Dance Party
By Tiia Kelly | "[The two-person dance party] becomes a shorthand for the characters embracing comfort in one another’s presence."
The Liminal Space of the Remington Party in Heathers
By Sydney Bollinger | "In choosing adolescence, Veronica pushes back on a narrative that asks her to give up her formative years in favor of social capital."
We Were Here: An Ode to the Wannabe Dance in One Tree Hill
By Claire White | "I’ll always want to return to these early seasons in an effort to remember what it felt to be that young and together with everyone again. There’s nothing quite like the high school years."
Seize the Day, or Rewatching Empire Records in the Age of COVID
By Mahnaz Dar | "[Empire Records'] ability to carve out space for joy, despite knowing that tomorrow may bring just as much sorrow, is stirring."
Editors’ Letter: The Turning Point
By Claire White and Odalis Garcia Gorra | "One good party can shift everything you understood to be true. What once was is upturned by the possibility of what could be. There is nothing that showcases that possibility more than teen films and TV shows."
The Art of “The Look”
By Niamh Cullen | "“The look” captures everything that I want. Betrayal, tension and pain met with acceptance of the longing. This look says to audiences ‘do you see where this is all leading? Have you backed the right horse?’"