We all love with conditions.

Sorry to burst your bubble, Katy Perry, but unconditional love is a myth. I know everyone is going to get flustered and say their case is different and that they love their partners unconditionally.

Horse shit, darling.

Just like secret service agents, most times, conditions operate under an alias called standards.

Sound familiar?

Some of these conditions (oopsies, standards) can be material things like money, immaterial things like kindness and peace of mind, or physical things like a small waist, or basketball-worthy height. We only call them conditions when it becomes physical or material, but…


You are not a good person and that’s ok.

I think the description of a bad person is pretty set in stone. We can unanimously agree that any person that happily causes pain to people around them, takes advantage of them, and hides the truth is a bad person.

It is only rational to assume that a good person is one who does the opposite, right?

A person who doesn’t cause pain to other people nor take advantage of them is good.

A person who doesn’t hide or distort the truth is good.

Right?


The Red Dragon by Thomas Harris is the first book in the Hannibal trilogy. It follows the investigations into the killings committed by a very meticulous serial killer: The Red Dragon. Filled with piquant metaphors, unforgettable characters, and seamless storytelling, the Red Dragon is a book that stays with you long after you have read it. Harris’ greatest feat is creating a villain we hate at first and later on come to empathize and even identify with on some levels.

In a world obsessed with heroes and geniuses, Harris’ protagonist Will Graham will obviously take center stage- and rightfully so…


Based on James Herbert’s 1983 novel, “The Shrine”, The Unholy (2021) starts like any generic 19th century-based horror movie: a resident possession, scared locals, a priest performing an exorcism in Latin, and a containment. Of course, just like your average horror movies, evil, unlike lightning, always strikes twice. So it comes as no surprise when disgraced journalist Gerry Fenn ( Jeffrey Dean Morgan), while investigating an incident of “cattle mutilation” in a small Massachusetts town called Banfield, unwittingly releases a 200-year-old evil. This is where the story deepens.

Later that night, deaf, 18-year-old Alice Pagett ( Cricket Brown) sees Mary/The…


Life has a way of making us students of the oddest teachers and teaching us lessons in the strangest circumstances. Some weeks ago, I was watching a video on YouTube when one of those pesky ads popped up. As I am not interested in YouTube premium, I had to wait for five seconds to skip the ad. At the end of the five minutes, I knew I had to download the game. The ad was for a mobile game called Fishdom. Thirty seconds into the ad, I found myself on my Google Appstore downloading the game.

I have always been…


As time goes by, it dawns heavily on me that I am no longer a child. Your twenties are a very awkward phase of your life.

I like to think of it as the childhood of adulthood.

At that stage, you are definitely not a child. However, you don’t really have all it takes to be described as an adult. More often than not, this juncture of life finds us adrift on a tattered raft amongst the turbulent waters of life, and confused as hell. …


Growing up, I had varied interests. Like all little girls, at one stage in my life, I wanted to be a ballerina, gliding and pirouetting to Tchaikovsky’s nutcracker. Way before I thought of becoming a medical doctor, I wanted to be the lead at Broadway musicals. I remember watching Moulin Rouge and Smash as an adolescent and imagining myself as the star of the moment. I always thought I would focus on one passion when I was much older. That I would finally streamline and become monogamous, regarding my professional choices.

I was wrong.

High school saw me wanting to…


Synopsis of A Bronx Tale (1993)

I like to think of A Bronx Tale (1993) as a mafia movie with a soul; a coming together of two different spheres of life in the person of Calogero Anello. The inciting incident of the movie kicks off on a sunny day in 1960. Young Calogero ( Francis Capra)- while sitting on his stoop- witnesses his idol, the Mafia Boss, Sonny (Chazz Palminteri) shoot a man over what seems to be a fight about a parking space. Sonny looks the young boy dead in the eye, as if willing him to erase all memory of what he had just…


Synopsis of Bad Hair (2020)

Bad Hair (2020) is a skittish cross between satire, comedy, and horror. The movie opens with an impactful scene of young Anna Bludso (Zaria Kelley) losing her hair after a relaxer application goes wrong. This scars her and makes her afraid of the creamy crack and making her hair. Few minutes into the movie, it transports us to 1989 and we watch as an older Anna (Elle Lorraine) tries to make her way in the competitive, colorist, and the sexist world of television. Anna works at Culture, a 1989, African-American version of MTV Base, as an assistant to Edna (Judith…


Synopsis

In a manner that is oddly reminiscent of Bibo Bergeron and Don Paul’s 2000 animation, “The Road to El Dorado”, the dramedy, Gold Statue (2019) follows the adventures of two best friends, Chike (Kunle Remi) and Wale (Gabriel Afolayan) in their quest to find the golden statue of Yéyé.

The movie opens with a very crude display of jungle justice, a sad reality in Nigeria. The piquant scene shows an angry mob about to burn the battered Wale. Chike, the youth corps member, tries to stop them from doing this. …

Ifeanacho MaryAnn

Bibliophile, Storyteller and Poet. I write about mental health, books, writing, psychology, philosophy, film, love and life. Blog: www.thewritingchannel.com

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