Yes, I know there’s still a week or so left until the end of 2018, but as most of the bloggers of the Collective will be taking a break for the holidays, I thought I’d share my favorite films from the year (so far), in case you need a watch-list to queue up on Netflix during your vacation. I still have plans to see two or three more films before the end of the year, but they’ll be hard pressed to beat these films from earlier this year! So, gather your Christmas cookies and press play on one of these if you haven’t seen it yet!


Alright, Collectors, I know you’re all on the prowl for some spooky/creepy/scary things to binge right now. I’ve done quite a bit of bingeing myself as I prep my costumes for the Halloween season (tis the season for cosplayers to wear half their wardrobe). So here are a few eery series for you to check out as you prep your sweet tooth for all that trick-or-treat candy. (Please note that these series were chosen based on shows I’ve seen…I know there are quite a few more out there that I just haven’t gotten to yet!)

There are a lot of good films out there, so many, in fact, that sometimes some of the best ones get overlooked. Sometimes these star big names and are produced by big studios, but for whatever reason, didn’t get the full weight of the big studio juggernaut marketing. Don’t worry; I’m here to give voice to the indie films and the lesser known films that you’ve probably seen on Netflix but never knew enough about to click “play.”

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It’s Pride month, and that means I’ve draped myself in a rainbow flag and dance around in glitter, proudly proclaiming, “Yes homo.” And when I’m not doing that, I’m probably perusing the LGBT section of Netflix, hoping desperately that they’ve uploaded something I haven’t seen. (They haven’t.)

So while Netflix doesn’t have the most wide selection of LGBT Films, here are a few that I recommend for your Pride month movie binge. Glitter and rainbow flags recommended.

G.B.F. (2014)

I love high school comedies, and I especially love ones that seem cheesy or campy but actually touch on some pretty deep themes (*cough* Mean Girls *cough*). This is one of those, as it resonates on some pretty disturbing societal trends: namely, viewing gay men as fashion accessories for straight women.

(But G.B.F. is also cute, charming, and well worth the watch.)

This week The Collective gals spontaneously fangirled in their writing, following the Collectiva Diva’s post on Jensen Ackles’ tweets and the Spaniard’s dreamy Hiddleswooning article.  Okay, so maybe not so spontaneously. So I’m just gonna jump right in and fangirl along with my cohorts.

Facebook told me this morning that my beloved Tahmoh Penikett had been named #13 in a list of Canada’s 25 Hottest Bachelors. Obviously there was a typo on the list and they accidentally added a “3” behind the “#1,” because I mean, c’mon, take a look at the photo op I took with Tahmoh last year and try not to swoon!

Ok, now I’m swooning because damn.


While I disagree with Tahmoh’s placement on the list, I must say that seeing the article on my Facebook feed pushed me into a spiral of fangirling that nearly prevented me from finishing my dissertation. And then I went through Tahmoh’s filmography and then whoops, I made this list of five things starring Tahmoh that you should absolutely watch, and not just because the man is swoon-worthy but because he’s got badass talent. 

I have a lot of respect for the women that paved the way for the rest of us. Here are five women who defied cultural norms and expectations to do incredible things.

Hatshepsut (1508 BCE -1458 BCE)

Source: Wikipedia

Hatshepsut was the daughter of Pharaoh Thutmose I, and became Queen of ancient Egypt when she married her half-brother, Thutmose II. When her husband died, she became regent of Egypt, and later, co-ruler with her stepson, Thutmose III. In reality, she controlled most of Egypt from that point until her death (she is thought to have died from bone cancer), a reign of over twenty years, making her the first female Pharaoh and the longest-ruling woman in Egypt’s history.

As a ruler, Hatshepsut ordered the building of several impressive monuments–most importantly the temple at Deir el-Bahri, where  her stepson, Thutmose III, was later buried. She had a peaceful reign by emphasizing trade instead of war–trading many wealthy items with a nation known as Punt (possibly Eritrea?) and has been called one of the most successful pharaohs in Egypt’s history.

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Science-fiction is one of my favourite genres, but it’s also one of the ones I’m pickiest about. Finding a scifi film I enjoy is more difficult than jeans for short girls at Forever 21. If you’re like me and love scifi but have a helluva time finding a good one, here are my five favourite for your perusal.

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

An older film, but still compelling, it follows the story of an alien who comes to Earth with a message for humanity. A chilling metaphor for xenophobia, the Cold War, and paranoia, The Day the Earth Stood Still was chosen for preservation by the U.S. National Film Registry in the 1990s.

Also, do yourself a favour: never watch the remake. 

Good day, Collectors! It’s been a helluva month for me, and I often find that I need to spend hours upon hours on YouTube to unwind after a stressful day of graduate studies. Nine times out of ten, I end up watching dance videos, because it’s visual fucking poetry. Here’s some personal favourites.

Sergei Polunin’s “Take Me To Church”

Take a moment and let the true power of this dance sink in. Can’t wrap your mind around it? That’s okay. Watch it again–preferably 97 times–before you try to speak. Sergei Polunin has been called the “bad boy” of the ballet world, but who cares when he can dance like this? I won’t lie, I cried from the rawness that resonates from his extensions. By baring a flawed soul, this dance becomes flawless.