Top 5 Korean Dramas to Watch Right Now

by Vianey Perez

Korean dramas may be more addictive than sugar. If you’re someone who likes to binge watch but doesn’t know what to watch, then here are five Korean dramas you should watch with your time off.

Right now the Korean film industry is booming. This happens to be because people in other countries, such as America and Mexico have been discovering these entertaining dramas.

They have great actors, are culturally educational, and are generally G-rated.

 

“Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo”

Number of episodes: 16

Being an athlete is hard — especially if you’re female. This series can help when you’re feeling stuck, or dealing with something emotionally. The show can also be helpful on the subject of first love.

Kim Bok Joo (Lee Sung Kyung) is a university student attending an athletic school. She’s there because she loves the smell of chalk particles and the feel of bars, and weightlifting is her entire life. Being a weightlifter can bring some difficulties; it’s not a very feminine sport. In the show, Bok Joo learns that being a woman is hard, and so is falling in love.

I loved this drama because I could relate to the main character. Doing sports makes you seem less like a girl, and sometimes you can get teased for it. It’s especially hard when you want to impress someone but you know that being an athlete may not be the best way. It also shows how athletes can suffer from trauma and what they do to overcome it. They talk about subjects that can relate to different communities.

“Relationship isn’t like sports. Effort doesn’t guarantee success.” – Jung Joo Hyung, Weightlifting fairy Kim Bok Joo

 

“Call Me Mother”

Number of episodes: 16

Children are the future, and often, we depend on them for success. This drama is about taking family for granted. Too often, we fail to see that some people are there for us with love.

Soo Jin (Lee Bo-Young) is a bird researcher who just got laid off her job. While trying to maintain some kind of cashflow, she becomes a homeroom teacher (she was supposed to only be a science teacher). She then meets a shy kid named Hye-Na (Heo Yool), who is picked on at school and home. Soo Jin can see that the child is reaching out for help and decides to take a role as her mother.

I love this drama because I’m used to life where home feels lonely and scary. I could relate to how both Soo Jin and Hye Na were feeling.

I also love how this Kdrama talks about topics that are serious in the world child abuse and neglect. It is a Kdrama that has shown me that children always need love, but so do the people raising them. We all need someone to be good to us and to helps us.

“I didn’t cry. At times like that, you should think of something you like. Then you might stop crying.”  — Hye Na, “Call Me Mother”

 

“My Love From Another Star”

Number of  episodes: 21

Wondering if anyone has lived for more than 100 years? Are there really any life forces outside of earth? This Kdrama is a must see, no matter the season. We see stars, we dream upon them, and we admire them. This Kdrama involves someone who comes from the stars; someone who lived upon them.

Do Min-Joo (Kim Soo- Hyun) is an alien who has lived on Earth for 400 years. He looks and acts like any other human being, but he hates them all. He despises who they are and the actions they make. Despite this, he falls in love with an actress named Cheon Song-Yi (Gianna Jun).  

“Five stages of grief: anger, denial, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Going through the agony of loss, a person goes through these stages of grief to cure the pain.” —Do Min Joo, “My Love From Another Star”

 

“Pinocchio.”

Number of  episodes: 20

The future is something many people worry about. In a world pressured to be honest and pure but also be successful, it can be hard to choose what to do for the rest of your life. “Pinocchio” shows you how hard the real world can be. It is all about a world of reporting competition. It can be hard to make it in the news business, and even harder when deciding what the truth is. 

Choi In-Ha (Park Shin-Hye) is a female looking to become a reporter like her mom. She’s young, brilliant — but the one flaw she has? Pinocchio Syndrome, which causes people to only tell the truth. (Whenever they lie they hiccup.) Dal- Po (Lee Jong-Suk) is her “uncle” in the shows and wants to also become a reporter, but only to avenge his family.

I love love this Kdrama because it shows how hard telling the truth can be, and how we sometimes rely on what we see rather than what we gather. This also goes into my interest in journalism and how we tell the “truth” — but how do we do that if we don’t know what it is?

This Kdrama helped me understand that we can’t rely on the news and if we were, we have to make sure the information is credible.

“For the past six months, my life has been nothing but a lie. But… the truth is ten times more comforting than a lie.”  — Choi Dal-Po, Pinocchio

 

“Let’s Eat”

Number of episodes: 16

Are you a person who is all about food? “Let’s Eat” is the perfect Kdrama for you because it deals with delicious meals. This Kdrama shows different foods from Korea, and how to eat them. Watching this show would help you learn how to eat some Korean cuisine or how to look for good restaurants.

Lee Soo-kyung (Lee Soo- Kyung) is a 33-year-old woman who got divorced in her 20s. She likes to have pride but often loses control over food. Her next door neighbor suddenly dies, leaving the apartment for rent. The new tenant is a girl named Yoon Jin-Yi (Yoon So-Hee) who has never lived alone. While being new in the apartment, she tries to befriend Lee Soo-Kyung and another tenant,Goo Dae-Young (Yoon Doo-Joon). Lee Soo-Kyung wants nothing to do with this friendship until food is involved.

I love this drama because I am also a big food addict. I love learning things about food, and maybe the techniques involved when eating it. This show helped me learn how to eat some traditional Korean dishes, and how to know if food is good or not. I also love all of the characters because they contrast one another but they are put in the same friend group which makes an interesting scene.

 

To you who eat a lot of rice because you are lonely. To you who sleeps a lot because you are bored. To you who cries a lot because you are sad. I write this down. Chew on your feelings that are cornered like you would chew on rice. Anyways, life is something that you need to digest.” — Chu Yang Hee, “Let’s Eat”

 

5 TV Shows to Stream Right Now

 

by Stephanie Galicia

“Friends” – Netfllix

If you’re looking for a fun throwback, friends is the way to go. From personal experience, I can tell you that this show gets you hella invested into each of the characters’ lives. The show begins with Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) sobbing from both relief and terror from leaving a fiancé at the altar.

 

 

“The Office” – Netflix

 

At first being a little awkward, “The Office” is about a group of oddly interesting coworkers who go about their daily lives and having equally oddly interesting conflicts. This isn’t your ordinary office (and if it is, I’m really sorry); it’s an office that contains as much humor as it does paper.

 

 

“The Good Place” – Netflix and Hulu

 

Ah, The Good Place. You’d think that it would be good — until you find out that you’re not actually supposed to be there.

 

 

“The 100” – Netflix and the CW

 

“The 100” is a post-apocalyptic, dystopian story about humanity and how it can come to its most darkest and its most lightest parts of life through literally almost any scenario you could think of realistically.

 

“How I Met Your Mother” – Netflix

A funny, realistic show about the many twists and turns that take place on the way to finding The One.

These Are the Greatest Rappers of All Time

by Calvin Holmes

This  list has been determined by impact, influence, accolades, classic albums, public consensus and more. These artist have released classic projects, have won Grammys and more, have impacted the rap community, have influenced their peers, and are people the generally public knows and understands.

 

Starting off this list is Jay Z.  He has three cemented albums, and many would argue that every album is a classic. He also has 21 Grammy awards and 74 nominations. He was snubbed recently at the 2017 Grammys — he was nominated eight times and didn’t win.

Jay Z has impacted the rap community in a wild way. He was a part of one of the most iconic rap beefs ever. His peers adore, or at least respect, him. Also, he has contributed to many rappers’ careers including Kanye West, Rihanna, J. Cole, Cam’ron and more.

The general public knows, respects, and would agree Jay Z is one of the greatest rappers ever.

 

Second is Kanye West, he has five cemented classics, and some would argue that out of his eight albums, six are classics. These only count for his individual albums but his collaborations (“Watch the Throne,” “Kids See Ghost”) are also debated classics.

West has won 21 Grammy awards and has been nominated for 68. He is recognized as a musical genius by his peers and has influenced arguably every artist of this generation with his project “808s & Heartbreak” where he pretty much invented the sound that’s being displayed by his peers today.

He has also produced Big Sean, as well as brought Travis Scott and Kid Cudi to a broader audience. His artistry is truly gorgeous and unprecedented in hip-hop.

 

Third, we have Eminem. He’s by far the best technical and lyrical rapper on this list. He has 15 Grammys and 43 nominations. He has rapped beside the likes of Biggie Smalls and showed him up, as well as Jay Z.

Eminem’s impact in the industry is very evident. He is the only rapper on the list with an Oscar Award. He also is the only rapper to win Best Rap Album for three consecutive LPs. He is lyrically ahead of his peers. He has three debated classics and possibly one that’s cemented. He brought 50 Cent to fruition, as well as other artists.

 

Coming in fourth is Lil Wayne. He’s an insanely great lyricist and better than the majority of his peers lyrically. He has a huge discography of mixtapes that could be considered classics.

But for the sake of this piece, let’s stick to albums. Wayne has two cemented classics and will forever be perceived as a legend. This runs perfectly into my next spot, which is occupied by two artists.

 

Coming in fifth are Kendrick Lamar and Drake. Both of these artists have at least two classic albums. 

Drake’s mixture of R&B and Rap influenced the culture of rap music in America, while Kendrick’s chants of freedom influenced black minds and his lyrical prowess is unmatched by his peers. Drake currently has a plethora of awards which include three Grammys, and he has one classic album and multiple other projects that are considered great pieces. Kendrick has 12 Grammys and one Pulitzer Prize. He is the only rapper to get this award.

Kendrick also has three classic albums. Kendrick and Drake have been praised by their peers and are very much so respected as artist and even more so creative geniuses. It has been a toss-up between who truly deserves this final spot so it’s only fair I let the reader decide.

5 Great Feel-Good Albums to Listen to Right Now

by Maria-Isabel Allen-Cardona

“Dirty Computer” by Janelle Monae

I listened to this album all summer. All the songs blend into the next so well, and they tell a story. The album is about self-expression, love, confidence, and being free. It’s a great self-esteem booster that tugs at the heartstrings.

 

“Coming Home” by Leon Bridges

I discovered this album two years, and it’s become one of my favorite albums of all time. This album has elements of doo-wop, soul, and jazz. It dapples with various emotions, and can resonate with many people.  

 

“Matangi” by M.I.A

M.I.A is an artist I’ve known since I was a child, but I never payed attention to her music (besides “Paper Planes”) until she released “Matangi.” It’s an electronics-heavy album that is bound to make you bounce up and down to the rhythm.

 

 

“Oro” by ChocQuibTown

 

This album takes a more political turn because the artists talk about their life in the rural, ignored areas of their country Colombia. They mention racism, corruption in the government, and foreign countries coming in to take the gold that is rich in this country.

 

“Yed El Henna” by Fnaïre

Fnaïre is a hip-hop group that hails from Morocco. Their unique spin on hip hop really captured my attention because their music incorporates unique sounds, and flowing raps.

 

What’s the Rush On Marriage With Celebs These Days

by Maya Bensett

Anyone who scrolled through instagram on June 11, 2018 could clearly see that pop star Ariana Grande had a huge engagement ring on her finger. After only two weeks of dating comedian Pete Davidson from Saturday Night Live (SNL), she’s getting married.

Although Grande and Davidson broke off longterm relationships with Mac Miller and Cazzie David, respectively, they were both ready to tie the knot pretty swiftly into their whirlwind romance.

Miller, by the way, died on September 7 due to an apparent drug overdose. Grande had reportedly given him much time and love to heal from his drug abuse from their three years of being with one another. She broke up with him because she no longer wanted to babysit her boyfriend: she wrote on Twitter, “I am not a babysitter or a mother and no woman should feel that they need to be.”

Even though the wedding has been postponed due to the recent death of Miller, Davidson and Grande continue to go strong with their relationship.  They moved into a lavish apartment in Chelsea a neighborhood in Manhattan, according to many entertainment sources.

And this isn’t the only rushed engagement. Pop singer Justin Bieber and his new bae Hailey Baldwin also announced that they’re getting married. Although the two of them have dated before, they broke up and then got back together. This time, they’ve only been together for a month.

It’s been recently announced by Alec Baldwin, Hailey Baldwin’s uncle, that the two lovebirds secretly went on to say their “I do’s” before the Emmy Awards. They went out and got married at the New York city courthouse without any regard of family warnings.

It seems at this point that these young stars are merely competing with one another for attention. Although others may believe that the marriage is genuinely out of love, I find it hard to believe.

Whether it’s love or not, the marriage does seem to be rushed. What kind of message does it send to young people that these young couples are getting married so quickly?

The Big Problem With ‘Love, Simon’

by Nick Joy

“Love, Simon” is a romantic comedy that was released March 6, 2018. It centers around a teenager named Simon Spier (Nick Robinson), who is facing the struggles of being a closeted gay teenage boy.

Sorry to pour flaming hot tea on your praises, but “Love Simon” is pretty toxic for actual gay teens. Even though this movie should be commended for cultivating relatability with heterosexual audiences flooding out to watch this movie, this has to be said: “Love, Simon” is super unrealistic.

First off, there is no real struggle that Simon faces. He is a white, cisgender, masculine guy, who is loved by his family and is good at making friends and is generally popular.

The main struggle he faces is being in the closet, and finding acceptance from others. The stakes for the main character are so low, I could care less if he comes out or not.

Simon is just another white teenage upper-to-middle class boy with a lot friends and an open family. There is no real struggle for this character in a movie that is representing a community that is so diverse.

There were some opportunities for the story to be different. A supporting character, Ethan, is a person of color, feminine, and was not accepted by his family, and was actually bullied for being gay. All signs point to Ethan’s bullying being a lot more severe than Simon’s. This was a complex, interesting character — who was in the movie for all of three minutes.

And speaking of bullying: There is a scene after Simon came back to school from winter break and two bullies (Aaron and Spencer) start to harass Simon and Ethan because they’re both the only gay guys. They get stopped by some people, and in turn they get sent to the office with Ethan and Simon. I’d argue that Simon actually plays the bully in the scene outside the principal’s office. The conversation after a brief silence ensues.

Simon: Hey, I’m sorry, Ethan. None of this ever happened when just you were out.

Ethan: You know what they say, one gay is a snooze, two’s a hilarious hate crime. You could’ve told me you were gay.

Simon: I guess I didn’t think we had very much in common.

Ethan: [Laughs] You’re telling me, Simon. It’s not like your all-hoodie wardrobe rocks my world.

Simon: [Laughs] I don’t know, I — maybe I was jealous. You’ve been out since you were 16, and it always seemed so easy for you

Ethan: Easy? Are you kidding me? My mom still tells my grandparents about all the girls I’m dating when we go over to their house for dinner every Sunday. She says it’s because they’re old and religious and it’s just easier that way. I don’t know, maybe that’s true. But you should hear her voice when she talks about the girls.

This character needs his own show or movie. He’s much more interesting than Simon.

I’m mad that the directors even added this scene at all. It shrugs off the harm that Ethan has went through and that Simon (Mr. Privilege over here) saw and did nothing about. It’s horrifying that Simon dares to call what Ethan went through as “easy.”

All in all, it is annoying that one of the first mainstream teen films that is realistic with a gay protagonist (sorry, “Call Me By Your Name”) is so vanilla. I feel like we all need to see more diversity in mainstream film directed towards teenagers and LGBTQA+ people.

Can You Be Gay In ‘Star Wars’? The Jury’s Still Out.

by Mia Schoenbeck

In 1977, the world was introduced to “Star Wars: A New Hope,” not knowing that it would become a huge part of pop culture. The world has changed in many significant ways since 1977. Women and minorities have protested for equal rights, and have seen much progress in terms of representation in both popular media and in the real world.

The LGBT+ community has made major strides in its representation in media. Just a few decades ago, a gay person might have been just a stereotype of a stereotype of a social taboo. Today, sophisticated storylines and positive representations of non-straight sexualities are all over the media — in music, television, an major motion pictures and beyond.

Unfortunately, the LGBT+ community is grossly underrepresented and is often misrepresented. Nowhere is this clearer than in the world of “Star Wars.” The massive franchise that has over 100 canon characters back stories; countless books, comics, and video games; five television shows; ten movies; and a fan base that’s been active for 41 years. Still, it only has a handful of LGBT+ characters, and their bases in “canon” are shaky at best.

The main LGBT+ characters whose sexualities are confirmed appear in the video games, like “Knights of the Old Republic,” which became non-canon after Disney bought Lucasfilm and made most of the wider “Star Wars Expanded Universe” “legends” —meaning the characters and events that occur in these sources don’t have any bearing on the wider universe — as well as in the books. This is a great step forward.

However, “Star Wars” has always existed for the majority of the world on screen. Fans’ experiences with the universe circles mainly around what movies and TV shows they’ve watched. So, despite hints and even a fully fledged relationship in the books, there is a lack of LGBT representation where most people have contact with the universe itself.

Most characters’ sexualities are either straight or “up for interpretation.” In “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” the characters Chirrut Îmwe and Baze Malbus have unconfirmed sexualities, and some fans interpreted their relationship as a romantic one. When asked, much like Mark Hamill who plays Luke Skywalker, about their relationship in an interview with Yahoo!, director Gareth Edwards said, “I don’t mind people reading into [Chirrut and Baze’s relationship]. I think that’s all good. Who knows? You’d have to speak to them.” This, again, leaves these characters up to audience interpretation.

Even more recently, in the TV show “Star Wars: Rebels,” two characters’ sexualities were once again, up to interpretation. Zeb and Kallus, two characters who started the series as mortal enemies, end up together at the end of it all as Zeb shows Kallus Zeb’s home planet in a quiet, tender moment. And, as some fans took this gesture as romantic, executive producer Dave Filoni was quick to neither confirm nor deny their relationship, saying, “I don’t want to take anything away from people that want to believe, what they believe as far as how close two characters are. I mean, I think that’s completely open and I appreciate all the interpretations of it.”

Hamill has said that Skywalker and his sexuality is up for interpretation as well. In an interview, while talking about fans coming to Hamill over the years and asking about Luke’s sexuality, he said, “If you think Luke is gay, of course, he is. You should not be ashamed of it. Judge Luke by his character, not by who he loves.” This made many fans extremely happy, as Luke is the protagonist of the original “Star Wars” trilogy and a huge part of the universe itself.

While this support for the LGBT+ community is exciting and fresh, characters’ sexualities being left open to interpretation isn’t the same as official confirmation. This means that there still isn’t a character with a sexuality other than straight on screen.

Interpretation is better than nothing. It’s awesomely better than the previous stance that once was a major stance of “Star Wars” creators that “[Gay, lesbian, and homosexual] are terms that do not exist in ‘Star Wars.’” But something that is better is an actual, “Yes, this character is gay, lesbian, bisexual, or trans.” It’s time to allow people to see themselves in a galaxy far, far away.

 

‘Annihilation’ — A Transformation From Page To Picture

by Chester Wilson III

“That’s how the madness of the world tries to colonize you: from the outside in, forcing you to live in its reality.”Jeff VanderMeer, “Annihilation”

The world is changing.

Mutation and evolution are everywhere, and in the smallest increments, change happens in largest ways. Mutation is the change of genomic structure, a change of form, a change of application, or a change of existence.

“Annihilation,” a new thriller / sci-fi film from Alex Garland adapted from the novel by Jeff VanderMeer, takes this concept and brings it to the forefront. While mutation and evolution as we know them take place over generations and over varying expanses of time, “Annihilation” imagines a world suspended in a constant state of mutation — not from one species offspring to the next, but on an individual cellular level.

The flora and fauna of this unexpectedly horrifying novel and movie adaptation contort this concept, bridging the borders of traditional mutation, and images straight out of a deep space alien forest.

Vandermeer is an American author, editor, and literary critic, best known for his mind-bending work, on the award-winning “Southern Reach Trilogy.” VanderMeer’s characters have no names and no real identifiers — other than their role in a team of four (the biologist, the psychologist, the surveyor, and the linguist).

From the first pages, these four unnamed characters are stranded in the unnavigable “Area X”, under quarantine by an organization known as The Southern Reach. The Southern Reach’s purpose is to understand the bizarre and Wonderlandian mutations present in the area, and their connection to the extraterrestrial.

Along the way, the team of four seem to be torn apart by the properties of their strange surroundings, as reality becomes less concrete. The biologist is forced to fall back on their scientific principles, or as all of the space-time seems to contort around them and forces the group to insanity.

The original VanderMeer story takes place in this semi-post-apocalyptic world, where the breakdown of the world’s ecosystem places the forces humans to reckon with how far they will go to survive. The viewer wonders, “Will they or won’t they continue to send people to investigate an ecosystem that none seem to return from?” 

In the book, the characters’ motivations and the story’s antagonist become fluid as the characters branch off, succumb to their insanity, and as they uncover the truth behind Area X. VanderMeer’s novel plays off the audience’s uncertainty and the mystery that comes with such limited information. The story pushed the envelope, illustrating to its audience the dematerialization of self through its characters — all of whom undergo dramatic and irreversible change on in physical, but most importantly in a mental aspect.

The film is different. Garland gives the characters a personality, history with Area X — dubbed “The Shimmer,”  and more backstory for why each of them ventured into what looks like a suicide mission.

The characters suffer less from internal destruction and are destroyed seemingly systematically, as each character is brought down by specific individual conflicts the group experiences along their journey. Even the mystery behind the origin of The Shimmer is much better-defined and clearer in the early moments of the film, as a meteor is shown colliding with a lighthouse, clearly the epicenter of The Shimmer.

Whether Garland chose to disregard the book’s hint at the global environmental destruction at the hands of humanity as a nod to the current state of the world, or as a detail best set aside, his work is well received. Garland not only creates a psychological masterpiece that leaves audiences thinking, its callbacks to the book definitely increase the desire for the full story.

Magic and Angry Gods and Final Exams, Oh My: Unexpected Thrills in ‘The Magicians’

by Chester Wilson III

Throw together “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” with a splash of “Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry,” and you’ll end up with something like “The Magicians.” Based off of Lev Grossman’s best-selling trilogy, “The Magicians” centers around a secret academy hidden in New York that teaches its students the art of magic. In between classes, the college-aged characters uncover the secrets of magic, from murderous gods and ghosts to an entire universe outside of their plane of existence with an uncanny resemblance to a children’s book.

When Quentin Coldwater, the show’s would-be protagonist, gains entry to a prestigious school for the purpose of training individuals in the study and application of magic, he has to part ways with his best friend Julia — and the two follow two extremely different paths. Julia, who was already vetted and rejected from the very same school, rediscovers the existence of magic and joins a group of street witches in New York. There, she gets an unorthodox education in the practice of magic.

While the character Quentin is gripped by the reality of keeping his grades up at Brakebills and perfecting his relationship with the class genius, Julia learns under the tutelage of Mariana, the self-proclaimed “Top Witch In New York,” who takes Julia in, and teaches her every bit of magic she’s learned since her own expulsion from Brakebills. Brakebills apparently isn’t the gilded academy they want the students to believe it is.

“The Magicians” represents a new era in the magic-fantasy genre, tearing apart the generic “hero born to save the world” story, where magic solves all the world’s problems, and the villain is a two-dimensional enemy whose death would make the world a better place (because, reasons). Instead, it turns many of the classical stereotypes on their heads. Grossman gives us a story that shows the less glamorous side of fairy tales, where the villain’s motivations aren’t objectively wrong, where magic has more in common with advanced Calculus than anything from “Harry Potter,” and where the hero and his gang are just as twisted as anyone can imagine they’d be if freshman in college had the power to animate the dead or start fires with the flick of their wrists.

The show presents an interesting dynamic between the exclusive education offered by the invite-only academy, Brakebills University for Magical Pedagogy, and the magical gangs of witches and magicians who practice magic behind the walls of safehouses in abandoned buildings.

The Magicians completely contradict the commonly written magic in literature. Grossman makes it very clear that magic in his universe will not be run off of sugar and spice, or hard work. The book and show make it very clear that while most people believe this to be fact, they couldn’t be further from the truth. Grossman’s magic runs off pain; the characters’ own inner storms are their true power.

Both the book and the show are great. To fans of “Harry Potter,” I can definitely see someone enjoying the read. But if it’s between reading the book and watching the show, I’d definitely watch the show first, and read the book second. The way the third season’s looking, the show’s taking the story in a whole new direction — different, but not necessarily better. Grossman takes his audience behind the curtains of another world and leaves them clamoring for more.

Film Preview: A Peek At 2018 On Screen

by Mia Schoenbeck

The year 2018 is going to be a big year for movies and movie-goers alike. With long-awaited sequels or continuations, spinoffs starring beloved characters and adaptations, and new movies, there is a lot to be excited for, as well as lots of trepidation to be had.

This will be the year for sequels and continuations to come to the big screen. “The Avengers,” “Mamma Mia,” “Deadpool,” “The Incredibles,” “Jurassic World,” “Maze Runner,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” “Hotel Transylvania,” and “Gnomeo and Juliet” are all getting sequels and continuations.

“Avengers: Infinity War Part 1,” set to release on May 4, is drawing lots of attention from both comics fans and casual moviegoers. I was never a comic book fan and hadn’t even heard of half of the characters that were going to be featured in this film, but after exploring the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I’m excited to see how all of the characters from the different movies come together — especially those from “The Guardians of the Galaxy” films.

If there is one movie I’m nervous about seeing, it’s “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” the sequel to “Mamma Mia.” Meryl Streep’s Donna doesn’t appear anywhere in the trailer, and if Streep doesn’t appear, I’m not sure how the movie will recover.

In terms of notable spin-offs, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is set to release on May 25, 2018. This movie has been met with controversy from the start, with fans divided on whether or not they even wanted the movie to begin with, a rough shortlist of who would play the beloved Han Solo role, Ron Howard replacing Phil Lord and Chris Miller as the director and supposably reshooting most of the movie, and mixed responses to “The Last Jedi, Solo: A Star Wars Story,” leaving “Solo: A Star Wars Story” to possibly pick up the slack. Personally, I’m excited for the movie, mostly because I liked Alden Einrich, who is playing Han Solo, in “Hail! Caesar” and “Beautiful Creatures” and I’m excited to see what his “canon” backstory will be, as I’ve read the “Legends” book covering it.

Two movies coming out this year that aren’t prequels, sequels, midquels, or spinoffs are “A Wrinkle in Time,” based off of the book with the same name, and “Love, Simon,” based off of the book “Simon vs. the Homo Sapien Agenda.”

“A Wrinkle in Time,” which stars Oprah, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling, as well as Chris Pine, is gathering lots of attention because of its African American female director. I’m excited about that, but a little nervous about it, because the last live-action Disney movie I saw was “Tomorrowland,” and I didn’t enjoy it. However, I’m willing to give “A Wrinkle in Time” a shot, if only because of Oprah and Mindy Kaling.

“Love, Simon” is also gaining lots of attention due to its gay protagonist. I’d be excited about it, but I have trouble getting into coming-of-age stories and find them tiring.