I firmly believe that people criticize behaviors in order to change them — either out of a genuine desire to make others behave better or out of an insecure desire to control them. We criticize artists when they produce something we don’t like, because we want them to start making things we do like. When writers come out with something we do like, we praise them. Calling an artist “unoriginal” is no different.
“Unoriginal” obviously had a bad connotation. So what behavior is it trying to discourage? What bad things happen when someone is unoriginal? … More Disney Remakes: What is “copying” and what is “inspired by”?
While at my parents’ place, I happened to glance over at what remains of our old VHS collection, and saw the 1973 Hannah-Barbara adaptation of Charlotte’s Web. I realized that I’d never read the book, and hadn’t seen the movie in what must be over ten years.
So here we are.
I read the book and watched ALL of the film adaptations of the book. How do they compare? … More Charlotte’s Web (1952 , 1973 , 2003, and 2006)
In 1985, the popularity of the show He-Man and its toy line prompted the creation of a spin-off called She-Ra: Princess of Power, which was meant to appeal to a female audience. The show ran for two seasons, and then went on to become a meme.
This year, a reboot of the show, called She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (I know, the titles are confusingly similar), premiered on Netflix. I checked it out because everyone online was going crazy over the ship Catadora, and I of course had my New Year’s resolution to try new things whenever someone says “I recommend it.” Was it as good as everyone said it was?
Well, to put it simply, this was the first full show I’ve ever binged. … More She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
It’s engaging, hilarious, and goddammit it’s smart. My only regret is that it’s going to take so long to come out on DVD. … More Ralph Breaks the Internet by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston (2018)
This summer was a summer of movie watching and videogame playing. So as summer comes to a close, I want to take a blog post to do some quick reviews on pieces I didn’t have too many thoughts about. I mean hey, if you don’t have a lot of thoughts about one movie, why not just shove ten others together? … More 10 Quick Reviews: Incredibles 2, Marvel, Prince of Egypt, Kubo, and Portal
The Academy Award winning thriller written and directed by Jordan Peele (from Key & Peele). Did it deserve to win best original screenplay? Heck yes. Should you see it? Maybe. Entertainment: 4/5 Intellect: 3/5 +1 for originality/genre-breaking Overall: 8/10 4 STARS It will be difficult to go into the film’s rankings without some spoilers, but … More Get Out by Jordan Peele (2017)
A film that approximately 1 in 7 Japanese citizens has seen, Your Name is the single highest grossing anime film of all time. Is it worth seeing? Absolutely. Entertainment: 5/5 Intellect: 3/5 +1 for originality/genre-breaking Overall: 9/10 5 STARS Now, Your Name relies heavily on plot twists. So I’ll be lumping all my spoilers into one little … More Your Name by Makoto Shinkai (2016)
Whoever has the gold makes the rules. -Various attributions Last Friday, I went to see Marvel’s latest masterpiece, Black Panther. In the Marvel universe, one of the strongest and most versatile metals of all is made from vibranium. This element can absorb incredible amounts of shock with its vibrational properties, and it is one of the … More Black Panther by Ryan Coogler (2018)
The first time I saw the trailer for The Greatest Showman, I was blown away. The second time, I had my doubts… … More The Greatest Showman by Michael Gracey (2017)