The Peril of Prequels

With the second installment in the Fantastic Beasts series, I’ve been thinking about what makes a prequel story good or bad. Prequels seem inevitable for movie franchises – Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and now Harry Potter – and none of them seem exceedingly good. It’s astonishing just how lazily all of these prequels attempt to… Continue reading The Peril of Prequels

Heroes Growing Old: Logan and Dead Men Tell No Tales

When I wrote my Person of the Year post about two weeks ago, I had somehow been under the impression that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales was going to be the final installment of the Pirates franchise. Something in the marketing or the discussion around the movie made me think it was the final… Continue reading Heroes Growing Old: Logan and Dead Men Tell No Tales