Did they just do that?: Inglourious Basterds and Historical Accountability

“I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained.” – Walt Disney Imagine a person who doesn’t know much about history, but manages to watch a great deal of movies. Say he or she watches Argo, and then takes an interest in U.S.-Middle Eastern relations. Say he or… Continue reading Did they just do that?: Inglourious Basterds and Historical Accountability

Mother of Madness: The Cersei Lannister Scene Thrones Fans Choose to not Remember

Every character on Game of Thrones has a tragic backstory before the series starts, except for, perhaps the Stark kids, who see their fair share of trauma early on in the series, and Joffrey, who doesn’t need a tragedy to act like a jerk. Other than that, just about everyone has a tragedy in their past: Daenerys… Continue reading Mother of Madness: The Cersei Lannister Scene Thrones Fans Choose to not Remember

And Now For Something Completely Different: Fargo (FX) and the Art of Spinning-Off

“This is a true story.” Fargo is a masterpiece. No, I’m not talking about the Coen Brothers film, though that is a masterpiece as well. I’m talking about the FX series by the same name which debuted in 2014. 18 years after its release, Fargo was still beloved, and there wasn’t any need for it to… Continue reading And Now For Something Completely Different: Fargo (FX) and the Art of Spinning-Off

The Batman Singularity: How the Caped Crusader has Impacted the Superhero Genre

Batman, it seems, is everywhere. The success of Batman has lead to “The Brooding Vigilante” becoming a common archetype throughout popular culture, or at least just in the superhero genre. This is what we call the Batman Singularity: that all entertainment will eventually be Batman. This, of course, is starting to cause a few problems.