A Modest Proposal for Superhero Films: Let’s Cut the BS

This year marks the release of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which features two great heroes who would normally cooperate forgoing their traditional roles and squaring off against one another. It also marks the release of Captain America: Civil War, which features two great heroes who would normally cooperate forgoing their traditional roles and squaring off against one… Continue reading A Modest Proposal for Superhero Films: Let’s Cut the BS

Intertextuality: The Noble Heroes of The Magnificent Seven Samurai

Regarded as some of the greatest films of their genres, Seven Samurai and The Magnificent Seven both hold a special place in their respective Japanese and American cinema. Akira Kurosawa’s 3-hour samurai epic debuted in 1954, and was re-worked into the 1960 Western that audiences loved. (It’s worth noting that The Magnificent Seven will be remade later this year,… Continue reading Intertextuality: The Noble Heroes of The Magnificent Seven Samurai

Snubbing Great Performances: #OscarsSoWhite

My friends and I walked out of the theater. We were floored. It was a visceral tour-de-force, and we could scarcely find the words for it. It was a cinematic achievement in many regards. Being Tarantino’s eighth film, we should have been prepared for such a pleasantly overwhelming experience. It was a film called The Hateful Eight, and despite… Continue reading Snubbing Great Performances: #OscarsSoWhite

Moffat’s Monsters: The Horror Genre of Doctor Who’s Steven Moffat

“What’s that in the mirror or the corner of your eye? What’s that footstep following, but never passing by? Perhaps they’re all just waiting, perhaps when we’re all dead… out they’ll come a-slithering from underneath the bed.” -The Doctor, Doctor Who Season 8, Episode 4, “Listen” (This post will cover the Doctor Who episodes “Blink”, “The Impossible Astronaut/Day… Continue reading Moffat’s Monsters: The Horror Genre of Doctor Who’s Steven Moffat

Captain’s Log, December 2015

Whew. What a month. Christmas, Hanukkah, and the December holidays make for a busy time in America, but I still found time to contribute to the blog. I haven’t gotten to see The Revenant or The Hateful Eight, but I have seen The Force Awakens (okay fine, I’ve seen it twice). I’ve spent some free time trying to catch up on… Continue reading Captain’s Log, December 2015