How do we define “the best” anything? Should we only call something “the best” if it is everyone’s favorite? Or is it the best if scholars and experts say it is? There’s a classic rock station in the New York area that I really love – Q1043 – that has an annual countdown the week… Continue reading PBS’ Great American Read: A Question Necessary to Ask But Impossible to Answer
With Solo: A Star Wars Story (great title, by the way) coming out soon, it’s time to take a look at the divide that’s going on with Hollywood Blockbusters. Young, quirky, weird directors are taking over Hollywood and it’s not right. I think it’s high time that such directors step aside and let the real Hollywood titans… Continue reading Solo: A Star Wars Story WILL BE A TRIUMPH | Citation Needed
With Solo: A Star Wars Story coming out next week, there’s a lot of talk about what the next Star Wars Anthology film is going to be, with people assuming that it will center around Obi-Wan Kenobi. The thing is, the Star Wars fandom talks about the Obi-Wan movie as though it’s a guaranteed thing, despite the… Continue reading Do we really need an Obi-Wan solo movie?
Dystopia fiction will make you think about the world in ways that other fiction simply can’t. They tell riveting stories of authoritarianism and censorship and class struggles that resonate with the readers because of the way it reminds us of our worst political fears. And perhaps, no story does this better than George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.… Continue reading Content versus Commentary: Exposition in Dystopian Storytelling
This post WILL NOT discuss the events at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, but that likely wouldn’t be an issue, as the box office numbers seem to suggest that you’ve most likely seen it anyway. On Monday, we learned that it beat the record previously held by Star Wars: The Force Awakens for biggest opening weekend. On… Continue reading Did a Hashtag Contribute to Infinity War’s Success?
(No spoilers) The early and middle installments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have villains that are considered by many critics to be rather boring. If I list off characters like Iron Monger, Abomination, Whiplash, Malekith, and Ronan the Accuser, you might have difficulty remembering who these characters are or even what movies they’re from. Did… Continue reading Has Marvel Fixed the Marvel Villain Problem? Let’s See
I don’t have a full-length post this week, but with Westworld‘s second season almost upon us, I’d be wrong not to highlight just how excited I am for it. I recently had a post on the website No Coast Bias about why I think that the Season 1 finale is about as perfect a season finale… Continue reading Westworld Season 2 is almost here!