One Bloke to Rule Us All: Depictions of Hegemony in Snowpiercer vs. Guardians of the Galaxy

One Bloke to Rule Us All: Depictions of Hegemony in Snowpiercer vs. Guardians of the Galaxy

Aug 6, 2014

Note: Contains All the Spoilers for both films I had the surreal experience of watching Snowpiercer and Guardians of the Galaxy within a week of each other. I can hear the cries now: but what the hell does a dystopic train apocalypse movie have to do with a MacGuffin-plot galaxy romp with a wise cracking team of misfits? What actually fascinated me most in...

Movie Roundup: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Movie Roundup: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Nov 11, 2013

The upside to a nine-hour flight is that I got to catch up on a lot of movies on the way back. Here’s a round-up of what I saw, with rec’s as necessary: Good Fun Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters I wasn’t going to touch this movie with a ten foot pole, but a lot of people recommended it as good, campy fun. I suspect that this movie is what Bloodrayne...

Why Every Storyteller Should Be Watching Orphan Black

Why Every Storyteller Should Be Watching Orphan Black

Sep 11, 2013

Warning: Contains mostly minor spoilers. If you haven’t watched at least to the first few episodes of the season of Orphan Black, stop reading now, go to Amazon Instant, and buy them. Done? Great, now can keep reading. I love to rant about crap on the Internet. Here’s how this thing I loved fucked up. Here’s how it could be better. Here’s the...

Burt Wonderstone and the Pitfalls of “Ironic” Misogyny

Burt Wonderstone and the Pitfalls of “Ironic” Misogyny

Mar 16, 2013

NOTE: some spoilers, sexual assault triggers I went out last night to see the Incredible Burt Wonderstone, a cute little movie about a couple old-school buddy magicians dueling with Criss-Angel-stand-in Steve Gray (Jim Carrey) for fame and fortune. It was all right. I’ve lost my patience with people who hate everything. It had some funny moments, and everyone...

Dredd’s Sketchy Homage to a Dead Future

Dredd’s Sketchy Homage to a Dead Future

Nov 14, 2012

Note: Somewhat spoilery, but nothing you wouldn’t guess at if you read the comic. Watching Dredd was like stepping into a time machine that took me back to the 80’s and the gloriously apocalyptic, overpopulated, crime-ridden society that the media of the time all insisted we were headed toward. There are all sorts of theories about why this future never...

Argo, and the Inconvenient Truth of Sahar

Argo, and the Inconvenient Truth of Sahar

Nov 12, 2012

Spoilers: The hostages get away! The boat sinks! Etc. When I saw the first trailer for Argo, I guffawed at the implausibility of the entire movie. CIA creates SF movie ruse to smuggle people out of Iran? Whatever, Hollywood. I figured it was just a good excuse for the media to fuel itself up for war with Iran (because we don’t have enough wars! And oh, those...

Looper: On What Makes a Hero

Looper: On What Makes a Hero

Nov 1, 2012

  Note: Post contains ALL THE SPOILERS for this film. The shift to gritty fantasy over the last couple decades has been a long time coming. I’d argue that those of us who grew up watching heroes like Snake Pliskin and Mad Max and Ellen Ripley but reading about smarmy do-good boys with birthmarks and wilting heroines were inspired to spice up the old...

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