Three Things a ‘Nutcracker’ Retelling Seriously Needs

It’s Nutcracker season again, and with it comes Nutcracker retellings. With The Nutcracker and the Four Realms already out in theaters, we have another rehash of the classic short story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” and its musical counterpart. I’m glad. I haven’t seen it yet, but whether the movie is popcorn-stuffing enticing or can’t-bear-it horrid, it’s an attempt to pay homage to the captivating, … Continue reading Three Things a ‘Nutcracker’ Retelling Seriously Needs

Magic in Nostalgia

There’s Magic in Nostalgia: Why ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Mid90s,’ and ‘It’ Keep Us Coming Back

If you’re reading this, I’m going to take an educated guess and say there’s one thing in pop culture, more than any other, that you’ve been inundated with in the last couple years. (And no, it’s not a gratuitous influx of superheroes. Good guess.) It’s nostalgia. Don’t believe me? Think back over the past week. How far do you have to go before you remember … Continue reading There’s Magic in Nostalgia: Why ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Mid90s,’ and ‘It’ Keep Us Coming Back

The Problem with Catering to Fans

When was the last time you saw someone on the internet ranting about The Last Jedi? Nitpicking Infinity War? Making an argument about some other movie or show that was a huge disappointment and shouldn’t have been made? Probably not that long ago. Since the rise of the internet, there has been an increasing trend where the fans of a particular movie, TV show, book, … Continue reading The Problem with Catering to Fans

‘Hua Mulan’: The Live-Action Mulan Movie We Already Have

After several less-than-stellar live-action Disney adaptations, I’m about to call it quits when it come to this new Disney movie trend. Except we’ve been promised a live-action Mulan movie. Since news broke of the adaptation, I’ve been stoked to see if Disney will do justice to the Mulan story, giving us live-action Shang and a thrilling, historically accurate story. Until I watched a 2009 Chinese … Continue reading ‘Hua Mulan’: The Live-Action Mulan Movie We Already Have