What Disney Should Really Do with Their Streaming Service

There’s a been a lot of talk recently of more and more streaming services joining the market of Hulu and Netflix and Amazon Prime. DC Comics already has their service up and running with new shows and content every week. But the one streaming service that is receiving the most buzz is the upcoming Disney+. Essentially, Disney+ will focus on movies and TV shows for … Continue reading What Disney Should Really Do with Their Streaming Service

Get Hyped! The New Trailer Is Out And… Nothing Happens

Remember the last time someone had something important to tell you and then instead of just telling you what they could, they spent months telling what you already knew and expecting you to be excited about it and, you know what, you loved every damn second of it? Yeah, me neither. And yet, this is what those Hollywood sadists get paid the big bucks to … Continue reading Get Hyped! The New Trailer Is Out And… Nothing Happens

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

A Not-So-Brief History of Time: Meme Archaeology

Everybody knows what a meme is and can give examples of one, but did you know there’s actually a scholarly definition for it? In 1976, a meme was defined as something that “conveys the idea of a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation”—in other words, it’s a piece of cultural information that gets passed on, sort of like a more-benign form of … Continue reading A Not-So-Brief History of Time: Meme Archaeology

‘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