Category: movies and tv

Captain America and Modern Heroes

Captain America and Modern Heroes

Captain America has a list in The Winter Soldier to keep track of all the things he’s missed in our very modern society. We have the newest technology, decades of great music available at the touch of a button, and the broadest knowledge that the world has ever seen. But Part 1 of this series isn’t about him becoming a modern hero, it’s about the ways in which he already was one. Because we don’t actually live in a Modern world, we live in a Post-Modern one, philosophically speaking. In storytelling, the difference between Modernism and Post-Modernism is the difference between Captain America and Iron Man. It is Superman and […]

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Captain America and Character Journeys

Captain America and Character Journeys

Part 2 Part 2 in the Captain America series begins at the end, after the action, when certainty has replaced questions and conundrums and the struggle to find the right path. It began at Comic Con in 2011 when my best friend and I went to see Captain America: The First Avenger. I loved Cap. She did not. We spent months discussing why (most of which is part 1 but we’re not there yet) until we reached a rather nice equilibrium. Then we saw Man of Steel in 2013 and started all over again. This time, we absolutely agreed on one thing. The audience has to go on the journey […]

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Captain America and Responsibility

Captain America and Responsibility

This is actually part 3 in a series; a long running discussion with one of my best friends not about Captain America and Responsibility but where Captain America continues to end up right in the middle of what we’re talking about. So, this week is a series in reverse. Part 3 We begin with Captain America and Responsibility or why everyone in Civil War is an… wait that’s not nice, and not everyone. Let’s start with… there could be spoilers of the mild variety that can also be learned from the trailer. So, you know… stop now if you want. The government wants to control The Avengers, as governments are […]

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Fairy Tale Legacy: Enchanted

Fairy Tale Legacy: Enchanted

I know it’s not a proper fairy tale but Enchanted was really the first movie that set me down the path of understanding the fairy tale legacy. I know a lot of people love this movie, and this post isn’t meant to diminish that in any way because it is a fun, sweet movie. The thing is, Enchanted was the first time Disney essentially said, ‘We spent decades making movies about these fairy tales. We’ve made these princesses weak and naive and utterly sweet. We’ve made these princes stalwart and therefore unrealistic, unflinching heroes. It’s a farce and we need to fix it. We need to show real men in […]

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Every day sci-fi

Every day sci-fi

I was thinking about my topics for Sci-fi November, considering what I wanted to explore in the genre or specific books or tv shows to discuss, I realized everything is kind of sci-fi these days. It’s really not, but in some ways sci-fi has strayed in very ordinary places. Some stories have space ships and time travel and highly advanced technology, obviously sci-fi. And some shows are just ordinary dramas or crime shows with technology just ahead of where we are today. Technically sci-fi by using technology that doesn’t exist, but not really. I think we’ve reached a point in our technological evolution where it’s so simple for any writer […]

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Sci-fi and fairy tale legacies

Sci-fi and fairy tale legacies

I really wanted to pull off a sci-fi fairy tale legacy. How cool would that be to look at a sci-fi story that’s really a fairy tale and explore how it fits into or defies the fairy tale legacy? But I couldn’t find one. Mostly I looked at tv shows because that’s my favorite sci-fi medium, but I also thought through books and movies and I couldn’t find anything. Which got me thinking – what makes a story a fairy tale? Does it have to be a retelling of one of the classic tales (like Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles)? Does it have to include fairies (like The Treachery of Beautiful […]

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Girl Meets World

Girl Meets World

I’d watched a few episodes of Girl Meets World with my nieces and nephews. Mostly out of curiosity because I loved Boy Meets World so much as a kid. I noticed it was on Netflix the other weekend and since I had unpacking and cooking and things to do around the house, I thought it would be perfect to have in the background. It wasn’t. It is so much better than a background show. I watched every episode that’s on Netflix. And decided it’s the most amazing little show. Let me share with you 5 reasons I love Girl Meets World. 1. The Cast I have never said this about […]

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Cinderella: film review

Cinderella: film review

If I’m being completely honest, I was a bit skeptical before I saw Cinderella. The trailer didn’t impress me that much; it was a bit fluffy, a bit too earnest without the depth to sustain some of the lines and the performances. Still, I was hoping it was going to be good; hoping for something better than I expected. And I was not disappointed. The writing was beautiful. A bit formal, a bit lyrical, a few cheesy lines here or there, though overall exactly the way I’d want a fairy tale told. The performers handled the material well. Lily James, perhaps, had something of an advantage after working with the […]

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the weight of Kings

the weight of Kings

I watched Kings again a few weeks ago. If you haven’t seen it, it’s available on huluPlus and only 13 episodes and very, very good. In fact, I’m fascinated by it and I’ve seen the whole series through twice. It’s a little like Battlestar Galactica. Not that it’s as dynamic as Battlestar. Not quite as powerful. But it had the same gravitas. And I was wondering today why that is. What makes it so captivating. You know what I came up with? Both shows are full of subtext. And people love subtext. It’s intriguing and compelling and makes everything so much more interesting. This is one of those rare things […]

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the fall of Camelot

the fall of Camelot

I just finished the 5th season of Merlin. It’s one of my favorite shows because I love the characters and the mythology and the actors are great and the story is fun. I’ll only allude to how it ends, but you won’t be surprised since it’s based on Arthurian legend. I mean, if you don’t know the story the title of this post has already ruined it. sorry. I knew when I watched the first episode how it would likely end. I didn’t want it to. I hoped, somehow, they’d change the story; bring a new angle; conjure a happy ending. But of course they didn’t. Because there is no […]

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