The Dragon Prince, Hilda,and the Creation of Empathy

The late great film critic Roger Ebert often called movies "empathy generating machines." In a speech he gave at the 2004 AFI Commencement, he said: "[T]he motion picture is the most important art [form] ever devised by the human race. That's because it is the art form that creates more empathy than any other. It … Continue reading The Dragon Prince, Hilda,and the Creation of Empathy

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The Overlooked and Distressing Toxic Masculinity of “Thor: Ragnarok”

This one is probably going to gain me the ire of a selection of the handful of people who will actually read this. But rather than dance around the issue, I will just come out and say it: I didn't like Thor: Ragnarok and I consider the worst film of the MCU. I'm not saying … Continue reading The Overlooked and Distressing Toxic Masculinity of “Thor: Ragnarok”

Learning from the Past, Rising Above Mistakes: A Personal Reflection of “The Last Jedi”

There aren't that many movies from the past year that I have thought more about than The Last Jedi. As a lifelong Star Wars fan, I immediately went to see it with a good friend of mine in theaters when it came out back in December. We spent some time over food and drink afterwards … Continue reading Learning from the Past, Rising Above Mistakes: A Personal Reflection of “The Last Jedi”

The Importance and Responsibility of Mass Appeal

I don't think I've met anyone who has said, "Boy, you know what I would like? To write/film/make [insert media here] and wallow in obscurity! Yessiree, nothing better than being forgotten." It usually doesn't happen. So, it's then strange how we (myself included) have a tendency to dismiss a band/show/movie/book/video game/what-have-you just because it's popular. … Continue reading The Importance and Responsibility of Mass Appeal

Advocating Adventure: Making the Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise Better, part 1

It's unfortunate that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, despite its box office success, is considered to be tepid at best and downright awful at worst. With a Rotten Tomatoes score of 29%, it's a far cry from the 79% that the 2003 franchise starting¬†Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the … Continue reading Advocating Adventure: Making the Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise Better, part 1

Kingdom of Heaven: The Failure of the Crusades on Film

As a disclaimer, this post will contain spoilers for a twelve-year old film. If Kingdom of Heaven is on your bucket list of movies to watch, please do so before reading. The film Kingdom of Heaven, directed by Ridley Scott (of¬†Alien and Gladiator fame) and released in 2005, was certainly an ambitious project. The Crusades … Continue reading Kingdom of Heaven: The Failure of the Crusades on Film

A Missed Thematic Opportunity: The Case of Fire Emblem Echoes

Every so often, their comes a book or movie or video game or whatever that we enjoy beyond expectation. Every character, every plot thread, every tearjerking moment is so close to perfection that it practically glows. That's why it is all the more disappointing when it sets up a ripe thematic thread - so ripe … Continue reading A Missed Thematic Opportunity: The Case of Fire Emblem Echoes