Families, Generations, and the Shifting Narrative Focus of STAR WARS

This article contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens What is the Star Wars story about? That’s a simple question that lacks a simple answer. If you ask George Lucas – the creator of the series and the man who guided it over four decades, six films, and more than 100 episodes of television – he would … Continue reading Families, Generations, and the Shifting Narrative Focus of STAR WARS

TERMINATOR SALVATION is Better Than You Remember (But Also Just as Bad)

Memory can be a funny thing. Memories can be changed and distorted by time, an acknowledgment of your own biases, and even the testimony of others. For example, when I saw Terminator Salvation back in 2009, I enjoyed it, but as they years have gone on I’ve grown to mistrust that memory. My taste in … Continue reading TERMINATOR SALVATION is Better Than You Remember (But Also Just as Bad)

How the End of TOMORROWLAND Misunderstands Its Own Themes

Note: This article contains SPOILERS Tomorrowland is a movie that has a lot it wants to say. You can tell, because the movie frequently makes time for characters to speechify about its themes practically to the camera. And you know what, I’m totally okay with that. It’s usually preferable for a film to employ more subtlety, … Continue reading How the End of TOMORROWLAND Misunderstands Its Own Themes

David Daut’s 100% Accurate Viewing Guide to the James Bond Series, As Confirmed by Science

I was never a fan of James Bond. As a kid, I grew up loving Star Wars and Indiana Jones and the long list of Disney classics, but I never had much exposure to James Bond. I was aware of the series, certainly, but had no familiarity with it. It wasn’t until 2006’s Casino Royale … Continue reading David Daut’s 100% Accurate Viewing Guide to the James Bond Series, As Confirmed by Science

Pirates of the Caribbean Retrospective – Part One: The Curse of the Black Pearl

“I think it’d be rather exciting to meet a pirate.” Part 1: An Unlikely Phenomenon Pirates of the Caribbean. This is, perhaps, one of the oddest pop culture touchstones we have. Consider this: a theme park ride, one that is 46 years old, has become an American icon that is recognized all around the world. … Continue reading Pirates of the Caribbean Retrospective – Part One: The Curse of the Black Pearl