on Scott Pilgrim and CONSEQUENCES

Sometimes, movies have messages that you might not see initially. Welcome to “Special”, where we highlight that subtext and help you see your favorite movies in new, refreshing ways. – I was having a conversation the other day with my friend Peter, and he did not like that the Teacher in “Whiplash” [SPOILER] did notContinue reading “on Scott Pilgrim and CONSEQUENCES”

Voltron: Legendary Defender (tv)

– a remake of the mid-80’s cartoon “Voltron: Defender of the Universe”, which is itself an adaptation of the early-80’s “Beast King GoLion” cartoon from Japan (didja’ get all that?). – There’s two seasons available on Netflix now. – Speaking of the seasons: each one starts of weak, but get so much better towards theContinue reading “Voltron: Legendary Defender (tv)”

Gravity Falls (tv)

– A truly fantastic show / mini-series. – Proof that long-form storytelling can be a great way for your characters and story to breath and grow, but there should ALWAYS be an ending. “All good things must come to an end”, as the cliche goes. – Well-developed characters dealing with very human emotions. – AContinue reading “Gravity Falls (tv)”

Rogue One: a Star Wars Story

– Goes from “just ok” to “OH MAN THIS IS KICKING ASS”. – A more “adult” (and enjoyable) Star Wars flick than “The Force Awakens”, which I felt pandered to nostalgia instead of trying to tell a good story whereas this new one… – Used nostalgia to EXPAND (key word) the film’s story and embedContinue reading “Rogue One: a Star Wars Story”

The Transfomers: The (animated) Movie

-The movie was released THIRTY years ago today (and I got to see it as a child in the Eagle Rock Plaza [back when they had theaters inside]). -Great dialog and banter between the characters (especially Kup, Hot Rod, Arcee & Springer). -One of Orson Welles’ final films (Yes, THAT Orson Welles). -Pushed characters andContinue reading “The Transfomers: The (animated) Movie”

Stranger Things

-Loved it. -Set in early 80’s Indiana (early 80’s anything is great, there’s a He-Man cameo!) -If you’re a fan of science fiction or horror or mystery or suspense or conspiracies, you’ll be drawn into this in some way. -Great characters who all grow emotionally. -Winona Ryder! -The eight episodes were a perfect length toContinue reading “Stranger Things”