Mar 22, 2017

Channel Surfing: The Flash - "Duet"

Scene from The Flash
Welcome to a new column called Channel Surfing, in which I sporadically look at current TV shows and talk about them. These are not ones that I care to write weekly recaps for and are instead reflections either on the episode, the series, or particular moments. This will hopefully help to share personal opinions as well as discover entertainment on the outer pantheon that I feel is well worth checking out, or in some cases, shows that are weird enough to talk about, but should never be seen.

Trailing Off: "Captain Underpants" (2017)

Welcome to the sporadic column Trailing Off in which I take a look at a trailer from the past week and analyze its potential. This will be done using an obnoxious amount of analyzing and personal thoughts on the cast and crew as well as expectations. I will attempt to highlight films ranging from new blockbusters to lesser known indies and give them their due. Partially to spread awareness, I do believe that there is an art to the sell and will do my best to highlight why these trailers matter or don't with approval (trove) or disapproval (trash). So please stop by, recommend some trailers, and I will see you next time.

Mar 20, 2017

Channel Surfing: Iron Fist - "Snow Gives Way"

Scene from Iron Fist
Welcome to a new column called Channel Surfing, in which I sporadically look at current TV shows and talk about them. These are not ones that I care to write weekly recaps for and are instead reflections either on the episode, the series, or particular moments. This will hopefully help to share personal opinions as well as discover entertainment on the outer pantheon that I feel is well worth checking out, or in some cases, shows that are weird enough to talk about, but should never be seen.

Review: "Logan" is a Powerful Tribute to a Superhero Icon

Scene from Logan
In 2015, director Steven Spielberg caused an uproar when he suggested that superhero movies would go the way of the western. As a blanket statement, it seemed appalling. Even if westerns still existed, the idea that a commercially viable style of film making would disappear made no sense. But what if superhero movies went the way of the western, presenting archetypes who rode into town and saved the day before tragically riding into the sunset? In the new millennium, there hasn't been a character more indicative of a John Wayne or Clint Eastwood archetype quite like that of Wolverine: a character known for his scathing comebacks and fighting alone against unfathomable evil. In the second Wolverine film directed by James Mangold, Logan adapts to the way of the western and gives its actor Hugh Jackman a perfect send-off; creating its version of The Shootist for a genre that thrives on recasting at any cost. Logan proves why the same can't be said for Jackman, and why he will go down as one of the greatest characters that superhero cinema has produced this century.

Mar 9, 2017

Why Peter Jackson's "King Kong" is Underrated

Scene from King Kong
With Friday's release of Kong: Skull Island, it is a great time to remember the cultural impact that the King Kong franchise has had. Okay, it pales in comparison to some monster movie franchises - specifically Godzilla - but there's no denying how iconic and familiar the story has become since the 1933 original movie famously saved the movie studio. There's the scene in which he climbs a building amid airplanes shooting at him. There's the tragic line that follows as he's whisked to his demise. Yet there's one adaptation that probably has received more flack than it deserves: director Peter Jackson's 2005 remake, which was his first post-Lord of the Rings film. It was mired in mixed reviews at the time, but I feel is deserving of more recognition. It may just be a bigger version of the story we know, but is that a bad thing? I think it's key to why it works.