Was Firefly Hashtag Problematic?

Fans of the Firefly Now, Serenity Later podcast know that Matt and I have discussed a number of moments in the show that have raised questions about the show’s positioning and presentation of women and people of color. With that in mind, I’ve scoured the interwebs for some thoughtful discussion of these very issues. What follows is a spotlight on some of the most thought-provoking takes. Continue reading Was Firefly Hashtag Problematic?

Top 7 Villainous Sidekicks in the X-Men Cinematic Universe

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After living through the greatest podcast mini-series in history on the subject of the X-Men cinematic universe and going to great effort to provide a definitive and objectively correct ranking of all the X-Men films, I was left with many thoughts on many important subjects. The issue of representation in cinema and popular culture. Appropriating stories of oppression for the sake of silly superhero stories. Today marks the first of many (or possibly none) listicles essays on such important issues permeating throughout the franchise…who were the best villainous sidekicks in the history of the franchise? Continue reading Top 7 Villainous Sidekicks in the X-Men Cinematic Universe

Logan Review aka Goodbye, X-Men

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Seventeen years ago, X-Men entered the cinema, and the world of film was changed forever. Batman and Superman defined comic book movies for the twenty previous years, but now there was a new kind of superhero film.

The film’s financial and critical success helped pave the way for a more serious tone to be adopted for superhero films (for better and worse) and encourage the industry to go all in on superhero films.

For me though, the arrival of X-Men meant so much more on a personal level. Continue reading Logan Review aka Goodbye, X-Men

The Trump Era Films: Mad Max: Fury Road

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With four years of Donald Trump the President of the United States on the horizon, we are all going to have to find some ways to cope. My way is certainly just about the least productive possible. I will be searching for movies that provide some sort of catharsis for myself. It’s self-indulgent to the last degree, but we all need a little something.

Re-watching Fury Road recently for the first time since I saw it in the theater was a fascinating experience. Everything I enjoyed about my first experience seemed even better on a second viewing. Beyond its quality, this film will easily go down as one of the most notable pictures of the 21st century when it’s all said and done. Everything about it was so bold that you can just tell right away that it will stand the test of time. Continue reading The Trump Era Films: Mad Max: Fury Road