THE LAST JEDI and the Existential Horror of an Endless Star War

This post contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Through nine films over the course of 40 years, every Star Wars movie has been introduced the same way. Blue letters over a black backdrop reading, “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….” Its twist on the 600-year-old fairy tale opener, “once … Continue reading THE LAST JEDI and the Existential Horror of an Endless Star War

TOY STORY 2: Pixar’s Improbable Miracle Movie

Between the years of 1995 and 2009, Pixar created an unprecedented and unmatched string of successes. Ten terrific films – critically lauded, commercially successful, instantly iconic. No other movie studio in history has a track record that can compare to Pixar’s golden age, and some filmmakers spend their entire careers hoping to curate a similarly … Continue reading TOY STORY 2: Pixar’s Improbable Miracle Movie

We Were Voyagers! – How MOANA’s Past Shows Us Our Future

This article contains spoilers. After facing monsters, surviving storms, and learning to navigate the seas, Moana, far from her home, is told by the demigod Maui how the ocean connects every living thing in the world. Here, in western culture, we tend to view oceans as vast chasms that separate continents over great distances, but … Continue reading We Were Voyagers! – How MOANA’s Past Shows Us Our Future

How THE BFG Captures the Magic of Make Believe

A child’s perspective on the world is different from that of an adult’s. That’s a seemingly obvious statement, but it’s one that we may not always consciously consider. Not only does a child’s limited life experience affect the way they comprehend conflict and solutions, but their physical smallness gives them quite literally a different point … Continue reading How THE BFG Captures the Magic of Make Believe

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