D23: Excitement, Confusion, and Disappointment from Disney Live Action (With Thoughts on STAR WARS Land)

The Walt Disney Studios live action panel at the 2015 D23 Expo was something of a mess. For months Disney has been positioning this panel as a big deal, announcing that Marvel Studios would be abandoning their long-held position of supremacy in Comic-Con’s Hall H and that the Star Wars panel at SDCC would be … Continue reading D23: Excitement, Confusion, and Disappointment from Disney Live Action (With Thoughts on STAR WARS Land)

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