Okay, okay, I read VICE’s article, “The Marvel Cinematic Universe Is Not Art,” today. I mean, the title is clearly clickbait, and the whole article itself is a lot of gatekeeping. And it draws an elitist line between “art” and “content” without really telling us what art should be. It reads like the screed of an angry 40-something guy who really wanted to insult the MCU and everyone who’s ever watched one of its films. And looking at the author Patrick Marlborough’s Twitter page, it seems like he is an angry 40-something guy who wants us all to leave the MCU and Star Wars behind and…watch Mad Men? Uh, okay, Patrick.Continue reading “Hey, VICE: All Art Is Collaborative Content”
MAJOR SPOILERS for Moon Knight Episode 5, “Asylum.”
CONTENT WARNING: This post discusses the trauma and abuse featured in this episode.
Wow, okay. This episode. THIS EPISODE. See, the reason that I love Moon Knight is that it’s a superhero show that isn’t really about being a superhero. It’s about a person with mental illness struggling to get through life and figure out what’s happening to them. The superhero genre is just a backdrop for all that. The story is really intriguing, but not in the usual, plot-ish way. This is a story about a person, a character. No, not all the things with the Ammit cult and the Ennead are going to make sense, but they’re not here to make logical sense. They’re here to facilitate Marc and Steven’s personal journey together.
Here are my reactions for this very intense episode:
SPOILERS for Moon Knight Episode 4, “The Tomb.” Yes, ALL of that episode.
Just when I’m like, “Oh, this is very Indiana Jones,” things took a turn. But more on that in a minute, after the cut.
SPOILERS for Moon Knight Episode 2, “Summon the Suit.”
We don’t talk about Khonshu-u-u-u!!! WE DON’T TALK ABOUT KHONSHU!!!!!
(Thirteen-foot frame, moonlight on his back, when he calls your name, it all fades to black…)
Okay, I didn’t think I was going to do another reaction post about Moon Knight, but here we are. I have more reactions and thoughts. So let’s get into them!Continue reading “Moon Knight, Ep. 2: We Don’t Talk About Khonshu”
SPOILERS for Episode 1 of Moon Knight, “The Goldfish Problem.”
Well, the first episode of Moon Knight was an experience. And I mean that in the best way possible. It’s a bit darker than the usual MCU fare, but not as grim as Marvel’s recent Netflix shows. It’s trippy, but not so nutty that general audience members can’t follow it. And it’s just so much fun.
Since we only have one episode so far, I’m going to put my thoughts down here in list form because I don’t really have one theme or character to write about more fully yet.
SPOILERS for The Book of Boba Fett.
Okay, so the finale of The Book of Boba Fett was fun, but that’s mainly because of the other characters in the story. Boba’s actual character arc still left a lot to be desired, and the finale helped me figure out what the story was missing.
Here’s what would have made The Book of Boba Fett a much stronger narrative:Continue reading “How To Improve The Book of Boba Fett”
In the wake of all the recent social unrest and the pandemic and everything, I’ve had trouble thinking of topics for this blog. I don’t want to be silent on important issues, but I wasn’t sure I should dig into racism in the U.S. and/or the effects of the pandemic, since I’m a goofy white lady who hasn’t been directly affected by racism or the pandemic. However, there is one current controversy I feel semi-qualified to comment is this: J.K. Rowling being a big, transphobic Death Eater.Continue reading “Holy House Elves!: Working Through the Problematic Tropes in Harry Potter”
SPOILERS for the Game of Thrones series finale, “The Iron Throne.”
Well, after eight seasons and a whole lot of shocking deaths, Game of Thrones has ended. Naturally, the entire internet has opinions about it, and publications are flurrying to write think pieces about it. Lots of think pieces. I kind of love how the writer of the Vox GoT piece says it feels like “a slap in the face.” Really, Zack Beauchamp? You didn’t like a TV series’s finale, so it feels like the show hit you? Okay, then. That’s not melodramatic at all.
I just tried to watch La La Land with my parents tonight, and we could not finish it. It was TERRIBLE. It was PAINFUL.
We stopped watching it after about 20 minutes because no one could sing and no one could dance. It was trying to be an unpolished homage to a genre that by it’s very nature is absolutely polished.
So we’re approaching the 2019 Oscars (sorry, the 91st Academy Awards), and this is the time when various entertainment journalists post their Oscar picks. I’m not going to do that because I haven’t seen enough of the movies, and I would either choose only the safe bets or only the long shots. Instead, we’re going to talk about why and how none of this matters in the long run.