New Year, New Me
I’ll be the first to admit, positive thinking is not my strong suit. I can be cynical, and I’ve battled with periods of depression. After getting through 2020 in all it’s unpleasantness, I’ve decided to try and change that. I’m realistic enough to know it may not work as well as I hope it will, but that won’t stop me from trying.
DCTV’s The Flash Most Popular ‘Ships’
To start, for those who may not know, let’s define the term ‘ship’. In the world of fandom, romantic relationships between characters are called ‘ships’. To ‘ship’ characters is to want to see them romantically involved. While ‘ships’ can be platonic, the vast majority are not. This can apply to canon relationships within the fandom, or to characters who were never in a relationship, or even hate each other. Fans of a particular fandom will generally show their love or support of a ‘ship’ through creating fan art and fan fiction. Those less creatively inclined will go looking for fan art and fan fiction, enjoying what fellow fans have created.
The Men in ‘The Lord of the Rings’
The Lord of the Rings is one of the most popular fantasy stories ever told. Whether you’re talking about the books or the films, both were and are huge successes. All thanks to J. R. R. Tolkien, who created a deep, detailed, and wondrous world for us to enjoy. The world of Middle Earth can feel so real, you can sometimes forget that it’s not. Between the various lands and kingdoms, the detailed history, the different races and their cultures, the different languages, Middle Earth feels truly lived in. Another important aspect that gives life to this world, is of course it’s characters. In particular, it’s male characters.
Why 'Clue' Is an Underrated Film
Clue is a great classic that falls under the category of cult. It’s not hugely popular, it’s a little cheesy, and those who do like it, love it. Not many board games can be turned into films. They just aren’t built for it. A few other attempts have been made, but they fell flat. Clue is the exception. It takes the basic concept of a murder mystery and turns it into a great story. Granted, murder mysteries are a whole genre of film that are quite successful. Though that may be true, none of them do it quite like Clue.
Why Buffy Should Have Ended up with Spike
I’d love to simply say Spike is the best and leave it at that. I won’t do that, as much as I’d like to. Fans will be asking: "What about Angel?" while non-fans will be asking: "Why?" I’m going to answer both of those questions. I’m going to look at all of Buffy’s relationships. What they were based in, how they worked, and why they ended up not working. Safe to say, I will have to go into some detail. So a spoiler warning is in effect for those of you who haven’t seen the show.
Why 'Nightmare on Elm Street' Is the Best Slasher Franchise
Slasher films were all the rage back in the 80s. From the late 70s through the mid 90s, that was the format of horror movies. This was also the time of the horror sequel. Horror movies were becoming franchises, rather than just one offs. The most famous being Halloween, Friday the 13th, and of course, A Nightmare on Elm Street. If we include the crossover with Friday the 13th, they made eight Nightmare films over the course of 19 years. Now let’s take a look at why Nightmare far surpasses its peers.
The Evolution of Vampires in Film and Television
In this day and age, vampires are seen as romantic figures—these beautiful, misunderstood creatures that we can’t help but fall in love with. This wasn’t always the case, though. Vampires used to be something that terrified us, that gave us nightmares. How did that change? I won’t be going into the why, but rather the how. There have been many vampire films and TV shows over the years. This is a look at their progression—their evolution from terrifying monsters to creatures we love and lust after. There are far too many to go through all of them. I will be looking at the big ones that were either very well known at the time of their release, or mark a change from what had been done before.
Top 5 Halloween Movies for Kids
Halloween is just a few weeks away. Time to pick out costumes, carve up pumpkins, and watch tons of scary movies. Personally, I’m a huge fan of classic movie monsters and slasher flicks. Every once in a while though, I get nostalgic. These are the movies I loved to watch around Halloween when I was little. They’re great for kids, and for those of us who occasionally like to revisit our childhood.
Why 'Strange Magic' Is Such an Underrated Film
At first glance, Strange Magic is your everyday starcrossed lovers trope. Two opposing groups coming together because of two people. It’s much more than that. It’s more like a beauty and the beast type story, without the Stockholm syndrome. The story is fun, the characters are relatable and it uses a variety of songs in a really engaging way.
Why 'Escape from New York' Is an Amazing Film
Escape From New York is one of those great cult films that only certain people can really appreciate. I’m going to try and change that. Most people who don’t like it/don’t want to see it have the same complaints. It’s too old, it’s really cheesy, I don’t get the premise. While some of that may be true, like most cult films that’s part of what makes it so great. The film also falls into the category of: if one thing had been different, the movie could have been a complete disaster.
'Atlantis: The Lost Empire:' the Beginning of Modern Disney
Disney movies can generally be broken into eras, a time of popularity of Disney films being high as well as a lot of them coming out fairly close together. Some examples are Classic, Renaissance, and Modern. The easiest way to distinguish eras is by looking at their princesses. Of course, this can be done in other ways too, but the princesses are a little more straightforward. In the Classic era, we have Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty. All of whom were basically just waiting around for Prince Charming. The Renaissance includes: Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, and Mulan. Their defining characteristic was a curiosity about the world outside of their own lives. Mulan is the only exception to this, since instead of being curious, she was simply different from what was expected of a girl in the time she lived in. The Modern era is considered to have started with Tiana. If Kida had been made a Disney princess, it would have started with her.