So here’s a silly one: I ran across one of those “chain letter”-style Facebook memes where you fill out a survey, then tag another friend to fill out the same survey. In this case, I reflected on what I was up to at age 25 from the exalted vantage point of age 35. Some mild hilarity ensues, as I’ll note below. Continue reading “Unearthed Facebook: The “What was I doing at these ages” meme: 25, 35 … and 42″
As I continue my efforts at middle-form blogging, I’m also going to unearth some critical writing from another source — correspondence with a friend of mine. I wound up writing at length about Penny Dreadful at some point, so I went back and unearthed it for this quick blog about the just-released trailer for the comeback series, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels.
Adaptation is a magical and powerful device. At least it can be. I think a lot of fans — me included — have gotten burned by bad adaptations of their favorite written works over the years. Those bad adaptations can, I think, make us forget how powerful a good one can be.
I finished Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s Locke & Key cycle just in time for the Netflix series. Let’s talk about the trailer.
Let’s talk about this new trailer while I try to get a handle on some middle-form blogging.
Note: I’ve marked this as an “unearthed blog post,” but I’ve not yet had a chance to revise it. I’ll very likely do so in the near future, especially given that J.J. Abrams has since directed another Trek movie along with two Star Wars movies.
A resounding success.
If you’ll indulge a moment’s introspection, I’ve come to the realization that I’ve allowed social media to completely derail my focus and thinking. To counter this effect, which has been building up over (roughly) the last decade and a half, I’ve deleted my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. Continue reading “The Ongoing Rehabilitation of My Critical Faculties: Revisited”
I know this is high blasphemy, but I wasn’t crazy about ROGUE ONE.
Netflix’s She-ra series got me thinking about the different approaches to reboots.
I’m stating the obvious here, but there are a few ways to go about revisiting old material. Until recent memory, the most common way to reboot a property was simply to remake it. (I’ll discuss the current definition of reboot—as I understand it, at least—in a moment.) More often than not, studios remade old properties that had some brand recognition (The Ten Commandments, Ocean’s Eleven, Sabrina). Whether or not these properties could benefit from being remade was immaterial. Opting to produce (or re-produce) a familiar property no doubt felt and continues to feel like a safe bet for Hollywood suits.
Rian Johnson proves he’s the right man to assume the mantle of steward of the Star Wars franchise.
Be warned — massive SPOILERS AHEAD!