2022 entertainment challenge #2: A documentary

Whenever I log into Disney+ to search for something to watch, I always see the National Geographic documentaries pop up in my suggestions. Yet even though the preview image promises beautiful cinematography and an intriguing topic, I inevitably end up scrolling on by.  Sometimes there’s an unfair perception that documentary

2022 entertainment challenge #1: A short film

It’s a new year, and I’m ready for the first challenge I set for myself in 2022. (A quick recap in case you missed the original blog post: This year I made 10 entertainment goals to stretch myself as a blogger and podcaster, including watching a documentary and a foreign

It’s time for a challenge: Entertainment goals for 2022

Confession time: When it came to my media consumption last year, I got a little bit…well…lazy. What I mean by that is, I feel like I didn’t try very hard to watch a wide array of content. I tended to stick to genres I knew well (superhero flicks, cheesy Netflix

2021 entertainment year in review

My entertainment year in review for 2020 was, unavoidably, rather underwhelming. Many of the movies I’d been looking forward to last year got postponed due to the pandemic, and I spent Christmas sick with COVID, watching Wonder Woman 1984 at home on the couch instead of the theater (hint: it

Magic at Christmas

There is a special kind of magic at Christmas. I don’t mean the cliché “Santa-comes-down-the-chimney” magic or the “flying-reindeer” magic or the “delivering-presents-all-over-the-world-in-one-night” kind of magic. That’s little children magic. No, I’m talking about the old magic. The dark magic. I’m talking pagan magic. Norse and Danish magic. That many Christmas

Movie review: Spider-Man: No Way Home

As the Doctor might say, there’s a lot of “wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey” shenanigans going on in Spider-Man: No Way Home. The plot is a complicated web (yes, I couldn’t resist, but at least I’m getting the inevitable spider puns out of the way early!) that weaves together the multiverse, magic, and

Movie review: Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ is a worthy remake

Steven Spielberg has long been one of my favorite film directors. Few in Hollywood have a resume matching his, which spans action-adventure classics like Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park, beloved family films like E.T., and Oscar-winning masterpieces like Schindler’s List.  So I was very, very curious when I heard that

Dune revisited…

After I finished reading Frank Herbert’s Dune for the first time years ago, I put down the book, fairly certain I would not be returning to that fictional universe. Although it was a science fiction classic and I appreciated its importance to literature overall, it just wasn’t for me…or so

SURREALISM: Giant Crabs Ate my Pontiac!

Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early 1920s. Originally only a literary movement, the surrealists eventually began to include artists among their ranks. The aim of the surrealists was to “resolve the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality.” Artists painted unnerving, illogical scenes with photographic precision,

Passing the torch: ‘Hawkeye’ series on Disney+ reflects on legacy

I really wanted to write an in-depth article on the theme of legacy in Ghostbusters: Afterlife, but life got in the way and I never had a chance to finish the article (or well, even start it, if I’m being honest). Then, Disney+ launched the new Hawkeye series, which ALSO

5 things I loved about ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’

My original intention for this movie review was to write a long, in-depth piece about Ghostbusters: Afterlife, reflecting on the themes of legacy and nostalgia. But then, I came down with a bad cold and struggled to finish all my work projects before the Thanksgiving holiday break, so what you’re

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