Ahead there be spoilers… The previous Marvel ensemble movies (The Avengers, Age of Ultron) were actually my least favorites of the franchise (excluding Thor 2, which, upon friends’ warnings, we didn’t bother seeing). With so many characters in play, each needing their allotment of screen time, the plots were thin out of necessity. I couldn’t […]Read More Belated Thoughts: Infinity War (On Thanos)
You already know I love this movie. I’ve written two blog posts about it (here and here). Here’s another, which is about three practical, noticeable ways this film has benefited my life. If my repeated analysis of this film bores you, skip to number 3. It’s the grand finale. 1. ZENDAYA I don’t have much […]Read More 3 Life-Changing Greatest Showman Tidbits
Hopefully, last week’s post showed that Moana has some deeper and more complex concerns than a typical Junior Knows Best, Follow Your Heart kids’ film. By looking at the foils, Maui and Tala, we distilled the theme of approval. Through a close reading of the evil crab’s song, we saw that the film also plays […]Read More Moana’s Message: More than Just “Follow Your Heart”
When I first saw Moana, I ranked it as typical Disney. It was better in some ways; Moana’s primary relationship is with family, not a boyfriend, which is a refreshing change, and she is athletic and does stuff. But once I saw the same old “Junior knows best” and “Follow your heart” tropes at play, […]Read More Very Belated Thoughts: Moana
Last week, I shared about the time I was seriously disturbed watching a scene from FullMetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. In short, the scene took what should have been a private, safe moment for a minor and “pulled back the curtain” to the audience, turning her physical and emotional vulnerability–her right to take an innocent bath in […]Read More Naked: Essential or Detrimental to Visual Stories?
Let me set the scene. A teenage girl, after a long and dangerous journey, finally arrives at the home of someone who is not out to kill her: another teenage girl. Though they don’t know each other well, they both immediately recognize a friend. The traveler’s new friend runs a bath for her, pulling a […]Read More The Rape of Winry Rockbell