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Meddling Kids and Reimagining Classics

Scooby-Doo, that classic mystery cartoon involving a dog and his sleuthing pals, makes for a tempting adaption target. There’s a genre, mystery, baked into the premise, a cast of interesting characters, and even an animal with a personality – there’s a reason the animated series has been around in some form or another since 1969. […]

Ray Bradbury’s Gabriel’s Horn and the other side of Sci-Fi

It’s common in the ol’ realm of science fiction to have spaceships. To have lasers and stars and monstrous alien creatures battling hordes of space marines in galaxy-spanning wars. Technology is often at the core, and devices that would seem like magic to us are used like we use our phones now. The story starts […]

Tomb Raider and character through action

We’ve seen so many of them – the fast-moving sequence where a character dashes, dodges, darts and dives through one stunt after another, with maybe a pinch of violence thrown in there to spice things up. It’s hard to find an original action sequence these days, and harder still to find one that helps build […]

Black Panther and the well-drawn side character

There are numerous reasons to like Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther, but if I have to pick one, and given the standard size of these posts, I do – then it’s the full, dynamic characters the movie constructs. This goes beyond the titular Black Panther himself and Killmonger, the villain. Most stories are going to invest a […]

What “Last Week Tonight” teaches me about Exposition

Wait, I hear you saying: this here is a nonfiction show! It’s got comedy, sure, but the crux of what Oliver’s doing is spreading facts! Guess what, folks: Novels, short stories, and comics are in the same business. The sole difference is the world to which those facts apply. For folks who don’t know, Last Week […]

Wyoming is Cold

You rarely see temperate desolation. It’s either scorching desert, or, as in Wind River‘s case, an expanse of Wyoming wilderness where, as Jeremy Renner’s wildlife ranger states, “It’s too cold to snow.” The movie, which is available on US Netflix now, is a taut, interesting thriller that uses a familiar combination of young, naive hero out […]