Witch, Thou Art Loosed: How WandaVision Can Fix the “Hysterical Woman” Trope

The Scarlet Witch has had a tumultuous 21st century in the comic books. In 2004, Brian Michael Bendis's "Avengers Disassembled" storyline radically reimagined the character, turning her from heroic superhero into unhinged murderess. Even though the character has since been rehabilitated and redeemed, this idea of her persists, to the degree that any of her … Continue reading Witch, Thou Art Loosed: How WandaVision Can Fix the “Hysterical Woman” Trope

Is there a Text in This Class?: “Happy Accidents,” Intent and Response

In The Godfather (1972) oranges are used as symbolism. This is a pretty well-known bit of trivia, as is the rebuttal that this wasn't intentional: Though some have interpreted the presence of oranges in various scenes as a harbinger of death to come (see the oranges that roll across the street as Don Corleone gets … Continue reading Is there a Text in This Class?: “Happy Accidents,” Intent and Response

Yippee Ki Yay, Boomer: Die Hard as a Generational Allegory

Guest Post by Michael Martin The comeback “OK, Boomer” is permeating the current cultural conversation and Christmas is just around the corner. It's a good time to throw online dialect and holiday entertainment into the mixer and see what kind of eggnog we get. Specifically: let’s take a look at how one Christmas movie classic … Continue reading Yippee Ki Yay, Boomer: Die Hard as a Generational Allegory

Luke Skywalker Doesn’t Read: The Role of Oral Storytelling in Star Wars

Physical storytelling doesn't seem to exist in the Star Wars movies. No one ever discusses their favorite books, movies, songs, poems or even plays. There don't appear to be bookshelves in anyone's houses or apartments. In fact, when Obi-Wan visits a library in Attack of the Clones (2002) there aren't any actual books around! Perhaps … Continue reading Luke Skywalker Doesn’t Read: The Role of Oral Storytelling in Star Wars

A Completely Unnecessary Rebuttal of Roger Ebert’s Review of Swing Kids (1993)

Every now and then when Roger Ebert would review a film, you could just tell it had rubbed him the wrong way. North, the 1994 movie directed by Rob Reiner, springs to mind. Ebert gave it one star, declaring it "one of the most unpleasant, contrived, artificial, cloying experiences I've had at the movies." The … Continue reading A Completely Unnecessary Rebuttal of Roger Ebert’s Review of Swing Kids (1993)

“My Mouth Says Yes-Yes”: The Importance of Eyes in Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

Freddy vs. Jason (2003) isn't a movie that invites academic consideration. In fact, I might venture to say that critical analysis of the movie is near zero. This 98-minute-long gorefest took 16 years to create and is mostly remembered for being a big-budget WrestleMania. Well, that and an unfortunate improvised line by Kelly Rowland. I'd argue, … Continue reading “My Mouth Says Yes-Yes”: The Importance of Eyes in Freddy vs. Jason (2003)