Breaking Taboos to Build Character

I've long pondered taboos. As a relatively boring guy myself, I'm curious about people who live their lives outside the boundaries of "normal" society, from small ways like vices to profound ways like BDSM. More importantly, what attracts them to that sort of behavior? This has been on my mind for about a decade, since … Continue reading Breaking Taboos to Build Character

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The Natural End of Wolverine’s Story

Comic book characters are expected to be timeless and to live forever. Even when they die they're eventually brought back. This is just common sense at this point. At the same time, sometimes from a narrative and characterization standpoint a character may reach their natural end. This is when a writer, or series or writers, … Continue reading The Natural End of Wolverine’s Story

Marvel Watch: Avengers: Endgame (2019)

In the weeks since seeing Avengers: Endgame (2019) I've been considering power levels and what it means for storytelling. When it comes to superheroes, in particular, people are very concerned about how powerful characters are in relation to one another. The natural evolution of this concern is actually quantifying a Jedi's abilities with their Midichlorian … Continue reading Marvel Watch: Avengers: Endgame (2019)

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) is Fine. It’s Fine.

I have a long history with the X-Men. They were my favorite comic book characters growing up, especially Wolverine. I, of course, loved the '92 animated series. And when the first movie came out in 2000, it blew me away. Those were simpler times, but for years I held that the first two X-Men movies … Continue reading X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) is Fine. It’s Fine.

Should Rape Ever Be Shown in Fiction?

Caveat: I am a 35-year-old male, and have never experienced anything like rape personally. So it occurred to me that portrayals of rape in Western media have dwindled in recent years. The conversation around this probably reached a head four years ago over the fifth-season episode of Game of Thrones, "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken". In it, … Continue reading Should Rape Ever Be Shown in Fiction?

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors is the Best X-Men Movie

There's a particular sort of earnestness that permeated Chris Claremont's take on the X-Men. During his initial, and classic, run from 1975-1991, he would go to great pains to depict the camaraderie of the team during everyday life. More often than not this would manifest as softball games in which the Merry Mutants would end … Continue reading A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors is the Best X-Men Movie

Blurring Gender Roles in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

There are two pivotal and complementary scenes in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) that work as a setup and payoff for a rift between John (Edward Furlong) and Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) being healed. Oddly enough, for a movie written and directed by James Cameron, the king of action movies, it deals with the nature … Continue reading Blurring Gender Roles in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)