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

Queering James Cameron’s Aliens (1986)

Aliens (1986) is curiously progressive in its sexual politics for a movie released at the height of the Reagan years. Take, for instance, the exchange between Hudson (Bill Paxton) and Frost (Ricco Ross) when they sit down in the mess hall. Hudson asks about the mission, to which their Sarge replies, "It's a rescue mission. … Continue reading Queering James Cameron’s Aliens (1986)

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)

Marvel Post-Script: The Anti-Cyberpunk Future of Big Hero 6

Cyberpunk can be characterized in many ways, but it's most prominent trait is the intersectionality of capitalism and technology. In the future predicted by Ridley Scott's Blade Runner (1981) and William Gibson's Neuromancer (1984), man has been de-humanized by the blurring of lines between humanity and machine and by the system that perpetuates this obfuscation. … Continue reading Marvel Post-Script: The Anti-Cyberpunk Future of Big Hero 6

Alternate Reality Reviews: Alien 3 (1989)

Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. Never has this been more true than with Alien 3 (1989). The sequel to the critically acclaimed box office hits Alien (1978) and Aliens (1986), it tried in every way to one up its predecessors and failed miserably. Rather than taking the lead from … Continue reading Alternate Reality Reviews: Alien 3 (1989)

Go Ask Alice: Interrogating the Mary Sue in the Resident Evil Series (2002-2017)

The Resident Evil┬áseries of films, with six entries released between 2002 and 2017, through sheer force of will and surprising consistency of voices eventually stumbles upon some provocative motifs and recurring themes. The way Resident Evil: Extinction (2007) returns to the mansion from the first movie, with the cloned Alice (Milla Jovovich) in the opening … Continue reading Go Ask Alice: Interrogating the Mary Sue in the Resident Evil Series (2002-2017)

The Star Trek into Darkness Redemption Project: Part III

Star Trek Into Darkness is a better movie than Star Trek Beyond. I know you all think I'm trolling, or that I'm somehow blind to the former movie's flaws, but I'm not. I think STiD's energy and inventiveness make up for any dumb logic quagmires. So since Beyond is often cited as making up for … Continue reading The Star Trek into Darkness Redemption Project: Part III