‘Cats’ Will Be The Height Of Cinema

By | July 23rd, 2019|Fiona's Posts, Movies|

Spoilers for Cats: The Musical Cancel all other movies. The Cats trailer is out. This trailer is absurd. The cats have unsettling human noses and how cat-like they are is incredibly inconsistent. But still, the trailer is on brand for Cats. For those unaware of the plot of cats, it's about a night where Jellicle [...]

From ‘Game Of Thrones’ To ‘Arrested Development’: “Acceptable” Incest In Media

By | April 22nd, 2019|Fiona's Posts, Movies, Television|

Warning: discussion of abuse and sexual assault. Spoilers for Game of Thrones, Arrested Development, and The Royal Tenenbaums. Incest is, rightfully, often seen as abusive or repulsive, but the topic is explored in media anyway. Shows like Game of Thrones and Arrested Development have brought the sexual taboo back into cultural discussion. At times, incest [...]

Albus Dumbledore is as Straight as an Arrow and it is ALL Because of JK Rowling: Discourse on Death of the Author and Hollywood Liberalism

By | April 18th, 2019|Books, Movies, Pop Culture, Tanner's Posts|

I think it is safely time to definitively state that Albus Dumbledore, the kind and arrogant professor from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, was hooking up with lady witches so frequently that it would make Scott from the fraternity Slamma Pi say "... Damn dude... Respect." That is correct. I can state with 100% [...]

Is ‘The Village’ A LARP Movie?

By | April 17th, 2019|Fiona's Posts, Movies|

Read about other LARP movies here.  LARP movies are an underrepresented genre in fan movies. However, enough exist that a few rules can be followed in terms of structure. The two most popular movies, Knights of Badassdom and Role Models, mirror one another in significant ways. They show full and obsessive immersion into the game [...]

What ‘Varsity Blues’ Says About Regina George

By | April 8th, 2019|Fiona's Posts, Movies|

Spoilers for Varsity Blues and Mean Girls. Mean Girls is a teen classic that most will recognize. The 2004 movie has kept in the public consciousness through its iconic one liners, merchandise, and even a Broadway musical. One of the titular "mean girls," Regina George (Rachel McAdams), has, arguably, become the most recognizable character from [...]

LARPing As Represented In ‘Knights Of Badassdom’ And ‘Role Models’

By | February 9th, 2019|Fiona's Posts, Movies|

LARP, live-action roleplaying, is Dungeons and Dragon's less popular sister. At least in the sense of pop culture. While many television shows devote an entire episode to the characters learning about Dungeons and Dragons or referencing a character who has once played the popular tabletop RPG, LARP is demoted to mere visual gags. While a [...]

What Makes A Christmas Movie A Christmas Movie?

By | December 12th, 2018|Fiona's Posts, Movies|

The holidays bring around a yearly debate: if Die Hard, the 1988 Bruce Willis action movie, is a Christmas movie or not. Classifying films as "a Christmas movie" is not as straightforward as it may seem. While classics like How the Grinch Stole Christmas or A Christmas Prince scream Christmas (it's literally in the name [...]

‘A Quiet Place’ Could Have Been A Part Of Cloverfield, But I’m Glad It Wasn’t

By | April 13th, 2018|Fiona's Posts, Movies|

Spoilers for A Quiet Place.  A Quiet Place is a monster movie with a good concept. The monsters are attracted to noise, so the characters must stay silent. This allows the film to do much more than simple jump scares and build suspense over its well-crafted scenes.  Despite the fact that the film had nothing [...]

Murder On The Orient Express: A Timely Classic

By | December 1st, 2017|Fiona's Posts, Movies|

Spoilers for Murder on the Orient Express Agatha Christie's 1934 mystery first connects to its viewers through its excessive use of very famous people. Every character introduction feels like a wink and a nudge to the viewer. Daisy Ridley (Star Wars), Josh Gad (Frozen, Beauty and the Beast), Johnny Depp (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find [...]