The Self-Destruction of J.K. Rowling | Column from the Editor

Ten years ago, J.K. Rowling was the gold standard for young adult literature, and her accomplished “Harry Potter” novel series might be the best YA series of novels of all time. Her books were so popular, for a brief time, she got kids interested in reading amid the technological revolutions of the late 90s and early 2000s, and indeed, her books are really, really good for … Continue reading The Self-Destruction of J.K. Rowling | Column from the Editor

Theaters Are Reopening. But We’re Going To Wait Until It’s Safe. | Column from the Editor

Last week, the newspaper I work for reported that Massachusetts movie theaters could open as early as tomorrow. I live in Pittsfield, and so far, our local Regal movie theater is the only one with any sort of concrete plans to reopen (July 10), with the other theaters in the area preferring to reopen closer to the middle or end of July. The fact that Massachusetts is … Continue reading Theaters Are Reopening. But We’re Going To Wait Until It’s Safe. | Column from the Editor

“Tiger King” Dropped At The Perfect Time | Column from the Editor

While we’re all stuck at home, Netflix’s “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” has absolutely dominated online discourse, because of the overall strangeness of the docuseries’ subject matter (Joe Exotic, the G.W. Zoo in Wynnewood, Okla., and his feud with Big Cat Rescue CEO Carole Baskin), and because many of us just need an entertaining distraction in these trying times.  “Tiger King” certainly delivers on that … Continue reading “Tiger King” Dropped At The Perfect Time | Column from the Editor

How The Coronavirus Might Affect The Entertainment Industry | Column from the Editor

COVID-19 is no one’s friend, as across the board, the fast-spreading virus has already caused major economic disruption and the entertainment industry in general stands to lose billions, if not trillions, of dollars, as popular professional sports leagues cancel their season, important conference like E3 are canceled, and prominent festivals like the Cannes Film Festival are thrown into uncertainty. For film, prominent companies like Disney … Continue reading How The Coronavirus Might Affect The Entertainment Industry | Column from the Editor

Remembering Hollywood Video | Column From the Editor

There was once a time when Blockbuster, one of the largest video store chains in the world, had over 9,000 stores. Now, in large part due to the success of streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, there is only one Blockbuster left in the world, located in Bend, Ore., and is kept alive mostly as a curiosity from an era that still feels like yesterday … Continue reading Remembering Hollywood Video | Column From the Editor

James Gunn and the difficult case of evil artists

I held off giving a hot take on this issue while it was still trending because that often leads to me putting out a crappy, half-formed opinion on the matter. Now, when it is certain that almost no one will read this because the public has since moved on to the next big things in entertainment news (“Mamma Mia” 2 and “Team Titans Go! To the Movies” are good?!), I’m willing to throw my small voice into the matter. Continue reading “James Gunn and the difficult case of evil artists”

Does anyone care about Ant-Man and the Wasp?

“The Avengers: Infinity War” bought Marvel/Disney a lot of good will, bringing audiences the villain they always dreamed of in Thanos, and delivering an ending that simultaneously leaves room for an even better sequel, while also keeping us on the edge of our seats.

But I’m not sure I love the film enough to really care about Ant-Man, nor do I think general audiences will. Continue reading “Does anyone care about Ant-Man and the Wasp?”

The Star Wars Universe Un-Expands… Again

With the perceived failure of “Solo” (when you factor in advertising costs and reshoots), Disney could possibly lose $50 million off of the film. Of course, I have no way to confirm the exact data as it will likely never be released, but suffice it to say, “Solo” is not the crowd pleaser Disney hoped, and the rumor on the street is that it’s thrown a wrench in their plans for future spinoffs. Continue reading “The Star Wars Universe Un-Expands… Again”

Is Pixar in trouble?

The short answer is, no. The long answer is still no, but one day it might be.

Pixar Animation Studios has a groundbreaking reputation being that they were one of the earliest and by many are still considered the best studio that primarily focuses in computer animation. They even produced the first feature-length CG-animated film (“Toy Story”), and for years enjoyed dominance in this still early but promising area of filmmaking, although they haven’t had much competition for a very long time, as their only real rival prior to the 2010s was DreamWorks Animation, who, like Mike Myers, will probably live off of the “Shrek” franchise till the day they die. Continue reading “Is Pixar in trouble?”

Why you should watch Akira

“Akira” holds a special place in the hearts of many, and for good reason. If you’re Japanese, “Akira” represents a moment in time where Japanese animation could for the first time slug with the likes of Disney both in terms of global impact and quality of animation, with the budget of the film translating into roughly $20 million in today’s money thanks to a mega-collaboration between Kodansha, Mainichi Broadcasting System, Bandai, Hakuhodo, Toho, Laserdisc Corporation and Sumitomo Corporation. If you’re from the west, whether you know it or not, “Akira” was the trailblazer that opened the door to worldwide distribution that allowed a world of anime to reach you, from “Dragon Ball Z” to “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.” Continue reading “Why you should watch Akira”