The idea behind this post has been bouncing around in my head for quite some time, but it's been difficult for me to put into words. It started years ago when I was talking with someone and they said something along the lines of "limitations are what make art great." That stuck with me and … Continue reading Artistic Limitations
I took a large number of literature and creative writing classes in college, and one of the problems that I often ran into was that I was a genre writer/reader, while all of my professors were literary writers/readers. I was never directly criticized for preferring genre fiction, but I also felt like those professors didn't … Continue reading Genre vs. Literary Fiction
I want to start with some definitions. These aren't official or anything, just my understanding of the difference between a trope and a cliché. A trope is tool used in writing. It's pretty much any non-unique plot device that the consumer could recognize. One of the most common tropes in speculative fiction is the protagonist … Continue reading Tropes and Clichés
I have a theory about science fiction that focuses on man's interactions with aliens. My thought is that every one of them starts with the basic question: 'If humans aren't the smartest creature, what makes us unique?' In general, we ascribe certain characteristics to all the animals we encounter. Most quadrupeds (dogs, cats, horses, etc.) … Continue reading The Purpose of Alien Sci-Fi
With the 13th Doctor about to make her full episode debut, I thought I'd go back over the most recent run of the show and look at the best and worst episodes. I haven't really watched much pre-2005 Doctor Who, which is why I'm limiting it to the 9th doctor and on. Anyway, these are … Continue reading The 5 Best and Worst Episodes of Doctor Who (post 2005)
I saw a list a few years ago of the most underrated movies of all time based off of box office totals versus home media sales. I haven't been able to find that list again, and the only movie from it that I remember is The Shawshank Redemption, which was #1 since it bombed in … Continue reading My List of Underrated Sci-Fi and Fantasy Movies
So here's my situation: I just finished binge-watching the Netflix Punisher series, and I'll be watching Jessica Jones season 2 with my wife, so I can't watch that one on my own. Now I need a new series to start watching, but nothing is catching my eye. I've started a few series, so I may … Continue reading Any Advice on a New TV Series?
Despite all the controversy and differing reviews regarding The Last Jedi, I liked the movie and thought it gave some great insight into where the franchise is going. I like some of the changes; I'm not as fond of others. Fair warning, there will be a lot of spoilers in this post, so if you … Continue reading What Does Last Jedi Tell Us about Episode IX?
I was listening to some Weird Al recently and heard the song "White and Nerdy." One of the lines in the song is "The only question I ever thought was hard was do I like Kirk or do I like Picard?" It got me thinking about the classic Star Trek debate. My thought is that … Continue reading Kirk or Picard?
I really enjoy movies based on comic books, whether they be successful like Iron Man, or not like Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Every time I watch one (or re-watch one) I write up a post with my thoughts. I try to be spoiler free, but the older the movie, the less … Continue reading Comic Book Movie Rewatch: Catwoman