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March 31, 2015
The Legend of Korra Saved My Sanity
Liz Bourke
March 31, 2015
Creative Works Inspired by Your RPG Campaign
Caitlyn Paxson
March 30, 2015
The Stargate Rewatch: SG-1 Season One
Keith DeCandido
March 30, 2015
Pull List: Getting Emotional Over Bitch Planet
Alex Brown
March 24, 2015
Protecting What You Love: On the Difference Between Criticism, Rage, and Vilification
Emily Asher-Perrin
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Thu
Mar 26 2015 4:00pm

The Harry Potter Reread: The Goblet of Fire, Chapters 34 and 35

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire coverThe Harry Potter Reread might have an unhealthy obsession with pickles. It once had a pickled green bean and became inconsolable and the thought of not always eating pickled green beans. Pickles. Like that Portlandia sketch only real and tastier.

This week we’re going to find out what happens when wands cross in unexpected ways and find out what Mad-Eyed Moody’s deal really is. Chapters 34 and 35 of The Goblet of Fire are up—Priori Incantatem and Veritaserum.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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Thu
Mar 26 2015 9:00am

“Rose” Introduced A New Generation to Doctor Who Ten Years Ago Today

Doctor Who Rose

Ten years ago to the day, Doctor Who returned to television screens. It’s been a wild decade so far, and for many fans, this was where their Whovian journey began. But with a show that evolves so quickly and so often, it can be easy to forget what made the world love Who all over again. For many of us, “Rose” was a gateway into the world of the Doctor and his TARDIS.

And what a gateway it was.

[“That is who I am. Now forget me, Rose Tyler.”]

Tue
Mar 24 2015 10:00am

Protecting What You Love: On the Difference Between Criticism, Rage, and Vilification

J.J. Abrams, Star Trek

Criticism is part of how fandom functions. But there is a substantial difference between thoughtful discussion and hyper-fueled teeth-gnashing destructor mode. And when that sort of festering anger gets leveled at people over making a lukewarm piece of continuity? It’s ugly.

And it’s not what fandom is about.

[But! Lens flare!]

Thu
Mar 19 2015 10:00am

The Harry Potter Reread: The Goblet of Fire, Chapters 32 and 33

Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireThe Harry Potter Reread can think of nothing that would appropriately prepare us all for the oncoming sad-storm, so it’s probably best to just have at it.

This week we will learn what it is like to be robbed of happiness. By Voldemort, who else. We’re on chapters 32 and 33 of The Goblet of Fire—Flesh, Blood, and Bone and The Death Eaters.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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Mon
Mar 16 2015 12:00pm

Courage and Kindness: A Familiar, Charming Look at Cinderella

Disney Cinderella movie review

In the current slew of reimagined traditional Disney tales, Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella is next in line. And you might be asking—what does this tale have to offer us anew?

The answer is: practically nothing. But it is an enchanting film nonetheless.

[You have more kindness in your little finger…]

Thu
Mar 12 2015 4:30pm

The Harry Potter Reread: The Goblet of Fire, Chapters 30 and 31

Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireThe Harry Potter Reread has always wanted to watch someone pull a fire alarm because the reread figures this would be super cathartic, but doesn’t actually want to get in trouble for pulling the alarm. So… yeah.

This week we’re going to dive into some memories and meet a sphinx! It’s chapters 30 and 31 of The Goblet of Fire—The Pensieve and The Third Task.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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Wed
Mar 11 2015 7:00am

Our Guide to the Galaxy: Douglas Adams Gave Science Fiction a Sense of Humor

Portrait by David A. JohnsonIt’s easy to get caught up in big ideas and brand new worlds… and forget to laugh.

Douglas Adams—born today, March 11, in 1952—was not convinced of his own worth as a writer, a comedian, and thinker of remarkably thinky thoughts. Whenever there was a dry patch in his working life, he tended to question his abilities, to fall into spates of depression and low self-worth. It’s odd to think that the man responsible for Zaphod “if there’s anything more important than my ego around, I want it caught and shot now” Beeblebrox would fail to realize his own relevance in a world that so desperately required his special brand of madness.

After all, without him, who would have told us the answer to life, the universe, and everything?

[Life. Don’t talk to me about life.]

Tue
Mar 10 2015 3:00pm

Marvel Movies Need to Step Up Their Soundtrack Game

Captain America, Star Spangled Man

I have this funny ability—play the soundtrack of a film I love, and I can probably tell you exactly what’s happening in the film at the precise point of the music you’re playing. If I’m having trouble remembering a line or exchange in a movie, recalling the soundtrack at that moment always helps me fill it in. I don’t think I’m alone in this. There are lots of soundtrack nerds out there, and there are plenty of people who respond well to the auditory cues that scores provide to visual media.

Which is why there’s a tiny little aspect about the Marvel Cinematic Universe that’s driving me nuts.

[Theme consistency, people.]

Mon
Mar 9 2015 10:00am

What Happens When E.T. Grows Up: Chappie

Chappie film

Film these days is all about homaging the ’80s. Especially science fiction, and I suppose the leaning is understandable; sci-fi created some of its most memorable screen works during that decade, and the kids who grew up on them are adult enough to be nostalgic. But mimicry doesn’t always lead to transcendent results, so when director Neill Blomkamp took the stage for a Q&A before my screening of Chappie and informed us that the movie had a “Spielbergian” tint to it, I got a little nervous.

Turns out, if every film with a desire to homage could do it like Chappie, I’d never be worried again.

[Chappie is real.]

Thu
Mar 5 2015 3:10pm

The Harry Potter Reread: The Goblet of Fire, Chapters 28 and 29

The Harry Potter Reread is going to swaddle itself in glitter and go out dancing. But to what kind of music? That, dear reader, is up to you.

This week we’re going to find out what happens when a house-elf gets drunk and then get lectured by a criminal on the run. It’s chapters 28 and 29 of The Goblet of Fire—The Madness of Mr. Crouch and The Dream.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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Thu
Mar 5 2015 1:30pm

What You Can Do Without Limits: The Magic of Weta Workshop

The Weta Cave

I got to go on a tour of the Weta Workshop—the special effects and prop company made famous for their work on Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy—because I was in New Zealand and it seemed like a good way to spend half a day. I’m not sorry.

Founded in 1987, Weta has worked on television and film projects from Hercules: The Legendary Journeys to the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road. You can’t take pictures inside the Weta Cave—since the projects that they work on are owned by film companies, and also because you might get a picture of something upcoming—but I learned some pretty incredible things, mostly about what you can achieve when depicting the impossible is your job.

[Guess I should teach myself robotics, huh?]

Fri
Feb 27 2015 5:45pm

Goodbye, Mr. Nimoy — What Spock Meant to One Geeky 12-Year-Old Girl

Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, DeForrest Kelly

“Leonard Nimoy just died.”

You hear things like that in an office all the time, especially when everyone works on the internet. And normally hearing those words are sad, but you can bounce back from them. You are aware that public grief is a strange beast, made more strange by social media. Countless pieces get written on this phenomena, on participating in grief by sharing articles and ‘liking’ statuses, on whether it means anything. But at the moment, I just can’t be bothered with that kind of analysis. What we feel is real.

And Leonard Nimoy meant something to me.

[I long have, and forever shall be, your friend.]

Thu
Feb 26 2015 2:20pm

The Harry Potter Reread: The Goblet of Fire, Chapters 26 and 27

The Harry Potter Reread remembers when midnight showing of movies were all the rage, but now they tend to show them at 8pm instead and the reread sort of misses midnight movie premiers, but it’s nice not to be sleep deprived, so there’s that?

Today we’re diving under the lake and getting in some quality godfather time. It’s Chapters 26 and 27 of The Goblet of Fire—The Second Task and Padfoot Returns.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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Thu
Feb 19 2015 11:00am

The Harry Potter Reread: The Goblet of Fire, Chapters 24 and 25

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire coverThe Harry Potter Reread is looking forward to rocking a casbah of some sort. If only someone would invite it to rock a casbah.

This week we’re getting another dose of horrible reporting and taking an awesome bath. We’re on Chapters 24 and 25 of The Goblet of Fire—Rita Skeeter’s Scoop and The Egg and the Eye.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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Tue
Feb 17 2015 11:00am

The Mummy was the Indiana Jones Successor that We Deserved

The Mummy, Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz

It seems that everyone is using Indiana Jones as their inspiration these days. Listen to directors on both Doctor Who and Supernatural describe specific seasons of either show as “our Raiders of the Lost Ark,” or the myriad of filmmakers who bump it to the top of their lists of films that affected them as children, the ones that mattered most in their development into mature movie-type people. Now there’s a plan to reboot the whole thing because we can never really get enough of the famed archaeologist.

But who stacks up against Spielberg’s classics on film? (Do not say National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets.) In other media realms? There’s much to be said for the Lara Crofts and Daniel Jacksons of the world, but they seem to miss out on the key notes that Indy hit.

So I’m nominating The Mummy.

[“Hey, Beni! Looks to me like you’re on the wrong side of the ri-ver!”]

Thu
Feb 12 2015 11:00am

The Harry Potter Reread: The Goblet of Fire, Chapter 23

The Harry Potter Reread is all gussied up, mainly because it likes the term “gussied.” Why dont people use it anymore? They should.

This week it’s every teenage nightmare come true! We’re on Chapter 23 of The Goblet of Fire—The Yule Ball.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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Tue
Feb 10 2015 10:00am

The King That Might Have Returned: Five Actors Who Almost Played Aragorn in Lord of the Rings

Viggo Mortensen, Aragorn

Oh, Viggo. Truly, you are the only Aragorn for us. Er, the only Strider. Only Elessar. Whatever.

Viggo Mortensen did a few things with his character that transcended typical actorly dedication; he only used his heavy steel sword on set, rather than the lighter aluminum ones built for stunts (and the stunt guys had the bruises to prove it). He was prone to dragging the sword around everywhere, and got stopped by the cops when he was spotted carrying it in public. He asked for more of his lines to be written in elvish. He once kicked a helmet so hard that he broke his toes, but still stayed in character for the take.

It’s pretty well-known that his casting in Lord of the Rings occurred late in the game (they had already started shooting), but do you know the other names that were considered? Because they’re mostly big-deal picks, and imagining any one of them in the role leads to a strange alternate reality.

Let’s imagine them.

[No! Not the orcs, not the ooorrrcccs!]

Thu
Feb 5 2015 11:00am

The Harry Potter Reread: The Goblet of Fire, Chapters 21 and 22

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire coverThe Harry Potter Reread was listening to some sweet tunes on its commute this morning, so it will begin this reread with a Lyric of the Day: My my, but time do fly, when it’s in another pair of pants.

We’re dealing with the aftermath of defeating a dragon and getting awkward about dancing. It’s chapters 21 and 22 of The Goblet of Fire—The House-Elf Liberation Front and The Unexpected Task.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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Tue
Feb 3 2015 11:30am

Creating Headcanons: Everyone Does It

Tony Stark, headcanon accepted

I like really bad movies sometimes. And when I do, there are different roots to this problem. On occasion, it just has the right elements combined to get me on board. On occasion, it’s nostalgia. And on occasion, someone points out to me that said media is crap, and I give them my most puzzled stare.

And then I realize I’ve headcanoned it.

[I’m guessing this happens to a lot of people.]

Thu
Jan 29 2015 4:30pm

The Harry Potter Reread: The Goblet of Fire, Chapters 19 and 20

The Harry Potter Reread is gonna take the bull by the horns, walk it straight over to the castle gate, have it sing the guards a song, then rush the throne room and install the bull as the new monarch. It seems a reasonable way to conduct one’s business affairs.

This week we’re gonna read is really annoying article and probably fight some dragons or whatever. It’s chapters 19 and 20 of The Goblet of Fire—The Hungarian Horntail and The First Task.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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