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Mon
May 4 2015 5:00pm

This is Why Obi-Wan Lied to Luke Skywalker About His Father

Star Wars, Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan

The Star Wars films aren’t exactly complicated fare, particularly the original trilogy. (Not that there is anything wrong with that.) Luke Skywalker’s journey is pretty cut and dry, a solid line from farmboy to superbad in several short years. The Empire falls, the Rebels win, everyone is back on Endor in time for stormtrooper stew.

But how do you topple a galactic Empire, really? How do you get a boy who’s never known a life outside the sticks to become a galactic savior in the same amount of time that it usually takes to earn a bachelor’s degree?

The plan is likely less perfect than it appears.

[I’m coming with you to Alderaan. There’s nothing for me here now.]

Mon
May 4 2015 12:00pm

Is the Force A Religion?

Star Wars, The Phantom Menace

We can make all the jokes we want about how many real people list “Jedi” as their religion on government census forms, but… well, what exactly does that mean? Can the Jedi Code be counted as a religious doctrine? What does it mean if it can? It’s an odd question to pose perhaps, but one that might demand a revisitation as a renewal of Star Wars Fever is already underway…

[There is no emotion; there is peace.]

Mon
May 4 2015 10:00am

“A Suit of Armor Around the World": Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Here’s the deal: We can talk about Avengers: Age of Ultron as a film, or we can talk about it as a piece of the Marvel Cinematic Universe jigsaw puzzle. As a film, it’s a fun action flick with some deeply hilarious plot contrivances. (It’s inevitable with these sorts of stories, really.) As the next step in the MCU arc, it is a joyful smash of all the things that you like in the same place.

See what I did there?

[“You didn’t see that coming?”]

Fri
May 1 2015 11:00am

Thor is Just a Codename, Right?: What Humanity Knows About Superheroes in the MCU

MCU, Tony Stark

Now that Age of Ultron is upon us, the Avengers will be smashing, hammering, and zapping a few more cities into rubble with the help of a rogue robot force. And while it’s been made clear that the public within the movie universe is aware of the Avengers’ presence in the grand scheme of things, you have to wonder… how much do they actually know? Yes, Black Widow published all of SHIELD’s secrets on the internet in Captain America: Winter Soldier, and the world has known that Tony Stark was Iron Man since he gave a fateful press conference and ignored his notecards… but what else does the average MCU Joe know about this team of mighty heroes?

Probably a lot less than we assume.

(NO SPOILERS for AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON)

[This guy’s still alive!]

Thu
Apr 30 2015 3:00pm

The Harry Potter Reread: The Order of the Phoenix, Chapters 5 and 6

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix coverThe Harry Potter Reread went outside without an extra sweater on this week, and it was the most surreal feeling. Truly the most. The absence of layers was frightening. Send help for layer withdrawal.

We’re going to pal around at Grimmauld Place this week, and learn about wizard cleaning! It’s Chapters 5 and 6 of The Order of the Phoenix: The Order of the Phoenix and The Noble and Most Ancient House of Black.

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
Apr 28 2015 7:00am

Terry Pratchett is (Supposedly) the Most Shoplifted Author in Great Britain for a Reason

Terry PratchettToday, April 28th, marks Sir Terrence David John Pratchett’s birthday, and along with being appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2009 (an honor that caused him to forge his very own sword from iron that he dug out of the ground), he was also once reputed to be the most shoplifted author in Britain. And what that tells us is actually very simple: Terry Pratchett writes wonderful books and we love to read them.

An only child and self-described “nondescript student,” Pratchett was first commercially published at age 15, and claimed to have received his true education from the Beaconsfield Public Library. He was an astronomy enthusiast all his life, and had an observatory in his home garden. There is an asteroid named after him. He had a love of wide-brimmed black fedoras, and a wit welcome among the likes of Twain and Wilde. While a great deal of fantasy spends its time displaying the grimmer aspects of life, the world loves Terry Pratchett for his ability to tell the truth in ways that make us laugh.

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Thu
Apr 23 2015 4:00pm

The Harry Potter Reread: The Order of the Phoenix, Chapters 3 and 4

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix coverThe Harry Potter Reread has typed “Harry” so many times that it’s starting to mess up from sheer repetition and accidentally type “Haryr” instead. Which just looks hilarious.

We’re about to meet our very first Metapmorphmagus and visit the worse house in all of wizardom. It’s Chapters 3 and 4 of The Order of the Phoenix—The Advance Guard and Number Twelve, Grimmauld Place.

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
Apr 21 2015 1:00pm

The Best AUs are Pacific Rim AUs

Pacific Rim AU, Iron Man, bilcrist

It’s far too much fun imagining your favorite characters in another environment, especially when you plant them in a different fictional universe. This is one of the reasons why Harry Potter alternate universes (or AUs) are so prevalent; everyone wants to know what the Buffy the Vampire Slayer crew would be like at Hogwarts, what houses they would get sorted into.

But the Pacific Rim AU may have stolen my heart in this regard. You should see some of the gorgeous work that accompanies it.

[Why Pacific Rim, you ask?]

Thu
Apr 16 2015 11:00am

The Harry Potter Reread: The Order of the Phoenix, Chapters 1 and 2

Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixThe Harry Potter Reread forgot that the typeface gets smaller in the fifth installment of the series. We’re grown up now, kids.

As you might have guessed, we are starting Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! Longest book by quite a few pages. Strap in because we’re here for the long haul. Let’s start with chapters 1 and 2—Dudley Demented and A Peck of Owls.

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
Apr 13 2015 1:00pm

Should you be watching Marvel’s Daredevil?

Daredevil Netflix Matt Murdock

Should you watch Daredevil? You likely will (or already have) if you’re a Marvel Cinematic Universe completist, or you have a love for the character. But if you’re unsure, here are some thoughts on the first three episodes to help you make up your mind.

[The Man Without Fear, eh?]

Thu
Apr 9 2015 4:00pm

The Harry Potter Reread: Rewatching The Goblet of Fire Film

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

It’s funny, because this movie has a… rocky relationship with Potter fandom. Some of the reasons why are warranted, others I’m not so sure on. But what’s odd to me on rewatching this time around is that the Goblet of Fire film was clearly trying to recreate Cuarón’s magic from PoA, and as a result has many of the same flaws; it has some beautiful added/altered moments and snappy dialogue, but the plot is a chopped up mess of a thing.

Of course, people are generally shouting over the color of Hermione’s dress too loudly to get that conversation in.

[Introducing Shouty Dumbledore!]

Thu
Apr 2 2015 2:00pm

The Harry Potter Reread: The Goblet of Fire, Chapters 36 and 37

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire coverThe Harry Potter Reread would compose its own theme song, but it knows how incredibly wrong those plans can go.

This week we have reached the end of the middle book in the saga. Welcome to Chapters 36 and 37 of The Goblet of Fire—The Parting of the Ways and The Beginning.

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 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.]