thoughts on rise of skywalker

Spoilers ahead for Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. *** First of all, first of all, first of all, and most importantly of all: If you enjoyed RoS, I am truthfully so happy for you. This is supposed to be about fun and joy, and, if that’s what you got, I am thrilled for you.Continue reading “thoughts on rise of skywalker”

whatever else happens tomorrow, or a prayer on star wars eve

Let us be kind to one another. Let us be kind to creators and performers and everyone who must have poured their hearts and souls into this massive, impossible thing. Let us remember that we are owed nothing, and that artists exist to create art, and not necessarily to please us. Let us be inContinue reading “whatever else happens tomorrow, or a prayer on star wars eve”

in which it’s about a month until the rise of skywalker, and, unsurprisingly, i have a lot of feelings

I really hate when things end. I still remember just about everything about where I was when I first saw the initial trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. I had been tasked to write about the experience for the Atlanta-based variety show Scene Missing Presents. I remember my heart pounding, my palmsContinue reading “in which it’s about a month until the rise of skywalker, and, unsurprisingly, i have a lot of feelings”

re-visiting walter: the greatest fan of all

One of my favorite moments in 2011’s The Muppets, and I have a couple, is when our new friend Walter implores Kermit the Frog one more time to get the gang back together and save the old studio. Walter doesn’t yell or scream or make demands of Kermit. “Please, Kermit,” he says, simply. “You’re my hero.Continue reading “re-visiting walter: the greatest fan of all”

happy birthday and thanks for everything, the phantom menace

So, today is the 20th anniversary of the initial theatrical release of The Phantom Menace, and, like a lot of nerds, I find myself reflecting on what the movie means to me, if it’s as bad as we all say, and on and on and on. I LOVED The Phantom Menace when I first saw it inContinue reading “happy birthday and thanks for everything, the phantom menace”

in anticipation of dumbo, with love and something like hope

After 2010’s Alice in Wonderland, I considered myself pretty much done with regards to two categories: Tim Burton and live-action Disney remakes. Yeah, I caved and saw Big Eyes in 2014, but… eh. And, as I’ve written about before, I used to be a Tim Burton maniac. I was with Tim all the way, evenContinue reading “in anticipation of dumbo, with love and something like hope”

the 2018 holiday movie guide, or what to see on christmas when your dad isn’t into nerd stuff

THE TIME IS NEARLY UPON US. Once again, the December multiplexes promise to be a (in some cases) literal ocean of superheroes and Transformers this year, but your Dad is. NOT. INTO IT. Moreover, he did not care for the movie you all picked last year, so he’s feeling extra wary of your tricky, secretContinue reading “the 2018 holiday movie guide, or what to see on christmas when your dad isn’t into nerd stuff”

chasing that hogwarts high, or: okay, FINE, fantastic beasts, you disaster

Sometimes the logistics of the thing is the real joy of the thing. For example, I was so happy this past Wednesday to look up movie times, bundle up in my coat and scarf, and walk a mile and a half in the chilly sunshine to get to the movie theatre. I was equally happyContinue reading “chasing that hogwarts high, or: okay, FINE, fantastic beasts, you disaster”

of chainsaw massacres & basement dates

The story which you are about to hear is an account of the tragedy which befell one awkward, horny dork. It is all the more tragic that she was young. But, even as an adult, she could not have expected nor would she have wished to see as much of the mad and macabre asContinue reading “of chainsaw massacres & basement dates”

warm, weird fuzzies in the house with a clock in its walls

Necessary Backstory: In the 4th grade, Jared Thompson’s dad came to visit him at school, and he ate lunch with us in the cafeteria. I remember it well, because it was my favorite elementary school lunch day: Pizza and Mashed Potato Day. See, I liked to spread my mashed potatoes over the top of myContinue reading “warm, weird fuzzies in the house with a clock in its walls

the 2017 family holiday movie guide, or what to see on christmas when your dad isn’t into nerd stuff

My family runs a pretty tight holiday tradition ship. On Christmas Eve, we see my Dad’s side of the family, stop at QuikTrip on the way home for giant sodas and hot dogs, open one present each, and go to bed. On Christmas Day, we see what Santa brought, have lunch at Waffle House (myContinue reading “the 2017 family holiday movie guide, or what to see on christmas when your dad isn’t into nerd stuff”

please no talking or texting (for real, i’m begging you)

Going to the movies is my favorite thing in the world. From the time I was a little kid seeing Beauty & the Beast with my mom all the way through going to see Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 for the second time yesterday afternoon, nothing feels more exhilarating to me than going toContinue reading “please no talking or texting (for real, i’m begging you)”