QSA (Queer Service Announcement) #1: 5 Rules for a Better Grindr Photo

Being on Grindr is, quite possibly, the most horrid experience most gay men can have. There are so many shallow, frankly awful people on there that it often makes me wonder why I (or anyone) bothers with it. And yet I keep returning to it, despite all the things I hate. Chief among those hates … Continue reading QSA (Queer Service Announcement) #1: 5 Rules for a Better Grindr Photo

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The Great Golden Girls Marathon: “The Triangle”

After a long absence, I'm back (as often as the Dissertation allows, anyway). I'm resuming my blogging activities by picking up where I left off with the Great Golden Girls Marathon (which I hope to continue developing, albeit sporadically). Today's episode is "The Triangle," in which Blanche and Dorothy find themselves in the midst of … Continue reading The Great Golden Girls Marathon: “The Triangle”

Adaptation Nation: Popular U.S. Film Originality 2010-2015 (26 February 2016)

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Walking into a movie theater last week I noticed that nearly all of the films being advertised were for sequels or adaptions of already existing franchises. As I settled down with my popcorn to watch the film I had come to see (itself the 7th episode in a series called Star Wars—you might have heard of it), I tried to remember the last film I saw in theatres that wasn’t based on a pre-existing story. From adapted novels and comic books, to sequels, to films based on TV shows or even other films, pre-packaged narratives seem to dominate the contemporary film landscape. In this post I examine what originality looks like in popular US film.

By taking a short look at the most popular films of the last half-decade, the depth of US fascination with follow-ups and adaptations becomes clear. Out of the top 20 US grossing films…

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TV Review: “The Shannara Chronicles”: “Safehold”

So, here we are. The penultimate episode of The Shannara Chronicles has dawned, and it was definitely one of the finest episodes (if not the finest) that the series has produced so far. In this episode, the brave fellowship of young people finally make their way to Safehold and the Bloodfire, while Allanon ensures that Ander at last takes the … Continue reading TV Review: “The Shannara Chronicles”: “Safehold”