In 1989, Special Agent Dale Cooper, having just solved the mystery behind Laura Palmer’s murder, disappeared from the small logging town of Twin Peaks. Neither the FBI nor the Twin Peaks PD knew where we went, and based on audiences’ witnessing of one of his last nights, whether it was even Cooper himself who left. Continue reading
What would you do for a million dollars? Rob a bank? Fix the lottery? Would you consider hurting yourself? (I usually end up having to pay bills for a few years as a result of this, so I could handle this option).
The Brass Teapot (2013, R) guides audiences on a journey of liberation from debt, to greed and all-out murder. After stealing a mysterious teapot from an antique shop, Alice (Juno Temple) and John (Michael Angarano) discover that it produces cash whenever in the presence of pain. Whenever either harms themselves in the vicinity of the teapot, cash appears, increasing in amounts depending on how much they hurt. Continue reading
If you are a child of the 90s, there’s a good chance you watched Bill Nye the Science Guy in science class. If, for some reason, you didn’t have a cool science teacher, you may have watched the show on PBS along with other students who did have cool teachers, but were watching because it was cool and enjoyed having already watched the episode and knew what to look forward to when the teacher pulled out the VHS tape he had to rewind to a certain spot (because recording from television was really the superior method to having the library order the tapes. Also, kids whose parents haven’t given you the entire Disney collection from their childhood, ask your parents what a VHS tape is). Continue reading
It’s time for a pop culture history lesson. Which came first: Disney’s Aladdin or Warner Brother’s The Thief and the Cobbler? That’s a difficult answer. While Aladdin arrived in theaters in 1992, with Thief in theaters the next year in South Africa and Australia (America in 1995 by Miramax, coincidentally re-named Arabian Knight), Aladdin was stolen straight from the pages of Thief, on which production began in 1964. Continue reading
This week will be a bit more serious. While it will have been three weeks since the Thirteen Reasons Why premiered on Netflix, as I write this it has only been days since I binged the series opening weekend. Unfortunately, this was just after several difficult weeks of depression. That said, despite the wonderful representation of Jay Asher’s book as a television miniseries, the story’s strong discussion of suicide, bullying, and rape did not allow for a positive week following. Continue reading
In 1990 we saw Edward Scissorhands leave his castle on the hill to visit the small California town he resided in. Sadly, it did not work out for him in the end and so he fled back to his large home, all alone. He was not forgotten though. As we saw at the end of the movie, Kim told her granddaughter stories of the man who brought the snow.
So, obviously, this couldn’t be the end of the story, right? Continue reading
Who is in charge of cleaning up all the time issues created as a result of Doc Brown and Marty’s shenanigans? Sure, Marty destroyed the DeLorean upon returning to 1985, but the Brown family had that extraordinary time traveling locomotive. Bringing Marty’s parents together and giving his father confidence did more than help give birth to 3 successful children. It made his father an author and made Biff a servant. This wasn’t supposed to happen though. These are all time paradoxes, also known as anomalies.
And Teddy takes care of these anomalies. Continue reading
When William Shakespeare wrote Macbeth in the 17th century, I’m certain he never expected that one day his tragedy would feature the likes of Andy Dick. Then again, I doubt he would have ever thought there would be so many different adaptations of his works centuries after his death. Continue reading
I’ve had mixed feelings about The Vampire Diaries since its first episode in 2009. I tried watching it when it first premiered, but it was way too depressing to watch, as the first 10 minutes explain that the main character, Elena’s, parents died in a car accident off a bridge over the summer. I gave up at that point, not ready to deal with the grief that would happen the rest of the season. Continue reading
So who is Mr. Robot? I won’t say (spoilers!). I will say it could be Elliot (Rami Malek), a socially awkward, clinically depressed computer hacker. It could be the strange man in a computer shop jacket (Christian Slater) who confronts Elliot on the subway about his plan to destroy E(vil) Corp. It could be any one of the “fsociety” hackers who start a spiral of attacks on Evil Corp and every person’s account in debt to the company. Mr. Robot could be anybody we meet in the first season of Mr. Robot. Continue reading