The Homage is Not Enough: on the Limits of Nostalgia-First Narratives

In the summer of 2016 everyone started telling me that I had to watch a show called Stranger Things. I was reluctant. The reluctance came from the way it was sold: the entire series was one large nostalgia fest for ‘80s Spielberg, Stephen King novels, and Dungeons and Dragons. It’s not that I don’t like …

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Some Thoughts and Observations That Won’t Appear in My Next Blog Post

Sometimes, I don't want to dedicate a full blog post to an idea, but I still want to share the idea. Is 2016 the Year of the Feral Child? First, a fun and simple Jungle Book, which served as both a new adaptation of Kipling and a remake of the classic Disney cartoon. Then, a new Tarzan …

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The Dark Tower?

In reality, Bale has been considered off-and-on recently for the role of Roland in The Dark Tower, although the role apparently recently went to Javier Bardem instead. The question is not whether or not Bale could portray Roland.  Seriously, of course he could be Roland. This is young Roland, an angsty parallel universe knight cowboy.  …

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