Thursday, June 28, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Nostalgia Critic Fox Kids

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Nostalgia Critic recently released an hour-long retrospective of the Fox Kids Saturday morning/weekday afternoon television block. If you haven't seen it, go see it. It's amazing!

I know technically Fox Kids isn't related to Disney, but Disney did own Saban Entertainment (which produced most of Fox Kids' shows) for a short while. Not to mention Disney is in lieu to purchase 20th Century Fox, including the Fox broadcast network. So that's somewhat relevant.

And I also know that I haven't done much with Throwback Thursday (or this blog for that matter) for quite sometime. In my defense, I have been bogged down with real-life work and illness, so I haven't been able to do much period.

Hopefully, I'll be able to create more substantial content within the near future. Until then, check out the Critic's retrospective.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Fan Art Friday: More Incredible Fan Art


During it's opening week, The Incredibles 2 earned $180 million at the worldwide box office, not only becoming the biggest opening for an animated movie of all time, but also being the eighth largest opening for any film of all time.

And I still haven't seen the movie yet. Going to have to remedy that this weekend.

Anyway, here's even more "Incredible" fan art!

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Lessons Animation Taught Us

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Usually for Throwback Thursday, I tend to focus on nostalgic and often obscure material from the past. That's why I call it "Throwback Thursday"!

However, since I'm running on a tight schedule this week, I've decided to showcase something relatively recent, but still fitting within the overall "throwback" theme of, well, Throwback Thursday.

For this week, I wanted to share a recent video essay that reflects upon the animated movies that most of us watched as children, and the subtle effect that these movies had upon us, for good or bad.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Fan Art Friday: Some Incredible Fan Art


Hard to believe that The Incredibles is finally receiving a sequel 15 years after the original. Seems like yesterday that I went to watch the first movie during my college freshman year. Speaking of college, I'm sure than many of the people who originally watched this movie as kids are now either starting or finishing up college themselves. That's how long it's been!

So will the new sequel be as "incredible" as the first movie? I'll have to wait and see when I decide to go to the cinema. Until then, here's some "incredible" fan art of The Incredibles.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Young ‘N Loving Teen

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When it comes to cutting-edge reporting on pertinent information through substantive articles, what better resource is there for such high-quality journalism than a magazine for teenage girls? Anything else!—considering that teen magazines are an anathema towards journalism, even more so than the National Enquirer or Buzzfeed.

Such magazines are infamous for being pure drivel at best, and unapologetic marketing for the music and fashion industries at worst. There’s a reason why C.S. Lewis recommended that young girls "avoid nearly all magazines" if they wanted to develop proper reading and writing skills.

In fact, if I were a far-left moonbat, I’d go as far as to say that such magazines are corporate machinations by the capitalist patriarchy to exploit internalized misogyny within young women and further perpetuate late-stage capitalism. (Fortunately, I’m not a moonbat who un-ironically parrots mindless buzzwords!)

But did you know that before these magazines became endless pages of endless photos of boy bands and hot male celebrities, that they actually contained substantive articles—or at least more “substantive” by today’s standards (or lack thereof)?

Let’s take a look back at one of these teen magazines, back when the “Happiest Place on Earth” (at least in Florida) was still in its infancy, and back when such magazines insisted that it was the most trendy place for a "groovy" teen to be.

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Magic Ears Dudebro Reviews: Deadpool 2

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Superhero movies have undergone a massive tonal shift within the past decade. Since 2008's The Dark Knight, most have tried to maintain a "super serious" tone of dark and gritty realism.

This has been especially true of the current DCEU movies, whose attempts to remain "super serious" have come across as less than serious, and if their overall ratings and box office numbers are an indicator, that has been much to their detriment.

Even the MCU movies, which have otherwise consistently maintained a more light-hearted tone, have attempted to delve into darker subject material with movies such as Captain America: Winter Soldier and Thor: The Dark World.

But within the past five years, filmmakers have apparently asked themselves "Why so serious?", as they have since shifted the tone of their movies in the opposite direction, with many movies willfully embracing the camp of their original material.

This has certainly been evident with movies such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man, but has also been true with their more "serious" movies such as Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War, both of which have incorporated gratuitous comedic relief within their otherwise "serious" storylines.

But overall, this more comedic tonal shift within the superhero zeitgeist has manifested itself and climaxed within 2016's Deadpool.

This laugh riot of a comedy subverts the traditional superhero formula and mocks it relentlessly with plenty of irreverent humor, sexual innuendo, fourth wall breaks, and of course, gratuitous gore and violence.

Deadpool is by far my favorite non-MCU superhero movie. So when I heard that they were making a sequel, I was both excited yet equally hesitant.

After all, the first movie succeeded so well because its comedic subversion of superhero films was a fresh take on the genre. But how well can the same joke be told twice?

So the questions remains about whether or not this movie is just as good as the original? Does Deadpool 2 surpass the first movie, or is the second verse the same as the first?

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Fan Art Friday: The Merc With The Mouth


Deadpool 2 was recently released in theaters, and...eh, I've embarrassingly have yet to see it. I'll try to within the next week and have a movie review of it. Until then, here is some awesome fan art featuring our favorite chimichanga-eating "Merc With The Mouth."

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