Why Avatar: The Last Airbender is Timeless

Nickelodeon was a children’s network established in the late 1970s. It’s most popular content was in the 1990s where we saw the likes of Hey! Arnold!, Doug, Ren and Stimpy, and of course, Rugrats. What do all of these shows have in common? All are mostly comedies surrounding kids in real-life situations. All of these shows were fantastic in their own right, and deserve to be covered in another feature. As we moved into the early 2000s, we see more comedies with SpongeBob SquarePants, Jimmy Neutron, and Fairly Odd Parents. The year is 2002, and Nick wants to branch out and add an action-adventure series. Enter Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. The two were tasked with creating something new and exciting for the network, and in just one month, they created the greatest series ever put on television. Continue reading “Why Avatar: The Last Airbender is Timeless”

High School Musical 2 Review

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Yes, we’re back with another High School Musical review. If you haven’t already, check out my review of the first film here. Now, HSM was far from a perfect movie. The characters are evil, the music while catchy, suffers from too much autotune. The script could’ve been much tighter, etc. All that said, it was still and enjoyable little movie. HSM 2 has all the same problems as the first film, but with one key difference. It forgot to be fun. Continue reading “High School Musical 2 Review”

HAMILTON: Motifs and the Art of Musical Narrative

How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Carribean, by providence, impoverished, in squalor, turn out to be a bridge between two worlds? Lin-Manuel Miranda turned the ten-dollar founding father into a broadway hit. Now, I can spend time talking about how great Hamilton is, and we all will have a great time. But instead, how about we talk about WHY it’s so great? Hamilton does a lot of things musically that you might not necessarily notice, but it adds to the viewing/listening experience. Let’s take a shot and see what makes Alexander Hamilton so unique. Continue reading “HAMILTON: Motifs and the Art of Musical Narrative”

Review: HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL

With the launch of Disney+, we have the wonderful world of Disney at our finger tips. This is a perfect time to watch… High School Musical.

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Since the launch of Disney+, I’ve been revisiting some movies and shows from my childhood. This includes a host of Disney Channel original movies. So, today, we’re going to start with the crown jewel of Disney Channel movies, High School Musical. It’s time to getcha head in the game, Wild Cats!

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Martin Scorsese and the Dangers of Elitism

The art of film is a wonderful thing. It shows us the beauty of life, the troubles of man, and can inspire us to be more than we are. The film medium is full of many different genres. For those of us who are want a good scare, you turn to horror. If you want to laugh, you watch a comedy. If you want to watch fun action and spectacle, you watch a Marvel movie. Film takes on many forms, and means different things to different people. The problem is when we decide that a curtain genre is no longer “film” and force our views on others. Continue reading “Martin Scorsese and the Dangers of Elitism”