Movies

Killmonger’s Rage: Thoughts on the Wakadan Moral Quandary

Warning: This post contains spoilers. At several points during my first viewing of Ryan Coogler’s masterpiece Black Panther, I felt a tiny bit of my emotional allegiance shift from T’Challa to Killmonger. I don’t mean allegiance to Killmonger’s methods, which are unquestionably evil. I mean the sociopolitical philosophy behind those methods. I still rooted for Continue Reading…

Movies

Bright means Darkness for the Hollywood Establishment

Netflix’s new film Bright is game-changing in a number of regards, most of which must be frightening for the occupants of corner offices all over southern California. First Neflix paid $90 million to outbid Warner Bros/MGM and PalmStar for the rights to the film, including $4 million just for the script. This will permanently raise Continue Reading…

Technology

Amazon Drive was Never What I Hoped For

This morning I awoke to an email from Amazon announcing that it is no longer offering unlimited cloud storage. While this move is unsurprising, the email that delivered the news was off-putting. It was sent in the middle of the night and was tersely worded. It didn’t apologize for the inconvenience of having to move Continue Reading…

Writing

What is Urban Fantasy?

To effectively answer this question, two issues must be addressed: 1. What, in this context, does the word Urban denote? 2. What is the greatest commonality in Urban Fantasy stories? Let’s start with the category’s Wikipedia page. At the time of writing, it contained the following definition: “Urban fantasy is a subgenre of fantasy defined Continue Reading…