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War for the Planet of the Apes: Bleakness without Cynicism

The quiet moments in War for Planet of the Apes surprised me. Bleak stories like this movie can easily veer very sharply off into cynicism. Moments of joy or hope get cut horrifically short because it’s “realistic.” To quote a … Continue reading

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Mowgli’s Heroism: A Rebuttal to MAN(Cub) OF STEEL

The Jungle Book’s climax was certainly one of mass destruction. One that Andrew Todd of Birth.Movies.Death. found to be frustratingly similar to Man of Steel’s. [I]t’s incredible to me, so soon after that film’s release, that more people apparently haven’t … Continue reading

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A Close Read of the Elephant Scene (The Jungle Book 2016)

As a whole, The Jungle Book is a wonderfully structured film. Cause and effect build organically against each other, with the environment and character motivations weaving together in an elaborate dance. So it is a bold statement to say that … Continue reading

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Sympathetic Villains – Maul, Fisk, and Jul ‘Mdama

Tumblr user scribbleymark wrote a brief analysis on (“formerly Darth, now just“) Maul and how he is somehow able to be a sympathetic character despite doing incredibly horrible deeds. The key to making Vader and Kylo Ren redeemable is that … Continue reading

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Bagheera’s Expanded Role – The Jungle Book (2016)

The thing that I recall most fondly about the 1967 Disney animated movie is Bagheera the panther. Maybe it was because of the character’s sleek design (I’ve always liked that aesthetic), or maybe it was because of his sense of … Continue reading

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Peter Jackson’s King Kong: A Female-Lead Adventure Film?

When I first watched this movie in the theater, I did not like it. It dragged on for far too long, had that bizarre romance, and the whole bit with the natives was all sorts of wrong. Ten years on, I … Continue reading

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