Origins: A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood

When Mister Rogers' name comes up, people invariably smile. So do I. Fred Rogers was an unfailingly pleasant part of many Americans' childhoods. It was a comforting thing to see him come through the door, go to the closet, change his coat for a cardigan and leather street shoes for sneakers, all the while singing, … Continue reading Origins: A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood

Origins: Midway

When I heard there was going to be a movie about Midway, I thought, "Cool!" It's not a topic that's been delved into much in Hollywood, probably because it wasn't as high-profile as Pearl Harbor or Iwo Jima, although it was extremely important to the Pacific theater. My dad's stepdad was at Midway--he was a … Continue reading Origins: Midway

Origins: Harriet

Here's something completely different: A Harriet Tubman movie. I don't know why this woman hasn't been featured in films sooner and more often. Her story has it all--intrigue, espionage, and stealth, with a whole lot of moxie. So yeah, it's about time. Harriet Tubman wasn't the only slave who successfully ran to freedom, and she … Continue reading Origins: Harriet

Be God’s

On September 20, 1997, I was at home reading my e-mail and saw Danl Blackwood's name pop up. My mouse cursor jumped to open it. I was on Danl's Rich Mullins mailing list, where he kept fans up to date on Rich news, interviews, concert schedules, and so on. Danl always had something fun for … Continue reading Be God’s

Pint-sized Poe

It seems I can't get out of October without looking at the work of Edgar Allan Poe, and this year's finding is the 2013 animated anthology, Extraordinary Tales. I discovered this little Raul Garcia product on Netflix, and while it's not the best adaptation of Poe's stories, it's still a fascinating film. Parents beware, though: Extraordinary Tales might be … Continue reading Pint-sized Poe

Origins: The Addams Family

Let's get one thing out of the way first: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZ5IWRz78DY You're welcome. Good luck getting it out of your head (chuckles fiendishly). So yeah, there's a new Addams Family movie coming out. Among the many voices bringing the characters to life this time around are Poe Dameron as Gomez, Will from Stranger Things as Puggsley, Snoop Dogg from Compton … Continue reading Origins: The Addams Family

Origins: Joker

Another superhero movie? Groan. Oh, wait. We're talking about a villain this time. Still "Groan." Catwoman got there first, guys. Every Batfan knows who the Joker is. Even non-Batfans know who the Joker is. He's been around long enough. The guy is iconic. He's also highly malleable. But we'll get to that. This began as … Continue reading Origins: Joker

Origins: Spider-Man: Far From Home

Another Spider-Man movie. How many of these have we had so far? Well, I guess Batman and Superman have had more, but Spider-Man is hot on their heels. The latest installment is Spider-Man: Far From Home, which stars Tom Holland as the title character, Zendaya as Mary Jane (only called MJ this time around) and … Continue reading Origins: Spider-Man: Far From Home

Origins: Yesterday

We've all heard of the Beatles. That goes without saying. Today's bands have to be some kind of something to be compared to them, and even if they're not, it's not uncommon to bask in Beatle glow (Bay City Rollers, anyone?). But what if someone woke up in a world where no one had heard … Continue reading Origins: Yesterday

Shamedown #5: I Don’t Know How She Does It

Hard to believe we're halfway through the year already, but Shamedown #5 is upon us. For anyone who would like to know what a Shamedown is, please visit Cinema Shame. It's fitting that I picked this movie for one of this year's Shamedowns, because a couple of months ago I got a job with a neighboring … Continue reading Shamedown #5: I Don’t Know How She Does It

Origins: Godzilla: King of the Monsters

I'll be honest: Godzilla isn't really on my radar. I mean, I know about the character and how he's a huge deal in Japan and all, but my experience with him amounts to this itty-bitty epic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5R-rbzcEM8A Yep. Godzilla and Bambi were memes before memes were a thing. Anywhoo, on to the upcoming movie. It … Continue reading Origins: Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Origins: Aladdin

Ah, yes, another live action Disney remake. Yay. The 1992 original, of course, featured the often-missed Robin Williams as the Genie, as well as Scott Weinger as the titular character and charming songs like the Oscar-winning "A Whole New World," sung by Lea Salonga and Brad Kane. It still holds up today, but Remake Fever … Continue reading Origins: Aladdin