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

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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

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

Origins: Dumbo

Historically, circuses were a way of exposing a largely hometown-bound public to exotic animals they would never see in the wild, and shows have always tried to outdo each other in spectacle and novelty. In 1941, Disney asked, "What could be more novel than a flying elephant?" and released its classic film, Dumbo. In 2019, Tim Burton … Continue reading Origins: Dumbo

Origins: Mary Poppins Returns

Full disclosure: I was all set to announce that this would be the last installment in the Origins series, because there are only so many ways to say today's Hollywood mostly stinks. However, that was before I peeked at what's lined up for next year. Put it this way: 2019 may reveal whole new levels … Continue reading Origins: Mary Poppins Returns

Origins: Robin Hood

Robin Hood is notorious. He robs from the rich to give to the poor. He can shoot arrows like nobody's business. And he lives rent-free in the heads of Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham. He's a folk hero and a staple of English letters like King Arthur. He's also been done to death … Continue reading Origins: Robin Hood

Origins: A Star Is Born

They remade A Star Is Born. Again. The current version stars Lady Gaga (credited as her real name, Stefani Germanotta) portraying rising star Ally, while Bradley Cooper plays Jackson Maine, mega country star who helps Ally get her start, even as his own career is hitting the skids. If the story arcs the way its predecessors … Continue reading Origins: A Star Is Born

Origins: Lizzie

We've all heard the playground song, "Lizzie Borden took an axe, and gave her mother forty whacks," right? I don't know if kids still sing that, but if they do, I have to wonder if they know where the chant came from, or who Lizzie Borden was. For those who are unfamiliar with her, Lizzie … Continue reading Origins: Lizzie

Origins: Sharks, Sharks Everywhere

We all know how sinister predators seem to be a real thing in summertime flicks. Maybe it's because summer is when people go camping or to the beach or something--it's an imagined feeling of impending doom. There's not much that compares to watching a roller-coaster of a disaster movie, armed with popcorn and Milk Duds, … Continue reading Origins: Sharks, Sharks Everywhere

Origins: Mission Impossible

Another reboot. Oh, Hollywood, how you do toy with us. No, really, you do. Stop it. Well, to be fair, Mission Impossible: Fallout isn't a reboot, but the latest in the long-running M:I film series. Which is an adaptation of the TV show. Which had its first run from 1967 until 1973, and which was then resuscitated from 1988 … Continue reading Origins: Mission Impossible