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All Aboard the World of Tomorrow!: Tomorrowland Review

Disney’s Tomorrowland may be the most hyped movie of the year that no one really knew what to expect. It’s not a sequel, remake, or reimagining, rather it’s an original sci-fi concept, a rarity in the modern summer blockbuster season.                 The plot for what little can be revealed without spoiling, concerns a teenage girl Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) a curious and imaginative almost-prodigy who discovers a strange pin that transports her to a utopian futuristic society every time she touches it. Finding out it’s a real place called Tomorrowland she sets out to find it with a younger girl from there, Athena (Raffey Cassidy). They also team up with a former child inventor Frank Walker (George Clooney) who has a connection to Athena and Tomorrowland from his own childhood in the 60’s and believes Casey may be able to save it. There is quite a bit to admire about this movie, so first I’m going to get to its problems. For all its originality there are a lot of pl…

The End of an Era: Good Night Dave!

David Letterman went off the air last night after thirty-five years as a talk show host. And many may not realize it but it is an important shift in television history. From 1982-1993 he hosted the first incarnation of Late Night on NBC developed especially for him as a follow-up to Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. Since 1993 he has hosted The Late Show on CBS. And yeah his show has been fairly generic as of late but still every so often boasted better writing, interviews, and jokes than the Jimmys for example. And his sense of humour was really terrific especially back in the day. It’s what got him a number of guest-hosting gigs on the Tonight Show before his own started and there his wise-cracking and self-deprecating style developed into something fairly unique. He also like Carson, took risks at his show pulling off various random stunts and comedy bits, idiosyncratic segments some getting him in trouble, like jokingly interrupting another NBC show in the middle of their broadcast. A…

Kids Shows Aren't What They Used to be: Is That a Bad Thing?

If you’ve been on the internet long enough to read this, chances are you’ll have seen memes and comments and tumblr threads declaring that kids shows aren’t as good as they used to be. That the shows that aired when we were younger were smarter, funnier, and more fun. But nostalgia is a powerful thing that can dilute quality in favour of what was popular or just on TV at the time. And the internet thrives on nostalgia for classic cartoon shows that many look to as shaping their youth and being superior to what mindless kids have to put up with today. And there were plenty of great kids shows over the years. There are of course the classics from Warner Bros. and Hanna Barbera that made up the bulk of shows I legitimately enjoyed: Looney Tunes, Scooby-Doo, The Jetsons, and Flintstones. But the show’s most often used to exemplify the glory days of kids TV are usually from the 80s and 90s, many especially from the 80s bar the likes of Transformers, Ninja Turtles, and Real Ghostbusters I ha…

Why May 2015 Will Be the Age of Ultron

This is probably a movie most will see regardless of this review. Avengers: Age of Ultron is one of the most hyped films of the year and is bound to be a box office juggernaut. But does it live up to the hype?             Not quite, but lower your pitchforks that’s not to say it’s not a great movie (it’s just been hyped to the extreme). In this sequel, Earth’s mightiest heroes join forces again when Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) creates an artificial intelligence designed to save the human race. The result is a being known as Ultron (James Spader) who immediately causes this plan to backfire by deciding to exterminate humankind, calling for the Avengers to rally against him. Ultron possesses immense technological power and commands an army of robotic Iron suits making it very difficult for the Avengers to defeat him. The film hits a great balance in terms of its audience. Though many who see it will likely have seen at least a few Marvel films prior, this is both parts fan service and…