The School for Good and Evil is a fun fantasy movie with a surprising amount of narrative depth while also being goofy, self-indulgent, and occasionally seriously questionable. I’ll spend some time ragging on it, mostly for its botched train wreck of an ending, but if you want an escapist movie full of fairy tale shenanigans, this has some promise. Read the whole review to see what I mean.
We all have idle wonders. Things we think we want to know about other people. But what if, helped by some magic berries, we could discover the truth? How many would you eat? What would you do with the rest?
Independent filmmaking is an important part of American cinema. Films that aren’t tied to massive budgets or governed by large studios tend to be more free to take risks and explore new possibilities of stories and their telling.
No matter the dimension, there’s paperwork. There’s bureaucracy. Sometimes it’s a necessary evil. Even weird magical things can have laws.
The world is so much bigger than we think. The skies stretch higher than most ever go, and the deepest depths of the ocean and Earth have never met human eyes.
No matter the world, there are mischievous children. Adventurous scamps that do things their parents don’t know about.
In a lighthearted Friday Fiction, we’ll meet one of them. Her name is Serela, and she’s on a quest. It might be past her bedtime, but she’s committed.
Oh good, you’re back. We needed you to finish this one. Brandon Scott may have placed the world, but it’s you exploring it.
Today, dear reader, we have a stylistic experiment. An interesting way to present a story. For those who don’t know, a “second person” narrative is a story told as if you were the main character.
Encanto is peak cinema. That’s a hot take, but it’s hard to argue against a movie made with this level of care, skill, and storytelling effort.
For those that don’t know, genre functions mostly as a marketing vehicle. It’s there to help sell it to the right customer base. That’s not to diminish your favorite genre, or any genre: that’s simply their base function.
Frequent readers will be familiar with my love of Magic: The Gathering. But I’ve recently been playing the Pokémon TCG. And, for your entertainment, I’ll dispense some of my initial impressions of the game.
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