Category Archives: On Storytelling

“Arrival” Trailer looks like it’s just what we need

Something that just came across my radar is the trailer for a new film titled “Arrival” which was released last Tuesday by Paramount Pictures. Obviously trailers are only a contorted glimpse of the final film, and marketing teams have been known to botch how a film is presented in its trailers before (eg, the “Lady

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Examples Explaining Why Kusanagi Needs to be Japanese

As of late there’s been a lot more ado about Scarlett Johansson portraying Major Kusanagi in the upcoming Ghost in the Shell live action movie. I try not to shy away from controversial topics on this website, and the portrayal of characters in film as a difference race than in their source material is something

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The Value of a Cigarette

Debate is heating up about the recent announcement from Disney that is banning smoking from their films. Conversation has been pretty interesting, with lots of people commenting on how smoking can add to a character. Wolverine, J. Jonah Jameson, and the Punisher were examples given from comic books, but hundreds of other examples from other

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The Changing Setting of Civilization

I’m a big fan of the webcomic XKCD. Recently, Randall posted this comic showing the relationship of when a story was published vs how many years (forwards or backwards) the story is set. It’s might be a little puzzling at first, but let’s look at some examples to help us make sense of it. Take

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When it comes to Harper Lee’s book, does Harper Lee matter?

Everyone is surprised and excited about Harper Lee’s new book, Go Set a Watchman, but with controversy surrounding her real intentions (whether she actually wants the book published or is being used by others) I found myself asking: does what Harper Lee actually want, think, or feel really matter? My brain pondered the startling and

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Jimmy Olsen and the Great & Pointless Freakout

There have been a number of roles in the comicbook/superhero genre that, as stories continue to get adapted into other media, have seen themselves changed in ethnicity. Heimdall and Hogun from Thor, Nick Fury in The Avengers, Major Kusanagi in the upcoming Ghost in the Shell, and now Jimmy Olsen joins their ranks with the

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