Star Wars sequels meet exhilarating end with Rise of Skywalker

NOTE: This is a spoiler-free review, until the final paragraph where I ramble on my spoiler-filled thoughts. Thursday marked the culmination of not only the Star Wars saga, but also an era in my Star Wars fandom. The trailer for the latest and final installment, The Rise of Skywalker, started with a short montage of … Continue reading Star Wars sequels meet exhilarating end with Rise of Skywalker

Oral History: Behind the Scenes of Braintrust Productions

Nicky G. Bum Squad. Oh We Rollin. The following article is an oral history of the Braintrust Productions (a.k.a. Wootton XC videos) and their impact on all those involved over the memorable span of three years and six films.  Each section (with the exception of the conclusion) contains a YouTube link to the corresponding video.  … Continue reading Oral History: Behind the Scenes of Braintrust Productions

Star Wars IX trailer gives glimpse of greatness

With new titles such as Us capturing the attention of viewers at the box office and others like Avengers: Endgame leaving fans bristling in anticipation for their releases, one prominent movie franchise has faded from the forefront of the public consciousness, Star Wars. That changed today when Disney, fresh off the heels of announcing their … Continue reading Star Wars IX trailer gives glimpse of greatness

Us provides audiences doses of thrill, imagination, and reality

Note: This is a spoiler-free review. In a recent interview with MTV that I saw on YouTube, Jordan Peele, the director of the horror film Us, was posed the question of whether he’s received any offers to direct movies for popular franchises. His response was perfect. “I did get a lot of amazing opportunities. In … Continue reading Us provides audiences doses of thrill, imagination, and reality

Into the Spider-Verse welcomes audiences to new dimension of superhero movies

Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse is the fourth Spiderman franchise to hit the big screen, and it seems to know it. The movie, produced primarily by Sony, both plays off the traditional backstory of the Peter Parker character as well as slips in references to the original movies. But Into the Spider-Verse’s acknowledgement of the movies … Continue reading Into the Spider-Verse welcomes audiences to new dimension of superhero movies

Building the ultimate movie character cross country squad

Distance running may be an individual discipline, but there’s no arguing against cross country is a team sport. The best XC teams at any level not only have strong top runners, but have depth among their other varsity athletes that allows them to close gaps and finish with miniscule point totals. This concept of an … Continue reading Building the ultimate movie character cross country squad