Well, as John Oliver rightly noted, 2016 was not a good year. And while I’ll do my best to keep updating this space, regular readers (if there is such a thing) can vouch that I’ve been lacking in posts; mostly because it feels like the world is falling apart. (I say this not as a wholly political statement; for instance, Alan Thicke and Florence Henderson and George Michael have passed while I’ve been working on this draft. Update: Carrie Fisher, too.) But with that said, entertainment is often a good way to express discontent with the current political and social climate, and can often serve as a distraction from, well, our impending doom. So enough prologue: I humbly submit the winners and losers of the entertainment world that were on my radar in 2016.
Emmy nominations are nearly out for the 2016 telecast, so I thought I’d make a quick post for what shows and actors I would nominate, if I were lucky enough to have a ballot. Feel free to disagree or make suggestions in the comments. Continue reading →
In many ways, 2015 was pre-ordained to be a massive year. After a down year at the box office in 2014, pundits predicted 2015 would be huge, given the releases of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the final “Hunger Games” movie, and “Jurassic World.” And (for those that have been released), those movies delivered well at the box office (including “World” setting an opening weekend record, and then, you know, “Star Wars” demolishing it.). But there were a number of pleasant surprises that pundits didn’t see coming, and that’s what made 2015 quite an impressive year for entertainment. These are my favorite pieces of entertainment from 2015, presented in no particular order, but, for sake of readability, I’ve broken my list down by categories. Let me know what I missed, or what you enjoyed, in the comments. And, as always, thank you for reading this blog – and I hope you’ll stay with me in 2016. Continue reading →
There are few things in life that I’ve enjoyed as much over the past thirty-two years as The Legend of Zelda. The original Nintendo incarnation, its SNES successor, and the magical N64-based Ocarina of Time all became instant classics in my house. I grew up on the games, and even the cheesy cartoon show:
I love the mythology: the Gorons, the Zoras, the Triforce itself (balancing courage, wisdom, and power). There was a solid week in college where I played Zelda and did basically nothing else. (Don’t worry, Mom and Dad, I had already handed in my thesis and taken my finals.) If Zelda’s not my favorite entertainment property of all-time, it’s pretty close. Everyone loved Mario and Bowser; the cool kids loved Link and Ganon.
My dream NES
For years, I’ve advocated for an 8-episode TV series. A movie wouldn’t be able to fully capture the totality of the story (Link’s humble beginnings, discovering he is the hero of time, learning the history of the master sword, fighting in various dungeons, and, of course, ultimately rescuing Princess Zelda from the clutches of Ganon(dorf)). But a TV show, done right, could explore the Link and Zelda relationship, introduce Navi, explore various lands and dungeons and weapons, and have a satisfying conclusion. Today, my dream is one step closer to becoming a reality.