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Sixty-two years ago today, J.R.R. Tolkien changed the landscape of fantasy fiction when The Fellowship of the Ring was published. The historical relevance and cultural impact of this book cannot be overstated, as it not only paved the way for a new generation of fantasy writers and readers but it also continues to influence various forms of media as well as the social consciousness of the general public to this very day.
Originally, The Lord of the Rings was supposed to have been one long novel sub-divided into six sections he called “books,” but the publisher instead chose to divide it into three separate novels that formed the trilogy we now know and love.
I’ve been following internet personality Chris Thompson on his blog as well as his various social media channels for some time now – both YouTube channels, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat. No, he’s not exactly a famous celebrity, but he has built up a fairly good internet presence and a solid following as a YouTube star who can also sing.
Admittedly, I was initially enticed to follow him because I encountered one of his vlogs and I found him very attractive. The more I watched his many videos, however, the more I saw he was more than just a pretty face; he was a man with a lot of very good things to say.
Melissa McCarthy as Abby Yates and Kristen Wiig as Erin Gilbert are ostensibly the main stars of the Ghostbusters ensemble, if only because the work of the characters was the root of the entire enterprise and their old friendship is the emotional core of the film. They also acted as the de facto leaders of the group when it became fully-formed, if only because Holtmann was mostly interested in building machines (oh, there go those misogynists’ heads exploding at the thought that a woman is actually capable of engineering) and Tolan was a non-science outsider who just joined later on.
So this past weekend, during the San Diego Comic-Con, DC dropped several trailers for its TV and movie franchises, along with lots of surprises for its comics and video game businesses. Thousands of fans wet themselves with joy at all the goodies that DC has given us.
Well, news about the CW’s long-runing, highly successful shared TVverse of Arrow, Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and (now) Supergirl is always great, especially since they dropped trailers for the upcoming seasons of the first three. More previews of Injustice 2 were also shown (including the first look at the somewhat mannish IJ2 Wonder Woman as well as Blue Beetle 3).
However, the awesome DC movie trailers from Warner Bros. eclipsed all of that.
Ghostbusters pays great respect to its predecessor while making its own distinct mark.
All naysayers who booed the movie without even seeing it just because the leads are all women can just kiss some ectoplasmic ass. We pay them no heed.
Was it perfect? No. There were occasional pacing issues and a few jokes fell flat. However, it was still generally hilarious, with fairly smart humor peppered with a little slapstick.
Forty-one years ago today, the Beatles released in the UK one of my favorite songs ever in their discography. Nothing more needs to be said.
The new Ghostbusters movie has been the subject of much misogynistic controversy since the all-female cast was announced last year. I had wanted to write about the issue more in-depth, particularly around how these entitled privileged white males are pretending it’s simply about the legacy of the original when it’s really about how insecure they are with their penis size.
When you’re approaching forty and your 20ish boyfriend wants to go clubbing.