Doctor Strange: Four Ways to Conjure a New Door When Another Closes

Doctor Strange: Four Ways to Conjure a New Door When Another Closes

Man, Doctor Strange was just magical, wasn’t it? The fans and critics agree. I’d give you my own review, but pieces of my brain are still floating around in an alternate dimension. It simultaneously accomplishes molding a mystical world to fit the aesthetic of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, adds a whole new dimension to said universe (literally), and manages to be a damn entertaining adventure to boot. Since I’m talking about it here though, there are some motivational lessons to be found in it too. Doctor Stephen Strange, in both the…

The Motivational Morals of Mothra (Godzilla)

The Motivational Morals of Mothra (Godzilla)

Let’s talk about the illustrious immense insect of the Godzilla franchise: Mothra. She occupies a peculiar place in the pantheon of giant monsters: She’s undoubtedly one of the top five most recognizable kaiju of film (behind King Kong and Godzilla, of course) and is very popular with women. However, she catches derision from many male fans because, well, she’s a giant butterfly who protects the Earth and communicates through tiny fairies. Some are probably wondering why I’m talking about some lame bug when I could gush about the King of the…

Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger: The Power to Seize Dreams

Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger: The Power to Seize Dreams

“On a search for adventure and excitement, these youths went on a journey through the universe. They faced the Space Empire Zangyack and took the title of ‘pirates’. They are…Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger!” It’s high time Super Sentai made its way into this blog. For those who don’t know, it’s a Japanese tokusatsu show about teams of brightly-colored spandex heroes fighting with martial arts and colossal mecha. If that sounds familiar, it’s because the battle scenes are adapted for Power Rangers. It’s also much, much better. Starting with Himitsu Sentai Gorenger in 1975,…

Neville Longbottom: From Bumbler to Badass

Neville Longbottom: From Bumbler to Badass

After taking a few years off following the seventh book, J.K. Rowling fired up the Harry Potter hype train and drove out of Platform 9¾ at warp speed. Pottermore launched (still think that name is weird), the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child stage play entered production (complete with a generous helping of nerd racism), and Warner Bros. announced the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film (why there is a film based on one of Harry’s textbooks is beyond me). Supposedly, Niantic secured the rights for a Pokémon Go-style mobile game. The franchise is…

5 Lessons from Star Trek’s Wisest Captain

5 Lessons from Star Trek’s Wisest Captain

Normally in a keyword chasing blog post about a long-lived franchise getting a new movie, someone would comment on the hype train surrounding the film or why it’s ‘never been better to be an [insert film here] fan!’ I just can’t say that about Star Trek. Ever since Star Trek Enterprise slumped in ratings and into cancellation, the last two decades have not been kind to the franchise. The fandom is alive and well, but it’s not the crackling worldwide phenomenon it used to be. Sure, the Abrams movies kept the franchise…

Icons of Motivation: Linkle (Legend of Zelda)

Icons of Motivation: Linkle (Legend of Zelda)

Me being the characteristically Slowpoke gamer that I am, I sat out the initial Wii U release of the Legend of Zelda/Dynasty Warriors sorta-crossover Hyrule Warriors. I finally joined the battle in June when I needed entertainment for a plane ride to Alaska for my bestie’s wedding. DLC is planned through the end of the year though so I say it’s still relevant to discuss. The frenetic hack ‘n’ slash gameplay plus delectably gratuitous Zelda fanservice of Hyrule Warriors hooked me instantly, but early on, something else caught my eye: a crossbow-toting farm girl who…

All I Need to Know, I Learned from Gurren Lagann

All I Need to Know, I Learned from Gurren Lagann

It’s high time for post about the spectacularly exhilarating masterpiece of the mecha anime genre, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. If you haven’t noticed from past posts or the Facebook page, I’m a huge fan. The very name of this blog is a reference to the anime series that defined my life’s philosophy as an adult. I have a recreation of Kamina’s tattoos on my left arm, to always remind me of the lessons it taught me and the emotions it made me feel. If you haven’t watched the show, I implore…

The Avengers Ideal (No Civil War Spoilers)

The Avengers Ideal (No Civil War Spoilers)

It goes without saying that Captain America: Civil War hype has reached a fever pitch. Television spots play at every commercial break. The #CivilWar hashtag buzzes across Twitter. The advance reviews are in, and like a complete reversal of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, it boasts near-universal acclaim (98% as of this writing). Box office records are predicted to be broken. Hell, the trailer alone boasted a record 100 million views within 24 hours of uploading. So far ee have enjoyed two team up films, but now the Avengers are…

5 Bits of Batman’s Timeless Wisdom

5 Bits of Batman’s Timeless Wisdom

After an examination of lessons to be learned from Superman, it’s only fair during this time of Batman v. Superman hype to spend some time with the Dark Knight of Gotham. Interpretations of Batman seem to varying much more wildly than Superman. After all, this is a character that has both the endearing camp of the Adam West series, pioneer of the grimdark era of comics The Dark Knight Returns, and the fourth wall breaking lunacy of Batman: The Brave and the Bold as equally recognizable and significant eras of the franchise….

Icons of Motivation: Superman

Icons of Motivation: Superman

“Dreams save us. Dreams lift us up and transform us. And on my soul I swear… until my dream of a world where dignity, honor and justice becomes the reality we all share… I’ll never stop fighting. Ever.”—Superman, What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice, and the American Way? These days, it seems to be the “cool” thing to hate on Superman. Whether it be his Lawful Good, Boy Scout morality, powers far exceeding other heroes, or a seeming impossibility to relate to him, he receives more than his fair share…