I recently completed my first trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida as an adult. My last trip to “the happiest place on Earth” was as a fourteen-year-old kid- back when Disney’s Hollywood Studios was called MGM and way before Star Wars or Avatar had anything to do with the parks. This trip allowed … More My Ten Favorite Walt Disney World Rides
During the 1950s and 60s musicals were hugely popular on the big screen. Actors like Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire tapped their way into the hearts of American film-goers. However, the ones doing the real leg-work (ha, sorry), were the dancing divas. From Ann-Margaret to Cyd Charisse, these women brought entertainment through their nimble footwork … More Nostalgia Head: Mid-Century Hollywood Dance Queens
Journalist Nellie Bly became famous in the late 1800s for her investigative and adventurous stories published primarily in New York World newspaper. Early in her career Bly went undercover to get the stories of female factory workers and later feigned insanity in order to by committed to an asylum, writing about the experience in her piece … More Let’s Play “Round the World with Nellie Bly”
The Mummy is one of those movies that isn’t exactly good, but darned if you don’t love it anyway. With lovable leads like Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz, it’s almost cute. Add centuries-old resurrected corpses to keep you on the edge of your seat and a dash Indian Jones and you say to yourself, “Sure, I’ll … More Nostalgia Head: The Mummy (1999)
At seven years old, nothing wound me down after a long day of learning cursive and playing kick-ball, like coming home to my favorite computer game, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?. As an ACME Detective Agency agent, I was puttin’ villains around the globe behind bars left and right. All in the ultimate search to … More Nostalgia Head: Where in the World… did the Carmen Sandiego games go?
If I had to chose a personal favorite among Hayao Miyazaki’s films, it would probably be Howl’s Moving Castle. In fact, it’s a personal all-time favorite film. This was the first Miyazaki film that I saw, freshman year of college, and watching Howl’s, a door opened and I couldn’t consume Miyazaki’s works fast enough. Rewatching it a few … More Miyazaki Rewatch: Howl’s Moving Castle
Avoiding the cold weather over the weekend, I decided they best way to spend a Sunday indoors was to watch some of my favorite anime classics. Kiki’s was the first DVD I popped in and realized that it had been years since I’ve watched many Miyazaki films. Rewatching these movies is a new experience and, I’ve found, … More Miyazaki Rewatch: Kiki’s Delivery Service
I’m not sure what sparked my memory, but I recently found myself thinking about Playmobil’s Victorian house. I coveted this toy playhouse as a child, drooling over the dormer windows and old-world feel on the glossy pages of the Playmobil catalog and hoping my parents would surprise me for Christmas.
“A Stranger Things Christmas”- something you probably didn’t know you needed in your life. Leigh Lahav and Oren Mendez created this short video for Youtube channel OnlyLeigh, where Lahav animates shorts clips of shows and pop culture. In this video Will Byers has returned from the Upside Down. Feeling altered, he turns to his friends.
There’s a consensus about Stranger Things that everyone reviewing the show on the internet has somehow magically come to: a Spielberg/Stephen King, 80’s homage to genre entertainment. It’s a decent description for the show, but a bit of a generalization. There are a number of tropes pulled from 80’s movies: bikes, bike lights, forests, flashlights, guys in … More Stranger Things: Kickin’ it old school and keepin’ it weird
Ernest Cline’s breakout novel, an ejaculation of everything nerds could ever wish for in one place, is set to be adapted into a film under the direction of Steven Spielberg. Spielberg is a breakout director whose previous credits include some relatively unknown titles like, Indiana Jones, Jaws, E.T., and Jurassic Park. Ready Player One takes place in … More Spielberg Directing Ready Player One: My Entire Life Has Built Up to this Moment