Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995)

What is the effect of nostalgia on a movie? Does it lend credibility to form and function? Or does it provide a nice impetus for enjoyment, but loses its luster soon after? Such a question begs consideration when sitting down to watch this feature-length adaption of the famous media franchise, whether it is your first … Continue reading Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995)

Stranger Things Season 4, Chapter 9: The Piggyback

*Spoilers* Should a show like Stranger Things ever have a happy ending? Should all the loose-ends be tied up neatly? As a serial, it is defined by the cliffhanger, and therefore decides to leave as much unresolved as wrapped up. Director: Matt Duffer, Ross DufferWriters: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer, Caitlin SchneiderhanRuntime: 150 minutesUS Release:  July 1, 2022; Netflix There … Continue reading Stranger Things Season 4, Chapter 9: The Piggyback

Stranger Things Season 4, Chapter 8: Papa

*Spoilers* Chapter Eight is about as bland as its title. But considering how the finale promises to be more than explosive, it’s not the worst content in the world. Nonetheless, after seven episodes ranging from solid to stellar, “Papa” overstays its welcome and becomes the first episode to not justify its runtime. Director: Matt Duffer, Ross … Continue reading Stranger Things Season 4, Chapter 8: Papa

Stranger Things Season 4, Chapter 7: The Massacre at Hawkins Lab

*Spoilers* Chapter Seven is a long one, yet never feels frivolous; the Duffer Brothers finally accept that Mike and Will’s side-quest is not the most important needle to thread. Rightful attention is directed to Hopper’s Soviet struggles; Upside Down adventures; and Eleven overcoming the Nina Project. Each of these stories has always offered variance in … Continue reading Stranger Things Season 4, Chapter 7: The Massacre at Hawkins Lab

Stranger Things Season 4, Chapter 5: The Nina Project

*Spoilers* Season Four reveals its pattern with Chapter Five; beginning with the first episode, the season alternates between “set-up” and “pay-off” episodes. Just as Chapter Three gave us a chance to breathe after Vecna’s reveal in Chapter Two, so too does “The Nina Project” allow us to compose our thoughts following the emotional roller coaster … Continue reading Stranger Things Season 4, Chapter 5: The Nina Project

Stranger Things Season 4, Chapter 4: Dear Billy

*Spoilers* Unlike the previous episode, there is little filler in "Dear Billy". Chapter Four maximizes every minute of its 79 minute runtime, gripping us with horrific imagery and emotional reckoning. Sadie Sink establishes herself as the season's anchor, the ghosts of Victor Creel are unearthed, and David Harbour is finally given something to work with*. … Continue reading Stranger Things Season 4, Chapter 4: Dear Billy

Stranger Things Season 4, Chapter 3: The Monster and the Superhero

*Spoilers* After the significant plot developments of Chapter Two, Chapter Three shifts into low gear once more. Considering how many hours are left in the season, it's not a bad idea for the writers to pace themselves. Since Chapter Three strikes me as a "bridge" episode, it may be worthwhile to share some thoughts that … Continue reading Stranger Things Season 4, Chapter 3: The Monster and the Superhero

Stranger Things Season 4, Chapter 2: Vecna’s Curse

*spoilers* Ah yes, here's when that plot begins to thicken. With Chapter One establishing a nice foundation, Chapter Two lets the horror fly; the demonic entity introduced in "The Hellfire Club" gets ample screen time - along with the name Vecna (after the all-powerful dark wizard of Dungeons & Dungeons lore). Vecna's menace wouldn't be … Continue reading Stranger Things Season 4, Chapter 2: Vecna’s Curse

Stranger Things Season 4, Chapter 1: The Hellfire Club

*Spoilers* Stranger Things returns to Netflix with a fourth season. Doubling - er, quadrupling - down on the Dungeons & Dragons motif, episode one takes its name from the high school D&D group Dustin and Mike have joined. Thematically, hellfire also serves to describe the general devilry at work in Hawkins. While the Upside Down … Continue reading Stranger Things Season 4, Chapter 1: The Hellfire Club