Aug 4

Review Roundup

Here are some of the articles you might have missed that I think turned out pretty well:


My article Tinker Bell is Really a Succubus

It’s not just retelling fairy tales, Greek myths, and even historical facts and so totally getting them wrong or missing the point. (I shudder to think of the amount of kids who think Pocahontas hooked up with John Smith. Gross.) For years Disney has done its best to promote itself as “family-friendly” while doing its level best to extract as much money as possible through a machine that’s about as impersonal as it comes. Disney sells magic, but what it really deals in is exploitation on all levels, from its employees to its consumers.

My review of Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

I did like the wrap up of all the characters. It was like a mashup of the epilogue to Fast Times at Ridgemont High (thanks for letting me know about Spicoli!) and the final scene in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, where you know the best part of the ending is that the heroine just gets to go on living her life the way she wants to. Basically, at this point, “I didn’t hate it” is probably the best possible outcome I could have imagined for this book, as well as relief that it’s all over. So no, I didn’t hate it.

My review of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

Hollywood, this movie gave me a pretty big sad. It had a great idea; a franchiseable idea, and it just fizzled like Pop Rocks in the rain. I wanted its goofy pre-steampunk Middle Ages to rock it out of the house. The costumes were great, the technology was pretty cool and really set the movie apart, and the setting was gorgeous. It had all these really great parts, but you just couldn’t make it come together. I usually hate it when movie critics point to the inexperience of the writer and director as a reason, because there are good people out there making good movies with limited experience, but in this case it was really obvious. It was like the director wanted all his favorite things in this movie, without looking at the story. In some article, he said that he couldn’t believe this movie even got made. Me either, dude. At least, not like this.

That’s all for now. I’m up for a few new movie and book reviews.


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