Seinfeld is one of the greatest comedies made in the past few decades, and is considered by many to be the greatest sitcom ever made. It drew in millions of viewers and still manages to generate laughs today. But why is that? Why has this show stood the test of time while other comedies lose their edge as the surrounding culture changes? The answer, in short, is that Seinfeld based its comedy on cultural norms […]
These posts look at great stories and examine why each one was so successful.
I have written extensively on the current state of sequels, touching on both the positives and negatives. Whether you love or hate sequels, there is a reality that we must accept: they are not going away anytime soon. A decade or so from now, we will likely inhabit an entirely different cinematic landscape, but the coming years will be unquestionably dominated by sequels and cinematic universes. If last summer proved anything, it is that studios […]
Doctor Who is absent from this year’s fall line-up, so in preparation for Moffat’s final Season I have looked back and analyzed what I consider to be his masterpiece. (Spoilers follow) Moffat has been a very divisive figure during his time at the helm. Some fans love his fun, energetic, and often damaged take on the Doctor, while others have spent the last few years irritated by the overly-complex and overconfident writing. Personally, I have […]
In 2008, the superhero landscape was far different than it is today. Following the likes of Elektra, X-Men: The Last Stand, and Spider-Man 3, The Dark Knight entered an atmosphere in far greater danger of reaching superhero-fatigue than in 2016. The Dark Knight is a major reason why the superhero genre was revitalized, and it all came down to the fact that director Nolan and company had a great story to tell. The Dark Knight […]
Earlier this year, Marvel released the third Captain America film, and the third Avengers film: Captain America: Civil War. This project had an enormous amount of challenges to tackle, and accomplished all of them with grace. While other films like Suicide Squad imploded under the sheer amount characters they were dealing with, Civil War managed to handle its story with skill, and set up future Marvel events. Key in Civil War’s success was its ability […]