Marvel has been dominating the box office with their cinematic universe. Bringing together the likes of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and the Hulk, the Marvel Cinematic Universe started a trend in movies that everybody suddenly wanted a piece of. And I mean everybody! Since the Marvel did The Avengers back in 2012, we've seen… Continue reading A History of Shared Universes – Learning with Pop Culture
About a decade ago, a studio on the brink of collapse decided to make the brave move of producing a film that they knew was a hit or miss. This studio had never independently produced a film before, but they were ready to take a chance on the combined efforts of a comedy director, an… Continue reading Iron Man: The Beginnings of a Universe – Learning with Pop Culture
The MCU, honestly, hasn't had the best luck with bad guys. Aside from a select few, they're basically cookie-cutter businessmen and dark lords who, more or less, either want money, power, retribution, or... whatever the hell Trevor Slattery wants. (A lovely speedboat, I guess.) Loki is the first time the MCU truly hit the mark… Continue reading Thanos: Defining An Anti-Villain – Learning with Pop Culture
SPOILER WARNING FOR THE FILM! GO WATCH IT AND THEN COME BACK. The British anthology series Black Mirror has been a critical success since its premiere back in 2011 thanks, in no small part, to the dozens of genius directors, screenwriters, and actors that have brought to life the mind-bending stories we've come to enjoy… Continue reading Black Mirror: Bandersnatch and The Illusion of Freewill – Learning with Pop Culture
Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005-2008) was nothing short of a masterpiece. Its stunning visuals, dynamic storytelling, profound character development, and immersive world-building are all part of what made it one of, if not the best animated series of all time. It was such a paragon of animated storytelling that its follow-up, The Legend of Korra… Continue reading The Legend of Korra: The Reality of An Impossible Choice – Learning with Pop Culture
Property of Netflix Welcome back! Last time, I broke down the first ten episodes of LOVE DEATH + ROBOTS, Netflix’s hot new anthology series. Each episode presents different ideas, concepts, and themes ranging from the philosophical to the metaphysical. If you haven’t read that yet, click here. Then once you’re done with that come back… Continue reading LOVE DEATH + ROBOTS: An Analysis of Every Episode (Part Two) – Learning with Pop Culture
Property of Netflix LOVE DEATH + ROBOTS is an anthology series that features short animated films directed by multiple people and produced by multiple animation studios. Most episodes tackle a wide range of varying issues, topics, concepts, and ideas, while some are just genuine love letters to the genre that is animation. Regardless, every single… Continue reading LOVE DEATH + ROBOTS: An Analysis of Every Episode (Part One) – Learning with Pop Culture
Disney has been on a trend in recent years with the live-action remakes of their more classic films like Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and now Aladdin. I was just as excited as everyone else when the new Aladdin trailer dropped the other month because I enjoyed The Jungle Book. But the last thing we all expected to see was a swole Smurf with Will Smith's face awkwardly plastered right on it. It was unnerving, to say the least, and netizens were quick to voice out their revulsion through internet memes. Now, you've probably asked yourself, "Why does Will Smith's genie freak me out so much?" Well, it's because of a little concept called the Uncanny Valley.