THE TERROR OF TECHNOLOGY IN ‘THE DARK TOWER’ – Fanbase Press Editorial

I have an article over on Fanbase Press today talking about Stephen King’s depiction of technology in The Dark Tower series.  Cyborgs, killer trains, and weapons of mass destruction…oh, my!

Also…just a little over 24 hours before I get to go see the movie!

“To commemorate the cinematic premiere of The Dark Tower in theaters today, Fanbase Press is excited to celebrate its fandom through an editorial series that focuses on aspects of Stephen King’s series of books, collectively known as The Dark Tower series.”

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Wonder Woman on the Super Big Screen

I saw Wonder Woman this last weekend with my husband, 11-year-old son, and sister-in-law at a sold-out screening in Hollywood, CA.  It’s being sold-out was significant partly because we’d screwed up getting enough tickets for our group, and my husband literally ending up getting the last seat in the theater, but also because this particular screening was in the Arclight Cinema historic Cinerama Dome which boasts an 800+ person seating capacity.

Most delightfully, the theater complex was packed with people, old and young, male and female, who were clearly super excited to see Diana Prince take her place in the superhero blockbuster pantheon.  Tiaras, bracelets, and themed T-Shirts abounded…on men and women.

The crowd carried no hint of the various debates surrounding this landmark female-lead, female-directed, female-centric production.  The mix of male to female viewers seemed notably even, to the extend that my son (again, 11-years-old and clearly a little sponge for all of the discussions about feminism he’s exposed to) expressed his surprise that there was such a strong male turnout.  He then capped off his relieved observation with a sardonic, “Men these days.”

Oh, how I love my little feminist.

Anyway, it was certainly one of happier and more emotional theater experiences I’ve had in a long while.  Hundreds of people from all walks of live oohing and aahing, laughing and crying, clapping and cheering for a long overdue cultural milestone.

Amazing.

(Oh…and when you’re ready for a spoilery discussion, remind me to give you my Steve Trevor / James T. Kirk theory.  It’s ludicrous, and I stand by it 1000%.)

(Also, stay tuned to Fanbase Press and Fanbase Weekly for the release of our in-depth panel discussion about the movie.)

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Resurgence? (Spoilery Opinion Alert)

It says a lot that my favorite character in Independence Day: Resurgence was the evil (?) Alien Queen.  I really identified with her motivation and felt the relationship she had with her hordes of hive minions was the strongest in the movie.  The emotion I felt at her inevitable demise was the strongest connection I felt with the entire story.  She definitely had the best dialogue in the script.

Long live the Queen.

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