Everything I Needed to Know I Learned from Pixar

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creativity animated

My father is my personal Pinterest of old fashioned newsprint and glossy pages. He’s always finding the best tidbits of life wisdom, geeky news, educational insights and a plethora of other blips to keep me reading in those moments I catch between work, caring for my little princess and the business of doing life. Sometimes he strikes gold and I find a piece of writing so inspiring it stays tucked beside my bed or in my pile o’ stuff (okay I really have lots of those, but the one for bits of reading I want to save), like the one I found today: “Creativity Inc.,”a feature in Fast Company about Pixar’s behind the scenes leader Ed Catmull and his business philosophy.

Pixar is an inspirational organization. When the movie industry became a proud peddler of mediocre, if not appalling scripts, along came this humble animation company that reinvented the precedent for storytelling on the big screen. One example: the first 39 dialog-free minutes of Wall-E tell more story and give deeper character development than the entire franchise of Transformers. Still not convinced? Toy Story 3 grossed $1.06 billion. Adults cried. I saw it three times in theaters.

The article reminded me that Pixar originated as a part of the Lucasfilm animation department, so it’s no surprise that groundbreaking is in their nature. What I didn’t know was that Pixar counts failure as a part of their creative process and relies on a system that embraces candid reworking of an idea until it’s as right as it can be. They don’t tie anyone to a project unless they were a part of its inception and they don’t let one person’s creative process overwhelm the entire venture. What a concept.

If I remembered this when I get single-minded in my pursuit of a writing career, my forest-for-the-trees storytelling would be strengthened. “You are not your idea, and if you identify too closely with your ideas, you will take offense when challenged,” Catmull says.

If we applied this to education, the pundits demanding higher-level thinking would be sated. “There is this notion that fewer screw-ups is always better, so the tendency is to say that zero is the optimal number of defects. But in most industries, that is completely false. The notion of zero errors in our industry is completely false. Zero errors in educating a child is not meaningful,” Catmull tells in his interview.

If more companies allowed failure and think-tank sessions, perhaps the human capital would be worth more dollars in the long-run instead of tight-fisted budgets that eke out a profit. Imagine if creativity ruled more of the adult world. I love the way Pixar embraces creativity –with unique passion. They succeeded at being creatively different to the point where the Disney giant stooped to beg their forgiveness when they realized that animation without story doesn’t work (Walt would surely have shouted that from the rooftops). But story doesn’t come from a machine or some perpetually rehashed franchise, it comes from people; and good stories come from people who are given the freedom to think and rethink.

I believe creativity is innate in everybody. Somewhere along the way we form inhibitions that wall in or choke our creative processes. Sometimes this comes from management, sometimes it comes from ourselves. In either case, creativity is too often stifled before it can bloom and so the same old, comfortable routine becomes the norm.

Ultimately, those who long to be creative will. However, this is a monumental task. Life gets in the way. It’s easier to sit on the couch and suck in entertainment than to sit at a computer and tell stories through the keys. Adults have too much to worry about right? Clean the house or write a blog? I get to feeling like I’ve let my adult-self down if two hours have passed and I’ve done nothing but rewrite a few paragraphs or look up craft ideas online. “We can’t spend time doodling about projects,” our programmed conscious tells us. Strangely enough, Pixar’s next movie addresses just that-the inevitability of growing up but still retaining a child-like spark in our minds. Inside Out tells the story of Riley’s emotions and how they help her cope with a move to San Francisco from their position at “headquarters.” Ticket fees are a small price to pay for inspiration.

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Happy 50th Birthday Doctor Who: A Fan’s Tribute

Doctor LineupHow do I love thee?  Let me count the sonic screwdrivers.  As I write, the fiftieth anniversary special of the longest running sci-fi show in history is making its wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey way across tele and movie screens, proving that nothing outlasts a geek romance.  Fans make other fans.  It’s probably one of the biggest grass roots success stories in entertainment: a British indie gone big budget time travel-palooza.  But finding Doctor Who merchandise in major retail chains isn’t what has drawn and kept fans.  Doctor Who remains true to its roots—a character-driven adventure story with depth, quirky humor and two lumps of the mysterious.

What drew me to Doctor Who wasn’t some big marketing campaign but the persistent urging of a friend and longtime Whovian who kept saying I should watch the Shakespeare episode, being the literary geek I am.  First, I had to watch “The Christmas Invasion,” the annual holiday episode that perpetually revives the Doctor’s story and reminds us of who he is, especially if it’s a regeneration.  It’s no big surprise then that my Doctor is Ten.  I love asking the same of other fans.

Sorry, where was I? I just got sidetracked by the Doctor Who game on Google.

 Doctor Who is both old and new, familiar and reinvented with each episode.  No television show has surprised me as often with bold storytelling choices and ridiculously good acting.  Taken with a bit of cheese, Doctor Who is unique as a sci-fi adventure.  We’re not just treated to aliens but also meet the likes of Vincent Van Gogh in the same scintillating suspense story.  The Doctor is the perfect hero-never winning too easily but always making sure you know who he is and what he’s capable of.  He can ride a horse through a mirror or drive his spaceship into the sun.  Watching him frolic and barge his way through time and space, across cultures and history is like sitting in a TARDIS motion-simulator ride.

Doctor Who’s longevity comes in part from brilliant writing that is both episodic and overarching.  Even though I’m for Tennent’s Ten, my favorite series is the first of the 11th Doctor’s regeneration.  My mind was blown when bits of story came back to form a completed jigsaw puzzle at the end of “season” five.  Episodes like “Blink,” though stand alone, generate compelling foes like the Weeping Angels.  I’ve even turned my dad into a bit of a Whoovian.  The other day he astounded me by naming the first two words of the TARDIS acronym.  Even my mom saves me her TV Guides when she sees the Doctor on the cover.

With a new generation of fans adding to the numbers of long-time Whovians, America eclipsing England in their viewing numbers and world-wide Who fever, The Doctor’s days in the pop culture sun are long from over.  My trepidations of an older incarnation for Doctor number twelve are soothed by the promise of Moffat’s writing, the momentum from the touted revelations of The Day of the Doctor and the fact that no matter who is in the TARDIS, that big blue box will always take me away from the mundane world.  I am indeed the Doctor’s companion and I’ll be along for the ride as long as he travels.

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An Ode to the Video Store or Why the Death of Blockbuster Has Left Me Nostalgic

Video Tape DeathWhen I think about my childhood, I can’t help but remember frequent trips to the video rental store.  Browsing through wire racks of thick plastic display cases, I would make my way to my favorite tape and grab it like the warm hand of an old friend.  The newest releases only took up a small portion of the shelves, and the classics stood sentinel in their rows, familiar in their positions from week to week.  Movies traveled at a glacial pace from the theater to the store.  Disney still made hand drawn films and Don Bluth animation was better than anything DreamWorks ever dreamt up.

I’m saddened when I think that my daughter will never know that movie rentals come from anywhere other than an outdoor kiosk or a computer system.  Can you even get movies through the mail anymore?  She will never have the pleasure of browsing the local rental shop with friends before a sleepover or spending a happy summer hour contemplating the kids section for the oldie but goody she’s rented five times or the one she’s only rented four.  Redbox doesn’t stock classics.  If it’s not new, it’s gone.  Netflix won’t offer the same homey setup every time you view it or the chatter of the in-house TV showing The Land Before Time again.

Yes, with the end of Blockbuster comes the end of an era.  Video rental stores have gone the way of full-service gas stations and the five and dime.  They will be a sad piece of nostalgia we carry from our collective past, we children of the eighties and nineties and our parents.  I think of making those trips in search of entertainment with my daughter.  What will be our bi-weekly outings?  Certainly driving to Walgreens to find the Redbox won’t hold the same romance.  Trips to the Target five dollar DVD section?  Maybe.  Heck, I can’t even take her to Borders and say “old mom used to work here.” Now that is a whole other nostalgic-angst blog post waiting to happen.  I’d better quit while I’m ahead.  Oh, and I just want to give a shout out to Barb’s Video.  Yeah.  Those were the good old days.

P.S. Here’s a repost of a movie review that may ease our sufferings.  If nothing else, you can read the intro and see how attached I am to my video store memories.

Ghostbusters Jack Black

Be Kind Rewind

Or

Ghostbusters Will Never be the Same

A Film Review by Christie Hudon

Remember the golden age of mom and pop video rental stores?  Before the Blockbuster explosion I used to rent my tapes from Barb’s Video.  I loved walking into the familiar racks of the kids section and picking up one of my favorites-always in the same spot near the big white plastic Disney cases.  Sorry for digressing, but after seeing a video store featured on the big screen I’m kind of sentimental.  Be Kind Rewind, the latest from quirky filmmaker Michel Gondry is a nostalgia piece with an independent flair and a delightfully straightforward story.

Afterwards, I chatted with a fellow moviegoer who called the film an “off-beat comedy.”   I thought this was a perfect description. Be Kind Rewind is at times slapstick and other times sophisticated.  One moment you shake your head at the obvious plot device and the next you ponder the ambiguous ending.  It seemed crystal clear to me though that this was Gondry’s treatise on moviemaking.  You don’t need a budget worthy of a congressional bill, you need ingenuity.  We go to the movies to see creativity and heart and we appreciate those films.  I read between the lines and see the idea that the majority of what Hollywood has to offer has failed because they’ve forgotten this.

Be Kind Rewind is the story of Mr. Fletcher’s video store in Passaic, New York.  When Fletcher (played by Danny Glover) leaves town for the week and entrusts his store to his adopted son Mike (Mos Def) a disaster happens.  Mike’s bizarre friend Jerry (Jack Black) becomes magnetized (don’t ask, just watch) and erases all the tapes in Fletcher’s store.  In a desperate attempt to keep the customers happy, Mike decides to re-shoot the movies with the help of Jerry and a very old video camera.  What follows is a store full of strangely delighted customers and abridged homemade classics like The Lion King done with life-size paper cutouts and safari bed sheets.

One of several interesting aspects about Be Kind Rewind is the way the audience becomes involved in the making of the movie.  We see the remakes come to life with bad camera tricks, no sets or effects and minimal professional resources.  When we watch the creative process, the film becomes something more; a work that is compelling because of the efforts of those involved.

Along with all the camera gags, we also get a feel good story; in the middle of a poor neighborhood, people work together to make these films and save the store from being condemned and demolished.  Be Kind is a refreshingly enjoyable movie.  It makes you feel as if you could go out and shoot a film in your own garage and I think that’s just what Gondry intended. Be Kind Rewind Poster

Geek Trends

Can geeks be trendy?  Isn’t that idea in itself an oxymoron?  I think it’s safe to say that within its own circles, the world of geekdom has ideas and favorites that rise and fall.  Here are a few trends I’ve noticed lately that make my geek senses tingle or cringe.

1. Mashup Cosplay

Avenger Girls...and we have a Hulk

Avenger Girls…and we have a Hulk

The art of cosplay seems to have reached a new status in pop culture and is no longer pegged simply as a strange hobby for wacky devoted people.   With celebs getting in on the act; Tom Hiddleston’s Loki appearance at Marvel’s Comic Con panel or Matt Smith incognito as Bart Simpson, a dedicated show on Syfy and hundreds of easy to wear products flooding the market beyond Halloween time, it’s no wonder veteran cosplayers are looking to do something different.

The latest way to amp up cosplay is by mixing fandoms or styles to create a unique costume.  A lot of ideas start as a Deviantart picture that entices with original concepts of familiar characters.  Japanese artist Sakizou is a hot item for cosplayers.  Her creations come from taking objects or ideas and making frilly lolita meets steampunk designs.    Disney characters are popular mashup subjects with everything from burlesque to jedi princesses making the rounds at cons.  One talented cosplayer I know took a Sakizou design to create a steampunk Cinderella.  Love the Walking Dead and Superman?  Perfect.  Man of Steel Zombie.  See how easy this is?

Japanese artist Sakizou creates beautiful characters.

Japanese artist Sakizou creates beautiful characters.

Mashups allow a cosplayer to make a character taylor fit to your body and personality.  I had fun making a feminine Captain America to match a group of cosplay friends doing girly Avengers.  And why not?  Just because I don’t have biceps doesn’t mean I can’t rock the shield and stripes.

2. Geek TV

Did you know shortly before the premier of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, DC announced a Gotham cop drama centered around a young commissioner Gordon?  And now, Warner Brothers is working on a dark Wizard of Oz called Red Brick Road?  They say it will be Oz meets Game of Thrones.  You know nothing Dorothy!

Geek TV

Geek TV

But seriously, when did geekdom glut the TV market?  It’s great right?  I’m not sure yet.  The geek TV floodgates have opened, thanks to The Big Bang Theory and the reboot of Doctor Who.  Now, since geeky ideas are trendy in the mass market, networks seem to be jumping on the bandwagon like immigrants craving passage to America.  Make it good studio execs.  You know geek fans aren’t to be trifled with.  Batfleck anyone?

Making geeks cool since 2007

Making geeks cool since 2007

3. Mass Market Geek Fashion

It’s never been easier to get your geek on-literally.  Forever21 announced a DC line making Batman cool to hipsters and teens (like he needed the help).  Sites like Welovefine and Heruniverse have supercharged their geek offerings lately.    I’m a fan of geek dresses.  Tardis, Dalek, R2D2 or Vader?  So many choices!  Take a look at the T-shirt selection at Target.  I’m never at a loss for a quick present idea for the geek  hubby.  Apparently there’s a company called Black Milk out of Australia that makes chic geek clothes like leggings and tight tank dresses in Star Wars, Harry Potter and even Lord of the Rings designs.  Even Old Navy is in on the act.  You can’t check out without walking past a barrage of geek accessories.  And that’s after you’ve brought your toddler Star Wars shirts to the checkout line.

From Welovefine.com

From Welovefine.com

Exterminate your wardrobe

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Bored with Broadway-A Full Fledged Rant from a Broadway Geek

broadway signMusical theater has officially jumped the shark.  In true Fonzie, last-ditch style, the Great White Way has offered little original material since Sondheim.  The lists continue to bore: rehashed movie musicals, revivals of revivals, musical reviews with a threadbare plot and the latest deluge—non-musical movies turned musical.

Yes, that’s right folks.  In a few short months we’ll be graced with Rocky the musical.  I can’t wait to hear songs like “Yo Adrian” and a wordy version of the Rocky theme song.  “Duh duh duh, I can win, I can beat the boys in every fight I’m in…”

Broadway producers are all too intent on the latest trend in musical material—film.  In a recent USA Today article, lyricist Andrew Lippa claims that audiences want musicals that “traffic in big emotions.”  His latest stage offering is a songful adaptation of Big Fish.  While Fish seems a better palate for musical numbers than Rocky, I can’t help but pine for something original.  At least musicals based on books have a fresh visual representation.  What chance do audiences have to view something new if they’ve already seen it in all its Blu-Ray glory?

Yes, adaptations from film can be fresh and fun.  I must admit that I enjoy Shrek the Musical more than the film.  The characters took on more depth and the gags were cleverer (except the fart jokes that ruin the end of one song).  Big the Musical had some catchy songs.  And which came first: the screen Thoroughly Modern Millie or the stage version?  I must admit I don’t know but I love the stage musical.  The film is awful.  Perhaps this is what it takes—a flop of a film and a clever revamp a la Broadway.  It just seems that lately, all producers are willing to take a risk on is some rehashed movie script.

I don’t get to see a lot of shows.  Traveling companies are expensive and trips to NYC very few and far between.  What I hope for is a great playlist of music I can sample, enjoy and sing.  Lately, what I find instead is wordy, un-lyrical soup that strains the ears and vocal chords.

Two more trends that cast a pall on the lights of Broadway: screen stars filling the spot of stage actors and a plethora of movie musicals turned stage musicals.

Problem the first:  I know girls who have tried or are trying to make it in NYC.  It’s nearly impossible just to get an audition, let alone cast in the tiniest role.  Now, if you peruse the coming soon list for plays, it reads like a summer blockbuster schedule: Daniel Craig, Orlando Bloom, Rachel Weisz, Ethan Hawke, Zachary Quinto.  (Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen started on stage so they are on home turf.)  Can stars cross over from one stage to the next? Sure.  The irksome thing here is that most spots are filled by movie stars; leaving poor old Johnny-no-name with as much of a chance to be a stage actor as DC has to beat Marvel at the box office.

Notice, not many have the talent to try the triple threat of taking on a musical.   The roles I speak of are for straight plays.  Well done Dan Radcliff!  Who knew inside that post-Potter boy was a bit of Fred Astaire—just a small bit mind you.  He’s no Matthew Broderick.  Am I a hypocrite?  Broderick went from stage to screen and back again.  What makes him different?  Well, I believe he was cast for his talent and not just for his name as his performances on both sides of the curtain shine.  That’s not to say Ethan Hawke can’t do a smashing Macbeth; but I’m sure Johnny-no-name would have been great too, given the chance.

Don’t start getting preachy about capitalism and the need for star power to draw audiences in this bust of an economy.  I’ve already come to terms with that.  I’ll admit I was tempted to see Harvey starring Jim Parsons.  But does the stage have to go the same way the film world did before people realize that in the end, story, not just casting matters? Originality doesn’t hurt either.

Problem the second: movie musicals turned stage musicals with little difference or disappointing changes.  Disney is the worst at this.  I can say it because I’ve seen it.  Last summer I was a bit dismayed with Newsies.  The live dancing was fantastic.  The female reporter character was horrific.  This was their big change—a spunky girl who sings so brightly you feel like your ears need WD40.  The Little Mermaid was a disaster of Starlight Express proportions.  Their answer to swimming?  Roller skates.  I saw clips on YouTube and was not hooked.  Repeat after me producers:  Just because they sing in a movie doesn’t mean it has to be on stage.

What about movies that have no place being musicals?  Billy Elliot?  The Full Monty?  I’m beginning to think the most original Broadway show in the last two decades is Urinetown (don’t get too grossed out, it’s a social/political/Broadway satire that’s only a little about bathrooms).  I’m sorry, I just can’t get over Rocky.  My musical senses are screaming “Noooooooo!”

My idea of a pleasant surprise was the other show I attended last summer.  Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark was a dark horse in the stage line-up, what with all the horrific accidents that preceded its opening.  I had to laugh.  Comic books turned musicals?  Now we really are getting desperate.  But I heard the score and the fun, edgy, grungy sound.  I saw fresh staging that turned comic book pages into set pieces and turned perspective on its head.   Spidey literally bounced off walls in the catchy song of the same name.  They didn’t try to cast Tobey Maguire and teach him how to sing.

As you head to Broadway or try to listen for a new sampling of Tony fodder on iTunes, don’t expect anything spectacular.  If you already missed artsy classics like Little Miss Sunshine and Kinky Boots adorned with the musical treatment don’t worry, The Bridges of Madison County and Magic Mike are headed your way.

Other Titles Coming Too Soon to Musical Theater:

Diner– Six high school friends reunite; based on a film with music and lyrics by Sheryl Crow.

Prince of Broadway-A Broadway musical about a Broadway musical producer (Harold Prince).  Sounds titillating doesn’t it?

Ever After-Based on the film starring Drew Barrymore.

Bullets Over Broadway-A musical adaptation of the Woody Allen film.

If/Then-Finally, something original!  The plot is really complicated and not easy to summarize so Google it.

Allegiance—A New American Musical-Another tale of fresh origins about a Japanese family interred during WWII.

Revival of Les Mis-‘nuff said.

AladdinAnother Disney grab for theater cash.  I love Aladdin!  But I don’t have to see it on stage.

Bruce Lee: Journey to the West-A musical that is sure to be a smash after Rocky paves the way.

NERDS://A Musical Software SatireNow Steve Jobs and Bill Gates get the musical treatment.  The title is clever though.

Never Trust a Label: 5 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Must Reads in the “Young Adult” or “Children’s” Section

Don’t pay attention to where you find good books in the library or book store.  If it’s interesting to you, pick it up.  I say this because I read a lot of what is labeled “young adult” or “children’s” fiction.  It irks me to no end that in most cases (unless you’re Orson Scott Card), if you write a child or teen protagonist, the publishing world insists you must have written a book for younger readers.  Most young adult books are as well written or better than so called “adult” fiction.  They deliver an intriguing story with just the right amount of edginess.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m no prude: I’ve read Game of Thrones, but I usually prefer something a little less gray shaded.  Over the years I’ve found a few novels that I would consider a must read for any fan of the sci-fi/fantasy genre.  And yes, they are in that not-so-tame-as-you’d-think place called the “young adult” or possibly even (gasp) the “children’s” section.

1. The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

The first in a trilogy set in an alternate dimension called Wonderland, Wars tells a Steampunk-esque tale of Alyss, the royal princess and her fight to regain control of the world from her evil aunt Redd.  Beddor takes the tropes of Wonderland and turns them on their head with characters like Hatter Madigan, a bodyguard with a weaponized top hat, The Cat a killer assassin and the lonely young author named Lewis whom Alyss meets in an interdimensional journey to Victorian England.  Book two is called Seeing Redd and book three is Arch Enemy.

2. Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

Another trilogy frontrunner, Airborn is a refreshing alternative history adventure.  We follow the journey of Matt Cruse, a young Airship deckhand, a Steampunk Indiana Jones who is riding the Aurora, Titanic of the airways.  This fateful voyage is unassuming fun, a pirate romp through the high skies with just enough saucy heroine Kate de Vries to keep things a bit romantic.   If you have any kind of soft spot for dirigibles, this is a story for you.  Book two is called Skybreaker and three is Starclimber, both equally as entertaining.

3. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende, translated by Ralph Manheim

If you’ve seen the movie it doesn’t matter.  You don’t know this story until you’ve read it.  Translated from German, the book behind the cult 80’s classic is the book that made me want to be a writer.  Ende creates a more imagined and complex fantasy world rich with creatures and places that seem to exist.  This is because his descriptive writing is tantalizing and his imagination, boundless.  In the book we follow Bastian, an insecure lad who finds his way into a story where he becomes a hero.  Only, it doesn’t end there.  In fact, his journey into Fantastica (not the Fantasia of the movie) has just begun and so the reader enters a world like no other where deserts grow into forests at night and The Nothing is destroying everything.  I chose this book by its cover and I’m not sorry I did.

4. Brave Story by Miyuke Miyabe, translated by Alexander O. Smith

There seems to be a connection between richly imagined worlds and other languages; this time, from a Japanese wordsmith.  I liked this book because it reminded me of The Neverending Story but was its own richly complicated and sumptuously imagined universe.  It was made into an anime but I always prefer the source material.

When Wataru finds himself inexplicably sucked into another world called Vision, he wants to make a better life.  Let’s face it, his life at home in Japan sucks.  His mother has attempted suicide after his father leaves them and for Wataru, life has become meaningless.  But, if he completes his journey through Vision, Wataru may have the chance to change his fate.

5. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

I could recommend almost everything by Diana Wynne Jones and you would thank me.  However, the apex of her quirky hand is found in this novel, which is why Hayao Miyazaki had great source material for his anime take on it.  Howl’s Moving Castle is charming.  Jones writes with such a refreshing voice and creates a seamless fantasy world replete with loveable fire demons and mystic portals to places readers will find familiar.  The complex and engaging plot has led me to read this novel several times and never be bored.  I’m about due for another trip through Jones’s strange and wonderful world.

Have any recommendations for a must read?  Comment below. 

The Geek Singularity

Revel my geeky friends, revel.  We may never live in an age as uniquely geek as this.  It’s as if all the sweet spots of comic book, fantasy and sci-fi culture have hit their apex in pop culture, spawning movies, television shows and merchandising of nebulaic proportions.  There may never again be a time when Comic Con features nearly the entire cast of Marvel’s Avengers and X-Men: Days of Future Past, strutting movie icons like Hugh Jackman and Samuel L Jackson; Peter Jackson wooing Tolkien devotees with Hobbit footage and Doctor Who panels visited by The Doctor himself.  In true Sheldon Cooper theory, I christen this golden age The Geek Singularity.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

If the coming soon to theaters list is any indication, The Singularity should last at least into 2016.  Comic Con is on my bucket list but not even on the radar for at least six or seven years so I need this phenomenon to last.  According to their panel, Marvel has movies projected to 2021 so the longevity of the current comic book/ sci-fi/fantasy zeitgeist is a probability at least in the Disney universe.  What with a new Star Wars trilogy on the way, The Singularity may well last another couple of decades.  And who cares if pop culture hangs on.  Being geek has never meant being mainstream-until now.

The Winter Soldier

The Winter Soldier

Here’s a look at the future of The Singularity…

2013

50th Anniversary of Doctor Who

Ender’s Game

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Agents of Shield (Television gold? I hope so.)

Thor: The Dark World

2014

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

The Spectacular Spider-Man

Games of Thrones Season 4

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Thank God they’re mutant once again, not alien.)

X Men: Days of Future Past

Guardians of the Galaxy (Marvel’s obscure but cloying gamble that I would see just for Karen Gillan as a bald villain.  I love you Amy Pond!)

2015

Pirates of the Caribbean 5

The Fantastic Four (Didn’t they just do this?)

Avengers: The Age of Ultron (Salivating for this one.)

Justice League (Please come back Christian Bale!)

Superman Sequel (featuring Batman; please come back Christian Bale!)

Ant-Man (Um, well okay, for the sake of The Singularity.)

Star Wars Episode 7 (J.J. Abrams has his work cut out for him-I want my daughter raised on good Star Wars.)

Future Projects

Deadpool (You’re welcome fanboys.)

Aquaman (The comments about this movie on IMDB read like an episode of The Big Bang Theory: “Aquaman sucks!” “Dude, 75% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water so he controls almost every sea creature and can easily sink almost all the world.”)

Death Note

BLEACH (Anime getting some geek movie love? Beautiful. Can I get some Americanized live action Sailor Moon? Wait, no, just no.)

The Phantom

Wonder Woman

X-Men 4 and 5 (Let’s hope they’re as good as the prequel sort of reboot.)

Nick Fury

The Flash

"Two of You? Oh the mind races" -River Song

“Two of You? Oh the mind races” -River Song

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