Trope-ic Thunder: The Mexican Standoff

By Drew Parton As most of you probably know, on Monday I reviewed and discussed the phenomenal and influential Western film The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. The climax of the film involves a three-way quickdraw gunfight between the main characters. Director Sergio Leone dubbed this kind of gunfight a “Mexican Stand-off” (despite Leone being Italian). The…

Trope-ic Thunder: Onward To the Edge Part 1

By Drew Parton Well, that’s it, folks. 2015. We’ve officially hit “the future” (according to 80’s Michael J. Fox). And while we don’t have home fusion, we certainly have come a long way in terms of future technology. And since futurists and dreamers have always looked into the great possibility of humankind, I thought I’d…

Trope-ic Thunder: Pats on the Back

By Drew Parton Now, a lot of these articles have been about bashing the scientific illiteracy of movie makers. Roland Emmerich has famously stated “I’m a filmmaker, not a scientist.” But that doesn’t mean you can’t do a quick Google search or hire a professional to make sure the science is actually there and NOT…