We see the poster for ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and a picture of all the members of K-Pop group SuperM side-by-side.
We see the poster for ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and a picture of all the members of K-Pop group SuperM side-by-side.
Image courtesy of Marvel Studios, LLC via IMDb.com & SM Entertainment Co., Ltd. via elle.com

When SM Entertainment announced SuperM, a K-Pop supergroup consisting of members from three already existing groups, boldly calling them “the Avengers of K-Pop,” I was sure it was an uncreative marketing tactic to grab the attention of Western audiences, particularly those from the US. However, it seems like the South Korean entertainment company had something else planned.

On September 24, 2020, SuperM releases their much-anticipated and highly teased music video titled One (Monster & Infinity), at the end of which member Taemin reveals a mysterious logo on his phone screen.

Exactly one month later, SM Entertainment announces that the mysterious…


Mulan, from the live-action 2020 movie, is standing with her bow and arrow, ready to fire at the enemy.
Mulan, from the live-action 2020 movie, is standing with her bow and arrow, ready to fire at the enemy.
Image courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures via IMDb.com

In January 2020, fans and casual moviegoers were surprised to find out that Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan will not have any musical sequences. According to Digital Spy, this decision was made because they wanted the remake to be more realistic. Director Niki Caro explained that their priority was to tell “a real story of a girl going to war.” Now that the Liu Yifei-led movie is out, it turns out that it’s anything but.

Between the villain’s pet that is now a shapeshifting witch called Not Nagini, the social-distancing phoenix, and Mulan’s Chi that is so strong she doesn’t…


Aang and Appa in the teaser photo for the live-action adaptation of ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’.
Aang and Appa in the teaser photo for the live-action adaptation of ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’.
Image courtesy of Netflix via IMDb.com

On August 12th, 2020, Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino announced via Instagram (1, 2) that they had quit the production of the Netflix live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender. The reason given was that Netflix failed to honor the two creators’ visions despite their initial promise, and although the two did their best to adjust, they eventually reached their breaking point. The news was met with surprise and criticism, as well as numerous questions regarding the fate of the project. What went so wrong that it killed their excitement about the adaptation entirely? …


In ‘JU-ON: Origins’, Yasuo is explaining his findings while Haruka looks to the right, seemingly in thought.
In ‘JU-ON: Origins’, Yasuo is explaining his findings while Haruka looks to the right, seemingly in thought.
Image courtesy of Netflix Japan via IMDb.com

“Ju-on was inspired by true events. All of these events originated from one house. However, the real events were far more frightening than the movies.”

Is how the first episode of JU-ON: Origins begins.

And boy, they were right.

JU-ON: Origins premiered on Netflix in July 2020. It was directed by Shô Miyake, and it follows a long line of horror films known collectively as the Ju-on franchise, or as we call it here in the West, The Grudge franchise. The Netflix Japan Original consists of six episodes centered around a group of people whose lives take horrific turns after…


The cast of Fantastic Beasts 2 dressed as their characters in front of a blue dark background.
The cast of Fantastic Beasts 2 dressed as their characters in front of a blue dark background.
Image courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. via IMDb.com

In November 2016, Potterheads all over the world, including myself, rejoiced at the premiere of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Following the adventures of Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne), a quirky but charismatic Hufflepuff with a deep love for magical creatures, the movie was described by Warner Bros. as “an all-new adventure returning us to the wizarding world.” It was directed by David Heyman, who also directed the last four Harry Potter movies, while the script was written by J.K. Rowling herself, the author of the beloved book series.

The movie scored a 74% rating on Rotten…


The main character of Ponyo, a red-haired little girl in a pink dress is excitedly running on the waves of a wild tsunami.
The main character of Ponyo, a red-haired little girl in a pink dress is excitedly running on the waves of a wild tsunami.
Image courtesy of Studio Ghibli, Inc. via IMDb.com

In a world in which films are more often than not retellings of old tales, Hayao Miyazaki proves that there is a way to add uniqueness to a story that’s been told many times before. His heartfelt 90-minute animated movie called Ponyo (or Ponyo on the Cliff, if we were to translate its Japanese title literally) offers us an insightful lesson on adaptation and how to get it right.

By the time Ponyo was released in 2008, Miyazaki had already made a name for himself as a brilliant storyteller, a skilled director, and an imaginative animator. Whimsical movies like My…


A still of a shocked female character from the movie ‘Parasite’ directed by Bong Joon-ho and released in 2019.
A still of a shocked female character from the movie ‘Parasite’ directed by Bong Joon-ho and released in 2019.
Image courtesy of NEON CJ Entertainment via IMDb.com

Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite spent nearly an entire year sweeping major film awards, the highlight of which was the Oscar for Best Picture at the 2020 Academy Awards. It happened approximately nine months after it won the prestigious Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and scored an impressive US$20.7 million on its opening weekend in South Korea. As a cinephile myself, it was a celebratory moment to see my favorite movie receive the recognition it deserved. I’ve been in love with this two-hour masterpiece ever since I first saw it in a small Romanian theater back in November 2019…

Monica Aldea

SEO content writer by day, cinephile all the time.

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