Why ‘Freedom Fighters: Ray of Light’ is the Most Underrated Animated Film of the Year

By: Dennis R. Upkins While the struggle for progress and diversity continues in the media, 2018 has been a year of some groundbreaking LGBTQ+ artistry. The critically acclaimed Love, Simon was a hit at the box office. Janelle Monae’s Dirty Computer: Emotion Picture was a tour de force and a celebration of music, afrofuturism, and Black...

The Enchantment of ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ Lasts All Year Long

“Boys and girls of every age, wouldn’t you like to see something strange? Come with us and you will see, this our town of Halloween.” From the first chords of its opening music (you’re totally hearing it in your head right now, aren’t you?), The Nightmare Before Christmas casts a whimsical and dark spell that has...

‘Scrooged’ is a Rare Christmas Film that Withstands the Test of Time 30 Years Later

It’s that time of year again when we sit down to watch a beloved Christmas movie with our favorite old fart Bill Murray, I mean Frank Cross, in what is arguably the best adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Directed by Richard Donner, Scrooged follows Frank Cross as he navigates his least favorite...

‘Destination Wedding’ and the Beauty of Cynicism in Rom-Coms

Written By: Kyoko M Life sucks and then you die. We’ve all heard it before. It's one of those scary, cynical things that, as unpleasant as it is to face, holds some truth. Fiction typically serves as a distraction from life’s hard truths. The 2018 movie Destination Wedding, however, embraces it with gusto and ends...

BGN Opinion: Unpacking the Nagini of it All

By Pim Wangtechawat There have always been discussions about the lack of representation in the original Harry Potter books. But ever since J.K. Rowling has started Pottermore and the Fantastic Beasts franchise, she’s come under more scrutiny for the way she’s decided to incorporate characters of color into her universe. One such decision is the...

Meet Lisbeth Salander, the Iconic Survivor and Vigilante with the Dragon Tattoo

From the window perch of her warehouse apartment, Lisbeth Salander looks out over a snowy and gray Stockholm like Batman surveying Gotham for the next mission. Inclement weather never stops Lisbeth from righting the newest wrong. All she needs to start is her computer and an Internet connection. Her mixed martial arts training comes...

Happy 50th Birthday to ‘Night of the Living Dead’ and George Romero’s Brand of Social Justice Horror

“They’re coming to get you, Barbara,” Johnny (Russell Streiner) taunts his nervous sister (Judith O’Dea) while visiting the cemetery where their father is buried. What starts as a harmless prank quickly escalates when a strangely behaving man shambles toward the siblings. The man attacks Johnny, killing him, and Barbra narrowly escapes into a horrific...

BGN Opinion: Trump is Censoring the News and You are Helping Him Do It

“Fascism had understood (as dictators generally do) that deviant behavior is encouraged by the fact that the media gives it coverage. ” - Umberto Eco "Change the story, change the lead." - Robert DeNiro as Conrad Brean Wag the Dog In a tweetstorm over the course of two days, the 45th U.S. President managed to turn...

That Time I Saved ‘Superman’

BY DENNIS R. UPKINS Chances are you’ve probably seen him while looking up in the sky. You probably thought it was a bird. No… a plane.  The uncertainty is understandable. In addition to being more powerful than a locomotive, he’s also faster than a speeding bullet. Make no mistake. He's out there and has been...

BGN Opinion: Can We Talk about Why White Guys Are Allowed to Keep Shooting Up Our Country?

White men are shooting up our country and no one wants to talk about it. Like everything else that this privileged group does in the US, mass shootings are a topic that is blamed on everything but the white men who perpetrate them. The most recent shooting, at a Jacksonville, FL Madden tournament is...