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I was born in Finland in 1989 and spent most of my childhood and teens in Italy. After graduating high school in 2008, I relocated to the French part of Switzerland for my university studies (Film and Latin, plus English as a minor), and save for a year-long stint at the National Audiovisual Institute in Helsinki between September 2013 and August 2014 (part of my mandatory military service, I chose the non-military option) I’ve been calling Switzerland my home for almost 13 years. I also travel to Austria on a regular basis…


Retro Rewind

Looking back on the ups and downs of the Disney Afternoon

Retro Rewind is a weekly series that reconsiders pre-2000 pop culture. More here.

The Disney Afternoon existed in its original form for almost seven years, from September 10, 1990, to August 29, 1997. I first came to know it via its international incarnations: growing up in Italy, it was a tradition to watch Disney Sunday (later moved to Saturday) on TV, and when my family went back to Finland for holidays and whatnot, we’d occasionally catch bits of Disney Time (as it was known in some Nordic countries) via the Swedish channels.

There were some differences between countries, aside from…


Thunderdome

Let the truth flow through you…

Thunderdome is a FanFare series where our writers good-naturedly debate some matter of pop culture and then leave it to the readers to decide. Read each post and vote at the bottom!

There are good Star Wars villains. There are not-so-good Star Wars villains. There are great Star Wars villains. And then there’s Palpatine. The Emperor. The man behind the key events in the Skywalker Saga. A character so evil even his own apprentices eventually went “Whatever, I’m bailing on this guy”. And he’s not just the best villain in the franchise. For my…


Thunderdome

The Ninth Doctor was, quite simply, fantastic!

Thunderdome is a FanFare series where our writers good-naturedly debate some matter of pop culture and then leave it to the readers to decide. Read each post and vote at the bottom!

On March 26, 2005, Christopher Eccleston made his first appearance as the Ninth Doctor in Doctor Who. A mere three months later, on June 18, he exited the TARDIS and was replaced by David Tennant. …


Thunderdome

Race cars, lasers, airplanes… what more could you ask for?

Thunderdome is a FanFare series where our writers good-naturedly debate some matter of pop culture and then leave it to the readers to decide. Read each post and vote at the bottom!

There are many shows I could have picked for this Thunderdome match. Some of them were already taken, so I decided to go with the one I most often go back to, and not really for nostalgic reasons: the bulk of my DuckTales viewing occurred in the last few years, via DVD box sets and its current availability on Disney+. …


The toxicity of certain parts of the Star Wars fandom has reached new lows in recent months.

On March 9, Disney had its shareholders call, during which people who own company stock can also ask questions. One such question was this: when are they going to fire Kathleen Kennedy and replace her with Dave Filoni? Disney CEO Bob Chapek responded that they’re looking forward to continuing working with Kennedy for many more years to come. …


An overview of the increasingly deteriorating relationship between Zack Snyder and the studio he used to call his home.

As he promotes the release of Army of the Dead (out in theaters now and then on Netflix on the 21st), Zack Snyder is continuing the press tour that began earlier this year thanks to the long-awaited unveiling of his version of Justice League. One such interview was the one he gave the Sunday Times, where he said, in as many words, he’s unlikely to ever work on another project where the studio gets final say, effectively signaling the end of…


Disney is unfairly scapegoated for a marketplace evolution that all major studios actively contributed to.

Every so often, people on social media will lament the current state of English-language cinema, specifically the fact major studios have, for the most part, all but given up on non-franchise movies. Inevitably, Disney is blamed for this, due to the company owning both Marvel and Lucasfilm (not to mention Pixar and 20th Century Studios) and generally having a tentpole-based business strategy.

But is this really the case? Not quite. The shift was happening before Disney acquired either brand, and it was the choice to…


Was Warner Bros. right to remove the controversial Looney Tunes character from the new Space Jam movie?

Pepé Le Pew is no more, apparently. In addition to having been removed from Space Jam: A New Legacy (as first reported by Deadline), the lovesick skunk won’t be appearing in any Looney Tunes TV projects for the foreseeable future, as revealed by The Hollywood Reporter. In both cases, the decision was made approximately a year ago (in the specific case of Space Jam, the scene featuring Pepé was shot by a director who subsequently quit the project, and his replacement dispensed with…


Gina Carano’s recent dismissal from Lucasfilm has brought back the old discourse regarding Hollywood’s relationship with politics.

Last night, during his closing “New Rules” segment on Real Time, comedian and television host Bill Maher went on another extended rant against political correctness, citing Gina Carano’s removal from the cast of The Mandalorian as yet another example of something that he views as new form of McCarthyism. …

Max Borg

Freelance entertainment journalist, specializing in comic books, film, TV and streaming.

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