Required Reading: Making ‘Back to the Future’ and Remembering ‘My So-Called Life’

By  · Published on August 26th, 2014

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“Guardians of the Galaxy was so much fun. So why did it feel so empty?” – Todd VanDerWerff at Vox rebounds from the “post-plot” conversation to explore where emotional resonance doesn’t match the MacGuffin-focused goal. He makes some interesting points about franchise needs overshadowing, but I’m not sure why the story of a hand-rejecting loner learning to work with – and then care for – others as they complete an important mission isn’t an example of pathos marching alongside high concept.

“20 Years After My So-Called Life, Bess Armstrong Reveals What Creators Planned for Season Two” – Katey Rich at Vanity Fair gets and explores the scoop on a show that focused equally on parents while finding a rabid audience in young teens.

“My So-Called Life at 20” – Speaking of which, Sylvia Savadjian was one of the affected, and she shares her admiration for the show over at Medium.

“While Baby Boomers have cornered mainstream cultural nostalgia and Millennials are the consumer and media darlings of the present, Carter babies are left with few societal identifiers. Perhaps what defines this generation is a shortage of defining characteristics, which makes My So-Called Life all the more valuable and at once specific and timeless.”

“Read Billy Crystal’s Touching Tribute to His Friend Robin Williams” – Do it.

“Who Really Killed Pier Paolo Pasolini?” – Ed Vulliamy at The Guardians checks into a new Abel Ferrara movie at Venice that seeks to solve the last-hours mystery surrounding the Salo filmmaker.

“How We Made Back to the Future” – Ryan Gilbey at The Guardian gets the story from writer Bob Gale and DP Dean Cundey.

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