Killing the TV Star: HBO in the Age of Netflix

Killing the TV Star: HBO in the Age of Netflix

For 17 straight years, there was an indisputable “king of television.” For 17 consecutive years, there was one channel that was the go-to place for the highest quality, premiere TV programming. For 17 straight years, there was one channel that all other TV producers chased behind in imitation. That channel was HBO. Now, for the […]

How to be an adult (according to kids films)

How to be an adult (according to kids films)

This year’s seen its fair share of major film releases. From Black Panther to Avengers: Infinity War, from Deadpool to Solo, there have been several high-profile films released in the past six or so months that were genuinely enjoyable for the whole family. None of them matter because The Incredibles 2 is coming out this […]

Pilot Season and the Face of TV

Pilot Season and the Face of TV

One of the big things that’s been going on in Hollywood for the past couple months is pilot season; the period of time when studios sign talent and produce TV pilots they hope will be worthy of a full episode order in anticipation of when network executives and advertisers meet to talk money in May. […]

Talking Back: Killing the Noise

Talking Back: Killing the Noise

There’s been a lot of discussion of horror here at the Control Forever office over the past month or so. A Quiet Place in particular got a lot of us a little riled up with conflicting opinions, even though we all seem to have basically liked it. Even my dear friend Dyllan admitted the film was alright, […]

The Unsung Art of Music Videos

The Unsung Art of Music Videos

Childish Gambino’s music video for “This is America” has been dominating a lot of the pop culture conversation since its release, and not without reason. When it popped up in my YouTube suggestions, I watched it just because it was there. I usually prefer to listen to music without seeing its video, but I was […]

Trying to Love the ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Trailer

Trying to Love the ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Trailer

On May 15th, 20th Century Fox dropped the trailer for the Freddie Mercury/Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody. As it just so happened, I had been listening to Queen on the drive into work that day (“Death on Two Legs”), and I was still listening to them when I opened my laptop and saw the trailer was out […]

Film Directors Who Should Be Working on Television

Film Directors Who Should Be Working on Television

Apple recently secured the rights to distribute a new TV series that is executive produced by M. Night Shymalan. This will be Shyamalan’s second TV series, following his earlier project, Wayward Pines. I’m not surprised that Shyamalan is turning to TV again because working on Wayward Pines helped resurrect his career, alongside the film, The Visit. He’s far […]

Crossfading Styles

Crossfading Styles

Hip-hop, the aesthetic lifestyle of breakdancing, street art, and rap music has always been a celebration of the culture around it, namely the culture of Black America. Rap music, in particular, became a cultural doorway that allowed African Americans to deliver their message to the world around them. At the same time, rap was always […]