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2020’s “Mulan” can’t escape its own reflection

2020’s “Mulan” can’t escape its own reflection

(Photo courtesy of Disney) Troy Lafond Connector Editor  The 2020 remake of the Disney animated classic “Mulan” had an incredibly troubled rollout, with plans for the movie starting as early as 2010. Hope for the project began resurfacing in 2015 when director Niki Caro joined on, and momentum finally picked up when Yifei Liu was

Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” is a Career Standout for a Pop Sensation

(Photo courtesy of Universal Music) Through powerful storytelling emanating from every track and a lush production landscape, “folklore” stands as one of the most impressive albums Swift has ever released.  Troy Lanford Connector Editor  The music career of pop sensation Taylor Swift has been one of the biggest of this generation to watch unfold. Starting

“Knives Out” a razor sharp murder mystery

“Knives Out” is directed by Rian Johnson, the director of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” (Photo courtesy of Lionsgate) Troy Lafond Connector Editor “Knives Out” is a murder-mystery whodunit directed by Rian Johnson starring a large A-list ensemble cast including Daniel Craig as the investigator Benoit Blanc, Chris Evans as Ransom, Ana de Armas as

“Frozen 2” burns bright and lives up to original

“Frozen 2” had the biggest global debut for an animated film ever with $358.5 million. (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) Troy Lafond Connector Editor In 2013, Disney released their long-delayed, production-troubled, animated adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Snow Queen,” titled “Frozen.” “Frozen” went on to break box office records and became

Op-Ed: Do not buy “Pokémon Sword and Shield”

“Pokémon Sword and Shield” are the first mainline Pokémon games to ever be released on a home console. (Photo courtesy of Nintendo) Troy Lafond Connector Editor I have been a long-time fan of Pokémon. One of the first video games I ever played was a copy of “Pokémon Gold” for the Nintendo Gameboy Color that

Democratic Party should keep its moderates on the bench in 2020

According to RealClearPolitics, only four candidates in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary have broken 15 percent support nationally. (Photo courtesy of Sean Rayford, Paras Griffin, Joe Raedle / Getty Images) Troy Lafond Connector Editor There are currently 17 major candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential primary nomination, including former Vice President Joe Biden, Senators Kamala Harris

“Dark Fate” rejuvenates “Terminator” franchise

“Dark Fate” is a sequel to “Terminator 2: Judgement Day”, ignoring the events of the last 3 movies. (Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures) Troy Lafond Connector Editor “Terminator: Dark Fate”, starring Mackenzie Davis as Grace, Natalia Reyes as Dani, Linda Hamilton reprising her role as Sarah Connor, and Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his role as a

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” is a swinging success

“Homecoming” was the sixth highest grossing movie of 2017. (Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Releasing) Troy Lafond Connector Editor “Spider-Man: Homecoming” was the first Spider-Man movie since the Marvel Cinematic Universe acquired partial rights to the character. He was first introduced in “Captain America: Civil War” on Team Iron Man. Due to the exposure of

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