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duckling2015-06-18-12h50m48s013The Gore of Lucio Fulci: Don’t Torture a Duckling

Sometimes I like to imagine I have the kind of loyal readers who would hunt through my back catalogue like the kind of completist that, well, that I am. Although at this point I’m not… [more]

Sadness from Inside OutOde to Dejection: On Children’s Animation, Art Films, and Pixar’s Inside Out

One of the unexpected side effects of having children is that you wind up watching a lot of kids’ entertainment.  For some, this might sound like a nightmare, but it’s not always bad.  Sure, you… [more]

Mads MikkelsonPlease God Let Netflix Save Hannibal

It was inevitable that Hannibal would be cancelled. There’s just too much about it that defies the conventions of network TV. It’s gory and creepy, yet utterly sophisticated. The sort of middle America viewers giving… [more]

Meriweather_Lewis-Charles_Willson_PealeLewis and Clark, Manifest Destiny and Thoughts on America

In the long and storied history of the United States, a key moment occurred on August 18, 1805. That day, the “Corps of Discovery”, led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, crossed the North American… [more]

thumbThe Women of Marvel and Geek Subculture

Whilst scrolling through the internet, trying to find the Women of Marvel variant covers which celebrate Women’s History Month through showcasing female artwork on comic book covers, I came across my favorite superhero, as her… [more]

648505866fe102212f2bca85cf1b7451Portraits In Alienated British Youth Circa 1989-90, Part Ten: Into The Fire

Here, friends, in where things get worse—not for True Faith itself per se, as Garth Ennis and Warren Pleece are both really hitting their stride at this point in the story—but for poor, hapless Nigel… [more]

duckling2015-06-26-14h10m20s174Maybe This is One of Those Friendships That Ends After the Disembowelling: Hannibal Season Three Episode Four

The fourth episode of Hannibal’s third season, “Aperitivo”, barely features the eponymous serial killer. Instead it focuses on a sick survivor’s club of sorts, dealing plainly with the aftermath of the season two finale and… [more]

36th chamber2015-06-10-16h12m22s145The Surreal Structure of the Shaolin

I watched The 36th Chamber of the Shaolin and had lots of lengthy thoughts about it’s structure in relation to modern action movies [more]

2669cda1f8862813ad544962b1897bb4Portraits in Alienated British Youth Circa 1989-90, Part Nine: Out Of His Depth

As part five of Garth Ennis and Warren Pleece’s True Faith opens, we find our young protagonist, Nigel Gibson, well and truly out of his depth as lunatic (by most people’s standards, at any rate)… [more]

james-hornerA Tribute to James Horner

Probably the reason why many of us know the name James Horner is because he wrote the soundtracks to some of the films of our formative years. The public at large remembers him from Titanic… [more]

sdfWeird Worlds: The Minor Mainstream Works of Steve Gerber, Part 2 – Mister Miracle

Though Jack Kirby’s Mister Miracle ostensibly ran for 6 years (1971-1977), the series produced only 25 issues. Between #18, Kirby’s final issue, and #19, there is a 3 year gap. It is a testament to… [more]

Nate Piekos comic book letteringA Brief Appreciation of Comics Lettering

If comics are “Just words and pictures,” then lettering is what allows those two elements to blend into a cohesive whole. Lettering can be artful, it can serve story purpose, it can be decorative, it… [more]

get-2My Nakama Left Me With a Smile: Hannibal Season Two Episode Three

The murders on this episode of Hannibal revolve around technicalities. The episode opens on a seated Hannibal, discussing Will Graham’s admission of forgiveness. Hannibal seems almost visually shaken as he parses out this newly developing… [more]

0Project Greenlight: A Glimpse into a Bygone Era

Even though only fifteen years separates us now from the early 2000s, in terms of the production of film and TV, and the general media landscape, it seems like a lifetime in the past. In… [more]

Awake in the Dark by Roger EbertThe Golden Age of American Film Criticism, Part 2

That generation of film critics became my unofficial college professors. If you needed me in those days, you could usually find me in the basement of the university library, sprawled on the dusty concrete floor reading old movie reviews. [more]

orphan-black-endAn Exploration of the Scientific Accuracy on Orphan Black

Science fiction, even at its most absurdly whimsical and farfetched, is never easy to produce. Some stories contain fictional elements so preposterous that all scientific credulity is lost. Others make the opposite mistake, and fill… [more]

Kong vs gojira2015-03-24-15h34m20s95Them Dancing Bones: On Alice

There’s something delightful about a film that manages to create visuals you couldn’t have imagined. In a largely visual medium, one where, especially nowadays, the corner-most vestiges of anyone’s mind can be played across a… [more]

2f5a926d8ae04a0a2812ce3c6540c6d8fa5bf51cJohn Byrne Adeptly Extends Star Trek Universe in IDW’s New Visions

Comic books usually begin with stories. Then there are, of course, a wide variety of approaches to the art that illustrates the books. One approach that ran its course in the late 1970s and early… [more]

Jurassic-World-New-Image-Chris-Pratt-RaptorJurassic World: A Good Idea Destroyed by the Studio System

I had a more complicated reaction to Jurassic World than I expected to. A lot of people seem to be writing off the film as another run-of-the-mill blockbuster unworthy of strong opinions in either direction.… [more]

aklos“Leng. We’re All on Leng”: Alan Moore’s Providence and the Cthulhu Mythos

A while back I discussed just what it was that defines the sense of the Lovecraftian. At that time I spoke of Alan Moore’s The Courtyard and Neonomicon and their contrast to the perhaps less… [more]

Watchmen-1986Who Will Save Us Now?: Dirty Realistic Fiction, Grim and Gritty Superhero Comic Books, and the Legacy of 1986—Part 3

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility! In the quarter of a century since these books came out, the American comic book landscape has changed dramatically.  Whereas once upon a time, superhero comic books were made… [more]

Dark Knight ReturnsWho Will Save Us Now?: Dirty Realistic Fiction, Grim and Gritty Superhero Comic Books, and the Legacy of 1986—Part 2

All the reasons which made the initiation of physical force evil, make the retaliatory use of physical force a moral imperative! I read—and loved—The Dark Knight Returns when I was in the 7th grade, about three… [more]

Action 595-01Who Will Save Us Now?: Dirty Realistic Fiction, Grim and Gritty Superhero Comic Books, and the Legacy of 1986—Part 1

Great Krypton! In the fall of 1987, my father gave me 75 cents to purchase issue 595 of Action Comics, the comic book that started my collection.  I had read comic books before, but hadn’t… [more]

36th chamber2015-06-12-15h09m46s790He Left Us His Broken Heart: Hannibal Season Three Episode Two

The hypocrisy of network TV is immediately obvious in this week’s episode of Hannibal as a subtly censored version of Botticelli’s Primavera fades into a macabre reimagining of the painting. Then later when a mangled… [more]

Roger Ebert, Gene SiskelRoger Ebert and the Golden Age of American Film Criticism, Part 1

Roger Ebert loved his hometown, his college, his newspaper, his friends, his lovers, and his travels. Like most great writers, he doesn’t explain so much as he inspires. [more]