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the living dead girlThe Ravishing Repertoire of Jean Rollin

This is a guest post by the fabulous horror critic Goregirl. You can keep up with her writing at 366 Weird Movies, Tumblr, and follow her on Twitter. Jean Rollin directed over fifty films in… [more]

yog2015-07-27-13h31m46s734Madness is Waiting: Hannibal Season Three Episode Eight

With episode eight of Hannibal’s third season, The Great Red Dragon, we’ve jumped ahead three years in time to the events of the first Hannibal novel, Red Dragon. It’s a dramatic jump, one that fundamentally… [more]

Ant-Man PosterOutdoor Basketball Goals, Ant-Man, and Twinkies: Ambivalence at the Multiplex

When we first decided to buy a house, I had one requirement.  I wanted a basketball goal.  It’s not that I was a serious basketball player or anything, but having an outdoor goal seemed necessary—like… [more]

hellbound2015-06-30-22h32m30s438Hellbound: A Muddled Hellraiser Sequel

When I wrote about Clive Barker’s Hellraiser film for my Halloween Binge, I came to the conclusion that, as much as I like the film, it felt like the world implied by the film was… [more]

Godzilla's Revenge2015-07-09-13h01m06s211Where the Kaiju Things Are: All Monsters Attack

After Destroy All Monsters, Toho took the Godzilla franchise in a controversial direction. The studio decided to throw their biggest director at their smallest film yet, birthing one of the least popular Godzilla movies ever.… [more]

sequentialLogo-1Ten Great Titles From Sequential’s Summer Sale

Sequential, an iPad app for reading comics, is having a great summer sale on dozens of indie comics titles this month, and if those sorts of comics are to your taste, there’s quite a bit… [more]

exmachina2015-07-19-13h23m14s869We Are a Zero-Sum Game: Hannibal Season Three Episode Seven

Hannibal comes to its midseason point with this episode, “Digestivo.” Not only does it essentially dramatically conclude the current storylines (before a jump forward multiple years into the events of Red Dragon), it also provides… [more]

Aldrin_Apollo_11_original cropCelebrating Apollo 11 Day: A Short Look at Space Travel and Pop Culture

Today is an historic day in world history, and ironically it will probably be some sort of world holiday at some point in the future. But as of 2015, we’re still grappling with the historic… [more]

multiversity too article thumb“And Then It Was Continued Thereafter. Unto All Eternity.”: A Quite Unexpected Afterthought on The Multiversity

By far the biggest news to come out of SDCC, for me personally, was She Makes Comics winning best documentary at the independent film festival. Second to this was the fruit borne of the “Multiversity… [more]

nh-color-pluto-charonPluto: The Popular Culture Planet

Pluto, which our species is seeing up close for the first time this week, is a planet almost as firmly embedded in popular culture as Mars, and yet we know comparatively nothing about it. Since… [more]

Godzilla's Revenge2015-07-10-13h35m59s234You Dropped Your Forgiveness: Hannibal Season Three Episode Six

For a show perpetually willing to spend its time ruminating intellectually on personal philosophies, psychology, and characters’ perspectives Hannibal is also never short on events. The show achieves this wonderful complimentary and contrasting balance between… [more]

From Amazing Fantasy #15 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko copyMythology, Aunt May, and Fairy Tales: A Monday Morning Mosaic

How does the collective comics community respond to the news that an Oscar-winning and highly respected actress might participate in the next Spider-Man movie? Why, with weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth, of course. [more]

152565 Movies that Deserve Comic Spin-Offs

As this writer got into reading comics, he noticed that dozens of movies are comic adaptations. It was a startling realization to see Men in Black, The Mask, Wanted, Oblivion, The Crow, Kick-Ass, Snowpiercer, The… [more]

hellbound2015-07-08-10h31m00s503It’s You I See: Hannibal Season Three Episode Five

Sorry for the delayed review of the fifth episode of the third season of Hannibal. Things have been busy and threw off my review’s already strange schedule. But I’ve caught up on what was an… [more]

star-trek-planet-of-the-apes-cover-banner-boom-idwIDW’s Star Trek Planet of the Apes Offers Reflections on Ideology

Science fiction is often referred to as a genre that puts ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. There can be no better example than the Planet of the Apes, where human astronauts swing ahead in time… [more]

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]