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We 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]

Celebrating 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]

“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]

Pluto: 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]

You 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]

Mythology, 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]

5 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]

It’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]

IDW’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]

The 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]

Ode 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]

Please 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]

Lewis 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]

The 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]

Portraits 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]

Maybe 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]

The 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]

Portraits 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]

A 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]

Weird 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]

A 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]

My 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]

Project 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]

The 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]

An 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]