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Better-Call-Saul-FeatureBetter Call Saul, Season 2, Episode 8: Out of the Comfort Zone

This latest episode of Better Call Saul is easily the series’ most cinematic. There are some plot developments here, but not many. There’s dialogue, but not too much, and there could have been much more.… [more]

Hellblazer #66 CoverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 55

Issue #66 “Fear and Loathing Part Three: Down to Earth” Writer: Garth Ennis; Artist: Steve Dillon; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Editor: Stuart Moore; Cover: Glenn Fabry; Fear and Loathing is very much the… [more]

Jimmy-SuitsBetter Call Saul Season 2, Episode 7: Parallel Lines

There’s no point in me doing this if I can’t be myself. Every time I try to do things someone else’s way, it blows up in my face. I’ve been trying to be the person… [more]

Image1Science Fiction Elements of Infinite Jest: Part 2, Giant Feral Hamsters and Infants

A worldwide reread of the greatest novel ever written, David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, is currently underway, celebrating twenty years since its first publication. “Infinite Winter” began January 31; readers consume about 75 pages per… [more]

cdn.indiewire.psdopsBetter Call Saul Season 2, Episode 6: Changing Masks

Though it doesn’t pass the Bechdel test (there are too few female characters to meet that very specific bar), Better Call Saul is, in its way, a very feminist show. Not just because there’s a… [more]

Hellblazer #65 CoverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 54

Issue #65 “Fear and Loathing Part Two: London Kills Me” Writer: Garth Ennis; Artist: Steve Dillon; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Editor: Stuart Moore; Cover: Glenn Fabry; By know the inevitability of John Constantine’s… [more]

Shining book coverReturning to the Overlook: A Kubrick Fan Finally Reads The Shining

When I was in college, fancying myself a budding film nerd, I began deep diving into the canon of essential films, and in my mind none were more essential or important than those of Stanley… [more]

better_call_saul_2-5Better Call Saul Season 2, Episode 5: Shifting Sands

It’s something of an understatement to call Better Call Saul a subtle show, but the label fits. Few American TV shows have had the boldness to fold their dramatic tension into small character moments, revelations… [more]

Hellblazer #64 CoverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 53

Issue #64 “Fear and Loathing Part One: For God and Country” Writer: Garth Ennis; Artist: Steve Dillon; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Editor: Stuart Moore; Cover: Glenn Fabry; Although overly cynical there is some… [more]

maxresdefaultEnergy and Environmental Conservation Took the Stage with Leo’s Oscar Win

On a night packed to the brim with the brightest stars in the Hollywood universe, none of them shone brighter than Leonardo DiCaprio. After two decades and four near-misses, the film icon finally reeled in… [more]

MSDPAPE EC004I Keep Talking Louder Because You Haven’t Heard: Appreciating The Paper

[NOTE: The following is something I worked on sporadically for a while, as a way to understand more about how I work inside a relationship (any relationship, generally, but with my wife, specifically). Only then… [more]

0115prettyinpink01I Just Want Them to Know That They Didn’t Break Me: Pretty in Pink Thirty Years On

Pretty in Pink turns thirty this year. Written by John Hughes and directed by Howard Deutch, the film stars Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, John Cryer, James Spader, Annie Potts, and Harry Dean Stanton. It would… [more]

Hellblazer #63 CoverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 52

Issue #63 “Forty” Writer: Garth Ennis; Artist: Steve Dillon; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Editor: Stuart Moore; Cover: Glenn Fabry; As discussed in prior installments of this column, Hellblazer was one of the few… [more]

better-call-saul-episode-204-mike-banks-935Better Call Saul Season 2, Episode 4: Half-Measures

If there were any doubts about the nature of Jimmy McGill’s feelings for and commitment to Kim Wexler, the latest episode of Better Call Saul lays them to rest. Jimmy has made mistakes, and will… [more]

providence7“It’s Like Underneath Everything There Is Just Chaos…” – Perspective and Politics in Providence #7

“Any magazine-cover hack can splash paint around wildly and call it a nightmare or a Witches’ Sabbath or a portrait of the devil, but only a great painter can make such a thing really scare… [more]

StormThe X-Men Series Re-Watch: X-Men

Does the first X-Men stand the test of time, or is it a film that is better remembered than revisited? [more]

Hellblazer #62 CoverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 51

Issue #62 “End of the Line” Writer: Garth Ennis; Artist: Steve Dillon; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Editor: Stuart Moore; Cover: Glenn Fabry; Life is full of many choices and in a way it… [more]

better-call-saul-episode-203-jimmy-odenkirk-pre-800x600Better Call Saul Season 2, Episode 3: The Scorpion and the Frog

Breaking Bad certainly had its share of contemplative scenes, but it still had suspense, action and tension. It’s offspring, Better Call Saul is in an entirely different key, drawing out the slow game, lingering on… [more]

purge-anarchyGenre Bliss: Surviving The Purge: Anarchy

I recently spent a sick day at home, trying to recuperate from a nasty cold. In the grand tradition of sick days, I decided to spend it on the couch watching movies and catching up… [more]

Black Panther CoverA Priest, a Panther, and the Dora Milaje Walk into a Bar: Christopher Priest’s Black Panther

With the Black Panther entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe soon, I figured it was high time I explored the character in print, at least more so that I have previously. I’ve always liked T’Challa but… [more]

Hellblazer #61 CoverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 50

Issue #61 “She’s Buying a Stairway to Heaven” Writer: Garth Ennis; Pencils: William Simpson; Inks: Mike Barreiro; Colors: Tom Ziuko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Editor: Stuart Moore; Cover: Glenn Fabry; When distilled down to its raw… [more]

maxresdefault-111.22.63: A Primer for and Review of this Fascinating New Mini-Series

Hulu’s new series 11.22.63 is based on one of Stephen King’s most intriguing and absorbing novels, 11/22/63, in which a man travels back in time to stop the Kennedy assassination. That particular plot contrivance is… [more]

Image21Aftermath: A Few Thoughts on The World’s End as Imagined by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright

In the previous chapter of these loose musings on Edgar Wright’s “The World’s End” we left the film’s protagonists in a secret alien base hidden below the final pub of the infamous pub-crawl known as… [more]

saul.thm_Better Call Saul Season 2, Episode 2: Let’s Be Honest

A frequent discussion point among my colleagues about Better Call Saul is the question of why Kim isn’t in Breaking Bad. She’s such an important character to Jimmy McGill, and indeed has been central so… [more]

Hellblazer #60 - coverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 49

Issue #60 “Guys & Dolls Part Two: Nativity Infernal” Writer: Garth Ennis; Pencils: William Simpson; Inks: Mike Barreiro & Kim DeMulder; Colors: Tom Zuiko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Editor: Stuart Moore; Cover: Glenn Fabry; In “Guys… [more]