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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]

Image17The End is Nigh!!!: A Few Thoughts on The World’s End as Imagined by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright

In the ninth pub of the “Golden Mile”, the “Beehive”, the friends meet the blank of their former teacher Mr. Guy Shepherd. So it can be safely concluded that not even this figure of the… [more]

better-call-saul-3-800Better Call Saul Goes its Own Way in the Season 2 Opener

One of the many remarkable achievements of Better Call Saul is that its drama does indeed have a final destination (it’s in the title), but it doesn’t feel inevitable. Quite the contrary — judging from… [more]

Daredevil_168Frank Miller’s Daredevil Saga, Part 2: Enter Elektra!

Frank Miller’s most iconic creation at Marvel Comics makes her debut; and will Daredevil save Bullseye, and should he? [more]

BladeHow to Be Single: Super-Hero Movie Style

Spider-Man 2 (2004) “Am I not supposed to have what I want? What I need? What am I supposed to do?” -Peter Parker, Spider-Man 2 “That’s all part of living, sir.” -Alfred Pennyworth, The Dark… [more]

431-film-page-largeWatching the Anti-Hero Rise to Power

The best stories are usually about the flaws of the characters, which may be why we have always been fascinated by the anti-hero. In fact, it’s this particular fascination that has led to the ascension… [more]

Hellblazer #59 CoverSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 48

Issue #59 “Guys & Dolls Part One: Fallen Women” Writer: Garth Ennis; Pencils: William Simpson; Inks: Mike Barreiro & Kim DeMulder; Colors: Tom Zuiko; Letters: Gaspar Saladino; Editor: Stuart Moore; Cover: Glenn Fabry; Shared universes… [more]