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1x17 (1)The Flash Season 1 Episode 17 Review

One of the most surprisingly canny aspects of The Flash is how it’s not the first television series to bear that name. It was a mildly unexpected decision to cast John Wesley Shipp, the actor… [more]

05a45abcf5ae4ecece8799e656bfea79Community Season Six: “Laws of Robotics and Party Rights”

Episode five of the sixth season of Community, “Laws of Robotics and Party Rights”, might be the best episode of the season yet. I say “might” because it still has a few problems. Let’s get… [more]

30full500Notes on Casanova: Acedia #1-2

This year I wrote a book, published by Sequart, called The Future of Comics, The Future of Men: Matt Fraction’s Casanova. That book argues that Fraction’s science-fiction spy series offers both a critique of capitalism,… [more]

better-call-saul-150405Better Call Saul Season Finale: The Path Less Travelled By

Jimmy McGill is angry, Saul Goodman isn’t. Jimmy always has a joke, Saul doesn’t. Jimmy is all charm, Saul is all artifice and business. That first shot of the season, and the series, showing Saul… [more]

1x16 (1)The Flash Season 1 Episode 16 Review

It turns out that “Rogue Time” isn’t quite the episode I expected at the close of “Out of Time” last week. Barry’s jaunt back in time seemed like the perfect way to undo some of… [more]

Kong vs gojira2015-03-22-17h36m51s130A Countless Number of Small Items: King Kong vs Godzilla and Akira Ifukube Pt. 2

I visited temples in Rehe and saw numerous Buddha statues embedded all over the wall. Even though each statue was humble, seeing all of them together on the wall impressed me greatly. [more]

3x16 (1)Arrow Season 3 Episode 16 Review

Television series tend to be lumbering beasts, built to move in a specific manner and slow to change course when problems arise. Series can evolve and shift direction, so it’s essential that shows figure out… [more]

RatQueens10_Review coverRat Queens #10: Their Finest Hour

Let’s briefly review the strongest qualities of Rat Queens as a comic. Great dialogue, rich characters whose emotional journey is completely relatable, even as their environment is a classic action-packed magical fantasy world and conflicts… [more]

Dennis Quaid in Smart PeopleHow Movies Stereotype and Demonize College Professors

British and American films about college professors tend to depict them stereotypically—as atheistic alcoholic egomaniacs with social anxiety disorder and an uncontrollable desire to have sex with their students. Independent American films such as Smart… [more]

Kong vs gojira2015-03-22-17h53m53s111A Countless Number of Small Items: King Kong vs Godzilla and Akira Ifukube

Be done with rote learning and its attendant vexations; for is there distinction of a “yes” from a “yea” comparable now to the gulf between evil and good? What all men fear, I too must fear… how barren and pointless a thought! [more]

Pemberley from Pride and Prejudice, by Janet K. LeeJane Austen, Art, and Women in Comics: A Conversation with Janet K. Lee

Do I have to drink hot tea in order to talk about Jane Austen? That’s the question that kept running through my head as I made my way to Sip Café in East Nashville.  I… [more]

Bst7rv7CAAAn15W.0_standard_640.0The Good and Bad of Diversity in Comics

Diversity has always been a problem in comics. In the early days, minorities were nigh invisible, and women were usually relegated to romantic interests/damsels in distress. In the modern era, however, DC and Marvel have… [more]

varan2015-03-19-17h21m06s157Such Beautiful Miniatures: Yasuyuki Inoue and a New Age for Toho

Earth Defence Force is the start of an important transition in Ishirō Honda and Eiji Tsuburaya’s techniques, a transition that wouldn’t reach its peak until a new decade arrived. The bright and colourful space film required Eiji Tsuburaya to focus more on optical effects then he had to date. [more]

chappieRobots Are Taking Over Hollywood

2015 is being called “The Year of AI” and “The Year of the Robot” due to the abnormal number of high profile sci-fi movies, featuring robotic and AI characters, being released this year including Avengers:… [more]

18b7388763bcee6781794b305030717a3392f74cBetter Call Saul: Poor Jimmy

I come away from every episode of Better Call Saul these days saying, “Poor Jimmy”. This, the second-to-last episode in the season, “Pimento”, is certainly no exception. We frankly haven’t seen all of Jimmy’s past… [more]

asdfgSifting Through the Ashes: Analyzing Hellblazer, Part 24

Issue #28 “Thicker Than Water” Writer: Jamie Delano Art: Ron Tiner & Kevin Walker Colors: Tom Zuiko Letters: Gaspar Saladino Cover: Kent Williams Following the brief tenure of Grant Morrison and Neil Gaiman on the… [more]

dan_harmonCommunity Season Six: “Queer Studies and Advanced Waxing”

So by this point in a season Community has normally had at least one great episode. Not this season though. It hasn’t had a bad episode either, just average episodes. Episode four, “Queer Studies and… [more]

akira-kurosawaLesser Known Kurosawa: The Bad Sleep Well

Japanese director Akira Kurosawa is best known for his samurai epics. Now I’ve only actually seen two of those: Yojimbo and Rashomon. Sometimes people are prone to forget that Kurosawa’s output ranges in genre and… [more]

The-X-Files-I-Want-to-Believe-posterDefending the Much-Maligned X-Files I Want to Believe

With the recent announcement that there will be a new X-Files miniseries, the internet exploded this week with people aching to see Mulder and Scully in action again. It has been some time since we… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #15: Notes on a Scandal

This is the long one… with almost two hours of talking Shawn & Tom attempt to make sense of the recent rush of controversies (including the Batgirl cover, Erik Larson, poor costume design, speech, and… [more]

SexcastleTP_Review coverSexcastle: The Best Action Movie Never Made

Sexcastle, now available as a TPB from Image Comics, is the best action film never made in the 80s. It’s Big Trouble in Little China meets Kill Bill, combining the best elements of both. The… [more]

zatoichi22015-03-14-17h07m22s104Hasty Sequels: The Tale of Zatoichi Continues

After the unanticipated success of Zatoichi, Daiei Studios knew they had to capitalize on the suddenly popular property they’d created. They weren’t entirely sure how, but they knew they had to strike quickly while the… [more]

Crockett statue in downtown LawrenceburgBorn on a Mountaintop in Tennessee: Davy Crockett and the Early American Superhero

A century before the Shadow, the Phantom, and Superman, the Crockett Almanacs had turned Davy Crockett into one of the first American superheroes. [more]

treasure2015-03-09-17h59m46s61The First Kaiju Fight: Godzilla Raids Again

As Nakajima himself put it, “I had to stand in the middle of the set while a huge amount of crushed ice came tumbling down on me.” The weight of the ice, coupled with the weight of the GyakushuGoji suit, broke the platform Nakajima and a cable operator were situated on. [more]

better-call-saul-ricoThe Fabulous McGill Brothers on Better Call Saul

This episode of Better Call Saul has one of the most devastating cold opens so far. Vince Gilligan’s previous work on The X-Files and of course Breaking Bad reflects a longstanding interest in the power… [more]