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Cult Classics: Starship Troopers

“War makes fascists of us all.” That’s the line that best describes the attitude and approach Paul Verhoeven takes in his science-fiction masterpiece Starship Troopers. The film was neither a flop nor a success at… [more]

Smorgasbord #26: Totes Outrageous

Kevin Feige flees from under the thumb of Ike Perlmutter, Mockingbird finally goes to pilot, Secret Wars multiplies, the alluring possibilities of avant-garde author Mark Z, Danielewski taking a crack at writing Deadpool… these are just some… [more]

Something’s Wrong: Queen of Earth

So I just googled “Queen of Earth chronological order” on a faint suspicion, and sure enough I found something that confirmed one of my initial reactions to the film: “The shoot itself makes for an… [more]

The Sky is Not Falling: Steven Spielberg and the Death of the Superhero Movie

In a recent interview with the Associated Press to promote his upcoming Cold War thriller, Bridge of Spies, director Steven Spielberg said that the superhero move would eventually “go the way of the Western.”  He… [more]

Eiji Tsuburaya’s Death and the Changing Face of Kaiju Films

On January 25th in 1970, the landscape of kaiju films changed forever. Eiji Tsuburaya had started work on a new television series by this point, a horror anthology show known as The Unbalance Zone. The… [more]

“How’d you do, my little Siren?”: Sensuality, Sentiment and Solipsism in Providence #3

Let’s begin by returning to the idea of Alan Moore infusing the Mythos with an emotional current and introducing the alien to well, the alien. I am undoubtedly one of those strange folk who doesn’t… [more]

The Martian: Already a Problematic Adaptation

Like many fans of literate, thoughtful, plausible science fiction, I greeted the news that Ridley Scott would be directing the film adaptation of Andy Weir’s the Martian with great enthusiasm. The fact that the script… [more]

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and Conflict Resolution

Spoilers for The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. (But honestly, you should’ve read it by now anyway.) Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Some chemical-induced villain comes into your campus looking for Spider-Man to fight… [more]

8House Kiem: Another House, Another Story

It’s fairly well established that Brandon Graham conceived of 8House as not just a connected series of stories, set in the same science fiction universe, but as a “label”, under which any number of stories… [more]

Blood and Breath: Hannibal‘s Series Finale

Hannibal’s series finale winds to a close with an obvious note of hope. Much like the season two finale, no one is definitely alive, but no one is definitively done either. It ends with a… [more]

The Nostalgia Test: Re-examining Denny O’Neil, Denys Cowan, and Rick Magyar’s The Question

The Question strove for subtext—it was more about Vic’s spiritual journey than whether he could defeat a villain or escape a burning building. [more]

The Value of Cultural Literacy

Cultural literacy doesn’t appear to be a value that all segments of society embrace. Or, at least, some groups in our world embrace it in a very different way from me. I’ve recently had a… [more]

Portraits In Alienated British Youth Circa 1989-90, Part Eleven : Enter The Iron Lady

You knew it had to happen at some point in the pages of True Faith : Nigel, Terry, and their newfound “friends” have been entirely too successful in their church-burning campaign and,  this being 1989… [more]

We Bare Bears: A Charming Series With Potential

Over the last few years Cartoon Network has seen an astounding resurgence (in terms of quality at the very least). Greenlighting cartoons such as Adventure Time, Regular Show, and Steven Universe, the network has near… [more]

Silence Speaks Volumes: The Tribe

I wasn’t sure I’d like The Tribe. I certainly wanted too, because it sounded like the sort of thing that could be very interesting, but its particular brand of interesting also seemed like a double-edged… [more]

The Beast in the Pit: Hannibal Season Three Episode Twelve

The penultimate episode of the third season of Hannibal, “The Number of the Beast Is 666”, likely the penultimate episode of the show, perfectly sets the show for the season’s endgame. It’s too soon for… [more]

Rasputin #8: A Cold Night

When I was in high school, all of us history nerds (or nerds in general) knew one thing and one thing only about Rasputin: the way he was killed. For a young and growing boy,… [more]

Invisible Republic TPB Vol 1: Great Science Fiction

Invisible Republic is celebrating its first TPB release this week, collecting issues #1-5, and this is the perfect opportunity to catch up with this fascinating and intelligent science fiction comic. While ostensibly a science fiction… [more]

The Essentials: Aguirre, The Wrath of God

If one were curating a definitive list of essential films, or even a muddled constantly changing one, you would be remiss to not include a film by Werner Herzog. To be honest Herzog would deserve… [more]

Smorgasbord #25: How Dare You, Chip Zdarsky

Stephen Amell takes method acting to new levels, Mark Millar seeks greener pastures for his fertilizer, the Ignatz Awards nominees are announced, a new legal precedent for Kickstarter may have some interesting ripple effects, and… [more]

Why Brando Matters: Listen to Me Marlon and the Search for Authenticity

Picasso had to paint. Miles had to play. Einstein had to theorize. And Brando had to act. But the art of acting was to expose falseness, to open it up and examine it in a never-ending search for authenticity. [more]

A Grim Thriller: The Gift

So there’s a movie in theatres you should see. It’s called The Gift and if you haven’t seen it you might not want to read much about it. It’s a small little thriller directed by… [more]

The Summer of the Compromised Blockbuster Continues With Ant-Man and Fantastic Four

Tis the season of the confused blockbuster. I wrote an article back when Jurassic World came out about how that film felt like it was at war with itself. I didn’t bother writing about it… [more]

Inside Out: A Mostly Great Film

I did a pretty aggressive catch-up day in the theatres the other day. I’ve been trying to do a better job of keeping up on current releases this year. So I managed to cross off… [more]

Manifest Destiny #16: Sacrifice

Improbable as it may seem to some readers, who may be out off by the sharp turn towards fantasy taken in the previous issue of Manifest Destiny, this book is still thoroughly about America, and… [more]