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GAMERA-INTENSIFIESThe Movie With a Million Titles: Gamera vs. Jiger

Validate me, watch along and let me know what you thought:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yISxIM1EJZs My least favourite Gamera movie was Gamera vs. Barugon. The second Gamera movie ever made and the first to feature an opposing kaiju.… [more]

The NewsroomHow to Talk Like a Smart Person in 6 Easy Steps: Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom

Last year, while re-reading Grant Morrison’s The Invisibles, I was amused by the references to “smart drinks,” a popular ‘90s fad of high-powered, supplement-infused juices said to stimulate brain activity.  While I never tried one… [more]

tuskposter1Kevin Smith’s Tusk: Chasing Whimsy

One of my oldest and dearest friends and I went to see Kevin Smith’s Tusk last week and his (unfavourable) description of the film is that it’s “pointless”. I think he speaks for a lot… [more]

Kiss ElderReview of Kiss’s Music From “The Elder”

While I was searching my brain this week, trying to think of a suitable concept album to review, a curious bit of trivia surfaced without warning: I suddenly remembered that Kiss had released a concept… [more]

Batgirl 035Hipster in Gotham: A Review of Batgirl #35

One of the biggest problems with a character like Batgirl is that she can’t grow up. Since DC Comics already has a Batwoman, it’s not like Batgirl can graduate and mature. Due to the nature… [more]

the fly2014-10-03-13h44m26s198Subtly Problematic Script Structure: The Fly

There is something about David Cronenberg’s The Fly that didn’t quite sit with me perfectly. The über respected Canadian horror director’s seminal body-horror movie isn’t bad, far from it in fact. Instead the fact that… [more]

willow-creekIt’s Bobcat vs. Bigfoot in Willow Creek

If you’d have told me, say, ten years ago that the annoying comedian best known for doing the voice of that stupid rabbit puppet on a third-rate Married With Children knock-off sitcom would develop into one… [more]

the-flash-fastest-man-aliveA Couple of Speed Bumps: The Flash “Fastest Man Alive” Review

Just about any second episode of a television series is going to repeat the pilot and its story beats to some extent. Now that the series is getting down to the business of actually being… [more]

arrowStraight Shooting: Arrow Season 3 Episode 1 Review

Partial spoilers ahead: The problems with happy endings in the middle of a TV series are that they must, by the very nature of storytelling, be undone. Arrow’s second season ended with just such a… [more]

sexcriminals_08Sex Criminals #8: “You Have Issues.”

The Sex Criminals have issues, probably more than the number of issues already… issued. That’s what has come front and centre in the last couple of editions of Sex Criminals, and the time that Suzy… [more]

Guiron_InsidesSpace Cannibals and Guillermo del Toro: On Gamera vs. Guiron

The influence behind Knifehead. And a whole bunch of nonsense in this surprisingly violent entry in the Gamera series. [more]

flutter coverSweet Moments, Dark Reveals in Flutter, Volume 1 by Jennie Wood

Flutter Volume 1, “Hell Can Wait” Writer -  Jennie Wood Artist -  Jeff McComsey 215 Ink Philly Small Press I was introduced to Flutter while working the Small Press section at San Diego Comic Con.… [more]

viras2014-10-01-13h34m26s85Boy Scouts and Tentacles: Gamera vs. the Space Monster Viras

Pointy squids. Giant turtles. Precocious Boy Scouts. A complete lack of budget. Way to much recycled footage. This movie is an experience. [more]

Thor (2014) 001Getting Hammered: A Review of Thor #1

When Marvel announced its latest publishing initiative in the form of All-New Avengers NOW, my response was to shrug my shoulders and stifle a yawn. The plan calls for new versions of Captain America and… [more]

sword of doom2014-09-21-15h02m48s112Hell and Tragedy: on the Cult Classic Jigoku

I just know you guys are into genre-busting Japanese horror films! This film is equal parts tragedy and horror. It’s weird, poetic, and occasionally kind of gross. By the standards of the time anyways… [more]

flash12f-1-webA Leap Forward: The Flash Pilot Review

One of the smartest things The Flash manages to do in its first full episode as a TV series is establish just about everything it needs to hum along as both a show and as… [more]

sword of doom2014-09-20-14h28m03s0Rubber on Planes: Gamera vs. Gyaos

Aerial battles you guys! Because flying turtles are cool looking. Right? Right?! This is actually a solid and enjoyable kaiju film with a cool villain. [more]

gamera2014-09-17-12h12m35s126Terrible Monster Design and Boring People: Gamera vs. Barugon

Japanese people in blackface, coincidence ridden jungle adventures, and the worst Kaiju fight scenes I’ve seen. Ugh. [more]

killingthemsoftly2014-09-07-21h15m50s197A Sarcastic Review of Videodrome

Just to be clear: sarcastic. I liked this movie. Don’t get that mixed up, guys. Hopefully this is funny. [more]

RatQueens_08-1Rat Queens #8: Violet Rebels Against Expectations

After the dark twists and turns and plot developments that featured so prominently in issue #7 of Rat Queens, ending in an attack on the town of Palisade by the tentacled god himself, issue #8… [more]

sword of doom2014-09-18-15h10m07s157Sword of Doom: So Close

I feel like this may be the start of many samurai reviews I do. This one was good, but also not? [more]

A Voice In the Dark - Get Your Gun 001A Voice in the Dark, “Get Your Gun” #1: A Review

A Voice in the Dark was easily one of the best reviewed and most talked about titles published by Image Comics and Top Cow last year. The story of Zoe Aarons and her life of… [more]

killingthemsoftly2014-09-14-20h54m41s49Thoughts on Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

“There is something to be learned from a rainstorm. When meeting with a sudden shower, you try not to get wet and run quickly along the road. But doing such things as passing under the… [more]

71469hdR96LAmerican Comics, Literary Theory, and Religion by A. David Lewis: A Review

One of the markers of modernity is the concentration on, as well as the definition of, self. How the self is created, defined, and the limits of this identity are all modern questions that seem… [more]

ST_CityForever03_cvrAMore Fascinating Storytelling in City on the Edge of Forever, The Original Teleplay

Before I get into my discussion of issues #3 and 4 of this excellent IDW Star Trek comic series, City on the Edge of Forever: The Original Teleplay, I should correct a factual error I… [more]