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exorcist2014-10-29-09h50m00s82Halloween Binge: The Exorcist

Most everyone considers The Exorcist the best horror movie ever made. When lists document the “greatest” horror movies in existence, The Exorcist is number one, time and time again. The movie, which came out in… [more]

beyond2014-10-28-21h50m15s109Halloween Binge: The Beyond

A manic and kind of terrible Italian horror movie. But also a manic and great horror movie. Lots of eye-gouging. [more]

Image1The Circle by Dave Eggers: Let’s All “Like” Our Transparent Dystopia!

[Note: This article contains many spoilers; it would be impossible to write without them. Also, The Circle was published a full year ago, and it explores social media’s effects on knowledge, socializing, privacy, and politics—as… [more]

rosemary2014-10-26-14h40m00s5Halloween Binge: Rosemary’s Baby

Wooo. We’re getting into real classics at this point in my binge. Filling in some gaps in my viewing with some classics. Will I be annoyingly contrarian? Come find out. [more]

lifeforcebdcap4_originalHalloween Binge: Lifeforce

Despite a whole lot of potential and some good scenes this movie kind of blows. It should have been so good, but honestly you could stop this movie after Mathilda May disappears. [more]

arrow_a_0Too Many Targets: Arrow Season Three, Episode 3 Review

While Arrow has, to some extent, narrowed its focus in the early going of its third season, “Corto Maltese” is a reminder of just how big a world the show has created. The episode sends… [more]

Hellraiser2014-10-22-16h36m30s19Halloween Binge: Hellraiser

As much as I like this movie, and I really did, I have some problems with it. Just a few, but I dwell on them in this article. Not trying to be contrarian I swear. Just my honest picky response! [more]

phenomena2014-10-21-14h22m14s94Halloween Binge: Phenomena

A crazy Dario Argento movie starring a young Jennifer Connelly. This was a goody. Lots of craziness and tension and great filmmaking. [more]

Q2 Cover 1Getting the Band Back Together: A Review of Q2: The Return Of Quantum And Woody #1

When Valiant was reborn back in 2012 and returned to comic book store shelves everywhere, one question kept being asked at every convention the company made an appearance at: when were Quantum and Woody coming… [more]

flash-things-you-cant-outrun_article_story_largeGrowing Pains: The Flash “Things You Can’t Outrun” Review

“Things You Can’t Outrun” isn’t a particularly remarkable episode of television. It features an underdeveloped villain, some pretty terrible dialogue at times, and Iris continuing to be a millstone around the show’s neck, slowing things… [more]

return of the living dead2014-10-20-22h07m30s215Halloween Binge: Return of the Living Dead

An awesome zombie flick with nonsensical zombies, loads of camp, unnecessary nudity, punks, great needle drops, and, most importantly, “braaains.” [more]

genocide2014-10-16-13h34m42s249Halloween Binge: Genocide

Genocide is a bleak, nihilistic, Japanese horror film with killer bugs. It’s also not so secretly about war time atrocities. Like you do. [more]

cannibal2014-10-14-21h21m30s8Halloween Binge: Cannibal Holocaust

Cannibal Holocaust is one of the more controversial horror movies ever made. Filled with sketchy content and upsetting gore, it’s a dark Halloween viewing indeed. [more]

Arrow-302-3The Fallen and a Mystery: Arrow Season Three Episode 2 Review

The third season of Arrow is starting off in a subtly different fashion than the previous two years. In a strange and compelling way it’s almost managed to transform itself into a more modest show.… [more]

house2014-10-13-19h40m56s80Halloween Binge: House

First up in my flood of Halloween themed articles: the insane Japanese horror movie House . It’s got magic cats, cannibalism, and crazy hand drawn FX. [more]

77-genesis-the-lamb-lies-down-on-broadwayThe Lamb Lies Down on Broadway: A Progressive Rock Album about Progress

Genesis, a band that’s been around longer than Crosby, Stills and Nash and has produced three times as many albums, is now enjoying a period of historical renovation. The recent documentary “Together and Apart” (that’s… [more]

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]