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Rasputin 004 (2015) (digital) (Son of Ultron-Empire).cbr - Page 3Rasputin #4: Fear and Dog Healing in Moscow

Issue #4 of Rasputin is about essentially one moment, and one moment only. It’s the moment when fear transmutes into serenity. Rasputin has been poisoned, beaten and shot multiple times and even though in the… [more]

archer-wee-baby-seamus-FXArcher Deals With Child Issues in “Three to Tango”

The second episode of Archer, “Three to Tango”, picks right up from the previous, with Christian Slater (playing himself as a the head of the CIA) saying, “Wait, what happened? I thought you were going… [more]

3x10 Left Behind (1)Arrow Season 3 Episode 10 Review

The third season of Arrow has struggled to figure out exactly what it is. This season has introduced plot after plot and has found itself lacking coherence due to this fact. There have been standout… [more]

flash_012014_1600The Flash Season 1 Episode 10 Review

“Revenge of the Rogues” clearly demonstrates how The Flash has mastered its tone, which may sound like faint praise, but is a true compliment considering just how young this series is. Less than halfway through… [more]

Agrippina & Little CaligulaI, Claudius: Some Justice Review

The downward slope to madness begins in Rome. The last hope for Rome in the form of Germanicus is gone, but will he be avenged? Also, can little Gaius Caligula really be more evil than any character at the age of 8? [more]

1416896908862.cachedArcher is at Its Best in the Season 6 Premiere

Archer is such a quotable, dialogue-heavy show that sometimes it’s easy to miss the brilliance of its satire. At its best, this show is one of the most subversive and smart in the history of… [more]

southern-bastards-comicSouthern Bastards: An Opera of the South

Southern Bastards seems like it’s very specifically about the American south. The focus on southern cooking (I can’t remember a comic book that made me hungry before, except possibly Watchmen’s references to the Gunga Diner),… [more]

Sweeney Todd & Mrs LovettReview of Sweeney Todd

A dark story about a misunderstood loner with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter starring as the leads. How can Sweeney Todd be greatly unique when compared to Tim Burton’s other films? [more]

Screen Shot 2015-01-11 at 5.01.12 PMHinterkind Volume One Lacks Humanity, A Critique (with Spoilers)

My review on Hinterkind, a fairy tale that hasn’t happened yet. [more]

All-New Miracleman Annual #1On All-New Miracleman Annual #1

One of the oddities of Marvel finally reprinting Miracleman is the relative lack of interest it’s generated. We’re talking about a work regarded as being as important as Watchmen in super-hero comics history (and arguably even more… [more]

Rat Queens Special - Braga 01 (2015) (Digital-Empire).cbr - Page 1A Very Special Rat Queens

The latest issue of Rat Queens isn’t the logical next story in the series (that’s coming later in issue #9), but rather a diversion to explore one particular character, Braga the Orc. Part of the… [more]

Inherent-Vice-Joaquin-PhoenixInherent Vice: Another American Masterpiece

Paul Thomas Anderson has been a director to watch, one of the true giants of the modern American cinema, for almost 20 years now. After hitting the big time with 1997’s Boogie Nights and 1999’s… [more]

and-the-oscar-goes-to-could-birdman-be-the-first-superhero-movie-nominated-for-best-picture“I’m Birdman”

Probably the only truly disappointing thing about Alejandro Innaritu’s Birdman is that we don’t actually get to hear Michael Keaton say, in that oft-imitated voice, “I’m Birdman.” Other than that, this is a technical tour-de-force… [more]

1000x1000Opeth’s Still Life: A Review

Despite Opeth’s relative popularity, they always seem to avoid widespread recognition when it comes to the modern progressive rock/metal scene in particular, often playing second fiddle to genre heavyweights such as Tool and Porcupine Tree.… [more]

Sean Connery: the prototypical James Bond007 at 53: Dr. No (1962)

Beginning this week (and leading all the way up to Sam Mendes’s Spectre), I’m starting a run of James Bond retro reviews, looking back at the many cinematic exploits of Ian Fleming’s unflappable super-spy. So let’s start at… [more]

WhiplashimgWhiplash: Faster, and More Intense

Like Foxcatcher, Whiplash is also a film about power relationships between men, particularly older men and younger men. But there, the comparison ends. Where Foxcatcher is measured, graceful, distanced, studied, Whiplash is a tightly wound… [more]

IMG_2959Sharks, Superheroes, and the End of the Showa Era

In which I review two Gamera movies, involving underwater fire breathing, superheroes, Star Destroyers, and more! [more]

The-Hobbit-SmaugWhy Does it Hurt So Much: The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

“These bats are bred for one thing only. . . WAR.” [more]

Rasputin 003 (2014) (digital) (Son of Ultron-Empire).cbr - Page 1Rah, Rah, Rasputin

Ah, Rasputin. One of history’s great rock stars. And like a great rock star, he died before his time, leaving behind him enough blank spaces in his biography, with enough rumour and mythology, to attract… [more]

The-Hobbit-The-Battle-of-The-Five-Armies-Poster-HD-WallpaperThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Review

As Billy Boyd solemnly sings at the credits, this is Peter Jackson’s long goodbye to Middle-Earth. It has been an incredible journey, and sadly this chapter is not the best endpoint for this series. To… [more]

The InterviewThe Interview Review

Despite all attempts by the North Korean government to suppress Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s film, The Interview is available to the general public. Not only that, but I was privileged enough to see the… [more]

SteveCarellFoxcatcherFoxcatcher

The thing about Foxcatcher is that it isn’t really a sports movie, even though it features sports. (Whiplash, on the other hand, has all the hallmarks of that genre, even though it was about music.)… [more]

ONLY-LOVERS-LEFT-ALIVEOnly Lovers Left Alive: Jim Jarmusch’s Great, Comic-Like Vampire Film

Only Lovers Left Alive, like some other of Jim Jarmusch’s films, seems to borrow a great deal from the visual language of comics. With an emphasis on posing, stillness, punctuated by sudden movement, a visual… [more]

GermanicusI, Claudius: Poison is Queen Review

After 5 hours into the story of I, Claudius we have a critical death in the series. Few people in history have as vast an influence as Gaius Octavianus/Caesar Augustus. Augustus transformed the unstable Roman… [more]

spirit2014-12-24-14h51m48s79An Adventure Time Christmas

Annie Edison: Everybody, point your magic Christmas weapons at him. Professor Ian Duncan: Oh, brother. This is ridiculous. You are enabling a delusion. Jeff Winger: The delusion you’re trying to cure is called Christmas, Duncan.… [more]