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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]

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]