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Ghidorah2015-04-15-14h02m38s108 copyYou’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive: On the Last Season of Justified

You have to watch Justified now; it’s no longer optional. I’ve recommended this series before, but any recommendation for an ongoing show comes with that big glowing asterix. How many hordes would’ve recommended Lost during… [more]

thumbDiametric Futures and Alternate Realities Adequately Executed: Lou Iovino’s The Last West

I’ve never read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. (Most people who don’t like it haven’t either.) But I am aware of Objectivism, the tenet that Rand preaches without abandon, and I refuse to live in… [more]

Mad Max 1Mad Max: A Retro Review

By the time Mad Max arrived on the scene in 1979, the cupboard of post-apocalyptic cinema was already pretty well stocked. From The Time Machine to the Planet of the Apes cycle to A Boy… [more]

Chrononauts03_Review coverChrononauts #3: Early Review!

Chrononauts continues to be exuberant, good-hearted fun, and as we head into the last act of this four-issue arc, Quinn and Reilly are starting to encounter consequences to their extremely irresponsible (though fun) actions. Mark… [more]

3x22 (3)Arrow Season 3 Episode 22 Review

“This Is Your Sword” pretty quickly goes back on the biggest development of last week’s episode. It turns out that Oliver hasn’t actually been indoctrinated by the League of Assassins and has merely been playing… [more]

1x21 (2)The Flash Season 1 Episode 21 Review

Iris finally knows that Barry is The Flash. It’s a plot development that’s been a long time coming, particularly because it actually happened once already before getting wiped out by Barry’s jump through time, and… [more]

Toast_of_London_s_Matt_Berry_to_play__professor_of_grifting__in_CommunityCommunity Season Six: Grifting 101

So episode nine of Community is a bit…muddled. In my humble opinion. When the film started I was pretty instantly thrilled by an animated old west inspired opening shot. It immediately proved to be set… [more]

3x21 (1)Arrow Season 3 Episode 21 Review

It’s amazing what a little focus can do. “Al Sah-Him” is an episode of Arrow that’s trimmed away just about any useless parts. Even regular cast member Paul Blackthorne fails to make an appearance as… [more]

Descender03_Review coverDescender #3: Early Review

It’s becoming clear what Descender is really about as we reach issue #3, and the good news is that it’s about something very interesting. This is really a story about “descent” in the biological sense… [more]

networkMovies You Should Watch: Network

Movie You Should Watch. In which the overly long motto is: The title of this article isn’t meant to be a command. It’s not “you” the reader so much as it is a proverbial “you.”… [more]

Avengers-Age-of-UltronAvengers: Age of Ultron is Conflicted

I’m very conflicted about Avengers: Age of Ultron. Not about what sort of movie it is: this is a wall-to-wall headache-inducing, exhausting action-fest where lots of stuff blows up. I’m sure there are lots of… [more]

1x20 (2)The Flash Season 1 Episode 20 Review

A good villain is one of the most important parts of just about any superhero story. Antagonists and conflict are essential to just about all sorts of drama, but when it comes to superheroics there’s… [more]

1x12-1x13 (2)Netflix’s Daredevil: Episodes 12-13, “The Ones We Leave Behind” and “Daredevil”

In the end, this first season of Daredevil was an origin story. It’s a form that’s grown tired over the past decade or so as nearly every new superhero story has felt compelled to tell… [more]

1x10-1x11 (1)Netflix’s Daredevil: Episodes 10-11, “Nelson v. Murdock” and “The Path of the Righteous”

Episodes ten and eleven of this first season of Daredevil slow things down a little; by necessity the show needs to take stock of itself before plunging ahead into the climax of the season, and… [more]

9813fd18d79f1fc3ab2b75df9a7eba81f400711cCommunity Season Six: “Intro to Recycled Cinema”

The sixth season of Community seems to be shying away from some of the high concept event episodes of seasons past. The latest episode, “Intro to Recycled Cinema” probably comes closest. The episode blends scenes… [more]

1x08-1x09 (1)Netflix’s Daredevil: Episodes 8-9, “Shadows in the Glass” and “Speak of the Devil”

Daredevil isn’t exactly breaking new storytelling ground, which isn’t saying particularly much since it’s simply a new version of a superhero story that’s been told before. What it is doing effectively is reinvigorating some of… [more]

InvisibleRepublic02_Review coverInvisible Republic #2: From Strength to Strength

Science Fiction, it almost goes without saying, is replete with parallels and metaphors for real society and true history. Invisible Republic is literally about the process of making, recording and retaining history, told from two… [more]

3x20 (2)Arrow Season 3 Episode 20 Review

Despite all the problems with Arrow’s third season, “The Fallen” manages to work, tying together many disparate plots into one cohesive hour that is propulsive, full of emotion, and driven forward by the strong characters… [more]

1x05-1x07 (3)Netflix’s Daredevil: Episodes 5-7, “World on Fire,” “Condemned,” and “Stick”

Daredevil is pretty easily the darkest piece of storytelling that Marvel has ever attempted in live action. It’s brutal, bloody, and gruesome and while it was apparent the show would be going darker than prior… [more]

1x19 (2)The Flash Season 1 Episode 19 Review

Characters crossing over between shows is getting to be something of a pattern with both The Flash and Arrow. “Who is Harrison Wells?” marks the third straight episode that has featured at least one cast… [more]

Ultimate X-Men--The Tomorrow PeopleMark Millar’s Ultimate X-Men Vol. 1: The Tomorrow People

Mark Millar’s take on the X-Men is one of the most polarizing comics of the last decade. How does the debut of his reboot of the X-Men hold? [more]

cannesitfollows It Follows: A New Horror Classic

If you have any interest in seeing the new horror movie It Follows just go see it. Skip my review and head out to watch it. It’s one of those movies that leaves an indelible… [more]

DD 1x02-1x04 (1)Netflix’s Daredevil: Episodes 2-4, “Cut Man,” “Rabbit in a Snowstorm,” and “In the Blood”

With the introduction of Wilson Fisk at the end of Daredevil’s fourth episode, the series completes putting its pieces in place. Fisk’s been behind the scenes up to his reveal at the very end of… [more]

ManifestDestiny14_Review coverManifest Destiny #14: Facing Fear

The first few pages of the latest issue of Manifest Destiny have a great blend of the horrific and the absurd. The tension in the sequence is built around the fact that the men of… [more]

ItFollows_01It Follows: A Review

REVIEW: It Follows Release Date: March 27, 2015 Writer & Director: David Robert Mitchell Staring: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi Run time: 100 minutes Rating: 5 (of 10) SPOILER ALERT! I really love when… [more]