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counselor2015-02-04-19h12m45s233Sex and Rotten Tomatoes: On The Counselor

So every single person on this planet of earth hated Ridley Scott and Cormac McCarthy’s The Counselor. The thing is they’re all just completely wrong. This movie is great and horribly underrated. [more]

3x13 (3)Arrow Season 3 Episode 13 Review

There are some obvious flaws with “Canaries.” Thankfully, a good portion of those flaws show up early and then fade away before too long. Most of the issues arise from story lines and scenes where… [more]

featuredimageMORAV: The Future of Robot Warfare According to Fon Davis

MORAV is an indie comic (and soon-to-be live-action series) that mashes giant robots with modern warfare to deliver an action-packed but surprisingly deep product. Behind-the-scenes is the behind-the-scenes man himself – Fon Davis, a miniatures designer who has worked on “The Matrix,” “Star Wars,” “Interstellar,” and other monumental films. [more]

better-call-saul-season-1-character-portrait-saul-odenkirk-590Better Call Saul Grows and Deepens in Episode 2

The second episode of Better Call Saul had some of the pacing problems that were an issue in the season premiere, but still manages to carve out a unique path through the world of Breaking… [more]

1x13 (2)The Flash Season 1 Episode 13 Review

The mark of a successful long running television show is the way it can reinvigorate an old formula. TV is a medium that thrives on repetition, particularly in the American network model of broadcast. When… [more]

menace2015-02-02-19h14m11s68Dead Cousins: On Menace II Society

“Now O-Dog was the craziest nigga alive. America’s nightmare. Young, black, and didn’t give a fuck.” [more]

thirst2015-02-09-16h20m48s233Chan-Wook Park Does Vampires: Thirst

Thirst is wonderful director Chan-Wook Park’s vampire movie. It’s a fascinating project filled with symbolism and gore. [more]

3x12 (2)Arrow Season 3 Episode 12 Review

After last week’s episode pulled most of the disparate pieces of Arrow’s third season into a more cohesive whole, this week’s installment takes advantage of that newfound clarity to plunge ahead, turning out an action… [more]

1x12 (2)The Flash Season 1 Episode 12 Review

“Crazy for You” is a very good episode of The Flash. It’s fleet, lots of fun, and totally in control of all of its component parts. This episode veers from light camp, to somber emotional… [more]

better-call-saulBetter Call Saul Opens Strong

“Spinoff!” Is there any word more thrilling to the human soul? Hi, I’ m Troy McClure.” -Troy McClure “Quality TV”, as we call the sorts of shows being produced today for binge consumption, hasn’t really… [more]

TheHazardsofLove1The Decemberists: The Hazards of Love Review

Prior to writing this review, I had only listened to one song by the Decemberists. It was a low-key, rustic sort of folk ballad, with a music video that featured a bunch of aging hipsters… [more]

Star Wars Marvel 01A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far, Far Away, This Probably Would’ve Been Better: A Review of Aaron and Cassaday’s Star Wars #1

Star Wars #1 by Jason Aaron and John Cassaday has perhaps one of the best openings to a Star Wars comic ever. From that perfect blue font with those familiar opening words to the double-page… [more]

Nameless 001 (2015) (Digital) (Mephisto-Empire).cbr - Page 1Grant Morrison’s Nameless #1

When a story, in any medium, is told using the “language of dreams,” that’s usually a signal for the author to take his or her hands off the narrative wheel and let the story spin… [more]

gaurdian2015-01-29-19h43m26s208Elbow Spikes and Atlantis: Gamera: Guardian of the Universe

Gamera gets gritty. And it is good. Surprisingly good. [more]

3x11 (2)Arrow Season 3 Episode 11 Review

“Midnight City” looks like the episode where all of the third season’s various parts finally snap into place. Arrow’s been plagued this year by a myriad of plots that have never cohered, and while many… [more]

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABobcat Does Bigfoot: Willow Creek

Some preamble on Bobcat Goldthwait. I first heard of Bobcat when I read Filmcrithulk’s review of God Bless America. I quietly filed the director and his films away for later exploration. Then somewhere in there,… [more]

1x11 (3)The Flash Season 1 Episode 11 Review

There’s something about “The Sound and the Fury” that just doesn’t work. Perhaps it’s that the villain never really sparks, or maybe it’s that the episode does plenty of teasing in regards to Dr. Wells’… [more]

Gotham Academy Report Card logoGotham Academy Midterm Report Card

Will Brooker: Gotham Academy got off to a good start, immediately making friends and mixing well. As a fresh new face in the DC Universe, it arrived in October with its big sister title, Batgirl… [more]

Sex Criminals 010 (2015) (digital) (Minutemen-Spaztastic).cbr - Page 7Sex Criminals #10: Come Together

As I have probably mentioned before in discussing Sex Criminals, it’s not really about sex. Of, of course there’s a lot of sex in the comic, and that’s a major plot point, and it’s dealt… [more]

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]