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3x14 (4)Arrow Season 3 Episode 14 Review

Episodes that delve into the past are a dangerous business. They tread the same fraught ground that prequels tread, trying to find enough compelling, new story to justify an examination of a time that the… [more]

FalloutThe Flash Season 1 Episode 14 Review

If there’s one thing you can say for The Flash, it’s not scared to swing big. The first season is just past the halfway mark and the series is already delving into time travel, nuclear… [more]

jennifer_s_body06Spotlighting Underrated Films: Jennifer’s Body (2009)

I have a soft spot for brave-but-flawed movies that are rewarded for their efforts with Worst Movie of the Year awards. Jennifer’s Body has its problems, but it is one of the best “mainstream” films… [more]

Manifest Destiny 013 (2015) (Digital) (Minutemen-Acan).cbr - Page 1Manifest Destiny #13: Bird is the Word

It’s good to be back on the river with Manifest Destiny. After a fairly obvious break in the action in the previous issue, the boat is moving again and the men (and women) of the… [more]

Southern Bastards 007 (2015) (digital) (Minutemen-Faessla).cbz - Page 1Southern Bastards #5-7: Changes of Character

Jason Aaron and Jason Latour are the George R. R. Martins of metaphorical realist fantasy comics set in the south. They aren’t afraid to take sudden dramatic right turns, to lose characters that you would… [more]

counselor2015-02-06-13h43m22s236No Country for Old Men vs No Country for Old Men

A comparison of the Cormac McCarthy Novel and the Coen brother’s adaptation. Both are fantastic and unique works of art, but how successful an adaptation is the film? [more]

Love LetterMining for Meaning: A Review of My Bloody Valentine

Filmed in the formerly abandoned Princess Colliery Mine in Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia and infamous for having 9 minutes of the movie cut by the MPAA for violence and gore, My Bloody Valentine is a… [more]

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]