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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]

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

The concept of the ruins of the United States devolving into factionalism has been well-explored in other post-apocalyptic literature, but Edington refreshes the idea by incorporating monsters and races one might encounter in a game of Dungeons & Dragons. His human characters, however, leave a lot to be desired. [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]