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WhiplashimgWhiplash: Faster, and More Intense

Like Foxcatcher, Whiplash is also a film about power relationships between men, particularly older men and younger men. But there, the comparison ends. Where Foxcatcher is measured, graceful, distanced, studied, Whiplash is a tightly wound… [more]

IMG_2959Sharks, Superheroes, and the End of the Showa Era

In which I review two Gamera movies, involving underwater fire breathing, superheroes, Star Destroyers, and more! [more]

The-Hobbit-SmaugWhy Does it Hurt So Much: The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

“These bats are bred for one thing only. . . WAR.” [more]

Rasputin 003 (2014) (digital) (Son of Ultron-Empire).cbr - Page 1Rah, Rah, Rasputin

Ah, Rasputin. One of history’s great rock stars. And like a great rock star, he died before his time, leaving behind him enough blank spaces in his biography, with enough rumour and mythology, to attract… [more]

The-Hobbit-The-Battle-of-The-Five-Armies-Poster-HD-WallpaperThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Review

As Billy Boyd solemnly sings at the credits, this is Peter Jackson’s long goodbye to Middle-Earth. It has been an incredible journey, and sadly this chapter is not the best endpoint for this series. To… [more]

The InterviewThe Interview Review

Despite all attempts by the North Korean government to suppress Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s film, The Interview is available to the general public. Not only that, but I was privileged enough to see the… [more]

SteveCarellFoxcatcherFoxcatcher

The thing about Foxcatcher is that it isn’t really a sports movie, even though it features sports. (Whiplash, on the other hand, has all the hallmarks of that genre, even though it was about music.)… [more]

ONLY-LOVERS-LEFT-ALIVEOnly Lovers Left Alive: Jim Jarmusch’s Great, Comic-Like Vampire Film

Only Lovers Left Alive, like some other of Jim Jarmusch’s films, seems to borrow a great deal from the visual language of comics. With an emphasis on posing, stillness, punctuated by sudden movement, a visual… [more]

GermanicusI, Claudius: Poison is Queen Review

After 5 hours into the story of I, Claudius we have a critical death in the series. Few people in history have as vast an influence as Gaius Octavianus/Caesar Augustus. Augustus transformed the unstable Roman… [more]

spirit2014-12-24-14h51m48s79An Adventure Time Christmas

Annie Edison: Everybody, point your magic Christmas weapons at him. Professor Ian Duncan: Oh, brother. This is ridiculous. You are enabling a delusion. Jeff Winger: The delusion you’re trying to cure is called Christmas, Duncan.… [more]

Christmas_carol_1984A Christmas Carol with George C. Scott

Pretty much immediately after the airing of A Christmas Carol starring George C. Scott in 1984 on CBS TV, it became the go-to version of the classic in my house when I was growing up.… [more]

hammBlack Mirror, White Christmas

(In honour of the nature of this show, this will be as spoiler-free as I can make it and still qualify as a review… This should be quite a challenge.) The great thing (or at… [more]

spirit2014-12-18-07h18m35s4Newspaper Comic Movies: Little Nemo

So newspaper comic week doesn’t leave many film related options. And the ones it does leave aren’t exactly…great. The Spirit. Garfield. You get the idea (holy shit I just realized I should’ve watched that Bill… [more]

Manifest Destiny 012 (2014) (Digital) (Minutemen-Acan).cbr - Page 1Manifest Destiny Issue #12: A Bend in the River

This is a pivotal issue of Manifest Destiny, in which Chris Dingess and Matt Roberts are clearly changing gears, in anticipation of a new and more intense chapter of the Lewis and Clark journey. Of… [more]

spirit2014-12-17-19h22m28s177Newspaper Comic Movies: The Spirit

I have to admit, I like a bad movie. A certain kind of bad movie anyways. The kind that took effort. The results of a lone crazy man off in the woods with a camera.… [more]

DM-_4A Sandman Miscellany: Sandman Overture #4 Review

Written by: Neil Gaiman Art by: J.H. Williams, III Cover by: J.H. Williams, III Dave McKean Variant Cover by: J.H. Williams, III Dave McKean The long awaited Sandman Overture #4 has arrived, just in time… [more]

paths2014-12-08-15h24m57s251Movies You Should Watch: Paths of Glory

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.” Movies a movie fan is meant to watch. I’ll tell you… [more]

book_coverColorworld: A Review

“Wen knows what love looks like. Since her mom died over a year ago, she’s seen it every day on her orphaned younger brother’s face. Wen’s made good on her promise to her mom that… [more]

ODY-C 001 (2014) (Digital) (F) (Zone-Empire).cbr - Page 1ODY-C Reimagines the Odyssey

“You are my density.” That was pretty much my response to the first reading of Matt Fraction and Christian Ward’s ODY-C. And my second reading as well. This is a dense, idea-filled very “inside baseball”… [more]

10347692_738843086200961_4529270962590125798_nArrow Season 3 Episode 9 Review

“The Climb” begins in media res, with Oliver struggling his way up the side of a mountain. At first it’s hard to tell whether or not this moment is in the present or past, whether… [more]

dt-ziltoidReview of Devin Townsend’s Ziltoid the Omniscient

Devin Townsend has never been insular when it comes to his emotions. He formed his first major-label band, Strapping Young Lad, following his disillusionment with the music industry and its practices. Prior to this, he… [more]

Onlygod2014-11-16-17h36m42s202Matrimony and Demons: Hour of the Wolf

There’s something pretty intriguing about the idea of Ingmar Bergman dabbling directly in the horror genre. Anyone who practices that much distancing and experimentation may not seem suited to an inherently visceral genre. I mean,… [more]

BlackMirrorTitleCardBlack Mirror: The Best TV Show You’re Not Watching

Few would seriously argue that Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone is one of the seminal texts in popular culture, particularly in science fiction. Serling took TV sci fi out of the spaceships-fight-aliens-with-lasers cliche and brought… [more]

4266698-the-flash-s1-ep9-the-man-in-the-yellow-suit-promo-feat-imageThe Flash Season 1 Episode 9 Review

“The Man in the Yellow Suit” is a pretty big relief, if only because so much of the episode seems concerned with progress, taking many of the plots that The Flash has put into play… [more]

Postumus and AugustusI, Claudius: What Shall We Do About Claudius? Review

The series that has been so far filled with poisoning, drowning and an orgy does not let up in the scandalous story of the first Imperial Family of Rome. So many tidbits in the story… [more]