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sexcriminals_08Sex Criminals #8: “You Have Issues”

The Sex Criminals have issues, probably more than the number of issues already… issued. That’s what has come front and centre in the last couple of editions of Sex Criminals, and the time that Suzy… [more]

Guiron_InsidesSpace Cannibals and Guillermo del Toro: On Gamera vs. Guiron

The influence behind Knifehead. And a whole bunch of nonsense in this surprisingly violent entry in the Gamera series. [more]

flutter coverSweet Moments, Dark Reveals in Flutter, Volume 1 by Jennie Wood

Flutter focuses on a teenaged loner struggling to discover who she is (or more aptly for a shapeshifter, whom she wants to be). But this isn’t your typical shapeshifter teenage romance — it’s a brilliant panoply of sexual discovery and transformation. [more]

viras2014-10-01-13h34m26s85Boy Scouts and Tentacles: Gamera vs. the Space Monster Viras

Pointy squids. Giant turtles. Precocious Boy Scouts. A complete lack of budget. Way to much recycled footage. This movie is an experience. [more]

Thor (2014) 001Getting Hammered: A Review of Thor #1

When Marvel announced its latest publishing initiative in the form of All-New Avengers NOW, my response was to shrug my shoulders and stifle a yawn. The plan calls for new versions of Captain America and… [more]

sword of doom2014-09-21-15h02m48s112Hell and Tragedy: on the Cult Classic Jigoku

I just know you guys are into genre-busting Japanese horror films! This film is equal parts tragedy and horror. It’s weird, poetic, and occasionally kind of gross. By the standards of the time anyways… [more]

flash12f-1-webA Leap Forward: The Flash Pilot Review

One of the smartest things The Flash manages to do in its first full episode as a TV series is establish just about everything it needs to hum along as both a show and as… [more]

sword of doom2014-09-20-14h28m03s0Rubber on Planes: Gamera vs. Gyaos

Aerial battles you guys! Because flying turtles are cool looking. Right? Right?! This is actually a solid and enjoyable kaiju film with a cool villain. [more]

gamera2014-09-17-12h12m35s126Terrible Monster Design and Boring People: Gamera vs. Barugon

Japanese people in blackface, coincidence ridden jungle adventures, and the worst Kaiju fight scenes I’ve seen. Ugh. [more]

killingthemsoftly2014-09-07-21h15m50s197A Sarcastic Review of Videodrome

Just to be clear: sarcastic. I liked this movie. Don’t get that mixed up, guys. Hopefully this is funny. [more]

RatQueens_08-1Rat Queens #8: Violet Rebels Against Expectations

After the dark twists and turns and plot developments that featured so prominently in issue #7 of Rat Queens, ending in an attack on the town of Palisade by the tentacled god himself, issue #8… [more]

sword of doom2014-09-18-15h10m07s157Sword of Doom: So Close

I feel like this may be the start of many samurai reviews I do. This one was good, but also not? [more]

A Voice In the Dark - Get Your Gun 001A Voice in the Dark, “Get Your Gun” #1: A Review

A Voice in the Dark was easily one of the best reviewed and most talked about titles published by Image Comics and Top Cow last year. The story of Zoe Aarons and her life of… [more]

killingthemsoftly2014-09-14-20h54m41s49Thoughts on Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

“There is something to be learned from a rainstorm. When meeting with a sudden shower, you try not to get wet and run quickly along the road. But doing such things as passing under the… [more]

71469hdR96LAmerican Comics, Literary Theory, and Religion by A. David Lewis: A Review

One of the markers of modernity is the concentration on, as well as the definition of, self. How the self is created, defined, and the limits of this identity are all modern questions that seem… [more]

ST_CityForever03_cvrAMore Fascinating Storytelling in City on the Edge of Forever, The Original Teleplay

Before I get into my discussion of issues #3 and 4 of this excellent IDW Star Trek comic series, City on the Edge of Forever: The Original Teleplay, I should correct a factual error I… [more]

Death GripsDeath Grips: Niggas on the Moon

Throughout their three year history, Death Grips thrived on confrontation. Their first record, 2011′s ExMillitary, was a messy, puzzling, and delightfully primal stew of industrial rap, featuring what sounded like a shouting hobo plastered on… [more]

9099Manifest Destiny #10: Enhanced Solutions

In the afterward for issue #10 if Manifest Destiny, Chris Dingess writes that the men on the boat are becoming a genuine threat to the monsters they encounter, rather than the other way around. That’s… [more]

2014-The-Roosevelts-An-Intimate-HistoryKen Burns’ The Roosevelts

Ken Burns, over the course of a 35 year career, has made himself into a brand name. Apple even included a feature on their early iPods in which album covers would appear in slow, graceful… [more]

killingthemsoftly2014-09-08-16h11m16s226I’m a Cyborg, but That’s Okay: Chan-wook Park Gets Weird

So Chan-wook Park made a sort-of-romantic comedy. It’s twisted and hypnotic and experimental. Plus it has robots and Korean pop-stars. [more]

killingthemsoftly2014-09-08-10h41m21s174The Host: An Amazing Monster Movie

After watching some Korean movies and a monster movie I thought I’d watch a much-love Korean monster movie! It’s awesome because it’s a monster movie about how much the government sucks. [more]

Gamera_originalFire-Breathing Turtles and Rubber Suits: On Gamera

In which I talk about a movie with a fire-breathing, flying turtle. I’m also wildly insecure and ask for you, the reader, to pitch in on future reviews… But mainly fire-breathing turtles. [more]

STK-7631.NEFSomething Vaguely Related to Oldboy: On Stoker

After Chan-wook Park blew me away with his Vengeance Trilogy, a collection of perfectly executed and wildly stylistically disparate films, I had to seek out the rest of his filmography. Or at least watch whatever… [more]

2007051900_blog.uncovering.org_lady_vengeance_cinema_chan-wook_posterThe One After Oldboy: On Lady Vengeance

After Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Oldboy, Chan-wook Park returned to his Vengeance Trilogy with Lady Vengeance (callback title!). Rather than attempting to continue along the successful wave that was Oldboy, Park instead capped the… [more]

sympathy-for-mr-vengeanceThe Movie Before Oldboy: on Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

You’ve probably heard of Oldboy. It was Korean director Chan-wook Park’s breakout film, meeting with presumably unexpected levels of foreign critical acclaim. Spike Lee remade it one time, but it’s best to gloss over that… [more]