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Transformers: Age of Extinction Review

The fourth Transformers movie, Transformers: Age of Extinction, is pretty terrible. It’s not really going to have its critical defenders, so piling on the bandwagon and expressing my many problems with the film doesn’t seem… [more]

Optimus Prime Died So The Transformers Could Live

In 1986, Optimus Prime died. And I cried. Not big, wracking sobs or anything, mind you. But it’s entirely possible a single tear rolled down my cheek. I feel comfortable admitting that in a public… [more]

Roll Out! A Review of Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye #30

Since the beginning, the Transformers have had a long and distinguished history in comics that have included stories that have been both revered and fondly remembered over the years. From the concept’s earliest days at… [more]

Why I Dig the Transformers Movies, Part 3: Dark of the Moon (2011)

Continued from yesterday. Despite its strange title, Dark of the Moon represented a return to form for the series and managed to push both its human and Transformers plots into brave new territory. We’ve looked… [more]

They Made Me Watch Transformers: Dark of the Moon

So please God read this so it’s not in vain. I even tried to find something interesting and maybe even educational to say about it. That took effort! [more]

Why I Dig the Transformers Movies, Part 2: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

Continued from yesterday. Say what you want about the Transformers sequels — and I’ll say plenty of good and bad things below. They were directed by the original movie’s director, Michael Bay, executive produced by… [more]

Why I Dig the Transformers Movies

It’s become kind of fashionable to mock the Tranformers movies. In large part, that’s due to their director, Michael Bay, who’s got a reputation for big explosions and superficial plots. When someone wants to mock… [more]

Unmasked Review

Unmasked (written by Christian Read with art by Emily Smith and Gary Chaloner) tells the story of a married couple living a seemingly normal live. However, they are in fact super-villains who have given up… [more]

Sex Criminals #6 Review

[If you read this comic, consider yourself guilty of the sin levelled at many a child: you've been spoiled.] Well, well, well, our friends the sex criminals return in issue #6, after we left them… [more]

God Damn You All to Hell: Planet of the Apes TV Show

“The mother ducking humans are talking!?” That was the fourth note I took about the Planet of the Apes TV show pilot. My iPad has an annoying habit of autocorrecting “fucking” to “ducking”. This is… [more]

Everything’s Just Vibrations: A Review of GraphicAudio’s Final Crisis Production

Due to the restrictions of life, I often find myself being unable to read as often as I would like, comics or otherwise. Luckily, audiobooks exist, allowing me to make good use of the time… [more]

The Stuff of Nightmare: A Review of Justin Randall’s Changing Ways

I can remember vividly the first time I played Myst, the ground-breaking video game by Broderbund. I had purchased it earlier in the day and sat down at my PC with the whole evening spread… [more]

Manifest Destiny #7: A Different Mission

[Spoilers ahoy, Captain Clark.] It’s wonderful to be back amongst the pulpy charms and historical poetry of Manifest Destiny after a break. For those who missed the first six issues, Chris Dingess and Matthew Roberts… [more]

Battle for the Planet of the Apes is Underwhelming

The last film of the original five Planet of the Apes movies has been watched. It was… okay, despite being kind of bland. [more]

Crossbones Could Be Great TV – Eventually

The first two episodes of Neil Cross’ new pirate show, starring John Malkovich, have aired. I examine them. Completely without nautical puns too. [more]

Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris: A Review

From Charlaine Harris, the bestselling author who created Sookie Stackhouse and her world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a darker locale – populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that’s how the locals prefer… [more]

Review of Joshua Ferris’s To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

Joshua Ferris just released his third novel, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, and like his previous two, this one is insightful, fascinating, and just a hair’s breadth short of perfect. Better than any… [more]

Snowpiercer Review

Dystopian fiction in film is nowhere near as well represented as it could be. For every good movie it feels like there are a dozen bad ones that are often as dysfunctional and punishing to… [more]

Last Week Tonight is Mandatory Viewing

When Last Week Tonight was announced, given John Oliver’s past work as a fill-in host and a correspondent for The Daily Show, it was easy to see Last Week Tonight as a Daily Show clone… only aired… [more]

Mark Waid’s Doctor Spektor, Master of the Occult #1

[Mild spoilers ahead.] Mark Waid’s new reboot of the Gold Key classic Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult brings the right level of goofy fun to a title that has languished in the margins of… [more]

Trailer Park Boys Live in Fuckin’ Dublin Review

I should confess a slight conflict (or confluence?) of interest when writing about Trailer Park Boys. Not only did I grow up in Nova Scotia, I hail from the exact community (Dartmouth/Cole Harbour) in which… [more]

The Butcher by Jennifer Hillier: A Review

A rash of grisly serial murders plagued Seattle until the infamous “Beacon Hill Butcher” was finally hunted down and killed by police chief Edward Shank in 1985. Now, some thirty years later, Shank, retired and… [more]

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes: An Amazing Science-Fiction Film

The Planet of the Apes series handily proves its superiority with this awesome movie. [more]

Endings & Beginnings: A Review of Nightwing #30

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X-Men: Days of Future Past is Just Okay

Which still makes it better than a lot of the franchise. [more]