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arrow arrowhead closeupReview of Arrow Season 2, Episode 13

If there’s one well of actors Arrow seems intent on drawing on for its guest stars, it seems to be folks who spent some amount of time on Starz’s Spartacus. It’s a smart choice, as… [more]

Serenity Leaves on the WindReview: Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1

Of all the Serenity comics, and there have been several very good ones up until now, the new Leaves on the Wind follows most directly after the events of the Serenity film. While other books… [more]

Toxic 1Beware the Batman Episode 6 Review

While previous episodes of Beware the Batman delighted in giving us revamped or updated versions of Batman’s lesser-known villains, episode 6 instead gives us a new look at one of his lesser-known allies. In Toxic,… [more]

Smallville_s10_castThe Great Smallville Rewatch, Part 3

The Journey While emphasizing again that this series was not simply a Superman origin, it would be disingenuous to suggest that, at its core, much of the appeal of the series is the dramatic tension… [more]

community nathan fillionReview of Community Season 5, Episode 6

Community is back. Or at least it feels that way. The first episodes of this season may have felt like a return, at least in contrast to season four, but this is the first episode… [more]

herHer Review

Spike Jonze’s Her is a frustrating film. It asks of the viewer some incredibly deep and thoughtful questions about the nature of our romantic relationships, how we keep our “true” selves guarded, and how we… [more]

STK624318This Review is Rated NC-17: Sex – The Summer of Hard

It feels so strange to see the “Man of Action” logo on the back of a book like Sex. Not simply because of the graphic nature of the work (we’ll get to that) but because… [more]

Broken 1Beware the Batman Episode 5 Review

After a short string of episodes that left me grossly underwhelmed, Beware the Batman bounces back with an episode that has revived my interest in the series. Broken, the fifth episode in the series, returns… [more]

ARROWReview of Arrow Season 2, Episode 12

I was excited when it was announced that Michael Jai White had been cast in a villainous role for Arrow’s second season. He’s a magnetic performer who hasn’t really had anywhere near the opportunities to… [more]

Harley Quinn 2Harley Quinn #2 Review

They say never judge a book by its cover, and yet comic books in some sense urge us to do so. Comic book covers are in essence what hook many of us into purchasing a… [more]

Smallville_justice2The Great Smallville Rewatch, Part 2

Tapping the Mythology One of the complaints that comics fans make about Smallville is that it took hours and hours of television simply to retell “the origin of Superman,” which has been done so much… [more]

STK621977Savant-Garde: Shaolin Cowboy

Shaolin Cowboy doesn’t care about me. It doesn’t want my opinion, my critical evaluation or my appreciation. As far as Shaolin Cowboy[1] is concerned, I might as well not exist. That is a very refreshing… [more]

donald gloverReview of Community Season 5, Episode 5

I was really looking forward to this episode of Community. It’s quite possibly the last episode of the show to feature Troy (played by Donald Glover). It’s also a new high-concept episode, something the show… [more]

Arrow DestinyReview of Arrow Season 2, Episode 11

“Blind Spot” is the kind of episode that was needed after last week’s subpar outing. It’s not an all-time classic episode, but it’s a good, solid hour of TV that hinges on a strong central… [more]

smallvilleThe Great Smallville Rewatch, Part 1

In early 2013, I decided to finally catch up – via the magic of DVD technology – on a show of which I’d been a huge devotee back in the earliest years of its existence. … [more]

3Atrocity in Memoriam – Ari Folman’s Waltz with Bashir

In 2008, Waltz With Bashir, a documentary exploration of the First Lebanon War, was released to wide critical acclaim. The film is animated, told from the perspective of Ari Folman, who dictates his experiences via… [more]

Chevy ChaseReview of Community Season 5, Episode 4

Troy and Abed are in mourning. Pierce Hawthorne has died. It’s no secret that the actor that played him, Chevy Chase, didn’t particularly enjoy working on the show. He didn’t find it funny, and he… [more]

Arrow TVReview of Arrow Season 2, Episode 10

Arrow’s second season has been marked primarily by the series delivering on the promise of its first season. The show started out unevenly, alternating episodes that showcased the potential of the concept and characters with… [more]

safe 1Beware the Batman Episode 4 Review

The fourth episode of Beware the Batman opens up with a very interesting assertion of superhero ethics. Just as Katana, Bruce Wayne’s chauffeur and bodyguard, is about to plunge her sword right into the face… [more]

Community Mad Men SpoofReview of Community Season 5, Episode 3

The first parody of Community‘s fifth season has landed. “Basic Intergluteal Numismatics”, the season’s third episode, feels a little like a redux of “Basic Lupine Urology”, Community’s pitch perfect Law and Order spoof. Both see… [more]

Sherlock 221BReview of Sherlock Season 3, Episode 3

THESE TWO PARAGRAPHS CONTAIN NO SPOILERS In the original and highly unusual story “His Last Bow”, published in 1917 but set in 1914, Sherlock Holmes and John Watson become embroiled in espionage involving a major… [more]

Houses of the HolyHouses of the Holy #1-5 Review

“Houses of the Holy is a comic that deserves a lot more attention. Its stark, stygian atmosphere, engrossing narrative, and visionary art make it one of the finest horror comics I’ve read. And the Madefire… [more]

Sherlock BenedictReview of Sherlock Season 3, Episode 2

“The Sign of Three”, the middle episode in season three of BBC’s Sherlock, is mainly concerned with Sherlock’s relationships with people other than Watson. That might sound odd, considering the central event of this episode… [more]

3The Marvelous Land of Oz Review

The Marvelous Land of Oz Review Story by: L.Frank Baum Written by: Eric Shanower Art by: Skottie Young Cover by: Skottie Young Rating: 7 (of 10) In the wake of success created by The Wonderful… [more]

SherlockReview of Sherlock Season 3, Episode 1

One of the things I admire the most about BBC’s Sherlock is the way they use story titles. As someone who read these stories as a youth and became very familiar with the names of… [more]