Last night, I watched Star Wars for the first time in a few years. I know, I know -- what is there to say about it? Well, don't worry; I'm not about to launch into a 10,000 word treatise on its many virtues, but I did have a few thoughts:
In this SPOILER-FILLED review, I look at Zack Snyder's reboot of the Superman legend and try to place it in the larger context of moviemaking today.
Comics fans need to stop looking for their Lord of the Rings in the mind of Christopher Nolan. I'll come back to that idea later, but first let's look at Zack Snyder's grim, bloody and -- most important -- cold new movie, Man of Steel.
My Internetting revealed to me this morning that Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, aka Jaime Lannister, played one of the Deltas in Black Hawk Down. If you want to hear the multilingual actor doing a country-redneck accent, check out the video below.
What was pitched as an artistic choice turned out to be one of necessity -- and we're all the better for it.
Here's my favorite joke from the original run of Arrested Development: While planning a charity event, George Bluth Sr. asks his family to recommend an organization or cause to benefit. Everyone recommends something self-serving in the secret ballot, except one family member, who suggests "cervical cancer."
"Oh, I wonder who wrote that one down," George Sr. deadpans as the camera cuts to Michael.
I love this moment, not only because it's funny and indicative of the family's self-involvement, but also because this is how we find out the cause of Tracey Bluth's death -- through comedy.
For me, comedies are always best when they're dramas (or outright tragedies) first. The fourth season of AD didn't deliver as much tragedy as I would have liked, but it did finally reveal Michael's late wife amidst a hectic, muddled, misshapen new season that was frustrating and funny, off-kilter and canny.
In the first of a three-part series, I look back at The Wire and try to figure out why season five is the weakest entry of this brilliant series. I first watched The Wire, David Simon’s seminal portrait of the city of Baltimore in five acts, a few years ago. I recently plowed through the series again, this time with…
SPOILERS AHEAD I'd love to meet and talk with a WWII-generation Japanese citizen who saw Gojira (aka Godzilla) for the first time in 1954. It's no secret that Japanese pop-culture – from Manga comics to big-robot/big-monster sci-fi – has acted as a pressure-release for the anger and anxiety built up from America's bombing of Japan in World War II. (The…
Bryan Singer’s sprightly Days of Future Past jettisons most of the youngsters from the 2011 reboot in favor of the series’ new leading men, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender. It’s the right call, but the filmmakers commit one small blunder: They make Wolverine the hero. SPOILERS AHEAD!
In competing narrative voices (mostly first with a dash of third), author Mayer ably explores the turbulent headspace of Quinn, a teenager with a condition known as congenital analgesia—he can't feel pain.
In this classic book review, Tony Lazlo sounds an extended dirge for the disappointing final chapter in the Harry Potter book series. SPOILERS AHEAD! The empress is naked.After 10 wonderful years of books whose release dates arrived with the anticipation of fresh boxes of Wonka bars, we're left with the disheartening reality that J.K. Rowling couldn't write a Harry Potter…
Bob here. I met Andi Cumbo-Floyd through Twitter, where she holds weekly discussion with other writers. She's one of the kindest, most thoughtful people I've interacted with, and her writing reflects that. Besides her ongoing pursuit of creative nonfiction, Andi is also a teacher and editor. She recently launched a new online community for writers, and she maintains an artistic…
Fanbase Press has one of the great unheralded stories of the comic-book publishing world. Run by Los Angeles-based husband-and-wife team Bryant and Barbra Dillon, Fanbase Press has been putting out top-notch content for the past several years. The company’s first two titles, Identity Thief and Something Animal, were both painterly explorations of dark psychosis. Since those releases, they’ve steadfastly sought…