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Master of None Just Keeps Getting Better

In his 2016 acceptance speech when season 1 won the Critics’ Choice Award for best comedy series, Master of None cocreator Alan Yang said, “Thank you to all the straight white guys who dominated movies and TV so hard and for so long that stories about anyone else seemed kind of fresh and original now, ’cause you guys crushed it for so long that anything else seemed kind of different.” That, to me, is a perfect reflection of Master...

Throwback Thursday: Star Trek: The Motion Picture Boldly Makes a Television Series Into a Film

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. There’s one franchise I’ve steered clear of in these columns. One that has over 50 years of material ranging from television, films, cartoons, novels, and comics. You name the media, Star Trek has been a part of it for over half a century. What do you focus on? In...

Orange Is the New Black Redeems Some Missteps with a New Season

Every television show has at least one season that I would call mediocre. Supernatural had season 6, Heroes and Sons of Anarchy both had season 2, and so on. With the exception of Game of Thrones (so far), no shows are truly immune to this situation—call it laziness, confusion, or just lack of the ability to come up a full vision of a season. So, with that said, I’ll just say it: I was not a fan of Orange...

Infinite Seven Is What Happens When Cleverness Goes Bad

There’s nothing like feeling like an insider. Thanks to the various nods in the Marvel movies, comic books have given their fans plenty of opportunity to bask in the warm glow of being in an elite club of those in the know. Having been one of the cool kids, I had no idea how annoying that feeling is from the other side. Infinite Seven by Dave Dwonch (writer) and Arturo Mesa (artist) has a really cool concept, but its...

The Mummy Is Horrific, and Not in the Way It’s Meant to Be

Since movie franchises are all the rage nowadays, Universal has fired up its roster of classic movie monsters for the new Dark Universe film series. First step: give the mummy a makeover to be suitable for an action film. Wait, an action film? Of course—you didn’t expect Universal to spend over $100 million on a horror icon and not make it an action blockbuster, did you? That’s just the world we live in, but I was willing to hear...

Human Combat Chess Is Back with Duels, Banter, and Fun

It’s back! Human Combat Chess from Six Elements Theatre is returning to the stage—which is to say chess board—to once again battle for a championship title. After a grueling season it comes down to two teams: the Legion and the Celts. Last year I was introduced to Midwest Combat Chess League’s Human Combat Chess via the 2016 All-Star Tournament, which was not only very entertaining but also educational. I had no idea Human Combat Chess even existed (and in...

Throwback Thursday: The Alien Menace Is Real in Starship Troopers

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. In a newsreel that takes a page out of the Triumph of the Will playbook, 1997’s Starship Troopers opens with a clip for military service and citizenship, and it doesn’t let up on the jingoistic propaganda for the rest of its runtime. While a modest success at the box...

Creepy Art Busts through Horror Clichés in The Circle

The problem with horror is the body count. In general, when characters start dropping like flies, it becomes difficult stay invested. Why care when everyone is going to be slaughtered, right? Horror comic books have an extra hurdle since the word count is low. There just aren’t a lot of pages for the characterization a reader needs in order to get the sock-it-in-the-gut punch each death should represent. But Action Lab Entertainment’s The Circle by Damon Clark (writer) and...

It Comes at Night Won’t Be Soon Forgotten

I’ll just start this off with a variation of the spoiler alert. This is a mean movie. This is not a movie to go to if you are feeling the full weight of the world and utter despair with humanity. This will not help you. This is certainly not a movie to go to if you think horror films are all chock-full of knives, boobs, and masked killers. Likewise, if you cringe at the thought of “art horror” (see...

Three More Reasons Why Wonder Woman Is an Important Movie

It wasn’t until about sixth or seventh grade that I realized that Wonder Woman was my absolute favorite superhero. Image Comics had just hit the scene, and the nerdier among us were spending as much time as we could at the comic shops reading, discussing, and debating the brand-new characters from a brand-new publisher and some of the biggest artists and writers in the industry. Like many geeky debates, we nitpicked, criticized, corrected, and teased each other’s opinions, all...
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