Reviews

A New Kiss Comic Fleshes Out the Band’s 1981 Concept Album but Takes No Risks

Kiss has been an institution in the music industry since the 1970s, and the band’s influence branches across the pop-culture landscape. In comics, the rockers made their debut in Marvel’s Howard the Duck #12 to much acclaim in 1977, and they’ve since gone on to partner with other comic studios, including Image and IDW Publishing. Now, Dynamite Entertainment has gotten its turn to show the Kiss Army what it has to offer with the first five issues of the...

It’s War, Love, and Ninjas in Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone

Qui Nguyen, the playwright behind the geeky She Kills Monsters, is back with another outstanding story that addresses stereotypes and social issues through humor and music. Vietgone, showing at Mixed Blood Theatre through April 30, is not a story about the war in Vietnam. It is not a story about the transitions to American life by Vietnamese refugees. It’s not even about the politics of both countries surrounding the war. No, according Nguyen—who himself features in the story, played...

Can’t Wait for More Rick and Morty Episodes? Check Out the Comic!

Wubba lubba dub dub! Our year and a half of neglected suffering has finally come to an end: Rick and Morty came back and shocked us all like a Plumbus at the beginning of April. By announcing the premiere of season 3 only hours before the event itself, most of us scrambled to watch the episode and get another sweet, sweet hit of this whirlwind force of a cartoon. But like anything else that we are addicted to, one...

Throwback Thursday: It’s a Cool, Cool World For the Ice Pirates

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. I will go on record stating that 1984 was a great year for genre films. We got Ghostbusters, Gremlins, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Neverending Story, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Terminator, and that doesn’t even include some other equally entertaining films that hit theaters and drive-ins...

Movies of Mention! The Fate of the Furious, Going in Style, Watership Down, and More

Welcome to your movie-geek roundup of what’s new and worth your attention on the big screen and streaming at home. Let us know in the comments what you’re going to be watching! In Theaters The Fate of the Furious (Now Playing) As the eighth installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise, this latest picture finds the street-racing action speeding crazily on flat tires. This time, the crew finds that their leader, Toretto (Vin Diesel), is working for the...

The Sounding Combines Darkness, Warmth, and Stellar Acting

The screen fades in on an overhead view of waves hitting rocks, putting you in the mind of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. That first shot isn’t the only imagery that reminded me of a Shakespearean locale, but it definitely sets the mood perfectly for the tale that unfolds in The Sounding, both directed by and starring Catherine Eaton. The quick synopsis is that a woman in Maine, after almost a lifetime of silence, decides to finally speak. That she...

Does Iron Fist Really Deserve All the Heat It’s Been Getting?

I must start off apologizing for arriving so late to the Iron Fist review party. However, in my defense, it turns out having a full-time job an a part-time job and watching a lot of television is more exhausting than you might think. I’d say it’ll never happen again, but I just don’t think I could watch less TV than I do. (I could watch more, but less would be just ridiculous.) That said, I have to address this...

Throwback Thursday: Getting into Outland

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. Though known primarily for his immortal role as James Bond, Sean Connery has been in a surprising number of genre films. From 1974’s Zardoz to the Highlander films and the one that unfortunately made him stop acting, 2003’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. There is one specific sci-fi film of...

Was the Transformers: The Last Knight Sneak Peek Event a Transforming Experience or Just Hype?

Being fan of the Transformers franchise since long before the cinematic renditions, I am always wary of the modern interpretations of my childhood heroes and villains. Which is why, while I was excited about having the chance on April 4 to get a first look at the upcoming fifth installment of the movie franchise, The Last Knight, I still remained skeptical. But that changed after viewing the roughly 25-minute sneak peek, about 20 minutes of which was film footage, some...

20 Reasons to Be Excited for the Return of Young Justice

Well, fellow Young Justice advocates—we did it. Online petitions, letters to executives, Facebook support groups, write-ups, and the most painless of all—binge watching episodes on Netflix. Because of all the pushing by fans, Young Justice will be returning after a three-year hiatus. In just two seasons, Young Justice became one of my favorite superhero animated shows. I’ll refrain from deciding if it tops the legendary Batman animated series, only because that show lasted four seasons. I’ve been a massive...
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