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TV Review: Watchmen!

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Movie Review: Zombieland: Double Tap

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Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Zoey Deutch

Directed By: Ruben Fleischer

Sequels are hard. Comedy sequels are harder. But Horror Comedy sequels? They’re virtually non-existent, and ones that come ten years after the original are almost always doomed for failure. Which makes Zombieland: Double Tap one of the bigger surprises of the year for me. From assembling the original cast and crew to not falling into the trap of rehashing the jokes from the original, there’s plenty to find enjoyable in the return trip to Zombieland, even if the end result isn’t as fresh as the original. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Tales of The Dark Multiverse and Savage Sword of Conan!

COMIC REVIEWS!!!

STL134156Tales of The Dark Multiverse: Knightfall #1 (DC Comics)

DC’s no stranger to alternate reality stories, but their latest series of “What If” tales doesn’t wear their “Elseworlds” moniker. Instead, they’re continuing to lean into the “Dark Multiverse” set up by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Metal with Tales of The Dark Multiverse, a new series of one shot stories highlighting different takes on famous DC stories. Right out of the gate, the series is focusing on one of the biggest DC tales at all: Knighfall, with Scott Snyder, Kyle Higgins, and artist Javi Fernandez weaving this new spin on the tale. Read the rest of this entry

The Bat, The Cat, and The ?????

the-batman-villains-jonah-hill-riddler-penguin-comicbookcom-1188756-1280x0Now that Robert Pattinson has signed on to answer the bat-signal, it’s time to start filling out the rest of Gotham, and what better place to start than with one of the Batman’s closet allies, Commissioner Gordon. While many were expecting that we’d see J.K. Simmons’ return to the role after Justice League, but after that film’s underperformance, it looks like Gordon is getting put into the reboot machine as well, and now he’s being played by none other than Westworld‘s Jeffrey Wright. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Doctor Doom and The Batman’s Grave

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Villain led comics are typically pretty hard to pull off, but that doesn’t mean that Marvel isn’t going to try with Doctor Doom. From Halt and Catch Fire creator Christopher Cantwell and artist Salvador Larocca, the new series focusing on Victor Von Doom is both intriguing and a little confusing, mainly due to the characterization of Doom himself. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Joker

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Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beets, Robert De Niro, Francis Conroy

Directed By: Todd Phillips

SPOILERS

Being a big Batman fan, I’ve seen a lot of takes on the Dark Knight. That also means I’ve seen a lot of takes on his arch nemesis, the Joker. From Heath Ledger’s scarred anarchist to Jared Leto’s tattooed thug, The Joker has had arguably the most interpretations of any comic book character in history, and since he’s my all-time favorite villain in fiction, I’m pretty protective of him. Which is why I was going into Todd Phillips’ Joker with some pretty heavy skepticism. On the one hand, you have Joaquin Phoenix, arguably the best actor of our generation, in the lead. On the other hand, this is a Joker origin movie (strike one) that doesn’t feature Batman (strike two), and is from the director of The Hangover and Due Date (movies that I find funny, but strike three). Add in the fact that it seems to be more influenced by early Martin Scorsese films like Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy than anything from the Clown Prince of Crime’s myriad comic book appearances, and I was starting to get a feeling of confusion over what the point of even calling this film “Joker” was . With the storm of controversy and furor surrounding the film’s release, including winning the Golden Lion at Cannes and increased police presence at showings (plus Todd Phillips’ increasingly stupid comments on the state of comedy), and it was getting to a point where I was looking forward to seeing the film less out excitement and curiosity, and more out of a feeling of “let’s just get this over with”. The end result has me falling somewhere squarely in the middle on Joker, a film that has many flaws, but an undeniably great lead performance in Joaquin Phoenix. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Ghost Rider and Killswitch!

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gr1-1-copyGhost Rider #1 (Marvel Comics)

It’s been a long time since we’ve had a Ghost Rider title on the stands, but with the latest series, the question is “which Ghost Rider do you follow”? Danny Ketch? Johnny Blaze? Robbie Reyes? Well, if you’re the new creative team of Ed Brisson and Aaron Kuder, you split the difference between Blaze and Ketch, and let Reyes hang out with the Avengers. Read the rest of this entry

Happy Homecoming, Spider-Man!

0085510c768c538b923ed422c2cef267c9d687b3And just like that, Spidey is back in the MCU.

In a surprising turn of events (okay, not THAT surprising), Sony and Marvel Studios have renegotiated their deal to keep Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in the MCU for another two movies, and they’ve even got the third film on the schedule for 2021, a mere two years away. After nearly a month passing with the deal seemingly dying, many (myself included) resigned themselves to the fact that the deal was over and done with, and that we’d have to live with a Spidey in a post-MCU world. But it seems like cooler heads have prevailed (or at least realized how much money was being left on the table), and we’re going to get at least two more adventures with the wall-crawler. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Harleen and Kylo Ren!

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indexHarleen #1 (DC Comics)

The DC Black Label keeps powering on with a new miniseries that has ties to the history of writer/artist Stjepan Sejic work as an indie publisher. Telling a new spin on the origin of Harley Quinn, you’d be forgiven for wondering why this was a story that needed to be retold. Well, surprisingly Harleen is not only a worthy installment of the history of the character, but also serves as one of the most impressive comics of the year. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Rambo: Last Blood

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Rambo: Last Blood (2019)

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Yvette Monreal, Paz Vega

Directed By: Adrian Grunberg

Despite seemingly hanging up the bow and arrow and knife in Rambo, Sylvester Stallone is back to wage war once again in Rambo: Last Blood, the fifth film in the franchise that somehow keeps chugging along. Serving as a weird epilogue of sorts to the story of John Rambo, the Vietnam vet who has probably killed more people than Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, and Freddy Krueger combined, Last Blood feels less like the four films that came before it, and more like a strange reboot for a Rambo limited series. That being said though, the last twenty minutes of the film are absolutely bananas, and have some of the best action sequences of the whole series. Read the rest of this entry