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Shadow and Bone Episode 1 An Exercise in Worldbuilding &#038 Setup: Review

Shadow and Bone Episode 1 An Exercise in Worldbuilding & Setup: Review

For a long time, all of the streaming services were doing the "drop the whole season at once" thing when it came to their shows. It seemed like that was going to be the norm going forward, but we actually seem to be going back to weekly releases on streaming services, and by sheer coincidence, […]

Cruel Summer E01 &#038 E02 Prove Solid Start to Twisty Mystery: Review

Cruel Summer E01 & E02 Prove Solid Start to Twisty Mystery: Review

Freeform's Cruel Summer episodes one and two are a solid start to a mystery story that doesn't seem as black and white as it seems. Freeform shows tend to swing from incredibly well-done shows and shows that miss so hard they are at risk of hitting themselves in the face. Two episodes into Cruel Summer, […]

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier E6 Review: A Frankly Baffling Ending

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier E6 Review: A Frankly Baffling Ending

After a fifth episode that finally felt like the show was finding its feet, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier went out on its lowest note. The Marvel TV shows have thus far been a mixed bag, and while WandaVision felt like something that could only be brought to life via the medium of television, The Falcon and […]

Mortal Kombat Review: The Dumb Movie Isnt Dumb Enough

Mortal Kombat Review: The Dumb Movie Isn't Dumb Enough

Mortal Kombat has always been an intricately dumb idea from a mythology standpoint, which is not a bad thing, and this new movie adaptation takes that dumb material far too seriously. Director: Simon McQuoid Summary: MMA fighter Cole Young seeks out Earth's greatest champions in order to stand against the enemies of Outworld in a […]

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier S01E04 Tries Doing Too Much: Review

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier S01E04 Tries Doing Too Much: Review

In The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode four, it has become apparent that this show has some really big ideas but not enough time to execute all of them. It's a shame because the ideas being teased are really interesting and something that could be really explored, but instead, they feel like setups for […]

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier E03 Review: Sharon Carter Kicks Ass

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier E03 Review: Sharon Carter Kicks Ass

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode three continues the long-standing comic book tradition of making Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) an infinitely more interesting character when she isn't around Steve Rogers. We're three episodes in, and the pacing of this show is beginning to feel a little bit off. There is a lot going on, […]

Malifauxs English Ivan Core Box By Wyrd Miniatures: A Review

Malifaux's English Ivan Core Box, By Wyrd Miniatures: A Review

Wyrd Miniatures' third edition of their eldritch, Weird-West skirmisher Malifaux is a game very unlike most other tabletop wargames. Instead of dice players use playing cards to determine randomization. Models are dynamic to build and paint, and quite breathtaking to behold when finished. And, perhaps most importantly to many, the characters in the game are […]

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier E02 Review: A Lot for Fans to Love

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier E02 Review: A Lot for Fans to Love

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 2 comes with such jarring changes in tone and theme that it might give some viewers whiplash, but the nature of this story and how in-depth they are planning on going into these themes have become very, very apparent. It doesn't take long for the "and" of the […]

Nobody Review: Its John Wick Minus the Fantastic World-Building

Nobody Review: It's John Wick Minus the Fantastic World-Building

Nobody is a solid action movie with excellent fight scenes and brutal takedowns that will be compared to John Wick but lacks the fantastic world-building the Wick movies that makes a good movie great. Director: Ilya Naishuller Summary: A bystander who intervenes to help a woman being harassed by a group of men becomes the […]

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier E01 Review: Solid Series Start

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier E01 Review: Solid Series Start

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode one isn't the genre game-changer that WandaVision was, but it does do a pretty good job of setting up what this series is going to be about and what themes they are going to be addressing. If there is a black hole that is missing from the Marvel […]

Raya and the Last Dragon Review: Basic Tale with a Fresh Coat of Paint

Raya and the Last Dragon Review: Basic Tale with a Fresh Coat of Paint

Raya and the Last Dragon might be telling a very familiar story, but between the stunning animation, a cast of lovable characters, and a fresh outlook that is well overdue more than makes up for it being a little predictable. Directors: Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada Co-Directors: Paul Briggs and John Ripa Summary: In […]

The Little Things Review: Mediocre Until It Falls Right Off Of A Cliff

The Little Things Review: Mediocre Until It Falls Right Off Of A Cliff

The Little Things starts off as a paint-by-numbers cop thriller that is utterly mediocre aside from good performances from its main cast until the end when it completely falls apart. Director: John Lee Hancock Summary: Kern County Deputy Sheriff Joe "Deke" Deacon (Washington) is sent to Los Angeles for what should have been a quick evidence-gathering […]

Locked Down is a Shaggy Dog Screwball Comedy for the Lockdown

Locked Down is a Shaggy Dog Screwball Comedy for the Lockdown

Locked Down is another unexpected production that came out of the lockdown of 2020. Written, financed, and shot within 4 months, it's another British approach to lockdown stories for film and television. Unlike the reactionary and exploitation thriller tropes of the Michael Bay production Songbird, it's a more sedate affair offering a picture of London […]

Batwoman Season 2 Ep 1 Whatever Happened to Kate Kane [Review]

Batwoman Season 2 Ep 1 Whatever Happened to Kate Kane? [Review]

This review of Batwoman Season 2 Episode 1 contains SPOILERS for the episode.  Batwoman is back, with Ryan Wilder (Javicia Leslie) taking up the cowl and becoming a very different kind of Batwoman. This episode had a near-impossible task: reset the series after its abrupt Season 1 ending and cement Ryan Wilder as the new Batwoman. It […]

Soul Review: Pixar Hits It Out of the Freaking Park Yet Again

Soul Review: Pixar Hits It Out of the Freaking Park Yet Again

Soul is yet another homerun not just for director Pete Docter, who is almost scary good at this point, but also one of Pixar's best. Director: Pete Docter and Kemp Powers Summary:  A musician who has lost his passion for music is transported out of his body and must find his way back with the help […]

Wonder Woman 1984 Review: A Middling Sequel That is Fine in the End

Wonder Woman 1984 Review: A Middling Sequel That is Fine in the End

Wonder Woman 1984 had some impossible shoes to fill, but, in the end, this extremely bloated sequel has some fun moments but is overall just another mediocre entry in the DC universe of movies. Director: Patty Jenkins Summary: Fast forward to the 1980s as Wonder Woman's next big-screen adventure finds her facing two all-new foes: Max […]

Rebecca Review: A Middling Adaptation of a Classic Story

Rebecca Review: A Middling Adaptation of a Classic Story

Rebecca has some big shoes to fill with the classic novel and an award-winning Hitchcock adaptation, and this Netflix adaption falls pretty short. Director: Ben Wheatley Summary: A young newlywed arrives at her husband's imposing family estate on a windswept English coast and finds herself battling the shadow of his first wife, Rebecca, whose legacy […]

Tenet Review: Menswear Homoeroticism Time Travel and Not Much Else

Tenet Review: Menswear, Homoeroticism, Time Travel, and Not Much Else

Disclaimer: We are currently in the middle of an ongoing pandemic in the United States, where this writer is based. Our government was slow to act, and because of that, our numbers are still very high. A movie theater is not a safe place to be because people will be taking off their masks to […]

Mulan Review: Beautifully Shot and Wonderfully Acted

Mulan Review: Beautifully Shot and Wonderfully Acted

Mulan is by far the best of live-action Disney remakes as it takes a familiar story and twists it to create something with absolutely stunning cinematography and great fight scenes that truly makes it feel new and epic. Director: Niki Caro Summary: When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family […]

The New Mutants Review: The X-Men Go Out With a Shrug and a CGI Bear

The New Mutants Review: The X-Men Go Out With a Shrug and a CGI Bear

Disclaimer: We are currently in the middle of an ongoing pandemic in the United States, where this writer is based. Our government was slow to act, and because of that, our numbers are still very high. A movie theater is not a safe place to be because people will be taking off their masks to […]