Reviews

Jesse Moynihan's Short Animation "Manly" is Equal Parts Psychedelia, Sentient God-Planets, and Charm

Jul
31

Jesse Moynihan, writer and storyboard artist for Adventure Time, knocks it out of the park with his new animated short"Manly," an intergalactic tragicomedy about murdered gods and an understandably confused girl named Manly. Fantastic animation, irresistable charm, and a lingering sense of epiphany make this an absolute gem from Cartoon Hangover.

Batman: Assault on Arkham is One Hell of an Entrance for the Suicide Squad [Movie Review]

Jul
30

I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite things about going to Comic Conventions are the premieres of my favorite shows and movies. So for the second year in a row, DC Entertainment has premiered their latest animated feature, Batman: Assault on Arkham, at San Diego Comic-Con. I was lucky enough to snag a seat, but the riddle is, was it worth the wait in line?

AUG - Be Careful What You Wish For [Music Review]

Jul
25

Well, the old brain pan’s getting a little cranky again, so it’s time for a trawl through SoundCloud. On this lovely evening/morning/other appropriate light cycle I’ve stumbled upon Ozzy soundalike Aug and his band of merry rockers. This is hard rock edging into metal, or maybe it’s Black Sabbath without the doom and gloom.

The Pull List: Templesmith's The Squidder Proves Dark and Inaccessible

Jul
16

Welcome to The Pull List, a weekly column where I check out the first issue of a new comic and tell you whether or not you should start following that comic based only on that. This week I'm taking a look at the dark, bizarre, and occult world of Ben Templesmith's The Squidder. What the hell is a "squidder," you ask? I have no idea. Let's find out, together.

The Pull List: The Life After Proves Predictable, but Enjoyable

Jul
10

Welcome to The Pull List, a weekly column where I check out the first issue of a new comic and tell you whether or not you should start following that comic based only on that. This week, I'm taking a look at The Life After from writer Joshua Hale Fialkov and artist Gabo. Is it good? Is it bad? Two words: Ghost Hemingway.

The Pull List: Rocket Raccoon's Solo Adventure is an Absolute Blast

Jul
02

Welcome to The Pull List, a weekly column where I check out the first issue of a new comic and tell you whether or not you should start following that comic based only on that. I'm not going to lie, I was a little bit cautious when I heard that Rocket Raccoon from The Guardians of the Galaxy was getting his own solo series. But those fears have been quickly assuaged now that the work is in my hands.

Snowpiercer Is a Train You Can't Afford to Miss [Movie Review]

Jun
27

Summer has begun, and with it comes a tide of lackluster comedies and by-the-numbers action blockbusters. Once in a blue moon, however, we get treated to a thinking man’s film, something that isn’t afraid to delve outside of the box and push a few buttons. Of course, certain studios are afraid to give such films a fighting chance when there's money to be made with other stuff, and opt to give them limited releases. Enter Snowpiercer, a sci-fi thriller directed by acclaimed Korean director Joon-ho Bong (The Host).

Review: Pariah #5 Is Lonely and Technologically Magical

Jun
26

Back when I originally reviewed the first volume of Pariah, I stated that I had many problems with it from its unrealistic superhuman explanations to the unguided moral compass of beings with higher thought. So when issue #5 made its way to my desk, I was reluctant for fear of the same complaints. And how did it fare? Well, some things are better and some things just don’t change.

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Review: Mind MGMT #23 Continues the Fine Tradition of Shocking the Audience

Jun
26

Mind MGMT manages to blow the narrative out of the water again with another disturbingly good issue.

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The Pull List: Robert Kirkman's Outcast Proves Visually Stunning

Jun
25

Welcome to The Pull List, a weekly column where I check out the first issue of a new comic and tell you whether or not you should start following that comic based only on that. There are plenty of comics that seem to have a hard time keeping to a schedule, but Robert Kirkman's massively succesful Walking Dead isn't one of those, and for that consistency alone, I have a lot of respect for that creative team. So it was that I decided to take a chance on Kirkman's latest creation, Outcast.

Overwrought, Glorious, Hollywood-Tinged Fun - Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence' [Album Review]

Jun
17

Lana Del Rey's new album Ultraviolence will irk non-believers in all the familiar ways, but for fans that don't mind her idiosyncrasies and limitations, her sophomore release is sure to please. With palpable, blues garage-y additions from producer Dan Auerbach, and and even more bombastic sound than Born to Die, there's much to love, some to hate, and of course, a good amount of chuckling to be had.

Chef Cooks up a Crowd Pleaser That Will Leave You Wanting Seconds [Movie Review]

Jun
17

A good movie is a lot like a great recipe: if done right, it can be an experience that won’t soon be forgotten. However, there’s always a chance that even if you follow the instructions perfectly, you just end up with a giant mess at the end of it. Luckily, Jon Favreau knows that despite this, it's important to take risks with a classic recipe, and that’s what his film Chef is all about.

22 Jump Street Combines Bromance and Meta Humor for One of the Year's Best Comedies [Movie Review]

Jun
16

Making a good sequel to a popular film is hard to pull off, and it doesn’t help if the predecessor was well loved by both critics and general audiences. The filmmakers could try to be something radically different, and risk turning fans away, or go with a "studio" decision and keep things exactly the same. 22 Jump Street takes a pretty novel approach instead, more or less structuring the entire movie to make fun of the concept of sequels.

Despite Tom Cruise Fatigue, Edge of Tomorrow Manages to Impress [Movie Review]

Jun
16

I have nothing against Tom Cruise personally. His antics, as ridiculous as they are, shouldn't be a factor in deciding whether or not I'll see a film he stars in. "Shouldn't" being the key word there, sometimes that's easier said than done.

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Larusso - "Life In Static" [Album Review]

Jun
16

Do you pine for the days when you used to shop at Hot Topic and wear too much eyeliner? Do you wish you could go back to those middle-school days where you felt like Anberlin and New Found Glory really understood you?! Do you want to relive Warped Tour ’03 forever?!

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