Reviews

The Pull List: Hulk #1 Starts a Mystery

Apr
17

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. In this week's (day late) edition, we'll try to not get angry while reviewing the first issue in the newest volume of Hulk.

Draft Day [Movie Review]

Apr
13

Draft Day is one of those interesting kinds of sports films that is not necessarily about playing the sport itself. Yes, it takes place on one of most important dates in the NFL, but the film doesn’t show any actual football. It’s something that may turn off people who want to see men tackling each other and well-choreographed plays, but it may just attract those who wouldn’t necessarily be interested in the subject matter at first glance.

The Pull List: Lumberjanes Promises Fun Times For All Ages

Apr
09

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. Today we'll be taking a look at the first issue of Lumberjanes - a perky, action/adventure series featuring an all-female cast.

Eluusif - Aliens Do It Better [Music Review]

Apr
07

If you’re a fan of EDM/dubstep AND of sci-fi, I’ve found something that perfect for you. If you've ever wished for an extraterrestrial invasion that involved dancing cats and snarky alien DJs, you are in luck. Eluusif has landed.

Jodorowsky's Dune, The Psychedelic SciFi Epic That Wasn't [Movie Review]

Apr
06

Alejandro Jodorowsky's scrapped Dune movie is the stuff of cult-film legend, and for good reason; not only was the source novel a bizarre blend of psychedelia, colonialism, and mysticism, Jodorowsky had also assembled an all-star cast of weirdos and luminaries, the likes of Salvador Dali, Orson Welles, and Pink Floyd, for starters. Frank Pavich's 2013 documentary of the project is a gleeful, if somewhat overly hyperbolic love-letter that brings us as close as we'll ever come to that fantastic dream.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier [Movie Review]

Apr
05

Out of the main four Avengers, Captain America is a clear stand out for many reasons. He’s the most grounded in reality, is a classic “good ol’ boy”, and has a clear presence as a leader. In Captain America: The First Avenger as well as The Avengers, we see him adapting to new situations and The Winter Soldier is no different. Now that he’s found a place in this new world, the true dilemma is whether he is ready to accept it.

Noah [Movie Review]

Apr
04

Biblical stories, whether you believe in them or not, are a great source for inspiration and open all kinds of creative storytelling. The story of Noah is one that is known to most of the Western world, and is mostly straight forward; while the story doesn’t have a defined story arc, it is often represented as a story of hope. However, is it possible to tell this story in a way that pleases both a Christian and secular audience, when it's director, Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream), is known for his dark subject matter?

Golden Time [Anime Review]

Apr
04

When it comes to anime, it’s nice to see something mature in terms of storytelling. With the market packed with a lot of action shows, it’s calming to find one that steps back from all of that and explores the other aspects of adulthood. Golden Time, while a good romance, is also a great story of really finding yourself when a person is at the cusp of adulthood.

Fire and the Romance [Mini Music Review]

Apr
04

Fire and the Romance has an enthralling indie rock sound and a not-to-be-missed EP called The Adaptations due out later in the spring.

The Pull List: Deadpool Vs. Carnage Doesn't Really Deliver on What it Promises

Apr
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. This week, let's take a look at the first issue of Deadpool Vs. Carnage. Yup, the first, as in of several.

Monks of Mellonwah: Turn the People [Music Review]

Mar
31

When it comes to music, doesn't everyone like to the be the guy or girl who "heard them" first? There's something satisfying about seeing a band you "discovered" cross over into the mainstream. If you like alternative rock along the lines of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse, or Incubus... you need to hear about these guys so you can claim "I found them first!" One of my best friends in the world is the king of recommendations. He’s referred me to countless bands that I instantly warmed to - including New Coke, Chelsea Wolfe, and Ty Segall (all of whom I hope to write about sooner or later). I recently gave a listen to another of his recommendations - an Australian group called The Monks of Mellonwah.

The Pull List: Blackout Issue 1 Skips the Introductions

Mar
27

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 got to the comic shop five minutes before it closed and frantically and randomly picked up Blackout issue 1 from Dark Horse Comics.

Divergent [Movie Review]

Mar
24

You know you’re watching a movie based off a Young Adult book series when there is romance just randomly placed in there. A good writer might be able to make it authentic, but most of the time, it feel very forced. When it comes to Divergent, there are plenty of things going for it that are interesting, but it seems that it just couldn’t escape the YA trap.

Log Horizon Season One [Anime Review]

Mar
24

The idea of being trapped inside a video game is nothing new; it's a concept popularized by series like Sword Art Online, and while many would say that Log Horizon is a rip-off of Sword Art Online, it's clear that this is untrue. The only thing they have in common is the premise--past that, Log Horizon takes a very drastic turn from the norm with this kind of story, focusing on the human side of things instead of the action.

The Louise Log [Webseries Review]

Mar
21

If you mixed Louie with Curb Your Enthusiasm, then rooted the project with a female lead, you would end up with The Louise Log. The Louise Log is a comedy webseries I stumbled across recently. It is about a housewife in New York City and her continuous internal monologue, as Louise has a midlife crisis and begins creating her own webseries. It is peppered with some strange peripheral plot devices - including body-swapping and encounters with witch doctors - but it is largely driven by the inner thoughts of a clearly neurotic woman.

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