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Why I Enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy Even More the Second Time

Aug
24

I'm not going to lie, I loved The Guardians of the Galaxy, but of course, I figured I would. Of the last five movies to come out of Marvel Studios, I've thoroughly enjoyed all of them. Still, Guardians was easily my favorite film of the summer, if not of the year (so far). I recently got a chance to go see it again, though, and I have to say that I think it may have been even better the second time.

The Pull List: Grant Morrison's The Multiversity Brings the Insanity

Aug
20

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'm a pretty big fan of Grant Morrison and his particular brand of insanity, so I was pretty excited to hear that he would be helming a new event series from DC Comics called The Multiversity. Needless to say, issue one is pretty mind-boggling.

The Expendables 3 Micro-Review: Not Great, But Still Good

Aug
16

The Expendables series has managed to carve out a niche for itself amongst action-enthusiasts for its non-stop parade of action movie icons, B-movie badasses, and about as many cameos as one can possibly shove into an hour-and-a-half. None of the films so far have been particularly... graceful in their execution, but there's always been plenty of solid action featuring some of the biggest names in the genre to make up for it. Does the third film live up to that, or is the gimmick finally wearing thin?

Indie Spotlight: Axle's Spin on Mobile Platformers Is Unique and Refreshing

Aug
15

We're in a bit of a platformer renaissance right now. Well, maybe renaissance isn't the right word. Under an avalanche of pixel art and chiptune music, we're getting plenty of new games, so many that they're all starting to blend together. That's why it's a breath of fresh air when a game, especially a platformer, can catch your eye with just a glance.

The Pull List: Godzilla: Cataclysm Brings the Action

Aug
14

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 we'll be taking a look at the first issue of Godzilla: Cataclysm, a big, action-filled, new series from IDW.

The Pull List: Imperial #1 Doesn't Do Anything New, but it Does it Well

Aug
06

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. Superman has been a cultural icon for nearly 80 years now, and we've seen his character, or some iteration of it, in just about every story imaginable at this point. But Imperial proves that we can still have fun with this kind of hero.

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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