Dowsing Rod: The Twilight Zone and Mr. Death

For the Game of Thrones generation, the idea of a genre TV series that wraps all of its plots up within a half hour is borderline unthinkable. Or, it would be, if The Twilight Zone didn’t get a cable marathon on an increasing number of holidays. While The Twilight Zone seems Read More …

Abnett & Ross’s Hercules is a Surprisingly Sweet Update of the Masculine Ideal

Hot-headed. Charming. Brash. Fun. Thoughtless. Probably getting laid, liquored up, or both right this second. All fair ways to describe the Marvel Hercules we’re used to seeing. Historically, both in myth and in Marvel, the character of Hercules has served as a poster boy for masculinity, so Read More …

The Magicians Pursues Interesting Goals, at Times Falls Short [Review]

SyFy’s latest hard-sell effort, The Magicians, broaches concepts I’ve never seen from fantasy stories before, many of which are the kinds of things, as a longtime fantasy fan, I’ve been quietly hoping for. However, the show is hampered in many ways by its occasionally clunky Read More …

Despite Uneven Tone, Goosebumps Charges Ghoul Speed Ahead [Review]

Goosebumps has some of my favorite visual effects I’ve seen in years, but it struggles throughout to find its tone. That struggle really hampers the film, preventing it from becoming the best film it could be—which is, I’d argue, a sort of R.L. Stine’s Jumanji. Full Read More …

The Rundown: A Meditation on Masks, Madness and Morality in The Death of Jean DeWolff

In The Rundown, Deadshirt dives into our cardboard long boxes to shine a light on important, unusual or otherwise remarkable comic runs (mainstream or otherwise) from a specific creative team or teams. The Series Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #107-110 Written by Peter David Pencils Read More …

CSI: Cyber is TV’s Heir Apparent to Crazy Nineties Hacker Movies [Review]

Do you remember that slew of Computers Are Magic movies from the nineties? You know, Hackers, The Net, that whole thing? They were the product of a simpler time, when Internet access was becoming increasingly ubiquitous but very few really understood what that meant. People were Read More …

Jupiter Ascending: In Defense of the Batshit Space Opera [Review]

Have you heard about Jupiter Ascending? If you’re conscious, then the answer is probably yes. What you’ve heard about it may vary quite a bit, though, as the movie’s received a fair amount of hate from the thinking-about-stuff crowd. “The plot doesn’t make any sense.” Read More …