Box Brown’s Fascinating Tetris Gets Lost in the Game [Review]

Tetris: The Games People Play is writer-artist Box Brown’s follow up to 2014’s seminal read, Andre The Giant: Life and Legend. Along with his talents as an artist, Brown’s aptitude for unusual subject matter makes him standout in a comics landscape that isn’t exactly hurting Read More …

Ghostbusters Annotated (Part Three)

In honor of the July 15 release of the new film, Deadshirt movie editor and known Ghostbusters obsessive Max Robinson attempts to pseudo-scientifically analyze the original 1984 film in a three-part commentary. Read Part One & Part Two before proceeding.  48:38 – 49:20 We’re back at Central Park West for the third Read More …

IDW’s Ghostbusters, Adaptation, and the Specter of 1984

Beginning in 2011 and spread out over five different series under the vision of writer Erik Burnham and artist Dan Schoening (with the occasional guest-penciler and backup story writer), IDW’s Ghostbusters ongoing “title” is—perhaps appropriately—a strange book. I’ve written before about the uneasy relationship between Read More …

Ghostbusters Annotated (Part Two)

In honor of the July 15 release of the new film, Deadshirt movie editor and known Ghostbusters obsessive Max Robinson attempts to pseudo-scientifically analyze the original 1984 film in a four part commentary.  28:12 – 28:35 Back at the firehouse, we find Ray, Peter and Egon eating Chinese takeout (a classic New Read More …

Ghostbusters Annotated (Part One)

In honor of the July 15 release of the new film, Deadshirt movie editor and known Ghostbusters obsessive Max Robinson attempts to pseudo-scientifically analyze the original 1984 film in a four part commentary.  0:00 – 0:39 The opening sequence of this movie is really interesting. Let’s talk about the first thing Read More …

Aw C’mon Gotham: Season 2, Episode 13: “A Dead Man Feels No Cold”

Fox’s “Batman-without-Batman” soap opera is the most amazingly weird show on television. For every episode this season, Deadshirt’s own Sarah Register, Kayleigh Hearn and Max Robinson discuss the good, the bad…the beginning? of little Bruce Wayne, skinny Oswald Cobblepot, and Jim Gordon sans ‘stache as they try to find their Read More …

10 Cloverfield Lane [Review]

10 Cloverfield Lane is the film marketing equivalent of a really cool magic trick. As I mentioned in an earlier piece, 10CL was deliberately dropped into the pre-spring/summer blockbuster slate without any kind of advance notice, save for a few trailers in the month or so leading up to Read More …

The Coens Squint Against the Infinite with Hail, Caesar! [Review]

Hail, Caesar! is two movies that are really one movie: the Coen Brothers film Hail, Caesar! that you the viewer are watching, and Capitol Pictures’ troubled prestige picture Hail, Caesar!. The blurred line between the film and the golden age of Hollywood film-within-a-film is immediate and obvious, placed Read More …

Stale Popcorn: Cloverfield (2008)

Film is an entertainment medium that, by its very nature, tends to reward the viewer in rewatch. Sometimes movies even reveal to us how we’ve grown or changed since we last saw them. Our own Max Robinson reassesses old favorites, seasonal classics and the occasional oddball lost under the couch in his monthly Read More …

Tarantino and the Hero’s Journey of Django Unchained

2012’s Django Unchained is the most commercially successful of Quentin Tarantino’s films. A big part of why moviegoers responded to Django so strongly, I think, is that it’s the first time Tarantino opts for more traditional Hero’s Journey storytelling elements. Django Unchained is an homage, Read More …