X-Education With Professor K: “Gifted” (2004)

With the release of the first X-Men film in 2000, audiences not only witnessed the dawn of the modern day superhero film boom, but also the beginning of a complicated franchise that would span sixteen years and nine films. With X-Men: Apocalypse on the horizon, Kayleigh Hearn and a Read More …

Avengers: Age of Ultron is a Worthy End to Marvel’s Phase Two [Review]

There’s a sequence in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, a film I didn’t entirely love, that nonetheless sold me on the entire enterprise. After bickering and side-eyeing each other for nearly the entire movie, the titular team puts aside their differences and gets to work, laying waste Read More …

The Justice League That Never Was: DC’s Failed Superhero Films

Marvel Entertainment’s utter, inarguable dominance of the superhero movie genre has become something of a punchline in recent years. While Warner Bros has achieved smashing success with Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, they’ve yet to prove they can effectively sell their Read More …

Hill and Whedon’s In Your Eyes is a Surprisingly Unsurprising Romance

Filmmaker and geek culture icon Joss Whedon made waves last week with the stealth on-demand release of In Your Eyes, the latest production from his and Kai Cole’s Bellwether Pictures. Whedon, who wrote the screenplay, enjoys top promotional billing over the relatively unknown director Brin Read More …

Joss Whedon Story Tropes: Easy to Learn, Hard to Pull Off

by James Dunham Watching Joss Whedon and company’s shows and films over the years, one easily picks up some relatively simple patterns of style and tone (so ubiquitous it’s fair to label them tropes), and some of these patterns— for example, the one-liner, the reversal Read More …

Joss Whedon & the Politics of S.H.I.E.L.D.

By Sarah Gzemski I’m a huge fan of Joss Whedon and of good TV. Personally, I’m a Buffy the Vampire Slayer kind of girl, but rest assured, I’ve been through all of Whedon’s TV work: Angel, Dollhouse, Firefly, and now, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. While S.H.I.E.L.D. Read More …

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is Worth Sticking Around For

  When geeks started rocking “Joss Whedon is My Master Now” tees and The Avengers grossed roughly one gajillion dollars worldwide, it was sort of assumed that the friendly, part-time feminist/full-time Nerd Lord who gave the world Buffy, Angel and the best lines from Toy Read More …