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Legends of Tomorrow Season 3 Review Legends of Tomorrow Season 3 Review

The CW seasons are wrapping up, and as they do I begin my annual wrap up for where each show is standing. Starting off on a high note, I’ve got Legends of Tomorrow’s third season to review, and yeah, I manage to go a little more in depth than just “Oh my god, you guys, it’s so good”. I could’ve left it at that, but…

The Fat of the Skull The Fat of the Skull

Of all the pirate names to inspire fear on the seven seas, “Puddin’ Head” ranks pretty low. But the film featuring that character, 1952's Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd, is a decent pirate adventure. It succeeds more at that than at comedy, in fact, but Abbott and Costello are always a delight.

The Mummy in the Box The Mummy in the Box

For creating and maintaining an atmosphere, Pyramids of Mars is an exemplary Doctor Who serial. Nicely invoking film adaptations of The Mummy, it also distinguishes itself in a genre of Edwardian antiquarian supernatural horror. It has it all—anxious, learned gentlemen in tweed and linen, a gradually established…

Robots Bring Zombies and Disorder Robots Bring Zombies and Disorder

Nowadays television and movies have us well prepared for a day when we wake up and find most of the populace is either dead or mindless walking corpses. It was somewhat unusual, though, when 1964's The Earth Dies Screaming was released. This entertaining and oddly short post-apocalyptic film by Terence Fisher features…

Google's Near Future Could Have Societal Impact Google's Near Future Could Have Societal Impact

Why use a phone to make appointments? Why not commit a crime but swear you were home on the phone?

The Many Shades of the Expanse The Many Shades of the Expanse

Last night gave us a new episode of The Expanse that was the opposite of last week’s filler episode. Lots of stuff happened this time—really well executed stuff. SyFy already looked like assholes last week for cancelling The Expanse, they look colossally obnoxious now. In the unlikely event that someone else doesn’t…

Deadpool 2 Review & Discussion Deadpool 2 Review & Discussion

The first Deadpool film felt like a breath of fresh air, it’s R rating and surface disregard for the conventions of modern superhero movie narratives made it a cultural touchstone, a film you just had to see because it wasn’t like anything you’d ever seen before.

The Life of Lois The Life of Lois

After hearing Margot Kidder passed away yesterday I decided to watch Superman II again last night (the Donner cut). The first film’s better than either version of the sequel but I feel like Kidder has more screentime in II, despite being fifth or sixth billed. This is probably do to other actors’ agents being better…

Margot Kidder Has Died At 69 May She Be With Family And Christopher Reeve Margot Kidder Has Died At 69 May She Be With Family And Christopher Reeve

God I am in tears rewatching this scene. Of all the Superman movie scenes this is the one I remember the most. I saw it at the theater in 1978. It will always be the best Superman movie ever.

Deborah Milton's Supper with Prince
Rupert Deborah Milton's Supper with Prince Rupert

Happy U.S. Mother’s Day, everyone, especially to mothers. To-day also brings a new chapter of my infrequently updated web comic, Dekpa and Deborah. Watch as Deborah tries not to embarrass herself at supper with some very important people in one of the biggest palaces in the world a few decades before it mostly burned…

Harsh Persuasion Harsh Persuasion

It seems the galaxy always needs sorting out because of people who think the galaxy needs sorting out. Luckily we have the Seventh Doctor who’s doing something like that in the good 2013 audio play Persuasion. Starting with a pair of gods whose perfect benevolence is diminished somewhat when they’re fighting for…

The Palette Expanse The Palette Expanse

I feel like there’s a tug of war between directors on The Expanse—between directors who like coloured lighting and directors who don’t. This week’s decent episode where tensions came to a head saw the bridge of the Agatha King turn purple.

The Heist and the Clock The Heist and the Clock

There’s a melancholy in 1997's Jackie Brown not found in its director’s previous two crime films. Jackie Brown has been described as a film about older people—certainly it remains Quentin Tarantino’s most mature work—but it’s not simply that. It’s specifically about a criminal getting older, its final shot beautifully…

If you are into medieval battle royal If you are into medieval battle royal

Ukrainian game developers Blackrose Arts have you covered.

Cinco de Cyborg Cinco de Cyborg

I wanted an appropriate Doctor Who episode to watch for Cinco de Mayo but I guess there really isn’t one. I suppose the best would be The Aztecs from the First Doctor era but I’d already rewatched that one kind of recently. So I looked up “Mexico” in the TARDIS wiki and was reminded the Eleventh Doctor had been trying…

Notes but Not Quite a Melody Notes but Not Quite a Melody

From the title of 1974's Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance (修羅雪姫 怨み恋歌 ) you’d think its main character’s motivation would be clear even if nothing else was. Unfortunately, this isn’t so. This sequel to Lady Snowblood, also directed by Toshiya Fujita, finds its title character, again played by Meiko Kaji, quite…

Expanse to the Smaller Scale Expanse to the Smaller Scale

It’s an old dream, the idea that if just regular folks could take over from the ambitious and soulless politicians, we could end all war. I was happy to indulge in that fantasy again with last night’s new episode of The Expanse.

1986 Whiz Kids Comics Was Such A Horrible Comic 1986 Whiz Kids Comics Was Such A Horrible Comic

Today at a Church Thrift Shop I bought for $2 20 old 1980s comics 0 in good condition. There were two called Whiz Kids. I have zero recall of these comics. Looking at the publication page and front cover they were “educational comics” made but Radio Shack and published by Archie Comics.

Dr. Same and Mr. Similar Dr. Same and Mr. Similar

Once again, I’ve had occasion to marvel that many people consider Steven Moffat to be misogynist. This time it’s because I watched his six episode 2007 series Jekyll, intended as a sequel of sorts to The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I can understand why someone would come away from this thinking Moffat has…

The Personality of a Wave The Personality of a Wave

Happy May Day, everyone. So far I’ve celebrated by reading the new Sirenia Digest and the eerie new story by Caitlin R. Kiernan contained therein. “Day After To-morrow, the Flood” again shows Caitlin’s talent for weaving a story from the vague border between the compulsive preoccupations of the brain and the haunting…

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