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The World’s End: One Last Cornetto For The Road

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost appearing together in a movie has become a pretty safe way to get me interested in seeing the movie. The two almost never fail to have a hilarious dynamic going in whatever movie they team up in, and this has been quite evident in their now-complete “Cornetto trilogy”, consisting of […]

The Wolverine: Hugh Jackman Takes Japan

I am not a big comic book fan, but pop-cultural osmosis and adaptations have made me a fan of a number of comic book characters. The X-Men cartoon of the 90’s was my all-time favorite show growing up, and in that show my favorite character by far was Wolverine. This has always given the live-action […]

Elysium: Shoot The Messenger, He’s Hogging The Movie!

I went into Elysium with fairly high expectations; Neill Blomkamp had impressed me with his work on District 9. With its interesting alternate take on First Contact with aliens and a pretty damn epic journey of character development for its protagonist, District 9 was a pretty good precedent to assume the next movie would be […]

Pacific Rim: 2,500 Tons of Fun

I firmly believe there is a switch in a good 50% of all childrens’ brains that is activated easily by the presence of giant robots and giant monsters. Speaking from my own experience, the childhood transition away from model dinosaurs in my peer group led almost immediately to the wonders of Power Rangers, Gundam, and […]

Now You See Me: Who Doesn’t Like A Good Trick?

There seems to be a bit of a trend with movies about stage magicians about how clever illusionists using their talents in questionable ways can bring them into conflict with the law and other magicians. I’ve always personally enjoyed these kinds of movies, as magic tricks allow for some spectacular visuals while the battle of […]

World War Z: No Heart, No Brain…What Am I Aiming For?

Zombie fans, like the monsters they enjoy so much, are a massive, inexorable horde in the ranks of fandom everywhere. In books, in film, in games of every kind, the zombie lurches, shambles, crawls, and sometimes runs along, forever in search of more living humans to devour. Sometimes the zombies are disposable if macabre fodder […]

Man of Steel: More “OK” than “Super”

Batman and Superman, the two most iconic superheroes of DC Comics, also followed similar patterns when they were initially adapted to film; the first two adaptations were well-received by the fanbase, while the third film in both franchises was more divisive and the fourth effectively killed each until the modern upswing in superhero movies revived […]

Fire Emblem Awakening: A Flawless Victory

Fire Emblem is a game series that has long enjoyed significant popularity in Japan, but has had a relatively small following in the west. I’ve found this disappointing, as the series is an extremely high-quality turn-based strategy RPG, and every localized installment I have bought has been a lot of fun to play. The newest […]

The Night Circus: The Magic Is In The Details

The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern, is not the kind of book I might normally have chosen on my own, but in seeking a good book to bring me down from a long cycle of short story compilations I had been stuck on recently, it provided a welcome return to the true novel format and […]

Pokemon Conquest: Conquering Japan, Nintendo Style

The Pokemon franchise remains one of Nintendo?s most successful and longest-running game series from the 90?s to today. I?ve continued to follow the series on the same logic that I?ve invested in most of Nintendo?s long runners, that I?ll stop buying new installments when they make one I don?t enjoy. So far, I have not […]