reviews

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker review
Movies
Dalton Drake

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Spoiler Free Review)

As a long-time fan of the Star Wars series, ever since I was introduced to it in the 90’s, I was enamored with the aesthetic of glowing laser swords, massive mechanical marvels, mysterious ancient orders, and strange-looking puppets dressed up as aliens.

doctor sleep book vs movie
Books
Marcos Luna

Doctor Sleep Book vs Movie

The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep is now a feature film directed by Mike Flanagan.

All American Zombie Drugs
Movies
Jason Boyd

REVIEW: All American Zombie Drugs

You have to commend All American Zombie Drugs for its ambition. All American Zombie Drugs, which comes out today (June 23) on DVD and VOD, starts with a clever premise that sounds like a perfect marriage of two newly reborn and popularized genres: buddy stoner comedies and zombie flicks. Throw

Man of Steel Theme
Comic Books
Jason Boyd

Man of Steel Theme As Human As They Come

Before I get jump into my take on the Man of Steel theme and my impressions of the movie, you may want to read my past thoughts on the themes behind Superman in general and how I thought it could apply in “Man of Steel.” I don’t want you to

Everybody Loves Tank Girl
Comic Books
Jason Boyd

Everybody Loves Tank Girl… Except Maybe Me

Everybody Loves Tank Girl, the newest from creator Alan Martin, has a few moments of cutting commentary. And other moments are really quite funny or inventive. But for the most part I felt I didn’t “get it.” Now, for a confession, I don’t have a longstanding relationship with Tank Girl.

The Sessions
Movies
Jason Boyd

The Sessions Challenges Mind/Body Split

The Sessions is a movie about a poet paralyzed from the neck down by polio who hires a “sex surrogate” to take his virginity. It’s a great premise. But it does a rare thing. It goes further. It explores the split with have in society, that you can live by

The Man From Earth Review
Movies
Jason Boyd

The Man From Earth Review – Streaming Gems

This will be a The Man From Earth review, which might seem odd. It’s a small little movie that came out five years ago, and you’ve probably never heard of it. But, like most good little things, you can find it streaming somewhere online. I’ve been under the weather recently

Walking Dead Episode 12 Review Clear
Television
Jason Boyd

Walking Dead Episode 12 Review

The Walking Dead Episode 12 review: Clear showed last night on AMC. It was… Well, it was very good. Maybe not as amazing as everyone says. But good. SPOILERS AHEAD First, what was great about the episode. Morgan Jones returned. I loved the character, and it shows a departure from

The Walking Dead Home Season 3
Television
Jason Boyd

The Walking Dead Home Postmortem (Review)

Let’s get one thing out of the way: The Walking Dead Home (episode 10) was a bazillion-times better than The Suicide King (episode 11). Also, yes, I was wrong about quite a few of my predictions. What the writers did instead was just fine and dandy, though, so I’m cool

the perks of being a wallflower film review
Movies
Jason Boyd

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Film Review

The Perks of Being a Wallflower film, not to be confused with the cult novel of the same name, released on DVD and Blu-ray yesterday. This review will be concerning the film alone, as I’ve sadly not read the novel yet. This movie might masquerade as a coming-of-age flick, but

walking dead suicide king
Television
Jason Boyd

Walking Dead Suicide King Limps Into Second Half

It’s back. The Walking Dead “Suicide King” aired last night after much hype. It did not live up to it. Here’s the thing: I love The Walking Dead. I love the comic book, and I love the TV show. But it’s a TV show. As a result, it’s hampered by

The Following Kevin Bacon
Television
Jason Boyd

The Following Review: Kevin Bacon Saves Pilot Episode

I won’t make the mistake of other The Following reviews and go on ad nauseum about Edgar Allan Poe and the killer inspired by him. Because, let’s get one thing straight. The Following’s pilot, Jan. 21, was only good because Kevin Bacon was in it. Let’s break down, quickly, just

Television
Jason Boyd

Doctor Who Christmas “Snowmen” a Great Present

Doctor Who is prolific with its holiday specials. There’s a common problem with TV shows and the holidays; it usually results in schmaltzy storytelling and reliance on ready made symbolism. The good Doctor, however, consistently uses the showcase — it is commonly during a episode break — to accelerate the

Mad Men season 5 premiere

Mad Men’s premiere tonight left me feeling flat.   It had a few watercooler moments, like Don’s new wife doing a “burlesque,” but it only promised and hinted at anything deeper coming up. Of course, they did open with the protest for equal employment and closed with its conclusion, which

The Walking Dead Season 2 Finale

AMC’s The Walking Dead closed its second season Sunday on a high (or low, if you’re the characters) note, but I’m left hoping this isn’t a bait-and-switch.   I’m a fan of the comics, though I must admit I didn’t read them until the first season aired. I bought the