Blackstar and the Death of a Legend

On Friday, January 8th, the day of his 69th birthday, David Bowie released Blackstar. I overheard “Lazarus” on the WXPN while heading home and decided to check it out. On Sunday, I listened to Blackstar while making waffles (waffle-making of course being the ideal time to listen to Bowie). There is such a tragic tone to…

A Vexation of Villains Comes Together in ‘The Hateful Eight’

The premise of The Hateful Eight is fairly simple. John “The Hangman” Ruth (Kurt Russell) is transporting fugitive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) to Red Rock to, well, hang. Dude gets $10,000 in 1800s money for delivering Domergue to the afterlife, so naturally he’s defensive about his prize. The Hangman is especially wary when he…

'Return of the Jedi' is 131 Minutes of Bizarre

In anticipation of Star Wars returning to the big screen, I have been watching the original trilogy again (just like most of the world). The original, A New Hope, is still fun and exciting and generally great. Empire is still easily the best of the bunch with its darkness and constant mutterings of “It’s not…

'Ash vs. Evil Dead' is a Bloody Trailer of Joy

Bruce Campbell is awesome. It’s a fact. His autobiography is awesome. That time he played elderly Elvis in an old folk’s home battling a mummy is awesome. And you can be damn sure that the Evil Dead is awesome. It’s great to know that we’ll be getting that Evil Dead awesomeness on a weekly basis…

Netflunks: 'Would You Rather'

Once a month Whenever the hell he remembers to, Steve will take it upon himself to watch a random piece of shit on Netflix. This month, Steve watched the good time party film ‘Would You Rather’. Would You Rather is one of those films that tries to take a children’s game and twist it. I’m…

Thoughts on 'Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation'

Sticking to the Formula The fifth Mission: Impossible is a very competent action movie. Christopher McQuarrie seems to be marking off a checklist as he chronicles the latest adventures of Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF* crew. Tom Cruise gets to run a whole lot? Check. Cruise gets to perform a crazy stunt that…

Notes from the Marketing Team: is our new Joker edgy enough?

To: “Suicide Squad” Production Team From: Warner Bros. Marketing Department Subject: New Joker Edgy Enough?   Hey David and crew, we love what you are doing with the new “Suicide Squad” movie. Reuniting Will Smith and Margot Robbie after their dynamite turn in “Focus” was a stroke of genius. And Jai Courtney as Boomerang? Wow…

Ant-Man Is Big Fun, And Other Size Related Puns

For everyone who keeps waiting for Marvel Studios to produce a clunker, I’ve got bad news for you: Ant-Man isn’t it. When Guardians of the Galaxy failed to disappoint, the critics and those who cry “over saturation!” turned to the next lesser known title on the film slate. There was decent reason for trepidation.  The…

Dear Fox: Give The Thing Some Pants

Fox’s gritastic new Fantastic Four movie is on the way and has begun bombarding us with advertising. While I may have zero interest in seeing it, surely someone somewhere will want to check it out. Miles Teller is awesome in Whiplash, Kate Mara is a pretty good Sue Storm, and Michael B. Jordan was great…

The Dangerous Beauty of 'Ex Machina'

Sci-fi loves the concept of artificial intelligence. It’s been a staple of the genre for as long as it’s existed. It does pose some interesting questions, such as “What constitutes life?” and “Is it okay to task an intelligent being with making me a burrito at 4 in the morning?” The latest film to take…

Pitching the Next 'Jurassic Park'

Jurassic World is out this week and it sure seems like it’s something. As you debate whether or not to plunk down $10 to see Chris Pratt lead a pack of velociraptors on a special ops mission to take down a super mega dinosaur, consider my proposal for the next movie in the Jurassic Park…