‘Lucy’ is the guiltiest of pleasures

‘Lucy’ is the guiltiest of pleasures

Sometimes, despite reason and common sense, there is no escaping the kinetic charm of a truly ridiculous creation. If it’s true that we only use 10% of our brains, you’ll need to disengage…

Fantasia 2014:’Bag Boy Lover Boy’ is teeming with youthful energy

Fantasia 2014:’Bag Boy Lover Boy’ is teeming with youthful energy

Fantasia Film Festival 2014

Bag Boy Lover Boy Written by Toni Comas and Andres Torres Directed by Andres Torres USA, 2014 Made in the tradition of the New York underground, Bag Boy Lover Boy is a portrait…

‘Dark Souls II: Crown of the Sunken King’ brings the pain

‘Dark Souls II: Crown of the Sunken King’ brings the pain

Dark Souls II: Crown of the Sunken King From Software Namco-Bandai PS3, Xbox 360, PC From the very first trepidatious steps of the new Dark Souls II DLC, the notoriously tough series once again…

Open Source #3: Better Than Half-Life

Open Source #3: Better Than Half-Life

Join the Open Source crew as we show Valve how it’s done with Episode Three. From old-school shooters to new-age VR tech, Microsoft’s continuing woes and the ongoing DLC debate, keep up to…


‘Lucy’ is the guiltiest of pleasures

‘Lucy’ is the guiltiest of pleasures

Sometimes, despite reason and common sense, there is no escaping the kinetic charm of a truly ridiculous creation. If it’s true that we only use 10% of our brains, you’ll need to disengage…

‘Magic in the Moonlight’ is beautiful-looking and funny, but hard to fall in love with

‘Magic in the Moonlight’ is beautiful-looking and funny, but hard to fall in love with

The film is unfortunately not up to par with the quality of Allen's Midnight in Paris, which was partially set around the same time, nor last year's Blue Jasmine. …

‘And So It Goes’… and goes… and goes…

‘And So It Goes’… and goes… and goes…

While most movies end with ‘happily ever after’, real life is rarely that generous. Rob Reiner’s latest romantic-comedy, And So It Goes, ponders the challenges of love and loss for the senior set.…

Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ stands as the most remarkable film of the decade

Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ stands as the most remarkable film of the decade

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is an interesting exercise in whether or not artistic intent truly matters. The film is the story of a boy, his sister and his parents as they grow and meander…


The Bridge Ep. 2.03 “Sorrowsworn” continues to slowly work out the kinks

The Bridge Ep. 2.03 “Sorrowsworn” continues to slowly work out the kinks

"Sorrowsworn" is an interesting turning point for The Bridge, both in construction and delivery: continuing the trend of the last two episodes, "Sorrowsworn" layers more intertwining characters and stories into the larger story,…

Masters of Sex, Ep. 2.02: “Kyrie Eleison” continues to shift the show’s gears

Masters of Sex, Ep. 2.02: “Kyrie Eleison” continues to shift the show’s gears

In case you haven’t already scuttered over to Google for quickie research, “Kyrie Eleison” means “Lord have mercy” in Greek. A bit of an on-the-nose name for an episode about people having to…

The Leftovers, Ep. 1.04, “B.J. and the A.C.,” uses Christmas to try to right its wrongs

The Leftovers, Ep. 1.04, “B.J. and the A.C.,” uses Christmas to try to right its wrongs

The Leftovers, Season 1, Episode 4, “B.J. and the A.C.” Written by Damon Lindelof & Elizabeth Peterson Directed by Lesli Linka Glatter & Carl Franklin Airs Sundays at 10pm EST on HBO Starting…

‘The Strain’, Ep. 1.02, “The Box” disappoints with dull clichés

‘The Strain’, Ep. 1.02, “The Box” disappoints with dull clichés

Last week, I said that The Strain would live or die based on how it balances the silliness with the seriousness. This week, it gave us no indication which direction it will be…


Fantasia 2014: ‘Faults’ works on your confidence

Fantasia 2014: ‘Faults’ works on your confidence

Fantasia Film Festival 2014

The essence of a confidence game is as follows: the con artist describes a terrific bargain in which the mark is offered a chance in which to invest. Due to the mark's own…

Fantasia 2014:’Bag Boy Lover Boy’ is teeming with youthful energy

Fantasia 2014:’Bag Boy Lover Boy’ is teeming with youthful energy

Fantasia Film Festival 2014

Bag Boy Lover Boy Written by Toni Comas and Andres Torres Directed by Andres Torres USA, 2014 Made in the tradition of the New York underground, Bag Boy Lover Boy is a portrait…

Fantasia 2014: ‘Crows Explode’ surprisingly punches its way near to the top

Fantasia 2014: ‘Crows Explode’ surprisingly punches its way near to the top

Fantasia Film Festival 2014, Fistful of Film Fury #13

Following in the footsteps of Takashi Miike is a frightfully unenviable position to find oneself in. Outdoing him in terms of audaciousness is a ludicrous goal to aim for, as few ever could.…

Fantasia 2014: ‘The Suspect’ entertains primarily due to its unabashed relentlessness

Fantasia 2014: ‘The Suspect’ entertains primarily due to its unabashed relentlessness

Fantasia Film Festival 2014, Fistful of Film Fury #12

Director Won Shin-yun’s The Suspect is a generally fan-pleasing, sometimes rousing entry in the genre. It boasts tremendous energy, showcasing the amazing tailspin of a chase the anti-hero finds himself caught in with…


Open Source #3: Better Than Half-Life

Open Source #3: Better Than Half-Life

Join the Open Source crew as we show Valve how it’s done with Episode Three. From old-school shooters to new-age VR tech, Microsoft’s continuing woes and the ongoing DLC debate, keep up to…

The Televerse #151- Dance and Teen Dancers on TV

The Televerse #151- Dance and Teen Dancers on TV

The pilots have started back up this week, giving us plenty of TV to discuss on the podcast. First we talk a little reality with SYTYCD; then we break down the comedies, including…

Hey You Geeks!! Podcast# 28: Exciting Pre-Comic Con Strides for Marvel and DC

Hey You Geeks!! Podcast# 28: Exciting Pre-Comic Con Strides for Marvel and DC

We’re one week away from San Diego Comic Con and already the big comics news is breaking. Marvel announced a new Avengers team led by the newly outfitted Superior Iron Man, a female…

The Televerse #151- Dance and Teen Dancers on TV

The Televerse #151- Dance and Teen Dancers on TV

The pilots have started back up this week, giving us plenty of TV to discuss on the podcast. First we talk a little reality with SYTYCD; then we break down the comedies, including…


The Clones of ‘Orphan Black’ Make Their Way to Comics

The Clones of ‘Orphan Black’ Make Their Way to Comics

While many may still be reeling from Tatiana Maslany’s recent Emmy snub, fans of BBC America’s Orphan Black have something to get excited about as the show makes the jump from the small…

‘Last Broadcast’ #3 – A very strong issue

‘Last Broadcast’ #3 – A very strong issue

This is the first issue where I’ve felt really drawn in by the comic. Something about the last two issues held the reader at bay while the series offered clues as to what…

Peter Bagge’s New Collection of Hate Comics

Peter Bagge’s New Collection of Hate Comics

  BUDDY BUYS A DUMP The Complete Buddy Bradley Stories from Hate Comics Volume III Peter Bagge [Fantagraphics] So Buddy buys a dump, eh? What else would you expect from an all-grown-up slacker…

‘Hacktivist’ – compelling but flawed

‘Hacktivist’ – compelling but flawed

Hacktivist is a comic I enjoyed. At the same time, I have numerous criticisms to offer of this book. It’s a good story, and an entertaining premise, and the view it presents of…


‘Dark Souls II: Crown of the Sunken King’ brings the pain

‘Dark Souls II: Crown of the Sunken King’ brings the pain

Dark Souls II: Crown of the Sunken King From Software Namco-Bandai PS3, Xbox 360, PC From the very first trepidatious steps of the new Dark Souls II DLC, the notoriously tough series once again…

Open Source #3: Better Than Half-Life

Open Source #3: Better Than Half-Life

Join the Open Source crew as we show Valve how it’s done with Episode Three. From old-school shooters to new-age VR tech, Microsoft’s continuing woes and the ongoing DLC debate, keep up to…

Remasters of the Universe

Remasters of the Universe

It made a certain kind of sense last generation. With the jump to HD leaving many gamers clawing their own eyes out after they’d hooked their PS2’s scart lead up to their swanky…

Post E3: ‘Mario Maker’ thrives on your creativity

Post E3: ‘Mario Maker’ thrives on your creativity

Mario Maker Nintendo Wii U Now that the shine of E3 has worn off, we can finally look back on all of the conferences with a level head. Who am I kidding? I’m…


Fantasia 2014: ‘Crows Explode’ surprisingly punches its way near to the top

Fantasia 2014: ‘Crows Explode’ surprisingly punches its way near to the top

Fantasia Film Festival 2014, Fistful of Film Fury #13

Following in the footsteps of Takashi Miike is a frightfully unenviable position to find oneself in. Outdoing him in terms of audaciousness is a ludicrous goal to aim for, as few ever could.…

When Critics Hurt Instead of Help

When Critics Hurt Instead of Help

Over the course of reviewing hundreds of movies a year, a critic over-hypes at least one movie; it happens more times than one would like, but it happens. The main culprit is often…

Wide World of Horror: ‘Prowl’ – the endgame of wanting to be conventional

Wide World of Horror: ‘Prowl’ – the endgame of wanting to be conventional

There’s nothing wrong with conventional, but by the same token there’s something very wrong with a film that’s too comfortable being conventional. Prowl is the sort of horror film that desires to be…

The Rock: Always The Rocksmaid, Never The Rocksgroom

The Rock: Always The Rocksmaid, Never The Rocksgroom

This Friday will see the release of The Rock’s (None of this Dwayne Johnson nonsense, he’s The Rock) newest action tentpole Hercules, with him playing the historic hero. You’ve probably already made up…


Sound On Sight Podcast

Sound On Sight Podcast, Episode 397: ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ **Spoilers**

Sound On Sight Podcast, Episode 397: 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' **Spoilers**

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the…

Sordid Cinema

Sordid Cinema #81: ‘Snowpiercer’ and ‘All Cheerleaders Die’

Sordid Cinema #81: 'Snowpiercer' and 'All Cheerleaders Die'

This week on the demented stepchild to our flagship podcast, we finally sit down to discuss one of our most…

Hey You Geeks Podcast

Hey You Geeks!! Podcast# 28: Exciting Pre-Comic Con Strides for Marvel and DC

Hey You Geeks!! Podcast# 28: Exciting Pre-Comic Con Strides for Marvel and DC

We’re one week away from San Diego Comic Con and already the big comics news is breaking. Marvel announced a…

Televerse

The Televerse #151- Dance and Teen Dancers on TV

The Televerse #151- Dance and Teen Dancers on TV

The pilots have started back up this week, giving us plenty of TV to discuss on the podcast. First we…

Open Source

Open Source #3: Better Than Half-Life

Open Source #3: Better Than Half-Life

Join the Open Source crew as we show Valve how it’s done with Episode Three. From old-school shooters to new-age…

Sketchy

Sketchy Episode 128 – ‘Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky’

Sketchy Episode 128 - 'Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky'

Ryan returns to Sketchy, and this week he and Newcomb discuss a documentary by French director Michel Gondry, who animated…

Game Of Thrones Podcast

Game of Thrones Podcast #30: “The Children”

Game of Thrones Podcast #30: "The Children"

  When Game of Thrones show-runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss promised the season four finale would be their finest yet, they…

The Walking Dead Podcast

The Walking Dead Podcast Episode 53: “A”

The Walking Dead Podcast Episode 53: “A”

For the second half of The Walking Dead Season 4, the survivors have been following the train tracks and on…

True Detective

True Detective, Ep. 1.08 “Form and Void” finishes the season in fine form

True Detective, Ep. 1.08 “Form and Void” finishes the season in fine form

Rust and Marty close in on the man with the scars, revealing their true natures and how they've changed in…