Category Archives: Reviews

Tokyo Ghoul:re Volume 1 Continues the Gory Delight of the First Series

The following review is spoiler-free, so read without fear. Volume 1 of Tokyo Ghoul:re provided courtesy of VIZ Media. Ohayo, minasan! Hot on the heels of the smash-hit English-language release for Sui Ishida’s Tokyo Ghoul manga series, VIZ Media is keeping up the Donner Party momentum with Tokyo Ghoul:re. The sequel follows Haise Sasaki, a Ghoul Investigator in the Ghoul Countermeasure Bureau (CCG). Sasaki has been tasked with teaching the Quinx Squad, humans inplanted with... Read More

Menendez Mania!

Before there was O.J., there was Menendez. Lyle and Erik Menendez, that is. Their trial was the first to be televised in its entirety on the then fairly new Court TV (which was later relaunched as truTV). The brothers became stars of the original “Trial of the Century” before there was a “Trial of the Century.” The past several years have seen frequent revisits to past crimes, with documentaries and scripted shows about O.J. Simpson and JonBenet Ramsey, among others.... Read More

More Than a Nostalgic Cashgrab: A Look at Netflix’s Castlevania

The kid in me would be tempted to begin this review with as many vampire puns and fan-gushing moments over the Castlevania franchise as possible; when your first console is an NES and Castlevania 3 the game you played most often with your brother, that leaves a lasting impact. As I got older, I became swept away by the story and grandeur of PlayStation’s Symphony of the Night—hell, my first Dungeons & Dragons character was a working-version of Alucard. We even... Read More

Spider-Man: Homecoming Entertains But Falls Short as a Reboot

Hollywood appears to have truly reached the nexus of superhero films and, depending on how you look at it, that could be either a good or bad thing. If your favorite comic book superhero is some obscure one-off character, then you’re in luck—you may just get a change to see him or her in a feature-length film. However, if you’re starting to see a pattern where all these characters are falling into the same formulaic storylines and suffering fatigue as a result, brace yourself:... Read More

Baywatch (2017) Movie Review on The Final Cut

It is the purrfect time to give my thoughts on Baywatch, the 1980s TV-show turned raunchy comedy. Starring Zac Efron and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, find out if this is film floats above the rest or sinks straight to the bottom. Flex your muscles while watching the trailer, get a tan as you check out the official site, and read up on the IMDB info as you relax by the pool. ... Read More

Stained Issue #2 Tightropes Cyberpunk and the Unnerving

Warning: The following review contains spoilers from 451’s newest comic book release, Stained. David Baron’s follow-up issue to the premiere of Stained from 451 retains the tight, fluid action and adds plot guaranteed to tickle and unnerve. The series follows recovery artist and bounty hunter for hire Emma London, described as “strong, possibly indomitable, and did we mention… part machine.” Following in the tradition of other cyberpunk works like Masamune Shiro’s Ghost in the... Read More

American Gods “Git Gone” Review: I Needed Craft Supplies…

Warning: The following review contains spoilers from episode four of Starz’ adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. Here we encounter our first true deviation from the original American Gods novel and yet, with not one line written by author Neil Gaiman, he says it’s his favorite episode.  The viewer gets to delve into Laura Moon‘s back story, with a compelling performance by Emily Browning, but is it the Laura we are looking for? The opening scene shows an... Read More

Alien: Covenant (2017) Movie Review on The Final Cut

This Final Cut review for the latest installment to Ridley Scott’s Alien franchise practically burst right out of Mark “The Movieman’s” chest! Join us as we go deep into space for a look at Alien: Covenant. You can transport over to the trailer, study the official site, and experiment on the IMDB information. ... Read More

Marvel Delivers the Kind of Comic Book Sequel We’ve Been Craving

Warning: The following review contains spoilers from Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. We’re looking at you, trash-pandas. If there was any doubt that Marvel’s handing DC its ass when it comes to cinematic universes, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 should lay it to rest. The best movies, in my opinion, have a sense of self-awareness poor and mediocre ones lack, and this one knows exactly what it is and fully commits to the bit. Guardians of the Galaxy set an extremely high... Read More

American Gods “The Bone Orchard” Review: The Brave New World

Warning: The following review contains spoilers from the series premiere of American Gods. Oh, dear nerdy readers, I hope you’re as much a fan of Neil Gaiman as I am, because we’re about to delve into the realm of perhaps his greatest literary accomplishment. The book-to-television adaptation of American Gods has finally arrived on Starz, and you better be damn well thrilled about that! The opening credits alone are rife with iconography, both historical and modern,... Read More