Chubby-Girl Heroines: A Comparative Review and Commentary

There’s a new trend in town for young adult fantasy lit., and it’s the opposite of your normal princess. Long-time readers of young adult fantasy who’ve always loved strong female characters might not think this to be quite new.  Many authors – for instance, Tamora Pierce – have made brilliants career out of writing childrens’ and teens’ lit with truly strong and capable girl protagonists.  With the upsurge in the dystopian, girl-strong, love... Read More

Danny DePika and the Case of the Pokemon Petition

A few days ago, on January 26th, The Pokémon Company revealed a trailer for a brand new Nintendo 3DS game. Many were excited to hear news that The Pokémon Company was planning on a new release. “Maybe it’ll finally be Pokémon Z,” they said to themselves, waiting with bated breath. Lo and behold, what they announced was none other than Great Detective Pikachu: The Birth of a New Duo, a game long-rumored to be in the woodwork, now officially a real thing. While some... Read More

Harvest Lake (2016) Movie Review – The Final Cut

From the director of Found comes an unusual tale that is hard to explain. Find out if Scott Schirmer’s Harvest Lake is a place you should visit. Word of warning: If you do go, you should bring protection.  Check out the official site for this steamy indie film here, watch the trailer here, and the IMDB info here. ... Read More

Shadowhunters, Episode 3 – “Dead Man’s Party” Review: Freeform Gets Sexy!

Warning: The following review contains spoilers from this week’s episode of Shadowhunters. Things have gotten way more difficult for our Shadowhunter-foursome after vampires have kidnapped Simon (Alberto Rosende) and now his life is in danger. They want the Mortal Cup in exchange for him, but they don’t have it nor know where it is. To make matters worse, Alec (Matthew Daddario), one of the Shadowhunters helping Clary (Katherine McNamara), wants to report the fact they’ve discovered... Read More

Black Sails, Episode 3.1, “XIX” – Review: Man-Made Monsters

Warning: The following review contains spoilers from this week’s episode of Black Sails. Pitch black gives way to the slightest of emeralds. The faint tinge of color found only under the deepest of sea waters. Through the thick murk, in the distance, dances a glimmer of daylight, and so the camera in the opening shot of Back Sails “XIX” rises from within the depth of the sea toward water’s surface. One might liken this camera movement to a monster, a sea serpent, hitherto... Read More

The 5th Wave Movie Review – The Final Cut

It is January, but not all new release films are THAT bad… right? Find out if the latest sci-fi film starring Chloe Grace Moretz’s worth watching or if you should wave goodbye to The 5th Wave. You can find the official The 5th Wave trailer here, as well as their Facebook page and IMDB info. Tweet me @moviemaniac3d  if you’re interested in discussing films or just want to let us know what you think of the review.   ... Read More

Arrow S4E10, “Blood Debts” Review

Warning: Spoilers ahead! I am happy to say that the mid-season finale of Arrow was not a fluke: This show is back to cranking out solid stories week-after-week. Having always been a fan of the comics, it was hard for me to admit last season that the show wasn’t as good as when it first premiered.  Well, that’s changed, and this fanboy is cautiously optimistic that Arrow’s back in a big way. The last thing we saw before the break was Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) seemingly... Read More

The Flash S2E10, “Potential Energy” Review

Warning: Spoilers ahead! The Flash shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon! The CW’s highest rated show came back from its mid-season break with another fast paced episode. Ok, fine! No more speed puns. Team Flash gets right back into dealing with a new meta-human villain, as well as their own personal lives. Even though the meta villain is second rate at best, the writing of this show is so perfect that you’re still sucked right in.  The Flash wastes no time reminding us... Read More

Heroes Reborn, Episode 12 – “Company Woman” Review

Warning: This article contains spoilers for this episode and previous episodes of Heroes Reborn. The HELE (Human Extinction Level Event) is hours away and Malina (Danika Yarosh) & Tommy (Robbie Kay) are supposed to be in Odessa, TX in order to save the world, according to Angela’s (Cristine Rose) predictions. He’s still in Erica’s (Rya Kihlstedt) clutches with Malina en route. Will Erica’s plan come to fruition, or will Angela’s vision of the twins saving the... Read More

Shadowhunters, Episode 2 – “The Descent Into Hell is Easy” Review: Clary Freaking Fray is Here to Stay!

Warning: The following review contains spoilers from this week’s episode of Shadowhunters. No hokey dialogue here! This episode is an upgrade compared to the pilot: We start to learn more about the shadow world and it feels like we’re taking the journey along with Clary (Katherine McNamara). As she comes to understand more about her Shadowhunter heritage we’re there with her every step of the way. Simon’s (Alberto Rosende) the shining star in “The Descent Into... Read More