Animaton

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

Comic Books

Thor Ragna-Rocked San Diego Comic Con Like a Hurricane

“So much has happened since I last saw you.”  That’s probably the most on-the-nose observation regarding the Hulk (Mark Ruffallo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and state of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, starting off one whammy of a trailer!  It’s been two years since we last saw Dr. Banner and Thor in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and boy could the waters be any more troubled.  Taking inspiration from both the Ragnarok and Planet Hulk comic book story arcs, Thor’s triennial... Read More

Animaton

Nickelodeon Gives a Sneak Peek at Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling

Do you miss the 90s? That nostalgic, pre-9/11, pre-Great Recession world where things felt simpler, with a hint of gritty innocence? Where you only really had to worry about wearing the latest trendy clothing line and listening to the right tunes? Reboots, sequels, and remakes have been a hallmark of the 21st-century with some successes, like the DreamWorks/Netflix Voltron reboot, and more than a few flops (I’m looking at you, Fantastic Four, you were barely ten years old). Thankfully,... Read More

Animaton

Warner Bros. is Releasing a DC Animation Box Set

With all the DC/Warner Bros hype focused on their Hall H panel at San Diego Comic Con for Justice League and Aquaman, some fantastic news may have slipped under the radar last week. Having cranked out thirty animated feature films over the last decade, the powers that be have decided to give fans a special treat: a complete 32-disc box set in celebration of the DC Animated Universe 10th anniversary! Whereas it can be argued that Marvel Studios has been dominating the big screen via... Read More

Comic Books

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

Comic Books

Secret Empire is Not the Captain America We Need Right Now

I’ve been reading through Marvel Comic’s Secret Empire crossover event leisurely, keeping an open mind despite the uproar throughout the comic book world when Captain America was revealed as a Hydra sleeper agent whose reality had been manipulated by Red Skull via a sentient Cosmic Cube named Kobik. A Chitauri invasion while the Planetary Defense Shield was disabled has trapped Captain Marvel, Alpha Flight, and countless other heavy-hitter heroes beyond the shield after Steve Rogers... Read More

Comic Books

X Marks Where? The Fubared X-Men Film Franchise Timelines

If you’re a fan of Far Cry 3 (or dictionaries) you’ll remember that insanity is the “exact ‘frigging’ thing over and over again expecting ‘stuff’ to change.”  Sometimes I feel like that’s the motto over at the 20th Century Fox development room when referring to their heavy-hitting X-Men comic book franchise. Up until the past decade or so, rebooting old material was something that happened after a respectable amount of time, usually twenty or thirty years (Psycho, Lost... Read More