So I’ve seen both Black Panther and Death Wish over the space of a couple of days. I came to the conclusion that, for different reasons, it wouldn’t be possible to talk about either one of these movies without talking about politics, politics, and more politics. So this, officially, despite the category label, is *NOT* a Mindless Diversions post. (That doesn’t mean that you don’t have to follow the regular site rules in comments, though.) Also, spoilers within.
A brief review of Altered Carbon, Netflix’s new Sci-Fi series.
A look back at some of the movies that stood out in 2017
Revisiting the original in light of the upcoming live-action adaptation
How Pixar got their groove back.
Warning: This post contains unmarked spoilers for The Last Jedi
In any extended series the creators reach a decision point. They have said what there is to say given the series’ starting point. They have to choose: Do Something Different, or More of the Same.
Let’s talk about the massive plot hole The Last Jedi introduced.
Killing two people is 100% worse than killing one person.
There are bad movies. There are very bad movies. There are historically bad movies.
And then, there’s The Room.
Some Folks Just Need Killing
Insufficient ethical boundaries lead to some odd situations for some men and the women they abuse. (Content note: Not safe for work. Unpleasant subject material. Also, language, though that’s the least of it.)
Get off my moisture-vaporator farmed lawn
The true legacy of racism.
The latest Stephen King horror adaptation plays like a big summer blockbuster
Netflix’s and Marvel’s The Defenders is underwhelming, underpowered, and unimpressive. And yet, it might one day not be.
The Dark Knight trilogy approach cinematic perfection.
War for the Planet of the Apes” is the rare third entry that actually tops its predecessors.
Many scientists like to nitpick science fiction, but why should they have all the fun?
Iron Fist may not be good, but it’s really not that bad.
A personal essay on Mystery Science Theater 3000 and its return.
I have proof in the form of sixteen reasons the first episode was bad.
“Skull Island” injects personality intro franchise filmmaking
A review of The Hunger Games: Mockingbird: Part II. And some Rube Goldberg machines.
A look at The Magicians and A Series of Unfortunate Events
A look back at some of the movies that stood out in 2016
No, I’m not going to be boycotting Netflix over their new series, Dear White People. And neither should anyone else.
My relationship with Joss Whedon is complicated.
Carrie Fisher was so much more than Princess Leia.
Five lesser-known gems to give you the creeps this Halloween
3 Operating Thetans out of 5 Operating Thetans.
Two of the three B’s.
Summer 2016 was a bust for Hollywood blockbusters. What can Hollywood learn from the Japanese and Our Little Sister. Can Americans listen?
A part biopic, part spy thriller, and mostly true story from Poland during the Bad Old Days of the Cold War.