Film Review: Last Days in Vietnam

Upcoming documentary Last Days in Vietnam is essential viewing for history buffs, but its impressive archival footage isn’t well-served by this dry recitation.

Last Days in Vietnam film review

Check out my review of Last Days in Vietnam at GeekRex.

 

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Leaving Megalopolis Review

Over at GeekRex, I reviewed Leaving Megalopolis, a graphic novel from Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore initially released on Kickstarter, but coming to a comic shop/book store near you courtesy of Dark Horse.

Leaving Megalopolis Review

Click here for my Leaving Megalopolis review.

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WB & The Marvel Method: Do We Really Want Another MCU?

Jonah Hex

Lately, Marvel Studios has been getting a lot of attention on the process of how they make the movies they make.  In part because of the recent chance they took on low-budget schlockmeister James Gunn with Guardians of the Galaxy and in part because of the rapid dissolution of their relationship with Edgar Wright on Ant-Man, the Marvel house style has been scrutinized (and imitated, and commented upon) by people all over.

Warner Bros. has been getting a lot of attention, too, almost none of it good.  Man of Steel‘s reputation isn’t exactly getting stronger with age, and Zack Snyder has done little to show that he understands why that is.  And the recently announced Aquaman film demonstrated a similarly dim view, hiring two guys with good relationships to the company and awful track records with, uh, actually making decent films.  So far as I can tell, precisely no one is excited for the recently announced 10-film slate.  And with good reason!

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Rich Hill – A Film Review

Over at GeekRex, I review Rich Hill, a poignant coming of age film and the Sundance Grand Jury Documentary Winner (US).

Rich Hill film review

Click here to read my full review at GeekRex.

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The Aquaman Problem

Aquathulhu

Last week, pretty much everyone with an Internet connection pointed out that Zack Snyder, the director of Man of Steel, Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and (presumably) the upcoming Justice League film, supposedly called in to a Detroit-based morning radio show to defend Aquaman.  He commentedContinue reading

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Book Reviews, Just For You

Over at Luxury Reading, I’ve had a number of book reviews go up recently.  Check below and pick up something fantastic.

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Natalie S. Harnett’s The Hollow Ground is a coming-of-age drama about a young girl in Pennsylvania in the mid-1900s living in one of the towns infamous for the ever-burning underground coal fires.  Check out my review by clicking here!

Chang-rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea is a smart, literary dystopian drama about a girl who leaves her oppressive enclave in search of her boyfriend, taken in the night by a mysterious organization.  Head over to Luxury Reading for my full review.

Ian Doescher’s The Empire Striketh Back may be a novelty act, retelling The Empire Strikes Back in the form and language of a Shakespeare play, but it’s a pretty damn thorough one.  The curious can see my thoughts here

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The Citizen Kane of Video Games

The Citizen Kane of Video Games

Perhaps the weirdest legacy of Orson Welles’ iconic, excellent 1941 film Citizen Kane is the way it has, for decades now, been used as a benchmark for pretty much every type of art imaginary.  Magic Mike, Steven Soderbergh’s underappreciated 2012 drama was declared ‘the Citizen Kane of stripper movies‘ in one memorable review.  There’s literally an entire Tumblr that does nothing but collect articles about the ever-elusive ‘Citizen Kane of video games.’  If you’re the best at what you do, you will get compared to Citizen Kane.

So what, then, is the Citizen Kane of video games? And why do we care so much?

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The Secret Histories of Scott Snyder

Five years ago, many comic readers had never heard of Scott Snyder; by now, he’s the heir-apparent to Geoff Johns, a fan-favorite writer with a deep grounding in the history of the DC Universe.  That love of  history – real and imagined, obvious and secretive -and his focus on nostalgia, loss, and progress give Snyder’s work a distinct, personal edge… not to mention a sizable audience.

This is the first in a series of articles meant to examine some of the breakout comic creators who have been taking the industry by storm in the 2010s.  What are they passionate about?  Why do readers respond so much to their stories?  What recurring themes do I notice, and what recurring problems?

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A Preview of My First Comics Work

A couple years ago, I got my first ever comic story published.  I was, uh, pretty proud.  I’d had short fiction published before, but my comics storytelling was my passion, and this was a first for me.  While I’ve had brief stories published since, I took a short break from scripting to focus on my nonfiction writing and learn more about the business of comics and what I was interested in saying as a writer.  I was also broke, and hiring artists can be expensive.  But now that I’m beginning to do a little bit of comics work once more, I figured I’d post a three-page preview of my first comics story.  Titled “Compromise,” and illustrated by Dan Hale, it’s an 8-page short in an anthology of zombie stories.

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Two Video Game Reviews

After a brief disappearance, I’ve got a couple video game reviews for last month’s biggest releases.

Watch_Dogs review

Check out my review of Wolfenstein: The New Order over at Comic Booked.

Or, if you’d rather, my review of Watch_Dogs at GeekRex!

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