A Successor to The Wire?

Is there another show that has tried to pick up where The Wire, television’s most sophisticated drama, left off? And if so, what is it? Over at Geek Rex, I put forth a suggestion…

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Check out “You Come At The King, You Best Not Miss“, my argument for The Good Wife as the best successor The Wire has, today!

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Dead Ends: A Pair of Horror Articles

Over at The Solute, I wrote the first two ‘Dead Ends’ articles, looking at the beginning and ending of some major horror franchises. Up first is A Nightmare on Elm Street and the sad, slow fall of Freddy Krueger, followed by Tobe Hooper’s masterpiece, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and the weird-ass sequels it inspired. Check it out!

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Click here for Dead Ends: A Nightmare on Elm Street.

Or, try here for Dead Ends: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

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I Review More Movies!

Over at GeekRex, I reviewed a pair of new releases. First, The Maze Runner, the newest hopeful in the Young Adult Dystopia brawls that brought us The Hunger Games, Divergent, How I Live Now, and more. Can this mysterious adventure story survive in the recent glut of like-minded movies? Then I wrote up The Two Faces of January, a measured, mature thriller from the writer of Drive.

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Check out my review of The Maze Runner here

Then try my review of The Two Faces of January

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On Documentaries, Style, and LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM

For The Solute, I wrote a brief piece on whether it’s fair to judge documentaries by the same standards we judge most other films, and what that question has to do with my earlier review of Last Days in Vietnam.

Last Days in Vietnam film review

Click here to read my thoughts at The Solute.

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Review: The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage #1

Over at GeekRex, I take a quick look at Valiant’s newest title, The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage, a surprisingly poignant, wonderfully well-made new comic.

Valiant Death-Defying Doctor Mirage #1

Click here for my review of The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage #1.

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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?

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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

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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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