Are Kolchak: The Night Stalker and Blade Runner Connected?

Carl Kolchak is my patron saint. Yes, I am well aware that he’s not real and just the title character of the occult-themed ‘70s TV show, Kolchak: The Night Stalker. There’s something comforting about his disheveled seersucker suit and equally disheveled approach to news writing. The comfort factor only doubles when you consider that Kolchak was played by Darrin McGavin — “The Old Man” himself from ...

Leia: The Tragedy of Never Being Allowed to Grieve

In this latest (like, a year late) installment of the Skywalker Tragedy Trilogy, we'll focus on the lifelong burden of the princess-turned-general, Leia Organa-Solo, the daughter of Anakin Skywalker and twin sister to Luke Skywalker. In this instance, it's not due to slacking off. Rather, I wanted to wait until the release of Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker to see the completion of Leia's ...

Review: Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘Joker’ – The Hamlet of Villains

Normally, when I write a review, I try to objectively evaluate what was good, bad, plausible, or implausible about a film. I'm hard pressed to find anything to negatively critique about Joker. To say it's a great comic book film doesn't give it enough credit. It's a great film. Period. Joker touched on a variety of societal ills, specifically wealth inequality, lack of quality treatment for ...

I Saw Netflix’s Motley Crue Biopic “The Dirt” Sober & Don’t Know WTF I Watched

There's nothing more disappointing than taking a bite out of what appears to be a freshly baked brownie and finding out it's really just a fat, steaming turd. Okay, most people (including me) haven't munched on a shit log. But I imagine it's similar to the level of bait-and-switch disappointment of having sat through Netflix's The Dirt, the movie based on Motley Crue's autobiographical tome ...

Captain Marvel: Meh or Marvelous?

The build-up and ballyhoo surrounding Marvel's latest film, Captain Marvel, would lead many a true believer (or non-believer) that the film was either the second-coming of Logan or a politically-correct bastardization of all that comic book fans love. In truth, it was neither. Captain Marvel was one part origin story and one part connective tissue to introduce Carol Danvers to the next installment of Avengers with some context. ...

Glass: That Ending & Symbolism in the ‘Unbreakable’ Trilogy

Warning: This article contains spoilers for the movies Glass, Split, and Unbreakable. Read at your own risk. M. Night Shyamalan's superhero trilogy came to its conclusion in Glass, giving a clear -- albeit unexpected -- ending to the stories of David "The Overseer" Dunn, Elijah "Mr. Glass" Price, and Kevin Wendell Crumb. Unexpected endings are par for the course for any Shyamalan movie. And while it's always ...

Anakin Skywalker: The Tragedy of When Love Is Weaponized

The second entry in this trilogy of Skywalker tragedies continues to explore Star Wars' first family, their greatest strengths and how those strengths become the vehicle for their own personal tragedy. Last time around, we took a look at Luke Skwalker who bore the heavy burden of knowledge -- or knowing just enough. In the future, we'll examine Leia's tragedy, which is never being allowed ...

Luke Skywalker: A Tragic Burden of Knowledge

If you're a Star Wars fan, you've probably heard a creepy uncle figure whisper, "Have you ever heard of the tragedy of Darth Plageueis the Wise?" While ol' Plageuis certainly came to a sad end, he ain't got nothing on the tragic triad of Skywalkers who serve as the backbone of the Star Wars saga. In this three-part series, we'll explore the threads of tragedy that ...

It’s Not Sexism. Your Gender-Swapped Remake Just Sucks.

Within the past decade, Hollywood has been whizzing on the viewing public with a steady, pungent, yellow stream of lukewarm remakes. Often dubbed "reboots" or "re-imaginings," the writers, producers, and whomever greenlights this hot garbage continue to underwhelm with their ability to take something that wasn't broke and attempt to "fix" it by passing off someone else's once-imaginative work as their own hackneyed reinterpretation. The latest ...