Holy crap, Halloween is one week away! That means I have candy to buy, inevitably overestimating just how many kids will come trick-or-treating this year, horror film marathons to curate, Simpsons “Treehouse of Horror” marathons to enjoy, and the ever vexing choice of which costume to wear. Of course, as a guy my costume conundrum is nothing compared to theRead more
So, something happened two days. Maybe you heard about it. Marvel announced all of its superhero films through 2019, turning the wave of good will currently greeting the Avengers: AgeRead more »
Someone so blinded by their grief and rage almost kills the wrong man in a quest to avenge Sara Lance. Oliver’s evolving “I am not a killer” moral code isRead more »
They’re awesome. No, seriously. Sure, they have goofy gimmicks and crazy costumes, but they are “some of the most colorful, well matched, and consistently well written villains in comics.” ForRead more »
Here’s what happened at the domestic box office this weekend: Hasbro board game adaptation Ouija continued producer Jason Blum’s conquest of box office profitability, John Wick possibly failed to beRead more »
It’s never enough. That is the go-to response from pop culture’s tastemakers on matters of gender and racial diversity and representation in media. Last week, there was no ticker tapeRead more »
Suck It, Wonder Woman – Painkiller Jane Is Getting Her Own, Probably R-Rated, Female Superhero Movie
This female superhero’s had her own comic book, co-starred in other characters’ comic books, debuted in live action in a crappy made-for-TV movie before starring in a relatively short-lived TVRead more »
There are around 30 superhero comic book movies scheduled to come out between now and 2020, at least 6 per year starting in 2016. It is worth noting that someoneRead more »
Each time that the TV industry starts prepping for its forthcoming pilot season you can usually start noticing trends in the types of shows being developed. There might something odd,Read more »
At the two most recent Television Critics Association Press Tours, Fox’s entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly was living out the opening of Jerry Maguire. Just like Jerry (Tom Cruise), he’d hadRead more »
Whoever holds Sara Lance’s black leather jacket, if she be worthy, shall possess the power of…Black Canary! Oy, if only it were that easy. The moment Sara’s Canary mask fell at Laurel’s feet we knew that meant the baton had been passed, that some point soon Laurel will metaphorically lift that mask off the ground and become Black Canary. Sara’sRead more
Avengers: Age of Ultron’s “Dark Sequel” Trailer Arrives Early, But Are They Pulling Another Iron Man 3 On Us?
Remember when we all first saw the Iron Man 3 trailer and wondered why it looked like such a Christopher Nolan impression? The joke-y, devil-may-care Tony Stark had somehow been replaced by a traumatized shell of his former self, and the franchise’s standard “guy in big metal suit” villain was gone in favor of some post-9/11 terrorist type, played asRead more
You just can’t resist doing it, right? When your superhero show is all about a man who can run really, really fast every impulse you have is to eventually go with, “But what could ole Barry never outrun, no matter how hard he tried? His emotions!” You extend that basic idea out to several of the supporting characters (poor Caitlin,Read more
Gone Girl is the first time I have ever seen Tyler Perry in anything unless his cameo in J.J. Abrams’ first Star Trek still counts even if I had no idea he was in it when I first saw it. Other than that, I have somehow gone all this time without ever seeing one of the Madea films or anyRead more
Box Office: Fury Top of the Domestic Chart, But Have You Heard What Guardians of the Galaxy is Doing in China?
Here’s what happened at the domestic box office this weekend: Fury did pretty much identical numbers as the last notable WWII flick (The Monuments Men), Gone Girl kept its foot on The Judge‘s poor neck, Book of Life did Boxtrolls-like biz which means it’s more of a “Wait and see” and less of a “Instant hit,” and Best of Me showedRead more
It was the dumpster. That was the extra element that made Sara’s death in Arrow’s season 3 premiere so infuriating to so many fans. She was worked into the episode for a quick little cameo just so they could kill her off at the end. That hurts, sure, but it all happens so fast you’re still kind of processing everything.Read more
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Better Not Suck – Marveling at Warner Bros.’ Decision to Go All In On Its DC Films
Earlier today, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara appeared at something called Time Warner Investor Day with two clear goals: appease the company’s investors, and steal some of Disney-Marvel’s thunder. That last part definitely worked on me. After all, today was going to be when I put together my thoughts on the prospect of a Captain America 3 co-starring Iron ManRead more
Could We Be Any More Excited? No, Seriously, Are We Excited About Friends Re-Runs Coming to Netflix?
I didn’t understand what the big deal was about FXX’s “every episode ever, non-stop, across 12 days” marathon of The Simpsons last month. Sure, I adore The Simpsons, regularly quote it with friends and relatives, and have let it influence my comic sensibilities far more than I sometimes realize. I vaguely recall having Simpsons bed sheets at one point. IRead more
Can I get away with simply writing, “It was a second episode of a TV show” for my review of The Flash’s “Fastest Man Alive”? Probably not or else my review would already be over, but it is a thought which occurred to me multiple times while watching “Fastest Man Alive” last night. Second episodes of TV shows can oftenRead more