Month: May 2018

The Utter Inevitability of the Roseanne Controversy

Somebody said something bad on Twitter and got punished for it. I’m still letting that sink in. Roseanne Barr cracked a truly awful joke and hours later her show was canceled, wiping out the jobs […]

Disney Suddenly Realizes Releasing Solo 5 Months After Last Jedi Was a Bad Idea. They Couldn’t Have Figured That Out Sooner?

“We have a lot of work to do in trying to understand this. We are all over it and will spend a lot of time digging into why things happened the way they did in […]

Box Office: How Low Is Too Low for Solo: A Star Wars Story?

Let me be the first to say the following about Solo: A Star Wars Story’s box office: I’ve got a bad feeling about this. Ah, classic movie quote. [Leaves to check the rest of the […]

Film Review: Solo: A Star Wars Story is the Least Essential Star Wars Movie I’ve Ever Seen

This is a spoiler-lite review, meaning I discuss the basic shape of the plot but none of the twists or big surprises.  Here are we in a pop culture landscape increasingly dominated by old ideas, […]

The Check-In: Have You Reached Superhero Fatigue Yet?

Wakanda forever, Black Panther. Hey Infinity War, I’m still not feeling so good. Hah. Storyline reference. Deadpool 2. Meta! Fridging! Jokes! Crazy marketing! Oh, what about that post credits-scene! Amiright? Good times. As Ron Burgundy […]

Let’s Talk About Deadpool 2’s Fridging Controversy

The problem with having a self-aware central character who regularly points out the artifice of his own reality is that it creates a certain set of expectations. Like, for example, if your movie starts with […]

The Han Solo Origin Story We Almost Got (And Then Kind of Did on Kids TV)

October 30, 2012, a date that will live in nerd infamy. That is the day Star Wars lost its original author. Everything Star Wars-related before that had to go through one man: George Lucas. After, […]

Deadpool 2’s Marketing Might Be More Interesting Than the Actual Movie

Deadpool 2 spoilers below.  Deadpool isn’t real. He’s just an early 90s Rob Liefeld fever dream with an intentional Spider-Man knockoff costume who has since become Ryan Reynolds’ personal mascot and career-saver. We all know […]

The Predator Could Be Just the Kind of Different the Franchise Needs

Shane Black’s The Predator recently debuted its first teaser trailer. It got me thinking about the Predator franchise in general. Get ready for a wild claim I can in no way verify, beginning in 3, […]

Deadpool 2 Ups its Budget and Stakes but Maintains its Anarchic Edge (Spoiler-Free Review)

Walking into my screening of Deadpool 2, I had some trepidation. After all, 2016’s Deadpool worked because it felt so fresh and different from every other superhero film surrounding it on the release calendar. Much […]