Comic Review: Loki Agent of Asgard #1

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LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD knows its audience very well (read: females who came away from the Avengers movie swooning over Tom Hiddleston). This issue is positively brimming with fanservice, of all different types (shower scene, slash fanfiction references, etc.). But that is not a judgment. It’s also the most accessible first issue I’ve read in [...]

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Movie Review: “Mars”

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  If GRAVITY was too seriously minded a space movie for you, then allow me to write a prescription for you: check out Geoff Marslett’s MARS. The light-hearted film features a fascinating and beautiful rotoscope-style animation, like Richard Linklater’s WAKING LIFE and A SCANNER DARKLY and as if a brightly colored comic book had sprung to [...]

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Book Review: “In Mint Condition: 2013″

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TheDarkTower.org is the largest Stephen King fan-site on the internet, and was one of the original destinations for horror and writing geeks to meet on the web, becoming far bigger and more influential, and more inspiring than just a simple site covering Stephen King’s litany of novels and life events. It’s gone even further with [...]

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Movie Review: “Big Bad Wolves”

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No, BIG BAD WOLVES is not some mediocre werewolf movie. BIG BAD WOLVES is a taut Israeli thriller that merits notice, similar in scope and theme to PRISONERS, which for my money, was the most terrifying movie of 2013. BIG BAD WOLVES isn’t on that level, but it’s still a tension fueled tale of crime, [...]

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Movie Review: “Open Grave”

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Since bursting onto the scene in DISTRICT 9, Sharlto Copley has found a niche in sci-fi and genre work. This past year, not only was he an integral part of the excellent, under-seen EUROPA REPORT, but he was also the best part of the mediocre ELYSIUM. So it’s impressive when I say that OPEN GRAVE [...]

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Movie Review: “Freezer”

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In many ways, FREEZER is exactly what you’d expect out of the title and thriller genre, but sometimes that’s not such a bad thing. Thankfully, it doesn’t waste any time. Like star Dylan McDermott, we’re thrust into the meat locker right along with him from the first shot, as Robert Saunders wakes up, zip-tied, with [...]

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Movie Review: “The Banshee Chapter”

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In the 1950′s and 60′s, the U.S. government performed immoral and dangerous experiments on test subjects with no idea what they were in for. While the scientists and chemists ran the gamut, they primarily concerned LSD, and forever altered some of their patients, as they attempted to administer and develop mind-controlling drugs. The program, Project MK-Ultra, [...]

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Book Review: “The Lucky Southern Star: Reflections From The Black Lagoon”

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In THE LUCKY SOUTHERN STAR, iconic starlet Julie Adams gets a chance to tell the tale of her long and impressive film, TV, and stage career. Julie Adams is known for the white bathing suit and attitude she brought to Kay Lawrence in Universal’s CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, a favorite for Monster Kids everywhere, but THE [...]

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TV Recaps: “Grimm” S03 E07-8 “Cold Blooded” & “Twelve Days Of Krampus”

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“Cold Blooded” Who had alligator in the next animal Wesen pool? This episode fittingly begins in the sewers below Portland, where a hooded dude is collecting gold. Then it gets much better, as Adalind meets the new Royal Prince, Viktor Albert Wilhelm George Beckendorf. I love when GRIMM has a sense of humor, and I also love [...]

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TV Recaps: “Grimm” S03 E05-06 “El Cucuy” & “Stories We Tell Our Young”

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“El Cucuy” Last year, one of GRIMM’s best stand-alone episodes concerned La Llorona, the fabled Mexican ghost story of a woman drowning children. This year, GRIMM continues its international flavor with a tale about Mexico’s boogeyman, El Cucuy. Sadly, it’s not as entertaining or an elixir for the uninteresting nature of this third season. I’ll [...]

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