I THINK WE’RE ALL BASICALLY DONE WITH BETRAYAL, RIGHT?

*Some Big Spoilers for Snowpiercer* There was a time when I loved nothing more in a movie, TV show, or comic than a good old fashioned eleventh hour betrayal. There’s obviously a proud literary tradition of betrayal in fiction that includes the Bible, Milton, and Shakespeare, but here are a couple of random but well-known contemporary examples: The Empire Strikes Back. The first season of … Continue reading I THINK WE’RE ALL BASICALLY DONE WITH BETRAYAL, RIGHT?

A HIP LITTLE DETAIL IN DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

*Mild Spoilers* The spinning globe of a 76 gas station in a redwood jungle. The first iPad “charge complete” chirp in a decade. The palm frond surgical masks worn by a group of ape doctors. Director Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a terrific action movie that earns its keep by building in time to let us appreciate stylish little details … Continue reading A HIP LITTLE DETAIL IN DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

THE CW’S ARROW: ONE LAST THOUGHT AND THEN I WILL SHUT UP ABOUT IT

Back in February I posted a thing about The CW show Arrow, which is based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow. I fell off watching it for a while, because of things like Mad Men, House of Cards, and Game of Thrones, but now I am back, smack in the doldrums of the middle of the first season. The series started very strongly and … Continue reading THE CW’S ARROW: ONE LAST THOUGHT AND THEN I WILL SHUT UP ABOUT IT

REVIEW: KING KIRBY

See the black dots around the Silver Surfer in the image above? Those dots are called the “Kirby Krackle.” To the uninitiated twenty-first century observer, the dots may seem like a minor artistic embellishment used on a quaint periodical from half a century ago. In actuality these little dots were a kind of minor revolution; a technique employed by a master artist that showcases his … Continue reading REVIEW: KING KIRBY