Month: December 2021

Last year, we said “…every work of art made in [2020] is a small miracle. Every comic creator who put irons in the fire in a year that certainly didn’t lack fires deserves gratitude and commendation.” That’s no less true in 2021, a year where days felt like months and each month somehow also passed
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This review of The Expanse contains spoilers. The Expanse Season 6 Episode 4 It’s official: The Expanse is clearly treating its final season as though the story were continuing, leaving it up to the viewers to decide where everyone will end up. The emotional beats in “Redoubt” were wonderful and would have been right at
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It may be difficult now to appreciate the colossal impact the teaser trailer for the original Independence Day movie had on audiences back in 1996. The appearance of an all-encompassing shadow engulfing iconic US landmarks, followed by the unbelievable sight of the White House suddenly being blown to smithereens, was quite simply jaw-dropping. To put
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There was a blink, and you’ll miss it reference to Thor: Love and Thunder in Spider-Man: No Way Home. “There were so many things happening in Spider-Man: No Way Home that we probably were too overwhelmed to catch them all. From seeing Tom Holland’s Spider-Man struggle with his own life and identity to having our favorite villains
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Cobra Kai continues to effectively mine the long-dormant characters and continuity of The Karate Kid film franchise. The strategy has yielded a successful series that basks in the built-in nostalgia of those old enough to recall the films’ heyday, and even fosters a new generation of fandom. However, the show’s fourth season taps into 1989’s
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It was supposed to be the year where movies came back. With the pandemic seeming to turn the corner (for a time), and cinemas opening back up around the world, your local theater offered a treasure trove of options, from old reliable favorites via mega Hollywood franchises to respites from the familiar as new voices
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This Star Wars: The Book of Boba Fett article contains spoilers. The Book of Boba Fett kicked off with a few surprises, including answers to some of the biggest questions Star Wars fans had about the bounty hunter’s past. Yes, “Stranger in a Strange Land” finally reveals what happened to Boba Fett during the five
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Season 2 hasn’t even come out, but apparently, Netflix is already talking to the creator of Squid Game about season 3. “It wasn’t that long ago that Hwang Dong-hyuk didn’t seem up for more Squid Game, telling Variety, ‘It is quite tiring just thinking about it.’ Then, the show exploded in popularity around the world,
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And just like that (not be confused with And Just Like That…), another year of television is in the books. In terms of pop culture, 2021 was never going to be as strange and surreal as when the whole world shut down in 2020. Still, this year of TV wasn’t necessarily the return to normalcy
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe has managed to pull off a lot of truly impressive feats over the course of its decade-long march to pop culture domination. Superhero stories are cool now, and even the most casual of viewers are pretty well versed in things like chaos magic, multiverses, and Infinity Stones. Yet, despite its many
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“It was kind of like a huge practical joke played on the audience. For 45 minutes they were lulled into thinking it was ET 2, then suddenly when everyone was relaxed it freaked them out… or rather, Joe Dante freaked them out!” Zach Galligan is talking about the ingeniously deceptive concept of Gremlins, in which
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With The Book of Boba Fett about to drop this week, let’s look ahead to other upcoming Star Wars series in 2022, specifically Andor starring Diego Luna. “Disney and Lucasfilm have the most of the Star Wars franchise by bringing new stories to Disney+. While fans of The Mandalorian are waiting on Season 3, the folks over at Lucasfilm are
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Stop us if you’ve heard this one before, but a Jeopardy! contestant is absolutely dominating the field right now.  Current champion Amy Schneider of Oakland, California is currently riding a 19-game winning streak in the venerable American quiz show. Many of those 19 victories have been absolute laughers, with Schneider leaving her opponents in the
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It’s been a difficult year for the publishing industry, as global supply chain issues, as well as labor and paper shortages, have led to delays. But many wonderful and nerdy books have made it over those obstacles to make it into the world and into our eyeballs and brains. As we reflect back on 2021,
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Many have called 2021 a slow year for video games, and we certainly understand why. Game development is hard enough without having to deal with the challenges of working during the COVID-19 pandemic, systemic issues within the industry, hardware shortages, and a variety of other factors that have led to some of the delays and
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Film director Jean-Marc Vallée, who made movies such as Dallas Buyers Club and Wild, has passed away at age 58. “Jean-Marc Vallée, the director of the Oscar-winning film Dallas Buyers Club and two HBO series, Big Little Lies and Sharp Objects, died suddenly at the age of 58. Per The Associated Press, a representative confirmed he died at his cabin outside
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This Dexter: New Blood review contains spoilers. Dexter: New Blood Episode 8 I wrote at length last week about how Dexter: New Blood has its foot on the brake rather than the gas late in the season, a problem that suggested maybe a 10-episode order was too much time to fill. That criticism is given
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The following includes major Don’t Look Up spoilers. This was supposed to be a comedy, right? That’s what the marketing and 1960s-inspired opening title cards suggest for Adam McKay’s Don’t Look Up, and yet one might think the happiest moment in the whole thing is when Leonardo DiCaprio’s Dr. Randall Mindy and Jennifer Lawrence’s PhD
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This article contains Don’t Look Up spoilers. In Don’t Look Up, the frequently searing new satire from filmmaker Adam McKay (Vice, The Big Short), astronomers Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence) discover that a previously undetected comet is headed straight for Earth, with six months to go before the object slams into
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