Dark Phoenix

BV_0150_v0028_SNL.1231 – Sophie Turner and Jessica Chastain in Twentieth Century Fox’s DARK PHOENIX. Photo Credit: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox.

Steeped in warm remembrance, “The Dark Phoenix Saga” was an extended X-Men storyline in Uncanny X-Men # 101-108 from 1976, and its aftermath was contained in issues #129-138 in 1980. It was the basis for 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, written by Simon Kinberg who has been given a second chance to get it right. As the… Continue reading Dark Phoenix

The Snowman

Based on the novel by Norwegian author Jo Nesbo, this uncultivated whodunit forgets that the motivation is essential to understanding the “who.” A profiler/detective-in-training played by Rebecca Ferguson seeks out the assistance of a veteran crime solver (Michael Fassbender) on the outs with the police force to help solve a disappearance in this snowbound contrivance… Continue reading The Snowman

Alien: Covenant

I’ve never hidden the fact that I truly despise James Cameron’s Aliens movie because it’s filled with stupidity, such as well-trained marines entering a hot zone without the necessary intel to determine whether or not they can fire their weapons! Covenant has quite a few similar blunders. A postscript in one of the letters from The Donner… Continue reading Alien: Covenant

Buncha News About the Black Lips

The Black Lips camp has broken its relative silence recently with an album announcement, a Record Store Day exclusive, and a role in a new movie. There’s a lot to digest when it comes to new album Satan’s Graffiti or God’s Art?, out May 5th on Vice Records. It’s produced by Sean Lennon and features… Continue reading Buncha News About the Black Lips

Assassin’s Creed

The “Quo Vadis of Xbox” has a plot that borrows from both Star Trek: The Next Generation’s “holodeck” where simulations re-enact the past, and the current CW show Arrow with its constant flashbacks to flesh out the backstory. Cal, a murderer, gets claimed after his execution and whisked over to Madrid where he’s hooked up to… Continue reading Assassin’s Creed

X-Men: Apocalypse

Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse is far and away the lynchpin for the franchise. Its immediate predecessor, Days of Future Past, was more focused on getting its muddled timeline back on track, and thus bridging the two trilogies by recasting a “school for gifted youngsters” with more age-appropriate actors. In all fairness, the original three films… Continue reading X-Men: Apocalypse

12 Years a Slave

Those who deny individual rights cannot then claim to be defenders of Constitutional rights. Neither the right nor the left understands this. This has led to the modern contradiction called racism where a man is judged not by his own actions but by the actions of his collective ancestors, both black and white. In the… Continue reading 12 Years a Slave