REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 7: “The Pyramid At the End of the World”

REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 7: “The Pyramid At the End of the World”

“The Pyramid At the End of the World” is the second part of a kind of trilogy forming the heart of the middle of this tenth series of Doctor Who. The storyline revolves around the mysterious Monks, who we learned last episode had been using a complex computer simulation to prepare for their conquest of Earth. This episode advances that story even further as the Monks make their move and their invasion begins. But though…

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REVIEW: Doctor Who, Series 10, Episode 6: Extremis

REVIEW: Doctor Who, Series 10, Episode 6: Extremis

A good word to describe “Extremis,” the latest episode of Doctor Who, would be cryptic. As the first instalment of multi-episode arc, there is much that is left deliberately vague and mysterious in the episode. Breaking the pattern set by the previous episodes of this series, “Extremis” isn’t a standalone adventure with a refreshingly classic vibe. Written by show runner Steven Moffat, the episode is far more evocative of his most recent efforts on the…

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: ‘Doc Savage’ a Product of Its Time

THROWBACK THURSDAY: ‘Doc Savage’ a Product of Its Time

Guess who’s back with Throwback Thursday!  That’s right, after a long sabbatical from the column, I’ve returned.  This week’s film is Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze.  While the 1975 flick may not be a ‘comic book’ movie in the traditional sense, it definitely presaged the genre in the same way the pulps it came from influenced comics back in the day. Doc Savage, frankly, kind of sucks.  I just want to be clear on that.  The acting…

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REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 5: “Oxygen”

REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 5: “Oxygen”

I’ve been genuinely loving this series of Doctor Who thus far. It’s almost as if Steven Moffat and Peter Capaldi, both in their final full series, are taking the approach that this last hurrah is going to be a greatest hits tour, crafting stories that feel as archetypal as possible. “Oxygen” is no different in this ambition from the previous episodes of the series; it’s clearly tapping into the scarier side of Doctor Who, exemplified…

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NEW MUTANTS: ‘Split’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ Actresses Cast

NEW MUTANTS: ‘Split’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ Actresses Cast

After approximately a year of rumors, and a few months after a confirmed announcement, we’re getting The New Mutants casting news!  Popular fancast (and Arya on Game of Thrones) Maisie Williams will play Rahne “Wolfsbane” Sinclair.  Additionally, Anya Taylor-Joy (Split, The Witch) will portray Illyana “Magik” Rasputin. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The New Mutants will follow the classic version of the comic book team: Magik, Wolfsbane, Dani Moonstar, Sunspot, Cannonball, and Warlock.  THR doesn’t say anything about Doug Ramsey or…

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CW Orders “Black Lightning” Adaptation to Series

CW Orders “Black Lightning” Adaptation to Series

The CW is ordering their adaptation of DC Comics‘ Black Lightning to full series, Variety is reporting. The new series would join the CW’s franchise of series starring DC Comics superheroes, joining “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Legends of Tomorrow,” and “Supergirl.” Black Lightning tells the story of Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) an electrically powered former super-hero now working as a teacher. Pierce is called back into his former life to help guide his daughter and battle…

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LOGAN NOIR in Black and White For One Night Only Next Tuesday

LOGAN NOIR in Black and White For One Night Only Next Tuesday

As if Logan, critically acclaimed and a box office smash, could shoot for more arthouse appeal.  A superhero drama that transcends the conventions of the drama and hews much more closely to those of the Western, Logan may well be the superhero film that makes it to the awards season for non-technical categories.  In that vein, the idea of the film in black and white should be enough to make cinema geeks salivate.  Especially given that Mangold…

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Mike Mignola Reveals “Hellboy” Movie To be Rebooted With New Director and Star

Mike Mignola Reveals “Hellboy” Movie To be Rebooted With New Director and Star

Legendary writer/artist Mike Mignola revealed on social media today the surprising news that his most famous creation, Hellboy, will be coming back to the big screen, albeit in a rebooted version with a new director and new star in the title role. Mignola posted on his Facebook page that Neil Marshall, director of “The Descent” and “Dog Soldiers,” will be helming a Rated R reboot with David Harbour (“Stranger Things,” “The Newsroom”) set to don the…

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Final Wonder Woman Trailer Drops Amid MTV Movie Awards

Final Wonder Woman Trailer Drops Amid MTV Movie Awards

Wonder Woman fans have received a bounty of hype for the upcoming film in the last week.  It doesn’t seem set to end soon, either, because tonight, at the MTV Movie Awards, Warner Bros. dropped the final movie trailer for the film! This trailer seems to take many aspects of previous trailers and mix them together.  We see Diana as a little girl and as an adult, in Themyscira and in Man’s World.  We get a…

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REVIEW: Doctor Who, Series 10, Episode 4: “Knock Knock”

REVIEW: Doctor Who, Series 10, Episode 4: “Knock Knock”

One of the great qualities of Doctor Who has always been its willingness to embrace a variety of other genres beyond simple space opera. Throughout its over 50 year history, the series has never been afraid to expand its reach, easily shifting from science fiction to simple adventure then to fantasy, or from comedy to drama. But, since its beginning, Doctor Who may have been most comfortable exploring the genre of horror. This is a…

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