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The Stump

Welcome to The Stump! We’ve recruited one of the Southeastern United States’ long-time geek culture purveyors and an outspoken observer of pop-media, Lucas Leverett, to author an ongoing column on all things geek; TV and movie reviews, conventions, events, tech and fan culture.

Beauty and the Blur

Beauty and the Beast has been the box-office darling for the past week or two, scoring big on nostalgia, romantic notions and fairytale charm. The one place it doesn’t win is the quality of the 3-D. It’s actually a blurry,… Continue Reading →

Clumsy Arrow Gun Violence Episode Makes Important Political Point

As you sit down to watch Arrow tonight, you’ll probably be glad the somewhat-random sidetrack of last week’s gun control episode is in the rearview. Regardless of which side of the issue you’re on, it was not likely what you expected… Continue Reading →

2016’s Five Best Geek Films

Ranked? Hell no. You can’t rank your favorites! 2016 was so chock-full of geek movie goodness and more box-office action for us nerd kids than you could count in short order. Instead, I’ve selected five films in categories which defined… Continue Reading →

Meanwhile… At The Hall of Crossovers and Network Negotiations…

Admit it. You giggled like a little girl when the would-be Hall of Justice was on screen in this past week’s DC Crossover week (#DCWeek) on the CW Network. That is, assuming you could see it behind an awkward crawl… Continue Reading →

Legends Turns A Throw-Away Halloween Episode Into A Powerful Tale

You know how most genre shows, and even mainstream ones, tend to schedule that one episode for Halloween-week that really makes little to no difference in the overall plot and is, at best, a fun diversion with no real substance?… Continue Reading →

Feast Your Eyes: Doctor Strange Delivers Stunning Effects In A 3-D Must-See

Marvel Studios’ latest entry into their massively successful Cinematic Universe and equally massive storyline, Doctor Strange, is kicking off November with a true spectacle of visual effects. Yes, the film also boasts some of Benedict Cumberbatch’s best work. Yes, it… Continue Reading →

Nerd Party! – The Diverse Array of DC Characters On Fall TV

We’ve now hit our full stride, ladies and gents, in the fall television lineup from DC Comics’ offerings on Fox and The CW. If Monday Night Football is just not your thing, you’re in luck: Gotham and Supergirl to the… Continue Reading →

Westworld: Bizarre, Expensive, Surreal, Intriguing

So, Westworld… “Trippy,” as the kids say. The premise of this story, in case you didn’t happen to recall it from the now-dated film by the same name, or the trailers, is a high-tech Western-themed amusement park inhabited by androids,… Continue Reading →

That’s No Moon…

Witness the firepower of my armed and operational cliché title.

Is Dragon Con Overrun With Costume Contests?

Make no mistake. This year’s Dragon Con, weighing in last weekend in Atlanta, Georgia, at an official number of nearly 80,000 attendees, was another win for the Southeastern fandom convention behemoth. As a volunteer staffer for almost 20 years, I’m so… Continue Reading →

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