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Star Wars: The Last Jedi — Thoughts of a Sci-Fi Cynic

Long ago, in a galaxy not that far away, George Lucas had the visionary insight to rip off every sci-fi story of the ’40s through ’70s to create what would become the most bafflingly beloved and fiercely defended science-fiction saga… Continue Reading →

Will Season 11 of The X-Files be Worth the Wait?

For many years, X-Philes wondered if they would ever see another conspiracy investigated by Agents Mulder and Scully after The X-Files was originally cancelled. They looked back with nostalgic fondness and wondered, “What if…”

Justice League: The Rise of Justice, Heroes and DC has Begun!

There are Justice League spoilers ahead. I’m giving you fair warning right now: There will be spoilers. I’ve tried writing this as spoiler free as possible, but some elements are going to crop up. So, if you’re afraid that one… Continue Reading →

Re-Watching “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster”

I didn’t go out trick or treating on Halloween night. I didn’t watch a horror movie marathon or attend any haunted houses… I re-watched the best episode of The X-Files event series from last year: “Mulder and Scully Meet the… Continue Reading →

Annabelle: Creation, That Doll is the Devil

What does an isolated location, an orphanage, self-playing record players, demons, demented children, dark wells, face masks, Catholic priests and scary dolls all have in common? They are all common horror movie tropes… and they are all in this movie,… Continue Reading →

Creating Actual Horror With Annabelle: Creation

I don’t often have anything complimentary to say about big-studio horror movies. Most end up being watered down, PG-13 knock-offs of popular themes in the genre with a certain degree of fan service and pseudo-self awareness meant to be clever,… Continue Reading →

The Case for Horror Remakes

I’ve been utterly disgusted by the perpetual and baffling stagnation of the film industry. With a list of remakes and reboots announced, including iconic titles like Friday the 13th, Halloween and Child’s Play, just to name a few, cautious optimism is hard to… Continue Reading →

I Want to Believe The X-Files Will Return to Greatness

Long before The Walking Dead attacked basic cable ratings. Long before the Marvel Cinematic Universe made superheroes super fun. And long before LOST’s flashbacks, flash forwards and sideways storytelling, sci-fi was complicated and cool. The X-Files made conspiracies, science fiction and… Continue Reading →

Everything the Critics Hate About IDR Is a Reason I Like It (So There!)

There’s no nice way to say this. The critics have been dicks about Independence Day: Resurgence. Continuing their proud tradition of ignoring the reality and climate in which we process certain movies, and seeking some Shakespearean/Aaron Sorkin/Spielberg perfection in all things, they… Continue Reading →

Fan Service: The Last Hope for TMNT

It is apparent that we now live in the age of making big-budget blockbusters out of TV shows that captivated us as kids. Anything that aired in an early morning time slot on Saturdays from 25 or more years ago is hitting… Continue Reading →

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