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The Stump

The Stump is a column written by one of the Southeastern United States’ long-time geek-culture purveyors, Lucas Leverett, who is an outspoken observer of pop-media, an author on all things geek, TV and movie reviews, conventions, events, tech and fan culture.

New Dragon Glides, But Feels Franchise Limp

The latest installment of the very-popular How To Train Your Dragon series of films has landed, and it’s an adorable adventure in its world of flying reptiles (and… bug-reptile hybrids?) and Viking friends. It is also a film which struggles… Continue Reading →

Lego My Sequel!

No, seriously. Get your hands off my sequel. I need to hug it again, and thank it for making me and about 200 others in the screening feel great, if just for an hour and a half or so. The… Continue Reading →

Discovery Season 2 Cruising At Warp Speed

In an exciting season premiere which could be described as nothing less than a passionate love letter to Star Trek, the second season of Discovery launched, and its course and trajectory are proving true now that the second episode has… Continue Reading →

A Split Decision On Glass, as Unbreakable Remains the Strongest Pane

M. Night Shyamalan has finally pieced together the shards of his 19-year trilogy. The reviews are mixed, and this one is no exception. Glass is a decent film, but doesn’t seem like a concluding flick in a series. It feels… Continue Reading →

Bumblebee: Too Much, Too Late?

It only took a little more than a decade to get a Transformers film for true fans and wider audiences, alike. The new film, Bumblebee, is a joy from start to finish, but is it too late to pile on… Continue Reading →

“Santa Baby” Is Offensive. Ban It!

We’ve seen recent calls to erase the popular Christmas classic Baby, It’s Cold Outside from our culture, or to update its lyrics to be less offensive. Thank goodness for the woke masses of younger generations who can help us right… Continue Reading →

Fandom’s Entitled Bleating Over Sonic

It’s a wonder anyone tries to create anything anymore. With an armchair, sniveling, socially broken critic in every mom’s basement, it’s hard out here for a media-maker. Take Sonic the Hedgehog. The backlash over just the mere silhouette of the… Continue Reading →

THE FALL OF NERD ROME, PART TWO: Endgame?

As discussed in Part One, Geek Culture is destroying itself from the inside, and the toxic fandom elements among us make you sometimes wish there could be a “Thanos Snap” to return balance to the geek media and convention scene…. Continue Reading →

THE FALL OF NERD ROME, PART ONE: Toxic Fandom

Geek Culture is destroying itself from the inside and the perpetrators have expanded their demographics to a diversity that would be inspiring, if it were not ultimately a force for fandom evil. Pettiness, deception and entitlement abound in the modern… Continue Reading →

Sorry, Haters. Into the Spider-verse Doesn’t Suck. At All.

Drive around the block and find something else to crap on, neck-beard cynics and unappeasable uber-nerds. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse isn’t your newest victim. I mean, I’m sure it will be, anyway, but the civilized world knows it’s… amazing.

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