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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.

Marvel’s Infinity War is Hefty Like Thanos

It is finally here! The huge movie (or pending pair of movies) we’ve all been waiting for. The culmination of all things Marvel over all these years. Every story, every character, every stinger scene in the credits, everything, all of… Continue Reading →

Bowl Ads Post-Game: Winners & Losers

It’s time! Finally, at long last!

Cinema Chains Are Embracing The Dark Side (By Ditching Masking)

As we come out of “Star Wars Week,” a week where the windfall profits of chain theaters got a massive spike from the year’s peak Star Wars: The Last Jedi audiences, there is possibly no better time to take these… Continue Reading →

Once More With Feeling: Guardians Episode 3 is a Little Less Plastic

I admit, I’ve given the Telltale Guardians of the Galaxy game some hard knocks. Through a conversation with some fellow Game of Thrones fans, while they were showing off the same studio’s take on that franchise, it all came clear… Continue Reading →

After a Summer of World-Class Fandom Conventions in Nashville, Can Wizard Deliver?

It is fair to say these days that Nashville is a city by which many things can be measured. Like the exploding food scene, hospitality industry, real-estate boom, and so much more going on in Music City, the fandom community… Continue Reading →

Michael Bay Sucks At Villains

After seeing the nonsensical disaster that is Transformers: The Last Knight, it was solidified in my mind that Michael Bay is just not good at good villains. Sure, many people love and hate the man for a variety of his… Continue Reading →

Anticipating The Last Knight, Cluelessly

I’m a pretty forgiving Transformers fan. I’ve been able to enjoy the Michael Bay films for what they are. That is to say that what they are could generally be described as a film-tech circle-jerk following a Cliffs Notes version… Continue Reading →

Wonder Woman Saves the (DC) World

The critics are loving Wonder Woman, and I am among them! This could be the film that signals a much-needed recovery for DC’s Extended Universe — a beleaguered series of attempts to join the venerable Marvel offerings which have dominated… Continue Reading →

Dead Men Tell No Tales Puts Pirates Back on Course

You have to hand it to a company who can maintain a massively profitable film franchise, borne of a 50-year-old amusement park ride. Like it or not, the Pirates of the Caribbean film series has made a big mark on… Continue Reading →

Prepare for Zune’s Best Sales, Ever

That title won’t make sense ’til you see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2. It’s a spoiler, actually. That’s why you probably should not read this ’til you see the movie. I’m about to tell you why this Guardians is just… Continue Reading →

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