The Red Pen of Doom

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Category Archives: 3 Tinseltown Tuesday

Why WESTWORLD blows our mind—and what may happen next

DR. FORD walks through a glass door to a dark room. A machine is half-finished with a new host while BERNARD sits motionless in a chair. There’s a dark shape … Continue reading

November 30, 2016 · 1 Comment

ARRIVAL hits you like a giant space rock right in the feels

  So we rushed to this giant building where popped corn with a fake butter costs $9 a bag, trying to see DOCTOR STRANGE, except we were crazy late. Instead, … Continue reading

November 22, 2016 · 10 Comments

Things to watch on Netflix, Part 2: Every Korean Action Movie Known to Man

While I was healing up from a thing, I watched every possible free movie on Netflix. The happiest surprise, out of nowhere? South Korean action movies. I grew up on … Continue reading

October 4, 2016 · 2 Comments

What Thor was doing during CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

I like it, I love it, I want some more of it. So why does this short bit with zero special effects work so well? Let’s take it apart. Comedy … Continue reading

September 1, 2016 · 1 Comment

Things to watch on Netflix, Part 1: CARTEL LAND

So I’ve been home almost two weeks after some surgery (I’m fine), and what do you do when you’re on painkillers, can’t drive and can’t write? You read books. And you … Continue reading

August 27, 2016 · 5 Comments

Top 7 ways SUICIDE SQUAD went epically wrong—and could have gone right

Marvel and DC have taken comic books for kids and turned them into an unstoppable machine, designed to entertain the masses while making massive profits. When all the pieces fit … Continue reading

August 11, 2016 · 2 Comments

STAR TREK and STAR WARS are now opposite sides of the same repetitive story

I say this out of love, and not just because both series are (a) sci-fi space operas (b) starring ensemble casts of heroes with (c) both series taken over and vastly … Continue reading

August 4, 2016 · 3 Comments