NEWS – DragonCon 2020 Cancelled

DragonCon, one of the world’s largest the sci-fi, fantasy, and pop-culture conventions, will not be held in person for the first time in 34 years. The convention was (as always) scheduled for Labor Day weekend (as well as the surrounding week of) and was projected to bring around 90,000 people to downtown Atlanta, GA. Organizers…

Nerd History (w/ Tom Elmore): Remembering Dennis O’Neil – The Unsung Hero of Comics Bronze Age

In the difficult business of comic books greatness can often be classified into two groups: Those who create legendary comic book characters, like Superman, Batman or Spiderman, and those who take established characters and elevates them to new heights. “Denny” O’Neil stood out in this latter group. While he helped shape “the bronze age” of…

FILM REVIEW – ‘THE LOVEBIRDS’ (2020)

It’s hard to believe that something as crass as The Lovebirds (2020) is directed by Michael Showalter – the man who gave us the deeply poignant The Big Sick (2017). Moreover that it stars Kumail Nanjiani who is a hugely talented comedian albeit one that has struggled to replicate the success of his aforementioned semi-autobiography. With a murder mystery…

FILM REVIEW – ‘JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK: APOKOLIPS WAR’ (2020)

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War is the final chapter of an animated universe that began seven years ago with Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. Consider it the Avengers: Endgame of this particular branch of the DC universe. I would like to essentially break it down in two parts; as a standalone film, and as the final chapter in a…

FILM REVIEW – ‘GUNS AKIMBO’ (2020)

Shortly before the whole COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States, back when I was still able to actually go to a theater and watch movies, I saw a preview for a movie called Guns Akimbo that I thought looked decent. Of course, I was kind of skeptical about how well the movie would be when…

FILM REVIEW – ‘UNDERWATER’ (2020)

William Eubank’s claustrophobic sub-aquatic disaster film succeeds in reeling audiences into its uncomfortable world of darkness and fear. From Ravi Bansal’s brilliant art direction to Marco Beltrami’s anxiety inducing score, to Dorotka Sapinska’s amazing costume design that perfectly fuses modern-day tech with rich sci-fi elements; Underwater assembles an all-star team to create a fascinating world ripe…

FILM REVIEW – ‘EMMA’ (2020)

What’s your favorite Jane Austen adaptation? Everyone has one. Entire acting careers were launched because of them. The most universally-beloved one is unquestionably Andrew Davies’ 1995 TV version of Pride and Prejudice which made a star of Colin Firth’s wet torso. Of course, Firth would go on to reprise his Darcy role to 21st century effect…