A Wowser? No, Just Okay

Justice League doesn’t stun It’s finally here, the long-awaited joining together of some of DC Comics’ most iconic superheroes – Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, Cyborg and… spoiler alert… Superman. And after some not very kind reviews for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Man of Steel and more glowing reviews for Wonder Woman, the question is can Justice League ever live up, or down, to anyone’s expectations, especially coming so closely on the heels of the almost universally loved Thor: Ragnarok? The answer is probably no.

Finally the Thor Movie We All Wanted

Thor: Ragnarok delivers I’ve enjoyed the Marvel superhero movies over the years, but many have noted that the studio seems to be stuck in a rut with their films, following the same template over and over again. To be fair, there have been some great films (particularly the first two Captain America movies) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but so far there have been no real stakes because we know the heroes are going to be back for another adventure. And while the DC films from Warner Brothers have been criticized for being too unrelentingly dark and violent, the Marvel […]

Finally the Thor Movie We All Wanted

Thor: Ragnarok delivers I’ve enjoyed the Marvel superhero movies over the years, but many have noted that the studio seems to be stuck in a rut with their films, following the same template over and over again. To be fair, there have been some great films (particularly the first two Captain America movies) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but so far there have been no real stakes because we know the heroes are going to be back for another adventure. And while the DC films from Warner Brothers have been criticized for being too unrelentingly dark and violent, the Marvel […]

Exquisite Horror

Ignore the cheesy title, Happy Death Day is perfection There are a handful of people and companies that churn out low-budget horror films. James Wan, Jason Blum and his Blumhouse productions, and the folks at Platinum Dunes are the most prominent, and of that group and their high-profile titles, Platinum Dunes cannot hold a candle to the others even with the backing of Micahel Bay, churning out one cookie-cutter film after another and disparaging 80s classics like Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and The Hills Have Eyes. Wan struck gold with the Insidious and The Conjuring franchises, […]

Exquisite Horror

Ignore the cheesy title, Happy Death Day is perfection There are a handful of people and companies that churn out low-budget horror films. James Wan, Jason Blum and his Blumhouse productions, and the folks at Platinum Dunes are the most prominent, and of that group and their high-profile titles, Platinum Dunes cannot hold a candle to the others even with the backing of Micahel Bay, churning out one cookie-cutter film after another and disparaging 80s classics like Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and The Hills Have Eyes. Wan struck gold with the Insidious and The Conjuring franchises, […]

Solo Nation

An interview with Emily Saliers A long time in the making, Emily Saliers’ Murmuration Nation (Emily Saliers Music) is the Indigo Girl’s solo debut album. Worth the wait, the 12-song album reveals a thrilling new side to Saliers, beginning with the rocking and riveting opener “Spider,” and continuing with the dance break in “Serpent Love,” the moody and rhythmic “I’m High I’m On High,” and the various shifts in “Hello Vietnam.” Naturally, Saliers doesn’t forsake longtime fans, as is evident on “Train Inside,” “Slow Day Friend” and “Sad One.” I spoke with Emily about the album and the state of […]

Brexit Music

Galloping in a couple of years after Oxford’s Foals’ breakthrough disc Holy Fire, What Went Down (WB) does a remarkable job of sounding alternately massive and intimate, sometimes even in the same song. The riveting title track sets the tone. “Birch Tree” is an irresistibly funky workout that could find club success with the right remix. In fact, listeners should have no trouble shaking their asses to “Albatross,” “Night Swimmers,” and “Snake Oil.”

Tennis Tempest

Battle of the Sexes brings back the 70s in style In 1973, the world tuned in to a TV spectacle – a tennis match. But not any old tennis match, this was one for the ages, the match that would prove once and for all that men were better than women that was dubbed the “Battle of the Sexes.” There were actually two of these matches in 1973, although the one that is the focus of the new movie Battle of the Sexes was the one that was a worldwide TV event (although the first one is also depicted in […]

Well-Kept

An interview gay writer and musician Admit it. Ever since you read Robert Rodi’s first novel, 1992’s Fag Hag, you’ve been waiting for someone to adapt it, or one of his others (including Drag Queen, Closet Case, and Bitch Goddess) into a movie. Well, you got your wish. Kept Boy (Breaking Glass), directed by George Bamber (The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green), with a screenplay by David Ozanich, is the movie adaptation of Rodi’s 1996 novel of the same name. Dennis (Jon Paul Phillips), the titular “kept boy”, is the object of the affections (both romantic and monetary) […]