‘Punch Out': Mike Tyson’s legacy as the ultimate 8-bit boss

‘Punch Out': Mike Tyson’s legacy as the ultimate 8-bit boss

Grudge Match

Mike Tyson’s Punch Out!! Nintendo R&D3 Nintendo NES After attending a boxing match in the early 80’s featuring future heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, Nintendo of America’s founder and former president Minoru Arakawa, had…

Damn Good Podcast – Twin Peaks S01E01: Traces to Nowhere

Damn Good Podcast – Twin Peaks S01E01: Traces to Nowhere

The crew tackles the first episode of the series proper, addressing the differences in subtlety when David Lynch is directing vs this episode directed by Dwayne Dunham. They continue to hate on Mike…

I for Iran: Interview with Tina Hassania, writer of ‘Asghar Farhadi: Life And Cinema’

I for Iran: Interview with Tina Hassania, writer of ‘Asghar Farhadi: Life And Cinema’

The real magic of the I for Iran series in Toronto lies in curation: the talent they have recruited to present and contextualize the various films screened is a testament to their commitment…

‘Game of Thrones: The Sword in the Darkness': The seams are beginning to show

‘Game of Thrones: The Sword in the Darkness': The seams are beginning to show

When the idea of melding the rich world of Game of Thrones with Telltale Games' unique talent for storytelling was initially proposed, it seemed like a match made in heaven. What better place…


‘White God’ is a curiously flat depiction of a canine uprising

‘White God’ is a curiously flat depiction of a canine uprising

Kornél Mundruczó’s White God does for Budapest canines what Rise of the Planet of the Apes did for San Francisco simians. Instead of Caesar the ape, White God has Hagen the dog, who…

I for Iran: Interview with Tina Hassania, writer of ‘Asghar Farhadi: Life And Cinema’

I for Iran: Interview with Tina Hassania, writer of ‘Asghar Farhadi: Life And Cinema’

The real magic of the I for Iran series in Toronto lies in curation: the talent they have recruited to present and contextualize the various films screened is a testament to their commitment…

‘Get Hard’ stays surprisingly flaccid

‘Get Hard’ stays surprisingly flaccid

Get Hard is an episodic comedy that seems determined to botch its ‘can’t miss’ premise. No amount of riffing from Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart can overcome a script that’s obviously cobbled together…

Horror and romance blossom in the haunting ‘Spring’

Horror and romance blossom in the haunting ‘Spring’

The less you know about Spring before its arrival, the more enthralling its subtle charms. This is a delicate little gem that reveals its mysteries grudgingly; a seamless blend of moods and genres…


Television that Home Video Forgot: The Knights of Prosperity (2007)

Television that Home Video Forgot: The Knights of Prosperity (2007)

Excavating through the vastness of television history to feature programs from broadcast past that were critically maligned and/or lost on the way to home video.…

Starz releases the first teaser for the Patrick Stewart-starring ‘Blunt Talk’

Starz releases the first teaser for the Patrick Stewart-starring ‘Blunt Talk’

Performer Patrick Stewart has won many commercial and critical accolades over the course of his 50 year career, but some of his more memorable roles have come on television. One of his most…

Twin Peaks, Ep. 2.10, “Dispute Between Brothers”: Where you belong

Twin Peaks, Ep. 2.10, “Dispute Between Brothers”: Where you belong

Dale Cooper belongs in Twin Peaks. This may seem like an obvious statement, but it appears to be a more complicated issue in this episode. As the writers struggled to figure out where…

Arrow Ep. 3.17 “Suicidal Tendencies” continues to be all over the place (draft)

Arrow Ep. 3.17 “Suicidal Tendencies” continues to be all over the place (draft)

Hey everyone, the Suicide Squad is back... to tell us an heartwrenching story about love, PTSD, and sacrifice? "Suicidal Tendencies" is an odd episode of Arrow, though one that benefits from one very…


SXSW 2015: ‘The Overnight’ is an insightful, cringeworthy, and wholly fantastic examination of marital relationships

SXSW 2015: ‘The Overnight’ is an insightful, cringeworthy, and wholly fantastic examination of marital relationships

SXSW 2015

With his debut feature Creep, director Patrick Brice brought audiences an exercise in discomfort. A mockumentary about a man who answers a mysterious ad on Craigslist, the film deftly blended cringe comedy and…

SXSW 2015: ‘Room 237′ director Rodney Ascher explores the horrors of sleep paralysis in ‘The Nightmare’

SXSW 2015: ‘Room 237′ director Rodney Ascher explores the horrors of sleep paralysis in ‘The Nightmare’

SXSW 2015

It starts with a tingling sensation, almost like an electric jolt to the body. A heavy weight presses down upon the chest, rendering you immobile. You sense a presence in the corner of…

SXSW 2015: ‘Creative Control’ wraps well-worn ideas in a shiny new package

SXSW 2015: ‘Creative Control’ wraps well-worn ideas in a shiny new package

SXSW 2015

Benjamin Dickinson’s Creative Control is right at home premiering at SXSW, a festival that touts the convergence of technology and film. Playing with perception and exploring the place of relationships and the ego…

SXSW 2015: ‘Honeytrap’ fails to generate emotion despite its melodramatic subject matter

SXSW 2015: ‘Honeytrap’ fails to generate emotion despite its melodramatic subject matter

SXSW 2015

As Honeytrap opens, 15-year-old Layla (Jessica Sula) arrives in London, having traveled from her native Trinidad to live with her mother. With her doe eyes and cherubic face, she looks displaced on the…


Damn Good Podcast – Twin Peaks S01E01: Traces to Nowhere

Damn Good Podcast – Twin Peaks S01E01: Traces to Nowhere

The crew tackles the first episode of the series proper, addressing the differences in subtlety when David Lynch is directing vs this episode directed by Dwayne Dunham. They continue to hate on Mike…

The Walking Dead Podcast Episode 67: “Try”

The Walking Dead Podcast Episode 67: “Try”

As the penultimate episode of the season, “Try” moves a lot of pieces to set the stage for next week’s finale. Tensions have been simmering in Alexandria since the day our survivors arrived,…

The Televerse #186- Gossip Girl with David Bax

The Televerse #186- Gossip Girl with David Bax

It’s a week of finales on the podcast, giving us plenty of TV to discuss in another lengthy installment. We start with the comedies, including the return of Community, pilot of One Big…

NonCompliant #3 “Vocal Minority Retort”

NonCompliant #3 “Vocal Minority Retort”

The regular Noncompliant team (Katy, Jess, Grant, & Logan) discuss the recent debacles in sexism here in the comics community, and we cover the detriments and virtues of Red One, Giant Days, Lumberjanes,…


‘The Valiant’ #4 concludes the epic tale

‘The Valiant’ #4 concludes the epic tale

The Valiant #4 Written by Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt Artwork by Paolo Rivera with Joe Rivera Lettering by Dave Lanphear Published by Valiant Entertainment The Valiant has been such a fantastic read. It…

‘Earth 2: World’s End’ #25: how far we’ve come

‘Earth 2: World’s End’ #25: how far we’ve come

So it’s come to this, the penultimate issue of Earth 2: World’s End and what is soon to lead in to DC’s much hyped Convergence event. Does it surprise anyone that this issue…

‘Outcast’ #7: The Never-Ending Road

‘Outcast’ #7: The Never-Ending Road

There is a departure from the normal story flow in this issue. Kyle and Reverend Anderson are more secondary characters while we follow Megan’s adventure into the city to meet Allison and have…

‘My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’ #29: clever play

‘My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’ #29: clever play

With Katie Cook and Andy Price having last month wrapped up their latest arc on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, the series’ reins are taken up by the creative team of Ted…


‘Punch Out': Mike Tyson’s legacy as the ultimate 8-bit boss

‘Punch Out': Mike Tyson’s legacy as the ultimate 8-bit boss

Grudge Match

Mike Tyson’s Punch Out!! Nintendo R&D3 Nintendo NES After attending a boxing match in the early 80’s featuring future heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, Nintendo of America’s founder and former president Minoru Arakawa, had…

Why The Video Game Industry Needs Corporate Greed

Why The Video Game Industry Needs Corporate Greed

In 1989, Electronic Arts, hereafter EA, released a game called Sim City, which tasked you with running a city as mayor and council. It got great reviews, and helped cement simulation games as…

‘Life is Strange: Episode Two’ continues world-building, expands mysteries

‘Life is Strange: Episode Two’ continues world-building, expands mysteries

With the debut of the second part of Life is Strange, Dontnod has proven that their first episode was far from a fluke. Intense, expansive, and grounded in reality (well, except for those…

‘The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess': Showdown at High Twilight

‘The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess': Showdown at High Twilight

Grudge Match

There are many brilliantly designed, dynamic boss encounters in the Zelda franchise. When discussing Zelda boss battles, however, no enemy can quite hold a light to Link's arch nemesis and the third…


Terence Rattigan On Film: The Browning Version

Terence Rattigan On Film: The Browning Version

I. The Rattigan Version After his first dramatic success, The Winslow Boy, Terence Rattigan conceived a double bill of one-act plays in 1946. Producers dismissed the project, even Rattigan’s collaborator Hugh “Binkie” Beaumont.…

New on Video: ‘The Soft Skin’

New on Video: ‘The Soft Skin’

There is still the same cinematic playfulness, a combination of genuine skill, pervasive influence, and rampant passion for the medium itself, but with The Soft Skin, Truffaut slows things down somewhat, takes a…

New on Video: ‘The Lady from Shanghai’

New on Video: ‘The Lady from Shanghai’

Yes, The Lady from Shanghai is now a classic. But like so many Welles films, that current evaluation doesn't save it from the studio tampering of its time.…

‘The Dead Lands’ offers a glimpse into an oft-overlooked culture amid a rapid derivative script

‘The Dead Lands’ offers a glimpse into an oft-overlooked culture amid a rapid derivative script

Fistful of Film Fury #26

Premiering with some degree of fanfare at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, The Dead Lands arrives on the scene with some very special attributes that make it a worthwhile proposition, if not…


Sound On Sight Podcast

Sordid Cinema #93: ‘Chappie’

Sordid Cinema #93: 'Chappie'

Neil Blomkamp’s Chappie has been a punchline for months. Even before its first trailer dropped, the notion of Blomkamp taking a…

Televerse

The Walking Dead Podcast Episode 67: “Try”

The Walking Dead Podcast Episode 67: "Try"

As the penultimate episode of the season, “Try” moves a lot of pieces to set the stage for next week’s…

Open Source

Open Source #17: Is Bigger Always Better?

Open Source #17: Is Bigger Always Better?

This week on Open Source, the team discusses the newly released The Order: 1886, and examines the debate on whether…

NonCompliant

NonCompliant #3 “Vocal Minority Retort”

NonCompliant #3 "Vocal Minority Retort"

The regular Noncompliant team (Katy, Jess, Grant, & Logan) discuss the recent debacles in sexism here in the comics community,…

Under the Hood

Under the Hood #9: “Even God Doesn’t Know What to Make of You”

Under the Hood #9: "Even God Doesn't Know What to Make of You"

It's the second-to-last Under the Hood of the season, but Banshee doesn't believe in calms before storms.…

The Walking Dead Podcast

The Walking Dead Podcast Episode 67: “Try”

The Walking Dead Podcast Episode 67: "Try"

As the penultimate episode of the season, “Try” moves a lot of pieces to set the stage for next week’s…