Ghostbusters: Afterlife – A Trailer, A Mixed Bag of Emotions…

Obviously I’ve been eagerly awaiting the trailer for writer/director Jason Reitman’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife to drop.  The original Ghostbusters (1984) is my all-time favorite movie.  I not only watched it all the time as a kid but I still watch it all the time as an adult.  It’s consistently been bringing joy to my life, and I’ve consistently watched it multiple times every year, for over thirty years!  I don’t have that relationship with any other film – not Avengers, not (500) Days of Summer, not any of the Star Wars movies.  Also, I enjoy Ghostbusters even more as an adult because now I get all the jokes!  So not only do I love this movie but it keeps getting better for me.  Of course then, when I heard Reitman was making “a direct sequel” to his father’s iconic 1984 film, I was intrigued.  So much could go right!  But so much could go wrong too.  Now the trailer’s here and I’m feeling…lots of things. Continue reading

Reylo’s Role in Rendemption – A The Rise of Skywalker Reflection

With The Rise of Skywalker just weeks away, speculation is rampant.  Will Rey turn to the Dark Side?  How the heck could the Emperor have survived the destruction of the second Death Star?  How much of the film do Rey, Finn, and Poe really get to be together?  How will Leia’s character be handled with Carrie Fisher gone?  What role will Luke’s Force ghost play?  Will Anakin return in some form?!?  Of all the questions vexing Star Wars fans, perhaps none are so divisive nor as heatedly debated as the issues of Reylo and Rendemption.  Given the prevalence and the passion for and against each, I wanted to explore them more closely. Continue reading

Patch Lane – A Sincerely Creepy and Tonally Unique Thriller

I’ve done a few of these blog tours before, but only the graphic novel ones.  So I was excited to throw my hat in the ring for an actual novel.  As a result, part of the wonderfully blissful free time that filled my Thanksgiving break (there is nothing better than having nothing to grade!) was devoted to S.F. Barkley’s first full length novel, Patch Lane.  Let me just say, to be clear, I guard my free time zealously.  So it means something when I say Patch Lane was absolutely worthy of being part of my vacation fun! Continue reading

Black Widow – A Trailer, IT’S ABOUT TIME!!!!

I wasn’t planning on writing tonight.  But two things changed my mind.  First, this was my first day back to work after Thanksgiving break and that means my body still isn’t back to its “work sleep schedule.”  Last night I tried to go to bed early which translated into me laying in bed staring at the ceiling wishing I could fall asleep for like two hours.  Second, and faaaaaaaar more influential here, WE GOT OUR FIRST TEASER TRAILER FOR BLACK WIDOW TODAY!!!!!!!  That’s right, after eleven looooong years of Marvel cinematic magic, Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff is finally, finally, finally, FINALLY getting her own solo movie AND WE GOT OUT FIRST LOOK AT IT TODAY!!  AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!  So yeah, if I’m not going to bed on time anyway, I might as well talk about how excited I am for this. Continue reading

What I Look For In A Star Wars Story

A little while ago I read a piece Kiri wrote on Star Wars Anonymous entitled, “The Mandalorian: Chapter One.”  As the name implies (and as those of you who are big on inferring from context clues may’ve guessed), it was a reflection on the first episode of the new Disney+ show The Mandalorian.  While I’ve yet to watch the show for myself (or get Disney+), I found her piece interesting.  I appreciated her take on the first episode and I was also struck by something Kiri wrote in the beginning of her piece.  She outlined what she, as a Star Wars fan, looks for in any Star Wars story she watches/reads.  And that left me puzzling over exactly what I look for in the Star Wars stories I watch/read.  I finally figured it out!  Now you can know my criteria too and, I’m sure, sleep easier at night because if it. Continue reading

The Joker Examined – Joaquin Phoenix and Joker (2019)

“This is the most depressing movie I’ve seen in a long time.”  This was the sighed lament coming about two-thirds of the way through Joker from someone sitting behind Kalie and I when we saw it a second time a few nights ago.  There are many interesting things playing out in this film…but they weren’t wrong.  This is a sad, dark story bordering on absolute hopelessness.  We saw the film opening night and it left many thoughts running through my head.  However I wasn’t really sure what I thought about it, offering an, “……eh, it’s complicated” whenever anyone asked.  Now, with a second viewing under my belt, I see the film with a little more clarity.  That, coupled with the blessing of all my end-of-term grading being behind me, means I’m ready to write about it too.  Huzzah!

Oh, there won’t be any major plot spoilers here.  I mean, there’s not a lot to spoil, as we all know it’s a “Joker origin story” so we all know he’s turning into the Joker.  BUT I’ll only be speaking about the plot loosely throughout. Continue reading

Goodbye Squirrel Girl, Thank You for Everything

Once upon a time, Mom bought li’l three-year-old me a copy of Web Of Spider-Man #12 at the grocery store.  So began a lifelong love affair with the character Spider-Man, the medium of comic books, and the world of superheroes.  When I turned sixteen my comic budget turned towards gas money.  But then, four years ago, I decided to return to my local comic shop and something magical happened.  I rediscovered an old love and found something I never expected in The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl.  This month Ryan North (writer), Derek Charm (artist), Rico Renzi (colorist), Travis Lanham (letter), and Wil Moss (editor) – with a surprise dash of Erica Henderson (artist) – have brought this remarkable title to an end.  That leaves me with a lot on my mind.  How do I say goodbye to something that’s come to mean so much to me?

There will be no significant spoilers for the final issue/arc here, just lots of feelings :). Continue reading