A Cult Classic Receives a Powerful and Brilliant Sequel in Blade Runner 2049

– J.W. Fox – WARNING!!! SPOILERS FOLLOW Movie-goers were long overdue for some heavy, heady science fiction. We got it in Blade Runner 2049. The absolutely stunning, epic sequel to the cult classic expands upon the compelling themes of the original, stays true to its aesthetic appeal, and gives us plenty to think about over […]

Season 3 of Rick and Morty Ends Leaving Fans Wanting More

– By J.W. Fox – WARNING: SPOILERS FOLLOW It is with great sadness that the long wait begins for season 4 of Rick and Morty. The breakout animated show concluded its latest season, restoring the Smith house back to its original preseason 3 condition. Sort of. With all the weird and gross aliens, parallel universes, […]

Earthfall by Rhett C. Bruno

– By J.W. Fox – The Circuit is one of my favorite new space operas and Earthfall delivers as the final installment in the trilogy. Similar to The Expanse in some respects, it takes a dimmer view on humanity’s future and our ability to prevent interplanetary conflict. Note, none of the novels are stand alones […]

Death Note Disappoints with Flawed Script and Weak Performances

– By J.W. Fox – There have definitely been struggles converting Japanese manga into American movies. Ghost in the Shell flopped due to a number of flaws and the whitewash controversy. Replacing Japanese characters with Caucasian ones just doesn’t sit well with progressive critics. Death Note attempted to do the same and ran into the […]

Caesar Becomes Full On Messiah in Final Installment of Apes Reboot Trilogy

– By J.W. Fox – WARNING: SPOILERS FOLLOW The rebooted Ape movies have been built on ideas rather than special effects, nostalgia, or star power. All three movies explore racial conflict, hubris, slavery, evolution and the conquest of reason by fear. The third film adds an interesting religious element not present in the first two. […]

Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

– By J.W. Fox – Yoon Ha Lee’s debut novel received plenty of attention from the literary elites, earning a Nebula and Hugo nomination. Early customer reviews were also strong. Throw in the colorful cover, and this one moved to the top of my to-read list this Fall. Sadly, the novel falls far short of […]

DC Breaks Through By Giving Wonder Woman the Movie She Deserved

– By Paulie Spiceflow – DC movies make money but have always fallen short of matching Marvel’s enormous success. Batman vs. Superman fell short of both Avenger movies, Suicide Squad was beat out by Deadpool, and Man of Steel was beat by all three Iron Man movies in the battle of the metal men (all […]

Thrawn by Timothy Zahn

– By J.W. Fox – Thrawn was my third Star Wars novel of the Disney Canon. Of the three, it is the first to focus on a real villain, and the first about a character from the Legends/Expanded Universe. My first introduction to Thrawn was through Star Wars Rebels, not the EU novels.  Hence my […]

Guardians Vol. 2 Equals the Original With A Dose of Family Therapy

– By J.W. Fox and Paulie Spiceflow – Marvel has done it again. Its fun space fantasy with aliens of various skin colors is racking up rave reviews from critics and audiences, while raking in over $180 million in its first week. Among its Marvel peers, it is on pace to surpass nearly all them […]