Ragnarok is Funny, Entertaining Detour from Avengers Saga

– By J.W. Fox – Thor has not enjoyed the same critical and box office success as his Avenger brethren. To turn it around, Marvel decided to take the character in a different direction in Thor: Ragnarok. To put it simply, the writers toned down the epic fantasy elements and amped up the jokes. It […]

Six Wake by Mur Lafferty

– J.W. Fox – You can find novels with generation ships, cloning, and mind mapping. No problem. What you won’t find is a novel that combines all those technologies in a space murder mystery. That is exactly what Mur Lafferty did in Six Wakes. An imaginative premise and strong world-building do it credit but mystery-lovers […]

Discovery is a Visually Stunning and Exciting Show, But it Isn’t Star Trek

– By J.W. Fox – The newest Star Trek series is now underway after numerous delays. Star Trek Discovery, which inexplicably is on CBS’s streaming service rather than regular TV, is a half dozen episodes into season one. That provides a pretty good sized sample for viewers to get a handle on what kind of […]

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 […]