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 […]

Thoughtcrime 035: Motley Crews

  An episode celebrating the success of pirates, smugglers, mercenaries, and other criminal crews in winning over millions of fans. Notable motley crews include Guardians of the Galaxy, Firefly, Dark Matter, Star Wars: Rebels, and many many more. Springhole Tips for Writing En Semble Casts – http://www.springhole.net/writing/write-better-ensemble-casts.htm

Thoughtcrime 031: Sequels and Prequels and Reboots Oh My!

I go solo on the one-year anniversary of Thoughtcrime to discuss sequels, prequels, reboots and why we will see less of them in the years ahead. Also, a quick review of the bomb of the year, Independence Day: Resurgence. I cover some possible changes to Thoughtcrime after a short summer break.

Thoughtcrime 030: Social Commentary in Science Fiction

Jon and I discuss the prevalence of social commentary and political themes in science fiction and whether it helps or hurts the genre. Movies, TV, and even a few books are covered…

Thoughtcrime 029: X-Men Apocalypse and Coming Soon

I go solo to review X-Men: Apocalypse and also discuss the sci-fi movies coming later this year. I’m not optimistic, but there are some interesting TV shows in the pipeline. Could be an entertaining fall…

X-Men: Apocalypse

– Paulie Spiceflow – The mutant franchise went for the grand slam with X-Men: Apocalypse. An all-star cast, massive budget, huge climactic battle, a few Easter eggs, and a ton of fan service. The sensory overload impressed in many scenes but could not distract from what is otherwise a mediocre movie. The movie interested me […]

2014 in Review: Another Year of Superheroes and Dystopian Romance

  – Paulie Spiceflow – 2014 went largely as 2013 went: superheroes, sexy dystopias, and another promotional film for NASA. We are still a month away from the official end but as far as science fiction goes, the year is over. There were a few bright spots but only a couple truly original movies. Hollywood […]

The American Obsession with Superheroes

  – By Paulie Spiceflow – Is America ever going to get over its obsession with comic book superheroes? Apparently not. This year alone, four of the top ten grossing movies were straight from the pages of comic books (Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: Winter Soldier, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Amazing Spider […]