Everything That Went Wrong With Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

– By J.W. Fox – Luc Besson is on a pretty serious cold streak. Since The Fifth Element, his director credits have been underwhelming. The most recent high profile film, Lucy, was a total flop. He’s written a few quality screenplays including all three Taken movies and Colombiana, but nothing to match his 90s success. […]

Never Mind the Journey, Modern Heroes Change World Through Inherited Power

  – By J.W. Fox – Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey has influenced many hit movies and TV shows. Lately, it seems the journey in the hero’s journey isn’t that important. The hero is born with everything he needs. Campbell put great emphasis on the journey (obviously), breaking it down into 17 distinct stages loaded with […]

Stranger Things is Awesome, Nostalgic Trip back to 80s Sci-Fi/Horror

– By Paulie Spiceflow – *** Warning: Season 1 Spoilers Follow *** Once again, I am behind on some pretty awesome television. It wasn’t until last week I started the Netflix original series Stranger Things and saw what everyone has been raving about. The sci-fi horror kept me captivated through almost every minute of every […]

The Last Girl by Joe Hart

– By J.W. Fox – The highly touted novel The Last Girl has been on my to-read list for a while but always got bumped back. YA dystopias are on the wane and it seemed Joe Hart’s new novel was just the latest in a long line of Hunger Games/Divergent copycats. Sadly, I was right. […]

Season 2 of Killjoys Ends in Chaotic Mess

– By Paulie Spiceflow – Syfy Channel’s summer lineup is reaching the end of the season, starting with the space opera Killjoys. I started watching this show only a month ago, and I apologize for being so far behind on my sci-fi shows. In my defense, I caught up quickly and have been watching with […]

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.

How to Write Not Good: The Mary Sue/Marty Stu

– Jacob Foxx – When I was younger, I dreamed of being a Jedi fighting alongside Obi-Wan. In the climactic battle, I was the one who finished off the Sith Lord, of course. The force was strong with me, endowing me with epic Jedi skills. There was also a time when I fantasized of being […]

Is This the End of Young Adult Dystopias?

– By Paulie Spiceflow and Jacob Foxx – One of the biggest box office flops this year was Allegiant, the third installment of a franchise based on an extremely popular young adult novel. It will likely earn less than half than the previous movies in ticket sales and has been almost unanimously shunned by the […]

Speculative Fiction Continues to Tilt Toward Young Adult Readers

– By Jacob Foxx – If you’ve worked in a bookstore the past decade or two, you’ve probably noticed something strange going on in speculative fiction. Publishers are making bank on young adult titles, pushing aside traditional “high-brow” genre fiction. These novels sport younger protagonists, young adult themes, and bend more toward action and away […]

Review: The 5th Wave

– By Paulie Spiceflow – Another movie, based off a young adult fiction novel, desperately trying to follow in the wake of The Hunger Games. The problem is it is inferior in almost every way, and continues the pattern of early year bombs. Last year it was Jupiter Ascending and Chappie. This year it begins […]