Two episodes in, it’s clear that The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is really the the fourth Captain America film. The show has the same general vibe and carries forward the story of James “Bucky” Barnes, the best friend turned assassin turned MacGuffin. Bucky is struggling with leaving behind his past, and living up to the memory of his amazing friend, Steve Rogers.

The show is also an exploration of what it means to be a Black hero. Not “Black” in the way that Black Panther explores the Afrofuturist nation of Wakanda, or its connection to those of African descent…

It was interesting to begin a series called The Falcon and The Winter Soldier without actually bringing together the eponymous duo. The trailers sold us a buddy action film told in six parts, but after a bombastic action sequence in the beginning, the show was more focused on showing us the lives of Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes. Two men somewhat out of time, trying to return to some sense of normalcy after fighting a larger purple man and his alien army.

For Sam Wilson, part of this return involves giving up the shield he was gifted by Steve Rogers…

After a decade, it is done.

With an uneven franchise track record, Sony Pictures is looking to video games to bolster its lineup of films. The Sony PlayStation is a cornerstone of the gaming industry and pop culture, driven this holiday season by the brand-new PlayStation 5 console. Within Sony, the PlayStation division is one of the biggest, bringing in $10.7 billion for the first half of fiscal 2020. That’s more than three times Sony Pictures’ revenue, and the only other division within Sony that comes close is Financial Services.

Last year, Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE)decided to leverage the might of PlayStation in other mediums. It…

The consolidation of Hollywood continues. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that MGM Holdings, Inc. is looking to be sold. The studio is in talks with investment banks to begin a formal sale process. It’s hoping that bigger studios will look at its classic back catalog to bolster their film and streaming slates.

MGM, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., is one of the oldest film studios around, originally founded in 1924. It owns the rights to straight-up classics like The Wizard of Oz, Ben-Hur, Gone With the Wind, West Side Story, In the Heat of the Night, Platoon, Rain Man, Dance With…

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HBO Max has been an unmitigated mess. Back in October of last year, I broke down my thoughts about the streaming services. “Disney+ looks like it’s going to be at the head of the pack in the streaming wars, but HBO Max feels like the one to beat. The content split problems I noted above for Disney+ and Hulu? They’re not a problem for HBO Max. It’s the ur-service for WarnerMedia and it has everything,” I wrote at the time.

Sadly, things haven’t worked out that way.

Last week, AT&T and Warner Bros. Pictures Group announced that the entire 2021…


The Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters is a weird thing. If you don’t know what that is, it’s the official name of Sony Pictures’ slate of Spider-Man-related films. Despite being produced by Marvel Studios, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home are technically Sony films. They are joined by Venom, Morbius, and the upcoming Venom: Let There Be Carnage.

It’s weird, because while Homecoming and Far From Home take place firmly in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the other projects have a more tenuous connection. Think of the pair of the Spider-Man films as a Venn diagram between the Marvel…

Even Apple can struggle every now and then. The tech giant launched Apple TV+ back in November of last year, its foray into the streaming video-on-demand competition. If you already used the Apple TV app, you could pony up $4.99 to get access to Apple’s slate of original shows, including The Morning Show, See, Dickinson, and For All Mankind.

Apple spent $6 billion for original television shows for the service, ending up with the launch slate above and future projects from industry veterans like Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, and M. Night Shyamalan. That seems like an absurd amount of…

Lets have some fun with it. ©Disney

Today is May 4th. For most that’s the day before Cinco de Mayo — not that you can go out this year — but for one fandom it’s Star Wars Day, a celebration of Jedi, Sith, Rebels, and more. It was a day that was previously remarked upon with a jaunty “May the 4th be with you”, but under Disney stands as a steamrolling machine of content, hashtags, and announcements.

The signature news of the day is that Thor: Ragnarok and Jojo Rabbit director Taika Waititi will be doing a new Star Wars film, co-written by 1917 screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns…

Kicked off the evening by watching a few shows on the new Toei Tokusatsu Channel on YouTube. Toei is the company behind some of Japan’s biggest entertainment brands, including Dragon Ball and One Piece. Theyalso continue to produce the long-running Kamen Rider and Super Sentai live-action shows each year.

The latter two franchises are what’s know as “tokusatsu” in Japan, a term directly translated as “special filming” or “special effects”. The genre term covers pretty much any live-action show that uses extensive special effects, whether that’s physical creature effects or computer-generated VFX. That puts Kamen Rider and Super Sentai

It’s a very pretty game. ©Square Enix

So, I ended up playing Final Fantasy 7 Remake for three hours, and now it’s 3:30 in the morning. Mistakes were made. Still, I should get some kudos for sticking to my new system and cranking out a blog post for today. I didn’t skip, which is a win in my book.

I spent much of the day thinking about the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus on various industries that I’m interested in. Take comic books, for instance. The sole distributor of comic books, Diamond, is currently halting all shipments to comic stores. This is somewhat good, because comic stores…

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Reviewer at @PCMag, among other things. Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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