It goes without saying that race and racism will always be difficult topics to explore, especially within the United States of America. The history of America is a history of violence, often perpetrated on the very people who were forced to work in others’ pursuit of its very establishment as a “free country”. And while many black people have expressed their desire to not see this era of our history repeatedly used as a source of inspiration for film and television, Antebellum at least appears to offer something slightly divergent from the norm.

In the film, Janelle Monáe plays Veronica…


**Mild Spoiler Warning for Star Trek Lower Decks**

In the realm of science fiction, few franchises have managed to captivate audiences as successfully as Star Trek. For over 50 years, it has been praised for its examination of humanity and our potential to elevate ourselves above our current societal faults for the betterment of all living beings. It has asked some difficult questions about how we view ourselves as a species, and forced its characters to face a myriad of challenges. This is arguably still the case, as a new era of Star Trek on television appears to be flourishing…


Wanna feel old? Today marks the 30th anniversary of the release of the original live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And while you can say what you will about the updated version and its sequel that was produced by Michael Bay, and Nickelodeon’s latest animated reboot, it’s still a testament to the property’s longevity in popular culture. To think, what started out as a riff on the dark and gritty comics trend of the early to mid 80s, ultimately exploded into a worldwide phenomenon that has endured for over three decades.

The original film, however, will always have a special place…


**SPOILER WARNING For Crisis On Infinite Earths**

One of the things I’ve noticed in fandom is the prevailing idea of television adaptations of comic books being less significant than their feature film counterparts. Admittedly, this may only count for a small subjection of fans, but I’ve always found it rather hilarious nonetheless. As some fans continue to push the most meaningless rivalry since Dan vs. Dave, there is this undercurrent regarding Marvel’s dominance of the multiplexes, versus DC’s overwhelming presence on the small screen. Personally, I’m happy that we have both, because I can still remember the days when comic…


Suffice it to say, good murder mysteries aren’t made as often as they used to be. Rarely do we have a good old-fashioned “whodunit” to have us guessing to the very end. For whatever reason, perhaps the audience became too sophisticated, television mystery shows became ubiquitous, or filmmakers got tired of trying to improve on the classics, films like this have just been in short supply for some time. But that scarcity is admittedly a big part of the excitement for Rian Johnson’s Knives Out. …


At a time when the Ford Motor Company was struggling to maintain its foothold in the automotive industry, a handful of individuals would prove instrumental in Ford remaining a valued American institution. In director James Mangold’s latest film, Ford v. Ferrari, the story of two of these men, Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles, would be told. Portrayed by Matt Damon and Christian Bale respectively, the film recounts Shelby and Miles’ efforts to help Ford create a car and racing team that could beat Ferrari at the 24 hours of Le Mans in the mid 1960s, ultimately changing the face of…


Adapting Stephen King’s sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep, was always going to be a challenging endeavor. Kubrick’s adaptation of the Shining has stood as one of the more renowned of all the King adaptations that have been produced thus far. Kubrick’s distinct visual style permeates every frame of the film, and few would argue that Jack Nicholson’s performance in the film isn’t one of his most memorable. It’s also a film Stephen King has always hated, given the numerous liberties Kubrick took with the source material. So in adapting the novel’s sequel to film, where should the focus lie?


There are few films in our generation that have genuinely earned the title of “groundbreaking’, but in the realm of sci-fi/action films, few could argue that Terminator 2: Judgment Day was not worthy of the title. The film gave us not only one of pop culture’s most influential female protagonists with Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor, but it also employed cutting edge visual effects wizardry that is as effective now as it was over 25 years ago. Needless to say, the bar was set exceedingly high for subsequent films in the franchise. And now, much like last year’s Halloween, a…


**Spoiler Warning for those not caught up on HBO’s The Deuce**

Investing in characters within fiction can sometimes be a tricky proposition. Obviously, a story is nothing if we don’t care about the characters who inhabit it. What good is the story without that investment, having been pulled in by every aspect, flaw, and virtue. Arguably a series with a high concentration of the characters to become fully invested in, HBO’s The Deuce certainly understands this concept. …


It’s fair to say that many balked at the idea of making a standalone Joker film, especially as fans continue to dispute the successes and failures of DC Comics-based films in comparison to the box office juggernaut that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As one might imagine, there was a considerable number of fans who believed a character so defined by their lack of a canonical origin should never have his status tarnished by an origin film. And the closer the Joaquin Phoenix-starring film came to release, came concerns about the film possibly inciting violence among those who fit the…

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