best tv of 2014
Posted January 22, 2015 : Annual Best TV List, Benedict Cumberbatch

This is perhaps the longest into a new year I’ve waited to post my tv list. The problem was, is, whatever, that I’m not excited about it. Which is more about the tv shows than about the list itself (we all know I think lists are fun). I sorted through my hulu favorites, as I do each year, and couldn’t convince myself there were 10 shows that good in 2014. And I don’t know if this is a reflection of the state of tv shows or the fact that I’m watching fewer shows so, statistically it’s going to be more […]

Benedict Cumberbatch Amid Awards Season Crush
Posted December 24, 2014 : Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch is concerned that the world might be growing tired of him. Though the actor, who shot to fame as the titular character on the BBC series Sherlock, has long had a rabid and vocal fanbase, he is rapidly emerging as a leading man. His star turn in last year’s The Fifth Estate badly stumbled, but he more than compensated with wildly different roles in August: Osage County and 12 Years a Slave. And now he’s tipped for his first Oscar nomination, playing World War II codebreaker Alan Turing in the just-released drama The Imitation Game. Cumberbatch, making a […]

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Posted December 20, 2014 : Orlando Bloom, Review

I went into this film with an open mind. No, that’s a lie. I did go into it wanting to be proved wrong; hoping Peter Jackson would impress me with how he pulled it all off. Didn’t work out so well. The story ends before the title card! I’m sorry that’s kind of a spoiler, but really if it happens BEFORE THE TITLE CARD OF THE FILM can it really be considered a spoiler? If so, then I apologize. I was admittedly rolling my eyes a few times rather liberally after that start. Because my trust in this film was […]

100 hot guys – 2014
Posted December 10, 2014 : Annual Hot Guys List, Benedict Cumberbatch

So, I didn’t quite manage a wildly interesting post between the hottest movie guys and the hottest tv guys of the year. But, you’re not really complaining about a flood of hot guys, are you? Yeah, didn’t think so. Therefore, I present to you my annual adaptation of Buddy TV’s annual list of TVs 100 sexiest men. With commentary. And better pictures. And fewer advertisements. But also fewer men, so, you know, pick your poison. I do have to give them credit, though. They did a great job of mixing it up with some new faces from new tv shows. […]

Posted November 9, 2014 : Review

Christopher Nolan… I don’t even know where to begin. Which is, I guess, a good thing. His movies are not simple. They’re never straight forward and easy to analyze. I like that about them. But it also means there is no clear cut – this was a good movie or I didn’t like that movie. They are certainly never an easy thing to review. There’s always all these layers in Nolan films of the things that worked and didn’t work and sometimes both liking something and not liking it at the same time. It’s all very complicated. In some places […]

50 hot guys – 2014

The movie list is clearly late this year. I’ll have to think of something wildly interesting to post between this list and the tv list or my blog will have become just hot guys and then more hot guys. One of the great things about the movie list is that it offers variety. Except for pilots and new series, the tv list is a lot of the same guys a lot of the time. But sometimes even our favorites aren’t in a movie every year so the list gets mixed up. Kel let me pick all the pictures this year […]

The thing about SHIELD
Posted October 26, 2014 : Commentary

I want to like SHIELD, for a number of different reasons. I really do. I think a lot of people want to like it and just… don’t. Or at least not enough. If you think about it, it should be great. I mean, it’s Joss! Not really but at some level he was in on it. And it’s Marvel – who has great characters and makes great movies. It’s Jed and Maurissa – who wrote some of the best episodes of Dollhouse. How could it go wrong? Kel and I came across a half way interesting interview with Jeph Loeb […]

X-Men Days of Future Past
Posted June 16, 2014 : James McAvoy, Review

I did not expect to love Days of Future Past the way I did. The concept was complicated and convoluted. There were stories from the set about the script changing or this or that going wrong. I didn’t love any of the earlier films in the franchise, even though X-Men was always my favorite cast of comic characters growing up. I actually feel like a lot of the franchise was really mishandled prior to this film. But that’s the cool thing about Days of Future Past – it’s this remarkable reset button. And it’s actually an X-Men movie done well. […]

the choices that make or break fandom
Posted May 25, 2014 : Commentary

Bryan Singer had this article in SciFiNow discussing the comparisons between Avengers and X-Men. And it surprised me how wrong he is about so many things. First of all, Singer deserves a certain amount of credit for essentially creating the modern comic book film. That’s a post I’ve been meaning to write for ages and totally will. one day. soon. Anyway, he obviously has some understanding of the franchise he basically built and its relevance in the comic book world; some sense of how to treat the properties and take the material seriously. It’s dwarfed by Kevin Feige, but it’s […]

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Posted April 4, 2014 : Chris Evans, Review

There were a lot of things in Captain America: The Winter Soldier that were a lot of fun. Not the least of which is Captain America himself. Even so, it wasn’t quite what I expected. It was much more real world than prior Marvel movies, I think even more so than the Iron Man films. Because Tony Stark as a billionaire playboy doesn’t resemble much of real life even when he’s not in the suit. It almost didn’t even quite feel like a super hero movie. Which I liked. It took this very fantastic universe and grounded it in a […]