Kelly Bedard

I apologize, Disney. I didn’t believe that you could make this movie and that it wouldn’t be shallow, unnecessary and unhelpful in a modern context. There are so many problems inherent in the story of Cinderella (pretty people are the most worthy, poor girl makes good by marrying rich boy, stepmothers are evil, rodent infestation) […]

  Marty Chodorek

The last time I dug into a comic book written in the fantasy genre, my focus was on a story derived from the world of Dungeons & Dragons. And, though modern writers may push the envelope of that world of swords and sorcery, there was a defined framework upon which it was built – a […]

Theatre is a tough career. It’s long hours and hard work, low pay, challenging politics, tons of rejection and unwavering job insecurity. It’s hard to get noticed as a freelance artist and harder still to build an audience as an independent producer. Even if you’re brilliant, you’ll still likely spend your days as many of […]

  Kelly Bedard

For the past two years, I’ve been ranking every film I see- just the new releases, from January 1st to December 31st. The rankings are subjective, based entirely on how much I enjoyed and/or connected with or appreciated the film rather than on some sort of objective artistic criteria. Basically, this is a list of […]

  Kelly Bedard

For the past two years, I’ve been ranking every film I see- just the new releases, from January 1st to December 31st. The rankings are subjective, based entirely on how much I enjoyed and/or connected with or appreciated the film rather than on some sort of objective artistic criteria. Basically, this is a list of […]

  Kelly Bedard

For the past two years, I’ve been ranking every film I see- just the new releases, from January 1st to December 31st. The rankings are subjective, based entirely on how much I enjoyed and/or connected with or appreciated the film rather than on some sort of objective artistic criteria. Basically, this is a list of […]

  Kelly Bedard

For the past two years, I’ve been ranking every film I see- just the new releases, from January 1st to December 31st. The rankings are subjective, based entirely on how much I enjoyed and/or connected with or appreciated the film rather than on some sort of objective artistic criteria. Basically, this is a list of […]

  Kelly Bedard

I started this last year, keeping a list of every movie I see all year (just the new releases) in order to form a definitive set of personal rankings come the following January. My 2014 list started on February 9th when I saw That Awkward Moment starring Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B Jordan […]

  Saiya Floyd

ABC’s Galavant is completely and utterly absurd, ridiculous, and a whole lot of fun. It’s certainly the finest medieval musical comedy on TV right now. While not without its faults, Galavant is a fun romp, taking full of advantage of its charming cast and the talents of veteran songwriters Alan Menken and Glenn Slater. The […]

The first How to Train Your Dragon film took a tired storyline premise and managed to rework it with good characters, visuals and humour. Not unlike the blockbuster Avatar (which came out the year prior and was outshone by this pic in my opinion), HTTYD featured a character who started off fighting an enemy and […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

One of the major pluses to Marvel building a complicated, interconnected multiverse (that also happens to be the most profitable thing around right now that’s not called Frozen) is that they can take insane, stupid risks. Like a rogueish space captain who’s not afraid to play with his own safety, they’re free to jump headfirst […]

  Borah Coburn

Glen Duncan’s The Last Werewolf series is a powerful, engrossing, delicious delivery of violence, sex, musings on the why’s of life, questions about the nature of humanity (and monstrosity, as the case may be), and of course, werewolves. What’s not to love? And this is not your average paranormal novel. Naturally, to like the books […]

  Joe Modzelewski

Returning once again to the sheer, overwhelmingly anticipatory joy of fans everywhere, The Hunger Games, a popular book series now turned even more popular series of big budget Hollywood releases, returns with the second installment, Catching Fire. Directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Jennifer Lawrence as the protagonist, Katniss Everdeen as well returning rolls from […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

I don’t know that I can speak objectively about reading The Raven Boys, or its follow up The Dream Thieves. Since long commutes are a fact of life in southern california, and reading while driving a car tends to end badly, I listened to both on audiobooks. And they enraptured me. I fell deeply into […]

“The Rains of Castamere” is a bit of a blur. I know what I saw, but I haven’t fully comprehended the magnitude of the situation. Even for those who read A Storm of Swords, the devastating betrayal in this week’s episode tops just about every other scene from the show, or any other scene on […]

  Matt Dodge

“Danger is real. Fear is a choice” –Possible Scientology Propaganda I like Will Smith. You like Will Smith. Your grandmother likes Will Smith. Everybody likes Will Smith. So we’ll all like a mini Will Smith, right? That is basic conceit of After Earth, the new Will Smith movie that’s not really a Will Smith movie. […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

To say that I love Ender’s Game would be an understatement. It is one of the books (along with The Giver, Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy, and The Prydain Chronicles) that really defined books to me back when I was a young budding nerd and JK Rowling was still an unemployed single mom living on the dole. […]

  Kelly Bedard

If you haven’t read Part I of this over-written countdown, you should go do that now (I worked hard on these!). I’ll wait…. … … … … … Are you back? Okay, here’s Part II. It’s got two relatively small films, two massive world-wide blockbusters, and one new release featuring the breakout star of the […]

  Leeman Kessler

Full disclosure:  There is only one Hobbit movie and it was put together by Arthur Rankin and Jules Bass.  That being said, Mr. Jackson has made a valiant attempt.  While Martin Freeman is no Orson Bean, he does a remarkable job being ever so British and disarmingly charming.  In fact, Mr. Freeman may have cranked […]

  Borah Coburn

Kim Stanley Robinson’s latest novel, 2312, is pretty frakking great. Sci-fi cussing aside, the novel’s very well executed and quite beautiful. 2312 is a futuristic exploration of human expansion into the rest of the solar system, and focuses on Swan Er Hong (an artist from colonized Mercury), and her attempts to unravel the weird events […]

  Peter Lowry

While most of the movies made by Tim Burton are pretty fun, even he is capable of making a dud every now and then (while many disagree with me, I was never very fond of his version of Alice In Wonderland). Burton’s version of Dark Shadows , on the other hand, reminded me of one of […]

  Kelly Bedard

If you are reading this, you likely already know just how much my good friend and partner in crime Rachael HATED Mirror, Mirror. If you  read this site often, you’ll probably also already know that Rachael and I hardly ever agree on anything. We generally take turns being the louder voice, sucking it up when I […]

   Okay, I’m currently binging on books (even for me), so I ran out of books that I hadn’t read in my house (well, that’s a lie… there are medical books from the 70’s and 80’s that I haven’t read, but … I was not about to do that to myself), so I started to […]

  Ann Fitzhenry

In her young adult novel, Haunting Violet, Alyxandra Harvey takes us on a journey to Britain in the latter half of the nineteenth century. It is a world full of rules and rigid roles, but one where a fascination with the supernatural is common. Young Violet Willoughby’s mother is a “Spiritualist Medium”, and enlists her […]

  Borah Coburn

This part is a ramble/rant, but bear with me. Okay, so this may or may not be clear to you already, but just in case you missed it, or are new to my reviews, let me just lay this out for you: I am picky. When I like things, I LOVE them, and when I […]

  Rachael Nisenkier

Goodbye, 2011. Hello apocalypse. This past year in movies has felt a bit like a holding pattern, a space to get all contemplative and whimsical before the terror of 2012. Despite a few exceptions, it wasn’t a year in which tentpole summer films grabbed a majority of the spotlight (in fact, many of these failed, […]