Author: Sean Wheeler

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Movie Review

Art By Jordan Bayes I love Spider-Man, as with so many other people he was my main gateway into the world of comic books when I was a mere 8 years old, and while I have not always kept up with the character, I’ve always had a fondness for him.  So, of course, I was delighted when he came to the big screen back in 2002, and provided the first big bang in what would become the ever expanding world of comic book movies.  The movie featured an outstanding cast that captured the feel of the comics, and while...

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KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD Movie Review

You never quite know what to expect going into a Guy Ritchie (THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.) film, and this was doubly true of his latest picture because it is the first time he has tackled something as fantastical as the Arthurian Legend. KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD is certainly a fresh take on the well covered legend as it maintains many key elements of the story while shifting and twisting others to create something more original.   I definitely have to give the writing team credit for originality, because this movie fuses traditional elements of the Arthur story...

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 Movie Review

Longtime fans of Marvel have been salivating for more Thanos ever since they first saw him in the first AVENGERS film, and with INFINITY WAR on the horizon I’m sure most of us were expecting him to play a central role in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2.  However, the writers took a different approach and gave us a far more personal Guardians film rather just another building block towards a future film.   A testament to Marvel’s ability to create great characters is that even when the story isn’t the best, you can’t help but still enjoy yourself,...

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AMERICAN GODS Series Premiere Review

Starz has been consistently upping its pedigree in regards to original programming, and their latest offering may just be the one that finally elevates them to the next level.  AMERICAN GODS, based  on the novel of the same name by Neil Gaiman, is a strange trip through America and the strange things that exist between the cracks.  The series focuses on Shadow Moon, a convict with a penchant for strange dreams who is released from prison a few days early because his wife died in a car accident.  On his way home he encounters a bit of a hustler...

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STAR WARS REBELS Season 3 Review

Jean Chen When the Star Wars extended universe was scrapped to make way for THE FORCE AWAKENS, many fans’ only hope for characters they love still being canon became STAR WARS REBELS, and while it is impossible to please every fan, the show certainly tries to build a narrative that bridges the prequels and the original trilogy while re-establishing long loved characters from the expanded universe.  The events at the end of season two set the bar pretty high for this season, and they more than met expectations by taking an unexpected path.  While we see the consequences of...

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GHOST IN THE SHELL (2017) Movie Review

  Art by Casey Desilets GHOST IN THE SHELL is one of the most popular anime franchises of all time, with multiple animated features, mini series, television shows, and comics making up its vast history, so it was only a matter of time before a live action version was made.  While the film features the main characters from the franchise, it is not based on any lone previous work, rather it is an amalgamation of several plot points from the series combined to create a stand alone story.  It centers around the Major, a woman whose human brain was...

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (2017) Movie Review

Katie Bacigalupi Thanks to the success of CINDERELLA and MALEFICENT, Disney has decided to bet big on live action adaptations of its franchises and the latest installment is BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.  The film follows pretty close to the animated feature it is based on, with a couple of minor variations to flesh out the story into a more cohesive live action narrative.  The film opens with a summation of how the Beast was cursed by an enchantress for his cruelty, and must find true love before the last petal falls from an enchanted rose or he’ll be stuck...

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JOHN WICK: CHAPTER TWO Movie Review

Victor Cayro Heads Up: Minor spoilers withn! Get ready for more gratuitous violence and head shots because JOHN WICK: CHAPTER TWO dishes out just as much death and mayhem as the first film.  The movie picks up in familiar territory, John Wick killing people while looking for his car.  Following an all out brawl in a chop shop, John sets his past aside and returns home to hopefully resume his retirement.  Unfortunately, a ghost from his past arrives, Santino, who has come to call in a marker John gave out to facilitate his initial retirement from contract killing.  John...

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UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS Movie Review

Max Harley Rogerson Let’s be honest, no one goes to see an UNDERWORLD movie expecting great writing, you go to see vampires and werewolves dishing out ultra violence, and that is exactly what you get in UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS.  As with most of the other films in the franchise, the movie centers around Selene, who is still on the run from both vampires and lycans (the series’ name for werewolves) as they are both seeking her in hopes of discovering the location of her daughter, Eve.  While battling a group of lycans, an unexpected ally shows up who goes by...

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ASH VS EVIL DEAD Season 2 Review

The grooviest show on Starz returns for more hilarious demonic mayhem with ASH VS EVIL DEAD season 2.  The season opens with Ruby fleeing from her demonic children, and in an act of desperation casts a spell to summon Ash.  This puts a kibosh on Ash’s, Pablo’s, and Kelly’s life of leisure in Jacksonville, Florida, as deadites start to pop up at the party and completely ruin the atmosphere.  Ash and crew head back north to figure out what is going on, but Pablo is having intense daydreams of evil things that has him worried the Necronomicon isn’t done...

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PASSENGERS Movie Review

WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD! What would you do if you found yourself awake 90 years before you were supposed to be on an interplanetary voyage with no way to go back to sleep and no one to keep you company?  That is the questions poised in PASSENGERS, Hollywood’s latest science fiction drama.  The film centers on Jim Preston, a man who is awoken from hibernation after his pod malfunctions after the ship collides with one too many massive asteroids.  Jim quickly realizes that not only can he not go back to sleep, he can’t access the command center or...

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HBO’s WESTWORLD Season One Review

HBO has reaffirmed its status as the top brand in premium original content with WESTWORLD, the sci fi thriller that has captured the imagination of viewers around the planet.  The show centers on a android filled wild west theme park that guests pay tens of thousands of dollars a day to attend.  While the park my offer you a chance to live as you would like with minimal consequences, there is far more going on then meets the eye.  Some of the androids are exhibiting unusual behavior, and while their creator, Robert Ford, is the chief suspect, his motives...

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Field Trip: Detroit’s YOUMACON 2016

As October comes to a close and November settles in, thousands of fans of anime, video games, and nerd culture descend on downtown Detroit for YOUMACON, Michigan’s largest anime convention.  After a quick jaunt up I-75, my crew and I arrived at the GM Renaissance Center (hereafter called the Ren Cen) at just before 3 pm and after scoring a prime parking spot we made our way to check in at the Marriott.  While all the hotel staff were courteous, they didn’t have the lines organized well for check in and workers would walk away and not be replaced...

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FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Movie Review

It is rare that a movie comes along in an established universe and has a deep and worthwhile story, but FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM is one of those films.  At its most basic level, the movie is about a man, Newt Scamander, who is more concerned with his creatures than he is for the incidental rules that govern where he may happen to be.  As a result of this he crosses the law and ends up getting mixed up with some delightful, as well as some terrifying, people, but at the end of the day he...

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LUKE CAGE Season One Review

The road to The Defenders continues with LUKE CAGE, the latest Marvel original series to hit Netflix.  We first saw Luke in JESSICA JONES, and after those tumultuous events he is just trying to keep his head down and make his way in the world, which he does by cleaning up at Pop’s Barber shop and cleaning dishes for an upscale nightclub, both of which are in Harlem.  Things start to spin out of control when some local boys who hang out at Pop’s decide rob a gun sale going down between the local crime boss, Cottonmouth, and one...

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HBO’s WESTWORLD Series Premiere Review

Ever since GAME OF THRONES became an international phenomenon, HBO has been trying to find another high quality drama to entice even more viewers to their channel, and they may have finally found it in WESTWORLD, a bold new science fiction show that was inspired by a film author Michael Crichton wrote by the same name.  The show centers around a fictional destination park called Westworld, a classic western environment populated by androids who are indistinguishable from humans.  The park offers 200 interconnected storylines that the guests can jump into, and while the guests can fuck, kill, or do...

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STAR WARS REBELS Season Three Premiere Review

Warning: Spoilers Ahead! For all those fans of a galaxy far far away who are fiending for another fix, your wait is over as STAR WARS REBELS has returned for a third season.  The first episode takes place an indeterminate amount of time after the season 2 finale, and Ezra Bridger has grown in both stature and power, becoming a much more formidable adversary for the Galactic Empire.  He leads a successful mission to free Hando, a smuggler who the team have had several encounters with, from an imperial prison in exchange for information that can aid the rebellion....

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THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (2016) Movie Review

The rule of thumb for Hollywood right now is that everything old is new again, and in that vein we get yet another remake of a cinema classic with THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN.  The film opens with a town desperately trying to figure out how to survive the ruthless industrialist, Bartholomew Bogue, who owns the local mine and has the local law enforcement bought and paid for.  Before the townsfolk can even come to a decision Bogue and his henchmen burst into the church where they are meeting and offer the people a pittance for their land and tells them...

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Netflix’s MARCO POLO Season 2 Review

As Netflix creates more and more original content, it is inevitable that some shows will get lost in the maelstrom, and I fear that MARCO POLO may be heading in that direction.  The season opens in the aftermath of Kublai Khan’s capture of the chinese capital and the beginning of the Mongols ruling all of China.  As Kublai is trying to quell the discord between his new subjects and his regime, Marco is on a secret mission with Mei Lin to track down and capture the child emperor so he can’t be used as a symbol of resistance for...

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BEN-HUR (2016) Movie Review

 Warning: Spoilers Ahead. Hollywood is no stranger to Ben Hur, the classic tale of betrayal and revenge set in biblical times, there were two silent versions, a now classic version from 1959 that featured Charlton Heston, and the latest has just landed in theaters.  The movie centers around a Jewish nobleman named Judah Ben Hur and his adopted brother, Messala Severus, a roman who is determined to find success and regain his family’s honor.  Messala and Judah are as close as brothers and share the same kind of rivalry that typically exists in such a relationship.  Despite their close...

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