Daredevil Season 2: Highlights and Lowlights

I virtually never binge TV, preferring to take my time and view a maximum of two or three episodes per sitting. But this past Saturday, before I even realized what was happening, I had sat threw 10 damn hours of Daredevil Season 2 with little to no breaks. This show just took control of me. In spite of all of…

Why am I not excited for Batman v. Superman?

Next week, one of the most significant events in comicbook movie history will be taking place: for the first time ever, an on-screen brawl between Batman and Superman. Yet every few hours, I completely forget that the film is even coming out, and apparently I’m not alone. There seems to be very little buzz for Dawn of…

A look back at the disappointing Daredevil season finale

Marvel’s Daredevil is essentially an excellent 13-hour crime drama that happens to be set in a world of superheroes and mind control. It’s similar to The Dark Knight in that way; remove the Marvel logo and the references to The Avengers and it could function on its own as a compelling series about a crime boss expanding…

10 Cloverfield Lane is a taut suspense-thriller (if you can ignore the awful title)

10 Cloverfield Lane is among the most exhilarating bottle movies ever made. Set almost entirely inside an underground bunker and featuring three characters, never once is there anything approaching a dull moment; Dan Trachtenberg propels us from setpiece to setpiece as if he’s directing an action blockbuster. A conversation over dinner becomes a pulse-pounding spectacle, with each word…

10 Cloverfield Lane never earns its title

10 Cloverfield Lane is the greatest disappointing movie I’ve ever seen. When viewed on its own, it is an excellent suspense thriller with compelling characters, an intriguing mystery and a breakneck pace that keeps us glued to the screen until the last frame. Yet the film was notpresented as its own thing, was it? There’s a fine line…

Let’s obsess over every frame of the new Game of Thrones trailer

Screw the haters. I’m pumped for the new season of Game of Thrones. Yeah, the show has its issues, many of which I’ve written about before: The fifth season butchered the Sand Snakes storyline, the Battle of Winterfell was rushed and disappointing, Sansa’s rape scene felt specifically conceived to generate controversy, and at this point, the series’ constant insistence to deny…

How do they get their milk, and other very important questions about the world of Zootopia

Disney’s Zootopia is among the most thematically interesting and visually engaging animated movies I have ever seen, and it will almost certainly be remembered as one of the great films of the year. Just as with much of Pixar’s finest work like Toy Story and Monsters Inc., the movie presents a fascinating culture and spends a lot of the first act doling out information about this…