This is Jared Leto as the Joker, and he looks terrifying

How could Jared Leto top the performances of Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson as The Joker? Obviously, we have no idea as Leto’s role as Batman’s arch-enemy in 2016’s Suicide Squad has yet to be seen and is currently being filmed. But after director David Ayer released the first photo of Leto in his full […]


The Great ‘Americans': Season 3 Catapulted FX’s Drama To A Higher Level

Any television viewer who wants to be captured by a great dramatic series remembers the moment. What is the moment? It’s the point in time when a show makes that leap from “merely” being tremendously entertaining and well-crafted to something much more. The moment refers to an episode or a sequence when you realize that […]


The Goldbergs’ thematic usage of the 80s has made the show one of TV’s best comedies

References can be great, but it’s hard for them to carry a show alone. Fortunately, The Goldbergs doesn’t do that, instead using its endless stream of 1980s pop culture, technology, history and fashion references in service of its central thematic character-based stories. Sometimes, the show goes particularly deep into a certain reference, such as the recreation of […]


‘Daredevil’ tears apart superhero tropes, then puts them back together

It’s been nearly two weeks since Marvel rolled out its bold experiment on Netflix, telling a superhero story in 13 episodes with Daredevil. The show has been a hit with fans and critics, largely because it succeeded in breaking away from what’s become a familiar formula. Daredevil had to do something different to stand out, which […]


Get ready for a lot more Oscar Isaac on your movie screens

Oscar Isaac is about to become a science fiction legend. Whether you know who Isaac is or not, there’s a good chance you’ve watched him on the big screen before. The Guatemalan-born American actor had numerous significant supporting roles, specifically in the early 2010s. He was Prince John in Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood. He was the asshole […]


Pop culture ownership among generations gets tricky when everything is available

In director Noah Baumbach’s latest movie, While We’re Young, an older couple Josh (Ben Stiller) and Cornelia (Naomi Watts) meets a younger pair, Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried). Jamie and Darby are what most would call hipsters. At one point in the film, Josh and Jamie both express their appreciation for a commercial jingle […]


Second ‘Fantastic Four’ trailer gets it right this time

Perhaps there’s reason to be optimistic about this August’s Fantastic Four after all. Fox’s reboot of the Marvel franchise has had to swim against a current of negative publicity and a perception that director Josh Trank didn’t really want to make a superhero film, preferring to veer away from the property’s comic book origins. The […]


Dark, grim ‘Batman v Superman’ trailer provides spectacle, but not much fun

On Thursday, a trailer for one of geek culture’s most anticipated movies, 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hit the internet. Unfortunately, it was a pirated version of the preview that leaked out, seemingly recorded on a cellphone with blurry visuals and muddy audio. The video was apparently recorded somewhere in Brazil, as indicated by the […]


These Bands Have (Almost) No Chance At Rock Hall Induction

Last year, around the time of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, I wrote about German music pioneers Kraftwerk, and dubbed them the “rock hall’s greatest omission.” I based this on their influence on not only electronica and techno music, but on music as a whole since their debut in the early […]


Video: Second trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ has awakened

With the “Star Wars Celebration” event being held in Anaheim through this weekend (April 16-19), fans anticipated that a new teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens would be released to kick off the festivities. Sure enough, we do indeed have a new trailer. And it won’t just be seen in Anaheim. The second […]


‘Justified’ series finale provides the perfect end

There’s always a bit of trepidation when a great show reaches its end point, a worry that somehow the finale won’t live up to expectations and the show’s entire run will be left tainted as a result. It’s happened before to great FX shows — Sons of Anarchy comes to mind — so when it […]

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‘Wonder Woman’ needs a new director, but that doesn’t mean trouble

When reports surfaced Michelle MacLaren was leaving the upcoming Wonder Woman (2017) film, it seemed like a devastating blow for the franchise. MacLaren seemed like a perfect fit for the project. Her television résumé was impressive, as she directed some of the best episodes of heavy-hitting TV series Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad. There was every reason to believe McLaren […]


This Week in Awful Ideas: Casting a live-action ‘Futurama’ movie

Futurama wouldn’t die. The show had an infamous roller coaster run which lasted six full seasons** and four full-length movies, all of which aired on two different networks spanning almost 15 years. The series was canceled and brought back from the dead. It had concluded multiple times. There was no reason Futurama should have finished as strongly as […]


Huge ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ cast adds Olivia Munn as Psylocke

Next summer’s X-Men: Apocalypse surely won’t be the last X-Men movie made. The series is a big moneymaker for Fox, and superhero franchises are huge for movie studios right now. But director Bryan Singer and producers are adding characters and casting actors as if this is the last time we’ll ever see Marvel’s mighty mutants […]


New ‘Terminator: Genisys’ trailer revealing huge twist could be smart move

A new trailer for Terminator: Genisys has dropped and it has revealed a huge plot twist. If you’d like to avoid that spoiler, don’t read the next paragraph. [SPOILER ALERT] The new trailer flips the old Terminator story you love on its face. Not only does the spot suggest a timeline that is more widely […]