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Should Spider-Man be black?
Posted Mar 3, 2015 by Jonathan Campbell
“Casting a black or Latino Spider-Man for the sake of casting a black Spider-Man may or may not be the right move.”
RIP superhero origin stories (1978 - 2015)
Posted Feb 18, 2015 by Dr. Winston O'Boogie
“There’s one thing Marvel fans, movie fans, and pretty much all of civilized society are in unanimous agreement upon: Please, not another Spider-Man origin story.”
Kristen Stewart should be in the next Captain America
Posted Feb 20, 2015 by Joshua Bell
“It’s a real shame, because if she had found a role in a better franchise to finally launch her into A-list status, those very traits that people hate about her now might have been her most endearing qualities to many of those same people.”
If you don’t have PTSD, it’s not a “trigger”
Posted Nov 6, 2014 by Nycea
“It’s not something that offends your sensibilities. You may even be downright infuriated by something, but that doesn’t mean you’re being triggered.”
American Sniper is not the real Chris Kyle, and that’s okay
Posted Feb 17, 2015 by Michael A. Novelli
“I kind of hate that people are assuming that the film is trying to sanctify Chris Kyle by portraying him not as he was, but as, well, Bradley Cooper trying to finally win an Oscar. ”
Fifty Shades of Grey, BDSM, and the unreliable narrator
Posted Feb 9, 2015 by Hex
“Maybe this whole series is really Ana lying to the reader as a means of coping with what’s actually an abusive relationship.”
The least anticipated movies of 2015
Posted Dec 22, 2014 by Dr. Winston O'Boogie
“These are the movies that almost nobody is excited about, and that almost nobody is looking forward to seeing (though, if history is any guide, people will still turn out in droves to pay to see them anyway).”
Marvel’s cinematic villain problem
Posted Dec 24, 2014 by Jonathan Campbell
“When people complain about adaptations of a work, it’s because they like the things that end up getting lost in translation, and the classic superhero/supervillain dynamic is one of those things that’s gotten lost in a lot of these Marvel flicks.”
Why Star Trek: The Next Generation’s serialization was just right
Posted Jan 6, 2015 by Staff Writer
“These days, Trek’s lack of serialization outside of Deep Space Nine is seen as shallow. But it still has much to offer.”
Top 4 reasons Captain America should be gay
Posted Apr 15, 2014 by Joshua Bell
“We’re in an age where fans are demanding diversity, and it’s a lot more effective to simply modify existing superheroes than to make new ones and hope they become popular. So just for the sake of argument, here are the top four reasons why Marvel should make Captain America a gay man.”
The real reason for Warner/DC’s “no jokes” policy
Posted Sep 4, 2014 by Joshua Bell
“Who is this meant to appeal to, exactly? Robots? Vulcans? Oscar the Grouch? Is there a single demographic anywhere in the world that does not like humor at all in their movies?”
Was it really TV’s first interracial kiss?
Posted Nov 22, 2014 by Dr. Winston O'Boogie
“Casual fans today might be under the impression the episode resulted in boycotts, death threats, and people marching in the streets, but the contemporary record tells a different story.”
Which is worse: Bad or boring?
Posted Jan 21, 2015 by Hex
“Is it better to be bad and remembered, or bland and forgotten? And does this apply to all media?”
We are not special: The nerd’s appeal to pity
Posted Jan 20, 2015 by Nycea
“The first step in escaping this persecution complex is realizing that we were not the only ones suffering. And no, our suffering wasn’t worse or somehow more important than others.”
Should Fox bring back The X-Files?
Posted Jan 26, 2015 by Jonathan Campbell
“If you’re going to do this show right, the fans deserve far, far better plotting and planning than they got the first time around.”
Video: Snakes on a Plane (The TV Edit)
Posted Apr 25, 2009 by Dr. Winston O'Boogie
"Not only did they take an idiotic R-rated B movie famous for its internet buzz-worthy title and make it safe for family viewing, but they also allowed one guy with a computer and a TV capture card to cause a minor sensation that swept across the globe, and ultimately inspired a bit on a late night talk show."