Top 5 Rick and Morty Episodes

Top 5 Rick and Morty Episodes

Rick and Morty is a great series. How great? Great enough that picking just my top five favorite episodes was tough. But I did manage it, and here they are: #5: Rick Potion #9 (S1, Ep6) After Rick gives Morty a love potion for prom, things quickly spiral out of control when the serum splices with the … Read More

Chernobyl / The Boys

Chernobyl / The Boys

Chernobyl Chernobyl is a series that’s had a lot of critical acclaim, and rightly so. It is absolutely gutting, riveting, and sobering. In six episodes it lays out the tragedy of the meltdown of the chernobyl reactor and the valiant attempts of the men and women who gave their lives to contain it. The greatest … Read More

The New Twilight Zone Is Boring: Here’s Why

The New Twilight Zone Is Boring: Here’s Why

The original Twilight Zone is a classic of speculative and weird fiction and a seminal work of the tv landscape. There have been several revival attempts throughout the years: a movie in 1983, another series in 1985, and the spiritual successor in The Outer Limits tv series in 1995. Each has been greeted with varying … Read More

Black Mirror Season 5

Black Mirror Season 5

Black Mirror is a frustrating show. For all that it’s touted as award wining and intellectual, and for all that it positions itself as such, it’s a deeply flawed series that does little more than give a surface level criticism of new technologies often with the sophistication of an old man yelling at teenagers to … Read More

Two Terrible Netflix Scifi Movies

Two Terrible Netflix Scifi Movies

One of the nice things about the success of Netflix is that it’s led to a number of smaller indie scifi films to be distributed who might in a more restricted ecosystem never find the light of day. And while this is great for scifi and speculative fiction filmmaking as a whole, that’s not what … Read More

Aquaman

Aquaman

“Damning with faint praise” is the phrase that jumps to mind when it comes to reviewing Aquaman. After DC’s string of embarrassing and public cinematic catastrophes (Justice League being 2017’s crown jewel), it’s strange to watch a DC film that’s merely mediocre instead of actively terrible. Aquaman takes place chronologically after the events of Justice … Read More

Shimmer Lake

Shimmer Lake

One of the nice things about Netflix’s push for original programming is it greenlights and funds a lot of independent movies that otherwise would have trouble finding distribution. Sometimes these movies are misses (Cloverfield Paradox, for example) and other times they’re hits. Shimmer Lake is very much the latter. The high concept pitch for Shimmer … Read More

Kodachrome

Kodachrome

Kodachrome is a strange movie to review. It’s a good movie on a technical level: well-shot, well-acted, well-written, and by the end of the movie emotionally impactful, but once the credits roll it’s hard to remember exactly what happened in it. Part of the problem is that Kodachrome is part of a hyper-specific genre: son … Read More

Apostle

Apostle

Apostle is a different kind of horror movie. While the plot is relatively straightforward (brother goes to creepy island to save sister from creepy cult), what really sets it apart from other horror movies is the care it takes in details and style to craft a genuinely creepy and atmospheric experience. Dan Stevens plays main … Read More