Damn whatever fool decided to put “Hannibal” in a Friday night death slot. It’s a show that should not logically exist, at least not on a network like America’s NBC, yet the show has proven popular enough to ensure a second season of macabre and magnificent television. But it’s obvious someone doesn’t want this show to succeed. Friday night is often the kiss of death.
Why would someone try to sabotage “Hannibal”? Well, you only have to look at the content of the show. You only need to see the “Viewer discretion is advised” message plastered all over it. “Hannibal” is not a comfortable show. It doesn’t wrap the horror of its crimes in a nice little sterile bag like “CSI” or its countless knock-offs. It does not allow you the vicarious thrill of watching the police solve the case and snag the bad guy, nor the darker thrill of the murders themselves. “Hannibal” succeeds in depicting the broken minds of the killers and cops alike. Continue reading →
The number of DC comic books in my pull list has gradually gone down over the last year or two. I stopped reading Batwoman on principle and Animal Man is due to wrap up soon, so there’s not a whole lot keeping me on board right now.
But there’s still All-Star Western and Wonder Woman, at least for the foreseeable future. However, Wonder Woman’s creative team of Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang are both stepping away from the book later on in the year. As much as I’m sad to see them go, considering how much I’ve enjoyed their work since the New 52 reboot, at least they have enough time to wrap up any loose ends before someone comes along, disregards everything they did and we have to start the whole Wonder Woman series all over again. Continue reading →
Man, what is going on these days? It seems that no matter where people dig*, they can’t stop unearthing legends. First we had Richard III being found hundreds of years after his hushed and hurried burial. Next, someone found a curse tablet from Jerusalem that not only called down some pretty harsh punishment, but also invoked deities from no less than three pantheons. About two weeks ago, scientists confirmed that they’d found a sunstone, the mythical device that kept Vikings on course during their nautical escapades. So what could possibly top that?
Well, what say you to buried treasure that may be the inspiration for legends, operas and one of the greatest book/film series ever created?
Yep. Some guy with a metal detector may have found the Nibelung treasure.
The 86th annual Academy Awards takes place next Sunday, hosted by the always wonderful Ellen Degeneres and it will no doubt be a star-studded night of magic and tears. You’ve already read my lame attempt at predicting the winners, but regardless of who picks up the golden statuettes at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, almost none of it will mean a thing. Continue reading →
I was going to post this article on Tuesday evening, since I planned to discuss at length the first official trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy, the latest comic-to-big-screen adaptation for Marvel Comics. I think the Guardians movie is a big deal, directed as it is by indie favourite James Gunn and featuring a cast of characters even less well known than the likes of Hawkeye. (Sorry, Hawkeye fans.)
But when I went searching for the trailer – that first exciting look at what could be the first of many Marvel Cosmic movies – I found this: Continue reading →
To top it all off, Entertainment Weekly shared two clips from the season two premiere of “Vikings,” set to broadcast two weeks from today on the History Channel. That’s what has inspired me to write this piece, an article I’ve actually wanted to write since season one turned out to be a surprise favourite of mine last year. Continue reading →
It’s been a pretty quiet night. Conor is off at his Game of Thrones RPG. I’ve been spending the evening talking to people on Reddit and trying to get over a bout of writer’s block. “Maybe I’ll just skip tonight,” I thought to myself. “Or maybe I’ll just post a funny gif and be done with it. After all, it doesn’t seem like anything is going on right now.”
Dogs and cats, bunnies and birds, guinea pigs, turtles and fish – it seems that everyone has a favorite animal companion. Entire Internet communities are dedicated to cooing over pictures of cuddly pets, but it seems that this is hardly a modern phenomenon. Contrary to popular belief, people who lived during the Medieval period didn’t shun cats or keep dogs just for hunting and protection. What’s more, they doted on them just as we do now – right down to giving them special treatment.
Vikings! We all love them. Well, except for monks, but maybe they shouldn’t live on isolated islands. There are many a myth and legend surrounding the Norsemen, but scientists believe they’ve found evidence that one story is true after all. Continue reading →
I was going to snark about Jesse Eisenberg this weekend, but this is way more important.
Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment today, Sunday February 2nd. He was 46. Although police haven’t confirmed cause of death yet, the suspicion is a drug overdose. Last year he sought help for substance abuse, admitting that he’d been addicted to heroin when he was younger but had been clean for over twenty years. Continue reading →