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Films 

Five Horror Novels Worth Seeking Out (Instead of the Film Versions)

Conventional wisdom when it comes to movie adaptations of prose properties is that “the book was better.” That has certainly often been true when it comes to the horror genre, and in some cases, the films have nonetheless enjoyed a higher profile than the worthier books that spawned them. Any fright fan can cite Stephen […]

Films 

Superhero Reboots and Sisyphus: Keep Pushing that Boulder!

A brief primer: Sisyphus was a figure in Greek mythology who was, for his craftiness, punished by the gods by being forced to push an enormous boulder up a hill. When it reached the top, it would roll to the bottom, and he’d have to start again. Sisyphus is a symbol for futile work. This […]

Comic Books Films 

Seven Superhero Movies That Made Us Feel Dirty

“Superheroes aren’t just for kids anymore,” that’s what they used to say. The olden days of costumed crime-fighters filling funnybooks with their wholesome shenanigans were, supposedly, a timeless era of good humor and good morals. And sure enough, it didn’t last, if it ever properly existed in the first place. Our superheroes got more disturbing, […]

Comic Books Films 

Marvel Movies Phase IV — Bring on the MONSTERS!

An open letter to Marvel Films. Hi, Marvel! How’s things? Bet you’re feeling pretty good about that whole CIVIL WAR thing, right? And you have DOCTOR STRANGE coming around the corner, too. It’s hard to believe that you’re already ramping up for Phase III. Now, I’m sure it’s already come up in conversations around The […]