Category Archives: movies

new year, “new mutants”

After the debacle that was Dark Phoenix, I thought that the X-Men film franchise as we know it was dead, but this looks really cool:

Posted in 1980s, dragontamer's daughters, movies, superheroes, this wasted land | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on new year, “new mutants”

of “star wars” and “stray cats”

Despite being a Star Wars fan since I was 10 years old, I have no intention of seeing Rise of Skywalker.  Nope, sorry not sorry. I was initially beguiled by The Force Awakens, only to realize that it was a … Continue reading

Posted in movies, stray cats | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on of “star wars” and “stray cats”

know your monsters! 14 terrors, and what they mean

It’s Halloween, so let’s talk monsters, a staple of horror films and fiction.  As a kid, I spent many a Saturday morning in front of the TV, slurping down cereal and watching such cerebral fare as Rodan, The Creature From … Continue reading

Posted in horror, movies, this wasted land | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on know your monsters! 14 terrors, and what they mean

exit the x-men

Dark Phoenix, the latest X-Men movie—and the last to be produced by 20th Century Fox, now that the film rights have transferred to Marvel Studio—is out.  And I couldn’t care any less. It’s not that I don’t like the X-Men—quite … Continue reading

Posted in movies, superheroes | Tagged , | Comments Off on exit the x-men

“avengers: endgame”–no ewoks, just awesome

*mild spoilers ahead* If last year’s Avengers: Infinity War was The Empire Strikes Back of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (because, man, did it feel just as dark and brutal as Empire), then Avengers: Endgame is The Return of the Jedi, … Continue reading

Posted in movies, superheroes | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on “avengers: endgame”–no ewoks, just awesome

doing “5 to 10” for writing (part 2)

Lately, I’ve done a few talks for high school students who are writers, or are interested in becoming one.  In addition to disabusing them of the idea that becoming an author is a fast and easy ticket to fame and … Continue reading

Posted in dragontamer's daughters, literature, lost dogs, movies, superheroes, the hobbit, this wasted land | Tagged , | Comments Off on doing “5 to 10” for writing (part 2)

“infinity war” is hell

*mild spoilers ahead* If you’re looking for a light-hearted superhero romp, I suggest you hold out for Deadpool 2, debuting in May, or–for more family-friendly fun–Ant-Man and the Wasp, coming later this summer. Avengers: Infinity War is not “light-hearted.”  It … Continue reading

Posted in movies, superheroes | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on “infinity war” is hell

“justice league” vs. “thor”–who wins?

This past weekend, I saw Justice League and Thor: Ragnarok back-to-back.  So how did they compare?  Let’s take a look at several elements and see which movie did them better.   ***Some spoilers ahead*** Story.  JL is the DC Extended Universe’s … Continue reading

Posted in movies, superheroes | Tagged , | Comments Off on “justice league” vs. “thor”–who wins?

“miss peregrine” soars

I wasn’t expecting much from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, released in the U.S. last Friday.  That’s because: 1) the premise–a household of misfit children with extraordinary powers sounded too much like Marvel Comics’ X-Men or New Mutants; and … Continue reading

Posted in movies | Tagged , | Comments Off on “miss peregrine” soars

“suicide squad” is this year’s “guardians”…

…In that, when I first heard of Suicide Squad, I had no interest in seeing a film about a rag-tag group of D-list comic book characters–just as I had with Guardians of the Galaxy.  But once I saw the trailers, … Continue reading

Posted in movies, superheroes | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on “suicide squad” is this year’s “guardians”…