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The Death of The Flash

So comic book nerds might think I’m referring to the famous scene in Issue #8 of Crisis on Infinite Earths from the mid 1980’s, where Barry Allen sacrifices himself to stop the Anti-Monitor from using his anti-matter cannon from destroying the last five parallel universes.

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The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai and its crazy end title sequence

Back in 1984, a director named W.D. Richter and a writer named Earl Mac Rauch somehow got the green light to put together a smorgasbord of science fiction and pop culture ideas into one loopy movie that was a financial failure, but continues to inspire passion in die-hard fans to this day.

It’s called The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, and it is one crazy animal.

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Doctor Who: The Return of Dr. Mysterio & Comic Book Connections

So, it was a few weeks ago that we had Christmas, and that means a weeks ago that we had Boxing Day (the day after Christmas) and thus a few weeks since we had the first, last, best and worst new Doctor Who television story of 2016:  The Return of Dr. Mysterio.

And overall it was a good one.  Silly, but fun, and generally satisfying, even if the plot had a bit in common with that lamentable first season two-parter featuring the fat, farting Slitheen.

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2016 in Review: Some of the Happy Stuff

As I mentioned yesterday, a lot of people have taken to social media and are declaring 2016 to have been the worst year yet.  Sad celebrity deaths and unwelcome election outcomes seem to be the biggest problems.  Be that as it may, I can’t say that I’ve found the year to be an utter disappointment.  There’s been lots of good things that I’ve experienced on a personal level, and then another whole level of good things that I’ve experienced as a fan / media consumer.  As we close out 2016, let’s take a quick look back at some of the positives.

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2016 in Review: Some of the Sad Stuff

It has been well documented that 2016 has been a terrible year.

By that, I mean that many people have documented that they haven’t liked the year.  Many of them have documented this right on my Facebook feed, in fact. Continue reading 2016 in Review: Some of the Sad Stuff

Movies on a Plane: Teen Dystopias, Super-Heroes, Unsatisfying Sci-Fi, and Surprisingly Good Mark Twain Update

I’ve recently done a trip across the world (and am still recovering from the jet lag), which means it’s time for another edition of Movies on a Plane, where I surf through Emirates @247 channels of television viewing to find the films that I’ve been curious to see, but which I didn’t want to pay for.  (I’m still waiting for GI Joe: Retaliation to show up on one of these trips.) Continue reading Movies on a Plane: Teen Dystopias, Super-Heroes, Unsatisfying Sci-Fi, and Surprisingly Good Mark Twain Update

Christmas Gift Highlights, and What Really Matters

Warning:  This post starts off pretty geeky, but ends up kind of religious.  If that appeals to you, then by all means, read on.

I love Christmas and I get excited about giving and receiving gifts.  At the same time, I often feel let down after the whole experience. Continue reading Christmas Gift Highlights, and What Really Matters