REVIEW: AnoHana (2011)

*By special guest writer L.B. Bryant* Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai (or just AnoHana) first premiered in the Spring of 2011 as part of that season’s Noitamina block, but it seems like only yesterday that I first sat down to watch it. Animated by A-1 Pictures (Asterisk War, Blue …

REVIEW: A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

Remember that moment in Wonder Woman where, as she’s facing down Ares with fire blazing around her, she confidently proclaims to him and the world, “I believe in love,” and instead of coming off as cheesy or phony, it just works? That’s because the filmmakers believe that sentiment wholeheartedly, and we believe in our heart …

REVIEW: Better Watch Out

Better Watch Out deals with ideas of toxic masculinity and how fragile the male ego can be, diving into how men look at women as mirrors, expecting their feelings toward them to be reflected back. When they aren’t reciprocated perfectly, easily-bruised masculinity breaks the mirror. The characters in this movie take things farther than just name-calling …

REVIEW: Gerald’s Game

Gerald’s Game is a psychological exploration of a woman’s past scars while simultaneously acting as this surreal head-trip into her psyche, providing haunting imagery, stomach churning flashbacks that will make your blood boil, and an empowering conclusive act of grotesque bravery that will dare you to look away while attracting your gaze to the screen like a …

It’s Time to Break the Wheel: Game of Thrones and Historical Cycles

WARNING: THIS POST IS DARK AND FULL OF SPOILERS A theme is emerging in Game of Thrones Season Seven. To quote Battlestar Galactica, “All of this has happened before, and all of this will happen again.” George R. R. Martin created a rich world that, based on the themes from this season, is stuck in …

What, Exactly, is a “True Fan”?

*Written by guest writer and Geeks + Gamers community leader Wes Blank* “True fan” is a term we all to often hear these days, be it in reference to enthusiasts of sports, wrestling, comics, movies, or video games. It’s always seems to be the same arguments. If you didn’t like this movie, you’re not a …