Category: Reviews

Lost In Space, Part the First

At first glance, the premise of Space Family Robinson seems like an easy premise for a long running TV show. You’ve got a core ensemble cast wandering the wild frontier looking for a way home. Throw in a cocky young pilot, a cowardly and selfish professorial type, and a...

6 Underground

Michael Bay still has it. I’m just not sure what ‘it’ is. Somebody finally gave Bay a lot of money and said, “you know what, screw it, just go crazy with this,” and go crazy he did.  It’s only on Netflix, and maybe they paid for this film –...

The Witcher Has Issues

First things first – I’ve never played a Witcher game, so I’m coming into Netflix’s Witcher series cold. Second things second – already cancelled my subscription over their recently announced “tee-hee, blasphemy” show, and now I’m just burning through the last few things that look remotely interesting before my...

A Thanksgiving Feast of Films

The long weekend gave me a chance to soak up some much need recharge time in front of the idiot box, and one of the more charming films to keep me soma-fied was…sigh…Nacho Libre? I know, but hear me out.  It’s Jack Black doing his Jack Black thing.  If...

Over(oh my)lord!

Pee-yew!  How clumsy do you have to be to make the 101st Airborne raiding a Nazi-zombie factory on D-minus-one boring? You have to be JJ Abrams clumsy. That guy has turned into Michael Bey without the freewheeling fun.  He can string together two or three amazing visual sequences that...

More Like This, Please – Bone Tomahawk

Every once in a while Hollywood accidentally does something great on purpose. It’s basically cowboys versus cannibals with the sensibility of a Cormac McCarthy film.  The basic plot of a townswoman kidnapped and dragged back to the cave of the wild west CHUDS doesn’t do this thing justice.  The...

Castalia Review: Secrets of the Nethercity

Now up over at the House of Castalia. Given that this is an adventure for mid-level characters, you’re looking at a minimum of six months of play or rolling up 4th level characters before first setting foot into the slop at the doorstep of this kilo-dungeon.  Not sure I’ll...

StoryHack Catch Up

This hot little number has been sitting in my to-read pile for far too long.  Having written The Bouncer’s Tale, the third chapter in a crime not-quite-serial, I skipped straight to Jason Restrick’s  Beyond the Temple of Bak-Taar.  The sequel to an impressive story presented in Issue 1 (iirc), this...

Castalia Review: The City of Silver

Go buy this book. David V. Stewart dares to tread the line between the age of the blade and the age of black powder in this light fantasy novel. I’m glad that David has turned his pen to more traditional western fare.  I’ve been anticipating reading his works ever...

Jack Ryan: The Ben Affleck Years

Season One of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan barely held itself together long enough to cross the finish line.  They flirted with modern day espionage, but couldn’t put aside the fakeness of woke culture long enough to create a show that felt real.  The action pieces were impressive given thier...