This week Donovan returns from New York Comic-Con to discuss the frontlines of modern fandom, the manufactured culture war online, and how we arrived at this point.
This week the trio of Don, Harry and Stella discuss “comfort media”, I.E. the things they run to when the walls start to close in. From television shows and romance novels to video games, what does your comfort media say about you?
We’ve arrived at our Battle of the Five Armies, famous Tolkien trilogy topper, counting down our top three. Personal growth, feminist musicals, feminist K-dramas, and the greatest anime of the year? … More Year End Review 2021 Part III
Starting off with Honorable Mentions, our hearts strain with fond items that just didn’t make the cut. Cartoons, splatter horror, sexy comics, anime. From there, we return for numbers seven through four, with the last of the Worst of the Year mixed in. … More Year End Review 2021 Part II
It’s the end of the year, so we’re recounting the ten best works of media we experienced — movies, TV shows, books — and this time with a twist! Donovan and Harrison are joined by Stella of Batgirl to Oracle, who would’ve figured into the backstories of a number of entries anyway. Donovan starts us off with notes on two legends, the recently departed screenwriter Keiko Nobumoto and comics artist George Perez, diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. From there, we cover the things we missed before starting with our Top Ten lists, and then taking a detour to discuss a key Worst of the Year. … More Year End Review 2021 Part I
You know he says “The battle for the mind of North America” because it’s a Canadian film, right? This week, we take a look at the highway collision of media criticism and online discourse, so spawning a term for a new age: “media literacy.” Maybe you’re seeing it a lot, too. … More What is Media Literacy?
The Netflix Cowboy Bebop Live Action series has premiered, and Donovan is BIG mad. But FIRST! The guys return to the topic of adapting popular franchises for wider audiences, discussing the dangers of nostalgia, the salvation of creativity, and the politics that go into bringing something into the modern day. *This episode discusses spoilers for … More What are the Needs of an Adaptation ROUND 2
Alien casts a world of cosmic horror that flips the script on sexual assault, and cuts through it with the strange journey of a lone heroine. Donovan plays moderator in a debate between two diehards on their most contentious issue: Alien Resurrection. Which side will he choose? … More At the Base of a Crucifixion: Alien Resurrection (1997) Commentary
On a rare daytime recording of QNA, Donovan and Harrison reconsider a late 20th-century “classic,” The Matrix. Does it hold up after all these years? Long ago, we were saturated by Matrix imitators and parody — but times have changed. Maybe old wounds have healed, and indeed, we’re seeing more Matrix on the horizon. Is this reality? … More [Don’t] Dodge This! The Matrix Commentary