Category: Tv & Movies Archives | Dorkadia

Feb
20

Twilight: 50 Shades of OG

Sparkley vampires. Mormon references. Team Edward or Team Jacob? Badly written fan fiction. With its hold on the cultural zeitgeist, it’s hard to believe that Twilight was only published in 2005. What’s more, a film version came together quickly. Twilight the movie was released […]

Feb
13

50 Shades of Prettier Woman

Double Toasted recently ripped Kevin Smith’s Yoga Hosers on a premise that very much speaks to how I feel about 50 Shades Darker. In the DT review, they lamented that Smith could still get shit made into a movie, which crowded out other filmmakers […]

Feb
06

Millennium: 12 Monkeys 0.5

I vaguely remember watching 1989’s Millennium once in my childhood. While mostly a forgettable film, the ending stuck with me, with its booming voice-over narration making grand sweeping proclamations. With Millennium available on Netflix, I decided to give it another watch, to see how it […]

Jan
16

Zombeavers: And the jokes write themselves

In a bit of a meta-moment, about halfway through Zombeavers, one of the main characters says “quit with the beaver jokes.” It’d be nice if this movie was so restrained. The call for less-is-more is diluted somewhat twenty minutes later when […]

Jan
09

The Fall: Men Who Hate Women

The evolution of television means that concepts get revisited every few years, adapted, improved upon. Sometimes when TV returns to an idea it makes the idea much better the second time around. Other times, the second go-around is middling (or […]

Jan
02

A Way Too Late Year in Review: 2016

Apparently, this was the year I wrote about zombies. Lots of zombies. Fast zombies, slow zombies. Zombies on the big screen, the small screen, and the tabletop. If this year-end review included all my pop-culture immersion, Dead Set would be at the […]

Dec
12

Arrival: Who’s on First?

It’s the day after and I’m still processing the events of Arrival, the new film by Denis Villeneuve. Atmospheric and chilling, Arrival is one of those films that grabs you from the outset and never lets go. For a film where nothing much […]

Nov
21

V for Vendetta: the Once and Future 1984

In 1985, author Neil Postman released Amusing Ourselves to Death, a treaty on political discourse in the mass media age. Postman argued that George Orwell’s vision of the future was less prescient than his contemporary, Aldous Huxley. Postman argued that the future envisioned […]

Nov
07

The Millennium Trilogy: Sex, Death, IKEA

In 2011,  David Fincher released The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, based on the first novel in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy. Fincher’s follow-up to The Social Network boasted an A-list cast, stellar soundtrack, and top-notch visuals. While the film went on to make more than $200 […]

Oct
31

Final Girl: Boring Vengeance

There’s a trope in horror movies: the final girl. The one left alive. Who confronts (and maybe defeats) the killer. The one left to tell the tale. And, sometimes, the first person to die in the sequel. I’m all for […]

Oct
24

Queen of the Damned; King of Bad Adaptations

Is Anne Rice still a rite of passage for fledgling goth kids? The first four novels in her Vampire Chronicles series were required reading when I was in high school. I grew up idolizing the adventures of the vampire Lestat as he […]

Oct
17

Dead Set: Big Brother is Eating Your Brains

Fun fact: I’m stingy with my Netflix ratings. Few movies or TV shows get five stars; most get three or four. A quick review of my rating activity shows that this year I gave 0 movies and 3 tv shows […]

Aug
24

The Killing Joke: Just as toxic when animated

The Killing Joke: It’s taken me a few weeks to process this movie. I needed time to decompress, to find the words behind how bad this movie made me feel. Most of you know, I am a big Batman fan. […]

Aug
17

Suicide Squad: At least it wasn’t as bad as BvS?

At the time I’m writing this, it’s been about an hour since I walked out of the theater after watching Suicide Squad. On a scale of Batman Vs. Superman to Deadpool, I’d rate this movie a solid Green Lantern live […]

Jul
18

Ghostbusters and the Rules of Reboots

Many people have already made up their minds about whether or not to see Ghostbusters, so I’ll spare you the traditional review. Rotten Tomatoes is awash with reviews, while IMDB is full of people who were panning this film back in […]

Jul
04

The Punisher (Jon Bernthal Edition)

Today, in what I never expected to become the latest in a series of posts that started with Dolph Lundgren and continue with Thomas Jane, I’ll be looking at Jon Bernthal’s portrayal of Frank Castle in season 2 of Marvel’s Daredevil. This review might […]

Jun
06

Knights of Badassdom: LARPing for Keeps

Let’s get one thing out of the way. For a movie about LARPing, Knights of Badassdom could have gone so wrong. I mean, it does go wrong, but not in the ways you would think. I went into this movie fully expecting the characters to […]

May
30

10 Cloverfield Lane: The Address You’ll Never Leave

Because Bad Robot films are super cereal about insisting that moviegoers avoid spoilers for their films, I’ll put the rest of my spoiler-y review of 10 Cloverfield Lane behind a cut. But first, a frequently asked question: is it necessary to have watched Cloverfield before […]

May
24

Civil War vs. Dawn of Justice: Who Cares??

Let me preface Civil War vs. Dawn of Justice: Who Cares?? with saying that I care about both movies – and have strong opinions about what I feel about both movies! Please don’t let my opinions take away from what […]

May
16

He Never Died: There’s Something About Henry

Jack’s been in a rut lately. He sleeps, gets up, watches TV, sleeps some more, eats dinner at the nearby diner, sleeps, plays bingo and sleeps. Everyone all around him tries to break his routine, from the diner waitress with […]

May
09

Hellboy: Hell is a PG-13 Rating

Let’s get my biggest pet peeve out of the way: Hellboy isn’t as fast-paced as either I or Netflix remembers. When I first saw Hellboy closer to its 2004 release date I found the movie funny and over-the-top, with memorable characters and a great […]