The Red Capes Are Coming

Another thought provoking post from Mr. Upkins, over at the NOC!

Dennis R. Upkins

“Be their hero, Clark. Be their monument, be their angel, be anything they need you to be… or be none of it. You don’t owe this world a thing. You never did.”

One year ago, history was made when Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice Wonder Woman  opened in theaters.

Why is this a cinematic milestone?

For the first time in history the Man of Steel, the Caped Crusader and the Amazon appeared together in a live action story. This is of monumental importance because not only are these iconic heroes the flagship franchises of D.C. Comics but they are also the cornerstones of western media and western culture.

BvS, and for that matter the D.C. Extended Universe in general, continue to be one of the most polarizing franchises for comic book fans and movie goers for reasons that range from legit critiques to absurd double standards.


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Sean and Terry Torrington Create SlayTV, Media Network for Black Queer Community


Sean and Terry Torrington (photo via

article by Julie Compton via

The term “slay” has important meaning to out director Sean Torrington. “To kill it, to be the best of the best, to always be on top,” he told NBC Out. It’s also the name of the 36-year-old’s new global media network for LGBTQ people of color.

SlayTV is the brainchild of Torrington and his husband, Terry Torrington, also a director. He said it gives a platform to black LGBTQ storytellers whose voices mainstream media often ignores. It also allows them to make money so they can “keep on creating the dope content they create,” he explained.

Torrington started his career as a Goldman Sachs project manager. After getting laid off in 2010, he took the opportunity to follow his passion for filmmaking and began creating web series on YouTube that centered on LGBTQ people of…

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SPN Season 12: Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell

Not feeling this episode too much.

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This wasn’t a bad episode, but it was kind of forgettable, because its all things we’ve seen in other episodes. This is mostly because Sam and Dean felt more like an afterthought, to the real story, which is between Crowley and Lucifer. Sam babysits a victim, Crowley hangs out with Dean, and Sam finally gets around to telling Dean he’s working with the MoL.

The demons have discovered that Crowley is holding Lucifer hostage in a cell, and release his favorite Hellhound to distract him, while they try to free Lucifer. In the meantime, the Hellhound is running about attacking random teenagers, put it has a particular yen for the young woman who bopped it in the head with an ax, to protect her boyfriend.

I feel like this story was a vehicle to get two points out of the way. The first was Sam and Dean finally having that…

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Iron Cyst and the Eight Point Strike

The shade!
It burns!!!


It’s too bad Iron Fist wasn’t remotely close to being as entertaining and brilliant as the backlash it’s been receiving. If it had, it would’ve been as popular as Daredevil or Luke Cage as opposed to being one of the biggest punchlines of 2017.

I’m sure one day we’ll all be tired of the proverbial “T” Madame Gao is serving us.

However, today is not that day.

Shifting into Midnighter mode, I’m about to demonstrate my 8-point strike on the fustercluck of white mediocrity that is Iron Cyst.

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Power Rangers PSA

A former Power Ranger killed a dude with a sword. Did you hear about this? Have you heard about this? Sorry. Sort of slipped into a Jay Leno impression there for a second. However, the headline is true: a former Power Rangers actor recently plead guilty to killing his roommate with a sword, an incident […]

via Everything You Need to Know About the Power Rangers [An Infographic] — We Minored in Film

Coming Soon

I have several posts in production at the moment. One of these days I’m gonna hit you guys with posts about:

The Ghost Brothers

My take on the movies Get Out and Hidden Figures and what those two movies have in common

My favorite movies for each year of my life – This isn’t going to be easy because I got a lot of life to cover and  multiple favorites.

Reviews for Into the badlands, Taboo, and Supernatural

A couple of book comparisons – The Mist by Stephen King vs. Nightworld by F. Paul Wilson

A movie comparison The Fly (1958) vs. The Fly (1986)

More analysis on the movie It Follows

I wanted to do a review of the original Nutty Professor, which is the one I grew up with. Not that I don’t love the  remix, but I have a lot of nostalgia for old Jerry Lewis movies.

There are some premieres in April: American Gods and season two of the Ghost Brothers

Hopefully, I can do some reviews of the favorite movies that didn’t make the life favorites list.

These aren’t hard and fast goals. Just what I’m working on right now.


Thanks to Jen Bartel, Kris Anka: This #AAIronFist Redesign Took Over Twitter


This past weekend, Netflix finally dropped all 13 episodes of Iron Fist. For the most part, the internet was not pleased. While a smattering of Fist Stans tried their damnedest to pretend what they watched was, you know, good, the consensus among critics (and fans too) was this was Marvel’s first big miss. There was one awesome outcome of the Iron Fist debacle, however: a slew of awesome comics artists began sharing their takes on a redesigned Asian American Danny (or Dani) Rand! And it all started when Jen Bartel shared her riff on Kris Anka’s original:

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10 of the Worst Cliches in Fiction Writing

Writing Is Hard Work

If you like to read like Mr. Bemis, then you notice these, too. If you like to read like Mr. Bemis, then you notice these, too.

I’m a reader because all good writers are readers.  Mostly, however, I read because I love to read.  I am in many ways like Henry Bemis in “Time Enough At Last”, adapted from a Lyne Venable short story which chronicles the sad life of a chronic reader.  I’m so glad I have a Kindle Paperwhite, because if I had to buy all the books I read my house would be full of them.

The beef I have with modern fiction is that it tends to wax cliche more often than not.  I hope I never use any of these horrible cliches I’m about to list.  If you use them, dear writer, I pray you revise them right out of your narrative.  I think when you read them you will agree that these cliches need to go.

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Fans Sound Off on Into the Badlands Couple Sunny and Veil


Originally posted at Just Add Color

Into the Badlands is coming into its second season March 19, and even though we’re psyched about the level of action and and suspense, we’re also focused on the family aspect of the show, which is worrying about how Sunny’s going to get back to his family, Veil and their newborn baby.

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Get Out


Get Out

Months into an interracial relationship, Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya), a young black man, agrees to  visit his white girlfriend’s secluded family.  With his girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) at his side, he does his best to smile through the painfully expected racial microaggressions of meeting the Armitage family and dealing with their passive-aggressive racism.  During this weekend, he has incredibly strange interactions with the few black people he meets.  While the he might have been prepared for the expected polite forms of racism, there’s another edge of horror that he has never imagined.

Get Out Movie, AfroSapiophile (22)

Chris Washington, an everyman black guy, was made incredibly more relatable to me, due to the fact that he was written in as a photographer, who shoots with the same exact brand of camera I shoot with.  He even goes Gordon Parking, just like me.  For me, the story of this movie was piercing because…

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