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    Firefly, Ep. 1.02, “The Train Job”

    Usually, new series repeat much of the action and details from their pilots in their second episode, to make sure anybody that missed the first go of things has a full understanding of the characters and relevant plot lines established in the initial installment. More

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    Don’t Judge a Movie by its Costume

    You don’t judge a book by its cover and you don’t judge a movie by just its costumes. It is hard to stay away from constant teasers and the “first looks” that dominate the internet nowadays. In an era where superhero movies reign supreme in Hollywood, everyone is grasping for that first speck of knowledge […] More

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    Sordid Cinema #96: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

    It was expected that Avengers: Age of Ultron wouldn’t recapture the excitement of seeing Earth’s Mightiest Heroes assembled onscreen for the first time, but how good is Joss Whedon’s latest entry into the Marvel cinematic universe? Joining us this week is Sound on Sight news-editor Brian Welk to help us dissect the movie and discus the […] More

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    ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ sacrifices fun for action, with mixed results

    The Avengers clicked with both Marvel fans and general audiences because we loved watching these massive egos clash for the first time. It was the perfect blend of action and attitude, and its mastermind, Joss Whedon, was handed the golden ticket to Marvel’s keystone franchise. The long-awaited sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron, shows the strain of trying to be bigger-and-better while still indulging the subtle pleasures of its predecessor. It succeeds, just barely, on the strength of a talented cast and our fondness for these characters. Still, it’s a decidedly somber affair that will turn off casual fans, and it stands as the most impersonal, and arguable weakest installment of Marvel’s vaunted “Phase Two.” More

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    ‘Astonishing X-Men’ Gifted is character driven superheroics at its finest

    Astonishing X-Men “Gifted” is one of those storylines that will make long term X-Men fans purr with delight beginning the Claremont era flashbacks in issue one. (Cassaday mimics Byrne’s art quite well.) It also can turn fans (like me five years ago) of the films and cartoons into mutie and comics junkies. Whedon pays homage to older X-Men stories without getting mired in continuity and quickly places his own stamp on the franchise by creating a new alien foe for them (Ord of the Breakworld), exploring the mutant as outsider metaphor with the cure of the X-gene, giving SHIELD a new branch (SWORD), and also bringing a beloved character back from the dead (Colossus) in a touching, visceral way that serves the long term storyline. However, the best part of Astonishing X-Men “Gifted” other than John Cassaday’s detailed, cinematically composed art and Whedon’s insanely quotable dialogue is the character arcs for each X-Man nestled in the bigger plot. More

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    Week in Review: Study reveals growing gender gap in film industry

    This week, Variety reported on a study that was released confirming what many already know about the film industry, or at the very least anecdotally: Women are having an increasingly hard time breaking in. The study showed that there’s a large gender gap between independently financed and directed projects by women when compared to projects […] More

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    Week in Review: ‘Jurassic World’ gets a clip and some criticism from Joss Whedon

    Get More: 2015 MTV Movie Awards, Latest Movie News Maybe the second most anticipated movie of the summer is Jurassic World, in part because Hollywood’s newest, biggest star, Chris Pratt, gets the chance to headline yet another blockbuster. But if you watched the trailer some weeks ago, you might’ve noticed how grim, self-serious and decidedly […] More

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    Watch the last trailer for ‘Showrunners’ doc

    After a few years in development, Des Doyle’s documentary Showrunners will finally be released in theaters and iTunes on October 31. The kickstarted project is an in-depth look behind the scenes of some of televisions largest properties and the minds in charge. The film interviews the likes of Joss Whedon, J.J. Abrams, Ronald D. Moore, and a […] More

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    Video of the Day: A Fan-made Animated Opening for ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’

    It’s undeniable that the cult horror-fantasy series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the “Whedonverse” in general have a pretty hardcore and devoted following. With many of such an ilk likely traveling the strands of the internet onto this very site, we proudly present this silly animated homage created by Seattle-based artist, Stephen Byrne. Brimming with […] More

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