The cars are fast, as they always are, and the people are equally furious. In fact, they’re faster and furious-er now than they were before, but then, you already knew that. Be honest: if you’re reading this review, you do not need to be convinced or cajoled to hoof it to the theater to see Fast & Furious 6. You also don’t need encouragement to feel as if you, too, are like Dominic Toretto, Brian O’Conner, or their brothers- and sisters-in-wheels on the way home, pretending your Hyundai Sonata or beat-up pickup truck is a tricked-out muscle car. The thrill of these ciphers driving very fast, recklessly so, along with a number of impressively insane stunts, allows Fast & Furious 6 to be just good and fun enough.
We are living in a golden age of animation, yet so many people working at Hollywood’s studio-funded animation companies are content working in the realm of the familiar. Too frequently, new mainstream animated films are like a big bowl of soup, with countless flavors that you’ve tasted before tweaked only slightly to not be total carbon copies of something bigger and often better. Blue Sky’s latest, distributed by 20th Century Fox, is no different: Epic is pleasingly colorful and well animated. Unfortunately, it is immensely derivative and thus, only moderately charming some of the time.
Tales from the Crypt was a series of horror comics published by Entertaining Comics in the early to mid 1950s. Although it’s fair to say that EC (as it is more frequently known), and other comic book publishers of the time, won the war for the Hearts and Minds of America’s youth, the company stopped publishing them in 1955 after 27 issues. The storied early years of Maxwell Gaines and his comics company, and the trials and tribulations that the nascent comic book industry endured in those years has been well-documented. Shortsighted moralists, hard-line conservatives and righteous clergymen had decided that comics were rotting the brains and corrupting the souls of America’s youth. They needed to be stopped. Horror comics in particular were an easy target in these early battles. Replace “comic books” with “video games” in the Twenty-First Century and you have the same crusade against the blood and gore that male adolescents just never seem to get enough of.
Series Seven of Doctor Who has come and gone, and Whovians worldwide must now make due until the golden Who-bilee in November. To cope with our now empty Saturday Evening slot Derek, Eric, and Beverly have invited Luke Harrison of The Minute Doctor Who Podcast and returning special guest Kate Kulzick of the Televerse to review last weekend’s finale “The Name of the Doctor” as well to share some of our thoughts on the series that was.