Consent and Freedom – Ghost in the Shell (2017)

When writing this about an hour after seeing Ghost in the Shell for the first time, I debated where to go with this article. For much of the critical world and movie fandom, GitS is notable for the casting of Scarlett Johansson as the Major, who is decidedly less Japanese than the character’s original name —…

The Devil is in the Details – Episode 37

In this episode of Watch.Read.Listen., we discuss Joe Hill’s 2010 dark fantasy novel Horns as well as Alexandre Aja’s 2013 adaptation starring Daniel Radcliffe. What makes Hill’s novel more compelling? Does the medium make the story? But first… This Week: Duane – Stranger Things (minor spoilers), Tales to Terrify Episode 441 – “Hear No Evil” by Shane J. Cummings, Lessons from…

The Many Tales of the Black Cat – Episode 36

In this episode of Watch.Read.Listen., we discuss Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat” and three adaptations of Poe’s short story by Roger Corman (in 1962’s Tales of Terror), Dario Argento (in 1990’s Two Evil Eyes), and Stuart Gordon (in Masters of Horror Season 2). What is the fundamental nature of a story: plot, character, theme?…

The First Rule of Fight Club – Episode 35

In this episode of Watch.Read.Listen., we join Project Mayhem and breakdown the differences and similarities between Chuck Palahniuk’s breakthrough novel Fight Club, and the 1999 adaptation by directed by David Fincher. Are people missing the overall message of both? We also examine how we feel both work within the medium they are presented in. This…

At Midnight, All the Agents – Episode 34

In this episode of Watch.Read.Listen., we discuss Alan Moore’s groundbreaking comic Watchmen along with Zack Snyder’s film adaptation. Throughout the discussion, we refer to KaptainKristian’s video “Watchmen – Adapting the Undadaptable” and nerdwriter1’s “Batman v Superman: The Fundamental Flaw”, as well as “Why It Has to be the Squid” by Scott from GeekNights. This Week: Duane: More of…

You Stole My Story – Episode 33

In this episode of Watch.Read.Listen., we discuss Stephen King’s novella “Secret Window, Secret Garden” and David Koepp’s adaptation Secret Window (2004) starring Johnny Depp. In our This Week segment: Duane – Metroid Metal; Alice Isn’t Dead and Within the Wires (from the folks at Welcome to Night Vale); As the Story Grows – interview with Mark…

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stranger – Episode 32

In this episode of Watch.Read.Listen., we discuss Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy: Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). In the discussion we also compare Nolan’s treatment with those of other directors, especially Tim Burton, Joel Schumacher, and Zack Snyder. This Week: Duane – podcasts: Mythgard Academy series on…

Humans are Such Easy Prey – Episode 31

In this episode of Watch.Read.Listen., we discuss two more adaptations of the works of H.P. Lovecraft starring Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton – Stuart Gordon’s From Beyond (1986) and Charles Band’s The Evil Clergyman (1987). This Week: Duane – Singin’ in the Rain, Colour from the Dark (2008), and The Thing on the Doorstep (2014) David – Stranger Things (2016), The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd…

Get a Job in the Sideshow

In this episode of Watch.Read.Listen., we discuss H.P. Lovecraft’s “Herbert West – Reanimator” and its film adaptations, Stuart Gordon’s H.P. Lovecraft’s Re-Animator (1985) and Brian Yuzna’s Bride of Re-Animator (1989). This Week: Duane – Watch: The Office (U.S.), MST3K’s Manhunt in Space, The Decline of Western Civilization (1980); Read: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; Listen: Mineral’s The Power of Failing (1997) and EndSeranading (1998); Scarlett Johansson’s reading…

Taking a King’s Landing – Episode 29

In this episode of Watch.Read.Listen., we are joined by Shoe, Tony, Louie (Jennifer) and Jen for a round-table discussion of Game of Thrones Season 6. What are our favorite moments from the season? How do we think this stacks up compared to other seasons? Where do we think the show is going from here? No This Week…