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 —…

We’ll Carry On: Grief and The Black Parade

And if your heart stops beating/I’ll be here wondering- did you get what you deserve?/The ending of your life It’s funny to me, that as I start this piece, that when I mentioned I was listening to My Chemical Romance on my Facebook, that someone would make a comment about self-harm in regards to the…

Episode 49 – They Live, We Sleep

Download Episode!Welcome to the latest episode of Watch.Read.Listen. Duane and David decide to tackle John Carpenter’s classic film from 1988 They Live, as well as discuss the material from which it was adapted, Ray Nelson’s 1963 short story Eight O’Clock In The Morning. Warning: This is a rambling discussion, in which other films are brought…

Nine Inch Nails – Not The Actual Events EP

Apparently, in an interview early this year (that I somehow seemed to miss) Trent Reznor promised that we would see new Nine Inch Nails material before the end of 2016. This didn’t really come to my attention until I saw a post on Bloody Disgusting, wondering if Reznor would make the deadline, as we were…

HEAD ON A STICK: IN DEFENSE OF WOLF CREEK

In 2005, Horror films were in the boom of what will forever be known as one of the worst misnomers of a genre ever, torture-porn. I hate this label for a few reasons. The number one is that it implies, by name alone, that the people who watched films like Saw, or Hostel, as deriving…

Ballad of the Fanboys (Nerd Smash) – S01E22

In this episode of Watch.Read.Listen., we discuss the issues with Fanboys, arguing for more inclusiveness in the various fan cultures. We break down four main problems that we’ve observed both in others and ourselves: 1) fan tribalism, 2) gatekeepers, 3) “cheer pressure” (coined by Brady from Hello Internet and Numberphile), and 4) lack of critical thought…

CRITICS V FANS: DAWN OF MISUNDERSTANDING

by David Watson Something interesting has happened in the comic book movie world in the past couple days. It seems that Marvel Studios is already holding press screenings for Captain America: Civil War. The reaction has been really positive, though critics are on embargo until the 13th of this month. You can go to Twitter…