TV Review: IRON FIST

by T. Mack

Netflix has become a force to be reckoned with in the TV wars. The service–which isn’t technically a network but has earned the right to be treated as one–has set a standard for television programming that the regular alphabet networks often find it tough to compete with. Then Netflix upped the ante even more with their Marvel team-up. Daredevil was a hit with it’s dark feel and gritty action sequences. Jessica Jones took things to a totally new level with an anti-heroine and the creepiest villain we’ve seen in quite some time. Then Luke Cage turned social commentary into one of the most compelling series of the year. Now there’s Iron Fist… and it’s okay. I guess.

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Don’t get me wrong. Iron Fist is a good show. The problem is that its older siblings are great shows. And Iron Fist, while a decent time, doesn’t manage to keep up with the big kids.

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Goodbye, Wolverine: A Review of ‘Logan’

by T. Mack

The film, Logan, is many things. It’s the tenth installment in the X-Men movie franchise. It’s the third Wolverine film within the same set of movies. It’s Hugh Jackman’s last turn as the titular character. And it’s only the second R-rated superhero film ever. It’s also an incredibly complex emotional journey for the characters and the audience. It’s a fitting tribute to the character, both from the comics and as he’s been played by Jackman for the last 17 years. You read that right… 17 years! The film is the truest interpretation of the character that’s ever been allowed on the silver screen (due in large part to its R rating). It manages to be a superhero movie while also being a gritty western.The movie is perfectly gory and violent. It is heart-wrenching and tragic. It is a great story, a beautiful work of cinematic art and a downright excellent film.

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La La Land: Yes, It Was Amazing, But…

by T. Mack

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This article is about my particular experience with the 2016 film, La La Land, which was written and directed by Damien Chazelle and stars the wonderful Ryan Gosling and utterly amazing Emma Stone. Let me start by saying La La Land deserves the hype it’s gotten. It is, as many have said, a fitting and nearly-perfect tribute to the musicals of Hollywood’s Golden Age. It is well-written, beautifully shot, wonderfully directed, and brilliantly acted. The movie deserves the Golden Globes it received earlier this week. I imagine there are quite a number of Oscars in its future as well. My rating: 4.5 SHIELDS

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If you just wanted to know if I liked this movie or not, there’s your answer. You can stop reading now and move on with your life. However, if you want to know how and why this movie turned me and my friends into cliches and put us so deep in our feelings that we literally (not literally as figuratively, but actually literally) screamed in the theater, you should continue. Be warned, though…

Ahead there be SPOILERS!

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