The Definitive Ranking of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies

In 2008 Marvel almost innocuously dropped Iron Man on the world to little hype or fanfare. I remember as a comic-book fan being much more excited for Christopher Nolan's Batman follow-up The Dark Knight and being much more lukewarm towards Marvel as their recent track-record was less than impressive (Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Spider-Man …

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A Definitive Ranking of Every Simpsons “Treehouse of Horror” Episode Ever

"Oooh, I've wasted my life..." - Comic Book Guy Every year that The Simpsons is on the air, it becomes more and more astounding as to what a gargantuan presence it has had in my life. Entering it's twenty-eight year, it is not hyperbole to say that the show has literally been around almost all of my …

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The Failed Adaptations of “Ghost in the Shell” & “Death Note”

Hollywood has a long history of taking foreign movies, TV shows, and literature and adapting them for a more American context. Sometimes the movies are outright remakes (The Ring, The Departed, Let Me In) or they are reinterpretations of the original material (both American Godzilla movies). The act of adapting non-American material is often fraught with danger as …

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Franchise Ruminations: The Matrix Trilogy as Misunderstood Masterpiece

It is hard to overstate just how big a deal The Matrix was when it first came out. The sci-fi action thriller seemed to perfectly combine heady philosophical concepts with kick-ass action. It's dystopic world was at once wonderfully alien and also shockingly not so far from ours. It felt completely relevant to reality at the end …

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