Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

– J.W. Fox – In what is the first book review in over a year, I decided to go with the most critically-acclaimed speculative fiction series at the moment, the first novel in the Broken Earth Series, The Fifth Season. It is called a science fantasy novel but I don’t really know why a subgenre […]

Vacant Expressions 73: Stumbling out of the Gate

Jon and Wes talk of the failure that is X-Men: Dark Phoenix, following up on their whiskey fueled rant from the previous episode. There are spoilers for Dark Phoenix even though Jon hasn’t seen it, and might not ever. They move on to Godzilla King of Monsters, with a brief review that is spoiler free. […]

Vacant Expressions 72: Whiskey Fueled Rant on Everything Wrong with X-Men Movie Franchise

As promised, we bitterly bitch about all the flaws of the X-Men movies and the franchise as a whole over a few glasses of whiskey. All the star power and production budget is squandered and shitty writing, and a few cases of tone-deaf writing. We wonder what could have been had it been done right…

Vacant Expressions 70: Event Horizon Picture, Star Wars Trailer, and Heavy Breathing

We discuss the big reveal from the Event Horizon Project, but it isn’t the black hole at the center of our galaxy. It’s some piece of shit named M87 some place far away. We talk space travel and the best space show right now The Expanse. Then the Star Wars trailer released this week, a […]

Vacant Expressions 57: Nerd News, Picard, Venom, and More

We talk free education and other public goods and services that could benefit humanity. Then we shift gears to news on a World War Z sequel, A new Star Trek show starring the legendary Patrick Stewart, the state of the Star Trek franchise, a quick review of Venom, and the upcoming X-Men movies. 200 Universities […]

Vacant Expressions 53: Review of Infinity War

Wes and Jon review Infinity War (spoilers) and go over our favorites throughout the Marvel Universe as well as talk about its future. They also go on a couple tangents about X-Men movies, favorite superheroes, how they were never into comic books, and their love of Shane Black movies.  

Death Note Disappoints with Flawed Script and Weak Performances

– By J.W. Fox – There have definitely been struggles converting Japanese manga into American movies. Ghost in the Shell flopped due to a number of flaws and the whitewash controversy. Replacing Japanese characters with Caucasian ones just doesn’t sit well with progressive critics. Death Note attempted to do the same and ran into the […]

Thoughtcrime 035: Motley Crews

  An episode celebrating the success of pirates, smugglers, mercenaries, and other criminal crews in winning over millions of fans. Notable motley crews include Guardians of the Galaxy, Firefly, Dark Matter, Star Wars: Rebels, and many many more. Springhole Tips for Writing En Semble Casts – http://www.springhole.net/writing/write-better-ensemble-casts.htm

Thoughtcrime 031: Sequels and Prequels and Reboots Oh My!

I go solo on the one-year anniversary of Thoughtcrime to discuss sequels, prequels, reboots and why we will see less of them in the years ahead. Also, a quick review of the bomb of the year, Independence Day: Resurgence. I cover some possible changes to Thoughtcrime after a short summer break.