If you read many of my reviews, you might’ve noticed I have a bias. I’ve spoken about it before: I like unique, wild, and weird. Stories going out of their way to be meta, mind-bending, or commentate on current events or societal ills have often gotten positive reviews from me.
Now it’s time for the negativity. The stuff I least enjoyed reviewing. I’ve sandwiched this part between two positive articles, so we don’t end this retrospective on a low note.
I’ve written many articles this year and reviewed piles of movies, tons of shows, and even a few books. And while a lot of media flees my memory once I’m done reviewing it, a few things were so good and memorable that they’ve stuck with me throughout the year. And in the same vein, some media pieces were so disappointing that I still wish for a better version.
Wednesday is such an odd project conceptually. If you told me a few years ago that Tim Burton would direct a new show about The Addams Family that starred Wednesday in a paranormal high school and barely featured Morticia and Gomez—at least in its first three episodes—I would’ve called it a blatant nostalgia grab.
Hamster & Gretel hit my radar for one reason: it was made by Dan Povenmire. You likely know his voice and creations, even if you don’t know his name. He’s part of the team that made Phineas and Ferb, and he voices Dr. Doofenshmirtz.
Tales of the Jedi is the newest addition to what I’m calling “The Clone Wars Cartoons.” The subsection of Star Wars content using the same animation style, (usually) short-form pacing, and politically dense writing. My experience with it has mostly been reviewing The Bad Batch and some early viewing of the Clone Wars cartoon and its long-ago movie.
Halloween is about to be here. A glorious time for celebrating spooky and horrifying things. And, if you’re not usually a horror fan but want to get into it this year, I have recommendations.
The Midnight Club is a show of many layers. It’s a celebration of horror stories featuring horror stories happening within a bigger horror story.
Short Art Has A Different Vibe Than Other Projects I love long-form content: epic scope books, five-hour video essays, and sprawling television shows. I also love binging YouTube Shorts and Instagram Reels. So, today, we’ll talk about short media in a deliberately brief article. I’m talking really short media. Short stories like our own Friday…
From the offset, I was onboard for She-Hulk. I’m not the most knowledgeable person when it comes to comics, but a lawyer who deals with the legal ramifications of superpowered shenanigans is a great premise.
As I’m sure is true of many of its viewers, I’ve not read The Sandman comics. The series finished before I was born, so I hope it’s at least a little forgivable. I watched the show because I love Coraline and deeply enjoyed Good Omens and American Gods. Neil Gaiman tends to make stuff I like, and the trailers looked fantastic.
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