Category Archives: Racism

Exorcising Ghost in the Shell

The numbers are coming in, and the Scarlett Johannson headlined Ghost in the Shell live action film is taking a boot to the teeth. [1][2][3] While some critics have given it the inevitable puffy reviews that get splashed across advertisements for it, the majority who are in the know about the original property it was based on have panned it. So where did the film go wrong, and is the whitewashing controversy really the only reason this film lost on its opening weekend to a CGI animated talking baby?
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RIP Sleepy Hollow

SH RIPSleepy Hollow was a series that started with an amazing amount of promise. Abbie Mills and Ichabod Crane, in a decently built if predictable biblical supernatural thriller. Sure, the show grated at times, and the hero worship of the American Founding Fathers and demonization of the British was painful almost constantly, but it worked. The chemistry between the two was amazing, and a tight storyline brought it all home. Then, the series shit the bed, and didn’t stop until they all be destroyed the franchise, which brings us to today.
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Star Wars The Force Awakens Review

SW-THE-FORCE-AWAKENSI’m the first to admit that I do not get out to see movies very often, but the new Star Wars film was too much to avoid. So I ponied up the cash for a 3D Ultra AVX experience and went in for the last showing of the evening. Then, after sitting through 20 minutes of commercials and mobile game tie-ins, the music sounded and a very familiar script appeared. In case you haven’t seen it yet, there are serious SPOILERS ahead.
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The Hugo Affair Part Two

hugologoSo, a few months back, I wrote about the unfolding Hugo Affair, an attempt by two groups (Sad Puppies and Rabid Puppies) to effectively hijack the awards nomination system and ensure that their rather narrow view of SF&F was the only one rewarded and encouraged. [1] That post was also the cause of my first twitter fight as I laid out why it was a bad idea and tried to explain the basics of racism and sexism to a somewhat less than open critic. As it stood leading into WonderCon, it was looking grim for the future integrity of the Hugo Awards. [2] Then, in a rare act of sensibility, things turned out for the better, with the slates of authors proposed by the Puppies groups being soundly defeated on almost every front. The voter turnout this year was apparently 65% higher than the largest previous turnout. [3][4][5]

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X-Men, A Bad Analogue

marvel logo The X-Men are, without doubt, one of the most popular properties that Marvel Comics ever created. They’re also the most problematic, on several levels, and for several reasons. It’s something that’s been bothering me for a while, so it’s time to lay it out. The X-Men, and the core of their overarching story, don’t make any sense in the universe created by Marvel Comics. At all.
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