[REVIEW] The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

desolation-of-smaugI interrupt my regularly scheduled post this week to offer a spoiler light review of The Desolation of Smaug. As always, the opinions below are solely my own. If you had a mainly positive experience with the film, more power to you. You just might want to stop reading now. Continue reading

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From Board Gaming to Lovecraft and Beyond, Pt. 1

“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.” — “The Call of Cthulhu,” H.P. Lovecraft Continue reading

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Superhero Movie News

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It’s been a busy couple of days in the world of superhero cinema. The last 48 hours have seen at least two significant announcements and the debut of a much anticipated trailer. For those who don’t keep their ear to superheroic turf, here’s a quick rundown of the highlights: Continue reading

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[REVIEW] ‘The King Raven Trilogy’ by Stephen Lawhead

King Raven AudioStephen Lawhead just might have been my favorite author during my teen years. I found his unique blend of mythic fantasy and historical fiction enthralling. Probably best known for his Pendragon Cycle, an original presentation of the Arthurian mythos, much of his writing is grounded in the history and mythology of the British isles that he moved to Oxford to study. Continue reading

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[REVIEW] Thor: The Dark World, Pt. 2 – The Future of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe

thor-the-dark-world-movie-title-logo2Marvel’s capable if formulaic Thor: The Dark World (see Pt. 1 for my review proper) did prove noteworthy in at least one regard in that it offered its audience a peek behind the curtain at the studio’s future plans. What exactly does Marvel have up its sleeve? And does The Dark World have something fresh to say after all? Continue reading

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