Author: Magen Cubed

Shipping Without an End Game

Just a few days before Christmas of 2017, like many others out braving the holiday crowds, I went to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Star Wars isn’t my primary fandom, by any means. Having grown up on Star Trek: The Original Series in syndication, I came to appreciate Star Wars well in my teens and twenties, drawn to its breezy characters and underlying mythic themes. Now, I eagerly anticipate the release of each new film. I even have a few preferred ships, which I support to varying degrees of ship loyalty, depending on my mood and current tastes....

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A Bullet for A Broken Man: A Review of Punisher

The Punisher Created by Steve Lightfoot Jon Bernthal ,Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Ben Barnes, Amber Rose Revah, Paul Schulze, Jason R. Moore, Michael Nathanson, Daniel Webber, Jaime Ray Newman, Deborah Ann Woll (cast) Adapted from Punisher by Gerry Conway, John Romita, Sr. and Ross Andru Released November 17, 2017 There’s something rotten at the heart of Netflix’s latest Marvel series, The Punisher. Beneath its uneven cinematography, confused politics, and total lack of self-awareness, the show’s ethos is profoundly broken. Frank Castle, the man behind the ominous white skull painted on his tactical vest, is similarly broken, as is his relationship with...

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All Bone and No Conviction: A Review of 1922

1922 Zak Hilditch (director), Ben Richardson (cinematographer), Merlin Eden (editor) Thomas Jane, Dylan Schmid, Molly Parker, Neal McDonough, Brian d’Arcy James (cast) Adapted from Stephen King’s 1922 by Zak Hilditch September 23, 2017 Netflix’s 1922 is a film at odds with itself. Premiering on October 20th, this Netflix Original starring Thomas Jane is the latest in a year that’s seen a slew of Stephen King film adaptations, all of varying degrees of success. 1922 is based on King’s novella of the same name: a bleak, foreboding tragedy about a family cursed by the mundane cruelty of their patriarch, Wilfred...

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Whoever Fights Monsters: A Review of Mindhunter

Mindhunter Joe Penhall (showrunner), David Fincher (executive producer and director) Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Hannah Gross, Anna Torv, Cotter Smith (cast) Adapted from Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unitby John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker Released October 13, 2017 Netflix’s Mindhunter is a polished, well-produced 2017 true crime drama. It’s also an uncomfortable mishmash of gender politicking and social commentary that lacks any of the nuance or depth it claims to offer. Somewhere under the grimy veneer of 1970s Americana, and smug condescension, beats the heart of a compelling cop show, but one not necessarily worth...

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Why Meta Is Better: Male Fan Theorists Are Journalists But Women Just Write Meta

Whenever I look to fandom for a better understanding of a franchise, I still find myself returning to my roots. To that handful of old LiveJournal groups still around, and to my favorite fan Tumblrs. Fan theories are fine. They have their place, and I enjoy them for what they are. But I would trade a hundred theory videos for one compelling meta post. Fan theories have always had their place in online fandoms. There are many roles to fill within any given community, from the more ubiquitous fan artist to fanfiction writer, to the more niche functions of...

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