Outside middle-distance shot of a long-haired man holding a trident and wearing a vest, leather wrist cuffs, and a large necklace; next to a woman in a bright read wig and a very low-cut sparkly suit.

What just happened? Some Thoughts After Watching the First Two Hours and Fifteen Minutes of Aquaman

What just happened? No, seriously, what did I just watch?

Ostensibly, Aquaman is a movie where Jason Momoa plays Arthur, the half-merperson king of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, who must go back to Atlantis to be its king and battle his half-brother Orm for control of the underwater kingdoms with the help of a magic trident. But this makes it sound like this movie in any way makes sense or has a reason for existing, which, as far as I could tell, it does not.

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Veronica stands in front of a microphone in a sparkly dress, smiling.

Riverdale Season 3 Episode 10: “The Stranger”

 

It will, I’m sure, surprise no one to hear that last week’s ending was a fakeout. Nor will it surprise you to hear that this episode contains gratuitous shirtlessness, ludicrous plot twists that no one bothers explaining, and shaky understandings of legal concepts. But it combines a Silence of the Lambs homage with a classic high school show Taking-the-SATs episode as only Riverdale could do, and the jokes were on point!

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Breaking Bad Hatewatch: Kickoff

It would be a giant understatement to call this an “unpopular opinion,” but I just don’t like Breaking Bad. I don’t super enjoy watching it, which would be fine–there are a lot of great shows that I admire even as they’re not to my taste. But in this case, even the admiration factor is pretty low. Beyond simple enjoyment, I just don’t think Breaking Bad is that great a show. Continue reading →

American Horror Story: Superlatives

American Horror Story: Apocalypse ended in November, and it REALLY felt like a series finisher, didn’t it? We had the end of the world, the Antichrist, a nice full-circle ending, and tons of fan-wanking that most people probably didn’t understand unless they had literally just watched Murder House and Coven in preparation (like I did, obvi).

Regardless, it was great in its own way, much like the vast majority of AHS seasons. While many fans complain that the show will never reach the dizzying heights of those first two seasons, I’m always impressed that, with only a couple exceptions, each season manages to distinguish itself in some new and unexpected way. So instead of just a simple ranking of the seasons (which is always fun), here are your ultimate, yearbook-worthy AHS superlatives. Continue reading →