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Buffy pushes boundaries

It’s starting to seem like Joss Whedon and company are going for shock value with the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics. Last year they revealed that the big villain of Season Eight was Angel, somewhat possessed by an entity humorously called Twilight. Or not. It’s still kind of unclear, and it’s not at all clear how it fits into the Angel: After the Fall comic. Then there was flying super sex between Buffy and Angel. Then there was the head turning death of Giles. Ultimately we came unto the end of all magic. Read the rest of this entry

Jennifer’s Body

Jennifer’s Body is a film that doesn’t deserve half the spurning it got from the critics. It was one of those bodies that was just released at the wrong time – and that time was the height of Megan Fox’s starlet status. If memory serves, this might have been around the same time she likened Michael Bay to Hitler. It was not unreasonable to dislike her. The worst thing Fox can do for her career is say anything that isn’t written down for her. Read the rest of this entry

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8, issue 40 – a failure and a success

The problem fans had with Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 became crystalized to me after reading the final issue of the series. Spike has a conversation with Buffy that likens her not to her past self but to Angel, who had a history of making tough choices while Buffy merely had to find a way to beat the bad guys. Read the rest of this entry

Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Fan Narcissism

Warner Bros. has officially pulled the trigger on a Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot, and the Buffy fandom has already cried foul because Joss Whedon is not involved. He really does not even need to be. He had seven years on the series, five for Angel (which only gave him one additional year), and an incredibly interesting comic book series that looks like it will continue for some time. Whedon’s work still exists, and a reboot cannot discredit that.

I have definitely cried foul over reboots. The Transformers movies bother me, but not because they are reboots. They were just bad movies. Star Trek definitely bothered me, but I am over it. At the same time, Battlestar Galactica was a both a reboot and an amazing series. Even The Prisoner reboot had its positives. Objectively, reboots do no damage to the original properties. In fact, they draw more attention to the overall franchise and work as nice entry points for new fans. So what is the problem? Read the rest of this entry

The Last Exorcism

You know what? I want to write a review, but there is nothing more I can say than to go see this movie. It is superbly written and well performed. Patrick Fabian has always pleased me in his television appearances (see Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Veronica Mars season 3, and even one episode of Bones), but he really stands out in the leading roll as Reverend Cotton Marcus. He is completely lovable while essentially praying on people’s faith, and you cannot doubt his goal in exposing exorcism to save the lives of children. (He lost his faith after reading about an impaired child’s being suffocated by exorcists who were trying to save him.) While Ashley Bell, as Nell the possessed girl, also gave an outstanding performance, it was hard to believe that she was 14. Aside from that, everything was perfect. The ending will definitely disappointed some viewers, but there was really no other way. The movie had me locked into my seat. The first half of the film is lighthearted and then you are whiplashed into chaos and fear. And then you might be left with a simple question: What do you want to believe?

This is how some of the people in the audience with me felt after seeing the movie