Netflix’s Fullmetal Alchemist a Full On Flop

**SPOILERS for Netflix Fullmetal Alchemist and the 2003 and 2009 FMA series** I don’t know that I’ve been this disappointed about an adaptation of an anime and/or cartoon since M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender. You would think after that disaster of a movie, people would try to avoid taking an entire season (and in…

Black Panther Reigns

Black Panther, written and directed by Ryan Coogler, is the 18th entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the final film before the ultra-mega-deluxe super-sized crossover that is Avengers: Infinity War, and easily one of Marvel’s most complex and well-made features. The film picks up what can only be a few days after the events of…

Netflix’s Godzilla: An Absolute Monstrous Mess

In an effort to try watching as many highly rated or popular movies I could that came out in the 2017/2018 season, I sat down to watch Netflix’s Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters. Can I have the last 89 minutes of my life back? Considering that the movie came out on Netflix on January 17,…

The Genius Plague, or Why You Should Be Afraid of Fungus 101

The Genius Plague by David Walton (Pyr, 2017) We all know that the goal of a species is to not die out, a goal that can be achieved in many ways: living in mutually beneficial relationships with other organisms; spreading further geographically so if there are problems in one region, the other regions survive; killing…

Mary and the Witch’s Flower Review: Disappointing and Confusing

This article contains spoilers for Mary and the Witch’s Flower —  you have been warned! I went to the theater to see Mary and the Witch’s Flower with an open mind and a few expectations. Were they too high? Maybe, but even for a children’s movie I thought Mary and the Witch’s Flower could do much better. The film lacked charm…

5 Nonfiction Books on Race in America

There has been a flood of books in response to the growing national conversation about race and the lives of persons of color. I’ve recently read (or, perhaps more accurately, inhaled) several books that explore the past and present of race in the United States, particularly Black America. From personal memoirs to comprehensive histories, these books expose…