A Ranking of the MCU

A Ranking of the MCU

Out of all of the film trends I have seen grow and take hold in my lifetime, by far the biggest has been the rise and credibility of the superhero movie and the shared universe motif. It’s a concept that you now see everywhere for better for worse and every studio now seems to be making some large scale attempt at creating their own. But the primary one that started this trend in the modern mainstream cinematic world and has…

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Living Life in Empathy

Living Life in Empathy

“I don’t get a suit of armor. I’m exposed, like a nerve.” – Bruce Banner Here’s a bit of truth for you: I consider myself an empath. It’s something I don’t think we hear too often, associate with, or even accept too readily in our society and maybe especially even our immediate circle. I think I’ve always sort of knew I had empathic qualities for a long time but I was never really understood, found a definition for, or even…

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Overcoming Yourself: Top 10 Common Yoga / Meditation Excuses

Overcoming Yourself: Top 10 Common Yoga / Meditation Excuses

A plain and simple statement: we are all human. We are prone to imperfections and we all tend to make excuses to avoid something when it makes us anxious, confused, nervous, or uncomfortable. But when it comes to yoga and meditation, excuses seem to not only common but running rampant. As a teacher and a yogi, I hear a lot of defenses from people who think they can’t or shouldn’t do yoga, some of which are founded and others not…

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The Criterion Reviews: “Carnival of Souls” (1962)

The Criterion Reviews: “Carnival of Souls” (1962)

“The world is so different in daylight. But in the dark, your fantasies get so out of hand. In the daylight, everything falls back into place again.” When I started doing Criterion Reviews, my hope was that it would not only get me to see more arthouse and artistic films on a level above the standard mainstream fair but also get me more familiar and comfortable with different genres of films that I might otherwise have never seen before. That…

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Review: Doctor Who – Big Finish Back Catalog V

Review: Doctor Who – Big Finish Back Catalog V

Once again, we take a very deep dive in to the world of Big Finish’s Doctor Who with a set of 18 (!) reviews that are too small to get a full blog post. Covering the past few months since October of last year, this time we have a fairly interesting set from the historical to the classic and coming all the way through into the Time War with the Eighth Doctor. Let’s not waste any more time and dive…

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Review: “Doctor Who: The Diary of River Song” Series 3 

Review: “Doctor Who: The Diary of River Song” Series 3 

River Song has returned. Our favorite time-travelling archaeologist hasn’t been seen for quite a while since her last excursions in “Doom Coalition IV” last year and “The Husbands of River Song” not long before. But Alex Kingston is returning to the role once again this time giving us encounters with the Fifth Doctor (played again by Peter Davison) and forays that go long back into her past with the return of Madam Kovarian from Series 6 of New Who who…

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