Author: T.J. Reid

Netflix puts a new spin on infamous Count Dracula in new mini-series

“Listen to them, the children of the night. What music they make!” Although legends of the bloodsucking, darkness-loving undead have existed since time immemorial everywhere from Ancient Greece to Mesopotamia, it was Bram Stoker who codified the myth of the vampire in his classic 1897 novel Dracula. This landmark piece of[Read More…]

Pitched as a comedy Upload has bigger ideas

Robbie Amell, left, and Owen Daniels in Upload, a new comedy set in a digital afterlife. For me, Wednesday means a couple of different things–one, that new comic books have hit the shelves, and two, that a new episode of Office Ladies has been released on the internet. This exceptional podcast, hosted[Read More…]

Tiger King: Yes, it’s bonkers

If you have been lucky enough to read one of my reviews in this newspaper before, you might have noticed a trend: thus far I have only reviewed movies and television shows that are original creations of streaming platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu. With so many options[Read More…]

Netflix’s Locke & Key is a serviceable adaptation

On April 24, Disney will release Black Widow, the twenty-fourth movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Two months later, Wonder Woman 1984, the ninth movie in the DC Extended Universe, will hit theaters courtesy of Warner Bros. Although such film and TV adaptations of comic book properties have been around almost as[Read More…]

New documentary may say more about viewer than killer

Ted Bundy with longtime girlfriend Elizabeth Kendall, one of the primary voices in a new Amazon Prime documentary series. What is it about true crime stories that captivate audiences in this day of TV streaming and podcasts? Why are we, as consumers of media, drawn to macabre tales of brutality[Read More…]

Netflix’s Bojack gives new meaning to animation for adults

I don’t know how the myth that cartoons are only meant for the viewing of younger audiences initially came about, but it is an unfair misconception that various creators, animated television shows and animated movies have had to fight against for generations.  Although efforts on behalf of Pixar, The Simpsons, anime[Read More…]

Mandalorian is worth your time, Disney+ is meh overall

Pedro Pascal plays the titular Mandolorian. Gina Carano plays ally Cara Dune. “Hi, nice to meet you. I like Star Wars!” While this is not exactly how I introduce myself in social situations, ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you that it’s actually not that far off. I’m a simple[Read More…]