Opinion

Thor: Love and blunder

Of all the individual series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the one belonging to the god of thunder did not truly take flight and rise above middling-to-decent until the third entry, Taika Waititi’s excellent Thor: Ragnarok. Colorful, hilarious, and exciting, it was just the jolt that the self-proclaimed strongest Avenger[Read More…]

Reacher offers prime action in a big package

It’s sometimes hard to remember that at one point the Mission: Impossible series was more than just an excuse to watch Tom Cruise perform increasingly dangerous stunts. A classic 60s television show, it was not until the first film adaptation in 1996 that the seminal spy property would start to[Read More…]

Firestarter is a snoozefest

For every great novel in Stephen King’s expansive body of work, there are two that are less-than-memorable. For every less-than-memorable book, there are a handful of really crappy movies and TV shows based on those books. Not all adaptations can be a Misery or a Shawshank Redemption, sometimes things end[Read More…]

The importance of Pride month

June is LGBTQ+ pride month which celebrates different sexualities, gender identities and focuses on educating ourselves and others about the history of the community.  The Stonewall Riots is a crucial aspect of the LGBTQ+ community’s history, as it completely changed what rights gay and trans people have. On June 28,[Read More…]

Bobs Burgers does not disappoint

As a reviewer, I try my hardest to avoid exposure to other people’s opinions of newly released movies and TV shows before I can watch them myself, as well as any spoilers that manage to leak online. I’m the kind of guy whose opinion can be easily swayed by others[Read More…]

Library campaign begins

Keizer is moving closer to having a public library. After vigorous testimony and debate, the Kezer City Council voted to place the question of adding a fee to the city services bill on November’s general election ballot. It is cost-free to the city to put the question on the ballot[Read More…]

Moon Knight Review

Choosing to watch a movie or TV show based on a comic book property can be a daunting task these days if one isn’t, as the late legend Stan Lee would say, a “True believer.” Marvel Studio’s latest theatrical release, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, has no less than four entries[Read More…]

Doctor Strange hits the box office

Nothing dates a movie quite like bad CGI. Take Peter Jackson’s Hobbit films as an example: Released at the very beginning of the twenty-first century, their precursor, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, easily holds up under the scrutiny of eyes that are now twenty years older. The Hobbit films,[Read More…]

Support for a public library

It was heartening to see the council chambers filled at the Keizer City Council work session on April 6 by people showing their support for a public library in Keizer Yes, Keizer has a community library. It is run by volunteers with a paid, part-time manager. The Keizer Community Library,[Read More…]

Who wants to be a pirate? Ask HBO Max

Stede Bonnet (Rhys Darby, center) and others in Our Flag Means Death. We have a tendency to heavily romanticize the Golden Age of Piracy, and this is not a new phenomenon by any means.  For proof of this, look no further than Stede Bonnet, the gentleman pirate and contemporary of[Read More…]