Review: Marvel’s The Defenders

Marvel and Netflix’s The Defenders brings together the protagonists from each of its four previous shows (Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Daredevil) to form one team of super-powered heroes to defend New York City. They do this to a fairly good degree, but I find them lacking in a few areas. The show takes its time getting its main characters in the same room, but even though it takes three episodes or so, the pay-off isn’t bad. The actors have great chemistry on-screen and are at their best when they’re interacting with one another, in pairs or in the group. Every actor in the entire show does an admirable job with their character, including Sigourney Weaver as the mysterious Alexandra. However, despite the well-done […]

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Review: Luke Cage

Marvel’s Luke Cage is the latest show in Netflix’s ongoing production deal with the comic book giant. Set in Harlem, New York, Luke Cage returns to its titular protagonist (Mike Colter) who we find working as a dishwasher after the fallout of the events of one of Marvel’s other Netflix shows, Jessica Jones. He’s no ordinary man, as these stories so often go, and it’s quickly revealed that Cage has both super strength and unbreakable skin. Cage quickly runs into trouble when a weapons deal goes wrong and tensions escalate between the New York police and local gangs. At the centre of the conflict is Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes (Mahershala Ali), a crime boss seeking to fill the shoes left empty […]

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Review: Captain America: Civil War

As a shameless fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, both as a business model and a narrative matrix, I had high expectations for what could be considered the studio’s most ambitious effort to date. My concerns with the movie mostly revolved around the ideological conflict between Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) and Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), and whether the filmmakers would re-frame the latter as an unambiguous villain with convenient motivations. However, in an organic extension of the plot threads established in earlier films, specifically the two Avengers films and in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Stark’s guilt over collateral damage allows us to sympathize with him and with Rogers as well. At times it felt like an […]

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Sex Blog: Healthy relationships can be Netflix without the chill

Let’s face it, people—we like sex. Every relationship guru worth their salt claims you can’t have a healthy relationship without sex. Getting past first base seems to be a culturally expected milestone every couple must reach if they ever hope to move beyond the awkward honeymoon phase in their relationship. But if you’re ace, or asexual, maybe first base is quite alright and you are very comfortable there. A relationship to you is a source of companionship, adventure—Netflix without the chill.  But everyone in your life thinks there is something wrong with your concept of a relationship. They nonchalantly say that you just haven’t found the right person yet. You turn on your television or open a magazine and there […]

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Film Review: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Directed by Anthony Russo Distributed by Walt Disney It’s been three years since 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger, and its sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is well worth the long wait. The Winter Soldier picks up two years after the events of 2012’s The Avengers, as both movies are set in Marvel’s cinematic universe. The acting is very strong with Chris Evans returning as Steve Rogers/Captain America,  Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Sebastian Stan as the Winter Soldier, and Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon. The film begins with Rogers befriending Wilson, a war veteran and post traumatic stress disorder counsellor. He’s then summoned to lead Romanoff and a few others on a mission for S.H.I.E.L.D., […]

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