Transformers: In defence of crap

Yee-haw!

In the last couple days, I’ve watched a slew of publications gleefully pick apart every facet of Transformers: Age of Extinction. From plot to product placement, they’re skewering Michael Bay’s newest film with an intensity usually reserved for vultures on rotting meat.

To that, I just have one question.

What the hell did you expect?

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Breaking Bad season 5: Walt has to die

Seeya, Mr. Cranston.

There’s only one thing left for Walter White. Death.

After four and half seasons and one of the most satisfying character arcs on television, Bryan Cranston‘s career-defining character has nowhere else to go. Showrunner Vince Gilligan has achieved something incredible – almost imperceptively shifting Walt from sad-sack loser to tragic hero, and then tragic hero to full-on villain.

Invariably, by the end of the midway point of season five, it hits you – you’re no longer rooting for Walt. His cause is no longer noble and his flaws have consumed him. His ego, his pride and his thirst for absolute power have made him unrelatable and unlikable – traits hardly any protagonist can sustain for an extended period.

So he has to go.

With that spirit in mind, here’s a look at some possibilities for how the giant that is Walter White might meet his end.

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Why I spent $300 to go to a Neil Gaiman book signing and didn’t get anything signed

Neil Gaiman brought “The Last Signing Tour” to Toronto Tuesday night.

On Tuesday night, I spent $300 to go to the Neil Gaiman book signing at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto. I left without getting a book signed. Continue reading

Superman/Batman movie: why we should be wary

This image shouldn’t be reassuring anyone just yet.

Yup, it’s happening – the Superman/Batman movie was announced this weekend at San Diego Comic Con.

Man of Steel director Zack Snyder is at the helm, and is co-writing the story with David S. Goyer, who is slated to write the screenplay. Henry Cavill is back as Superman, and is bringing Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane from the MOS cast. No word on Batman yet, but it won’t be Christian Bale.

I’m approaching the whole thing with some trepidation. Why?

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Orange is the New Black another triumph for Netflix

Orange is the New Black is available on Netflix right now. Go watch it.

Netflix has really nailed it with the new jailhouse drama/comedy Orange is the New Black. It’s fun, it’s scripted and paced well, and it features some fantastic acting. It’s a reverse-Cinderella story that just hammers home that Netflix’s biggest strength actually lies in original programming.

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5 reasons why The Last of Us is probably the best videogame of all time

Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us is a marvel of gameplay immersion and storytelling.

I just finished The Last of Us.

I am not one to gush unnecessarily. I don’t usually heap praise upon anything. And I don’t usually write in the first person.

But that was goddamn incredible.

Top to bottom, I don’t ever remember being immersed in a game like that – to be gripped so completely and unable to stop playing. The Last of Us is all parts infectious (ha!), poignant, brutal and beautiful.

Everyone deserves to play this game. And here’s why.

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Arrested Development season 4 review: meh

Notice how this shot is clearly green-screened? Yeah, get ready for a lot of that.

The new season of Arrested Development is a dud. Much like a former lover who saunters back into your life after an extended absence…something’s just not quite right.

Sure, there are flashes of the chemistry that initially drew you to each other. But in the end you’re left with a hollow feeling and knowing that some things are best fondly remembered rather than trying to rekindle them.
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5 reasons Man of Steel looks awesome

DC and Warner have a lot riding on June 14, when Man of Steel hits theatres. But according to the film’s third trailer, things have moved in the right direction for Superman. Have a look here:

Here’s five reasons why Man of Steel looks like it’s poised to kick ass:

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Saga dropped from iOS app for gay sex scene

The latest issue of Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga has been banned from the ComiXology app because it contains images of gay sex.

Hypocrisy, thy name is censorship.

Brian K. Vaughan (of Y: The Last Man fame) announced Tuesday that Apple has banned the latest issue of his sci-fi epic Saga from the comiXology app because it contains images of gay sex.

Vaughan had this to say about the issue:

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