Though he’s the hero of the Harry Potter spinoff movies, Newt Scamander is no Potter-esque hero himself. That’s not just because he’s a new lead steering a new corner of the Potter movieverse in a different direction. It’s also because he’s quite unlike the typical heroic figure—like Harry and countless other male…
There are certain films that are so obviously meant to be projected on a big screen it feels wrong to watch them for the first time at home—grandiose, SFX-heavy space sagas like Gravity only feel right splayed across an IMAX canvass. Unfriended, in its scale, has the reverse affect. It’s best watched on a laptop,…
What happens when cartoonists take on their critics in comic form? Recently, the webcomic Zen Pencils raged against online critics—and received a comic about the value of negative feedback in reply.
If you’re lagging behind in your Doctor Who viewing, you might not want to watch diminutive television critic Lindalee Rose’s review of “The Bells of Saint John” episode because, at a mere four years old, Lindalee has not yet learned the concept of SPOILER ALERT. It’s okay — she has plenty of time to hone her…
Do you care about music? Probably. Do you use the internet? Yes. If so, you probably loathe Pitchfork, perhaps the most arrogant collection of HTML ever assembled. And yet it's our most powerful critical voice—and changed music forever.
Pop quiz time! Both the iPod and iPad elicited lots of grumbling from the nerd contingency (including our own resident grumbler Adam Frucci). Can you tell which critique refers to which product?
The Internet Review of Science Fiction helped set the gold standard for discussion of SF online, but now it's folding. But the good news is, it may still help spur great science fiction criticism and writing in future.
Locus interviews Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Michael Dirda, who's been covering science fiction books for the Washington Post for 25 years. And he talks about the huge "breakout" books that he's had reservations about, but also admits that the critics are often wrong about the books that really matter:
Only weeks after its successful launch, Stargate Universe has found itself criticized (even by us) for the show's treatment of female characters. But as the criticism gets uglier, one of the show's writers couldn't help but respond in kind.
Click to viewYeah, we know, the commercials were better than the game again this year, even though it was a pretty good Super Bowl for Colts fans at least. There were a lot more HD spots in this year's game compared to last year's, too.