Author: Mike Brown

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Where can I get more ‘Game of Thrones?’

If you’re anything like me, you’re wondering what to do yourself until we get more Game of Thrones!  Here are some ideas.   Books Just ask any Harry Potter fan, the books offer a completely different, far richer world than the movies. By now, viewers have noticed that in George R.R. Martin’s universe, there are […]


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‘Mr. Mercedes’ Book Review

If you’re looking for a fun beach read that features a glut of stunted sexuality and shocking violence, Mr. Mercedes is the book for you. I enjoyed it very much even though it’s the sort of book that the thrill fades quickly after the last word is read, sort of like The Da Vinci Code. […]


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White Walker

White Walkers: Closing the Circle on ‘Game of Thrones’

Since Game of Thrones Season 7 is upon us — the second to the last season! — I assume that secrets are going to start pouring out of Westeros fast. I’ve made a lot of my theories known already, but I thought it might be fun to go back to the very first moments of […]


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‘Fortitude’ Review: Arctic Science Fiction

Fortitude is a very good, very weird show. I watched the first episode on Amazon Prime thinking that it was going to be like the movie Whiteout, a conventional mystery played out in an unconventional arctic setting.  Sure, the crime was super violent, but all the better. I kept thinking, the motive for this has […]


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Six Four Book Review

‘Six Four’ Book Review

Six Four is more of an interesting look into Japanese culture than a gripping thriller. Reading a well-conceived mystery that takes place in another culture can make a great book into a sensation. When I started reading Six Four, by Hideo Yokoyoma, I was reminded of some of those great books, Gorky Park set in the Soviet […]


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‘The River at Night’ by Erica Ferencik – Review

The River at Night by Erica Ferencik was surprisingly good as an adventure book. This might be sexist of me, but I always expect books about a group of women to have more substance than say, The Expendables II. But The River at Night is just a fun, thrill-ride with a bunch of normal people with […]


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‘Riverdale’ Review

I’m loving the CW’s Riverdale, a darker take on the Archie comics gang that has been around since the ’40s. We’re only a few episodes in, but so far it’s some salacious fun with a good message about acceptance. For instance, several of the characters have been forced to really look into the mirror, assess […]


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‘The Exorcist!’ – UPDATED

Fox has brought a version of The Exorcist to the air and it’s fun, as much fun as a show can be that kills a cute tween in the first episode. (This is a two-part post. The first part was posted on October 5, 2016. The updated review is posted below.) One Episode in: The […]


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Why Do We Need ‘Kong: Skull Island’ Movie?

1933’s King Kong is one of my favorite movies. When I was young, under five-years-old, I saw it for the first time on a flickering black and white TV on a Saturday afternoon, and became obsessed with dinosaurs, adventures, and especially King Kong himself. That’s right, my first love was a giant ape. The first movie […]


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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story..L to R: Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), and Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen)..Ph: Giles Keyte..© 2016 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

5 ‘Rogue One’ Revelations

I offer the revelations that I’m still thinking about from the excellent Rogue One. I finally saw Rogue One and loved it. I’m not really a guy who can give you a reasonable review since I was predisposed to love it and all things Star Wars. (Here’s my review of Star Wars Pringles! “They’re awesome!”) […]


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Bail Organa in ‘Rogue One’

I finally saw Rogue One! Jimmy Smits as Bail Organa, as predicted, was awesome! (This was a two-part post. The following was posted after Rogue One was released.) Update, Smitizens! I have seen the movie! Okay, Bail Organa didn’t say, “This party is over! I’m going back to Alderaan where nothing can hurt me!” But he […]


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Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life isn't the wrap-up show you're expecting.

‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ Binge Review

How is the Netflix Gilmore Girls revival? Mild Spoilers on the premise, nothing that isn’t revealed in the first ten minutes. If you haven’t watched the original Gilmore Girls TV show, do so. It’s a fun family drama with snappy dialogue and realistic relationships set across a fairy tale land called Stars Hollow where people […]


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Why is Dr. Evazan in ‘Rogue One?’

A Rogue One theory about Dr. Evazan, a minor character, who appeared in the original Star Wars movies. File this theory under “longshot,” but I kept asking myself, Why did Dr. Evazan appear in Rogue One? Could it have been just a cute cameo for the hardcore fans or did it actually serve some kind of purpose? […]


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Good As Gone

‘Good as Gone’ Review

Good as Gone by Douglas Corleone is the story of a reluctant child re-acquirer named Simon Fisk. Simon rescues children who have been abducted by a parent. But in this case, he is manipulated by the French police into locating an American girl named Lindsay Sorkin. He follows her trail all over Europe, Germany, Poland, […]


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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 7 Review

Warning: Spoilers ahead for The Waking Dead Season 7. I love The Walking Dead. My Media Medusa co-worker, Louis Martin, has said that the violence in The Walking Dead premiere didn’t bother him because he doesn’t think of The Walking Dead characters as anything but shallow caricatures. Bullshit, Martin! Those people are my friends! Glenn was there in […]


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Should You Watch ‘This Is Us’?

Did you like Parenthood? Gilmore Girls? Give This is Us on NBC a chance. Did you hate Friday Night Lights? Hart of Dixie? Give This Is Us a pass. There are some very mild spoilers in the upcoming review because it’s impossible to talk about the show without revealing the characters relationship, which is the surprise […]


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The Crow Girl Book Review

‘The Crow Girl’ Book Review

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book like The Crow Girl. I can’t decide if it was a work of high avant garde, wherein our expectations are subverted (no satisfying ending, double and triple tricks from unreliable narrators, perhaps making a comment on the overuse of unreliable narrators?). Or if it’s just a poorly written […]


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Some Completely Unreasonable Expectations for ‘Rogue One’

You know what I most vividly remember about seeing the first Star Wars movie?  That it didn’t seem like a regular movie, but rather like some kind of strange, special event.  I was 7.  I didn’t know anything about hype or watch the news about the blockbuster phenomena.  Hell, I’m not even sure how long the […]


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‘Gotham’ Season 2 DVD Review

I love Gotham. I think it’s a lot of fun and I think that the crazier it gets, the better. Here’s my Gotham Season 2 DVD review. In a lot of movies, TV and comics, there is an idea that Batman created his own Rogues gallery by dressing up as a bat and lurking in the […]


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'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child'

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Review

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a story about Harry’s son Albus, whom we met at the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. (He was the little guy who was afraid of being sorted into Slytherin instead of Gryffindor at Hogwarts.) Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be spread across two plays, that will […]


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‘Preacher’ TV Show – UPDATED with More Review!

The Preacher TV show is yet another comic book adaptation, this time on AMC, which is already home of the excellent The Walking Dead. The Preacher comic was ground breaking in a number of ways, most notably that is was the the most successful in bringing that Quentin Tarantino-esque combination of true depth, stupid movie tropes, and […]


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What is the ‘Justice Society of America?’

What is going on with the CW’s super heroes and the Justice Society of America? SPOILERS FOR DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW AND THE FLASH FINALES If you watched DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, as I did, you were treated to a who’s who of minor DC Comics characters: Firestorm, Jonah Hex, even Sergeant Rock showed up […]


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Review of 'In a Dark, Dark Wood'

‘In a Dark, Dark Wood’ Review

In a Dark, Dark Wood is a mystery/thriller that revolves around two friends, Nora and Clare, who haven’t seen or spoken to each other for ten years, since high school. They get together for Clare’s hen party (what the Brits call a bachelorette party). Nora doesn’t realize that Clare is marrying Nora’s high school sweetheart, until […]


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Tyrion Lannister Dragon Theory

In which I put together a Tyrion Lannister dragon theory, based on Game of Thrones episodes and books. MASSIVE SPOILERS FOR SEASON 1 AND BOOK 1 Have you ever noticed on Game of Thrones, books or TV show, that there are three dragons? Everything I know about how stories goes tells me that, yes, even […]


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‘Batman v Superman’ Pros and Cons

Let’s take a look at Batman v Superman pros and cons. First off, I loved Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as a fun popcorn movie. It’s to movies what “Call me Maybe” was to music. Looking for something deep? Look thou elsewhere. As I have admitted many times, I’m an easy mark for comic book movies. For […]


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What does the ‘Batman v Superman’ Dream Sequence Mean?

What the hell was going on in that Batman v Superman dream sequence? Some Background Stan Lee has made it his business to let the general public know that he created the Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil, basically the entire Marvel stable of heroes (except Wolverine and the Guardians of the Galaxy). […]


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Cut Cable TV to Save Money? Pros and Cons

As prices rise, and options dwindle, many TV lovers are considering whether or not to cut cable TV. Will it save money in the long run? Let’s explore. P.S. At the bottom we’ve got bullet points and a list of the best streaming services out there. To Cut the Cord? Or Not? You know what […]


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‘Supergirl’ / ‘Parks and Recreation’ Crossover

Look! There on the TV! It’s a Perd! It’s redundancy! It’s Perd Hapley! Supergirl is a new show about a young woman, Kara Danvers, an illegal alien, who is coming into her own. Once a bumbling assistant who couldn’t even get a hot coffee right, now she’s gaining confidence by punching aliens until they lose consciousness! […]


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Reviews of Medieval ‘Bastard Executioner,’ ‘Last Kingdom’

One of these TV shows is awesome and the other makes me yawn just thinking about it. After Game of Thrones raised the bar to dramatic new levels for shows with armor and swords, I was psyched for The Bastard Executioner with its cool name and engaging promos. After actually seeing an episode, I was very disappointed […]


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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “4,722 Hours”: Who Was That?

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “4,722 Hours” prompted me to write the geekiest article I’ve ever written. Sure, sure. I know. I write about geeky things, from Daredevil reviews, to my thoughts on the latest Batman comics. Sometimes I even talk about why Elvis was the greatest living being in the history of civilization. So this isn’t […]


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Thoughts on ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’

Last May and June, I saw some of the ads for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and I thought it looked like a lot of fun. It’s not. They don’t tell you that Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a musical in the ads. It is a musical. Like, a classic, over-the-top, hammy musical with the tone of, say, the ’80s Annie movie […]


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‘Public Morals’ Mingles Cops and Criminals

I’m going to start this review of Public Morals by praising Brian Dennehy and his Irish accent. I had actually thought that Dennehy, an actor who appeared in some very fine movies over the years, had stopped making movies (or what have you) after The Big Year. Mr. Dennehy brings a lot of presence to Public […]


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Luckiest Girl Alive

‘Luckiest Girl Alive’ Book Review

Luckiest Girl Alive, by Jessica Knoll, is a smart, funny, surprising well-written book that keeps you reading and guessing until the very end. Maybe “guessing” is the wrong word. Although the narrative twists and turns, every surprise is earned and reasonable. The easy, lived-in, realistic voice of the narrator marks Knoll as the kind of […]


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Finders Keepers

‘Finders Keepers’ Review

I have been trying to figure out what I like so much about Stephen King for over thirty years. Obviously, the guy spins some page-turners, but what makes them so readable? There’s a lot going on — believable characters in unbelievable situations, for instance, make the unbelievable situations a lot more believable — but ultimately […]


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‘Game of Thrones’ Check-in and Predictions

Sometimes I wonder if my wife– the beautiful Kelly– knows how much I love Game of Thrones, how much I think about it, trying to predict what will happen, lamenting the lost characters, accidentally quoting Syrio Forel. So how has this season been? Awesome. Does anyone else feel like Dany became a thousand times more […]


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‘The Affair’ Review: Questions, No Answers

The problem might be that because of Mad Men, Walking Dead, and Game of Thrones, I’m starting to expect more from a show. The current excellence of so many individual TV programs has made me expect more from the medium of television itself. And that’s my problem, not the show’s. But the bottom line, although […]


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Throwing Rocks at the Return of ‘Twin Peaks’

Twin Peaks is a fondly remembered 1990 show that asked the question, who killed princess Laura Palmer and did her secret, tawdry life play into her shocking small town murder? Does the Log Lady know something? Agent Cooper is having dreams about a little person in a red room! Why is Donna sneaking around with […]


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Lacey Flint Series Review

Lacey Flint is a London-based cop who is more apt to follow her gut than procedure. But it’s not quite what you think. Unlike Dirty Harry, she’s not going to abandon women or girls who are being hurt, and damn anyone who says anything different. In the Lacey Flint series, violence against women abounds, not as […]


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‘Dear Daughter’ Book Review: So-so Writing, But Good Plot

Mysteries can be difficult to review properly because you don’t want to give the ending away.  So I’m just going to walk away from anything having to do with who the murderer is in this book. Sometimes, when you read an author, you can instantly tell who someone’s influences are.  When I read John Barth, […]


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Poking the ‘Godzilla’ Muse

I honestly don’t know why I love Godzilla so much.  From any kind of logical standpoint, it’s completely preposterous (an animal that large would actually suffocate very easily and her legs would break).  That was the mistake the, ugh, Matthew Broderick movie made, trying to make the monster stuff logical: feeding her fish; applying lizard […]


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‘True Detective’ Review

True Detective is a hard-boiled detective show on HBO. Set in 1995 and 2012, the show keeps things interesting with constantly switching perspectives, although 1995 Louisiana seems a lot like the ’70s. The show stars Matthew McConaughey as Rust Cohle and Woody Harrelson as Martin Hart, both Louisiana state police detectives. Both actors fully inhabit […]


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‘Thor: The Dark World’ Review

With Marvel’s reputation for making hit movies firmly secured, Thor: The Dark World premiered to a built-in audience. While Thor still isn’t as popular as Iron Man or Captain America, The Dark World saw a higher box office draw than Thor, jumping from $181 million to $206 million in domestic gross. I think the key word that the […]


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‘Jack Taylor’ Review

Our Jack Taylor review compares the TV series to the popular book series. One great thing about Netflix is that occasionally some great foreign show that no one has ever heard of seems to come out of nowhere. One such show is Jack Taylor, which Netflix recommended to me because I watch a lot of British […]


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The Cuckoo's Calling Review

‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ Review

My The Cuckoo’s Calling review examines the success of the novel once the true author was revealed, as well as a comparison to her other serious work. In case you missed it, The Cuckoo’s Calling was written by J.K. Rowling, under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. MILD SPOILERS. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED. I was relieved to love The Cuckoo’s […]


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‘Spider-Man’ Spin-Off Ideas

Who will star in The Amazing Spider-Man spin-off? There’s a fun interview with Amazing Spider-Man director, Marc Webb over on CraveOnline where he teases a possible Spider-Man spin-off starring a character from the same universe. But who could it be? Movies So Far First a little Spider-Man background. I enjoyed The Amazing Spider-Man, even though it wasn’t […]


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