(Welcome to The Clock Tower, where we’ll break down the goings on of the The CW network’s Arrowverse. We’ll touch on things like themes, cultural impact, lead-ins to major events, ships, and more every other week! Warning: this Clock Tower is filled with spoilers. Proceed at your own risk.)

Okay, so, no one panic. But we’re here. The weapon is built, the Harbinger has come, and Crisis on Infinite Earths is just days away. This week’s Clock Tower is going to work a little bit differently. We’re still going to talk about the respective shows, but we’re also going to do a little bit of a primer for those who are hyped to check out Crisis, but don’t have the time to commit to five full-time superhero shows! If you’re lost during these little check-ins, just scroll ‘till you hit “So, What Do I Need to Know to Watch Crisis on Infinite Earths?”

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Nightcrawlers Review

This review contains minor spoilers for the documentary Nightcrawlers.

Making a documentary about addiction or mental illness without being exploitative of the subject can be a tall order. By and large, Stephen McCoy’s Nightcrawlers manages to pull it off. While that may be because McCoy quickly becomes the subject of his own documentary, it’s worth at least acknowledging the care that he shows to the strangers he films. 

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Arrowverse Recap

(Welcome to The Clock Tower, where we’ll break down the goings on of the The CW network’s Arrowverse. We’ll touch on things like themes, cultural impact, lead-ins to major events, ships, and more every other week! Warning: this Clock Tower is filled with spoilers. Proceed at your own risk.)

The boys had their week off, so it’s the girls’ turn! The Flash and Arrow hold down the fort this week and, well, things get a little sad all around. Both shows bring it with exceptional episodes, they’re just trying to prepare us for all of the death that’s coming our way very soon. Let’s dive right in!

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The Conductor Review

This review contains mild spoilers for The Conductor

Have you ever heard of Antonia Brico? Don’t be ashamed if the answer to that question is “no”. Many people, even those with degrees in musical fields, have no idea who she is. The short answer is that Brico is one of the most exceptional modern conductors of our time. She’s the first American to graduate from the Berlin State Academy of Music, and the first woman to conduct the New York Philharmonic. The Conductor is her story. 

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Saint Frances Review

This review contains mild spoilers for Saint Frances

Thirty-four-year-old Bridget (Kelly O’Sullivan) is figuring it out as she goes. She’s single, stuck in a dead-end job, and not quite sure what she wants to do with her life. After listening to a creep at a party blather on about all the things he’s achieved by the same age, Bridget decides to take life by the horns. But not before an awkward and incredibly relatable night with her now not-boyfriend, Jace (Max Lipchitz). 

A series of quick events will result in two facts in Bridget’s life: she’s facing an unwanted pregnancy because a lot of sex-ed still fails to teach us that pulling out isn’t a viable method of birth control, and she’s about to take a new job as a nanny for a lesbian couple. What unfolds throughout the rest of Saint Frances is an exploration in just how inherently lonely being a woman can be, and how using our words with one another can actively help combat that loneliness.

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Daniel Isn't Real Review

This review contains mild spoilers for Daniel Isn’t Real

Imaginary friends have a way of getting a little dicey in media. They start out sweet. They act as a companion and build up the confidence of their hosts. Then the next thing you know they’re telling you to put glue in your sister’s shampoo and hair on your mom’s toothbrush. But what would happen if that imaginary friend took things to a more sinister place? Daniel Isn’t Real is here to answer that question. 

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Philophobia Review

The below contains minor spoilers for the film Philophobia: or the Fear of Falling in Love.

You ever feel like your love life is a horror movie? If so, you’re going to find Philophobia: or the Fear of Falling in Love extremely relatable. Tyler Cole’s directorial debut takes a swing at romantic horror and punches it right in the heart. Because honestly, what could be more terrifying than being in love? You take the most vulnerable version of yourself and you just hand it over to another human being hoping they don’t spike it like a wide receiver.  

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Arrowverse Recap

(Welcome to The Clock Tower, where we’ll break down the goings on of the The CW network’s Arrowverse. We’ll touch on things like themes, cultural impact, lead-ins to major events, ships, and more every other week! Warning: this Clock Tower is filled with spoilers. Proceed at your own risk.)

Hi Super Friends! We are literally sprinting toward Crisis on Infinite Earths at this point. For those who might not have noticed, Thanksgiving is right around the bend. Once that’s over, you’ve got a week off and then everything’s going down in ye olde Arrowverse! Here’s a look at where we sit this week. 

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Shows About Murder

(Welcome to Small-Screen Stream, a feature where we share the best television shows streaming and where you can watch them.)

It’s always a good time to do a murder, right? Wait, no. That’s wrong. I’m sorry. It’s always the perfect time to solve a murder! Nothing to see here. No skeletons or otherwise unburied body parts hiding in any closets. Everyone – I mean everything – is a-okay! 

*shifty eyes* 

How about we hop into this week’s Small Screen Stream before I get added to any more lists, yeah? 

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Arrowverse Recap

(Welcome to The Clock Tower, where we’ll break down the goings on of the The CW network’s Arrowverse. We’ll touch on things like themes, cultural impact, lead-ins to major events, ships, and more every other week! Warning: this Clock Tower is filled with spoilers. Proceed at your own risk.)

The boys are away this week, which means we get to spend a solid hunk of time talking about Batwoman and Supergirl. I know it’s hard when these mini-breaks crop up when you’re not expecting them, but it’s high time we give The World’s Finest some attention! They’ve been pushed to the side a little bit more than The Flash and Arrow not because they’re inferior shows, but because the Scarlet Speedster and his cranky friend have a lot more interactions with The Monitor and many more lead-ins on the whole Crisis situation. Let’s take a look at what else the Arrowverse had to offer this week. Read More »