The Clock Tower 1

(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, and welcome to the very first edition of The Clock Tower. (Yes, that’s in reference to exactly what you think it is.) Over the years, the Arrowverse has grown into a massive undertaking. We’ve seen The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and now Batwoman all stem from the world that Arrow started. Now, as we inch closer and closer to the huge crossover event Crisis on Infinite Earths, it’s time to start bidding farewell to the show that started it all. Read More »

Riverdale In Memoriam

Kindness feels so abstract nowadays. Everyone’s just trying to get by in a broken world. Survival instincts overload our brains and tell us to take care of ourselves and our respective herd, and to let the rest of the folks sort themselves out. No food for the homeless gentleman on the corner, someone else will take care of him. No help for the new mother with two jobs, because surely she has a family. Can’t stop for the person stranded on the side of the road with a flat, because you’re late. Or they must have AAA. Or someone else will be coming along soon. So many ifs and ors and maybes that everyone tells themselves to justify just driving on by.

But not Fred Andrews. 

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chilling adventures of sabrina season 2 trailer

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Hello, guys and ghouls. All time is spooky time, but since it’s currently socially acceptable spooky time, we’re going to talk about some of the fun, weird, and scare-filled horror shows you can stream this month. We’re ranging from “not even a little scary” to “I screamed so loud and so long I permanently traumatized my dog” levels, which means there’s something for everyone as we head into the best month of the year! 

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Shows to Watch After Hustlers

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In honor of Hustlers and it’s incredible opening weekend, I thought this week could be all about sex positivity in television. Though we’re starting to see more and more shows trudge their way into this century, it’s still rare that we see solid sex positive characters, and even rarer that they’re done well. You probably shouldn’t stream some of these at work, but definitely check them out if you’re tired of the general prudishness of media.

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Crisis on Infinite Earths Wish List

The Arrowverse has been surprising us for some time. No one had the slightest inkling that we’d be seeing Hank Henshaw (typically of the Cyborg Superman variety) reveal himself as the Martian Manhunter. Characters like Ra’s Al Ghul seemed completely off the table for shows like Arrow, right up until he wasn’t. Hellraisers thought Constantine was gone for good, until the character saw his revival on a completely new network with the Legends of Tomorrow. Even the casting of Ruby Rose as Batwoman seemed completely out of the realm of possibility. Still, the surprises keep on coming. 

The teams behind the CW Network’s DC lineup announced Crisis On Infinite Earths early for good reason. Each year they manage to top their annual crossover event, but something’s special about the upcoming Crisis. As the network prepares to see Arrow off into the sunset, it feels appropriate that things close out with a bang. 

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Avengers Endgame

One of the privileges of being involved in entertainment is watching franchises you love grow in real time. That privilege can also be extremely frustrating from time to time. All forms of media are gradually learning how to depict strong, well-rounded female characters in their properties. The Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the comics that inspire it, are no exception. 

That’s not to say that there haven’t been feminist comics in the past. Carol Danver’s Captain Marvel is by no means a new character, and Wonder Woman’s been showing the boys how it’s done since 1941. But a few female characters here and there can’t drive progress on their own.

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Ready or Not Final Girl

This post contains spoilers for Ready or Not.

At first glance, Samara Weaving’s character in Ready or Not looks like your run-of-the-mill horror movie “Final Girl.” White girl clad in a white dress who symbolizes some unattainable version of moral purity. Hell, her name’s even Grace.

Then the film consistently goes out of its way to combat the trope for the rest of its runtime.

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Despite what wildly disappointing statistics would lead you to believe, women direct movies! Exceptional ones, in fact! Even now, over halfway through the year, there are still several (but not enough) films directed by ladies heading to the big screen. Strangely enough, the majority of them are in November. I have no idea why, but I’m going to need all of you to get your butts to the theater at least five times that month. Here’s the complete rundown.

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Ray Palmer and Nora Darhk

It was just announced that Brandon Routh and Courtney Ford will be exiting Legends of Tomorrow as series regulars. The couple took to their social media to express their disappointment and understanding, both sharing remarkably kind and on-brand messages in light of the news. This kind of thing happens in television, especially in shows like Legends. Though, even with that in mind, the departure of these two particular characters is a tough pill to swallow. 

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Hi nerds! I’m happy to announce that I’ll be taking over the  Small-Screen Stream column from here on out. We’ve had a bit of a hiatus, which means the world of streaming has gotten even bigger since we last visited it over here at /Film! Giants like Apple and Disney have joined the fray, while DC’s already basically come and gone with their streaming offerings.

We’ll be kicking off the resurrection with exceptional superhero fare streaming through the internet tubes for a couple of reasons. The first being that nothing says “can’t stay dead” like the superhero genre. The second? Well, I do have a brand to maintain. Just keep in mind that this isn’t a ranking. Think of it more as a collection of fun, dark, and inspiring shows for those days where you just need a hero. 

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