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Author Archives: Braden King

Your Next Blockbuster: The X-Mendables

Comic book Hollywood is all about event cinema. Synergy. Blockbusters built on the shoulders of other blockbusters.  The Avengers. Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. The Sinister Six. Justice League. Booster Gold: The Boostering. (I may have made that last one up, but we can dream.) These films are created for their built-in audiences and their easily accessible mythologies. All-Star […]


First Impressions takes a look at new and returning TV shows, just as they’re kicking off. We fill you in, spoiler-free.   Mad Men has always been a show about the small moments that reveal character. From the very first episode we were trained to expect the worst in these moments– infidelity, alcoholism, drug use, physical […]

Oscar Isaac and Inside Llewyn Davis: the benefits of being snubbed

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) is one of the best films of the year and Oscar Isaac gives an incredible performance as the title character. He is responsible for carrying the emotional weight of the film while remaining unaffected and cynical on the surface. At times both painfully funny and tragically poignant, Isaac’s performance and the direction […]

DOPE Digest Vol. 3 – Guardians of the Galaxy, Shakira, Archer, and more!

DOPE Digest is a weekly roundup of pop culture miscellany, with succinct analysis from our contributors. First Look – Guardians of the Galaxy Lineup syvo: So far, I’ve severely tempered my expectations for Marvel’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy. Although the studio appears unstoppable, I’ve had the feeling for a while now that the Marvel bubble, and the […]

DOPE Digest – Vol. 1: Spider-Man, Lana Del Rey, Wes Anderson…

So many wonderful things happen in pop culture each week, but only the best of the best make it into our weekly DOPE Digest. Syvology-approved goodness from wherever we find it. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Trailer BK: By now you’ve probably seen it, but it is definitely worth repeat viewing. The original Spider-Man movies with Sam Raimi […]

I’m Not With the Band: The 1975

The title of this article is only meant to convey the fact that I am not a licensed music journalist. I am totally ‘with’ the band, as the kids say. They rock. Last March I had the chance to see The 1975 at Mercury Lounge in downtown Manhattan. It’s a small venue with space for […]