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‘Infinity Train’ season four is the end of the line

“Infinity Train” was an animated anthology series created by Owen Dennis, which aired on Cartoon Network. The show revolved around an otherworldly train of endless cars that unsuspecting people get teleported to when they are… Read More...

‘Kill 6 Billion Demons’ is worldbuilding insanity

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. An unassuming commoner is revealed to be the chosen one, teams up with a ragtag group of misfits and embarks on an epic journey, saving the kidnapped… Read More...

‘Black Messiah’ unveils the FBI’s government sanctioned violence

The phrase “Black Messiah” is used only once in Shaka King’s “Judas and the Black Messiah,” but its use carries a great significance. The messiah in question is Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya), the chairman of… Read More...

‘Wonder Woman 84:’ The perils of trying when you shouldn’t

There is a certain liberation to not having any standards, cataclysmic failure freeing you from all expectations. The DC Extended Universe (DCEU) had this freedom. Like a skyscraper built on sand, their whole experiment has… Read More...

‘The Trial of the Chicago 7:’ how to make history worthless

In 1968, ten thousand demonstrators gathered in Chicago during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in order to protest the Vietnam War. This counterculture gathering eventually culminated in the police and National Guard attacking the crowds… Read More...

‘Bly Manor’ may not be scary, but it is lovely nonetheless

Netflix’s “The Haunting of Bly Manor” was cursed from its very conception. The show is the second entry in the “Haunting” anthology, preceded by the now-legendary “Haunting of Hill House.” “Hill House” was a heart-stopping… Read More...

‘Ratched’ is wretched

Ryan Murphy fascinates me. As someone who appreciates well-crafted narratives and gripping characters, his propensity to drive his premises into meandering self indulgence and cartoonish irreverence should nauseate me. From a writing standpoint he elicits… Read More...

The underrated frozen hellscape that is AMC’s “The Terror”

Lost in the glow of “Better Call Saul” and “Breaking Bad,” AMC’s forgotten child, “The Terror,” remains one of the most underrated pieces of television ever ignored on the small screen. The 10 episode anthology… Read More...

Hoot recommends: quarantine edition

“Beastars” Okay, so hear me out. Paru Itagaki’s comedy manga “Beastars” about a bunch of anthropomorphic animals going to high school might look like furry fluff fodder—and it kind of is—but the series is a… Read More...

‘The Gentlemen’ review: unique, but not special

A unique storytelling gimmick is a tricky thing for a film to rely on, as it can either enhance the impact and appeal of a narrative, or it can distract and drain it. While not… Read More...
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