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All posts by Mathew 'JJ' Simoes

Mathew ‘JJ’ Simoes is a human being (?) whose existence is dedicated to movies, TV shows, comic books and other associated items of entertainment. He’s a writer for this fine web establishment and studies at a Canadian University. His dreams are typically in comic book format.

‘Daredevil’ Season 3 Advanced Review

*This spoiler-free review is based on the first six episodes of Marvel’s Daredevil* To be upfront about Daredevil’s third season, it made me happy. It has pacing issues and not every character’s motivations are particularly compelling, but it brings back aspects of the series’ first season that were lacking in its sophomore year. Taking place after ...

‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ Film Review

Bad Times at the El Royale is about a group of individuals, each hiding something under a veil of deception, who meet at the titular Hotel. A singer, a Priest, a Southern criminal and a vacuum salesman are among the sketchy individuals who gravitate to the El Royale. In a story taking place on both ...

‘Wonder Woman Earth One: Volume 2’ Graphic Novel Review

DC’s Earth One line has released the long-awaited second installment of Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette’s Wonder Woman Earth One Trilogy. How Was it? Volume Two does not quite measure up to Morrison’s other character defining work, but makes for an enjoyable read. A quick summary: Following the events of Volume One, Diana finds herself ...

Marvel Studios Working on a Dark Avengers Film

According to That Hashtag Show, Marvel Studios is developing a film based on the Dark Avengers comic book series by Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato Jr. This source states that a draft of the script has been finished for the studio, although there is no information regarding the writer. This is one of several films ...

Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #310 Review

This issue marks the end of writer Chip Zdarsky’s time on the series, and the appropriately titled ‘Finale’ is the perfect cap for his run. ‘Finale’ is about Spider-Man encountering a budding young criminal and trying to help him become something better. Interspersed between the events of that story is interviews with different people about ...

Return of Wolverine #1 Review

After eighteen issues of prelude comics, a dozen ‘post-credits scenes’ and a presence in Marvel’s latest cosmic event – Wolverine is truly back. The road to this book was unnecessarily long and complex, but this issue should make it a worth all the time and effort, right? Wrong. Opening in a dark cave with an ...

‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Film Review | TIFF 2018

There are times when a film comes along that surprises me, not just in content but by presentation. How it plays with form in an attempt to craft something unique in an industry that makes billions from giving audiences what is expected of them. I am immediately skeptical of the thing when credits role, but ...

Rumor: Loki and Scarlet Witch To Get Their own Shows on Disney Play

With the exception of Netflix corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it seemed like the franchise had given up on expanding into serialized storytelling. Marvel’s Most Wanted was never picked up to series, Agent Carter was canceled after two seasons and other television series concepts have gone nowhere in their development. All is, however, not lost. ...

‘Widows’ Film Review | TIFF 2018

Steve McQueen’s first feature in 5 years, co-written with Gillian Flynn, is a tense and psychologically complex heist thriller. A first for the acclaimed director, Widows balances elements the genre with a complex, in depth look at its cast of characters. Widows has action, violence and harrowing twists – but all at the core of ...

‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ Film Review | TIFF 2018

Ever since the 2016 Presidential elections the media, at least in America, has made Donald Trump priority number one. Everything he says, does and tweets is reported with nothing slipping through the cracks. Even his diet was covered extensively and later parodied in YouTube videos. But with all those news reports, editorial pieces and videos… ...

‘The Nun’ Film Review

The Nun, a prequel to the Conjuring series of films, is about a priest who, with the aid of a young nun, visit a castle to battle the evil that lurks within. The duo, along with a guide, find terror lurking inside and they must confront a demon that typically takes the form of an ...

Bully Wars #1 Review

Bullies are a kid’s worst nightmare… beyond horrible teachers, school work and cleaning your messes. They make your life miserable and turn what should be a rewarding experience (an education) feel like the eighth circle of hell.  The classic set up is the bully and the victim, with the victim working to overcome the bully. ...

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