Netflix’s Bright: Silver Screen Urban Fantasy

Urban Fantasy

Bright is Netflix’s newest and most controversial release. An urban fantasy/buddy cop mashup that draws tropes from both genres, that fans of either will find something entertaining. There were two points in this film where I laughed out loud in a way that I haven’t since Arnold Schwarzenegger in True Lies. Setting Bright takes place in Los Angeles, California and right away the audience is assaulted with racially charged imagery. Things like Orcs eat pigs really stick out and paint a setting that reminds me of the tensions in the media circa the ‘92 L.A. riots. This expectation is backed…

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Urban Fantasy Review – American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Urban Fantasy American Gods

American Gods is Classic Urban Fantasy I first read American Gods about seven years ago while living in a two bedroom apartment with David V. Stewart. It really appealed to me in the sort of Kerovacian style, small town travel story since at the time I was working three jobs and playing with a local band. The adventures that Mr. Wednesday and Shadow were undertaking seemed like the kind of ‘living on the fringes’ theme that I really enjoyed. Since then, American Gods has enjoyed a resurgence with a TV series on STARZ which I discussed at length with Big…

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What is Urban Fantasy?

Urban Fantasy

Urban Fantasy? What does that mean? Urban Fantasy is a sub genre of Fantasy and Science Fiction that, at it’s most basic levels, refers to classical fantasy settings such as magic, swords, and monsters, within a modern urban setting. The most famous of these settings would be Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files. Urban Fantasy becomes a haven for cross genre writers mixing elements of horror, mystery, noir (pronounced nwär), and  fantasy (both low and high). There is often elements of romance involved in the plots but this can get dicey as if the plot is focused on said romance rather than…

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Fantasy Movie Review – The Warcraft Movie SUCKS

Fantasy Warcraft Movie

If you’ve seen the Warcraft Movie I’m preaching to the choir but if you’re trying to find something to do on a Friday night let me tell you, this shouldn’t be it. I’ve been playing games in the Warcraft Universe since 1996 when Orcs and Humans was first released so I’m a pretty big fan. Some might say that’s why I didn’t like the movie, but honestly the only way the audience could have had any coherent idea of the plot, the characters, or the setting was to have lived intimately with the Warcraft universe for many years. My first…

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American Gods Live Stream with Big Fat Brian – Book and TV Adaptation

American Gods

I get to talk about the new American Gods TV show with Big Fat Brian on his YouTube channel at 2 pm Pacific Standard Time on Sunday May 7th. If you’re not aware, American Gods is based on the best selling novel of the same name sake by Neil Gaiman. The story revolves around Shadow, the otherwise no name felon who is released from prison after his family is killed. He eventually finds himself in a strange conversation with an older man, Mr. Wednesday, who turns his world upside-down. It seems like I’ve been doing a lot of talk about book…

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Review – Deep Time: Prophet of the Godseed

David V. Stewart takes us in a completely different direction with his second book Deep Time: Prophet of the Godseed. While his first Muramasa: Blooddrinker was a historical fantasy based in feudal Japan, Prophet of the Godseed tackles, what I can imagine, is a human race expanded not just beyond the stars but beyond the galaxy as well. With just enough technical Sci-Fi jargon to keep the most ardent Science Fiction reader interested while exploring the social constructions and life expectancy of a far flung human race restricted by the laws of time and relativity.   The flight of man…

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