Review: Her

The first law of Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics states, “A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.” These laws have been the basis for countless troves of science fiction, with the idea being that artificial life would need some sort of guidelines to protect it and us. ... Read More »

Five resolutions for the video game industry in 2014

No, this article has nothing to do with which developer needs to shed a few pounds or who should forgive whom. Instead, this is a look at ten changes I think the game industry needs to make to grow healthier, be fairer to consumers, or just generally rock. If you disagree, feel free to comment below, but this really isn’t ... Read More »

Lady Mary gets tough on Chicago’s streets

Michelle Dockery, in some brilliant viral marketing for Downton Abbey (or maybe just trying to remind casting directors she has range), has popped up in a new video for Funny or Die. What starts as a fairly believable new TNT cop drama, slowly bleeds across fictional universe lines into something altogether hilarious. It’s not always funny when actors poke fun ... Read More »

House of Cards: Season 2 debuts new trailer in 4K

Netflix has just released a new trailer for Season 2 of House of Cards (the American version, I should note). The trailer itself is plenty cool and looks perfectly devilish just like the first season. What’s extra cool about this particular trailer is that it’s presented in 4K resolution (well, at least TV 4K resolution, but that’s another story). Netflix ... Read More »

Review: Frozen

To successfully tweak a formula, one must first immerse oneself in it. No one could argue that Disney hasn’t been immersed in the princess formula over the years, but it took screenwriter and co-director Jennifer Lee to finally shatter that formula for good. Frozen is a loose adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s Snow Queen story. A pinch of Wicked helps ... Read More »

Review: Philomena

Philomena, likely like the woman who gives the film its name, is slight. Where you would expect the film to go big, it instead goes small. When you expect something serious, it instead turns almost slapstick. That might make it too clever a film for some—such as New York Post critic Kyle Smith. He accuses the film of being “organized ... Read More »

Top ten most popular Professor Hobo comics of 2013

This year saw some changes for Professor Hobo as a comic. For the past few years we’ve been producing three comics a week. About midway through this year we switched to about one a week. Why? Some personal changes in our lives made the upkeep of a three-times-a-week comic a bit too much to handle. Nevertheless, we still found success ... Read More »

Review: American Hustle

Former FBI supervisor John Good, who oversaw the Abscam operation that makes up the heart of American Hustle, said of the film’s plot, “If they just did it the way Abscam was done, it would be a very boring movie.” American Hustle is anything but boring, but simply not being boring is not the same as being interesting. David O. ... Read More »

Review: Saving Mr. Banks

Is the creative spark forged in the fires of passion or adversity? Saving Mr. Banks, the story of the making of Mary Poppins, tries to answer this question, and comes down somewhere between the two. It argues it was the unique passion of those at Disney coupled with the adversity-filled childhood of Poppins author P.L. Travers that gave birth to ... Read More »

Review: Nebraska

Oscar Wilde wrote, “Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them; rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.” It might be the most succinct thematic summation of Nebraska, the wonderful new film from director Alexander Payne. Payne has made a name for himself in recent years with films such as Sideways and The Descendants where the ... Read More »