Author: Vernieda Vergara

The Villainess Delivers Bloody Action and an Overstuffed Plot

The Villainess (Aknyeo) Byung-gil Jung (director), Jung-hun Park (cinematographer), Sun-mi Heo (editor) Ok-bin Kim, Ha-kyun Shin, Jun Sung, Seo-hyeong Kim (cast) Released September 8, 2017 (USA), September 12, 2017 (Vancouver) Lethal women given a second lease on life figure prominently in the action thriller genre. Sometimes the women play major supporting roles in these films. Other times, as demonstrated by the iconic La Femme Nikita, they form the basis of the entire story. As suggested by its similarly structured heroine-referring English-language title, The Villainess falls into the second category. Given the pervasiveness of the avenging female assassin in cinema, The Villainess has...

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The Dead Game of Thrones: Who Do You Want to See Die?

Game of Thrones is a show that we both love and hate. We got together to examine what keeps us watching and who we most want to see die next. What keeps you watching Game of Thrones? Wendy Browne: Masochism. But seriously. I am and have always been invested in these characters from both book and show and I do want to see what happens after all this time. I don’t believe GRRM actually had that figured out because his writing lost all focus, but I am curious to see what conclusions the HBO writers come to. I have...

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7 Manga Characters with Heterochromia

As a resident of the United States, I will be the first person to say we love our national theme days. July alone has the ever-popular National Ice Cream Day and National Hot Dog Day– but the themes aren’t just confined to food! National U.S. Postage Stamp Day and National Father-Daughter Take a Walk Day also happen this month. Guess what falls on today? National Differently Colored Eyes Day. And to celebrate this obscure theme, here is a list of manga characters with heterochromia. 1. Count D (Pet Shop of Horrors) A classic character with two differently colored eyes...

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Previously On Comics: Manga News from Anime Expo

Hello readers! It’s a holiday weekend for many people but regardless of whether that is the case for you, I hope the past few days have been treating you well. While you’re gearing up for the week ahead, why don’t we catch up on some headlines from the world of comics? This past weekend was Anime Expo, so let’s take a peek at some exciting manga news! Yen Press continues its annual tradition of unveiling an impressively long list of licenses at Anime Expo. Among the titles intended to hit print are farming manga Silver Spoon by Hiromu Arakawa...

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What Is Going On in Attack on Titan?

Say what you like, but Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan stirs a lot of emotion in people. Sometimes it’s love for the giant-killing action and cool aesthetic. Other times it’s frustration for the uneven pacing. And, for another group of people, it’s bewilderment. I currently fall into the third category. On a superficial level, I accept that Attack on Titan is one of those ubiquitous series that defines a cohort of manga and anime fans the way Naruto and Evangelion did. But on a personal level, I prefer approaching Isayama’s work from the cultural and sociological side. What external...

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