Thanks for the interesting read. I wonder if there should be a bifurcation of the idea of gentrification to better capture the relatively benign gentrification that you describe compared to the malignant gentrification that is used as a tactic in wars on crime and political opposition in major cities in places like… » 8/20/14 12:41pm Yesterday 12:41pm

Yes. I think it is fun to compare adaptations to their source material, but in the end, each iteration of a tale should be allowed to stand on its own merits.

I have to admit, though, that sometimes I cannot tell if I dislike new versions of things because they really aren't that good, or because they jar and grate… » 8/18/14 8:44am Monday 8:44am

Just saw Gravity on a TV for the first time last night. I am absolutely glad that I saw it in the theater in IMAX and in 3D. If Hollywood makes more stuff that is as technically proficient and well-crafted as that, they needn't worry about losing theater going crowds. There is simply no comparison. » 7/09/14 5:57am 7/09/14 5:57am

I for one loved this account of a visit to the set of a really cool-looking movie. The tidbits about how deeply creatively engaged the director, actors, and others involved in the production were excites me. Let's face it, this movie looks freaking amazing, and we are all as excited as hell to see this many aliens,… » 7/08/14 12:24pm 7/08/14 12:24pm

Well, we didn't get the Aronofsky The Wolverine either, but we've gotten over it. Yes, the Wolverine movie they gave us was uninspired, but Aronofsky made a big-budget, post-apocalyptic, mushroom trip version of the Bible story about Noah and his ark instead. No matter which way you slice that cake, the movie he made… » 5/25/14 1:48pm 5/25/14 1:48pm

I don't know about others, but the last few episodes cinched it for me that Fitz is actually the audience surrogate (well, if the audience is me anyway). He was the heart of this whole final six episodes or so for me. His answer to Garret's question at the Hub, his EMPing of Garret last episode, and his speech to… » 5/14/14 7:53pm 5/14/14 7:53pm

It looks like they've gone back to the neck and cowl being a single piece. That made for a very stiff Batman in prior outings. The design with the separate cowl left much more room for head movement and maybe improved the believability of the character a tad.

Let's just hope Batman never has to look over his shoulder. » 5/13/14 10:08am 5/13/14 10:08am

I doubt he wants to claim the characters as his own or anything like that. It likely boils down to a tightly written contract that a novice early in the breakout phase of his career, as Moore was when we worked for DC, would read as promising, but which professional publishers knew was written much more in their own… » 5/05/14 12:49pm 5/05/14 12:49pm

It wasn't until I read this that I realized that the "Peter's father gave him his spider powers" angle is almost identical to the "Bruce Banner's father gave him his Hulk powers" angle in Ang Lee's Hulk. » 4/27/14 10:15pm 4/27/14 10:15pm

This is one of my favorite regions and periods in history! If you have a good University Library near you, you should go check out Aurel Stein's massive tome, Khotan. It documents his expedition through the Taklamakan in the early twentieth century, and is absolutely fascinating. He uncovered amazing works of art and… » 4/16/14 6:06am 4/16/14 6:06am

I've been reading io9 for about six years. I like the mix of serious science thought pieces and pop culture, sci-fi stuff. Postal Apocalypse is my new favorite entertaining waste of time. You guys do a great job curating the stuff you put here. Well done. » 4/14/14 9:40am 4/14/14 9:40am