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ModCon02 has a long and fruitful history of loving and hating popular culture, music, movies and books. He is sitting, somewhat comfortably, in North America but his heart belongs to Sheffield.

Bye Bye, Dee Dee – Hello, Kristin Kontrol

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I’m firmly of the opinion that great pop music, no matter how fun and frothy it may sound at first, needs to have a tinge of regret coasting just beneath the surface. For instance: Van Morrison’s “Brown-Eyed Girl” is one of the happiest, danciest slabs of white boy soul-pop ever recorded; right up until the […]

‘The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl’ – So Good It’s NUTS!

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Whew! What a day in Comic Book World, huh? I mean, FIRST we have to deal with the possibility that DC Rebirth might actually be AWESOME and THEN we get sucker punched by Marvel Comics throwing their most iconic character UNDER A GODDAMN BUS? A BUS DRIVEN BY NAZIS??? This is why I stopped reading […]

Happy Towel Day 2016

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I had a nagging suspicion that I’d forgotten something important this morning. Something was hovering in the back corner of my mind, occasionally giving the polite little coughs one makes when you’re trying to catch a particularly snooty dry cleaner’s attention. There may also have been some gentle throat clearing. But I was oblivious. I […]

‘Class’ – Sign Up For The New ‘Doctor Who’ Spin-Off

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When it was announced that Doctor Who would be taking a leave of absence over the 2016 TV season, Whovians around the world gave an audible groan. No new ‘Who’ until 2017? Impossible! Unthinkable! How would we make it through the dark, ‘Who’-less days with only the prospect of one paltry Christmas Special to look […]

‘Civil War’: There Are No Teams

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It’s unfortunate that ‘Captain America: Civil War’ arrives just a month after the other big comic book “Vs” movie of the season. As it is, there are going to be (no doubt) plenty of ‘hot takes’ comparing DC’s ‘Batman V. Superman’ against Marvel’s ‘Iron Man Vs. Captain America’ – which one is better, or more […]

On Prince & Finding The Future

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I first heard Prince played on what I will forever think of as the greatest radio station ever – 105.1 WTOS, “…broadcasting from the Top Of Sugarloaf” as it’s DJs used to say. This would have been back in the early-to-mid 1980s. My parents had moved us up to the woods of Maine, and when […]

‘The Jungle Book’ – Trust In Me, You Want To See This

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‘The Jungle Book’ is a triumph. I’m not going to waste time saying this: go see it. See it in IMAX 3D or plain old 2D but go see it. See it on the big screen. See it in a big, dark cave of a theater where you can lose yourself in that thing we […]

Gojira Is Back. Big Time.

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Gojira has returned to movie screens for the first time in 12 years, and judging from the first full trailer that debuted today? He’s in a very bad mood. I’m excited, comrades. I’ve been watching Godzilla movies since I was 8 or so. I loved Gareth Edwards’ 2014 resurrection, and I recognized how intelligently it […]

Investing In Antiquity – ‘Baldur’s Gate’ & North Carolina

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ModCon noticed how the real world politics of North Carolina’s controversial HB2 bill intersect with the fantasy world of Baldur’s Gate in a very unexpected way. I confess that an awful lot of my mental space is taken up by lines from films I’ve seen over the course of my life, but one line in […]

Tacocat Makes Good On ‘Lost Time’

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I love love LOVE it when the band I don’t know I need in my life wanders up and hits me in the back of my head, saying: “Oi! ModCon! Over HERE!” Tacocat just did that – and I’m so relieved. I gave their new LP “Lost Time” a listen only because I wanted to […]

‘Batman V Superman’: Wonder Woman Wins.

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I’m gonna try and make this quick, but ‘Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice’ is an unwieldy beast of a movie and I’m not sure I can unpack my reaction to it in 600 words or less. I’ll try, but I make no promises. Spoilers ahead, but frankly, if you’ve seen the 200 trailers this […]

‘Batman Returns’ Is Better Than You Think. Seriously.

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In just a few hours time, ‘Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice’ debuts in theaters worldwide. Which has ModCon02 thinking about ‘Batman Returns’ – his favorite big screen version of the perennial comic book hero. I may have mentioned this before, but Batman was always my favorite super hero. I don’t remember when this realization […]