For years I’ve braced myself for a potential foreign attack on the Capitol. I never thought the invaders would be U.S. citizens.

As a child of the 9/11 era, there are a lot of headlines I thought I might eventually see. In the immediate aftermath of the attacks, I thought I might see that a plane had hit the Sears Tower in my hometown of Chicago. After Barack Obama was elected president…

Every time I see someone whining about how the two-headed beast of cancel culture and political correctness is coming for Dave Chappelle, I can't help but think of how Eddie Murphy started apologizing for his homophobic bits all the way back in 1996.

As a stand-up comedy fan, part of…

Meet the St. Louis COVID-19ers — and the oft-overlooked NBA star who’s about to make their existence a living hell.

Inspired by and paling in comparison to Jon and the other Boises at SB Nation/Secret Base, whose “Breaking Madden” and “Fumble Dimension” videos belong in gaming, sporting, and comedic Valhalla.

Prologue: The Plague

For many people in the United States, including yours truly, the coronavirus pandemic really began on March 11th, 2020. That…

The Godfather of Gaming is getting another crack at Hollywood stardom after thirty years, but as its casting choices draw fire, there might be another way for the film to succeed.

Nintendo held one of their much-vaunted digital Directs today, and its biggest announcement wasn’t about a game at all. Industry titan Shigeru Miyamoto announced that the animated Super Mario movie produced by Illumination Studios (now with the simple official title Mario) will be premiering during next year’s holiday season, alongside…

The beloved cop comedy tackled police brutality and institutional corruption head-on in its last season, but its buffoonish villain undercuts the show’s impact when it mattered the most.

In September 2012, a television show called Last Resort premiered on ABC. The premise is as simple as it is scary: after a routine mission to extract a team of Navy SEALS from a mission in Pakistan, the crew of the United States ballistic missile submarine USS Colorado (not to…

In a surprisingly enjoyable film that makes some strange choices, its characterization of its main star stands out as its most bizarre.

You know, I really hadn’t planned on Alternate Timeline Movie Reviews becoming a series, but welp, here we are.

I had originally titled this piece “A Hater’s Review of Space Jam: A New Legacy.” Like I said earlier this spring, I was dead-set on grumping my way through this movie…

After this week’s backlash to the EURO 2020 final and The Little Mermaid remake, it feels like we’re long overdue for a better class of racist asshole.

As I continue my inexorable march to the grave, something I’ve tried to grapple with is the extent to which decades of pop culture consumption has impacted my development, and trying to deprogram its more pernicious effects. Sometimes those critiques are aimed internally, such as the way that (insert-royal-flush-of-descriptors-indicating-privilege-bingo-except-I’m-Black) men…

Nothing about Marvel’s latest movie, good or bad, can eclipse the sensation of what it meant to finally watch it.

This could have been. In another (non-Sacred?) timeline, this probably would’ve been.

I would’ve written about how inescapably weird it is that the third hero ever introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe didn’t get her own movie until over a decade after her debut, and how sad it is that…

Any celebration of Derek Chauvin’s sentencing is hollow without acknowledging the woman who made it possible.

If you’ve never read the initial Minneapolis Police statement after George Floyd’s murder, you should. It’s a masterpiece in the art of spin, and in an alternate universe, that statement from the MPD is the first and final word on what happened the night George Floyd was killed.

A suspect…

The backlash to a bisexual Loki betrays how little reactionary fandoms care about source material when it no longer suits them.

One of the weirder aspects of living in the United States is seeing how prickly we can be when it comes to perceived attacks on Christian doctrines or values, and juxtaposing that against the ease with which different religions and deities get remixed in pop culture without anyone batting an…

Mickey Desruisseaux

Scribbling at the intersection of race, law, politics, and pop culture. A monster of many words trying to be a man of all of them.

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