Archive for October, 2017



The thing that strikes you from the very first scene of “Jigsaw” is how different the movie seems from the previous “Saw” films.  It looks and feels different.  Simply put, tonally, something is rotten in the state of Sawville.  While this was clearly done by design, at first, it bothered me.  Having a few days though to think about it, it makes perfect sense based on the story that we’re being given.


The basic plot is pretty simple, as more Jigsaw-like killings begin occurring 10 years after the death of John Kramer.  While no one really believes Kramer is the actual killer, certain evidence begins to mount that makes everyone involved in investigating the crimes have some doubt.  On this level, the movie reminds me of “Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning.”  Not just because the movie exists to create a new heir to the previously established killer, but because breadcrumbs are laid out purposely to make you doubt what logic tells you can’t be true. 


Following the great “Saw” tradition, we get a few twists along the way even before the grand reveal of how and why everything happened.  There are some hints regarding the actual timeline of the game we’re watching play out and that question, along with many others, get answered when John Kramer does finally take center stage.  I think the original title of this movie, which was “Saw:Legacy”, was more appropriate for this film, though “Becoming Jigsaw” also would have worked for several reasons.  One of those reasons being while we knew why John Kramer became Jigsaw, HOW exactly he became Jigsaw wasn’t really delved into before.  This movie begins to answer that question, and of course, by doing so, raises new ones.


The one thing that somewhat disappointed me was that the marketing for the movie played up the concept of the so-called “Cult of Jigsaw” being important to the plot, and other than one Jigsaw groupie, that marketing tactic or ploy didn’t really have much to do with the final product.


I would give “Jigsaw” 3.5/5 stars.


Mark J. Marble


The link to my original audio review is available here.


LanternCast Episode #299 – Green Lantern: The New Corps!

Chad and Mark turn back the hands of time to explore Kyle Rayner’s ill-fated attempt to relaunch the Green Lantern Corps in this two part Prestige Format story from 1999!  We also discuss Ragman #1 and the latest “The Last Jedi” trailer!  All that and listener feedback too!  Episode #300 is almost upon us!  Be sure to email us your thoughts or chime in on our voice-mail at 708-LANTERN!

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LanternCast Episode #298 – Green Lanterns #31!

“Out of Time” mercifully comes to a close with this penultimate issue in the Sam Humphries era!  How will one or both Volthooms be stopped? Don’t get your expectations too high and listen along to find out!  Episode #300 is almost upon us! Be sure to email us your thoughts or chime in on our voice-mail at 708-LANTERN!

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LanternCast Episode #297 – Darryl Banks and Ron Marz Reunited!

Ron Marz and Darryl Banks appear TOGETHER on the show for the first time to discuss this week’s release of GREEN LANTERN: KYLE RAYNER VOL. 1!  This great collection contains GREEN LANTERN #48-57, NEW TITANS #116-117 and R.E.B.E.L.S. #1!  Mark and Chad are here too, but this episode’s really all about Kyle Rayner and his co-creators!  The countdown to Episode #300 continues here! Be sure to email us your thoughts or chime in on our voice-mail at 708-LANTERN!

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