Daniel Dockery

Daniel Dockery is a writer for sites like Crunchyroll, Polygon, Vulture, WIRED and Paste Magazine. He specializes in writing about pop culture, particularly film history, TV, anime, and anything that happens to have a Batman or Pikachu in it.

He earned a Bachelors of Science in Electronic Media and Broadcasting from Appalachian State University in 2011.

His debut nonfiction book, Monster Kids: How Pokemon Taught A Generation To Catch Them All, covers the rise and fall of “Pokemania” in the late 90s/early 00s and is available from Running Press wherever books are sold.

Opinion

'Scavengers Reign’s Greatest Strength Has Nothing to Do With Its Main Characters

Survival of the fittest.

ByDaniel Dockery
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A Surprisingly Smart Horror Prequel Just Hit Hulu

Go your own way.

ByDaniel Dockery
Retrospective

In Hindsight, Here’s When the MonsterVerse Jumped the Shark

This 2019 Godzilla epic set the franchise on a divisive path to New Empire.

ByDaniel Dockery
Retrospective

How the Most Underrated Indiana Jones Movie Changed the Course of Hollywood History

“Okey dokey, Dr. Jones.”

ByDaniel Dockery
Retrospective

Satoshi Kon’s Most Underrated Work Was Also His Most Prescient

Watch out for the Lil’ Slugger.

ByDaniel Dockery
Retrospective

With a Remake On Its Way, It’s Time To Look Back at an Iconic ‘90s Superhero Movie

The Crow is a goth masterpiece the likes of which we rarely see.

ByDaniel Dockery
Unlimited Power

22 Years Ago, a Beloved Star Wars Anti-Hero Finally Got an Origin Story

“Please, Mr. Fett was my father.”

ByDaniel Dockery
Retrospective

20 Years Ago, Red Dead Redemption’s Weird First Draft Almost Sank The Whole Series

Fourteen years ago this month, Red Dead Redemption, Rockstar Games found its next open world mega franchise.

ByDaniel Dockery
Retrospective

Pokémon Stadium Was Ahead of Its Time

But 25 years later, Nintendo’s most ambitious Pokémon game can feel like a husk of its former self.

ByDaniel Dockery
Retrospective

'Seven Samurai' Is More Than Just A Classic — It Changed Cinema Forever

70 years later, Akira Kurosawa’s classic is unbeatable.

ByDaniel Dockery
Retrospective

The Most Underrated Friday the 13th Sequel Is The Pinnacle of the ‘80s Slasher

The intended final chapter of Jason Voorhees’ story embodied the best of the franchise.

ByDaniel Dockery
Retrospective

One Underrated Thriller Stood Out From The 2000s Superhero Boom

Hellboy was always a dark horse in the superhero genre — but 20 years later, it’s a bonafide classic.

ByDaniel Dockery
Retrospective

John Carpenter’s First Sci-Fi Movie Proved What He Was Capable Of

Carpenter’s “Spaced Out Odyssey” is primitive, but all the building blocks of a legendary career are here.

ByDaniel Dockery
Retrospective

Gaming’s Definitive Fantasy RPG Was Almost Something Totally Different

There were role-playing aspects, but they took a backseat to the furious fighting.

ByDaniel Dockery
Retrospective

The Original Far Cry Game Is Even Weirder Than You Remember

Far Cry opts mostly for pure chaos. And it mostly works.

ByDaniel Dockery
Retrospective

The Most Overlooked Zelda Game Was Actually Just Ahead of Its Time

Four swords are better than one.

ByDaniel Dockery
News

It’s Impossible to Imagine Modern Pop Culture Without Akira Toriyama

The hope of the anime universe.

ByDaniel Dockery
Retrospective

Twenty Years Ago, This Short Metroid Game Was An Instant Classic

Metroid: Zero Mission might be short, but it’s packed with thrills.

ByDaniel Dockery
Retrospective

Decades Ago, an Infamous Martial Arts Flick Changed Movie and Video Game History

Does the name Street Fighter sound familiar?

ByDaniel Dockery
Retrospective

Who Doesn’t Love a Mysterious Pokémon Island?

The Sevii Islands are still a shining example of this bizarre franchise tradition.

ByDaniel Dockery