Roger Moore Under Fire for Saying Idris Elba Not ‘English-English’ to Play James Bond
Mar28

Roger Moore Under Fire for Saying Idris Elba Not ‘English-English’ to Play James Bond

Sir Roger Moore is in a race row after he allegedly told French magazine Paris Match that Idris Elba is not “English English” enough to play James Bond. Does he realize that George Lazenby, Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan and Timothy Dalton aren’t “English-English” either? Moore said his remarks were “lost in translation.” After being slammed on Twitter, he said, “An interview I gave to...

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The Arts: Phyllis Diller’s Parting Advice to Comedy Freelance Writer
Mar28

The Arts: Phyllis Diller’s Parting Advice to Comedy Freelance Writer

Phyllis Diller’s Parting Advice for Freelances by Linda Perret I had the privilege of spending an afternoon with Phyllis Diller a few short weeks before she passed. Phyllis was amazing. Not only because of her talent, which truly was astounding, but also because of her generosity and willingness to share her advice with others. And on this occasion, she didn’t let me down. We had a lovely visit but had to cut it short because I...

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The albums that changed my life
Mar25

The albums that changed my life

So this is taken from my blog Chocolate Films… but it is about the albums that have changed my life. It’s going to be a weekly thing, so if you fancy that type of guff be sure to check the blog every Thursday. Peace. … 10 – What’s the Story (Morning Glory) (Oasis) For the better part of 10 years, I have had to defend this album to close friends and family. I believe hand on heart that it is the most important British...

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SciFi Weekend: Arrow; The Flash; The Americans; Community; Two SHIELDs; Victorian Sherlock; X-Files Closer To Returning; Sleepy Hollow Renewed; True Detective Hires Porn Stars
Mar23

SciFi Weekend: Arrow; The Flash; The Americans; Community; Two SHIELDs; Victorian Sherlock; X-Files Closer To Returning; Sleepy Hollow Renewed; True Detective Hires Porn Stars

Arrow and The Flash returned on CW (now the leading genre network), along with the premiere of iZombie. We don’t know all that much more about where they are heading with Ra’s al Ghul‘s offer to Oliver other than it will be difficult to refuse. The big surprise of the episode was of the apparent appearance of Shado in the flashback. If this is really her, maybe she dies again because of Oliver, giving Slade a better...

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Zombeavers (Movie Review)
Mar22

Zombeavers (Movie Review)

2/5 The treasured English film critic Mark Kermode often says that people who pick and choose the movies they want to see are not proper film critics. I say this with no great pleasure— if I am not a film critic after seeing a movie like Zombeavers, it’s time to throw in the towel and set sail for more radiant horizons. I’m almost at a loss as to how to begin. It’s a movie about a group of pulchritudinous young women getting stuck in...

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Published: Reality 101 — Political Self Defense for Progressives
Mar21

Published: Reality 101 — Political Self Defense for Progressives

Published: Reality 101 — Political Self Defense for Progressives I’ve been away while finishing the details of this book. But, in the face of the most idiotic headline of all time, it’s time to return to the fray: Republicans Learn to Play Hardball Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal It has been my intention to collect the best of ten years’ “vorpal sword” columns into a series of ebooks....

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Our Military Photographers at Work
Mar21

Our Military Photographers at Work

Military photographers do a great job of capturing scenes of “war and peace.” While for some it may be difficult to see any beauty or artistry in images of soldiers, tanks, fighter aircraft or aircraft carriers, sometimes it is difficult not to acknowledge a certain aestheticism. Here are some photographs that may fit in that category. Enjoy! The Coast Guard Cutter Bear and The Coast Guard Cutter Tampa sit moored to the pier during a...

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Netflix Pick – Only God Forgives (Movie Review)
Mar19

Netflix Pick – Only God Forgives (Movie Review)

NOTE: This review was written in 2013 at the time of the film’s release. In light of a recent documentary, ‘My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn’, about the production of the film, I found it relevant to shine new light on its derided and largely forgotten subject matter. In retrospect, I would have written this review slightly differently – certain revisions made, particular flourishes clipped – but I remain...

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Gone Girl – Terrifying
Mar15

Gone Girl – Terrifying

It’s difficult to write this piece about Gone Girl simply because I don’t know where to start. A good place would be to state that Gone Girl is a good film. I feel like this gets lost in all of the debate about this film – no one seems to really give it the credit it deserves. It is a good film made by a criminally overlooked director, whose career is remarkably consistent. When I think about who my favourite working directors...

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Review
Mar12

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Review

It’s good to be back at TMV — and I want to thank Joe for inviting me back after such a long absence. I’m still deciding how I want to ease back into this community. So far now, I’ll do something a little different for me — a TV review of Netflix’s new series, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The most amazing thing about Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is how fresh it feels. This is particularly astounding when...

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SciFi Weekend: Orphan Black; DC vs. Marvel Movies; SHIELD; Why You Should Watch The Americans; Big Bang Theory On Leonard Nimoy; The Last Man On Earth; The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt; House of Cards and Hillary Clinton
Mar09

SciFi Weekend: Orphan Black; DC vs. Marvel Movies; SHIELD; Why You Should Watch The Americans; Big Bang Theory On Leonard Nimoy; The Last Man On Earth; The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt; House of Cards and Hillary Clinton

The Orphan Black Season 3 trailer is above. Following is the official season synopsis for the third season, which starts April 18: No sooner has Sarah caught her breath after a stealthy escape from DYAD and the ruthless clone Rachel (Maslany), she is called upon to face the crazed, captive Castor clone, Rudy (Millen). But it is the discovery of Helena’s disappearance that spurs Sarah into action, rallying her sisters in the quest to...

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The Last Man On Earth Is The First Original Network Sitcom In A Long Time
Mar02

The Last Man On Earth Is The First Original Network Sitcom In A Long Time

The Last Man on Earth is something rare, a single cam sitcom which feels entirely original. Nothing is entirely unique on television. You’re The Worst was in many ways unique, but did so by showing a romantic comedy in a new way. There are plenty of post-apocalyptic television science fiction shows, but none done as comedy as Will Forte has. This post has spoilers regarding the events of the first two episodes. Being a comedy,...

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SciFi Weekend: Leonard Nimoy, Who Lived Long And Prospered 1931-2015; Parks and Recreation Finale; Sleepy Hollow; Agent Carter; How To Get Away With Murder; Broadchurch; Arrow; 12 Monkeys
Mar01

SciFi Weekend: Leonard Nimoy, Who Lived Long And Prospered 1931-2015; Parks and Recreation Finale; Sleepy Hollow; Agent Carter; How To Get Away With Murder; Broadchurch; Arrow; 12 Monkeys

News of the death of Leonard Nimoy dominated the news and blogosphere since Friday. I had previous posts on Friday and Saturday, including tweets from those who worked with him, those at NASA who were inspired by him, and even from President Obama. Obama also issued this longer statement: Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy. Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences,...

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Maps to the Stars (Movie Review)
Mar01

Maps to the Stars (Movie Review)

5/5 There is skewering Hollywood and then there is squeezing it by the neck, disemboweling it with a straight razor and gathering ‘round to watch ants engulf the giblets as the host writhes in pain on the Walk of Fame. I’m often quite suspicious of cynicism, but here, screenwriter Bruce Wagner assimilates it so totally that it rises beyond simplistic pessimism and alchemizes into a toxic, forlorn ecstasy. It left me shaking in my seat...

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Inhabitants Of A Class M Planet Say Goodbye To Leonard Nimoy
Feb28

Inhabitants Of A Class M Planet Say Goodbye To Leonard Nimoy

A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP — Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) February 23, 2015 Above is the final tweet posted by Leonard Nimoy, who died yesterday. His twitter feed remains open, retweeting messages of condolence. Among those with tweets in memory of Nimoy were Barack Obama, President of the United States and William Shatner, aka Captain James T. Kirk of the Starship...

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Spock Is Dead
Feb27

Spock Is Dead

Mr. Spock died in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. His death and funeral scenes are in the video above. Leonard Nimoy, after having lived long and prospered, died earlier today. Sadly, there is no Genesis Planet as in Star Trek III: The Search For Spock. More at Liberal...

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CRONENBERG WEEK: Videodrome (1983)
Feb26

CRONENBERG WEEK: Videodrome (1983)

4.5/5 Some directors, such as Peter Weir, have disguised their sensibility behind a repertoire of work varied enough to be encapsulated by any film contained within it. Others develop an approach to filmmaking so distinctive that a single work bubbles to the surface as their ne plus ultra, a film with which their name becomes synonymous. For Martin Scorsese, that film is Taxi Driver. For Francis Ford Coppola, that film is The...

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CRONENBERG WEEK: The Brood (1979)
Feb23

CRONENBERG WEEK: The Brood (1979)

4/5 Horror has a unique power to slip under the skin and borough into the least charted, most vulnerable cracks of our identities. This quality isn’t isolated to horror, of course, but there’s something about the immediacy of fear that shines past the layers and speaks to our innermost animal. The best horror isn’t frightening because limbs are lopped and throats are slashed; it’s frightening because beneath the bombast lurks...

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SciFi Weekend: The Americans; The Flash; Arrow; Agents of SHIELD; Doctor Who (The Doctor Dates Cinderella); 12 Monkeys; Big Bang Theory; Two And A Half Men Finale; Mad Men In The 70’s; Orphan Black; Kristen Bell; If Ayn Rand Wrote Harry Potter; Birdman Parody; Politics And The Oscars
Feb23

SciFi Weekend: The Americans; The Flash; Arrow; Agents of SHIELD; Doctor Who (The Doctor Dates Cinderella); 12 Monkeys; Big Bang Theory; Two And A Half Men Finale; Mad Men In The 70’s; Orphan Black; Kristen Bell; If Ayn Rand Wrote Harry Potter; Birdman Parody; Politics And The Oscars

One of the things which makes The Americans one of the top television shows now on is the manner in which several story lines involving different characters are carried out so well. Whether or not the different story lines become intertwined, one storyline often has lessons for another. On Dimebag, while Elizabeth and Phillip fought over whether Paige should become a spy, neither seemed to have thought that if Paige had been trained...

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CRONENBERG WEEK: Stereo (1969) / Crimes of the Future (1970) (Movie Reviews)
Feb21

CRONENBERG WEEK: Stereo (1969) / Crimes of the Future (1970) (Movie Reviews)

  3.5/5 The word “Cronenbergian” is a word that has trickled its way up through the decades and into cinematic lexicon, a descriptor for works that connect the academic to the intimate and the clinical to the visceral. At 71, Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg remains one of the most challenging and transgressive iconoclasts in the history of motion pictures. He begins where most directors end, giving flesh, blood and literal...

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