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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SciFi Weekend: 12 Monkeys; Arrow; The Atom; Spider-Man Joins MCU; X-Men; The Black Widow Project; A Female Thor; Orphan Black; Constantine; How Not To Get Away With Murder; The Americans; The Casual Vacancy; The IT Crowd In Space
Feb16

SciFi Weekend: 12 Monkeys; Arrow; The Atom; Spider-Man Joins MCU; X-Men; The Black Widow Project; A Female Thor; Orphan Black; Constantine; How Not To Get Away With Murder; The Americans; The Casual Vacancy; The IT Crowd In Space

I had fears that 12 Monkeys could settle on a simple formula of searching for the Night Room and the Army of the 12 Monkeys in our present, and a battle for the facility in the future. I no longer have such concerns about the direction of the show after this week’s episode, The Night Room. Major spoilers ahead for those who might be a week behind. The location of the Night Room was found (mostly off screen last week) and this...

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Fifty Shades of Grey (Movie Review)
Feb13

Fifty Shades of Grey (Movie Review)

2/5 “Is there anything wrong with a bit of fun, effervescent trash?” I asked myself before walking into Fifty Shades of Grey. Not in the least, at least not to as hopeless a sap as myself. When it comes to populist romantic fiction, I find myself the lone champion of what is frankly an unjustly maligned genre (at the risk of relinquishing my credibility as a cineast, I even find a great deal to enjoy in the Twilight films, a franchise...

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House of Cards: Our House is better than your House
Feb12

House of Cards: Our House is better than your House

I, like millions around the globe I suppose, love House of Cards. I think it is deliciously over the top and Kevin Spacey proves, once again, that he is the premier actor when it comes to playing villains. A work colleague put me up on the fact that House of Cards is based on a British series of the same name. That same colleague also warned me that the show was badly dated. For a reason I can’t remember, I listened to the fella...

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Racing Extinction (Movie Review)
Feb11

Racing Extinction (Movie Review)

In the opening act of Racing Extinction, director Louis Psihoyos confesses that nothing is worse for the environment than making a movie about it, a heavy fact for someone as committed to awareness as he. If you’re going to succumb to a necessary evil, do it with the poignancy and desperate grandiosity of Psihoyos. With Racing Extinction, he and his team have created a loud, richly felt cry for the future of every species with which...

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Jon Stewart Leaving The Daily Show
Feb11

Jon Stewart Leaving The Daily Show

Comedy Central has confirmed reports that Jon Stewart will be leaving The Daily Show by the end of the year when his contract expires. As with most major news these days, the mainstream media was bypassed, and this was released on Twitter: Thank you Jon. pic.twitter.com/yPdxjnkuLw — Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) February 10, 2015 There is no news as to what Stewart plans to do next. Considering he plans to be free prior to the first...

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John Oliver Exposes Pharmaceutical Marketing
Feb10

John Oliver Exposes Pharmaceutical Marketing

John Oliver and Last Week Tonight returned on HBO last weekend with a biting expose of the pharmaceutical industry (video above). Like Jon Stewart, Oliver’s comedy version of the news is far more revealing than what is seen on most actual news reports. Last Week Tonight also has the advantage of spending more time on a single story than either Jon Stewart or actual news shows. Oliver pointed how how Americans are addicted to...

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‘Better Call Saul’ sparks excitement in Albuquerque
Feb10

‘Better Call Saul’ sparks excitement in Albuquerque

Cast members Michael McKean (L-R), Michael Mando, Rhea Seehorn, Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks and Patrick Fabian pose at the premiere of the television series “Better Call Saul” at the Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, California in this file photo from January 29, 2015. [Photo/Agencies] ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico – New Mexico’s largest city is...

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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Review: The denizens of Bikini Bottom finally succumb to inanity
Feb09

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Review: The denizens of Bikini Bottom finally succumb to inanity

SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Rating: Director: Nick Powell Writing Credit: Stephen Hillenburg, Paul Tibbitt Cast: Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke Rated: PG; mild action and rude humor Genre: Kids Duration: 93 minutes Release date: Feb 06, 2015 Synopsis: SpongeBob’s second moving outing. SpongeBob SquarePants is a butter-yellow kitchen sponge with buck teeth and big,...

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SciFi Weekend: The 100; Agents of SHIELD; Guardians of the Galaxy; Jessica Jones; Casting News and Rumors; Gotham; The Psychology of Batman; Whether The Doctor Had Sex With Queen Elizabeth I; Better Call Saul; Fresh Off The Boat; American Sniper; Boyhood; Bob Dylan
Feb08

SciFi Weekend: The 100; Agents of SHIELD; Guardians of the Galaxy; Jessica Jones; Casting News and Rumors; Gotham; The Psychology of Batman; Whether The Doctor Had Sex With Queen Elizabeth I; Better Call Saul; Fresh Off The Boat; American Sniper; Boyhood; Bob Dylan

The 100 continues to be one of the best science fiction series on television today. Last week’s episode, Coupe de Grace, had power struggles both among the Sky People and at Mount Weather as on this show no group is without internal conflict. Ever since the parents landed on earth there has been a question as to whether they would take control, or whether their kids who are far more familiar with the situation would continue to...

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Marvel Comics debuting all-female Avengers team
Feb07

Marvel Comics debuting all-female Avengers team

The ladies are taking the lead in one of Marvel Comics’ top comic book properties, with an all-female Avengers team called “A-Force” debuting as the company intensifies efforts to bring more girls and women into its male-dominated fan base. Not only will the book feature some of Marvel’s well-known female heroes, it will be written...

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Daredevil Teaser Trailer Released
Feb05

Daredevil Teaser Trailer Released

Netflix and Marvel have released the above teaser trailer for Daredevil, the first Marvel show to appear on Netflix, which will be released on April 10. Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight, who previously worked on Spartacus, discussed the trailer and the choice of Charlie Cox of Boardwalk Empire for the title role: We had all loved Charlie on Boardwalk Empire. We knew that he had the charm and the charisma but also could go to a darker...

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Why NPR Is a National Treasure
Feb05

Why NPR Is a National Treasure

We’re in between pledge seasons at NPR right now, but I hope you’ll indulge me for a moment while I sing the praises of one of our national treasures: National Public Radio. I am a young man, so you’ll forgive me for counting NPR among my most recently acquired tastes. As a boy, I caught snatches of NPR’s programming while I was in the car with my parents, or would sometimes hear it playing quietly from an old stereo in a corner of a...

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How grand is the Grand Budapest Hotel?
Feb04

How grand is the Grand Budapest Hotel?

I’ve had a funny relationship with Wes Anderson. I’ve always thought he was a talented film-maker but something always stopped me from falling head over heels. Truthfully… I never loved Rushmore – I know a lot of people who will look at me differently for saying that, but bar it’s soundtrack, I ‘meh’-ed it. The only film that hit its spot for me was Fantastic Mr Fox – a film that so utterly surprised and enchanted me that I smile...

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TMV @ Sundance – Stockholm, Pennsylvania
Feb02

TMV @ Sundance – Stockholm, Pennsylvania

2/5 As a filmgoer, amidst the bilge and what occasionally seems like malicious excruciation, the movies that cause the most heartache are not the total disasters but the failures that so clearly should have hit the ground running. Nothing is more painful than wanting to embrace a film more than it allows me to, and rarely are there clearer cases of this than Stockholm, Pennsylvania. It is a film with a top-notch cast and a premise...

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SciFi Weekend: Parenthood Finale; The Marvel Cinematic Universe; The 100; Arrow; Allegiance; The Americans
Feb02

SciFi Weekend: Parenthood Finale; The Marvel Cinematic Universe; The 100; Arrow; Allegiance; The Americans

Parenthood concluded with one of the best television finales of all time. This was an easier show to conclude than some others. It did not have the problem of shows such as The X-Files and Lost, which became so burdened by its mythology that it was impossible for the finale to be satisfying without giving up hope that it would really make sense. The Parenthood finale remained true to the stories to date, not tempted to throw in a...

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The Entertainment Industry Enabled Cosby (Guest Voice)
Jan31

The Entertainment Industry Enabled Cosby (Guest Voice)

The Entertainment Industry Enabled Cosby By Tina Dupuy Hollywood is rumored to be a liberal bastion. Why exactly? Because a couple of actors raised some money for Obama? Hollywood as a business is far from liberal. Its core value isn’t progress; its core value is profit. If “Fifty Shades of Grey” can make money, it’s produced. If “The Passion of the Christ” can make money, it’s produced....

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Ghostbusters Returns To Theaters In 2016 With All Female Cast
Jan31

Ghostbusters Returns To Theaters In 2016 With All Female Cast

Who you gonna call??? Ghostbusters!!! As the saying goes: there’s nothing new under the sun because all of the old movies from my younger days are coming back left and right. I don’t know if I’ve been under a rock or not, but I had no idea that Ghostbusters was returning to theaters soon. According...

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