Bottled Life: Let’s talk about water
Jul23

Bottled Life: Let’s talk about water

I am not a fan of issue documentaries – the preachiness of the genre is a real turn off for me and I always feel like the director is trying to radicalise me. That is why films like the Inconvenient Truth and any Michael Moore film are just not for me, despite their worthwhile subject matters. … Thanks to my increasingly intimate relationship with Netflix, I have come across an issue-documentary which I can strongly get behind....

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Ana Veciana-Suarez: Updated comic Archie’s death a cultural barometer
Jul23

Ana Veciana-Suarez: Updated comic Archie’s death a cultural barometer

Ana Veciana-Suarez: Updated comic Archie’s death a cultural...

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SciFi Weekend: Arrow; The Flash; Agents of SHIELD; Gotham; Doctor Who; Hannibal; Daredevil; True Blood; The Leftovers; The Last Ship; 24; Penny Dreadful
Jul21

SciFi Weekend: Arrow; The Flash; Agents of SHIELD; Gotham; Doctor Who; Hannibal; Daredevil; True Blood; The Leftovers; The Last Ship; 24; Penny Dreadful

TV Guide interviewed Andrew Kreisberg about the third season of Arrow: Can Arrow‘s consummate hero have it all? The third season of The CW series will dare to answer that question when Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) attempts to have his cake and eat it too — in this case, that means being a superhero that the residents of Starling City actually respect while also trying to have a personal life. It’s harder than it sounds —...

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Happy 45th Moon Day
Jul20

Happy 45th Moon Day

Sometimes known as “A Secret History of Neil Armstrong” Quincy Jones presents platinum copies of “Fly Me to the Moon”) to Neil Armstrong (right) and Senator John Glenn, September 24, 2008. From the 40th Anniversary of the Moon Landing …. A Secret History of Neil Armstrong July 20, 2009 Finally, somebody’s paying attention to the Moon landing, 40 years ago, today. Over the past several years of...

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James Garner: Comedic Macho Man
Jul20

James Garner: Comedic Macho Man

James Garner has died at 86.  He was a rare hybrid – a comedic macho/tough guy. Actor James Garner, best known for his prime-time television roles as the wisecracking frontier gambler on “Maverick” and as an ex-con turned private eye on “The Rockford Files,” has died at age 86, the celebrity news website TMZ reported on Sunday. Garner, who built a six-decade career playing ruggedly charming, good-natured...

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Conspiracy: No laughing matter
Jul18

Conspiracy: No laughing matter

I think it’s fair to say that I am not the most tactful person in the world – people who know me can attest to that. I am lover of very dark humour and I’m partial to very inappropriate jokes. For years now I have been involved in a friendly tit-for-tat with a Jewish friend of mine about which people have it worse – and by people, I mean the Blacks and the Jews (there is a comedy series in there somewhere). And for years we have been...

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Bill Maher On Republican Zombie Lies About Obamacare
Jul14

Bill Maher On Republican Zombie Lies About Obamacare

Bill Maher had a rant against all those Republican lies about Obamacare which, despite being repeatedly debunked, are still out there–neither dead or alive, like Dick Cheney. The same is true about all those other lies which Republicans tell, since facts do not matter to them. Video above and transcript (via Daily Kos) follows: And finally, New Rule: Now that there’s been an uproar over all the neocons who lied about the...

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Archie Takes A Bullet To Save Gay Friend
Jul14

Archie Takes A Bullet To Save Gay Friend

Archie Takes A Bullet To Save Gay...

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SciFi Weekend: Extant, The Last Ship, and other Summer Shows; Community and other Genre Comedy; Arrow; Doctor Who Leaks; Harry Potter; Time Travel Lover
Jul13

SciFi Weekend: Extant, The Last Ship, and other Summer Shows; Community and other Genre Comedy; Arrow; Doctor Who Leaks; Harry Potter; Time Travel Lover

We were spoiled by the high quality of television shows airing in late spring, including Orphan Black, Continuum, Hannibal, Fargo, and Game of Thrones. The summer season does not look like it will come close, but at least we have come a long way from the days in which we were limited to the major networks which only aired reruns. So far Extant appears to be the most promising. Sure, being a network science fiction show it is bound to...

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Emmy Awards 2014: The full list of nominees in the major categories
Jul11
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Death of Bachelorette contestant Eric Hill spurs reality to break out on reality TV show
Jul09

Death of Bachelorette contestant Eric Hill spurs reality to break out on reality TV show

Death of Bachelorette contestant Eric Hill spurs reality to break out on reality TV...

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“Mad Men” Era Swagger Epitomized: Sinatra and Count Basie do “Pennies from Heaven” (VIDEO)
Jul07

“Mad Men” Era Swagger Epitomized: Sinatra and Count Basie do “Pennies from Heaven” (VIDEO)

I’ve met a lot of young people who are fascinated with the era they see depicted on “Mad Men.” No song better epitomizes the era than this swaggering 1960s version of Pennies from Heaven by singing legend Frank Sinatra with jazz legend Count Basie and his Orchestra. The genesis was a “historical” album Sinatra did in 1962 with Basie. The two had long admired each other and that was their first team-up...

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SciFi Weekend: The Leftovers; Under The Dome; Community; Arrow; Better Call Saul
Jul06

SciFi Weekend: The Leftovers; Under The Dome; Community; Arrow; Better Call Saul

Two shows based upon novels about a change to a small town premiered, The Leftovers and the second season of Under the Dome. Both have aspects which are bound to be frustrating to viewers who prefer to see hard science fiction. The Leftovers, based on Tom Perotta’ novel, is about a town in upstate New York three years after a rapture-like event in which two percent of the world’s population suddenly disappeared. Perotta is...

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A Generational Slap In The Face
Jul04

A Generational Slap In The Face

Better Than The Twinkie Defense The Cobb County Crucible on HLN The View From The Virgin Islands By John McCarthy TMV Columnist If the O.J. Simpson trial was the crime of the last century, then the “hot car death” of Cooper Harris is the “alleged” murder of the new century. H.L. Mencken called the kidnapping and murder trial of the Lindbergh baby’s killer in 1932 “the biggest story since the Resurrection.” The trial of 33-year-old...

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The Best Opening Scene
Jul01

The Best Opening Scene

I am willing to debate, swap, change and listen to any suggestions on other film scenes for spots ten to two, but I simply won’t have any of it when it comes to my number one. Inglorious Basterds isn’t even close to being Quentin Tarantino’s best film but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a very good film. Basterds’ main issue is that it is very unbalanced. There are a number of flashes of true brilliance across this film, but there are also...

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The Best Opening Movie Scenes (part 4)
Jun30

The Best Opening Movie Scenes (part 4)

3 The Sound of Music (1965) Things are usually iconic for a reason, and in the case of The Sound of Music it is because it is simply a sublime film. I don’t think I have ever met a human being who has never seen this film, and it is almost impossible not to sing along with Maria after she has stopped twirling. My thing with this opening is that it is just so beautifully shot that I refuse to believe it was done on location – it is...

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Cartoon: Dylan lyrics sold
Jun30

Cartoon: Dylan lyrics sold

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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SciFi Weekend: Continuum; Arrow; The Flash; Doctor Who; Community; Masters of Sex
Jun28

SciFi Weekend: Continuum; Arrow; The Flash; Doctor Who; Community; Masters of Sex

Last Minute, the third season finale of Continuum, was an even bigger game-changer than the previous finales. I thought the season dragged for a while after they set up the situation of two Alec’s, but the addition of Brad and the changes in the time line added considerably to the second half of the season. The final three episodes certainly made up for any slow moments earlier in the season. At the start of the episode, the...

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The best opening movie scenes (Part 3)
Jun27

The best opening movie scenes (Part 3)

5 The Godfather (1972) My heart wanted to put this at number one but my head won over. Anyone who knows me personally understands what The Godfather means to me. This is my favourite film of all time, and further more, I think it is as close to perfection as any movie will ever manage to get. It is emotionally and aesthetically extraodinary and just thinking about what that film manages to achieve in the space of 3 hours is...

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US Advances To Next Round Of World Cup
Jun26

US Advances To Next Round Of World Cup

The United States will advance to the “knockout round” (final 16) of the World Cup. Few commentators expected this before the games began as the US was in what many called the “group of death”. Odds are that the US will play Belgium and while I am no expert most of those who are suggest that we have a very good chance of beating them, though that does not make it...

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