SciFi Weekend: Agents of SHIELD; The 100; Supergirl; Person of Interest; The End of Parenthood and Parks and Recreation & The Decline of NBC; 12 Monkeys; Netflix Marvel Series; The Americans; Sleepy Hollow; The End of The Marvel Universe; The Humor Of Sarah Palin; Mellisa Raunch Sex Scene
Jan26

SciFi Weekend: Agents of SHIELD; The 100; Supergirl; Person of Interest; The End of Parenthood and Parks and Recreation & The Decline of NBC; 12 Monkeys; Netflix Marvel Series; The Americans; Sleepy Hollow; The End of The Marvel Universe; The Humor Of Sarah Palin; Mellisa Raunch Sex Scene

Agents of SHIELD has come a long way from the first season. While they always hinted there was something special about Skye, they didn’t have the payoff on this plotline until the midseason finale with her conversion to an Inhuman. This might have major ramifications for her relationship with Coulson: Executive producer Jeph Loeb says that the current Inhumans plotline has always been the plan for “Agents of SHIELD.”...

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Letters of Sacrifice
Jan23

Letters of Sacrifice

As I watched Jenn stretch her arm to insert yet one more letter at the top of her eight-foot tall work of honor, respect and compassion, I could not help but to ask myself: How many more “I regret to inform you” letters will have to be opened by the trembling hands of a father, mother, husband, wife, son or daughter… For each tightly rolled letter Jennifer Hassin, a beautiful, talented young artist from Austin,...

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Edge of Tomorrow: It could have been great
Jan21

Edge of Tomorrow: It could have been great

If you asked me who my favourite actor was, I’d probably lie and say Al Pacino or Denzel Washington. It makes me sound all black and sophisticated and all movie buffy. The truth is Mr Pacino or Mr Washington are the answers to the question, who do I think is the BEST actor. It might sound unfashionable, but Tom Cruise is probably my FAVOURITE actor and Edge of Tomorrow, or Live, Die, Repeat – or whatever it’s called – is more evidence...

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American Sniper (Movie Review)
Jan20

American Sniper (Movie Review)

4.5/5 The beauty of Clint Eastwood’s filmmaking is that despite everything that has been written about Chris Kyle, sensationally crowned “the deadliest sniper in U.S. history”, American Sniper extinguishes the smoke of mythology, smearing, heroism and murder and shines light on Chris Kyle, a desperately flawed man whose passionate and well-intentioned patriotism led him straight into the darkest pools of himself. It is neither a...

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‘American Sniper’ Blasts Records
Jan20

‘American Sniper’ Blasts Records

A record-setting weekend for one movie mortally wounded the box office prospects of another. “American Sniper” took in an estimated $105 million during its first weekend in wide release, obliterating the competition and siphoning money from other dramas screening at movie theaters across the country. “We’re looking at something that is unprecedented,” said Phil Contrino,...

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Think before you shoot, Clint Eastwood says of war: interview
Jan19
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SciFi Weekend: 12 Monkeys; Person of Interest; Arrow; The Atom; Gotham; X-Files Reboot; Hannibal; Man In The High Castle; Doctor Who; Torchwood; Selma and LBJ
Jan19

SciFi Weekend: 12 Monkeys; Person of Interest; Arrow; The Atom; Gotham; X-Files Reboot; Hannibal; Man In The High Castle; Doctor Who; Torchwood; Selma and LBJ

12 Monkeys got off to a great start this week. The second episode is also available for streaming here if you have a cable subscription but I am writing this after only having watched the pilot episode which aired Friday. It was a strange concept which actually works. It began with an idea for a time travel show named Splinters (also the name of the pilot) which was altered to be a re-imagining of the movie 12 Monkeys. It somehow did...

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Foxcatcher (Movie Review)
Jan16

Foxcatcher (Movie Review)

Foxcatcher (Movie Review) by Spencer Moldea FIVE STARS OUT OF FIVE In the five days since I initially saw it, I’ve failed to recall a single viewing experience as deeply and wholly unsettling as Foxcatcher. It is a film of unprecedented pathos delivered with the petrifying disquiet of watching a butterfly syringe hovering above a tender, swollen vein. Instead of illuminating the successes and failures of its subjects, it attempts to...

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Wolf of Wall Street: Soulless but Brilliant
Jan15

Wolf of Wall Street: Soulless but Brilliant

Article taken from my blog Chocolate-Films. I know that I sound like a clichéd film critic when I say that I love Martin Scorsese, but this man has consistently made films that have left me breathless and in awe of his talent. Only Gangs of New York has left a bitter taste in my mouth, but save from that hiccup, this man’s filmography is a miracle. The Wolf of Wall Street does nothing but solidify Scorsese’s claim to be one of the...

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SciFi Weekend: Person of Interest; The Flash and Other CW Shows; Agent Carter; Agents of SHIELD; The Returned; Mad Men; Star Talk; Neil Gaiman; Robert Crumb on Charlie Hedbo
Jan12

SciFi Weekend: Person of Interest; The Flash and Other CW Shows; Agent Carter; Agents of SHIELD; The Returned; Mad Men; Star Talk; Neil Gaiman; Robert Crumb on Charlie Hedbo

Often middle episodes of a trilogy can be weak, containing neither the set up or conclusion, but Person of Interest had no difficulty with the second part of their current trilogy. A show which deals with showing different versions of the same scenario might also be risky, but they certainly pulled that off well with If-Then-Else. Many viewers were aware that the episode might deal with the death of a character and they played with...

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Inherent Vice (Movie Review)
Jan11

Inherent Vice (Movie Review)

Inherent Vice (Movie Review) by Spencer Moleda Inherent Vice is a film of exotic taxonomy, a once-in-a-blue-moon sui generis that paves a road seen only by those who have breathed the smoke that so thickly permeates every frame. It is a pitch-perfect an adaptation of its source material in that attempting to follow either of them provokes a joyous and resounding “What?”. In reference to any other movie, that would stand as a scathing...

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What to expect in 2015
Jan07

What to expect in 2015

Good-bye and good-riddance to 2014. As we move into 2015, what can we learn from how 2014 ended and how we’re now “trending” in various areas? Here are a few items to watch: Look for signs of President Barack Obama’s REAL intentions. Not only were the results of the 2014 Congressional elections a “shellacking” for Democrats and Obama, a major paint job — with four coats of black and blue...

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SciFi Weekend: Agent Carter;Daredevil; Sleepy Hollow; The Flash; Arrow; Broadchurch; Gotham; 12 Monkeys; Penny Dreadful; The 100; Edward Herrmann; Stuart Scott
Jan05

SciFi Weekend: Agent Carter;Daredevil; Sleepy Hollow; The Flash; Arrow; Broadchurch; Gotham; 12 Monkeys; Penny Dreadful; The 100; Edward Herrmann; Stuart Scott

Agent Carter is one of the more eagerly awaited new shows to begin this winter. ABC has released another promotional video, in which Haley Atwell discusses her character’s double life. Entertainment Weekly has more information on the upcoming Daredevil series on Netflix. Here are just some of the points: 1. Daredevil will be a uniquely localized Marvel story. Unlike the globe-trotting Avengers or SHIELD gang, Matt will stick to...

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Sony Gets the Last Laugh
Jan04

Sony Gets the Last Laugh

Sony Gets the Last Laugh By Peter Funt The Sony hacking story is the gift that keeps on giving. It’s got it all: cyber crime, international intrigue, political posturing — plus a tantalizing trove of corporate and celebrity gossip. But most remarkable is how all of the above combine to make “The Interview,” a silly little film once destined for mediocre reviews and tepid grosses, a hit. Not even the best and...

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Mike Peters Cartoon: Sony and North Korea
Jan03

Mike Peters Cartoon: Sony and North Korea

OF RELATED INTEREST: –Is ‘The Interview’ a success for Sony? –‘The Interview’ lands on iTunes as Sony’s best-selling online movie ever –Sony says ‘The Interview’ has already raked in $15 million online --Obama sanctions North Korea for movie hacking Mike Peters is recognized as one of our nation’s most prominent cartoon artists for his outstanding work as both a political and...

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2014′s dubious achievements
Jan03

2014′s dubious achievements

Long ago, my honored predecessor and friend John Hartl (who’s been reviewing movies for Seattle Times readers for 48 years) began a tradition of wrapping up the movie year with a list of “Dubious Achievements.” Following once more in his footsteps, here we go, for 2014: Best performance in a lost cause: Kevin Kline in “The… graphic via...

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Report: Bill Cosby Hiring Private Investigator
Dec31

Report: Bill Cosby Hiring Private Investigator

Bill Cosby has recruited multiple private investigators to help discredit the women accusing him of sexual assault, Page Six reported Monday, citing multiple unnamed sources with knowledge of the comedian’s doings. According to the New York Post story, the crisis management strategy is already well underway: Cosby has successfully hired “at least one Glendale, Calif.-based...

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What TV Shows Are Ending In 2015?
Dec31

What TV Shows Are Ending In 2015?

Say goodbye to your favorite TV shows in 2015! Don Draper (Jon Hamm, right), Peggy Olsen (Elisabeth Moss) and more of your favorite TV characters will be concluding their roles in the New Year. AMC Saying goodbye is hard, especially when the farewell you’re bidding is to your favorite TV show. That’s why television lovers...

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Cartoons: Cagle’s Best of 2014
Dec28

Cartoons: Cagle’s Best of 2014

2014 was a great year for cartoonists. Here’s a cross section of 20 of the best by Daryl Cagle of Cagle...

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SciFi Weekend Part 2: The Best of 2014
Dec28

SciFi Weekend Part 2: The Best of 2014

Part 1 of SciFi Weekend looked at shows from the past week, including Last Christmas, this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special. Part II lists some of the top and most improved shows of the year. The point is not really to rank them so much as to highlight shows worth watching. Really, how do you compare Cosmos to Penny Dreadful? I am at a disadvantage compared to professional television critics as I have neither the professional...

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