Ebertfest 2014: Day One remembers Roger

Ebertfest 2014: Day One remembers Roger

Ebertfest had an emotional start this year, kicking off with Steve James’ documentary Life Itself. This film, more of a memorial to Roger Ebert than a biography, examines the life and work of…

Arrow Ep. 2.20 “Seeing Red” challenges Oliver in new and devastating ways

Arrow Ep. 2.20 “Seeing Red” challenges Oliver in new and devastating ways

Nobody ever said becoming a superhero was easy: Arrow's second season journey from 'vigilante' to 'hero' has occurred in a darker, post-Undertaking Starling City, where constant reminders of who Oliver Queen used to…

Justice League United #0 Has a Great Team Dynamic and a Unique Setting

Justice League United #0 Has a Great Team Dynamic and a Unique Setting

A Great Debut for this Canada Based Superhero Team

Justice League United  #0 Written by Jeff Lemire Art by Mike McKone Colored by Marcelo Maiolo Published by DC Comics First of all, I feel a bit odd as an American is reviewing a…

The Televerse #138- Steve Prokopy’s Horror Picks 4- Riget

The Televerse #138- Steve Prokopy’s Horror Picks 4- Riget

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Ranking the Films of Stanley Kubrick

Ranking the Films of Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick Month

There are few auteurs as instantly recognizable and divisive as Stanley Kubrick, few filmmakers as idiosyncratic or groundbreaking. His work spans the entirety of life itself–sometimes in the same film–and has inspired almost…

Fargo Ep 1.02 “The Rooster Prince” a strong, philosophic second hour

Fargo Ep 1.02 “The Rooster Prince” a strong, philosophic second hour

Underneath the murder non-mystery, the Biblical parallels, and the small-town atmosphere of Fargo is a study of human behavior. Specifically, an examination of the paradox of "good and evil", exploring the inherent absurdities…

Ultimate Mary Jane Watson, Friend and Soulmate to Peter Parker

Ultimate Mary Jane Watson, Friend and Soulmate to Peter Parker

Spider-Man Month

One of the major differences between Spider-Man in the main Marvel universe and the Ultimate Marvel universe is the centrality of his relationship with Mary Jane Watson. In the mainstream universe, Peter Parker…

Comics Editor Wanted!

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Game of Thrones Podcast #23: “Breaker of Chains”

Game of Thrones Podcast #23: “Breaker of Chains”

This week we sit down to discuss “Breaker of Chains,” written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss and directed by Alex Graves. The episode does a superb job of acknowledging the big…

Joss Whedon’s New Film Available Now

Joss Whedon’s New Film Available Now

  Joss Whedon’s film In Your Eyes quietly premiered yesterday at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival in a surprise move from the increasingly famous writer-director. Written and executive-produced by Whedon, it is a timeless boy-meets-girl story,…

This is Our Design #8: “Su-zakana”

This is Our Design #8: “Su-zakana”

Co-hosts Sean Colletti and Kate Kulzick return to talk some "Su-zakana" with Libby Hill, co-host of TV on the Internet. For anyone who was worried about the return of the thousand airplanes that…

Game of Thrones, Ep. 4.03: “Breaker of Chains” heavy on rape, light on action

Game of Thrones, Ep. 4.03: “Breaker of Chains” heavy on rape, light on action

Unlike the disappointing post-Red Wedding episode last year, "Breaker of Chains" is a fluid episode, full of conspiracy, double crossing, and plenty to talk about. In dealing with the direct aftermath of King…

That Was Gay: ‘The Birdcage’

That Was Gay: ‘The Birdcage’

When Mike Nichols’s The Birdcage was released in 1996, it made $185 million worldwide, a truly astonishing fact. There are so many reasons why The Birdcage would never ever be made today, let…

The Definitive Religious Films: 10-1

The Definitive Religious Films: 10-1

And here we are. The day after Easter and we’ve reached the top of the mountain. While compiling this list, it’s become evident that true religious films just aren’t made anymore (and if…

‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ raids Wes Anderson’s vinyl collection for its rainy day playlist

‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ raids Wes Anderson’s vinyl collection for its rainy day playlist

The Grand Budapest Hotel Composed by Alexandre Desplat ABKCO Records I have no clue which country, if any, “Zubrowka” is meant to represent in The Grand Budapest Hotel. I can, however, point it out…

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The Definitive Religious Films: 10-1

The Definitive Religious Films: 10-1

And here we are. The day after Easter and we’ve reached the top of the mountain. While compiling this list, it’s become evident that true religious films just aren’t made anymore (and if…

How To Fix The Matrix Sequels Pt. 1: Reloaded

How To Fix The Matrix Sequels Pt. 1: Reloaded

Cinematic Surgery

There was a withering backlash against The Matrix Sequels that still exists to this day. Watching them will reveal that criticisms made in retrospect are symptoms of a bigger problem: Reloaded and Revolutions…

Tribeca 2014: ‘All About Ann’ profiles unlikeliest politician in Texas history

Tribeca 2014: ‘All About Ann’ profiles unlikeliest politician in Texas history

All About Ann: Governor Richards of the Lone Star State Directed by Keith Patterson and Phillip Schopper USA, 2014 The unapologetically liberal All About Ann: Governor Richards of the Lone Star State profiles…

Adapting ‘Gone Girl’

Adapting ‘Gone Girl’

Note. There are no specific spoilers for Gone Girl in this piece. Gone Girl is a powerful bullet-train of a novel that takes a little while to get you settled in to your seat,…

‘Finding Vivian Maier’ a mildly interesting but somewhat formless documentary

‘Finding Vivian Maier’ a mildly interesting but somewhat formless documentary

Finding Vivian Maier Written and directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel USA, 2013 There are two stories fighting for dominance in Finding Vivian Maier, and the battle sadly ends in a draw.…

‘Under the Skin’ a terrifying, beautiful, and utterly disturbing return from Jonathan Glazer

‘Under the Skin’ a terrifying, beautiful, and utterly disturbing return from Jonathan Glazer

Under the Skin Written by Walter Campbell and Jonathan Glazer Directed by Jonathan Glazer UK and USA, 2013 A profound sense of unease permeates and accompanies Under the Skin, Jonathan Glazer’s first film…

‘Bears’ a gorgeous but untrustworthy new documentary from Disneynature

‘Bears’ a gorgeous but untrustworthy new documentary from Disneynature

Bears Written by Alastair Fothergill and Adam Chapman Directed by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey UK and USA, 2013 During its fledgling years as a film studio, the Walt Disney Company helped revolutionize…

‘Transcendence’ a bland, low-key, and ultimately silly techno-thriller

‘Transcendence’ a bland, low-key, and ultimately silly techno-thriller

Transcendence Written by Jack Paglen Directed by Wally Pfister United Kingdom, China, and USA, 2014 It’s been more than a decade since Johnny Depp moved from being a bundle of quirky nerves in…

New on Video: ‘Sabrina’

New on Video: ‘Sabrina’

"Sabrina" is a classic of American cinema ... an exceptional example of the assured best the studio system had to offer. …

‘The Final Member’ is frustrating more often than funny

‘The Final Member’ is frustrating more often than funny

Thirty-seven years ago, if the new documentary 'The Final Member' is to be believed, an Icelandic college professor named Sigurdur Hjartarson received a bull's penis from a colleague, as a joke. Somehow this…

Through This Lens: Powell and Pressburger’s ‘Black Narcissus’

Through This Lens: Powell and Pressburger’s ‘Black Narcissus’

Black Narcissus(1947) Written and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger UK, 1947 Black Narcissus is the story of a group of nuns, led by Sister Clodagh (Deborah Kerr), who attempt to build…

Straight Is the New Queer in ‘Les garçons et Guillaume, à table!’

Straight Is the New Queer in ‘Les garçons et Guillaume, à table!’

Les garçons et Guillaume, à table! Written and directed by Guillaume Gallienne France, 2013  In the final sequence of Les garçons et Guillaume, à table!, Guillaume Gallienne (who lived, wrote, directed, and acted…

Interview with John Turturro of ‘Fading Gigolo’

Interview with John Turturro of ‘Fading Gigolo’

From the stage to the screen, the director’s chair to the writer’s room, real-life jack-of-all-trades John Turturro channels his versatility in his latest feature, Fading Gigolo. As Fioravante, a sensitive florist and handyman…

The Definitive Religious Movies: 20-11

The Definitive Religious Movies: 20-11

We move into the top 20 now, where the films become incredibly spiritual. One major component seen in many of these religious films: the overtones meant to instill a sense of mystery and…

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Arrow Ep. 2.20 “Seeing Red” challenges Oliver in new and devastating ways

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‘Crossbones’, the new NBC series with John Malkovich, releases its first trailer

‘Crossbones’, the new NBC series with John Malkovich, releases its first trailer

Over the course of a career spanning over three decades, actor John Malkovich has gained a number of fans for his work in movies such as Dangerous Liaisons, Mulholland Drive, Con Air, Burn…

Awkward., Ep 4.02: “Listen to This” explores the Sadie-Lissa relationship dynamic

Awkward., Ep 4.02: “Listen to This” explores the Sadie-Lissa relationship dynamic

Jenna finds herself silenced this week by surgery, opening up a potential new path for her as both Tamara and Matty deal with personal bombshells in an enjoyable episode.…

Supernatural, Ep. 9.19, “Alex Annie Alexis Ann” brings back a familiar Winchester ally

Supernatural, Ep. 9.19, “Alex Annie Alexis Ann” brings back a familiar Winchester ally

Vampires and Sheriff Jody Mills both make a return in this week's episode, with both the creatures and the Sheriff re-affirming why they're such strong aspects of the show in an entertaining episode.…

First Promo for ‘Supernatural’s No-Good, Very Bad Spinoff

First Promo for ‘Supernatural’s No-Good, Very Bad Spinoff

The first trailer for Supernatural: Bloodlines, the spinoff of the long-running CW hit, is out….and it is kind of spectacularly bad.  The promo is for the backdoor pilot that will air as a…

The Originals, Ep. 1.19, “An Unblinking Death” horrifically furthers the supernatural war

The Originals, Ep. 1.19, “An Unblinking Death” horrifically furthers the supernatural war

After introducing the seeds of war last week, The Originals wastes no time turning downright ugly. The brutality in "An Unblinking Death" reaches cringeworthy levels several times, and the tragedy never relents throughout…

Agents of SHIELD, Episode 1.19, “The Only Light in the Darkness” Delivers Darkness, Little Light

Agents of SHIELD, Episode 1.19, “The Only Light in the Darkness” Delivers Darkness, Little Light

“The Only Light in the Darkness” opens with Ward getting patched up by Simmons as he feeds false information to Coulson and the gang. Ward claims that he was too late to stop…

Fargo Ep 1.02 “The Rooster Prince” a strong, philosophic second hour

Fargo Ep 1.02 “The Rooster Prince” a strong, philosophic second hour

Underneath the murder non-mystery, the Biblical parallels, and the small-town atmosphere of Fargo is a study of human behavior. Specifically, an examination of the paradox of "good and evil", exploring the inherent absurdities…

Images From ‘The Simpsons’ Lego Episode “Brick Like Me”

Images From ‘The Simpsons’ Lego Episode “Brick Like Me”

The first images from the Lego episode of The Simpsons have been released online on the show’s official Facebook page ahead of the special, which has taken two years to produce and will…

The Following, 2.14, “Silence”: Interesting episode raises questions for season finale

The Following, 2.14, “Silence”: Interesting episode raises questions for season finale

“Silence” is a very good follow up to “The Reaping”, though it’s a little slower and still presents some issues, mostly with Kingston Tanner (Tom Cavanaugh) and Claire. When Ryan tells her that…

‘Falling Skies’ releases a new trailer for the upcoming fourth season

‘Falling Skies’ releases a new trailer for the upcoming fourth season

Among the major shows on TNT over the past few years has been the alien invasion drama Falling Skies. The science fiction show has picked up a number of fans over the course…

Veep, Ep 3.03: “Alicia” formally kicks off Meyer’s campaign

Veep, Ep 3.03: “Alicia” formally kicks off Meyer’s campaign

Meyer formally begins her presidential run with some unhappy concessions in an excellent episode that pushes Dan further towards a nervous breakdown.…

Believe, Ep. 1.07, “Bang and Blame” pits Bo’s protectors against each other

Believe, Ep. 1.07, “Bang and Blame” pits Bo’s protectors against each other

Following last week's focus on Tate, this week's episode shines a light on Channing's backstory, in an engaging episode that effectively balances character and plot progression.…

Game of Thrones, Ep. 4.03: “Breaker of Chains” heavy on rape, light on action

Game of Thrones, Ep. 4.03: “Breaker of Chains” heavy on rape, light on action

Unlike the disappointing post-Red Wedding episode last year, "Breaker of Chains" is a fluid episode, full of conspiracy, double crossing, and plenty to talk about. In dealing with the direct aftermath of King…

The Good Wife, Ep. 5.18, “All Tapped Out” turns another arc into filler

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Ebertfest 2014: Day One remembers Roger

Ebertfest 2014: Day One remembers Roger

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Sundance London 2014: ‘Fruitvale Station’ a candid and gripping true-life tale

Sundance London 2014: ‘Fruitvale Station’ a candid and gripping true-life tale

Fruitvale Station Written and directed by Ryan Coogler USA, 2013 One of this year’s more volatile transfers, from Utah’s shivering mountains to the corporate malls of London’s O2 centre, was Fruitvale Station, the…

Sundance London 2014: ‘Hits’ – disappointing satirical debut from David Cross

Sundance London 2014: ‘Hits’ – disappointing satirical debut from David Cross

Hits Written and directed by David Cross USA, 2014 The directorial debut of David Cross (widely known as Tobias Fünke in Arrested Development) is a satirical take on wannabe celebrities, centered on the…

Sundance London 2014: ‘The One I Love’ has a great twist, but lacks in confidence

Sundance London 2014: ‘The One I Love’ has a great twist, but lacks in confidence

The One I Love Written by Justin Lader Directed by Charlie McDowell USA, 2014 Meet Ethan (Mark Duplass) and Sophie (Elisabeth Moss), a thirty-something, artistically minded married couple a few years into their now…

Sundance London 2014: ‘They Came Together’ a funny skewering of the rom-com genre

Sundance London 2014: ‘They Came Together’ a funny skewering of the rom-com genre

They Came Together Written by Michael Showalter and David Wain Directed by David Wain USA, 2014 The course of true love never runs smoothly for everyone, but the premise of the new romantic comedy They Came…

Tribeca 2014: ‘Manos Sucias’ plunges viewers into dangerous world of Colombian drug runners

Tribeca 2014: ‘Manos Sucias’ plunges viewers into dangerous world of Colombian drug runners

Manos Sucias Directed by Josef Wladyka Colombia, 2014 It’s not hard to see why the great Spike Lee would want to get his hands on the drug-trafficking dramatic thriller Manos Sucias. It’s exceptionally…

Tribeca 2014: ‘Next Goal Wins’ follows biggest underdogs in soccer history

Tribeca 2014: ‘Next Goal Wins’ follows biggest underdogs in soccer history

Next Goal Wins Directed by Mike Brett and Steve Jamison United Kingdom, 2014 For sports fans, there’s nothing more hopeless than cheering for a perennial loser. Die-hard supporters of the Detroit Lions, Cleveland…

Tribeca 2014: ‘Traitors’ is a precisely paced, carefully crafted debut that explodes with energy and confidence

Tribeca 2014: ‘Traitors’ is a precisely paced, carefully crafted debut that explodes with energy and confidence

Traitors Written and directed by Sean Gullette Morocco, 2013 An SUV drives across the Moroccan border, packed with drugs hidden from plain view. Two girls, Malika (Chimae Ben Acha) and Amal (Soufia Issami),…

Tribeca 2014: ‘Extraterrstrial’ is neither as scary nor as funny is it ought to be

Tribeca 2014: ‘Extraterrstrial’ is neither as scary nor as funny is it ought to be

One reasonable response to the credits of the horror film 'Extraterrestrial' might be, “‘A film by The Vicious Brothers’? Are these guys for real?” Naturally, the answer is no: writer/director Colin Minihan and…

Tribeca 2014: ‘All About Ann’ profiles unlikeliest politician in Texas history

Tribeca 2014: ‘All About Ann’ profiles unlikeliest politician in Texas history

All About Ann: Governor Richards of the Lone Star State Directed by Keith Patterson and Phillip Schopper USA, 2014 The unapologetically liberal All About Ann: Governor Richards of the Lone Star State profiles…

Tribeca 2014: ‘When the Garden Was Eden’ remembers an all-time great basketball team forgotten by time

Tribeca 2014: ‘When the Garden Was Eden’ remembers an all-time great basketball team forgotten by time

When the Garden Was Eden Directed by Michael Rapaport USA, 2014 It was Game 5 of the 1970 NBA finals. A tight series between the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks might…

‘Super Duper Alice Cooper’ is a handsome-looking presentation of standard material

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If your knowledge of pop music is similar to mine, then you’ve heard of glam-rocker Alice Cooper but know almost nothing about him.…

‘Art and Craft’ writes itself with its mysterious subject

‘Art and Craft’ writes itself with its mysterious subject

Mark Landis is a con artist. The documentary about his odd life, Art and Craft, makes that abundantly clear. But Landis hasn’t spent a day in jail in his life and probably never…

‘Summer of Blood’ is the most amiable vampire movie you’ll find

‘Summer of Blood’ is the most amiable vampire movie you’ll find

New York-based artist Onur Tukel wrote, directed, edited, and stars in the Tribeca premiere 'Summer of Blood,' but don’t confuse him with Tommy Wiseau because isn’t 'The Room.' It’s a humorous, competently made,…

Tribeca 2014: ‘Time is Illmatic’ is one of the great rap documentaries

Tribeca 2014: ‘Time is Illmatic’ is one of the great rap documentaries

'Time is Illmatic' succeeds as a documentary because it has almost zero focus on such oddities of the music business. Illmatic became one of the great rap albums of all time not because…

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The Televerse #138- Steve Prokopy’s Horror Picks 4- Riget

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Game of Thrones Podcast #23: “Breaker of Chains”

Game of Thrones Podcast #23: “Breaker of Chains”

This week we sit down to discuss “Breaker of Chains,” written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss and directed by Alex Graves. The episode does a superb job of acknowledging the big…

The Televerse #138- Steve Prokopy’s Horror Picks 4- Riget

The Televerse #138- Steve Prokopy’s Horror Picks 4- Riget

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This is Our Design #8: “Su-zakana”

This is Our Design #8: “Su-zakana”

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Sketchy Episode 115 – ‘Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends’

Sketchy Episode 115 – ‘Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends’

Sketchy gets to a request that’s been a year in the waiting. It’s “Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends!” And it’s awesome. Enjoy! Listen on iTunes! Song We’ll Be Okay by Imaginary Friend Follow Sketchy…

Mousterpiece Cinema, Episode 140: ‘Son of Flubber’

Mousterpiece Cinema, Episode 140: ‘Son of Flubber’

It’s time for a first on Mousterpiece Cinema, as Josh and Gabe discuss the first-ever live-action sequel in the Disney canon of films, Son of Flubber, the presumably anticipated sequel to The Absent-Minded…

Sordid Cinema #76: ‘The Raid 2′ and ‘Oculus’

Sordid Cinema #76: ‘The Raid 2′ and ‘Oculus’

This week on Sordid Cinema (the demented all genre stepchild to our flagship podcast), we sit down to discuss Oculus, the sophomore feature form upcoming director Mike Flanagan, who graced us with his…

The Televerse #137- Queer as Folk (UK) with Ricky D

The Televerse #137- Queer as Folk (UK) with Ricky D

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Game of Thrones Podcast #22: “The Lion and the Rose”

Game of Thrones Podcast #22: “The Lion and the Rose”

This week we sit down to discuss “The Lion and the Rose,” a game changing episode that sees the death of a major player. Written by George R.R. Martin and directed by Alex…

The Televerse #137- Queer as Folk (UK) with Ricky D

The Televerse #137- Queer as Folk (UK) with Ricky D

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This is Our Design #7: “Yakimono”

This is Our Design #7: “Yakimono”

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Sketchy Episode 114 – ‘Archer (w/ Warren Doyle)’

Sketchy Episode 114 – ‘Archer (w/ Warren Doyle)’

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Mousterpiece Cinema, Episode 139: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

Mousterpiece Cinema, Episode 139: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

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The Televerse #136- FLCL with Noel Kirkpatrick

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Justice League United #0 Has a Great Team Dynamic and a Unique Setting

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AwesomeCon: Exclusive Interview with Comics Artist Brooke Allen (Lumberjanes)

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Trillium’s a Genre Smashing Love Letter to Comics’ Potential

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Regular Show Vol. 1 is a Surreal, Entertaining, and Fun Comic

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Batman Eternal #1 is a Fast Start to the New Weekly Series

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Lumberjanes #1: Kick-Butt Achievement Unlocked!

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