Fantasia 2015: Sion Sono’s ‘Tag’ is a lean chase film about the nature of reality

Fantasia 2015: Sion Sono’s ‘Tag’ is a lean chase film about the nature of reality

Fantasia Film Festival 2015

Delivering a brisk and fast-paced action comedy about the nature of reality, Sion Sono’s Tag stands out as among the best films so far this year. Sion Sono has never been a stranger…

Sion Sono’s ‘Love & Peace’ – a genre-busting scene-to-scene surplus of cinematic lunacy

Sion Sono’s ‘Love & Peace’ – a genre-busting scene-to-scene surplus of cinematic lunacy

Fantasia Film Festival 2015

With Love & Peace, the director comes out of his comfort zone to deliver a startlingly touching and accessible film that the whole family can enjoy. Based on a screenplay he wrote two…

NXpress #17: ‘The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth’ and ‘Never Alone’

NXpress #17: ‘The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth’ and ‘Never Alone’

This week we take a break from discussing Nintendo’s first party games and focus on some indie gems instead. Up first is our discussion of The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, a twisted, rogue-like,…

The Televerse #204- Mad Men with Ryan McGee

The Televerse #204- Mad Men with Ryan McGee

There are still more summer series starting up, including one of our favorites from last year, giving us plenty to talk about this week on the podcast. We start with the comedies, including…


‘I Am Chris Farley’ is earnest, flawed tribute to comedy legend

‘I Am Chris Farley’ is earnest, flawed tribute to comedy legend

Brent Hodge and Derik Murray's new documentary, 'I Am Chris Farley,' tries to illuminate the comedian's meteoric rise and fall, as well as to understand his delicate psyche. Mostly, it’s another chance to…

‘A LEGO Brickumentary’ is for hardcore AFOLs

‘A LEGO Brickumentary’ is for hardcore AFOLs

Documentaries on fandom often end up excessive celebration without any of the self-reflection that the genre usually provides. A LEGO Brickumentary is fun, but it may not appeal to anyone who isn't already…

‘That Sugar Film’ is a familiar and trite stunt-doc

‘That Sugar Film’ is a familiar and trite stunt-doc

The Australian doc That Sugar Film comes ten years after Morgan Spurlock’s novel Sundance hit Super Size Me, the sobering and darkly comedic expose on the fast food industry that took audiences by…

‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ is possibly the best in the series

‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ is possibly the best in the series

‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ continues to up the ante for spectacular set pieces. More importantly, this is the fourth script penned for Tom Cruise by McQuarrie, who understands how to maximize Cruise’s…


Rectify, Ep. 3.04: “Girl Jesus” watches characters struggle to push forward

Rectify, Ep. 3.04: “Girl Jesus” watches characters struggle to push forward

"What will I be when they put me back together again?" Daniel asks his sister during "Girl Jesus", a thinly-veiled reference to the infamous, egg-starring nursery rhyme. Yet it's a question that permeates…

Twin Peaks, Ep. 2.19, “Variations and Relations”: A pawn in the game of life

Twin Peaks, Ep. 2.19, “Variations and Relations”: A pawn in the game of life

Twin Peaks, Season 2, Episode 19, “Variations And Relations”: Only pawn in game of life Written by Mark Frost and Harley Peyton Directed by Jonathan Sanger Aired April 11, 1991 on ABC “Think…

Firefly, Ep. 1.08, “Out of Gas”: “We’ll freeze to death first”

Firefly, Ep. 1.08, “Out of Gas”: “We’ll freeze to death first”

Given that at this point it was pretty obvious that Firefly would not last more than one season, and may indeed have already been canceled, it seems the perfect time for the show…

Deutschland 83, Ep. 1.07: “Bold Guard” forces Martin to make big decisions

Deutschland 83, Ep. 1.07: “Bold Guard” forces Martin to make big decisions

Shall we play a game? The year that War Games hit theaters, 1983, was also the year that the world came the closest it had to nuclear war since the Cuban Missile Crisis. While…


Fantasia 2015: ‘Sunrise’ tackles the issue of India’s missing children

Fantasia 2015: ‘Sunrise’ tackles the issue of India’s missing children

The despair of loss weighs down Joshi in Sunrise. Joshi works as an agent in the social services of a Mumbai police station. He handles reports of lost and trafficked children, rarely able…

Fantasia 2015: “Dark Places” is weighed down by boring characters

Fantasia 2015: “Dark Places” is weighed down by boring characters

Gone Girl, David Fincher’s 2014 adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel of the same name, was among my favorite films of last year. Although the performances were strong and Fincher proved why he’s one…

Fantasia 2015: Sion Sono’s ‘Tag’ is a lean chase film about the nature of reality

Fantasia 2015: Sion Sono’s ‘Tag’ is a lean chase film about the nature of reality

Fantasia Film Festival 2015

Delivering a brisk and fast-paced action comedy about the nature of reality, Sion Sono’s Tag stands out as among the best films so far this year. Sion Sono has never been a stranger…

The first wave of films for the 2015 Fantastic Fest have been announced

The first wave of films for the 2015 Fantastic Fest have been announced

As genre cinema has found more fans around the world, their place in film festivals have also grown, with genre getting its dedicated sections in acclaimed festivals such as the Toronto International Film…


SOS This Week #17: There’s a Poll For Everything

SOS This Week #17: There’s a Poll For Everything

Two polls have come out in the past few weeks from the BBC poll on the Greatest American Movies and the Time Out New York Poll on the Greatest Films of All-Time as…

This Podcast Came From the Moon #2

This Podcast Came From the Moon #2

With only a little over a month to go until the release of Destiny‘s next expansion,  The Taken King, Bungie is revealing more of the dlc little by little.  This week, Guardians were…

NXpress #17: ‘The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth’ and ‘Never Alone’

NXpress #17: ‘The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth’ and ‘Never Alone’

This week we take a break from discussing Nintendo’s first party games and focus on some indie gems instead. Up first is our discussion of The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, a twisted, rogue-like,…

This is Our Design #34: “The Great Red Dragon”

This is Our Design #34: “The Great Red Dragon”

Looking for a long podcast this week? Well, you're in luck. It turns out that when a show fast-forwards three years and introduces Richard Armitage as the Red Dragon, there are a few…


Pragmatism beats principle in ‘Daredevil’ #17

Pragmatism beats principle in ‘Daredevil’ #17

It’s hard to stomach that Mark Waid’s Daredevil, which has been hitting stands every month for around four years, is about to end, but it is indeed going to be that time very…

‘Star Wars’ #7 is skippable filler

‘Star Wars’ #7 is skippable filler

For the most part, Star Wars #7 is skippable filler even for hardcore Obi Wan fans. The character does get a bit of an arc, but it is mired down in navel gazing…

Esaw shows his character in ‘Southern Bastards’ #10

Esaw shows his character in ‘Southern Bastards’ #10

As of late, the duo of Jason Aaron and Jason Latour have diverged from the pattern of their first two arcs on Southern Bastards, which followed a respective character each, by doing single…

‘Princess Leia’ Features a Strong Premise, but Weak Execution

‘Princess Leia’ Features a Strong Premise, but Weak Execution

The series kicks off well, using as its starting point an opportunity for characterization left unexplored by the film. After all, in A New Hope, we see Leia consoling Luke over the death…


‘Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight’ plots a mostly enjoyable course

‘Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight’ plots a mostly enjoyable course

The complexities of dungeon crawlers, such as those of Atlus' Etrian Odyssey series, while appealing to longtime fans, can often intimidate potential new players who become glassy-eyed and lost at the first mention…

‘Velocibox': Like whipping yourself with a leather belt

‘Velocibox': Like whipping yourself with a leather belt

Now, I like to think of myself as a pretty decent gamer. I’ve finished a whole load of titles that are often considered to be challenging – Ninja Gaiden, Dark Souls, Donkey Kong…

‘Life is Strange: Episode Four’ takes us all the way down the rabbit hole

‘Life is Strange: Episode Four’ takes us all the way down the rabbit hole

As much as every episode of Life is Strange has ended on an increasingly strong note thus far, The Dark Room has taken this series to a Return of the King level of…

Multiplayer Magic or Madness?: Nintendo’s E3 Surprises

Multiplayer Magic or Madness?: Nintendo’s E3 Surprises

Post E3

I remember playing The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition on my 3DS back in 2011 and simultaneously texting some friends eagerly looking for a time to get together so we could tackle…


The Conversation: Drew Morton and Landon Palmer Discuss ‘Paris, Texas’

The Conversation: Drew Morton and Landon Palmer Discuss ‘Paris, Texas’

Throughout Wim Wenders’s Paris, Texas (1984), Travis Henderson (played by Harry Dean Stanton) carries with him a photograph of an empty lot he bought in the eponymous city, which he later tells his…

‘Mission: Impossible’ – Breaking Christopher McQuarrie out of Director’s Jail

‘Mission: Impossible’ – Breaking Christopher McQuarrie out of Director’s Jail

This Friday, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation will be released. It’s the fifth film in the iconic franchise, but sadly stands as only the third film of its director Christopher McQuarrie in 15…

Goebbels’ Prize Victims: Joachim Gottschalk and Herbert Selpin

Goebbels’ Prize Victims: Joachim Gottschalk and Herbert Selpin

German artists faced a painful choice under the Nazis. Many fled abroad, driven by ideology or religion; a few resisted. Those remaining had little choice beyond collaboration: Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels’ dictatorial control…

“Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned”: Top 10 Damaged Divas in the Movies

“Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned”: Top 10 Damaged Divas in the Movies

Sure, we have all seen our share of an “Unstable Mabel” in cinema throughout the years. Some, more than others, do stand out in craziness, chaos and curiosity. These furious females in film–at…


Sordid Cinema

Sordid Cinema #99: Mad Max Special Part 2 (50 things you didn’t know about ‘Fury Road’

Sordid Cinema #99: Mad Max Special Part 2 (50 things you didn't know about 'Fury Road'

  All great things come to an end. It’s the very last episode of Sordid Cinema, and what better way…

Televerse

This is Our Design #34: “The Great Red Dragon”

This is Our Design #34: "The Great Red Dragon"

Looking for a long podcast this week? Well, you're in luck. It turns out that when a show fast-forwards three…

SOS This Week

SOS This Week #17: There’s a Poll For Everything

SOS This Week #17: There's a Poll For Everything

Two polls have come out in the past few weeks from the BBC poll on the Greatest American Movies and…

This is Our Design

This is Our Design #34: “The Great Red Dragon”

This is Our Design #34: "The Great Red Dragon"

Looking for a long podcast this week? Well, you're in luck. It turns out that when a show fast-forwards three…

NXpress: Nintendo Podcast

NXpress #17: ‘The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth’ and ‘Never Alone’

NXpress #17: 'The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth' and 'Never Alone'

This week we take a break from discussing Nintendo’s first party games and focus on some indie gems instead. Up…

Open Source

Open Source #26: The Next Six Months

Open Source #26: The Next Six Months

The Open Source crew look ahead to the next six months of 2015 and the glut of games that await.…