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Road to the Well

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:02:43 PST

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Director: Jon Cvack
Starring: Laurence Fuller, Micah Parker, Rosalie McIntire
Year: 2016

Road to the Well carries the feeling of five films wrapped into one, and never coalesces into something steady enough to stand upright while it's being pulled in a star of directions. It's a horror movie, a comedy, suspense, bizarre drama, an indie project, everything rolled into 100 minutes with no apologies given for the mess that is the final product. Jon Cvack definitely has an original idea, brings something darkly wacky to the screen, but ultimately fails to wrap it all up in order to fit it into one package. Some mistakes from a low-budget team are to be expected, but too many ruin whatever was the intended aim, a goal that...Read the entire review




Killer Rack

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:16:33 PST

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Cult Auteur and Gore Comedy specialist Gregory Lamberson might not be the most prolific director; eleven films released since Slime City in 1988, (but filmed earlier) but you must admire his consistency. Killer Rack from 2015 perfectly captures Lamberson's entire ethos: a little fun, a little gore, a little sexuality and a little Lloyd Kaufman. This might be his most outrageous, and best movie yet, but it still feels like something Frank Henenlotter's genial cousin might have directed. If that sounds somewhat mild, I don't think Lamberson would mind. If you like the director's thing, you'll love Killer Rack.

Poor Betty (Jessica Zwolak) finds herself overlooked at work and unloved at home. People in her town are breast-obsessed, and she doesn't exactly stack up in that department. Enter Dr. Kate Thulu, (Debbie Rochon) plastic surgeon extraordinaire, and a ga...Read the entire review




Spaceman

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:18:24 PST

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Being yourself doesn't pay in baseball

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Reviewer's Bias*
Loves: A good bio-pic
Likes: baseball, Josh Duhamel
Dislikes: promise unfulfilled
Hates: Drugs

The Movie
With the exception of the NBA, which puts superstars above anything else, the world of professional sports is not the place for individuals. Speak up or act out and you'll be smacked down hard. After all, that's what happens when being a part of a team is valued above anything else. So when there is a unique personality in sports, you tend to hear about it, usually because they go in trouble. And though Bill "Spaceman" Lee may not be too well-known today, he certainly was in his own time, as the skilled pitcher, one of the wi...Read the entire review




The IT Crowd: The Internet Is Coming

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 04:32:34 PST

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Turning it off one last time

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Reviewer's Bias*
Loves: The IT Crowd, Moss
Likes: Britcoms
Dislikes: Series finales
Hates: The limited number of episodes in British sitcoms

The Story So Far...
Written and directed by Graham Linehan (Black Books) and produced by Ash Atalla (The Office), The IT Crowd was a British sitcom set at the help desk of a massive corporation (which oddly requires only a pair of analysts to service.) Roy (Chris O'Dowd) and Moss (Richard Ayoade) are socially-inept guys working in the basement peacefully and grudgingly helping the technologically inept, until a new boss is hired. Jen (Katherine Parkinson) knows nothing about computers, and...Read the entire review




The Tubes - Live At German Television: The Musikladen Concert 1981

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 05:03:02 PST

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Unconventional rock band The Tubes was one of my favorites on early 1980s radio when first seriously discovering music, with their appealing keyboard and guitar melodies combined with often insane lyrics. Not having access to MTV I didn't really know much about their visual or stage persona until much later, when I acquired "The Tubes Video" on the obsolete CED videodisc format. This was an early attempt at a "video album" version of their 1981 "Completion Backward Principle" LP, with off-the-wall production numbers choreographed by future "High School Musical" director Kenny Ortega. In Germany, one of many countries that brought more daring music presentations to broadcast TV than the US (as well as having looser content restrictions), the band performed a 90-minute concert f...Read the entire review




Tales Of Poe

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:46:55 PST

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Horror anthologies can be tough to evaluate, leaving one to ponder whether the individual stories should have cohesive elements or whether the whole production should even be critiqued as a complete work. Flicks like Trick-or-Treat are, of course, easier to figure out since they're tied together by something as unifying as the Halloween season, let alone that each one mildly intersects with the other in some way. Then there are those like Three Extremes, which are cleanly divided into disparate stories that share no connections and tap into different styles of...Read the entire review




Brother Nature

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:28:04 PST

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(image) For a brief period in the late-2000s, there was a short reign of comedies about relatively average men who were unwillingly thrown together with and subsequently tormented by an obnoxious weirdo, only for the weirdo to turn out lovable in the end. Although the names of most of these comedies escape me now -- the American Dinner for Schmucks comes to mind, as well as Due Date, and even Galifianakis' character in The Hangover feels like a version -- it was a trope, and a tiring one. Now, for almost a decade later, "SNL" cast and crew, including Taran Killam, Bobby Moynihan, writer Mikey Day, producer Lorne Michaels, and directors Oz Rodriguez and Matt Villines, have teamed up to give us Brother Nature -- arguably the worst example yet.

Killam, who co-wrote the script with Day, plays Roger, an incredibly organized aide for congressman Frank McClaren (Giancarlo Esposi...Read the entire review




Gunsmoke: The Twelfth Season, Volume 2

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 04:57:35 PST

Highly Recommended

(image) It took nearly two years but CBS/Paramount has finally gotten around to releasing Gunsmoke: The Twelfth Season (Volumes 1 & 2, 1966-67), the series' sixth year after transitioning from a 30-minute show to an hour one, and the first in color. I don't know but suspect previous seasons were remastered gradually, but that there was a general commitment to the show's black-and-white years. By the time the black-and-white seasons were done, the market for DVD has slipped to the point where the remaining nine seasons, all in color, remained in limbo for a time. Possibly the label is anxious to see how this two-volume set will sell before making a decision on the remaining seasons, perhaps hoping the allure of color shows on DVD for the first time will give it the little boost it could probably use.

In any case, episodes look great, far superior to the handful of color shows released as part of ...Read the entire review




Gunsmoke: One Man's Justice

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 04:57:35 PST

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(image) Though almost instantly forgotten when audiences took notice at all, the TV-movie Gunsmoke: One Man's Justice (1994) marked the end of an American institution. It was the final Gunsmoke story, the last to star James Arness as Matt Dillon, and Arness's final role of any sort. He retired after this telefeature, which he also co-executive produced, passing away in 2011 at the age of 88.

Happily, the film is a fitting end for the long-running series, which began in 1952 as a popular and acclaimed adult Western radio drama, the best of its kind. Arness led the equally fine television adaptation, which began in 1955 and ran 20 seasons, racking up a staggering 635 episodes, including four consecutive years as the #1 show in the country, and 13 years in the Top Ten. Though a couple of TV shows have matched or exceeded Gunsmoke's run in terms of number of seasons, episode-wise no prime-t...Read the entire review




The Intervention

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 08:29:25 PST

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Director: Clea DuVall
Starring: Melanie Lynskey, Jason Ritter, Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, Ben Schwartz, Alia Shawkat, Vincent Piazza, Cobie Smulders
Year: 2016

Perhaps the only independently intelligent thing director Clea DeVall did when filming her debut was to cast Melanie Lynskey as the hands-down lead. Not only is Lynskey the central figure to the story in many ways, she's also the most talented actor in the bunch and the most capable of taking the entire project onto her shoulders. That the film required heavy lifting was apparent from the very beginning, and without her, it would have fallen flat on its recycled face. DuVall isn't actually even a director, she's a mediocre actress who specializes in bit parts and ba...Read the entire review




Last Girl Standing

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 08:39:07 PST

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Director: Benjamin R. Moody
Starring: Akasha Villalobos, Brian Villalobos
Year: 2015

Joey from Friends once said that if two actors have chemistry, it's because they haven't had sex yet. If they have no chemistry at all, it's because they've already done it. The passion of anticipation builds the heat, and when there's no more pressure, there's no more on-stage spark. That silly theory fits well here, as the two main characters of Last Girl Standing have no chemistry whatsoever and are, in real life, a married couple. I guess that's the problem with acting on screen or on stage with your significant other; no matter how wonderful your relationship might be off camera, it's hard to show that to audiences in the...Read the entire review




The Red Skelton Hour: In Color: Unreleased Seasons

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 13:41:20 PST

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Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Collectors of old TV shows really want their product, and the rights owners know it; I was more than eager to get my hands on the old Dobie Gillis show, and was also happy with multi-disc sets for Wanted: Dead or Alive and The Dick Van Dyke Show because they weren't time compressed. If it weren't for cable TV time compression to cram in an extra commercial, I'd be an addict of old TV just like Tobey Maguire in Pleasantville... old half-hours of Leave it to Beaver are mesmerizing pieces of Americana. Way back in the 1970s and before video time compression, I started editing by helping Robert S. Birchard find ways to trim ninety seconds out of 16mm prints of the old Ozzie & Harriet s...Read the entire review




BrainDead

Sun, 01 Jan 2017 18:15:03 PST

Highly Recommended

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With less than three weeks until the inauguration of Donald Trump as the U.S. president, the sci-fi satire BrainDead now seems more timely than it did during its original airing on CBS this past summer. The show's Twilight Zone-ish takedown of bipartisan extremism in American politics effectively dramatized the harmful effects of "ideological bubbles" months before they became the favored fodder of post-election thinkpieces.

The show has an excellent pedigree, too, coming from The Good Wife creators Robert and Mich...Read the entire review




A Man Called Ove

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 12:57:35 PST

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Director: Hannes Holm
Starring: Rolf Lassgard, Bahar Pars, Filip Berg
Year: 2015

With a website called Archer Avenue, it isn't hard to guess that my favorite film is The Royal Tenenbaums. Apart from some genius directing from Wes Anderson and the creation of a fantastic world that is like our own only much better, the film is a wonder of story and characters, a look at family and death from a viewpoint that's both original and beautiful. A Man Called Ove is, in a strange way, the Swedish equivalent of Tenenbaums, the revelation of the good inside a bitter old man and the painting of a world around him that may not be perfect, but is full of the love and companionship he's been searching for his whole life...Read the entire review




Brother Nature

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 04:57:22 PST

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The mistake by the lake

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Reviewer's Bias*
Loves: Bobby Moynihan, Gillian Jacobs, Kumail Nanjiani
Likes: Taran Killam, SNL
Dislikes: Broad comedy
Hates: Wasted potential

The Movie
If I told you there was a movie released in 2016 starring Taran Killam, Bobby Moynihan and Gillian Jacobs, along with Kumail Nanjiani, Kenan Thompson, Rachel Harris, David Wain, Mike O'Brien and Aidy Bryant, written by two SNL writers and directed by SNL's video superstars Matt & Oz, you'd probably wonder why you never heard about it, much less saw it. You'd also probably guess that it wasn't very good...Read the entire review




Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Earth's Last Stand

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 08:45:02 PST

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Nickelodeon's latest animated incarnation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles---a franchise more than 30 years old at this point---continues its successful run with Earth's Last Stand, which begins to wind down the series' fourth season after Beyond the Known Universe got it off to a promising start. It picks up as our time-traveling h...Read the entire review




Being Evel - Standard Edition

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 05:26:50 PST

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A true 70s icon's biggest jumps and bigger fall

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Reviewer's Bias*
Loves: Documentaries
Likes: Evel Knievel, Johnny Knoxville
Dislikes: Egomaniacs
Hates: Filmrise's standard editions, cheaters

The Movie
The kind of American icon the 70s were experts at bringing us, Evel Knievel did one thing really well: jump his motorcycle far and high. Well, he did something else as well, and that's crash spectacularly. Famous for his huge leaps, he was likely even more well-known for his ability to recover from horrifying spills. Knievel was the kind of oddball celebrity that the era feted on shows like That's I...Read the entire review




Gunsmoke: The Twelfth Season, Volume 1

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 04:55:24 PST

Highly Recommended

(image) It took nearly two years but CBS/Paramount has finally gotten around to releasing Gunsmoke: The Twelfth Season (Volumes 1 & 2, 1966-67), the series' sixth year after transitioning from a 30-minute show to an hour one, and the first in color. I don't know but suspect previous seasons were remastered gradually, but that there was a general commitment to the show's black-and-white years. By the time the black-and-white seasons were done, the market for DVD has slipped to the point where the remaining nine seasons, all in color, remained in limbo for a time. Possibly the label is anxious to see how this two-volume set will sell before making a decision on the remaining seasons, perhaps hoping the allure of color shows on DVD for the first time will give it the little boost it could probably use.

In any case, episodes look great, far superior to the handful of color shows released as part of ...Read the entire review




Author: The JT LeRoy Story

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 18:22:51 PST

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JT LeRoy has been dubbed the greatest literary hoax of our time -- by a handful of writers who arguably had no reason to enjoy JT's work in the first place. Yes, the stories and novels of HIV-positive, teenage male prostitute Jeremiah "Terminator" LeRoy were actually the writings of a woman in her thirties, named Laura Albert. And yes, Laura enlisted her androgynous sister-in-law Savannah Knoop to "play" JT when it became apparent that this mythical bestselling author needed a public face. But, as Laura tells it in the new documentary Author: The JT LeRoy Story, by Jeff Feuerzeig (The Devil and Daniel Johnston), the success and the ce...Read the entire review




Little Men

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 07:48:57 PST

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Director: Ira Sachs
Starring: Theo Taplitz, Michael Barbieri, Greg Kinnear
Year: 2016

Ira Sachs' last film was 2014's Love is Strange, a New York romance with a twist; the couple in the spotlight was a pair of old, gay men. That didn't stop it from being an excellent film; on the contrary, it was refreshing to see that a love story can feel just as natural focused on two men instead of a man and a woman, two older characters instead of Hollywood's 'it couple' of the hour. In many ways that was the point of the movie; that love happens where it happens, that the more we understand the more we become used to it the more we don't question or judge. Sachs made...Read the entire review




Who's Driving Doug

Sun, 18 Dec 2016 12:42:16 PST

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(image) A little over a year after his father's death, Doug (RJ Mitte) is as closed off from the world as ever. Diagnosed with non-degenerative muscular dystrophy at birth, Doug is wheelchair-bound and needs a ride to and from school, where his interactions are mostly limited to arranging study sessions with his secret crush, Stephanie (Paloma Kwiatkowski). At home, he hides in his room, away from his busybody mother (Daphne Zuniga), who occupies her time with anything but dealing with her husband's passing. When Doug's driver quits to follow her boyfriend's band on a tour, Doug meets Scott (Ray William Johnson), who is nice but clearly drifting and lacking in ambition. After only a single day, Scott convinces Doug and Stephanie to accompany him on a trip to Las Vegas to meet an unidentified friend, bringing Doug far out of his comfort zone and into uncharted emotional territory.

Written by Michael Carnick, ...Read the entire review




Gleason

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 07:05:23 PST

Highly Recommended

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With the talk about professional football and concussions (portrayed recently in the (Will Smith), occasional talk has linked them to ALS. This talk has been somewhat casual with little bearing. I'm not writing this to suggest that former professional footballer Steve Gleason's occupation led to his current situation in lift, rather to mention that Gleason has almost transcended past that to the point where everyone knows his story. As it turns out that is just a part of the documentary that bears his name.

Gleason was an undrafted free agent signed by the New Orleans Saints in 2000 (after being released by the Indianapolis Colts). His work on the field led him to a spot on the Saints' special teams, and blocked a punt which led to a touchdown for the Saints. The block was in the Saints' first game in New Orlea...Read the entire review




Phantom of the Theatre

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:30:01 PST

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(image) The influences of Phantom of the Theatre are there, inside the mind. It's difficult to overlook the similarities that Raymond Yip's production share in common with Gaston Leroux's novel, and, of course, Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical: a cloaked, masked figure looms in the haunted hallways of a ornately-adorned theatre, turning his attention to a young female performer brought to the venue for her talents. Unofficial riffs on classic stories like this can work if the things it does differently have enough substance, either in the look and feel of the setting or the actual dramatic mechanisms that the deviations put in place. Alas, Phantom of the Theatre never pulls back the curtain to reveal enough unique traits to justify the pr...Read the entire review




Men Go to Battle

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 18:33:06 PST

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Director: Zachary Treitz
Starring: Timothy Morton, David Maloney, Rachel Korine
Year: 2015

While Men Go to Battle is a major step up from other, low-budget, Western-style, dramatic history lessons, its ladder only reaches so high, without the length to become an actual, solid, notable, memorable, big boy feature film. Director Zachary Treitz takes his first stab at a full-on movie with this period piece, and there's potential there if you're willing to look for it. He has an eye for the subtle moment, but too many subtleties only make a long evening, and his film definitely feels longer than its 90 minutes. He's just getting his feet wet, as are the stars of his project, so a few missteps are understandable and accept...Read the entire review




Final Combination

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 05:39:53 PST

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Final Combination, from 1993, is yet another movie with an alternate title behind it, never receiving a theatrical release in the US and released to VHS under the title Dead Connection (the title on this disc appears to be the original). With a front cover picture showing a headline that reads "Phone Sex Killer Strikes Again," it looks like the sort of movie you'd see on late-night cable in the 1990s and possibly good for a laugh. Across several states, young women are being found dead in motels, killed and raped in that order. The perpetrator also runs up a huge phone bill each time from calling a phone sex line- "The 69 Line" at 555-6969 (ha! And don't try calling that, kids, as phone numbers beginning with 555 only exist in the movies and other fictional worlds.) After this happens in Los Angeles (since that's the easiest place to shoot a movie) to two girls, one placed by Parker Po...Read the entire review




Chicago P.D.: Season Three

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:19:36 PST

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(image) Chicago P.D. (2014-present) steadily improves as it enters its third (2015-16) season. Spun-off from Chicago Fire, and part of the same TV universe that now also includes Law & Order: SVU, Chicago Med (which debuted in November 2015), and the upcoming Chicago Justice (which began as a backdoor pilot on a May 2016 episode of Chicago P.D., the series is a bit edgier than Chicago Fire, with marginally more emotionally complex characters and dramatic situations. Though still morally murky in some respects, it's also undeniably compelling, slickly produced, and boasts a strong ensemble cast.

The program introduced star Jason Beghe (as the leader of Chicago P.D.'s intelligence unit, Hank Voight) as a morally reprehensible bully during a major story arc on Chicago Fire's first year. When P.D. debuted, scripts danced around this quandary, gr...Read the entire review




Deep Web

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 05:34:11 PST

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(image) On October 2nd, 2013, Ross Ulbricht was arrested at the San Francisco Public Library, as the result of a lengthy investigation into an online community known as the "Silk Road." The community had become a go-to for people looking to buy drugs online, transactions that took place using a digital currency known as Bitcoin, attracting the attention of federal law enforcement agencies. Ulbricht, who was accused of being the person behind the site admin handle "Dread Pirate Roberts", was charged with money laundering, computer hacking, conspiracy to traffic narcotics, and even -- in a leap that many, including Ulbricht's family and friends, strenuously deny -- attempting to have six people killed who supposedly posed a threat to the site's privacy and security. Deep Web is the second documentary by actor-turned-filmmaker Alex Winter, examining both the philosophy behind Silk Road, and the details o...Read the entire review




Shopkins Chef Club

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 22:25:00 PST

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Why am I reviewing Shopkins: Chef Club? Is there a club like the Bronies for dudes who like Shopkins? Bropkins?

Yo, it's really not like that, bro. However I am fascinated by the concept of the toy line: miniature consumer items with smiley faces, teaching girls, urging them, to shop. The characters are shopping personified. It's very 'meta' if you think about it, which you shouldn't, because it's rather depressing. And now they're branching out into the Animated Advertising world, where the Cups of Noodles and Lipsticks will team up with the human Shoppies to solve someone's problem. Let's see if it's worth it. Full disclosure: I have a ten-year-old daughter.

Chef Club is a ruse cooked up by new Shoppie in town Peppa Mint, who doesn't have any friends and doesn't know how to get them. The other Shoppies, whose names I don't care to know, take Chef Club ...Read the entire review




Vampyres

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:21:25 PST

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Director: Victor Matellano
Starring: Veronica Polo, Christian Stamm, Marta Flich
Year: 2015

When lesbian vampires are the base of the premise for your movie, you know you've done something ...right? I mean, of course that's ridiculous, but it's actually so insane that it just might work, one of those campy ideas that's so incredibly stupid it might just be genius. And this concept has been carried out before to cult success, in Joseph Larraz' original 1974 version of Vampyres by the same name, a much-loved horror flick that doesn't pretend to be the next great Oscar winner. What's funny is that these women aren't really lesbians, nor are they strictly vampires, but rather some odd, sexual, undead, mash up of legends a...Read the entire review




Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXXVII

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 09:48:40 PST

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It's hard to believe that Shout! Factory is putting out the 37thcollection of Mystery Science Theater 3000 shows. While most of thebest shows (that don't have rights issues) have been released, I'mpleased to say that this set has four good shows. While none of themare classic episodes, these three Mike and single Joel 'experiments'are well worth watching and adding to your collection.

The shows included in this set are:

Experiment 420 - The Human Duplicators:

Crow: This is Beverly Hills Cop, only the slow, whiteversion.

Season four had Joel and the bots at the height of their game, butthere are still some so-so installments, such as this one. The filmitself features Richard Kiel as an alien who has arrived on Earthwith the purpose of creating robot duplicates of humans to wreakhavoc on the planet and soften it up for an invasion...Read the entire review




Penny Dreadful: The Final Season

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 04:53:06 PST

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Sometimes, it's hard to know when the time's right to close the lid and bury a television series, coming down to whether the story has the longevity to thrive across more seasons and, on a more practical level, whether the audience will remain engaged enough to keep it alive. That's a conversation not so easily had about Penny Dreadful, the horror-themed serial from Showtime. Along with a ravenous cult fanbase, the show appears to have seemingly infinite narrative possibilities within its grasp, considering how it can continue pulling character from the annals of classic horror literature into the hazy space of 19th-century London. With that in mind, there's also a tricky threshold invo...Read the entire review




The Childhood of a Leader

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 17:49:25 PST

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When we look at the relentlessly narcissistic and sociopathic qualities of any dictator, it's hard not to think about how they became who they are. Just like a lot of other defining personal qualities, their destructive tendencies are usually rooted in their childhood. That's why, especially during this period in our world when autocratic and fascist leaders have been making an oh-so-delightful comeback, Brady Corbet's The Childhood of a Leader is an important film the seek out, regardless of whether or not I think it fully succeeds in its vision (Or if its vision was the right approach for this story to begin with).

The film is a character study of Prescott (Tom Sweet), an entitled brat who the film states will grow up to be a dictator. He lives in the French countryside right after World War I with his somber mother (Berenice Bejo). His father (Liam Cunningham)...Read the entire review




The Midnight Swim

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 06:03:22 PST

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(image) Following the death of their mother, Dr. Amelia Brooks (Beth Grant), three half-sisters return home to collectively grieve and consider what to do with her house. Annie (Jennifer LaFleur) is the oldest and arguably the most responsible. Isa (Aleksa Palladino) is more free-spirited, exuding a flirty energy and carefree attitude. Finally, June (Lindsay Burdge) is the quiet and reserved one, who hides behind a video camera that she uses to document everything. Upon arriving, they quickly settle into their expected roles: Annie starts thinking about what a realtor would need to get rid of the house as quickly as possible, Isa invites their high-school acquaintance Josh (Ross Partridge) over (luring him in using his long-standing crush on Annie to get his attention for her own ends), and June observes from a distance. Josh tells them a famous local ghost story about the seven sisters who drowned in the lake...Read the entire review




Jane Wants a Boyfriend

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:34:13 PST

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Having been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at age 26 and never hearing about it before then (after about 26 years of wondering why exactly I felt so "different" from most people) it's been interesting to see it gradually getting the attention of the general public. The way some media talk about it you would think Asperger's was a new phenomenon, but I think the only "new" thing is that it's been given a name and finally acknowledged. The best way I've been able to describe it to people is that I see a lot of things differently than most people usually do, but there are plenty of differences even among those who have been diagnosed. I've been fortunate enough in that I can at least fake' a normal appearance most of the time and be able to hold down a job, but a big problem...Read the entire review




PAW Patrol: Pups Save Christmas

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 13:04:18 PST

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Probably my favorite part of reviewing DVDs and Blu-rays is that one day, I'm gushing about a visually ambitious film from Japan's all-time greatest director...and less than 24 hours later, it's talking dogs saving Christmas. Chalk it up to my high threshold of pain for kids' entertainment...or wait, don't, because Nickelodeon's PAW Patrol is actually a lot o...Read the entire review