RECAP/REVIEW: ‘Hannibal’–S02, E08–”Su-zakana”

- 04-19-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by James Daniels

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MARGOT: They think I’m weird.

HANNIBAL: I’m much weirder than you will ever be. It’s fine to be weird.

I suppose no show can bat 1000 every episode for an entire season: I guess there’s kind of a need for “throwaway”, filler episodes that won’t totally throw the viewer off if they miss.

Thus we have “Su-Zakana”, courtesy of director Vincenzo Natali, best known for helming the teen werewolf flick Ginger Snaps. ‘”Su-zakana” isn’t bad, really–it’s just kinda unnecessary. (more…)

‘Transcendence’ Fears the Internet Like It’s 1991

- 04-18-14Featured, Film, reviews Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Back in the early to mid 90s, there was a series of films about the coming wonders and nightmares about the internet, but in hindsight they had all the finesse of George W. Bush’s description of the World Wide Web as a series of tubes, and were almost as prescient too. Watching Transcendence, one is taken back to a more innocent time when the internet was an unknown unknown, and thus capable of anything and everything because the audience didn’t know the difference. But it’s been 20 years since flicks like The Net and Lawnmower Man and Virtuosity, and the internet has become ingrained in almost every facet of our world. In 2014, even the most luddite of audience members isn’t going to buy the film’s magical portrayal of technology. And by “magic,” I mean literal magic. (more…)

RECAP/REVIEW: ‘Arrow’ – S02E19 – “The Man Under The Hood”

- 04-17-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Sarah Moran

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Two weeks ago, Arrow dropped some serious bombshells. Not only did Slade (Manu Bennet) continue to wage war on Oliver (Stephen Amell), but he revealed to Thea (Willa Holland) her true parentage and told Laurel (Katie Cassidy) The Arrow’s secret identity. Last night’s episode mostly dealt with the repercussions of those bombshells, but the progression of events plodded along in such a way it was difficult to ever really appreciate any developments. There was simply too much going on in “The Man Under The Hood” to give any of its interesting threads the time and energy required. (more…)

RECAP/REVIEW: FARGO Series Premiere

- 04-16-14reviews, TV Posted by JT Stevens

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The story may be engrossing and the world may be singular, but it’s the varied and deep characters that make the premiere episode of Fargo — FX’s new 10 episode event series loosely tied to the Coen brothers theatrical masterpiece of the same name — truly astonishing.  (more…)

RECAP/REVIEW: ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ – Episode 18 – “Providence”

- 04-16-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Brent Cook

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“Not agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., just agents of… nothing”

With last week’s episode showing that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. can hold the weight of being the MCU tie-in that we all wanted it to be, this episode asked the question of “Can they keep it up?”  While the answer to that may have been obvious to most viewers, we’ve definitely got an idea of what we can expect from here on out. (more…)

RECAP/REVIEW – Game of Thrones – Season 4, Episode 2: ‘The Lion and the Rose’

- 04-14-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Jacob Knight

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*** Caution: Here There Be Spoilers… ***

Of all the visceral emotions Game of Thrones evokes in its viewers, ‘relief’ is rarely amongst them. George R.R. Matin’s dragon-filled soap opera is often cruel and treats even its biggest fans with borderline contempt. First, Ned Stark was beheaded at the behest of sniveling King Joffrey while his daughters helplessly watched. The road to avenging his death seemed like it was well paved for young Robb Stark, King of the North, until he, his mother and pregnant wife were massacred by the Lannisters at the now infamous ‘Red Wedding’. The modus operandi for both the novels and the series seems to be providing a sliver of false hope for those willing to immerse themselves in the sex and violence stuffed world to cling to; a hero that stands tall as many snakes slither in the grass at their feet. Only when those snakes strike, Martin (along with show-runners David Benioff & D.B. Weiss) seem to revel in watching your champion die a slow, painful death, knowing full well  that you’re in just as much agony as the fictional character you’re mourning. It’s a mean-spirited streak not found in most mainstream media, black-hearted to the core and a big part of what makes the HBO series so special (or despicable, depending on your threshold for suffering).

But what happens when one of the villains finally gets their just desserts? Is it such a shock that the story would finally give us what we want? Or are there strings attached, as Martin & Co. just can’t help but add a caveat to our catharsis? Ladies and gentlemen, I present The Lion & The Rose, a detailed guide to how Game of Thrones doles out justice for its audience. 

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RECAP/REVIEW: ‘Hannibal’–S02, E07–”Yakimono”

- 04-12-14reviews, TV Posted by James Daniels

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“If I am the Ripper and you kill me, who will answer your questions? 
Don’t you want to know how this ends?” –Hannibal Lecter

Last night’s episode of Hannibal might well be the best of the season: Director Michael Rymer  (easily my favorite director on the show) took the engaging, yet at times overly complex framework of the previous episode–Futamono–and crafted an elegant, ingenious payoff….

WARNING: BIG DAMN SPOILERS–AGAIN!

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RECAP/REVIEW: ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ – Episode 17 – “Turn, Turn, Turn”

- 04-08-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Brent Cook

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“Boo-yah.”

This week’s episode is a continuation of the show’s “Uprising” television event, as well as a continuation from the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. As S.H.I.E.L.D. threatens to crumble beneath the feet of Coulson and his team, who can be trusted, and who is working for the enemy? (more…)

RECAP/REVIEW: ‘Lost Girl’ #4.13 – “Dark Horse”

- 04-08-14reviews, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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As the fourth season of Lost Girl comes to a close, we try to unravel once and for all who’s who, what’s what and how it all fits together. As I’ve noted, the last couple of episodes there’s a lot of loose ends to tie up, and a lot of them don’t tie so easily together, so it will be interesting to see how the show handles them. Whether its Bo’s father the ancient evil, or the druid with severe to excessive mommy issues, let’s just say there’s a lot at stake for just one episode of Lost Girl. (more…)

RECAP/REVIEW – Game of Thrones – Season 4, Episode 1: ‘Two Swords’

- 04-07-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Jacob Knight

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***Warning: Spoilers Be Nigh…***

All men must die.

The tag line for Game of Thrones’ fourth season doesn’t read like a warning so much as it does a maxim of inevitability. Last season saw the end of Robb Stark, along with his mother, Catelyn, his wife, Talisa, and an army of Stark banner-men, as they were slaughtered by Walder Frey and Roose Bolton (with a nice tactical assist from the Lannisters) at the now infamous “Red Wedding” (the second event, after the beheading of Ned Stark, that launched a thousand hilarious YouTube “reaction videos”). The Stark rebellion has been crushed, it seems, and there are no more imminent threats to the Iron Throne (unless you count that pesky “Mother of Dragons”, who still needs to cross a vast ocean in order to make a serious play). For once, the characters in the show (as well as the folks who root for them from their couches) can finally sit back and relax — nobody’s going to die anytime soon, it seems. The Lannisters are all in King’s Landing, settling into their domestic roles and midlife crises as their sneering boy king plans for his wedding.

But all men must die. And all peace, as well as the comfort that goes along with it, is only temporary. 

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