RECAP/REVIEW – Game of Thrones – Season 4, Episode 8: “The Mountain and the Viper”

- 06-02-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Jacob Knight

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A trial by combat.

While the title of this is week’s Episode tells you all you need to know in terms of what to expect narratively-speaking, to focus only on the brutal one-on-one battle that occurs between Oberyn “The Viper” Martell and Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane would be doing the rest of Season Four’s eighth hour a grave disservice. Yes, the two duel to the death in an adequately shot and cut bit of medieval warfare (more on this in a minute), but the rest of “The Mountain and the Viper” is made up of thrilling moments of dogged birth and re-birth. Not only does Sansa Stark get to come into her own and finally use her family name to actually improve her status, but Ramsay Snow earns the moniker of his father and “Reek” is able to slip back into the skin of Theon Greyjoy, even if for a chilling moment of murderous complicity. Unfortunately, not all ends well for some of our favorites, as Episode Eight contains yet another grisly, shocking moment sure to upset even those who knew it was coming.  (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Maleficent’ Soars, Then Stumbles

- 05-29-14Featured, Film, reviews Posted by Sarah Moran

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The recent string of live-action fairy tales – usually twists on classic stories in an attempt to provide extra depth – hasn’t been all that critically successful. Films like Alice in Wonderland and Oz the Great and Powerful earned Disney piles of cash, but neither surpassed or even equaled the quality of their source material or the more well-known adaptations. In theatres this weekend is Maleficent, Disney’s twist on Sleeping Beauty in where focus is put on the tale’s dark villainess instead of the young, cursed princess. (more…)

VIDEO GAME REVIEW: ‘Watch Dogs’ – Breaths New Life Into “Open World” Style Adventure

- 05-29-14Featured, reviews, Videogames Posted by Luke Gallagher

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Since its unveiling at E3 2012, Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs has been one of the most anticipated games for any console, particularly this new generation of systems. The spawn of what seems to be a three-way between Assassin’s Creed, Grand Theft Auto and Infamous, Watch Dogs puts you in control of Aiden Pearce, a hacker-cum-vigilante in search of bloody retribution for the death of his niece. Delayed several times, this once launch title has finally graced American shelves. Did the delay produce a better game or simply postpone the inevitable disappointment which often accompanies a hype-beast such as this? It’s 696 miles to Chicago, we’ve got $60, a quarter tank of gas, a six pack of Red Bull, it’s night, and we’re wearing sunglasses…let’s punch it.  (more…)

RECAP/REVIEW: ‘Hannibal’–S02, E13–”Mizumono”

- 05-24-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by James Daniels

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Welcome, gourmands, to the final Hannibal review of 2014.

For such an important episode, my analysis of director David Slade’s “Mizumono” will actually be relatively brief (Message from Future James: No, it won’t). Not that there isn’t as much to say about it, but it’s a remarkably streamlined and straightforward episode with little in the way of subplots or other extraneous content.  (more…)

‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Review – Best Super Hero Flick Ever? Very Possibly

- 05-23-14Comics, Film, reviews Posted by Jason McAnelly

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The time has finally come and the latest X-Men movie, X-Men: Days of Future Past is being viewed by audiences worldwide. Early reviews from critics have painted a very positive picture of the new movie and, now that I have at last had the chance to see it, I can say that the critics are spot-on. In my opinion, X-Men: Days of Future Past is not only the best X-Men film thus far, it is one of the most skillfully constructed super hero films made to date. Read on for a general, spoiler-free review. (more…)

RECAP/REVIEW – Game of Thrones – Season 4, Episode 7: “Mockingbird”

- 05-19-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Jacob Knight

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Last week, I quoted Longfellow in an effort to illustrate the fluctuations in quality Game of Thrones often presents its viewers on a week-to-week basis; a poetic re-appropriation in the purposes of critical evaluation. This week, with “Mockingbird” — the seventh episode of this tumultuous Fourth Season — David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have proven that no such juvenile attempt at literary posturing is necessary, as they have delivered as strong an installment as the series has ever seen. Brimming with a near deluge of rousing dramatic scenes, “Mockingbird” stands as a fitting cliffhanger of a transitional episode, causing (hopefully) everyone who watched to shake their fists in anger at the fact that HBO is having the season go on a brief hiatus for Memorial Day Weekend.

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RECAP/REVIEW: ‘Hannibal’ — S02, E12 — “Tome-wan”

- 05-18-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by James Daniels

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The penultimate installment of Hannibal, Season 2: “Tome-wan”, is one of the best eps of the show’s sophomore year. Many disparate and vague elements of the season begin to come into focus, and the sometimes conflicting, sometimes complimentary designs of two of the Crime Drama genre’s greatest minds: Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), and Special Investigator Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), have nearly achieved fruition. (more…)

RECAP/REVIEW: ‘Arrow’ – S02E23 – “Unthinkable”

- 05-15-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Sarah Moran

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As a whole, Arrowhas grown by leaps and bounds since its first season. The series has come to rely less on annoying “villain of the week” devices in favor of a stronger season-long arc and has surrounded its hero with a diverse and interesting cast of friends and foes. Last night’s season finale, “Unthinkable“, needed to send Season 2 out on a bang. Which it did, thanks to a solid season’s worth of build up. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Godzilla’ Still Reigns as King of the Monsters

- 05-14-14Featured, Film, reviews Posted by Sarah Moran

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Godzilla has had a career unlike any star of the silver screen. Debuting in 1954, Ishirō Honda’s Gojira was a somber, bleak and quite realistic depiction of the sheer destructiveness of nature (itself an allegory for humanity’s own penchant for destruction). From there, some 27 films later, the franchise has gone through many iterations. Sometimes Godzilla’s simply a monster, sometimes a hero, sometimes he’s truly terrible and frightening, and other times a chintzy, campy joke. Yet though all of it, Godzilla endures. [Minor SPOILERS follow.] (more…)

RECAP/REVIEW: ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ – Episode 22 – “Beginning of the End”

- 05-13-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Brent Cook

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After a taxing journey of ups and downs, we’ve made it to the final episode of the premier season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Now, knowing the show has been picked up for a second season, was the finale what the show needed to be pushed into another 22 episode run? (more…)