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Right from the get-go, you can tell… it’s on like competitive ping-pong.

Deadpool found itself in a bit of “controversy” during its PR push when it landed an “R” rating – a rating which the marketing team reveled in, wearing as a badge of honor like a sort of “look how awesome we are, adult fanboys!” type of way.  Not that there’s anything necessarily wrong with that; since day one, the movie has been priding itself on its “dare to be different” philosophy, which quite frankly is likely the only mantra that could ever work with a film based on a character like Deadpool. (more…)

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As the saying goes: everything old is new again. Whether it is trends in fashion, styles of music, or even the food and drink we put in our bodies (the “Paleo diet” is from how long ago?), our society has an interesting penchant for liking something, forgetting that something for a while when newer and flashier somethings come along, and finally rediscovering that something and saying “y’know, this something is actually pretty cool.” Even though a timeless work of fiction – such as a Jane Austen novel – is really never truly forgotten, sometimes it does take an infusion of a new idea to bring a classic “back to life,” as it were.

Ironic, then, that the catalyst to reanimate wide-scale interest in Austen’s bourgeois-eschewing “Pride & Prejudice” is a creature that is, by its own nature, reanimated in and of itself: the zombie. Yes, the separate components of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies may not break any new ground on their own, but when these two disparate pieces are “mashed up” together, they become much like Paula Abdul and MC Skat Kat, with opposites attracting in the most delightfully random of ways. (more…)

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Picking up right where the first two episodes (or the first-episode two-parter, depending on how you want to look at it) left off, “Fury” is an odd dichotomy – it gives the viewer a sense that a lot is happening, when in reality, there is very little on-screen that’s actually going on.  Perhaps it’s the advance knowledge that this version of Shannara will be a 10-episode miniseries; since we’ll be roughly a third of the way through the series at the conclusion of this episode, there’s no time to waste, right?  So why does this episode have the feel of a “throwaway” when compared to how much “important big-picture-plot-stuff” happened last time?
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For fans of The Shannara Chronicles book series, the long wait is finally over.  What began in 1977 as an epic tale of a fantasy world arising from the ost-apocalyptic ashes of our current one, Shannara has been in development in Hollywood for almost as long; bouncing between movie studios and various production houses, no one could seem to get the timing just right to produce a tale based on author Terry Brooks’ fantastical world.  MTV has finally managed to make it happen, though, and has produced a 10-episode season based on the second book in the series, “The Elfstones of Shannara.”  While aimed at a more “young adult” type of audience (it is MTV, after all), this is by no means considered a “kids” show; all ages should be able to watch and enjoy. (more…)

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Well, wasn’t this episode a holly-jolly 90-degree turn from from the oft-scary and routinely-serious bent of the rest of the previous season of Doctor Who!  This episode should make lots of “casual” DW fans very happy, as the tone of this episode is decidedly light-hearted in nature, a definite break in the storm of the recent plot lines.  As quintessential Doctor Who “it girl” River Song, Alex Kingston has had the pleasure of playing against several excellent incarnations of the Doctor, but her interactions with Peter Capaldi in this episode may be the most free-flowing and naturally-pleasing tandem yet.  “Christmas Special” episodes are almost exclusively reserved for either regenerations or good old-fashioned Who comedy fun, and while “The Husbands of River Song” may not necessarily be a groundbreaking or universe-shattering episode, it has got the fun and the laughs in spades.

 

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The writing was absolutely on the wall from the get-go.  Last week’s “Next Time…” was intentionally vague – and if you were listening, you could hear exactly which actress was doing the voiceover talk about “the Raven.”  Throughout this episode, the trail of breadcrumbs leading up to the final scene was so plain that each breadcrumb was as big as an entire loaf.  Season finales be damned – sometimes you just throw down when you want to throw down.

 

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Much like when a sports team pours “all you’ve got” into a big win or a student studies for days and exhausts themselves in passing a big test, letdowns are prone to occur after a big event.  Whether it’s the fault of the people in charge for not being able to try and harder or the external observer for expecting a higher level of greatness that can’t be sustained, the fact is that these things do happen.  I am, of course, referencing the most recent Doctor Who two-parter “The Zygon Invasion/The Zygon Inversion” as the “big win,” which leaves this week’s standalone episode, “Sleep No More,” as the aforementioned letdown.

 

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The two-part arcs continue in full throttle with this week’s episode, a highly-anticipated story for fans ever since it was announced that Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams would be guest-starring.  While we don’t see her stray too far from her Arya character in the other series, “The Girl Who Died” certainly does some intriguing things and sets things up rather brilliantly for a wildly-different part-two episode next week.

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The intentionally-short first season of Fear the Walking Dead draws to a close with this episode, leaving viewers firmly split on whether this series is a worthy successor/companion to The Walking Dead – or even if it’s a series they want to continue watching at all.

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After Episode 3, “The Dog,” took major leaps in the right direction for the overall storyline of Fear the Walking Dead, the fourth episode, “Not Fade Away,” may give viewers a “one step forward, two steps back” vibe with its haphazard construction and sluggish pace.

 

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