Monthly Archives: March 2013

TV Review: Doctor Who – 706 – “The Bells of Saint John”

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Doctor Who made its triumphant returned last night with the first episode of the second half of season 7. In “The Bells of Saint John,” the Doctor and new companion Clara faced a mysterious group abducting people using the internet. It was a good episode. Better than a lot of last year’s offerings even. But there’s something more important to discuss…(Warning: This post gets a little SPOILy-woily…) Continue reading

Streaming Saturday: Doctor Who (2005-present)

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In honor of the premiere of the last batch of season 7 tonight, my Streaming Saturday recommendation this week is Doctor Who. The show is, in a word, fun. If you’re a fan of any form of science fiction, there stands a good chance that Doctor Who has covered it in fantastic fashion. It’s got time travel, aliens, space travel, monsters all mixed in a broth of comedy, drama and horror.
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Building Better Blu-Rays (The Alien Anthology Review)

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Until early last year, I had never seen an Alien movie. Disgraceful, I know. In preparation for the release of Prometheus and Ridley Scott‘s return to sci-fi and the world that terrorized the genre, I watched Alien and Aliens for the first time. Eventually, when the New Year arrived, I bought the Alien Anthology Blu-Ray Collection.

Now that I’ve finally cracked open the 6-disc set, I can say with absolute confidence that this is the finest blu-ray set I’ve ever seen. The movies look and sound incredible and the amount of supplemental material is so staggering it’s to the point of being overwhelming.

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Happy Endings, TV’s Most Overlooked Sitcom, Returns Tonight

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Tonight, the best sitcom that no one is watching returns to ABC after a long hiatus. Happy Endings has had a spotty past with ABC’s programming schedule. Before the series went on its hiatus, the network started running the show twice a week on Sundays and Wednesday nights. Now the show is coming back with two new episodes on a Friday night. Unfortunately, a Friday night, multi-episode, time slot is a death knell for a series still struggling to find its audience. Continue reading

TV Review: Bates Motel – 102 – “Nice Town You Picked, Norma”

Things are moving very fast in White Pine Bay. This week’s installment of the Psycho pre-imagining (I hate me for that too, just roll with it) focused on the town’s shady secrets and introduced us to Norman’s jerk brother. Those were two of the plot points I was eager to see more of in the show and I wasn’t disappointed. (Spoilers ahead) Continue reading

Trailer Tuesday (Retro Edition): Alien (1979)

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Alien (1979) 

Release Date: May 25, 1979

Director: Ridley Scott

Writer: Dan O’Bannon

Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Ian Holm, John Hurt

This week’s trailer Tuesday is a little different. In honor of a big review I’m posting on Friday, I decided to share the trailer for Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic Alien.

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Streaming Saturday: Sleepwalk With Me (2012)

This week’s Streaming Saturday post comes a little late in the day but it’s a really good one!

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Editorial: The Walking Dead (Rising from Mediocrity, Shambling into Greatness)

The zombie genre often raises interesting questions. How would we behave if society as we know it was gone? How far are we willing to go to protect our own and when the teeth are closing in, what or who are we willing to sacrifice?

These are themes The Walking Dead has played with since day one and things are quickly coming to a head as the show soon ends its third season. Only two new episodes are left and I feel now is as good a time as any to reflect on where the show’s been and where it’s heading. Let’s start from the beginning…

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Bond 50: Part I – Dr. No (1962) & From Russia With Love (1963)

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A couple weeks have passed since I impulsively bought the Bond 50th Anniversary Blu-Ray Collection. Last weekend I decided to finally break it out and find out if it was worth the hefty $150 price tag.

So here is part one of my planned 12-part series on the Bond movies and blu-ray set. I’m not sticking to any specific time table for this, but I have a separate page for the series so the posts will be easy to find. So let’s get to Dr. No and From Russia With Love, shall we?

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Trailer Tuesday: Kick-Ass 2 [Red Band Version] (2013)

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Kick-Ass 2

Release Date: August 16, 2013

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“First You Dream, Then You Die” – Promising Bates Motel Premiere Shows Potential for A&E

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Last night viewers finally had the opportunity to see if the numerous talent in front of (and behind) the camera of A&E’s Psycho prequel/reboot have what it takes to bring one of film’s greatest monsters into the 21st century. Did they succeed or will Bates Motel suffer an early death?

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Streaming Saturday: Compliance (2012)

I’m starting a new weekly post. Streaming Saturday is going to be a weekly recommendation post for movies and TV shows that are available to stream on Netflix. So here’s the first of them. Enjoy. Continue reading

Sons of Anarchy: My Problem With FX’s Outlaw Soap Opera

Recently it was announced that Jimmy Smits and Donal Logue will be returning to FX’s juggernaut Sons of Anarchy Entering its 6th season this fall, the highest rated show in FX history has an incredibly loyal fan base filled with people who believe it is quality television.

Bringing back Smits and Logue is truly great for the show. Their work last season was a much needed breath of fresh air for a series that’s been stumbling for at least the last year and a half. However, while I loved Smits and Logue, I’m not sure their return will bring me back for another season of sloppy, convoluted writing on a show bloated with unresolved threads and a plethora of unlikable characters.

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Trailer Tuesday: The Hangover Part 3 (2013)

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The Hangover Part 3

Release Date: May 24, 2013

Directed by: Todd Phillips

Written by: Todd Phillips  & Craig Mazin

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong
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Editorial: The Office (Cracking the foundation of the happiest couple on television)

The final season of The Office is making me uncomfortable. The show has had a difficult time since Steve Carell left and I admit this season has been slightly less sloppy than the previous one, but the show’s occasional, unexpected shift in tone is leaving me with an uneasy feeling. (Contains spoilers up to and including S09E16 – Moving On)
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