4 Things We Learned from the Doctor Who Season 8 Premiere

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    It's been an unusually long wait, but the Doctor is back!  With the eighth season of "New Who" now in tow, I thought it appropriate to reflect on "Deep Breath," the premiere episode showcasing Peter Capaldi's first true run as the ancient Time Lord.  Naturally, this brought forth a few revelations,  all of which are bound to play an important role in 2014's version of Doctor Who. Here's the thing--I have attempted to write episodic recaps of television shows prior to this, … [Read more...]

“Blade Runner 2” Has a Script

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It looks as if that Blade Runner 2 is actually happening.  In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ridley Scott announced that the much-speculated sequel to his neo-noir science fiction tour-de-force has a finished script, saying that "it’s written and it’s damn good.”  He goes on to suggest that Harrison Ford will also be returning as Rick Deckard, though the actor has yet to respond to these assertions.  Original screenwriter Hampton Fancher and newcomer Michael Green were responsible for … [Read more...]

Review: The Zero Theorem (2013)

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Directed By: Terry GilliamWritten By: Pat Rushin Starring: Christoph Waltz, Lucas Hedges, Melanie Thierry, Matt Damon MPAA: R What is the meaning of life? It's a question that has been bothering brilliant computer scientist Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz) for quite some time, and he spends a majority of The Zero Theorem dancing around the issue.  At first, his awkward, antisocial demeanor is hard to identify with.  He mumbles a lot, freaks out when people touch him, and refers to himself … [Read more...]

Review: The Giver (2014)

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Directed By: Phillip NoyceWritten By: Michael Mitnick, Robert B. Weide Starring: Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgård MPAA: PG-13 Nothing in The Giver makes much sense at all. Let's start with the general premise.  In an undated time period in the distant future, the world as we know it has been subject to a bland existence.  Class doesn't exist anymore.  Jobs are assigned upon a persons graduation from childhood. Competition?  Out the window.  Citizens … [Read more...]

Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

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Directed By: Jonathan Liebesman Written By: Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Evan Daugherty Starring: Megan Fox, Alan Ritchson, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Noel Fisher MPAA: PG-13 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has everything going against it.  It's directed by Jonathan Liebesman, the hack behind trash like Darkness Falls, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, and Wrath of the Titans.  It stars Megan Fox, an actress that nobody wants to take seriously.  And it's produced by Michael "hate … [Read more...]

Review: Coherence (2013)

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Directed By: James Ward Byrkit Written By: James Ward Byrkit Starring: Emily Baldoni, Maury Sterling, Nicholas Brendon, Elizabeth Grayson MPAA: Not Rated (Equivalent to "R" for language) It wasn't too long ago that the terms "low-budget" and "sci-fi" were synonymous with B-movie trite.  Cube and it's relentlessly unnecessary sequels come to mind.  Sure, there were big ideas at play, but they were bogged down by cheesy special effects and laughably bad acting.  It's hard to achieve a … [Read more...]

Recap: Extant Ep. 3

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Extant Episode 3: "Wish You Were Here." Ethan is one creepy robo-child.  For every moment that he does something "normal," like throwing a temper tantrum or curiously asking about the subtleties of Darwinian evolution, he does something strange, like build an elaborate pigeon trap. Maybe this doesn't sound particularly weird--children trap animals all the time, right?--but it harkens back to an awkward scene in the first episode where Molly catches him red-handed with a dead bird.  He claims to … [Read more...]

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” Early Reviews are Mixed (Update: Just Kidding)

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The early reviews for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are in, and they're not nearly as brutal as expected.  Granted, they're not particularly good--the Metacritic score is currently at 39 with 4 reviews, and Rotten Tomatoes is giving it a 40% "rotten" rating with 10 reviews in.  These scores are inevitably going to fluctuate as we get closer to the August 8 release date, but early reviews usually provide a decent indicator as to how well a movie will be critically received.  As it currently … [Read more...]

“Ghostbusters” Reboot May Feature an All-Female Leading Cast

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It's been a long wait, but it looks as if the Ghostbusters franchise will actually be coming back to movie screens--with a slight twist.  According to the Hollywood Reporter, Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) is the current front-runner tapped by Sony Pictures to direct the next installment, and it may feature an all-female Ghostbusting team. The gender-swap will be an interesting take on the franchise if it actually happens, though it's not exactly that jarring of an idea.  The Ghostbusters … [Read more...]

Review: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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Directed By: James Gunn Written By: James Gunn, Nicole Perlman Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel MPAA: PG-13 I'm getting tired of comic book movies. It's just that so many of them them tend to follow a specific pattern, the "Marvel" formula, if you will, and are becoming more and more unsurprising with every next inevitable installment.  Bad guys want something, good guys try to stop them.  Bad guys get the thing, good guys stop them.  Cue … [Read more...]