Twisted New Zealand Home Invasion Horror Film “Housebound” Injects Fun Into Genre

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Kylie Bucknell (Morgana O’Reilly) is a perpetually pissed off juvenile delinquent, except she’s closer to 30 than high school. Treatment facilities have failed time and time again, so she’s sentenced to eight months of house arrest with her mother Miriam (Rima Te Wiata, MVP) and her “cabbage in a polo” … Get hard

2014 Fall TV Power Rankings, Round 1

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TV has become a year-round affair that’s nearly impossible to keep track of, with most of the best and our favorite shows airing anywhere but fall (Game of Thrones, Hannibal, Orphan Black, True Detective, Parks and Recreation). Aside from The Walking Dead, is there a must-watch show premiering this fall? Probably not, but I watched … Get hard

Antonio Banderas & Company Break Laws of Robotics in Sci-Fi Snoozer “Automata”

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It’s 2044 A.D. and 99% of the human population has perished from radiation. It’s a testament to how flawed, unfortunate and cliché this movie is that I feel bad for the surviving 1% of the world who had to weather this foggy, nonsensical I, Robot knockoff. The ROC Corporation (of … Get hard

Andy’s Creek or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love “Dawson’s Creek”

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Note: As long as you avoid the song videos below, there really aren’t any Dawson’s Creek spoilers in the following. Dawson’s Creek is my favorite television show. That’s no secret; it invariably comes up in less time than it takes to pee. My life is inextricably linked with my favorite residents … Get hard

Bite-Size Binge: Lev Grossman’s “The Magicians” Trilogy

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When The Magicians first came to me, it was a world post-Harry Potter. The last two movies had yet to come out, and I was clinging on to them like they were the last vestiges of my childhood. Because they were, along with Bandit, my stubbornly mortal border collie. Harry Potter was and … Get hard

“The Pagemaster” Drinking Game

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For those who grew up in the 90′s, Macaulay Culkin was our childhood. I could care less about Ri$hie Rich, but he made me cry in My Girl, laugh in Uncle Buck, and want to be him in the Home Alone series. When I saw him at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood last year, I almost … Get hard

Bite-Size Binge: IFC’s “The Spoils of Babylon”

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Oftentimes, when I find myself with an hour or two to kill, I scroll through Netflix, Hulu and various other online outlets, and am frozen with indecision, fraught with stress over what show I should watch next. Do I set aside my life for a few years and start Star Trek, … Get hard

“Space Jam” Drinking Game

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If you’re not listening to the Space Jam Theme Song while reading this post (or every morning to get you ready for the day in a way only R. Kelly could), you’re not doing it right. You’re probably not living life correctly either, and probably a miserable person who lives … Get hard

Hey You Guys…Shailene Woodley Really Is A Movie Star: “White Bird in a Blizzard” Review

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On the surface, White Bird in a Blizzard is another book turned into a movie that stars Shailene Woodley, the go-to young actress to adapt the lives of several tortured teenagers on paper to the big screen. But, it doesn’t take long to realize Gregg Araki’s film is different. Somehow … Get hard

Superhero Movie Guidebook: ‘The Return of the Swamp Thing’

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Welcome to the Superhero Movie Guidebook! For an introduction to this series, click here. Check here for past entries and future updates most Thursdays. The movie: The Return of the Swamp Thing (1989) Impression Going In: I had never seen it. I watched the first Swamp Thing movie from 1982 and described it as neither good nor bad, “just sort … Get hard

Viggo Mortensen Simmers, But “The Two Faces of January” Never Truly Boils

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Based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith, The Two Faces of January is a well-acted, reasonably well made, vaguely Hitchcockian suspense thriller that explores the similarities between star Viggo Mortensen (Lord of the Rings)and a guy who’s been labeled a future star so many times that he’s already leapfrogged over … Get hard

Must See To Believe: Katie Cassidy, Eliza Dushku & Michelle Trachtenberg In Superhero Mind-Bender “The Scribbler”

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The Scribbler is a fascinating cauldron of genre actors playing against type, or EXACTLY within type, an IMDB enthusiast’s wet dream. The comic book movie somehow stars Eliza Dushku, Michelle Trachtenberg AND Katie Cassidy, three of the most divisive actresses on some of the Internet’s favorite shows: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dollhouse and Arrow. An acting clinic this … Get hard

“The Guest” Is A Movie You’ll Never Want To Leave

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I was first introduced to director (and editor) Adam Wingard and writer-producer Simon Barrett’s sublime collaborations with You’re Next, an awesome send up and salute to home invasion horror movies. Nothing about that was a fluke, as I think I had even more fun while watching The Guest. The Wingard/Barrett … Get hard

LA EigaFest: “Ask This of Rikyu,” “Wood Job!,” & “Bilocation”

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Film festivals are magical places. For the last two months you’ve had the choice of rewatching Guardians of the Galaxy for the umpteenth time or waste your money at the theaters with a slew of an almost unheard of amount of dreck, but this Saturday at LA’s EigaFest, I managed to … Get hard

LA EigaFest 2014: “Lupin The Third”

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The fourth annual LA Eigafest came to the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood this past weekend, and brought with it a slew of recent Japanese releases, many carefully selected to appeal to the American masses. Of course, most of those in attendance throughout the weekend were either critics or die-hard eiga fans … Get hard