My First (And Last) CSI Experience: “CSI: Cyber” Pilot Review

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In nearly 27 years of existence, I’ve never watched an episode of any Crime Scene Investigation in its entirety. I’m not sure how that’s even possible, and it might not even be true (I may have tried CSI: NY‘s pilot because Gary Sinise), but I consider it one of my crowning pop culture achievements. … Get hard

“’71″ Is The First Must See Movie of 2015

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When I visited Belfast a couple years ago, I was struck not just by its beauty and industrial history, but by the uneasiness that hung in the air. The tension from The Troubles lurked over the place like fog. Tragedy and bloodshed felt fresh, like the city still had an … Get hard

Dev Patel & The AARP Avengers Light Up “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”

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It’s hard to come up with a movie that’s targeting someone more differently than me than John Madden’s The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. I’ve never even seen the first film (is there a more unlikely “franchise” than this?), but it’s a testament to the cast (the British Avengers of AARP) and the genuine heart of the … Get hard

Movie Drinking Games: “Frankenstein vs. The Mummy”

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Aren’t you tired of Oscar prestige pictures? Or $200 million Watchowski messes? Or Spongebob? Or Jeff Bridges? If so, look no further than RLJ Entertainment’s Frankenstein vs. The Mummy, a monster movie that has at least five minutes of the battle you’re waiting the entire movie for. And even so, it’s … Get hard

Ranking the 2015 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Documentary

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While nobody would argue that the Oscars are a fair representation of the best movies of any particular year (and are a white male heavy bunch), many of the less-publicized categories still have the capacity to inspire and surprise. Yes, Boyhood is important. But so are the foreign language nominees, the documentaries, and … Get hard

Ranking the 2015 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Live Action

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While nobody would argue that the Oscars are a fair representation of the best movies of any particular year (and are a white male heavy bunch), many of the less-publicized categories still have the capacity to inspire and surprise. Yes, Boyhood is important. But so are the foreign language nominees, like Timbuktu, the … Get hard

Ranking the 2015 Oscar Nominated Shorts: Animation

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While nobody would argue that the Oscars are a fair representation of the best movies of any particular year (and are a white male heavy bunch), many of the less-publicized categories still have the capacity to inspire and surprise. Yes, Boyhood is important. But so are the foreign language nominees, like Timbuktu, the documentaries, and of … Get hard

Oscar Nominated “Timbuktu” Is Necessary.

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If you, like me, spend any period of time (or way too much time) talking movies with your friends and peers, how “sad” a movie is tends to come up a lot. This is often seen as a detriment, a drawback, an excuse to avoid it. Life is miserable enough … Get hard

“Earth Girls Are Easy” Is The Greatest Film Of All-Time

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I know what you’re probably thinking. You’re skeptical; this screams of blog hyperbole. And it most definitely is that, and an excuse to spam Jeff Golblum GIF’s. But it’s true. Julien Temple’s Earth Girls Are Easy came out in 1988, the year of my birth. I’ve never had empirical evidence that I … Get hard

“Red Army” Documentary Illuminates Soviet Perspective Of The “Miracle On Ice”

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Everyone knows the story of the “Miracle on Ice,” the United States stunning victory over the Soviet juggernaut of a hockey team during the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, whether you witnessed it or have relived the Disney-fied version. The Soviets were/are an easy target during the Cold War; … Get hard

S&M & Butterflies In Uncomfortable Mind-Trip “The Duke of Burgundy”

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Unless you’re an avid butterfly enthusiast, you’d be forgiven for thinking The Duke of Burgundy was a film about French aristocracy by its title. Instead, a duke of burgundy is a European butterfly, and Peter Strickland’s mind trip of a movie chronicles the tawdry, uncomfortable S&M-laden relationship of two women, Cynthia (Sidse … Get hard

Like Life, “Mommy” Transcends The Misery

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This isn’t an easy movie. It’s not supposed to be, and more movies should be like Mommy, even if the experience is terrifying, uncomfortable and miserable. It’s also hilarious, heartbreaking and inspiring, sometimes in spite of yourself. The film itself is fearless, even if its characters are consumed by it. … Get hard

“88″ Is 88 Minutes Too Long

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I was the perfect audience for this movie. I’ve loved Katharine Isabelle in Being Human and Hannibal; she’s an actress who routinely subverts expectations based off her diminutive stature and friendly small-town waitress good looks to play angry, damaged and dangerous women. On the surface, her role as Gwen in … Get hard

My 10 Most Anticipated Sci-Fi/Fantasy Films of 2015

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Because David and I are apparently clones straight outta Project Leda, while I was feverishly culling a list of my top ten most anticipated sci-fi, fantasy and horror movies from io9′s massive genre calendar, David was doing the exact same thing. Like Rambo, he struck first blood, in a post you … Get hard