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

Ranking the superhero TV shows for the 2014-15 season

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It’s almost hard to believe that just a few years ago, the superhero market on television was Smallville and nothing else. Then Arrow debuted, followed by Marvel’s Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., and now, we’re in the midst of a full-blown explosion of TV shows based in some way off superhero or comic book properties. (“Superhero show” … Get hard

“Game of Thrones” Star Rose Leslie Talks “Honeymoon”

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Aside from being one of the very best shows on television, Game of Thrones has helped launch the careers of many incredible actors and propelled others to stardom, introducing American audiences to a slew of them. One of my favorites is Rose Leslie, who played the stubborn badass archer kissed-by-fire, Ygritte, across … Get hard

A Disturbing, Doomed Relationship Saves “Honeymoon” From Its Stock Premise

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Stay tuned tomorrow for an exclusive interview with Rose Leslie! Honeymoon, as you might expect, is about a couple of newlyweds. Through their wedding video, intercut with a car driving up to a cabin in the woods, we’re in love with them as much as they are with each other. … Get hard

Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith & Kristin Scott Thomas Prop Up “My Old Lady”

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I’ll be completely honest, I went to see this movie for Kevin Kline. I didn’t remember the last time I had seen a Kevin Kline movie, or even seen one advertised (I had blissfully forgotten his role in Last Vegas). It was likely Emperor’s Club, a Dead Poet’s Society knock-off, … Get hard

Superhero Movie Guidebook: ‘Batman’

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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: Batman (1989) Impression Going In: Varied. This movie was actually exactly the reason I wanted to do this project in chronological order. I adored this movie as a kid, then went years … Get hard

Nero needs a biopic

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Late last year, I became a regular magazine reader, for the first time since I was a tween, when my wife bought me a subscription to National Geographic. It’s been an enjoyable experience; the publication still has moments of transcendent brilliance, and even when failing that, there’s something delightfully old-school about … Get hard

FAN FRICTION: DOCTOR WHO SERIES 8 PREMIERE

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SPOILERS ABOUND. When Peter Capaldi was announced, I was ecstatic. Not because I knew who he was (because honestly, I didn’t) but because he was so unlike any of the New Series Doctors. He was older, a bit wiser looking and there was something that was so exciting about getting … Get hard

“The Frontier” Is Meditative Exploration Of Mankind’s Original Frontier: Father & Son Relationships

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The Frontier, another Kickstarter success story, is an independent film worth your attention. Tennessee (Coleman Kelly) is a bearded, soft spoken ranch hand, clearly content with his lot in life. His stolid existence is disrupted, however, when he receives a deep, poetic letter from his father, apologizing for his “brittle humanity.” … Get hard

Ed Harris, Michael Peña & Eva Longoria Make “Frontera” Work

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Ed Harris is one of those living legends of Hollywood, with a timeless quality about him that makes you feel as if he acted alongside John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart. He feels like a contemporary of Robert Duvall and Clint Eastwood, but he’s 20 years younger. The guy is ageless, and … Get hard

Superhero Movie Guidebook: ‘The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie’

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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. [Optional soundtrack to this post.] Impression going in: If you’ve been following along, you know damn well my impressions of this series going in. Impression after watching: Time is a flat circle. Everything we’ve ever … Get hard

Matthew Weiner’s “Are You Here” Is A Jumbled, Depressing Mess

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Matthew Weiner is one of the greatest TV writers and creators ever, thanks to Mad Men, a show that changed TV forever, and helped shepherd the glorious cable TV evolution. With Mad Men soon drawing to a close, it appears that Weiner has his sights set on the big screen. He’s earned a … Get hard

Next Fest: “Listen Up Philip” Q&A With Jason Schwartzman, Alex Ross Perry & Bret Easton Ellis

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Listen Up Philip is a depressing, 1980′s New York throwback that seeks to showcase a “miserable guy who makes the worst choice every time,” in a film that covers the “worst period of the lives for all the characters” involved. Oh, and it’s a distinctively shot, indie film starring Jason Schwartzman, … Get hard