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TV Review: TRUE BLOOD – Season 7 – “Love is to Die”

Deborah Ann Woll stars as Jessica in TRUE BLOOD "Love is to Die" | © 2014 John P. Johnson/HBO

Stars: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Ryan Kwanten, Alexander Skarsgard, Chris Bauer, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Lauren Bowles, Tara Buck, Anna Camp, Nelsan Ellis, Jim Parrack, Noah Matthews, Bailey Noble, Nathan Parsons,  Carrie Preston, Deborah Ann Woll, Jurnee-Smollett Bell, Will Yun Lee, Ashley Hinshaw Writer: Brian Buckner, series created by Alan Ball, based on Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels Director: Howard Deutsch Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Airdate: August 17, 2013 To cut to the chase, in “Love is to Die,” TRUE BLOOD’s penultimate episode, Bill (Stephen Moyer) still has Hep-V and still hasn’t met the true death. If someone …Read On »

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CD Review: GOLDEN NEEDLES and THE FOURTH PROTOCOL soundtracks

THE FOURTH PROTOCOL soundtrack | ©2014 Buysoundtrax

From spies to a certain magnum-blasting cop, Lalo Schifrin can be certified as one of Hollywood’s most versatile men of musical action – though it’s likely to be his lightning fists of Chopsocky jazz-Fu which will go down as his most popular score (along with Bruce Lee’s most popular film) for 1973s ENTER THE DRAGON. But perhaps an even cooler contender would be the soundtrack for director Robert Clouse’s 1974 follow up GOLDEN NEEDLES, which had seven treasure hunters of various moral shadings pursuing an idol whose “seven forbidden acupuncture points” all kick ass with Schifrin’s distinctive take on exotic …Read On »

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CD Reviews: THE HILLS HAVE EYES and KNIGHT RIDER soundtracks

KNIGHT RIDER soundtrack | ©2014 Perseverance Records

Don Peake is one of the musicians who’ve jumped on board of Perseverance’s new “composer distribution series,” which allows artists to use the label as a proxy for titles they’ve always wanted to release. Among the titles to spring from the former Everly Brothers guitarist are FRANKIE AND JOHNNY ARE MARRIED and two volumes of KNIGHT RIDER. But horror cultists will most certainly get their primitive fill for Peake’s run through the cannibal-infested desert of Wes Craven during the director’s way grittier days, a grindhouse talent that had memorable brute force in 1977s THE HILLS HAVE EYES. This since way …Read On »

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CD Review: THE GOOD WIFE (The Official TV Score) soundtrack

THE GOOD WIFE (The Official TV Score) soundtrack | ©2014 CBS Records

If the religiously-minded Antonio Vivaldi was a television composer writing music for a less-than holy heroine, than his work might sound akin to the wittily dramatic music that David Buckley has been up to with the last several (and continuing) seasons of CBS’s hit THE GOOD WIFE. While Buckley might be busy on suspenseful feature scores like ATM, GONE and PARKER while simultaneously blowing away a couple thousand mercenaries in the videogame arena of CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS, THE GOOD WIFE  gives his defendants a chance to hear a far warmer, and more emotional side from the composer – one …Read On »

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CD Review: D.A.R.Y.L: LIMITED EDITION soundtrack

D.A.R.Y.L: LIMITED EDITION. soundtrack | ©2014 La La Land Records

At first, it might have seemed an odd choice to have the Oscar-winning composer of THE WAY WE WERE score a movie about a kid cyborg. But when you consider what a beautifully melodic sentimentalist that Marvin Hamlisch was, hiring him for this sweetly unique 1985 kid’s adventure made perfect sense. Young star Barret Oliver seemed to be doing next to every memorable genre movie from the period (FRANKENWEENIE, COCOON and THE NEVERENDING STORY among them), and brought much warmth to this robotic spin on E.T. as a super-smart twelve year-old who finds shelter from government baddies with a nice …Read On »

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MUPPETS MOST WANTED Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

MUPPETS MOST WANTED | © 2014 Disney Home Video

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: MUPPETS MOST WANTED – I appreciate that the creators of the MUPPETS are down to create something so incredibly different that it actually makes a franchise that has been around for more than three decades relevant again on the pop culture stage. Just look at the attention …Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: CURTAINS

CURTAINS Blu-ray | ©2014 Synapse Films

Stars: John Vernon, Samantha Eggar, Linda ThorsonWriter: Robert Guza, Jr. Writer: Robert Guza, Jr. Director: Jonathan Stryker (pseudonym of Richard Ciupka) Suggested Retail Price: $24.95 Distributor: Synapse Films Jensen Farley was a film distributor in the early 1980s that specialized in exploitation films including a handful of forgotten sex comedies (JOYSTICKS), a children’s film (THE LAST UNICORN) and two cult horror films THE BOOGENS and CURTAINS. CURTAINS is the most curious of the two because it’s lay dormant for years, never seeing a decent DVD or Blu-ray release. It also had a troubled production history, taking several years to make …Read On »

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CD Review: BILL AND TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE and TARZAN soundtracks

BILL AND TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE soundtrack | ©2014 Intrada Records

David Newman’s rocking, rambunctious voice for electronics and the orchestra provided the beat for two cult teen movies from the late 80s – one involving a bitchy clique of “Heathers,” and the other pairing the far more lovable, dunderheaded duo of Ted “Theodore” Logan and Bill S. Preston, Esquire. While the first picture got a snarky, country-flavored synth beat, the clever, time travelling conceit for BILL AND TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE afforded Newman the opportunity to energetically combine a full-blast, history-spanning symphony with a rock-pop beat for the Wyld Stallyns’ first quest. It was indeed a truly ingenious stylistic combo as …Read On »

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Movie Review: LIFE AFTER BETH

LIFE AFTER BETH | © 2014 A24

Rating: R Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Cheryl Hines, Paul Reiser, Matthew Gray Gubler, Anna Kendrick, Eva La Dare Writer: Jeff Baena Director: Jeff Baena Distributor: A24 Release Date: August 15, 2014 There are more of them out there, but for the purposes of this discussion, we’ll just name SHAUN OF THE DEAD, WARM BODIES and now LIFE AFTER BETH. It’s official – the zomromcom or romzomcom (i.e., romantic zombie comedy) is now its own subgenre. LIFE AFTER BETH, written and directed by Jeff Baena, uses a new (or at least new-ish) zombie mythology as …Read On »

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Movie Review: SEPTIC MAN

SEPTIC MAN | © 2014 Starz Digital Media

Rating: R Stars: Jason David Brown, Molly Dunsworth, Robert Maillet, Tim Burd, Julian Richings, Stephen McHattie Writer: Tony Burgess Director: Jesse Thomas Cook Distributor: Starz Digital Media Release Date: August 15, 2014 Not for the faint of heart, or the weak of stomach, SEPTIC MAN combines the horrors of serial killers, claustrophobia and psychological damage with a hefty continuing dose of physical filth. It is effective and remarkably sober, except for a derangedly cheerful country-style song over the end credits. There may be a couple of thematic similarities, but no one is going to confuse this with, say, THE TOXIC …Read On »

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