TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 11 – “The Vessel”

Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles in SUPERNATURAL - Season 10 - "Paper Moon" | ©2014 The CW/Katie Yu

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark A. Sheppard, Weronika Rosati, Grant Harvey, Darren Dolynski Writer: Robert Berens, series created by Eric Kripke Director: John Badham Network: The CW, Wednesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: February 17, 2016 It had to happen sometime. Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) were bound to realize at some point that their angel friend Castiel (Misha Collins) is actually being occupied by Lucifer. Sooner or later, any show that has time travel has to have a story set on a U.S. Navy submarine during WWII, so SUPERNATURAL Season 11 does that as […]Read On »


TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 6 – “The Winds of Winter” – Season Finale

Lena Headey as Cersei in GAME OF THRONES |© 2016 HBO

Stars: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Natalie Dormer, Liam Cunningham, Sophie Turner, Aiden Gillen, Maisie Williams, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, John Bradley, Carice Van Houten, Jonathan Pryce, Diana Rigg, Finn Jones, Nathalie Emmanuel, Dean-Charles Chapman, Kristofer Hivju, Alfie Allen, Michiel Huisman, Jacob Anderson, Gemma Whelan, Jerome Flynn, Hannah Murray, Indira Varma, David Bradley, Ellie Kendrick, Bella Ramsey, Anton Lesser, Tim McInnerny, Julian Glover, Joseph Mawle, Ian Gelder, Eugene Simon, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Hafpor Julius Bjornsson, Hannah Waddingham, Robert Aramayo, Aisling Franciosi Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, series created by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George […]Read On »



THE PURGE ELECTION YEAR movie poster | ©2016 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson, Joseph Julian Soria, Betty Gabriel, Terry Serpico, Edwin Hodge, Kyle Secor, Liza Colon-Zayas, Brittany Mirabile, Raymond J. Barry Writer: James DeMonaco Director: James DeMonaco Distributor: Universal Release Date: July 1, 2016 After the original 2013 THE PURGE and its sequel, 2014’s THE PURGE: ANARCHY, writer/director/film series creator James DeMonaco is back with THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR. The biggest joke may be that what’s going on in the real world this year, politically and otherwise, has become so insane that what started as action horror/farfetched political satire now seems like something that’s […]Read On »



THE LEGEND OF TARZAN movie poster | ©2016 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Alexander Skarsgard, Samuel L. Jackson, Margot Robbie, Djimon Hounsou, Christoph Waltz Writers: Adam Cozad and Craig Brewer, story by Craig Brewer and Adam Cozad, based on the TARZAN stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs Director: David Yates Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: July 1, 2016 THE LEGEND OF TARZAN is a title that is at once helpful (this will be a movie about Tarzan) and misleading. Between all of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ stories about the Lord of the Jungle and the various films, cartoons and TV series about the character, using a “The” seems a bit overly authoritative. […]Read On »



FREE STATE OF JONES poster | ©2016 STX Entertainment

Rating: R Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Keri Russell Writer: Gary Ross, story by Leonard Hartman & Gary Ross Director: Gary Ross Distributor: STX Entertainment Release Date: June 24, 2016 Rather extraordinarily, the broad facts of FREE STATE OF JONES are true. During the Civil War, a Mississippi farmer named Newt Knight brought together a small, multiracial militia and effectively seceded from the Confederacy. The story was previously fictionalized in the 1942 novel TAP ROOTS and its 1948 film adaptation. There remains a great deal of controversy about Knight’s motives and specific actions. In FREE STATE OF JONES, […]Read On »


Movie Review: THE SHALLOWS

THE SHALLOWS movie poster | ©2016 Sony Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Blake Lively, Oscar Jaenada, Brett Cullen, Sedona Legge Writer: Anthony Jaswinski Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Distributor: Sony/Columbia Release Date: June 24, 2016 THE SHALLOWS pits Blake Lively’s surfer, Nancy Adams, against a Great White shark that has taken up residence near a secluded beach in Mexico. No one should go to a summer shark attack movie expecting plausibility – once in a great while, something like the all-too-believable OPEN WATER comes along, but that’s the exception. It’s usually not a problem, except when the movie wants to be taken seriously on a number of levels. THE SHALLOWS aims […]Read On »



THE LAST DREAM KEEPER | © 2016 Ace Paperback Original

Writer: Amber Benson Publisher: Ace Paperback Original Publication Date: January 2016 Suggested Retail Price: $15 THE LAST DREAM KEEPER is a follow-up to Amber Benson’s THE WITCHES OF ECHO PARK. Anyone who is familiar with that area of Los Angeles probably wondered if Benson’s first book in this series was fact or fiction. Echo Park is funky and forested and seems entirely likely to host a coven of magical practitioners. In fact, WITCHES is a work of horror-tinged urban fantasy, with Lyse returning from out of state to tend to her beloved great-aunt Eleanora, who turns out to be Lyse’s […]Read On »


TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 6 – “Battle of the Bastards”

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister and Conleth Hill as Lord Varys in GAME OF THRONES | © 2016 HBO

Stars: Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Liam Cunningham, Sophie Turner, Aiden Gillen, Carice Van Houten, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kristofer Hivju, Iwan Rheon, Alfie Allen, Michiel Huisman, Jacob Anderson, Gemma Whelan, Ian Whyte, Enzo Cilenti, Paul Rattray, Dean S. Jagger, Art Parkinson, Bella Ramsey, George Georgiou Writers:.David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, series created by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: Miguel Sapochnik Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: June 19, 2016 At the risk of sounding over-enthusiastic, after the first fourteen minutes of the GAME OF THRONES episode […]Read On »


Highlights from the 2016 LA FILM FESTIVAL

LA Film Festival

1) The new venue. Once upon a time the LAFF was in Hollywood. The it was in Westwood next to the UCLA campus. Then it was in the LA LIVE center downtown. All three areas managed to dwarf what was going on around it. In Hollywood it didn’t stick out enough from usual Hollywood goings on. At UCLA film goers were over run by campus dwellers (even though it was during Summer break). At LA LIVE it looked like it had been dropped into some Blade Runner-esque hybrid of LA and Tokyo with some sports championship or pop concert running […]Read On »


Movie Review: FINDING DORY

FINDING DORY poster | ©2016 Pixar / Walt Disney Pictures

Stars (voices): Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Hayden Rolence, Ty Burrell, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, Idris Elba, Dominic West, Sigourney Weaver Writer: Andrew Stanton, story by Andrew Stanton and Victoria Strouse & Bob Peterson, based on characters created by Andrew Stanton Director: Andrew Stanton; co-director, Angus MacLane Distributor: Walt Disney/Pixar Release Date: June 17, 2016 FINDING DORY is a sequel faithful in both form and content to 2003’s FINDING NEMO. In the earlier film, little clownfish Nemo is scooped out of the ocean and put in an aquarium, leaving his distraught father Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks) […]Read On »

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