DVD Review: TOM HOLLAND’S TWISTED TALES

TOM HOLLAND'S TWISTED TALES | ©2014 RLJ Entertainment / Image Entertainment

Rating: Not Rated Stars: William Forsythe, Danielle Harris, Ray Wise, AJ Bowen, Sarah Butler, Angela Bettis, Amber Benson Writer: Tom Holland Director: Tom Holland Distributor: RLJ Entertainment/Image Entertainment DVD Release Date: March 18, 2014 TOM HOLLAND’S TWISTED TALES began life last year as an anthology series on FearNet. Nine episodes have been gathered on DVD, with jocular on-camera introductions by writer/director/producer Holland (of FRIGHT NIGHT and CHILD’S PLAY fame). The segments are of varying lengths – the longest, “The Pizza Guy,” is approximately twenty minutes – and cover a whole spectrum of horror topics, from werewolves, vampires and Satanism to …Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 9 – “The Repo Man in the Septic Tank”

Emily Deschanel and Ignacio Serricchio in BONES - Season 9 - "The Repo Man in the Septic Tank" | ©2014 Fox/Ray Mickshaw

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, Tamara Taylor, TJ Thyne, John Francis Daley, Ignacio Serricchio, Dendrie Taylor, Kevin E. West, Shahine Ezell, Chris Coy Writer: Michael Peterson, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Jeffrey Walker Network: Fox, Mondays @ 8 PM Airdate: March 17, 2014 BONES often has its main characters figuring out something about their personal lives from what they experience on the job, but in “The Repo Man in the Septic Tank,” the elements don’t fit comfortably together. Brennan (Emily Deschanel) comes to an arguable conclusion based on …Read On »

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Blu-ray/DVD Review: IN FEAR

IN FEAR poster | ©2014 Anchor Bay

Rating: R Stars: Iain De Caestecker, Alice Englert, Allen Leech Writer: Jeremy Lovering Director: Jeremy Lovering Distributor: Anchor Bay Films Blu-Ray/DVD/VOD Release Date: March 11, 2014 It’s hard to make any kind of a gripping movie with limited sets and very few cast members, but writer/director Jeremy Lovering succeeds with his debut feature, IN FEAR. Genre fans can relate elements of the scenario to a lot of other suspense/horror films, but IN FEAR works as an original, as well as an unexpectedly good character piece. Scotsman Tom (Iain De Caestecker) and English Lucy (Alice Englert) have only been dating for …Read On »

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Blu-ray/DVD Review: KILL YOUR DARLINGS

KILL YOUR DARLINGS movie poster | ©2014 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Rating: R Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall, Jack Huston, Ben Foster, David Cross, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Elizabeth Olsen, Kyra Sedgwick, John Cullum, David Rasche Writers: John Krokidas & Austin Bunn, story by Austin Bunn, based on biographical material by Allen Ginsberg Director: John Krokidas Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: March 18, 2013 KILL YOUR DARLINGS is advice that essentially means a writer should remove any elements that he or she feels particularly precious about or identifies with too much. In this fact-based film, it also has a more literal interpretation. It turns out that …Read On »

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TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – Season 5 – “500 Years of Solitude”

Olga Fonda as Nadia in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 5 - "500 Years of Solitude" | ©2014 The CW/Bob Mahoney

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Steven R. McQueen, Kat Graham, Zach Roerig, Candice Accola, Michael Trevino
 Writers: Kevin Williamson, Julie Plec, Caroline Dries, series created by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, based on characters created in L.J. Smith’s THE VAMPIRE DIARIES novels
  Director: Chris Grismer Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM
  Original Airdate: January 23, 2014 “500 Years of Solitude” is THE VAMPIRE DIARIES 100th episode…so congrats CW and the stars of the show. At the end of the “Fifty Shades of Grayson” (Episode 10, which aired December 12, 2013), before the show took a winter break …Read On »

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DANCING WITH THE STARS Season 18 Recap: High Scores, Star Wars and Big Debuts for Week One Premiere

Sharkna Burgess and Charlie White on DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 18 | ©2014 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Nene Leakes, James Maslow, Danica McKellar, Sean Avery, Billy Dee Williams, Meryl Davis, Candace Cameron Bure, Cody Simpson, Drew Carey, Amy Purdy, Diana Nyad, Charlie White Network: ABC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: March 17th, 2014 It’s that time of year. It only happens twice a year, once in the fall and now in the spring time. DANCING WITH THE STARS: Season 18 has begun. Learning from some failed change ups last fall, the DWTS producers decided to bring back some old elements, while bringing on some new faces, co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet and the entire band was let go after …Read On »

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TV REVIEW: MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD – Season 1 – “T.A.H.I.T.I.”

Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Ward (Brett Dalton) plan to save Skye (Chloe Bennet) on MARVELS AGENTS OF SHIELD | © 2014 ABC/Kelsey McNeal

Cast: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker Network: Airs on ABC Tuesdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: March 4, 2014 In the previous episode of MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD, Skye (Chloe Bennet) was shot twice and left for dead by an evil henchmen working for the Clairvoyant and Centipede. In “T.A.H.I.T.I.”, the race is on to find a way to save her after the doctors inform Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) that she won’t make it. Coulson with the knowledge that he was brought back from the dead figures if he can take her …Read On »

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Video Game Review: THIEF

THIEF | © 2014 Square Enix

Distributor: Eidos Montreal Publisher: Square Enix Platform: PS4, Xbox 1, PC, Xbox 360, PS3 The original THIEF video game was back in a time before gamers didn’t have the attention span of a gnat. You spent numerous amounts of game play sitting in the dark just trying to figure out the pattern of guards or if there was enough light to give you away in a small corner so you could get to your objective of stealing some tiny trinket from some turn-of-the-century highbrow socialite. If you did manage to kill a guard or knock them out, you had to …Read On »

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Blu-ray/DVD Review: BATTLE OF THE DAMNED

BATTLE OF THE DAMNED | © 2014 Anchor Bay Films

Rating: R Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Melanie Zanetti, Matt Doran, David Field, Jen Keo Sung, Lydia Look, Oda Maria, Jeff Pruitt, Kerry Wong, Estaban Cueto Writer: Christopher Hatton Director: Christopher Hatton Distributor: Anchor Bay Films Home Video Release Date: February 18, 2014 Given the proliferation of zombie entertainment at present, the genre breaks down not just into film, TV and videogames and fast zombies vs. slow zombies, but also the good, the bad and the ugly. BATTLE OF THE DAMNED turns out to be one of the good ones – no, it’s not up there with the remake of DAWN OF …Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 9 – “First Born”

Tim Omundson as Cain in SUPERNATURAL "First Born" | © 2014 The CW/Diyah Pera

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark A. Sheppard, Timothy Omundson, Rachel Hayward Writer: Robbie Thompson, series created by Eric Kripke Director: John Badham Network: The CW, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: January 21, 2014 Directed by John Badham – yes, the helmer of the Frank Langella DRACULA, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER and WARGAMES, among other credits – the SUPERNATURAL episode “First Born” comes up with a surprising yet logical (within the context of the show) bit of mythology, while working buddy comedy from two separate angles. While Dean (Jensen Ackles) is out on the road hunting Gadriel, he …Read On »

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