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Movie Review: BEAST MODE

BEAST MODE movie poster | ©2020 Devilworks

Rating: Not Rated Stars: C. Thomas Howell, James Duval, Carrie Finklea, Spain Willingham, Leslie Easterbrook, Robert Costanzo, Daz Crawford, Teddy Margas, James Hong, Ray Wise, Aliana Matheis, Douglas Bennett Writers: Chris W. Freeman & Spain Willingham & Drew Fortune Directors: Chris W. Freeman & Spain Willingham Distributor: Devilworks Release Date: December 1, 2020 To paraphrase a famous quote, dying is easy, comedy is hard, parodying Hollywood and trying to do horror at the same time on a low budget is super-hard. Credit BEAST MODE for giving it a go, even if it doesn’t hit the mark much of the time. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ZAPPA

ZAPPA movie poster | ©2020 Magnolia Pictures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Frank Zappa, Gail Zappa, Bunk Gardner, Ruth Underwood, Steve Vai, Mike Keneally, Pamela Des Barres Director: Alex Winter Distributor: Magnolia Pictures Release Date: November 27, 2020 ZAPPA, as its title suggests, is a documentary about the late rocker/composer Frank Zappa (1940-1993). There is something valiant about the way writer/director Alex Winter has assembled a mass of archival footage, integrated it with new interviews, set the mood with unrelated but thematically relevant clips, and gotten it into coherent form. ZAPPA isn’t one of those documentaries where we are primed for blinding new revelations, or even explanations of […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 15 – “Carry On” – Series Finale

Jared Padalecki as Sam and Jensen Ackles as Dean in SUPERNATURAL - Season 15 - "Carry On" | ©2020 The CW Network/Robert Falconer

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver Writer: Andrew Dabb, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Robert Singer Network: The CW, Thursday @ 8 PM Original Airdate: November 19, 2020 SUPERNATURAL does several smart things with its series finale. The first and most important is to end in a way that doesn’t make longtime fans want to kill themselves or other people. That aside, SUPERNATURAL spreads its denouement over two hours, the documentary “The Long Road Home,” and the actual last episode, “Carry On.” Reversing what might be the expected order, the say-goodbye doc, “The Long Road Home,” runs first. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BOOKS OF BLOOD

BOOKS OF BLOOD Key Art | ©2020 Hulu

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Britt Robertson, Anna Friel, Rafi Gavron, Yul Vasquez, Frieda Foh Shen, Nicholas Campbell, Andy McQueen, Kenji Fitzgerald, Etienne Kellici Writers: Adam Simon & Brannon Braga, based on the story THE BOOK OF BLOOD by Clive Barker Director: Brannon Braga Distributor: Hulu Release Date: October 7, 2020 BOOKS OF BLOOD is the collective title for author Clive Barker’s first several published collections of short stories. THE BOOK OF BLOOD is also the title of a specific Barker story, which has been adapted for the screen once before, in 2009. Here, director Brannon Braga and his co-screenwriter Adam […]Read On »

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SUPERNATURAL: The CW president Mark Pedowitz talks about the end of the 15-year series – Interview

Misha Collins as Castiel, Jared Padalecki as Sam, Jensen Ackles as Dean and Alexander Calvert as Jack in SUPERNATURAL - Season 15 | © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

After fifteen seasons and 327 one-hour episodes, SUPERNATURAL has its series finale on The CW on Thursday, November 17, 2020. The series began on The WB, and is now the longest-lasting survivor of that now-gone network. The CW Network president Mark Pedowitz counts himself as a SUPERNATURAL admirer. At a Q&A panel (pre-COVID) held by The CW for the Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour, there’s a final SUPERNATURAL panel. The speakers include leads Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester), Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester), Misha Collins (the angel Castiel) and Alexander Calvert (the half-angel Jack), executive producer/director Robert Singer, and executive producers/writers […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 15 – “Inherit the Earth”

Jared Padalecki as Sam in SUPERNATURAL - Season 15 - "Inherit The Earth" | ©2020 The CW Network/Cristian Cretu

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Alexander Calvert, Rob Benedict, Mark Pellegrino, Jake Abel, Kimberley Sustad Writers: Eugenie Ross-Leming & Brad Buckner, series created by Eric Kripke Director: John F. Showalter Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: November 12, 2020 To be clear, the episode “Inherit the Earth” is not the series finale of SUPERNATURAL. That comes November 19. However, the penultimate installment feels very much like a season finale. “Inherit the Earth” pays off the vast majority of plot developments that have been brewing ever since God/Chuck (Rob Benedict) returned to Earth at the end of Season […]Read On »

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NEXT: Actors Eve Harlow and Michael Mosley on Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

Michael Mosley as CMEve Harlow as Gina

NEXT is the title of the new Fox Network Tuesday-night series about an artificial intelligence, also called NEXT. The NEXT A.I. has achieved consciousness and is slowly going about using every bit of tech at its disposal to dispose of people who might be able to stop it from eradicating humanity. Fighting against NEXT are its creator, Paul LeBlance (John Slattery), and FBI Special Agent Shea Salazar (Fernanda Andrade), who heads up a cybersecurity task force. Eve Harlow plays Gina Graham and Michael Mosley plays C.M., both members of Salazar’s team. Gina is Salazar’s protégé, while C.M. is an ex-con […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE GIANT

THE GIANT movie poster | ©2020 Vertical

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Odessa Young, Ben Schnetzer, Jack Kilmer, Madelyn Cline, Danny Ramirez, P.J. Marshall Writer: David Raboy Director: David Raboy Distributor: Vertical Release Date: November 13, 2020 THE GIANT turns out to be a lot like its main character, Charlotte Williams (Odessa Young). Charlotte is beautiful, distracted, depressed, and has a hard time separating reality from dreams. Likewise, THE GIANT writer/director David Raboy has a distinctive visual style that smears light deliberately through the frame from onscreen sources to often striking effect, with trees that gleam and relentless cicadas on the soundtrack. He’s also very deft with audible […]Read On »

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Movie Review: AMMONITE

AMMONITE movie poster | ©2020 Neon

Rating: R Stars: Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Jones, James McArdle, Fiona Shaw, Alec Secareanu Writer: Francis Lee Director: Francis Lee Distributor: Neon Release Date: November 13, 2020 AMMONITE has a protagonist not seen every day, in film or in life: an 1840s female British paleontologist. Ammonite is also a kind of prehistoric cephalopod, now found only as a fossil. Written and directed by Francis Lee, AMMONITE is also a quiet lesbian romance, set mostly on and near a rocky beach, with the pounding of the waves ever in our ears. Virtually the first thing we see is a fossilized […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 15 – “Despair”

Misha Collins as Castiel as Billie in SUPERNATURAL - Season 15 - "Despair" | ©2020 The CW Network/Katie Yu

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Alexander Calvert, Jim Beaver, Felicia Day, Lisa Berry, Briana Buckmaster, Rachel Miner Writer: Robert Berens, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Richard Speight Jr. Network: The CW, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: November 5, 2020 SUPERNATURAL is heading towards its conclusion, with enormous stakes and even bigger emotion. In “Despair,” there’s a lot of the title sentiment, but there’s also true happiness and love. Jack (Alexander Calvert) is having a lot of physical problems, as he’s turned himself into a living bomb. He was meant to die taking out Chuck/God and Chuck’s […]Read On »

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