SERENGETI: Director-Producer John Downer talks about new wildlife Discovery series – Exclusive Interview

Elephants and zebra herds at waterhole in SERENGETI - Season 1 | ©2019 Discovery Channel

Discovery Channel’s new Sunday-night miniseries SERENGETI is unusual. This is not because it is set in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, Africa, which contains large populations of many of the continent’s most notable wildlife; the network has aired many documentaries made there. However, SERENGETI is not a documentary, but rather a drama, created by Simon Fuller and directed by award-winning wildlife documentarian John Downer, both of whom are producers on the miniseries. Downer shot footage of real Serengeti lions, elephants, hyenas, baboons and other animals going about their lives, which has been edited into a storyline, narrated in the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING

PACIFIC RIM UPRISING movie poster | ©2018 Legendary/Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Burn Gorman, Charlie Day, Tian Jing, Jin Zhang, Aria Adria Arjona, Rinko Kikuchi Writers: Steven S. DeKnight & Emily Carmichael & Kira Snyder and T.S. Nowlin, based on characters created by Travis Beacham Director: Steven S. DeKnight Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: March 23, 2018 PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING is the sequel to 2013’s PACIFIC RIM, which was directed by Guillermo Del Toro. The new film is directed by Steven S. DeKnight. Someone else said one difference between the two is that the first film was a monster movie with giant robots, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI movie poster | ©2017 Lucasfilm

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Domnhall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern Benicio Del Toro, Joonas Suotamo Writer: Rian Johnson, based on characters created by George Lucas Director: Rian Johnson Distributor: Disney Release Date: December 14, 2017 By now, it is evident that any kind of adaptation of pre-existing material – sequels, books into films, films into TV series, and so on – is going to get a very strong reaction from people who have strong sentiments about the original. This means […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DETROIT

DETROIT movie poster | © 2017 Annapurna Pictures

Rating: R Stars: John Boyega, Algee Smith, Will Poulter, Anthony Mackie, Jason Mitchell, Jacob Lattimore, Hannah Murray, Kaitlyn Dever Writer: Mark Boal Director: Kathryn Bigelow Distributor: Annapurna Pictures Release Date: July 28, 2017 DETROIT for much of its running time plays as a fact-based horror movie. Although it is set against the backdrop of the conflagration that occurred in the title city during July 1967, DETROIT is actually about one specific incident. At least in the film, written by Mark Boal and directed by Kathryn Bigelow (the same team from THE HURT LOCKER and ZERO DARK THIRTY), the initial breaking […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS

STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS | © 2016 Disney Home Video

Not a lot more can be said about STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS … it is a throwback to the original film (some would say just a remake of A NEW HOPE) but with fresh faces, some interesting ideas about what happened after RETURN OF THE JEDI. I am a big fan of THE FORCE AWAKENS. Sure it borrows heavily from the original but after what we, as fans, went through with the prequels, this is what we needed. What everyone needed to get on board with the franchise again. And it delivers in spades with plenty of questions yet […]Read On »

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Movie Review: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS – Review #2

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS poster | © 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, Andy Serkis, Gwendoline Christie, Peter Mayhew, Domnhall Gleeson Writers: Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt, based on characters created by George Lucas Director: J.J. Abrams Distributor: Disney Release Date: December 18, 2015 — Here there be spoilers — Read at your own risk! There has probably never been a better use of movie magic than STAR WARS. In its potent mixture of human archetypes as old as our deepest past, laser blasters and starships from as far in the future as we can […]Read On »

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POP SHOW PODCAST – Episode 6: STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS review

THE POP SHOW PODCAST | © 2015 AssignmentX

After another extended hiatus, THE POP SHOW PODCAST starring Anthony C. Ferrante is back and this time it is the obligatory STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS review and even some discussion into the STAR WARS prequels. We are joined by a handful of nerds that love the Star Wars universe to discuss the blockbuster film. Needless to say, there are spoilers. HUGE SPOILERS. So do not listen if you haven’t seen the movie or don’t want to be ruined if you plan to see it later. Listen and Subscribe to the POP SHOW PODCAST on iTunes! POP SHOW PODCAST on other podcast […]Read On »

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Movie Review: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS – Review #1

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS logo | © 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, Andy Serkis, Gwendoline Christie, Peter Mayhew, Domnhall Gleeson Writers: Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt, based on characters created by George Lucas Director: J.J. Abrams Distributor: Disney Release Date: December 18, 2015 If there ever was a movie where just about nobody cared what the reviews were like, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is it. The legions who love George Lucas’ original creation don’t give a flying Fett what anyone has to say – if there’s a chance that the magic spark has […]Read On »

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