TV Review: HOSTAGES – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Dylan McDermott in HOSTAGES - Season 1 - "Pilot" | ©2013 CBS/Nicole Rivelli

Stars: Toni Collette, Dylan McDermott, Tate Donovan, Billy Brown, Sandrine Holt, Rhys Coiro, Quinn Shephard, Mateus Ward, James Naughton Writers: Alon Aranya & Jeffrey Nachmanoff, original idea by Omri Givon Director: Jeffrey Nachmanoff Network: CBS, Mondays @ 10 PM Original Airdate: September 23, 2013 It’s not right to compare every serialized TV thriller series to 24, but HOSTAGES makes such an analogy tempting, particularly to the previous series’ first season. There is the central story element, with a doctor being blackmailed by a rogue FBI agent, there’s the pacing, there are the twists. There are also conflicted people with guns […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 8 – “A Beautiful Day” – Season Premiere

Michael C. Hall in DEXTER - Season 8 | ©2013 Showtime

Rating: TV-MA Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Aimee Garcia, Charlotte Rampling, Geoff Pierson, Sean Patrick Flaherty, Rhys Coiro Writer: Scott Buck, series developed for television by James Manos Jr., based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: Keith Gordon Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: June 30, 2013 In story time, six months have passed since the “Holy !!!!” climax of DEXTER’s seventh season. The eighth and (sob) final season doesn’t start with anything quite so shocking as Deb (Jennifer Carpenter) shooting LaGuerta (Lauren Velez) in order to save […]Read On »

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Movie Review: STRAW DOGS

STRAW DOGS movie poster | ©2011 Screen Gems

Stars: James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, Alexander Skarsgard, James Woods, Dominic Purcell, Laz Alonso, Willa Holland, Walton Goggins, Drew Powell, Rhys Coiro, Billy Lush Writer: Rod Lurie, based on the screenplay by David Zelag Goodman and Sam Peckinpah, based on the novel THE SIEGE AT TRENCHER’S FARM by Gordon Williams Director: Rod Lurie Distributor: Screen Gems Release Date: September 16, 2011 In 1971, director/co-screenwriter Sam Peckinpah made a heavily controversial splash with STRAW DOGS, an adaptation of the Gordon Williams novel THE SIEGE AT TRENCHER’S FARM. Dustin Hoffman starred as an American academician who moves to a rural village in England […]Read On »

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