DORKING OUT – Episode 32: The Anti-heroes of Riverdale Edition

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

In this week’s podcast, we talk about anti-heroes. Are there too many anti-heroes on TV? What started as a really exciting storytelling idea has become the yawn-inducing standard. We talk about what Chris has labeled “Toxic Heisenberg Syndrome” and share our favorite TV anti-heroes. And speaking of anti-heroes, in our second segment, we review The CW’s radical reimagining of the wholesome Archie comics, RIVERDALE, and NBC’s grim take of THE WIZARD OF OZ, EMERALD CITY with entertainment journalist Abbie Bernstein, author of “The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Art Of The Great Wall,” which is coming out in February. In […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 10 – “There’s No Place Like Home”

Jared Padalecki stars as Sam in SUPERNATURAL Theres no Place like Home | © 2015 Katie Yu/The CW

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Felicia Day, Duncan Fraser, Barclay Hope, Paul McGillion Writers: Robbie Thompson, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Phil Sgriccia Network: The CW, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: January 27, 2015 Sometimes it’s not a good sign when the “previously on” recap section feels like it runs as long as an actual episode, but on SUPERNATURAL’s “There’s No Place Like Home,” the reminders are both warranted and worthwhile. Things we need to know for “Home.” 1) Dean (Jensen Ackles) is still struggling with the Mark of Cain, which makes him prone to violence. 2) Dean […]Read On »

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Movie Review: LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY’S RETURN

LEGENDS OF OZ movie poster | ©2014 Clarius Entertainment

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Lea Michele, Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer, Jim Belushi, Martin Short, Oliver Platt, Bernadette Peters, Hugh Dancy, Megan Hilty Writers: Randi Barnes and Adam Balsam, based on the book DOROTHY OF OZ by Roger Stanton Baum, based on THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ by L. Frank Baum Directors: Daniel St. Pierre and Will Finn Distributor: Clarius Entertainment Release Date: May 9, 2014 If your only exposure to Oz has been the 1939 MGM musical, you’ve missed the terrific children’s book that inspired it, THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ by L. Frank Baum. Baum wrote twelve-and-a-half more Oz […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 9 – “Slumber Party”

Felicia Day as Charlie in SUPERNATURAL "Slumber Party" | (c) 2013 Diyah Pera/The CW

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Mark A. Sheppard, Felicia Day, Guildhart Jackson, Tiio Horn, Maya Massar Writer: Robbie Thompson, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Robert Singer Network: The CW, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: October 29, 2013 Instead of going for either terror or utterly bizarre (two of the more expected choices), this year’s SUPERNATURAL Halloween episode “Slumber Party” decides to open the door, literally, to Oz. In a black-and-white prologue set in 1935, Hunter Dorothy (Tiio West) brings in a captured witch (Maya Massar) to the Men of Letters headquarters. Something happens, though at first it’s not […]Read On »

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Interview: Todd McFarlane on SUPERHEROES: A NEVER-ENDING BATTLE

SUPERHEROES A NEVER-ENDING BATTLE | (c) 2013 PBS

SUPERHEROES: A NEVER-ENDING BATTLE is a three-hour documentary on comic books and the culture they’ve created that airs Tuesday October 15 on PBS. Documentarian Michael Kantor says, “We made this series so that no parent would ever throw out their kids’ comic books again. This series is not just for comic book geeks – it’s funded both by the National Endowment of the Arts and the National Endowment of Humanities, and it contextualizes the stories of comic book superheroes within the greater history, that of the Great Depression, World War II, the congressional witch hunts of the 1950s, the Watergate […]Read On »

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Interview: Getting wicked with the witches of OZ THE GREAT AND POWERUL

MIchelle Williams in OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL poster | ©2013 Disney

OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL continues to rule the boxoffice as easily as Oz (James Franco) himself rules in the Emerald City. Before the film opened the very talented actresses that play the three witches of the movie spoke of their witchy roles. Michelle Williams plays Glinda the Good Witch, Rachel Weisz is Evanora Witch of the East, and Milla Kunis is Theodroa Witch of the West. All three of the actresses had a good time making the movie, and not a single one of them didn’t enjoy being in wires and flying about the sets. “I think we all […]Read On »

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Movie Review: OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL

OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Witch poster | ©2013 Disney

Rating: PG Stars: James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams Writers: Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire, screen story by Mitchell Kapner, based on the books by L. Frank Baum Director: Sam Raimi Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: March 8, 2013 Although the most famous by far of L. Frank Baum’s books is THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ, the author actually wrote fourteen OZ books total (as well as a number of other titles), which had storylines and characters that continued one to the other, albeit none had cliffhangers. The OZ books have not only great imagination but tremendous […]Read On »

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Comic-Con News: Sam Raimi talks OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL and reveals Bruce Campbell has a cameo

OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL teaser poster | ©2012 Disney

Even though the current poster for OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL looks very much like THE WIZARD OF OZ, director Sam Raimi says it shares the DNA of the L. Frank Baum books, but this is a prequel not a remake or sequel to that beloved 1939 film “We all loved THE WIZARD OF OZ and we were careful not to tread on it and careful to respect it,” admits Raimi. “Ours is a different story that leads up to THE WIZARD OF OZ. It’s how the Wizard came from Kansas to the land of Oz. It’s about a selfish […]Read On »

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