Orphan Black Episode 2.5 Recap

Hidey-ho readeroonies! I hope you enjoyed Orphan Black’s season 2, episode 5, “Ipsa Scientia Potestas Est” (translation: “knowledge itself is power”), because otherwise this recap wherein I gush over the skillful storytelling is going to be weird. Don’t make it weird.

Orphan Black Episode 2.3 Recap

“Mingling Its Own Nature with It” featured very few lighthearted moments. Shit’s getting real folks. Where season one introduced us to the women, season two is delving deeper into the worsening psychological effects of realizing you’re a clone.

Transcendence Review

Transcendence is so universally awful and painful to sit through that it becomes the rare kind of film where partway through you keep questioning if it’s worse than other similarly abysmal misfires.

Home Entertanment Round-Up: 4/7/14

We kick off this Home Entertainment round-up with two Martin Scorsese comedies – The King of Comedy and The Wolf of Wall Street – before looking at new releases for Sam Raimi’s Darkman, Howard Hawks’ El Dorado, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, and Paul Schrader’s remake of Cat People. There’s also some B-movie goodness with looks at Alec Baldwin in The Shadow, the 1980s horror flick Night of the Demons, and the made for TV 1973 thriller The Horror at 37,000 Feet

Interview: Derek Lee and Clif Prowse

We talk to Clif Prowse and Derek Lee, the writers, directors, and stars of the horror thriller Afflicted, about taking the time to get to know their “characters,” why their movie isn’t specifically a “found footage” film, their individual strengths as filmmakers, and how having a small crew freed up money to create more ambitious action sequences.

A Girl on Girls: Episode 3.11 Recap

This season Girls has become more focused than ever on using subtly themed episodes to test its characters like lab rats. The biggest thematic thread (or piece of cheese, depending on which metaphor you go with here) has been the notion of settling. This episode, the show asked some tough questions: Are you actually content, or are you unknowingly giving up a piece of yourself? Are you deluded if you’re happy with something seemingly imperfect?

Community Episode 5.9 Recap

For a pretty straight forward 22 minutes that takes place in only three or four settings, “VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing” is complex and fun, but might leave some people (namely those who aren’t familiar with Breaking Bad) behind as it eagerly eats its own referential tail.

Home Entertainment Round-Up: 3/9/14

As we dig out from under the pile of Blu-Ray and DVD releases that have come into the office this month, we take a look at Criterion editions of Soderbergh’s underrated King of the Hill and Truffaut’s Jules and Jim, Blu-rays for Thor: The Dark World, Nebraska, Wadjda, and Blue is the Warmest Color, and a DVD of the found footage thriller Banshee Chapter.

Unsung Anniversaries #5: The Ref

This week in Unsung Anniversaries we look at one of the best holiday movies to not be released during the holidays as Denis Leary and Kevin Spacey star in 1994’s The Ref

True Detective Episode 1.7 Recap

Disguised as a lit trail of gunpowder leading to a jam-packed keg, True Detective is a thread of black yarn that continues to burn throughout the crowded firework factory that Nic Pizzolatto has made for us, expertly missing all the fuses and gas cans that lesser shows would ignite.

Unsung Anniversaries #2: Blank Check

For our second installment of Unsung Anniversaries we take a look back on the 20th anniversary of the decidedly less than rad Home Alone knock-off Blank Check and just how a movie like this ends up getting made in the first place.

Blu-Ray Round-Up: 2/10/14

We FINALLY start digging ourselves out of the backlog of DVDs and Blu-Rays we received over the past month with the first of two special home entertainment columns this week. Today we look at the hilarious Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, the intense Captain Phillips, the Adam Scott comedy A.C.O.D., Kuosawa’s classic Throne of Blood on Criterion, and Dylan McDermott trapped in a Freezer.