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You Didn't Remember Incorrectly, the Best Thing About "Denver" is Its Theme Song

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Sometimes nostalgia blinds us and prevents us from seeing substandard things from our childhood for what they are, but sometimes we remember things correctly. For example, as a kid, I had my parents rent (what was apparently just) the pilot episode of Denver, the Last Dinosaur over and over again, mostly because I liked the theme song. The cartoon was pretty bland, even by cheap 80s and 90s cartoon standards, with incredibly stereotypical characters delivering after-school special-style lessons under the pretext of having a dinosaur for a best friend. Denver, the Last Dinosaur can never really be considered good, it’s just silly and predictably safe, but for most parents that’s exactly what they want for their kids.

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- Lex Walker

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'Arrow' Sets a High Bar for Superhero TV Shows

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While Smallville still holds the record for the longest TV show based on a DC character, it was surpassed in about every other way by Arrow in just two seasons. If the series’ first season did a pretty good job of introducing the character of Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and his arrow-slinging alter ego while balancing simultaneous storylines of his survival on a remote island with his return from the dead in Starling City. It established some long-term and short-term villains, looked at the difficulty arising from living two lives, and it started the slow build of the second season’s primary villain: Deathstroke. With that setup courtesy of the first season, the second season starts off sprinting and rarely ever lets up despite the introduction of a number of important characters and backdoor spin-off pilot for CW’s new DC show, The Flash. Arrow is a perfect example of »

- Lex Walker

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Thrilling Adventure Hour, Cary Elwes, and More Highlights from Nycc – Sunday

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Sunday is the last day of New York Comic Con, and in the past, it has been a more leisurely day without many big panels or events. 2014 has been a year for defying expectations, however, as Sunday morning started with John Hodgman, Paget Brewster, Mac Evan Jackson, and the rest of the cast of the Thrilling Adventure Hour making a major announcement about the future of the show, and it ended with Cary Elwes telling stories about the making of The Princess Bride. Read on for all the highlights, quotes, and best cosplay outfits from Sunday!

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- Rachel Kolb

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"Spartacus" Leads A Slave Revolt Against Good Taste

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If anyone tries to sell you on the exquisite performances or stellar craftsmanship of Spartacus: The Complete Series, don’t trust their judgment on anything. If, however, they pitch it as one of the greatest guilty pleasures of recent years, rife with ample gore, relentless male and female nudity and sex, juicy soap opera plotlines, and the guarantee of pure brain candy enjoyment, then take their word for it. Spartacus is exactly that; an addictive four-season CGI-laden period epic following one of the greatest slave rebellion’s in man’s history. It also isn’t inaccurate to say that while other shows and creators slowly warm up to tackling some of the hot button issues of our times, namely homosexual relationships, Spartacus brazenly and uncompromisingly leaves it all on the table. Don’t be fooled; hidden behind the skimpy loin clothes and relentless carnage, there is one of the most »

- Kyle North

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Gail Simone, Mike Tyson, and More Highlights from Nycc - Saturday

21 hours ago

Saturday at New York Comic Con is traditionally the biggest day as far as events, special guests, and crowds, and 2014 was no different. The stars of FX’s hit comedy The League including Paul Scheer, Mark Duplass, and Nick Kroll screened a new episode and answered questions from the fans. Meanwhile on the other side of the Javits Center, writers Gail Simone, Paul Tobin, and Brian Wood talked about the challenges of adapting beloved video games to comic books, and the stars of Black Dynamite, The Heart, She Holler, and Mike Tyson Mysteries talked about this year’s new Adult Swim programming. Read on for a full rundown of Saturday’s highlights, including The League, Bee & Puppycat, Dark Horse, and Adult Swim!

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- Rachel Kolb

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"Young And Beautiful" Just Another Pretty Face

19 October 2014 6:54 PM, PDT

There really shouldn’t be much mystery why film directors should feel compelled to explore the world of prostitution; after all, most of them are men. Attempting to find self-empowerment in the world’s oldest profession can be a difficult task, but even though it feels like that’s what Francois Ozon is after in Young and Beautiful. In fact, it can be difficult to determine what he’s after at all. Despite a striking lead performance by Marine Vacth, Young keeps the audience at a constant arm’s length, which wouldn’t be so frustrating were the material itself not so provocative, and were the rest of the creative not seemingly up for any challenge the director was able to throw at them.

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- Anders Nelson

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"Cowabunga Classics" Presents A Solid Case For Marijuana Legalization

19 October 2014 6:40 PM, PDT

Animated children’s shows of the late 80s/90s all had their bizarre moments when viewed from an aged distance (Thundercats, anyone?), but if any one of them could claim to be plausibly produced by and for people under the influence of hallucinogens, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is the clear favorite. Its appeal to children is obvious, but its potential as a cult classic still feels largely untapped, as demonstrated in Cowabunga Classics.

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- Anders Nelson

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"All Cheerleaders Die", But They Don't All Make It To Heaven

19 October 2014 6:09 PM, PDT

It's not a horror film itself, but a case could be made that the blood shed in Heathers flows as freely through the genre today as does that of the Dead trilogy or Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It's certainly splattered all over All Cheerleaders Die, a vision of the high school pecking order as bitter as the 1989 pre-Columbine bloodbath, but significantly less witty or humane. All cheerleaders may die, but they don't all leave much behind when they go.

After watching her friend Alexis (Felisha Cooper) killed in a cheerleading stunt gone wrong, Maddy (Caitlin Stasey) tries out for the squad when the new school year begins-and to the surprise of all involved, makes it on. She quickly befriends Tracy (Brooke Butler), who has already started dating Alexis’s old boyfriend team captain Terry (Tom Williamson), much to the chagrin of Maddy’s old girlfriend Leena (Sianoa Smit-McPhee). But Maddy has ulterior motives, »

- Anders Nelson

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