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"Kink" Puts Your Inhibitions Under The Whip

15 April 2015 3:54 AM, PDT

Kink is a documentary about daily life and work at Kink.com, a Bdsm erotica site, from the perspective of performers, directors, casting directors, and crew members. Director Christina Voros follows a wide variety of porn film shoots and allow these performers and directors explains the different aspects of Bdsm in their own words. They also get into the trickier aspects of consent when money is involved and why feminists are so divided when it comes to pornography in general.

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- Rachel Kolb

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"Nazi Mega Weapons" Makes Learning Go Kapow!

15 April 2015 12:41 AM, PDT

Our insatiable fascination with World War II shows no signs of abating, nor should it. Never again will such a clear-cut conflict of good and evil start a global war of continents in pitched combat behind leaders who stood among titans; all for the preservation of mankind in the face of fiery annihilation. In an era of guerrilla wars and ever-increasing reliance on the surgical precision of Special Operations over the heavy footprint of Big Army, it’s almost inconceivable to fathom a time when armies of millions were deciding the fate of the humanity in open fields and muddy trenches. PBS feeds the hobbyist historian’s curiosity with its second season of the shocking show Nazi Mega Weapons. Out of the horrors of Nazi fascism, came the seeds of some of the most radical discoveries of the 20th century.

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- Kyle North

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Duplication Is No "Vice"

14 April 2015 9:51 PM, PDT

Considering Hollywood’s ever-increasing fear of making anything groundbreaking and original, preferring instead to rely on unnecessary sequels and remakes of proven material, I was dismayed but not terribly shocked. when I heard that Ridley Scott was planning to produce a sequel to Blade Runner. One of the greatest science-fiction films ever made, the film has truly earned the label of cult classic; why sully its legacy by creating what is guaranteed to be a lesser imitator? Especially when so many films that fall under that umbrella already exist?

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- Lee Jutton

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"Aaliyah": Don't, Just Don't

14 April 2015 8:23 PM, PDT

Woof. As Mel Brooks would say, ‘This movie is revolting!’ ‘You’re telling me, it stinks on ice!’ To call this movie garbage is to do a disservice to the artistry of landfills. Starring relative newcomer Alexandra Shipp, perhaps known by Nickelodeon fans who follow the British import House of Anubis and who will be more known when she takes over as Ororo Munroe/Storm in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, Aaliyah: The Princes of R&B certainly does not herald the birth of a new starlet. Made-for-tv by those connoisseurs of crud over at Lifetime, the film went into production with the adamant disapproval of Aaliyah’s family and, laughably, did not even get rights to any of her hit music. The result, therefore, is a mismanaged, cumbersome exercise in flatfooted biopic film-making without any real connection to the life, times, and work of the titular subject. Good luck getting through 88-minutes. »

- Kyle North

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"Amish" Test The Boundaries Of Reality Even Further

14 April 2015 7:23 PM, PDT

When The Real World first debuted on MTV in 1992, the concept of a show that sent a group of obnoxious strangers to live together in a house with their every action caught on tape was groundbreaking. The weird, voyeuristic night-vision footage of people canoodling! The confessionals that were clearly scripted by the producers! The weird fights inserted for dramatic effect, ranging from stealing someone’s peanut butter or sleeping with someone’s significant other! Since then, we’ve been treated to multiple variations on this theme, including Big Brother (the competitive version), Jersey Shore (the spray-tanned version) and Party Down South (the southern-fried version). Clearly, television producers are running out of ways to make this tired concept seem fresh and exciting. Lo and behold, TLC is here, with an answer: let’s make the housemates Amish.

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- Lee Jutton

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