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The Point Radio: If I Stay Gives Chloe Mortez Another Tough Role
19 August 2014 12:00 PM, PDT
If I Stay is the latest best selling fiction to hit the big screen, and it stars 17 years old Chloe Moretz who talks to us about why she chooses roles like this, Carrie and even Hit Girl. Plus Idiotest is a new competition show on the Game Show Network and host Ben Gleib proves to me that it isn’t all that easy to win there.
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- Mike Raub
Box Office Democracy: Life After Beth
19 August 2014 9:00 AM, PDT
Horror movies need to have a metaphor. Slasher movies are historically about our attitudes about sex, Nightmare on Elm Street is about the fear we have of not being able to protect our children, even Shaun of the Dead was about the dangers of complacency. I bring this up because Life After Beth has a terrible time conveying its metaphor. Sometimes it seems to want to be about dealing with grief, other times it seems to be about moving on after a break up, it sometimes even feels like it’s trying to draw an equivocation between those two feelings. Unfortunately, it never picks exactly what its about and it makes the film feel directionless and kind of boring.
Aubrey Plaza is a delight to watch in this movie. Overlaying a kind of flighty 21 year-old girl with a person slowly turning into a zombie is a stellar idea and Plaza »
- Arthur Tebbel
Emily S. Whitten’s Grand Sdcc Adventure: Supernatural Edition
19 August 2014 5:00 AM, PDT
If you don’t know what the CW’s Supernatural is by now (as it rolls into its tenth season on October 7 this fall) then I’m not sure we can be friends. Sure, the show is on The Pretty People Network (and hey, no objections to that!), and sure, there have been a few iffy episodes (the racist ghost truck? Yes, I’m looking at you, racist ghost truck), but overall, it’s a really solid show, and definitely more than just a backdrop for pretty faces.
Over the years it’s grown from a fun, monster-of-the-week quest show to an epic battle between the forces of good and evil – which keep on switching sides, because hey, why make things simple? And most of it is founded in urban legend, folklore, mythology, and religious texts. It’s a show that’s mashed up every weird or faith-based thing that »
- Emily S. Whitten
Box Office Democracy: “The Expendables 3″
18 August 2014 6:16 PM, PDT
The first two Expendables films worked for me in the same way old-timers days work for me in baseball. They take a career that scarcely has any use for people over the hill and gave them a place to look relevant in a limited space. My biggest problem with The Expendables 3 is that it deviates too much from that idea by introducing a crop of young guns that expose the existing cast as being largely too old for this line of work while the presence of the established stars steals all the gravitas from the scenes shared with the newer actors. There are great individual performances and a couple of surprising ones. Excellent choices, but ultimately the Expendables franchise seems to be on a downward trajectory and I don’t know how it will right itself.
Sylvester Stallone needs to learn that there’s a difference between actors who »
- Arthur Tebbel
Review: The Yeti Files
18 August 2014 10:12 AM, PDT
The Yeti Files: Meet the Bigfeet
By Kevin Sherry
Scholastic Press, 122 pages, $8.99
Yetis are one of the most persistent legends around the globe and we covered more than our fair share of such stories at Weekly World News. They are also perfect material for a children’s book. Kevin Sherry, a veteran storyteller, explores the nature of Yeti life in The Yeti Files.
Apparently, Yeti are secretive on purpose so when a Yeti named Brian is glimpsed, he goes into hiding. This prompts his cousin Blizz Richards to go in search of him, propelling a story about family and acceptance among other species. We meet a variety of cyptids all drawn in a style making them non-threatening to the young readers this volume is aimed at.
Blizz’s narration gives us the inside scoop on crypitds, large and small, while being amusing. What’s odd is that cryptids apparently do »
- Robert Greenberger
Mindy Newell: Hey, Mindy, Where’s Mork?
18 August 2014 5:00 AM, PDT
The first few times it was cute. But the joke got really tired, really fast.
By now, almost exactly 36 years later, I can’t count the number of times I’ve been greeted by those words since Mork & Mindy debuted on September 14, 1978. I can’t count the number of times I’ve had to smile and do a make-believe laugh in answer to that query.
I can’t count the number of times when what I really wanted to say to the person who thought he was Mr. Originality was “Shezbat!”
I was watching Hardball With Chris Matthews on MSNBC when the news broke last Monday. When the “Breaking News” banner interrupted the show, I thought the announcement was going to be something awful about Isis, like the terrorist group had »
- Mindy Newell