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Spent: Looking For Change Movie Review – Tackling The Breakdown In Banking

9 July 2014 7:54 AM, PDT

Spent: Looking for Change Movie Review

The cold truth is that far too often problems simply don’t seem to exist until we find a way to put a face on them, unless they touch us directly. Spent: Looking for Change is a documentary short that hopes to put that face on the death spiral that is the general banking and finance system in America.

Everyone has a general idea of the difficulties people face when it comes to credit scores, and the problems that might be faced by those who, because of hard times, find themselves forced out of the normal banking system, but these things are easy to put out of one’s mind. Like a lot of “things that aren’t happening to me right now,” convincing ourselves that the problem isn’t that big is a trick we have a lot of experience with.

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- Marc Eastman

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The Bridge Review Season 2 – FX Drama Switches Gears

8 July 2014 2:38 PM, PDT

The Bridge Review – Season 2

Taking a show that seemingly ends, more or less, into a season two pick-up is tricky ground under the best scenarios, but FX‘s The Bridge was the story of the hunt for a serial killer, and now we have to find something else to do with ourselves. The gimmick, apart from the serial killer investigation, was obviously trying to coordinate U.S. and Mexican law enforcement, while weaving through the corruption inherent in the world surrounding the border. This led to some great twists and turns, especially when it came to certain aspects of trying to exist as a non-corrupt person in a corrupt system, as well as trying to use a corrupt system for your not necessarily corrupt goals.

But, now that we aren’t after a serial killer, we’re left picking up the pieces, need a new focus, and awkwardly have to run through another establishment phase. »

- Marc Eastman

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Foxcatcher Teaser Trailer – Channing Tatum Incites Curious Oscar Buzz

8 July 2014 6:36 AM, PDT

Foxcatcher has been managing a lot of hype since at least last November, and the release of the teaser trailer has caused quite a stir. The internet is throwing the name around, as well as both Channing Tatum‘s and Steve Carell‘s, connected with ideas like “Oscar contender,” and “Award worthy,” and while the trailer gives hope for a solid film, I have to wonder exactly where all the love is coming from.

To be fair, a lot of the discussion is obviously coming from people who have seen the film (it was at Cannes), but a lot of it is also coming from people who haven’t. The trailer gives us a Channing Tatum who stares very seriously, smacks himself across the face, and bashes his head into a mirror. Steve Carell is wearing a lot of latex on his face, and says, “Good,” while apparently doing a kind of Godfather impression. »

- Marc Eastman

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Doozers Review – Hulu Brings Back Henson’s Green Builders

7 July 2014 1:22 PM, PDT

Doozers Review

Going back to the nearly untouchable world of Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock is no small affair, and Hulu‘s first original show aimed at kids, Doozers, does just that. If you’re going to take a shot at something beloved by so many, you better hit it out of the park, and this show does. Of course, that’s partially because there was no way that this was going to see the light of day unless there were a lot of people behind it, but it still could have gone wrong.

As if digging into a classic show wasn’t enough, Fraggle Rock actually stands the test of time, and has a whole new generation falling in love with it.

Doozers, which recently released even more episodes on Hulu, is a far different creature than you might expect, with the titular builders in a much more elaborate »

- Marc Eastman

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Nurse Jackie Season 5 Blu-Ray Review

7 July 2014 9:32 AM, PDT

Nurse Jackie Season 5 Blu-Ray Review

The fifth season of Nurse Jackie is a somewhat unique spin in the world of TV series, because the premise of the show is turned upside-down. While Edie Falco has spent four seasons winning critical acclaim as titular, drug-addicted nurse who has to find a way to make all the facets of her life work, the writers correctly determined that it was time that the gimmick made some new movies. Thus, the fifth season has Jackie sober, and quickly approaching the one-year anniversary of her sobriety.

With her marriage falling apart, her job resting on a very precarious perch, and her ability to effectively don a parental role, Jackie has an entirely new set of problems to manage, and coping isn’t necessarily something she’s great at… depending on how you mean that.

Of course, when your personal life is in a shambles, your »

- Marc Eastman

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Ru? Instant Reaction Review Podcast Ep. 107 – Edge Of Tomorrow Review

7 July 2014 7:24 AM, PDT

Edge of Tomorrow was probably the movie that we have most looked forward to in at least a year. But, even though we went in with high hopes, we were also awfully nervous that this could easily be a film that went sideways fast, and became something silly.

Luckily, despite a lot of negative audience reaction to the film’s ending, we weren’t disappointed at all.

We respond to listener questions (more than one), on Jonah Hill and his apology, and the casting of Gambit, and I share my own secret for famous people to rid themselves of the paparazzi forever.

We have a lot to say about Edge of Tomorrow, and we do talk about the ending, so be prepared for the fact that we eventually get spoilery. Perhaps most impressively, even though we both also loved Oblivion, Tom Cruise was really good. Somewhat surprisingly, even though a »

- Marc Eastman

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Mood Indigo Clip Has Romain Duris Meeting Audrey Tautou Pre Flower In Lungs

7 July 2014 5:40 AM, PDT

Michel Gondry is something of an enigma in the film world, and one who reportedly found himself in an uncomfortable position during and after The Green Hornet. His latest, Mood Indigo, is hitting in limited release on July 18th, and its the film to see this summer, if you get the chance.

Returning to the wonder of his beginnings (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), and taking a lot of notes from the past thirty years of French cinema, and Jean-Pierre Jeunet (and, borrows his favorite leading lady), Gondry’s lastest looks like it could easily be one of the year’s best.

Check out the new clip below, which expands on their meeting, which is hinted at in the trailer above.

Courtesy of Drafthouse Films.

 

Mood Indigo Clip – Colin meets Chloé

Eminently inventive Michel Gondry finds inspiration from French novelist Boris Vian’s cult novel to provide the foundation »

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