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Gotham, Ep. 1.02, “Selina Kyle” slows down pace with rising tension

2 hours ago

Gotham Season 1, Episode 2: “Selina Kyle”

Written by Bruno Heller

Directed by Danny Cannon

Airs Mondays at 8pm Et on Fox

After a full throttle pilot, Gotham switches to a slower gear in order to explore the issues facing Gotham’s inner city children, and the failing of its government system on how they’re handled. The corruption of Gotham City reaches just as high as Gordon had suspected, and it’s not simply that the Mayor is in Falcone’s pocket. There’s a general flaw in the system of the City itself; everyone is trying to survive, and does so by looking out for themselves, and to hell with everyone else. Gotham City has been represented in comic books and other media adaptations as a city that breeds criminals, and by having a high poverty rate and children without homes or parents, the Gotham series may provide an answer for why that is. »

- Jean Pierre Diez

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Sound On Sight Podcast, Episode 393: ‘The Double’ ‘Coherence’ and ‘The One I Love’

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Simon Howell returns to the Sound On Sight podcast after taking some time off and on this episode we review three great films, all of which share a common theme. First is Richard Ayoade’s dark and heady dystopian-noir cocktail The Double, adapted from 1846 novella of the same name. After we sit down to discuss Charlie McDowell’s incredibly assured directorial debut The One I Love, a smart crowd-pleaser, featuring spectacular performances from Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss. Finally we review Coherence, a mash-up of surreal quantum physics theories and the feature debut of James Ward Byrkit.

Playlist:

The Blue Comets – “Blue Chateau” The Mamas and the Papas – “Dedicated to the One I Love” Angel Olsen – “Lonely Universe”

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- Sound On Sight Podcast

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Wide World of Horror: ‘El páramo (The Squad’) – once a soldier always a soldier

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El páramo (The Squad)

Screenplay by Jaime Osorio Marquez

Directed by Jaime Osorio Marquez

Argentina/Colombia/Spain, 2011

The basic conceit of El páramo is what ultimately holds the film back. Try as it might the film can never move past what it presents in its opening minutes. That’s not a good trait in a film, usually at least. El páramo tries to move past its opening scenes and present the squad as having been altered by their discovery, but that’s a lie within the film. There’s no reason that the film couldn’t have done something with its lie, but instead it tries to present said lie as a truth. The question that the film ends up asking is, how can a squad that doesn’t function properly be changed into a squad that doesn’t function properly?

The answer to the above question is that they can’t be changed. »

- Bill Thompson

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Kamen Rider Taisen: Two Generations of Japanese Heroes go to War

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Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider: Kamen Rider Taisen feat. Super Sentai

Written by Shoji Yonemura

Directed by Takayuki Shibasaki

Japan, 2014

Since the premier of its first series in 1971, Japan’s Kamen Rider superhero franchise has spanned more weekly television series, films, comics, videogames and other assorted media than one would think possible for a franchise the core concept of which is “Man in vaguely insectoid outfit rides motorcycle, fights monsters”. And yet, the franchise’ cast of characters has grown so massive that it’s become en vogue in recent years for massive teamup movies featuring every main character in Kamen Rider history to be produced every year or so. Most recently, these have taken the form of the Taisen series of summer event movies, beginning with 2012′s Kamen Rider X Super Sentai: Super Hero Taisen, which saw the Riders battle and then team up with one of their primary rivals »

- Thomas O'Connor

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‘Life’s a Breeze’ an Irish export that tells a funny story in a light and charming way

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Life’s a Breeze

Written by Lance Daly

Directed by Lance Daly

Ireland, 2013

Greed is an interesting thing, one of the seven deadly sins which sometimes brings out the very worst in people. Money is a very attractive motivator and in desperate times, can turn good-natured individuals into devious scoundrels. The Irish dramedy Life’s a Breeze does focus on greed and the unfortunate effect it has on family but it does it in a way that is light and at times, rather farcical. It is a film about family, first and foremost, and how something as material as money can either bring the family together or tear it apart.

Nan (Fionnula Flannagan) is an aging woman living by her lonesome in gritty part of Dublin, Ireland. Her family consists of oddball slackers who mean well but end up irritating Nan to no end. The “leader” of the clan is »

- Randall Unger

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Nyff 2014: ‘Saint Laurent’ is gorgeous but light

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Saint Laurent

Written by Bertrand Bonello and Thomas Bidegain

Directed by Bertrand Bonello

France, 2014

Expressing his appreciation for a painting of Proust’s bedroom, Yves Saint Laurent says, “There’s so much fidelity in it. The artist didn’t eclipse his subject.” Something similar can be said of Bertrand Bonello’s biopic of the iconic woman’s fashion designer, as the film seems content with offering fleeting glimpses of its subject drinking, smoking, pill-popping, and sketching in fervid bursts rather than trying to understand him. It doesn’t pontificate or wax philosophical or dig deeply into Saint Laurent’s psyche. It treats the man more like a piece of art to be displayed and observed. (To be fair, this year’s other Saint Laurent biopic, Yves Saint Laurent, does try to explain the man, and it fails pretty hard, so maybe Bonello has the right idea.)

Gaspard Ulliel, perhaps finally »

- Greg Cwik

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Nyff 2014: Mathieu Amalric has a dark heart in ‘The Blue Room’

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The Blue Room

Written for the screen by Mathieu Amalric and Stéphanie Cléau

Directed by Mathieu Amalric

France, 2014

In Mathieu Amalric’s The Blue Room, love is a corrosive agent, an arsenic-like poison that slowly works its way into your heart. Amalric writes, directs and stars in this contorted but calculated little flick with a dark beating heart, adapted from a slim novel by Georges Simenon. It depicts the prelude to and aftermath of a possible murder (eschewing the actual murder itself, leaving things gleefully ambiguous). Amalric plays Julien Gahyde, who’s suspected of killing his wife (Lea Drucker). Amalric’s real-life partner Stéphanie Cléau plays Julien’s mistress, Esther Despierre, whose sickly husband owns a pharmacy with his mother. Amalric displays admirable trust in his viewers; he doesn’t withhold information as much as he carefully feeds us certain contemplated bits that add up to a beautifully hazy whole. »

- Greg Cwik

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’2000 Ad Prog: 1900 & 1901′ Come for Dredd, stay for (most of) the rest

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2000 Ad: Prog 1900 & 1901

Written by John Wagner, Dan Abnett, Rob Williams, Pat Mills, Ian Edgington

Art by Carlos Ezquerra, Richard Elson, Abigail Ryder, Michael Dowling, John Higgins, D’Israeli

TV fans often defend their favourite shows with assurances that “it gets better.” It’s a given, at least in North America, that shows take time to truly find their footing. British television, however, is understood to be a place where the writer rules, and is thus free to craft more satisfying, finite stories untainted by corporate committee-think.

That’s not so much the case with British comics icon Judge Dredd, who debuted nearly 40 years ago in the second issue (or rather, “prog”) of 2000 Ad. Prog 1900 (on shelves this week) and next week’s 1901 feature a multi-part Dredd story, “Block Judge”, by the founding creative team of John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra. So, the creative continuity is there, but the character hasn’t stayed particularly fresh. »

- Steven Fouchard

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Nyff 2014: ‘While We’re Young’ – The Young and the Old and the Restless

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While We’re Young

Written and directed by Noah Baumbach

USA,  2014

At age 45, it feels like writer-director Noah Baumbach is getting soft. Best known for his caustic tragicomedies like Kicking and Screaming, The Squid and the Whale, Greenberg, and Margot at the Wedding, he took a turn in tone for his 2012 feature Frances Ha, which starred and was co-written by Greta Gerwig. So, though the warmth of that film might surprise someone familiar with his work, that it’s a collaboration with Gerwig explains at least part of that tone. While We’re Young, though, Baumbach’s newest film which premiered at Tiff this year and made a surprise appearance at the New York Film Festival, manages to carry that affection. It’s hard to top Frances Ha, but his newest is pleasant and impressive all the same.

Middle-aged couple Josh (Ben Stiller, Baumbach alum from Greenberg) and Cornelia (Naomi Watts »

- Kyle Turner

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New on Video: ‘Macbeth’

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Macbeth

Written by Roman Polanski and Kenneth Tynan

Directed by Roman Polanski

UK, 1971

Following the success of Rosemary’s Baby in 1968, and prior to what is arguably still his greatest film, Chinatown (1974), Roman Polanski made three curious filmmaking choices. One was the international coproduction and rarely discussed What? (1972), one was the racing documentary Weekend of a Champion (1972), and the third, which actually came before these two, was Macbeth (1971). It is obviously not that a Shakespearean adaptation in itself is unusual, but rather that it so seemingly diverted from the films that were garnering the young Polanski his worldwide acclaim: taut thrillers like The Knife in the Water (1962), Repulsion (1965), Cul-De-Sac (1966), and Rosemary’s Baby. Yet in Macbeth, there are a number of characteristic Polanski touches — in story and style — harkening back to these previous works and in many ways pointing toward those to come.

Don’t be fooled by the Playboy »

- Jeremy Carr

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Watch the last trailer for ‘Showrunners’ doc

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After a few years in development, Des Doyle’s documentary Showrunners will finally be released in theaters and iTunes on October 31. The kickstarted project is an in-depth look behind the scenes of some of televisions largest properties and the minds in charge. The film interviews the likes of Joss Whedon, J.J. Abrams, Ronald D. Moore, and a host of others as they describe their experiences as the head of an entire TV production and the rise of the showrunner as figure that is just as popular as some of film’s digest directors. Check out the trailer below.

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- Max Molinaro

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Watch first trailer for ‘Taken 3′ aka ‘Tak3n’

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Back in 2008, the Pierre Morel directed and Luc Besson produced (and co-written) Taken gave Liam Neeson a surprising career resurgence as an action hero. Not to mention, it was pretty awesome to say the least. Olivier Megaton’s Taken 2 in 2012 was not nearly as awesome and was just more of the same, but a worse version of it. Megaton, Besson, and Neeson are back for Taken 3, which is being referred to as Tak3n (yep, that’s what’s on the poster). Before the groans start, the trailer for the film actually looks kind of badass. No one is taken, at least not in the trailer, there is no foreign country in sight, and Neeson’s character, Bryan Mills, looks to be in a very different situation than in his previous outings. It is probably best to remain cautiously optimistic on this one before it is released on January 9, 2015. Watch the trailer below. »

- Max Molinaro

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The Televerse #161- Six Feet Under with Mike Worby

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It’s another full week of pilots, premieres, and finales, giving us plenty of TV to discuss on the pilot. We kick things off with a little reality chat before moving on to the comedies, including the premieres of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Key & Peele, as well as the finale of Garfunkel and Oates. Then we move on to the genre offerings, including the premieres of Marvel’s Agents of Shield and Person of Interest, as well as the Outlander midseason finale. Last up are the dramas, including quick looks at the NCIS: New Orleans pilot and the Scandal and Parenthood premieres, and a lengthier chat about the season two finale of Masters of Sex. Afterward, the DVD Shelf is back, with Mike Worby, Games Editor of SoS, joining us to discuss Six Feet Under.

Our Week in Reality and Comedy (12:18-26:23): The Amazing Race premiere, Top Chef Duels, »

- Kate Kulzick

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Pittsburgh Comicon: The Legends Panel

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Pittsburgh Comicon: The Legends Panel

 

The Players:

Bill Sienkiewicz

-Classically trained painter known for his work at both DC and Marvel, particularly Elektra: Assassin. Sienkiewicz has won more awards than I can count (without taking off my shoes and socks at least)

Joe Rubinstein

-German-born artist most famous for inking the 1982 Wolverine series, as well as The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe. Holds the Guinness world record for inking more pencillers than any other inker in history.

Mike Grell

-Writer/Penciler/Inker/Editor, known for his work on Green Arrow, Warlord, and for helping Tony Stark expose himself to the public (…as Iron Man. Mind out of the gutter, people). Also owns an awesome hat.

Herb Trimpe

-The first artist to draw for Wolverine (Incredible Hulk #180/181). One of the most iconic artists of the Silver Age, he co-created nearly all of the characters introduced during his run on The Incredible Hulk. »

- Cory Weddell

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Kevin Smith earns financing for ‘Clerks III’ thanks to ‘Tusk’

29 September 2014 9:28 PM, PDT

Kevin Smith is about as retired as Steven Soderbergh. Though he’s been comfortably hosting a podcast for sometime, his latest endeavor Tusk, a horror pastiche on The Human Centipede and Smith’s own films, has supposedly netted him enough money to finance Clerks III.

Smith announced the news on the podcast, “Hollywood Babble-On“, saying, “A year and change ago I was desperately trying to get Clerks III made for the 20th anniversary and that desperation — I must have reeked of it because I couldn’t f–king find money and shit. But it was Tusk, people going ‘Holy f–k, what else do you have?’ and I was like Clerks III and they’re like ‘done’. So, everybody that’s like, ‘He failed, he failed,’ I’m like ‘Thank you, I failed into doing Clerks III.”

What’s peculiar is that Tusk is tanking at the box office. It’s been a polarizing, »

- Brian Welk

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‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2′ coming to Netflix

29 September 2014 8:16 PM, PDT

Deadline reported Monday night that The Weinstein Company has sealed a deal to release Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, the sequel to Ang Lee’s Oscar-nominated martial arts masterpiece, via Netflix, making it the popular streaming service’s first ever exclusive feature film.

This is huge news for a company already in the midst of disrupting the broadcast television industry with high quality, award winning, On-Demand programming. And while exclusive deals for feature films have been given to cable and satellite companies or while others have been released exclusively on VOD, rarely has the film been as high profile as this.

Though Lee will not be involved on The Green Legend, the film features a returning performance from Michelle Yeoh and also stars martial artist Donnie Yen. The film will be directed by Yuen Woo-Ping and is based on the fifth book in a series by Wang Du Lu, »

- Brian Welk

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Booster Gold Returns with a Lot of Implications for the DC Universe

29 September 2014 7:23 PM, PDT

Booster Gold: Futures End #1

Written by Dan Jurgens

Art by Moritat, Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund, Will Conrad, Steve Lightle, Stephen Thompson, Mark Irwin, Ron Frenz, Scott Hanna, & Brett Booth, Colorist John Kalisz. Cover by Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund, & Hi-Fi.

Published by DC Comics

Ever since the cancellation of Justice League International in 2012, Booster Gold has remained an enigmatic figure. The annual which concluded Jli had Booster Gold encounter a future version of himself sporting and A.R.G.U.S. logo before both of them were vanished at the hand of some unseen force. Booster has been completely Mia with the exception of a guest appearance on All-Star Western. After being gone for nearly two years, Booster Gold returns under the pen of his creator, Dan Jurgens.

Unfortunately new readers will likely be turned away confused with more questions than answers unless they have a working knowledge of Booster Gold. »

- Grant Raycroft

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Sleepy Hollow, Ep. 2.02, “The Kindred”: Franklin-stein walks the earth

29 September 2014 7:00 PM, PDT

Sleepy Hollow, Season 2, Episode 2, “The Kindred”

Written by Mark Goffman and Albert Kim

Directed by Paul Edwards

Airs Mondays at 9pm (Et) on Fox

Abbie: “This is insane!”

Ichabod: “So much of my life can be classified under those auspices.”

- Sleepy Hollow, “The Kindred

It’s a rare show that can inspire fits of giggles simply by reading an episode description, and “The Kindred” certainly meets that bill: “Ichabod Crane concocts a daring plan to rescue his wife from the Headless Horseman by resurrecting a Frankenstein-like monster created by Benjamin Franklin.” It’s a sentence that reads like a pitch for a Pride and Prejudice and Zombies knockoff, rejected for being too absurd. And yet, not only does Sleepy Hollow embrace this idea for a story, they do so in a manner that makes the action plausible in the universe and turns it into fist-pumping excitement.

With the Witnesses »

- Les Chappell

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Watch Chris Prat’s SNL Highlights from the premiere of the 40th season

29 September 2014 6:55 PM, PDT

The debut of the 40th season of NBC’s Saturday Night Live was broadcast over the weekend and Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt hosted the premiere episode which some people think is one of the better, more consistently funny episodes in a good while, and others feel it is a mixed bag. Regardless of where you stand, there are two skits that stood out and has had everyone talking. The first gives us a glimpse of the future of Marvel movies and how the superhero studio just can’t fail — no matter what they produce. After the massive box office success of Gotg, it became clear that the Marvel brand can sell just about anything, including a film about a comic book most people haven’t read. Watch the Marvel SNL parody trailer that lampoons Ant-Man and reveals Marvel’s future slate of superheroes you’ve never heard of. »

- Ricky

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The Spoke Art Gallery Stanley Kubrick Collection

29 September 2014 6:24 PM, PDT

The Spoke Art Gallery recently organized a gorgeous art show tribute to Stanley Kubrick with such artists as Tim Doyle, Tracie Ching and Rhys Cooper participating. Below are just a few of the great posters designed for the occasion; however the entire collection is available on their website for all to see. Enjoy!

 

 

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- Ricky

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