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Sketchy Episode 172 – ‘Grave of the Fireflies’

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This week it’s the first part of a double feature. It’s the 1988 Studio Ghibli film “Grave of the Fireflies,” directed by Isao Takahata, which many describe as one of the saddest films of all time. So, it’s appropriate that Sketchy, the saddest podcast of all time (sad as in pathetic), discuss this heartwrenching film.

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- Ryan Clagg

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Cannes 2015: ‘Valley of Love’ – Depardieu’s Heft Fills the Screen

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Valley of Love

Written and directed by Guillaume Nicloux

France 2015

Minimalist drama Valley of Love is the final French entry in this year’s competition. It stars two living monuments of French cinema, Isabelle Huppert, in no less than two films in competition this year, and Gerard Depardieu whose performance in last year’s out of competition Welcome to New York was apparently a tour de force. Valley of Love is the baby of prolific French filmmaker Guillaume Nicloux (none of whose films I had previously seen and about whom I had no expectations whatsoever.)

First things first, the film is a chamber drama with little plot beyond the two leads errant in the scorching barrenness of Death Valley National Park. They incarnate a former couple of French actors, Isabelle and Gérard, reunited at the behest of their son who has recently committed suicide. A letter sent to each of »

- Zornitsa

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Consider the ante officially upped in ‘Archie Vs. Predator’ #2

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Archie Vs. Predator #2

Written by Alex de Campi

Pencils by Fernando Ruiz

Inks by Rich Koslowski

Colors by Jason Millet

Published by Dark Horse Comics

Now that we’re halfway through Archie Vs. Predator, it would make sense for pieces of the overarching plot to begin to take shape. If Archie Vs. Predator was a bad comic, it would fail to accomplish this task. If it was a good comic, it would already have done it and be content with itself. As it happens, Archie Vs. Predator is not simply a good or a bad comic, but an absolutely insane one. Our outdated notions of “quality” have no bearing on a comic such as this, and require a more in-depth analysis in order to fully understand its secrets.

The first issue, while fun and unique, felt very much like the prologue to a bigger and bolder story. The newest issue only cements that fact. »

- Halden Fraley

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Cannes 2015: ‘The Assassin’ is a beautifully filmed, inane postcard from 9th century China

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Nie Yinniang (The Assassin)

Directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien

Written by Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Chu Tien-Wen

Taiwan 2015

There was a lot wriggling and quite a few walkouts in today’s screening of Nie Yinniang. My initial thoughts were rambling along the lines of: “Is this worse than the worst film in competition so far?”; “The writers need to take some remedial scriptwriting classes”; “Did someone bribe Cannes to get this film in?” Woe the martial arts and Asian cinema ignoramus that I am – apparently the director is a “master of the genre” and critics loved the film. Well, critics except this one.

Nie Yinniang tells the story of Yinniang, played by Shu Qi, a taciturn black-clad female assassin (for a while I thought the character was supposed to be mute but eventually she blurted out some random phrase or two). She is under the control of a most preposterous princess Jiaxin, »

- Zornitsa

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Last Night on Late Night, 5/21/15: Conan gives his staff a performance review and Heidi Klum smuggles scrotums

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Real comedy still happens on late night, we can prove it. If you like Conan comedy gold, Fallon friendliness, cutesy Corden, list-making Letterman, kneedy Kimmel, and all the rest, I hope you’ll enjoy this column too.

Last night on late night, there was no Letterman. Conan gave his staff at “Conaco” a performance review, Jimmy Fallon talked to Dwayne Johnson and Meghan Trainor, Kimmel talked goombahs and gangsters with Ray Liotta, and Seth Meyers talked Kangaroo parts with Heidi Klum.


Performance review at “Conaco”.

Once again, Jordan Schlansky is on the chopping block.

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 

Dwayne Johnson was a colossal 15-year-old.

Misheard lyrics bit.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! 

Ray Liotta talks Goodfellas reunion and dealing with wise guys.

Liotta talks about his new Western series, Texas Rising. DC capitol police can’t stop leaving their guns in the public bathrooms. Howie Mandel has athlete’s foot. »

- Max Wood

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Watch Chris Pratt’s hilarious drunk acting lesson for GQ

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Chris Pratt is GQ’s Cover Man for June, because who else? And if you thought Andy Dwyer was fun, you better believe that Drunk Andy Dwyer is even more fun. Pratt was supposed to do a DVD acting lesson for a film he’s shooting, but the heat in Joshua Tree got to him and he downed an entire bottle of Fireball Whiskey before offering his lessons. At least now I know how to convince my wife her birthday is in fact tomorrow. And a reminder, this message has been brought to you by Fireball Whiskey. Fireball: Ignite the Night.

Watch the video above, and for more check out Pratt’s special PSA about the dangers of doing meth.

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- Brian Welk

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Week in Review: The New York Times will no longer review every movie opening in NY

22 May 2015 8:52 AM, PDT

In this day and age of film criticism, less of it is seemingly always a bad thing, and when a bastion like The New York Times announces they’re cutting back, it seems like a particularly painful blow. However, Variety Thursday obtained an email from Nyt Film Critic A. O. Scott explaining that the Times would no longer be reviewing every movie opening in New York, and the ironic truth is that this “new” policy may go a long way toward bettering the film coverage.

“Because of the increasing volume of new films released each year, the Times is no longer able to guarantee reviews of all New York theatrical releases,” Scott said in an email. He went on to add in a phone interview to Variety that the paper had already instated such a policy quietly earlier this year, and coyly confirmed as much on Twitter.

In 2013, the Times published nearly 900 film reviews. »

- Brian Welk

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Femme Fatales terrorize Keanu Reeves in new ‘Knock Knock’ trailer from Eli Roth

22 May 2015 7:19 AM, PDT

If It Follows was the best argument for abstinence in a horror movie in some time, Eli Roth’s Knock Knock should make a good double feature about the sin of adultery.

Keanu Reeves stars in Roth’s latest, in which two gorgeous women (breakouts Lorenza Izzo and Ana De Armas) seemingly stranded out in the rain take advantage of him sexually while his family is away, only for them to return, invade his home and terrorize him for his infidelity.

In our review upon its premiere at Sundance, Dylan Griffin called it “camp glory,” writing, “Knock Knock is Roth’s most measured work to date, but it does still carry some of his filmmaking’s more significant pitfalls.” Griffin added that the film is designed to be something of a horror satire, lit like a soap opera and offering great joys in Keanu Reeves shouting at the top of his lungs. »

- Brian Welk

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Video of the Day: Watch the Hillywood show do their take on ‘Supernatural’

22 May 2015 6:50 AM, PDT

The youtube channel The Hillywood Show has made a name for itself by recontextualising popular songs to double as homages to well-known tv shows, with costumes and sets to match, along with dances. They have previously done parodies of Doctor Who and The Walking Dead, repurposing “The Time Warp” and “Another One bites the Dust” respectively.

For their latest video, the duo behind the channel took on the CW series Supernatural, setting the storyline of the show’s just-ended tenth season to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”. In addition to getting a Chevy Impala much like the one driven in the series, the show tapped Osric Chau, who played Kevin Tran on the series and has appeared on previous Hillywood Show videos, to play Sam Winchester. In addition, the video managed to snag Rob Benedict, who played Chuck Shurley on Supernatural, to take on the role of Cain, with »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Twin Peaks, Ep. 2.11: “Masked Ball”: Off the board, off the wall

22 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT

Twin Peaks, Season 2, Episode 11, “Masked Ball”

Written by Duwayne Dunham

Directed by Barry Pullman

Aired December 15, 1990 on ABC

“There is also a legend of a place called the Black Lodge, the shadow self of the White Lodge. Legend says that every spirit must pass through there on the way to perfection. There, you will meet your own shadow self. My people call it the Dweller on the Threshold. But it is said, if you confront the Black Lodge with imperfect courage, it will utterly annihilate your soul.” - Deputy Hawk

The long-awaited revival of Twin Peaks returned from its own horrific limbo in the Black Lodge earlier this month, when David Lynch announced on Twitter that he’d worked out a deal with Showtime to honor his original commitment to direct the third season—only six weeks after he’d walked away from the project in a similarly public fashion. »

- Les Chappell

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Damn Good Podcast – Twin Peaks S01E07: The Last Evening

22 May 2015 5:00 AM, PDT

For the finale of season one, Twin Peaks borrows a page from Dallas. Mark Frost writes and directs a finale with multiple cliffhangers, uncomfortable moments, great performances from multiple characters, and terrible performances from a few others.

This is the last Damn Good Podcast before our hiatus to cover Season 3 of NBC’s Hannibal for Eat The Rudecast. We will return in the fall with Season two of Damn Good Podcast.

Damn Good Podcast is a co-production between Swingset.FM and Sound on Sight

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- Cooper S. Beckett

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All-New NonCompliant #0 “Deadly Genesis”

22 May 2015 4:30 AM, PDT


In the time-honored comic book tradition, NonCompliant has been rebooted as All-New NonCompliant. Join returning host Logan Dalton and new hosts El (founder of Femmes in the Fridge), Emma Houxbois (comics editor of The Rainbow Hub), and Terrence Sage (writer Sound on Sight). We discuss the return of Marvel’s best female characters in A-Force, Chip Zdarsky and Kagan McLeod’s wacky space opera Kaptara, and the always fabulous Jem and the Holograms. (And there’s a great Gillen/McKelvie related tangent towards the end.)


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- Logan Dalton

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Wayward Pines, Ep. 1.02, “Do Not Discuss Your Life Before” lays out the town’s laws and consequences

21 May 2015 7:30 PM, PDT

Wayward Pines, Season 1, Episode 2, “Do Not Discuss Your Life Before”

Written by Chad Hodge

Directed by Charlotte Sieling

Airs Thursdays at 9pm (Et) on Fox

If “Where Paradise Is Home” suggested that Wayward Pines operates by a code of conduct different from the rest of the world, “Do Not Discuss Your Life Before” removes the ambiguity from that by printing that code out and plastering it in every public building in town. The rules are simple, yet highly restrictive: Do not try to leave. Do not discuss the past. Do not discuss your life before. Always answer the phone if it rings. Work hard, be happy, and enjoy your life in Wayward Pines! By the end of the episode, Ethan has broken one rule, seen Beverly violate two others, and witnessed how adherence to the fourth turns this placid community into a veritable lynch mob.

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- Les Chappell

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‘Halo 5′: Cautiously Pessimistic

21 May 2015 6:37 PM, PDT

A quick search on Halowaypoint.com shows me that I played 13,100 online matches of Halo 2 on the original Xbox. If we estimate that the average Halo 2 match lasts 10 minutes, that would equate to over 2100 hours played. While I don’t expect to be impressing anyone with these numbers, I hope that I’ve at least made one thing clear: I’m a huge Halo fan. I’ve purchased every single major Halo game released to date, and I’ve put an obscene amount of hours into almost all of them. I should be excited for October 27th 2015; I should be eager to play the first Halo game made from the ground up for an 8th generation console; I should be convincing my friends that now is the time to get an Xbox One, but instead I’m wondering if Halo 5 will be the first game in the series that I skip, »

- Matt De Azevedo

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‘Tomorrowland’ inspires only disappointment

21 May 2015 4:13 PM, PDT


Written by Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof

Directed by Brad Bird

USA, 2015

Unlike its Disneyland namesake, Tomorrowland is not a film for children of all ages. In fact, it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly who the target audience is for this disjointed sci-fi adventure. Too solemn for Tweens, too violent for youngsters, and too goofy for adults, Brad Bird’s film about hope and change is betrayed by a subpar script and questionable casting choices. Tomorrowland has fleeting moments of imagination and fun, but it’s hard to imagine anyone being inspired by this disappointing clunker.

Tomorrowland is the kid who was promised a future of rocket cars and jetpacks and all he got was this lousy t-shirt. Things start promisingly enough, as a bright-eyed boy named Frank drags his makeshift jetpack to the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Though his invention is ultimately rejected by a skeptical Mr. »

- J.R. Kinnard

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Supernatural, Ep. 10.18 to 10.23 focuses on removing the Mark of Cain

21 May 2015 4:09 PM, PDT

Felicia Day

Supernatural, Season 10, Episodes 18 to 23

Created by Eric Kripke

Airs Wednesdays at 9 pm Et on The CW

As threats have come and gone over the course of Supernatural‘s tenth season, the one concern that has loomed over both brothers has been the Mark of Cain. Numerous attempts by Dean to avoid its influence have failed, and Cain’s death closed off the possibility of the only person with intimate knowledge of the Mark helping get it off. The past few episodes have seen Sam dive headfirst into trying to get the Mark off Dean, forming an alliance with Rowena and roping Charlie in to find an ancient spellbook. The latter brings a new enemy into the fold, as the Winchesters say goodbye to a key ally in a compelling finish to an uneven season.

Dean’s attack on the Styne family provides one possible explanation to a disturbing aspect of the season, »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Disney can’t help themselves, set Reese Witherspoon to play live-action Tinkerbell

21 May 2015 3:34 PM, PDT

Actually, this picture of Reese was kind of my face when I saw this news.

The Hollywood Reporter broke on Thursday that Witherspoon is set to star in yet another live-action property from Disney. This time, they are bringing in the actress to play Tinkebell in the movie Tink, an adaptation of the Peter Pan character. Witherspoon will also produce the picture.

This isn’t the first live-action adaptation that Disney has set for the future. They already have a slate that includes live action Jungle Book, Mulan, Pinocchio, and Dumbo, which all come after adaptations of their own animated features with Maleficent and Cinderella. While all of those properties have big name directors behind the projects, right now no director is attached to helm Tink.

Victoria Strouse, who wrote the script for Pixar’s upcoming Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory, is penning the script for the project.

According to THR, »

- Zach Dennis

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‘Star Wars’ #5 Is The Series’ Strongest Issue Yet

21 May 2015 3:14 PM, PDT

Star Wars #5

Written by Jason Aaron

Art by John Cassaday

Colors by Laura Martin

Letters by Chris Elipoulos

Published by Marvel Comics

Boba Fett is, essentially, the Star Wars’ universe version of Wolverine, two tremendously popular characters who built their following on the basis of a cool image, a mysterious past, and a tough guy mindset, whose popularity grew to the point that they came to dominate their respective franchises while everything that made them intriguing in the first place suffered for their ubiquity. That said, good stories can still be told featuring both characters, and with this issue, Jason Aaron and John Cassaday set out to prove it with Boba Fett.

While Han reluctantly joins Leia on a scouting mission for a new Rebel base, Luke returns to Tatooine, hoping to find some guidance for furthering his Jedi training from Obi-Wan Kenobi’s home. Unbeknownst to Luke, Boba Fett is also on Tatooine, »

- Austin Gorton

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‘Midas Flesh’ Vol. 1 is a space fable with dark, funny edges

21 May 2015 3:01 PM, PDT

Midas Flesh #1-4 (2014)

Written by Ryan North

Art by Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb

Published by Boom! Studios

Midas Flesh is a high concept science fiction saga with down-to-earth protagonists from the creative brain of writer Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl) and frequent artistic collaborators Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb (Adventure Time). The story is about the house shaped ship Prospect and its three freedom fighters: the human scientist Fatima, the kindly dinosaur scientist Cooper, and their straight shooting, yet intelligent leader Joey as they discover a planet completely made of gold, which supposedly has some kind of weapon that can take out the evil Federation. Midas Flesh #1 reveals this doomsday weapon to be the finger of the not so mythical King Midas, whose golden touch ended up ending life on Earth as we know because the gold particles transmuted through the air.

From this premise, Midas Flesh »

- Logan Dalton

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Last Night on Late Night, 5/20/15: Dave retires

21 May 2015 2:48 PM, PDT

Real comedy still happens on late night, we can prove it. If you like Conan comedy gold, Fallon friendliness, cutesy Corden, list-making Letterman, kneedy Kimmel, and all the rest, I hope you’ll enjoy this column too.

Last night was David Letterman’s last time ever hosting a late night program. Other late night hosts gave thanks, and Dave looked back at some favorite memories, with music by the Foo Fighters. If you can gauge which other hosts/networks like Dave the most based on who begged the audience to switch over to CBS, it’s Kimmel and Conan. Kimmel didn’t even air a live show last night, and Conan got Patton Oswalt to make enough references to Halloween 3 and The Andromeda Strain that everyone was forced to tune out.

Late Show with David Letterman 

Dave’s final entrance. Dave wishes Stephen Colbert all the best. The show will be in excellent hands. »

- Max Wood

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