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Sons of Anarchy, Ep. 7.02, “Toil and Till”: Nice exchanges are overshadowed by gunfire

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Sons of Anarchy, Season 7, Episode 2, “Toil and Till”

Written by Kurt Sutter

Directed by Bill Gierhart

Airs Tuesday at 10pm on FX

After multiple seasons spent on the sideline contributing minimally to any actual plot, Unser finally has the opportunity this week to get out from under the thumb of the club and do some good. At this point in the show, Unser is little more than Gemma’s own personal peanut gallery who occasional finds himself in a dangerous situation that is almost always her fault. With the addition of the always welcome Annabeth Gish as local law enforcement offering another path (a path with health insurance and a gun permit, however improbable) one can only hope he commits to moving away from Samcro’s influence in order to more fully enjoy his old age. Leaving the associated paperwork out where anyone from the club could see it is »

- Whitney McIntosh

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Sirens #1 is Imaginative and Sometimes Overindulgent

16 September 2014 8:31 PM, PDT

Sirens #1

Written and drawn by George Perez

Colors by Leonardo Paciarotti

Published by Boom! Studios

One of my favorite things about George Perez as an artist other than the consistent quality of his lines is his ability to draw group shots where all the characters have a unique face, body shape, and usually costume. This is why he was the king of team books, especially New Teen Titans and Avengers. He also drew beautiful female characters with both beauty and power (especially Wonder Woman and Scarlet Witch), but not as sex objects. In Sirens #1, he does much of the same with the Sirens’ all female, time-spanning lineup with characters from different ethnicities, time periods, and having different values. Perez uses the different time periods to show how the treatment of women has improved and how sexism has endured even in a sci-fi setting. Perez’s technical work, especially his figure work and use of shadow, »

- Logan Dalton

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‘Buffy’ Season Ten #7 is the Perfect Guys’ Night Out

16 September 2014 6:52 PM, PDT

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #7

Written by Christos Gage and Nicholas Brendon

Art by Rebekah Isaacs

Colored by Dan Jackson

Published by Dark Horse

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #7 shows that Spike and Xander together as roommates is both comedic and dramatic gold. Christos Gage and Nicholas Brendon land joke after joke starting with the first page where Spike asks Xander to move over his “dolls” so he can have room for his hundreds (possibly thousands) of Soap Digests. (Vampires watching soap operas makes weird, yet logical sense. You have to do something to pass the time while the sun is up, and not everyone can read Jean-Paul Sartre in the original French like Angel.) Artist Rebekah Isaacs adds some more humor with her spot-on reaction shots of the other characters’ faces to Spike and Xander’s odd couple antics. An issue of Spike and Xander trading banter »

- Logan Dalton

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Watch ‘Where Are They Now?’: A Depressing Animated Short About the Current Lives of Favourite 80s Cartoon Characters

16 September 2014 6:37 PM, PDT

Ever wonder what your favourite cartoon characters from the 80′s are doing now? Animator Steve Cutts gives you a bleak look into the current lives of some of our favourite characters facing reality long after their heyday prime.

Animation created in After Effects, Flash, Photoshop and a bit of CrazyTalk pro 7. All voices created by Kevin MacLeod. Watch the video below.

 

Where Are They Now? from Steve Cutts on Vimeo.

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- Ricky

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2014 Fall Network TV Preview: Tuesdays

16 September 2014 5:34 PM, PDT

Several network series return this week, but the fall season starts in earnest next week. Before the premieres kick off, here are SoS TV Editor Kate Kulzick, SoS Managing TV Editor Deepayan Sengupta, and SoS lead TV critic Randy Dankievitch with their initial impressions on the networks’ new offerings.

Note: Our thoughts are based on pilots that are works in progress, so there may be changes to these episodes before they air.

Forever (10 pm Est, ABC)

Premieres Sept. 22nd and Sept 23rd ,  2014

Among ABC’s new fall shows is Forever, a series set to focus on a medical examiner in New York who has a distinctive trait; unlike the rest of the population, he is immortal. Every time he dies, Dr. Henry Morgan finds himself waking up naked in a nearby body of water, and he teams up with Detective Martinez to help solve the city’s crimes.

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- Deepayan Sengupta

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The 2014 Montreal comic-con a success despite disappointments

16 September 2014 4:46 PM, PDT

If you weren’t at this year’s Montreal Comic-con, which was held from the 12th until the 14th of September at the Palais des Congres, then did you ever miss out. Although the Montreal convention isn’t normally known for its selection of guests, this year the con managed to not just pull in a few stars, but a few living legends too.

Gracing the city with his iconic presence was legendary film writer and director, George A. Romero. The man who invented zombies with his film Night Of The Living Dead (1968) not only came to Montreal, not only had his own Q&A panel with Ken Foree (known best for his work in Dawn Of The Dead, 1978), but had a booth where fans of his work could meet him one on one and speak with him. He was down to earth, quick as a whip, and a genuinely »

- Caitlin Marceau

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Tiff 2014: ‘Foxcatcher’ a dark spin on the American dream laced with engrossing uses of sound and performance

16 September 2014 2:42 PM, PDT

Foxcatcher

Written by Dan Futterman and E. Max Frye

Directed by Bennett Miller

USA, 2014

With Foxcatcher, Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball) directs a tragic tale of American ambition gone awry. It’s a grave and stately undertaking that’s based on the real story of John du Pont, heir to one of the richest families in America, who dreamed of building a wrestling team around the talents of two gold medal wrestlers that came from modest means. The inequality of power pushes the tension between the three over the edge. Although the film isn’t an awe-inspiring achievement as a whole, the performances and atmosphere stimulate the senses and hold a firm grip on the viewer’s attention.

In the aftermath of Olympic glory, brothers David and Mark Schlutz are assessing their options. That David (Mark Ruffalo) is the more coveted, recognizable and talented of the pair causes a rift between the siblings. »

- Lane Scarberry

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The Televerse #159- That Mitchell and Webb Look with Alasdair Wilkins

16 September 2014 2:28 PM, PDT

The fall TV season is nearly upon us, bringing with it a slew of summer series finales and pilot previews and giving us plenty to discuss this week on the podcast. Simon Howell is back and helps break down a full week in TV, starting with previews of the New Girl and The Mindy Project premieres and lots of FX comedy talk. Then we take a look at the pilots and premieres airing in the coming week, and we round out the week with plenty of genre and drama discussion, including looks at the pilot of Z Nation, a lauded Doctor Who, catchups with Outlander, The Knick, and Masters of Sex. Afterward, Alasdair Wilkins of the Av Club and Debating Doctor Who joins us at the DVD Shelf to discuss the British sketch series That Mitchell and Webb Look.

Our Week in Comedy (8:25-22:51): Preview New Girl and The Mindy Project premieres, »

- Kate Kulzick

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‘Skull Island’ Director and Star Announced

16 September 2014 12:09 PM, PDT

Skull Island as seen in the 1933 original

After a surprise announcement at this year’s Comic-Con, Legendary Pictures has announced a director and leading actor for the King Kong prequel, Skull Island. The film, set to be released in November 2016, will be directed by The Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts. The director recently directed several episodes of FX’s dark romantic comedy You’re the Worst and is attached to direct the film adaptation of Metal Gear Solid. The film will star Thor and The Avenger’s Tom Hiddleston, who recently starred in Only Lovers Left Alive and will appear in next year’s Guillermo del Toro horror film Crimson Peak, which will also be produced by Legendary.       

With a screenplay by Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein, the film aims to delve deeper into the mysterious and dangerous island. Skull Island continues Legendary’s streak of giant monster movies, as »

- Max Molinaro

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Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass to reunite for ‘Bourne’ sequel

16 September 2014 8:09 AM, PDT

Via Deadline, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass will team up again to make a third Jason Bourne movie following concluding the trilogy with The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007. Universal has set the film for a quick production and a release on July 16, 2016. Not only that, this would place the as-of-yet untitled Bourne movie ahead of the Bourne spinoff sequel to The Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner and directed by Justin Lin (Fast & Furious).

Deadline mentions that Greengrass had originally planned on stopping the franchise now that Bourne has his memory back, saying there’s nowhere else for the character to go. But this latest update of course flies in the face of news that Greengrass would never make another Bourne movie, that Damon would never make one without Greengrass, and that Damon was anyway attached without Greengrass involved.

This will also be the first Damon/Bourne movie not based on one of Robert Ludlum’s novels, »

- Brian Welk

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‘High Moon’ shoots Bryan Fuller back into space

16 September 2014 4:46 AM, PDT

High Moon

Written by Bryan Fuller and Jim Danger Gray

Directed by Adam Kane

Aired September 15, 2014 on Syfy

While Bryan Fuller’s style may be a bit too quirky, macabre, or esoteric for some audiences, there’s no denying that the man knows how to give good pilot. The first episode of Wonderfalls was an endearing, fast-talking affair that gradually injected fantasy into early 20s/retail ennui. The first episode of Pushing Daisies was nothing less than a storybook brought to life, a vibrant spin on the matters of life, death, and what happens when the order of the two reverses. And the first episode of Hannibal was a visceral, otherworldly affair that made it clear from the outset it wasn’t your parents’ Hannibal Lecter.

That track record leads to a lot of high expectations for High Moon, even though unlike those previous shows the pilot is (likely) all there’s going to be. »

- Les Chappell

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Masters of Sex Ep. 2.10: “Below the Belt” explores clashing perceptions

15 September 2014 10:29 PM, PDT

Masters of Sex Season 2, Episode 10: “Below the Belt

Written by Bathsheba Doran and Eileen Myers

Directed by Adam Arkin

Airs Sundays at 10pm (Et) on Showtime

“Everyone has their own version of everything that’s ever happened.” There’s more weight and truth to these words Ann Dowd speaks than in any of the many speeches she got to deliver in The Leftovers. It’s an easy sentence to seize upon as a master key to interpreting the ideas in “Below the Belt,” but “easy” doesn’t mean “unintelligent.” It’s there from the opening scene, in which Gini confesses to her psychiatrist that she’s set all their sessions up as a charade to try to help Barb. It’s in the fundamental misunderstanding between Langham and Flo about the nature of their new sexual relationship. And of course, it’s at the heart of the episode’s biggest conflict, »

- Dan Schindel

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2014 Fall Network TV Preview: Mondays

15 September 2014 10:05 PM, PDT

Several network series return this week, but the fall season starts in earnest next week. Before the premieres kick off, here are SoS TV Editor Kate Kulzick and SoS Managing TV Editor Deepayan Sengupta with their initial impressions on the networks’ new offerings.

Note: Our thoughts are based on pilots that are works in progress, so there may be changes to these episodes before they air.

Gotham (8 pm Est, Fox)

Premieres Sept. 22nd, 2014

One of the fall’s most buzzed about new series (the TCA dubbed it the most promising new fall show), Gotham’s pilot succeeds not because of its procedural trappings or comic shoutouts, but because of its smart casting. Ben McKenzie is coming off of a strong run on Southland, one of the more underrated series of the past several years, and he is very comfortable in the shoes of the newly minted Detective Gordon. Partnered with »

- Kate Kulzick

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Official Plot Details for ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

15 September 2014 8:28 PM, PDT

Today we’ve gotten the first official plot details on Joss Whedon’s highly anticipated Marvel sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron. There isn’t much information in the plot summery that most people couldn’t surmise from the titular villain or other casting announcements, but at least it’s now official. The Avengers in 2012 ended up being one of the best blockbusters in years upon its release and became the third highest grossing film of all time, so it is probably safe to assume that the sequel could be even better and be a strong contender for biggest movie off all time when it kicks off summer next year, given the immense talent behind the film.

Ultron has been one of the biggest threats in Marvel comics since his creation in 1968 and given that James Spader is pretty incredible in just about everything he is in, the human hating robot »

- Max Molinaro

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The Strain, Ep. 1.10, “Loved Ones” blends quiet horror with unearned emotion

15 September 2014 8:01 PM, PDT

The Strain, Season 1, Episode 10, “Loved Ones”

Written by Gennifer Hutchison

Directed by John Dahl

Airs Sundays at 10pm Est on FX

The decision to devote a significant portion of an episode to Eph’s wife, whose name is Kelly (in case you understandably couldn’t remember), is pretty ballsy for The Strain at this stage of the game. This is a tangential character that we have literally no emotional connection with, but the crux of this storyline is the writers’ belief that we should care about her slow descent into vampirism. This is compounded by the fact that we can’t even connect to how this supposedly heartbreaking development will affect Eph, since we don’t really care. If the intention of these scenes is to have them weigh heavy on us emotionally, then they are an utter failure.

On the other hand, there is some legitimate ingenuity with this storyline. »

- Jake Pitre

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Video On Demand: Five Great New Releases You Can Now Watch

15 September 2014 7:55 PM, PDT

September tends to be a relative dead spot at the theaters. Multiplexes are still housing the last vestiges of the onslaught of the summer and quietly preparing for the slow march of prestige pictures that come with the fall and winter months. So instead of spending the time and effort to make your way out to your local theater to catch a screening of Dolphin Tale 2, why not stay in and watch one of these stellar movies from earlier this year on demand?

Ida

Director Pawel Pawlikowski made not only the most somber road movie of the year, but shot it in gorgeous black and white. The film follows its titular character (Agata Trezbuchowska), an orphaned nun, who must travel to visit her only living relative before she is allowed to take her vows. Pawlikowski uses this fish out of water tale to explore the complexity and sinful nature »

- Jj Perkins

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‘Sesame Street’s’ ‘Star Wars’ Parody Is Adorable and About Self Control

15 September 2014 7:37 PM, PDT

Sesame Street has created an adorable, pun-filled Star Wars parody called Star S’Mores featuring a collection of brave intergalactic snack warriors including Luke Piewalker, Flan Solo (Cookie Monster!), Chewie the Cookie and Princess Parfaita. Leave it to Sesame Street to come up with the sweetest Star Wars parody yet.And as per usual, the Sesame Street parody has an important message for the children who watch them; this time teaching kids about self-control. Watch the video below. Enjoy!

To help Flan Solo control his urges, the crew seeks help from the wise and wrinkled mentor Only One Cannoli. Cannoli teaches Solo to use the Four, which literally involves Solo counting to four when his cravings are spinning out of control. When that doesn’t work, the group seeks out the even wiser and more wrinkled Groda, who teaches Solo yet another form of self-control.

 

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- Ricky

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Trailer for ‘The Houses October Built’

15 September 2014 6:35 PM, PDT

It’s that time of year and the horror trailers keep coming. The premise for the new found footage film, The Houses October Built, about a group of extreme Halloween haunted house seekers isn’t that too far fetched given that we live in a world where some haunted houses force you to eat disgusting things and beat  you a little and others have you “abducted in a van, faux-water-boarded, rolled naked in a sheet of plastic and forced to walk barefoot down a used condom covered hallway”. The trailer features some spectacularly creep images and looks like something different from the found footage subgenre.

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- Max Molinaro

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TIFF14: ‘Pasolini’ is overambitious but nonetheless compelling

15 September 2014 10:22 AM, PDT

Pasolini

Written by Maurizio Braucci

Directed by Abel Ferrara

France, Belgium & Italy, 2014

With the release of two films in 2014, Abel Ferrara has had one of the biggest years in his long and rich career. Welcome to New York, which premiered at the Cannes film festival was a confrontational splash that divided audiences and critics alike. As the Toronto International Film Festival was underway, the film jumped back into the headlines too, as Ferrara began a media fight over the negotiation of an R-rated cut of the film, which he refused to do. This revelation came at a particularly apt moment, as Toronto presented Ferrara’s second film of the year, Pasolini. It only seemed appropriate that while waging a public battle over censorship that Ferrara’s new film about a man rumoured to have died because of his art would be premiering.

When Ferrara announced his next project would be »

- Justine Smith

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Watch the trailer for ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′

15 September 2014 9:20 AM, PDT

Following a number of teasers (here, here, and here) and character posters throughout the summer, it’s all built up to this: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 has released… a trailer.

Surely though this is the most anticipated trailer of the year short of finally getting a first look at Inherent Vice, but star Jennifer Lawrence has been notably absent from all these early promotional materials. We finally see her take center stage as the symbol of Panem’s rebellion, communicating with Donald Sutherland’s always sinister President Snow and taking charge against District 13′s leaders, including a brief look at Philip Seymour Hoffman. The first two films were hardly a barrel of laughs, but this trailer makes the new film directed by Francis Lawrence look absolutely cataclysmic. Mockingjay – Part 1 releases November 22 of this year while Part 2 of the third installment of Suzanne Collins’ trilogy releases November 20 of »

- Brian Welk

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