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SIFF2015: Twisted ‘Circle’ is an irresistible thought experiment

10 hours ago

Circle

Written & Directed by Aaron Hann & Mario Miscione

USA, 2015

Society loves a good label. After all, labels allow us to judge people without the hassle of actually talking to them. But what if these superficial judgements were a matter of life and death? That’s the question posed by the fascinating new psychological thriller, Circle. Writer-directors Aaron Hann and Mario Miscione mix satire, horror, and science fiction into an irresistible social experiment that puts all of us under the microscope. Relentless and gripping, Circle is a battle royal for “civilized” society.

Fifty strangers awaken to find themselves standing inside a circle.

They cannot move.

They cannot touch each other.

And every two minutes, one of them will die.

These are the rules established by the fiendishly clever Circle. What is administering the seemingly random death beam from the center of the circle is not important. All that matters is that »

- J.R. Kinnard

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Weekly News Roundup: Bowser finds new employment, lawsuits galore, and more

11 hours ago

Press the pause button and stretch those fingers: it’s time to roundup the news that you might have missed from the world of gaming this week.

Nintendo of America has hired a member of the Bowser family to take over as the vice president of sales in the United States. The Guardian reported that Doug Bowser, formerly of EA, joined the Nintendo family this week and nearly broke the internet. Everyone had a giggle about the happy coincidence, including Doug Bowser himself. Let’s just hope that this isn’t some long con by King Koopa to finally get his revenge on Mario.

Rockstar is suing BBC over an unauthorized documentary concerning the Grand Theft Auto series, according to IGN. Here’s what Rockstar’s parent company, Take-Two Interactive, had to say.

Take-Two Interactive has filed a suit against the BBC for trademark infringement based on their movie currently »

- Elizabeth Rico

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Penny Dreadful, Ep. 2.04, “Evil Spirits in Heavenly Places” crams in as much as it can

12 hours ago

Penny Dreadful, Season 2, Episode 4, “Evil Spirits in Heavenly Places”

Written by John Logan

Directed by Damon Thomas

Airs Sundays at 10 pm (Et) on Showtime

Everyone pairs up in the latest episode of Penny Dreadful, “Evil Spirits in Heavenly Places.” Penny Dreadful is obviously an ensemble show, but it’s always had a problem knowing quite what to do with its plethora of characters. After last week’s series highlight episode, which slowed things down and focused on a single coherent story, the show gets back to business, with “Evil Spirits in Heavenly Places,” attempting to cram in as much information as possible relevant to season two’s main plot.

Creator John Logan needs to find a new approach to his ever-growing cast of ghouls and werewolves and you can feel him sensing this here. His solution–pairing off almost every main character to move things along–gives the episode a fast, »

- Chris Evangelista

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Hobo with a Laptop, Episode 4: “The Thing with Two Heads” (1972)

18 hours ago

Welcome to episode 4 of Hobo with a Laptop, this week we discuss the 70s blaxploitation/science fiction film, The Thing with Two Heads. It’s a proper dressing down, as this film is abysmal, but it can be viewed for free on YouTube, in case you’re looking for a silly film to make fun of with your friends over a few drinks. My guest host this week is Mitch Stewart, a fellow Sound on Sight alum, and author of the newly minted “Rollercoaster Anthology”, a novel that can be purchased here. You can also check out his website, Lumpy Productions, featured here. Hobo with a Laptop is now available on Stitcher. Both the podcast player, and the YouTube link to the film can be found below:

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- Mike Worby

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