19 items from 2015
So here’s the problem with writing a list-based article based on the bloodiest pro wrestling matches you can find that have been on the telly: there are, at last count, Seven And A Half Billion Of Them. And every one of them is supposedly bloodier than the last.
Us pro wrestling fans – the proper, hardcore nerdy types who remember the dates and runtimes of individual matches in Japan seventeen years ago – are incredibly precious about blood. It’s one of the signifiers that differentiates a casual fan from a real fan, after all: we know that red means green, and what a crimson mask should really look like. We understand the difference between hardway and a blade job (in fact, we call it ‘gigging’ like we read that they do in the business, just to make sure everyone knows we’re smart to it). We have our favourite bloody matches, »
- Ben Cooke
Beck The Series: Volume 1
Detective Martin Beck investigates a series of crimes in Stockholm, Sweden alongside his partner Gunvald Larsson.
The contrast between the calm and studious internal world of celebrated Swedish detective Martin Beck and the drama of murderous crime is brought to the screen in fine style in these five feature-length episodes.
Comprising the last episode from season four (Buried Alive – a horror tinged tale that received a Swedish theatrical release in 2009) and four from the most recent series, this collection can either serve as a good introduction to the show or a reminder as to just why it has been so popular.
The reason why it has done so well is possibly down to its classic approach to the cop show format. It avoids gimmickry, instead concentrating on the twists of the stories and the conflicting personalities of the main players. »
- Robert W Monk
Netflix streaming has a wealth of great stand up specials for fans of comedy. Lately the service has been even releasing Netflix Original specials from famous comedians. It is almost overwhelming how much hilariously good stand up comedy Netflix has at the moment.
If you haven’t taken the time to watch some of these hour long specials from greats like Aziz Ansari or Mike Birbiglia, here is a list of the 6 best currently available. But don’t worry, more are on the way to the streaming service over the next year.
Mike Birbiglia – My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend
Mike Birbiglia has had several a few different specials as well as a film he wrote/directed/starred in titled “Sleepwalk With Me” based on his one man comedy show. But “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend” is easily his best and one of the best specials ever.
Birbiglia delves into the events of »
- Sarah Sommer
It’s the moment you wait for the entire horror film. It’s not just a plot twist or a payoff but a trigger to your deepest emotions. You want to be shocked and sickened and saddened when the killer is revealed, the hero suddenly dies, or the mystery is solved. Most of all, you want your jaw to be on the floor. **Spoilers obviously ahead**
The Brood (1979)- Mommy knows best
David Cronenberg’s third horror film is his first truly great movie and also his first superbly acted film. The Brood’s ensemble is solid but Oliver Reed and Samantha Eggar stand out as maverick doctor Hal Raglan and his disturbed patient Nola Carveth. Nola’s estranged husband Frank (played by Art Hindle) teams up with Dr. Raglan in the film’s suspenseful climax. He confronts Nola while Raglan attempts to rescue Frank’s young daughter from a group of murderous deformed children. »
Tomorrow night, along with airing “Fear: Buried Alive,” A&E is kicking off a new docuseries, “Cursed: The Bell Witch,” which follows a direct descendant of one of the most infamous ghost stories in America, one that originated in my home… Continue Reading →
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- Debi Moore
Ansari has found success with the streaming service in the past, releasing his comedy specials “Buried Alive” and “Live At Madison Square Garden” with Netflix. His new scripted series aims to continue that streak.
Ansari stars as Dev, a 30-year-old living in New York whose personal and professional life are growing increasingly tumultuous.
“Whoever you’re dating now at this stage could be who you end up with. It’s a big decision. It’s hard.” Ansari’s character says in the clip.
The trailer also shows Dev struggling as an actor. He’s seen arguing with a friend about a white guy playing an Indian character in “The Social Network” before being told the actor was 1/16th Indian.
“If we go back far enough, we’re all 1/16th something,” he says. “I’m probably 1/16th black. »
- Jacob Bryant
Why not just a Hocus Pocus marathon? Three people are set to be buried alive for a Halloween special entitled Fear: Buried Alive, ABC News reports. The nightmarish two-hour event will air live on A&E Sunday, Oct. 26. The brave souls will lie down in coffins — which will then be buried underground. While interred, contestants will experience "a series of escalating horrors designed to test the strength of their psyches," the network says in a press release. Horror director Eli Roth and sociologist Margee Kerr will [...] »
If you enjoy watching people face their real-life fears, then read on for the details of “Fear: Buried Alive,” a scary psychological social experiment that A&E is airing live just before Halloween. From the Press Release: A&E Network will kick… Continue Reading →
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- Debi Moore
Somehow, in a TV landscape where every cable channel, streaming service, gaming platform, and smart watch has to develop at least one grim and gritty drama series, the darkest show on television isn't "The Leftovers" or even "The Walking Dead," but a silly, if stunningly committed, Comedy Central half-hour called "Review." The show, which just wrapped up its amazing second season, follows beige and bespectacled "reviewer of life" Forrest MacNeil (Andy Daly, who also executive produces the show, which is adapted from an Australian comedy) as he is assigned experiences by his viewers — What's it like to join the Mile High Club? What's it like to catfish someone? — that he must then do and rate on a five-star scale. Over the course of the first season, we saw the show tear Forrest's life apart, as he had to divorce his wife, inadvertently got his ex-father-in-law killed, and was committed to »
- Alan Sepinwall
“I bet the only thing more horrifying than that sound will be the moment it stops.”
Forrest MacNeil is the worst kind of faux-perpetual motion machine. He may run forever, he may in fact be incapable of ceasing to pursue his destructive path, but he needs an incredible amount of fuel to keep going, and his fuel of choice is suffering. ‘Buried Alive, 6 Star Review, Public Speaking’ takes Review‘s arbitrary structure and core of self-deceit and stretches it as far as it can go before it starts to scream. Then, naturally, it keeps going. Other shows might stagnate in the place of extremity to which Review has pushed itself, but week after week Andy Daly and co find a way to plumb new and awful depths in what is essentially a video log of one man’s protracted dissolution into sparking wreckage.
“I only told one person where I am, »
- Gretchen Felker-Martin
The Performer | Andy Daly
The Show | Review
The Performance | As Review life critic Forrest MacNeil, Daly is making one of TV’s biggest jackasses a lovable sad-sack with whom you can almost empathize, thanks in part to the character’s unmatched naiveté.
His work in Thursday’s episode was a thing of beauty and horror, as the willing-to-do-anything reviewer found himself buried alive and getting kicked in the nuts repeatedly — not that life itself wasn’t already kicking Forrest where it hurts.
But the moment that truly earned Daly TVLine’s »
UKTV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb
Who Do You Think You Are? returned to screens with impressive ratings on Thursday (August 13), according to overnight data.
BBC Two's Great British Menu continued with 1.73m (9.2%) at 7.30pm, before Coast appealed to 1.64m (8.4%) at 8pm, and Atlantic: The Wildest Ocean on Earth averaged 1.55m (7.9%) at 9pm.
On ITV, Real Stories with Ranvir Singh gathered 2.39m (12.6%) at 7.30pm (116k/0.6% on +1), while ITV's celebrity shepherding show Flockstars entertained 2.05m (10.7%) at 8.30pm (58k/0.3%). The Wonder of Britain followed with 1.06m (5.4%) at 9pm.
Channel 4's Location, Location, Location was seen by 1.69m (8.7%) at 8pm (151/0.8%), and Very British Problems amused 1.75m (8.9%) at 9pm (226k/1.5%).
Over on Channel 5, Sinkholes: Buried Alive shocked 1.31m (6.8%) at 8pm, before Supersized was »
A long, long time ago — two entire years ago! — when I started writing these recaps, I made you a promise. I would not try to explain the plot. I would focus only on the element I believed really mattered, and, not coincidentally, the only facet of this alternate reality I was sure I could consistently track: power. And friends, am I ever glad I swore this sacred oath to you. Because what even is happening? Do we still not know who was the very first A, the one who messed with Ali so much that after being buried alive (once more, with feeling: after being Buried Alive), Ali decided she needed to fake her own kidnapping and live on the lam, with nothing but a curling iron to keep her warm, for years? Is this Charles/Charlotte/Cece reveal supposed to help explain that? I respect the admirable effort here »
- Jessica Goldstein
Netflix has teamed up with Aziz Ansari for a new comedy series. The streaming video platform has announced an as-of-yet untitled, ten-episode series that will star the Parks & Recreation funnyman in the lead role.
Ansari, who portrayed Tom Haverford for seven seasons on Parks & Rec, will serve as both the co-creator and the star of the new show, which Netflix has given a direct-to-series order. Alan Yang, an executive producer for Parks & Rec, co-created the series alongside Ansari, and a strong supporting cast includes Archer star H. Jon Benjamin, Dear White People producer Lena Waithe, Tim & Eric weirdo Eric Wareheim, and Saturday Night Live alum Noel Wells.
The comedy series will continue Ansari's existing relationship with Netflix. The 32-year-old stand-up comedian has released two specials through the streaming platform. The first, Buried Alive, arrived in 2013, and the second, Live From Madison Square Garden, followed in 2015.
Ansari's series also adds to »
- Sam Gutelle
Netflix is staying in business with Aziz Ansari.
The streaming service has ordered 10 episodes of a half-hour comedy from the comedian, following recent deals to air his stand-up specials “Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden” and “Buried Alive.”
The series, which hails from Universal TV and 3 Arts, will film in New York.
- Debra Birnbaum
Sometimes, what goes on during a pro wrestling show can be shocking. On occasion, this is down to the sheer talent on display, or an awesome angle taking place. From time to time, a show is noteworthy for the wrong reasons too – bad matches, a terrible promo or just flat out dull storylines. Whatever the case, it’s clear there’s a lot that goes into producing what wrestling fans watch on television week in and week out.
Ego is something heavily prevalent in wrestling. After all, the very macho nature of the industry almost demands that the people working within its confines are larger than life, and that’s been the case down throughout the years for hundreds of performers.
It’s often baffling to wonder why promotions make the decisions they do sometimes, especially when it comes to burying their own talent. This list isn’t »
- Jamie Kennedy
While Jason Voorhees stalked the screens in homes around the world yesterday, Scream Factory also celebrated Friday the 13th in grand fashion, announcing two new Blu-ray releases and revealing bonus features, final cover art, and official street dates for their upcoming home media offerings. Horror fans now have some calendar marking to do and can look forward to another bountiful Summer of Fear.
On June 30th, Scream Factory plans to release a double feature Blu-ray of Ghosthouse and Witchery, the former directed by by Umberto Lenzi and the latter starring Linda Blair and David Hasselhoff. They'll also distribute 1989's I, Madman, though its release date is not yet known.
Ghosthouse: "Visions of a deceased girl and her doll bring doom to the visitors of a deserted house."
- Derek Anderson
For the second time, Aziz Ansari will release a stand-up comedy special exclusively on Netflix. The Parks and Recreation funnyman will take center stage in Live From Madison Square Garden, which will arrive on Netflix on March 6th.
As its title suggests, Ansari's special was filmed at Madison Square Garden in New York. Ansari took the stage at "The World's Most Famous Arena" in October 2014, when he performed there on back-to-back nights. According to Variety, Ansari's Msg set covers many of his usual topics, including the American immigrant experience and food.
Previously, Ansari teamed up with Netflix for Buried Alive, an hour-long stand-up special that first debuted online in November 2013. Before that, he was one of the first high-profile users of online self-distribution platform Vhx.
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- Sam Gutelle
Filmed in front of a sold-out audience in New York, Ansari joins a small group of comedians to ever sell out the iconic arena. He joins other comedy stalwarts such as Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, and Kevin Hart.
Also Read: 11 Outrageous Ron Swanson Lines From ‘Parks and Recreation’ (Photos)
Ansari’s Msg marks his second collaboration with Netflix following his first original stand-up special, Buried Alive, which is currently streaming on the service worldwide. »
- Joe Otterson
19 items from 2015
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