4 items from 2014
Written by Jennifer Derwingson
Directed by Luis Prieto
Airs Fridays at 10pm Est on Syfy
The art of satire is sometimes difficult to accomplish successfully. Taking an element in pop culture that has become clichéd and subtly mocking it can unfortunately often be misunderstood by a large portion of its audience. Z Nation, with its consistent biting, farcical episodes, is so boisterous and bad-for-the-sake-of-bad that it is understandable why its wit may be difficult to read as purposeful. But due to some hilariously asinine scenes, viewers of the show can continue to rejoice in the ridiculous, which strengthens the spoof, rather than criticize what might weaken a standard drama.
Z Nation continues to present plot clichés from the zombie genre. In this episode, it introduces a group who have pushed their moral compasses too far out of reach and become a threat to anyone »
- Richelle Charkot
No one ever said parenting would be easy, but how easy can it be when the state is watching you and waiting for a screw-up? Is any home perfect? Is any family? And are we holding some people to a higher standard because they have an open file with Child Protective Services or Family Court? All good questions, and before you answer yes to that last one, let’s consider the case of Patrick Brown in Seattle and Hannah Siddique in New York City, as they are the main characters in Stephanie Wang-Breal’s sometimes brutal and often heartbreaking documentary, Tough Love.
Wang-Breal introduces us to Patrick, a former drug addict who called Cps while doing in time in prison because he was concerned about his daughter Natalya and her mother’s spiralling drug use. Natalya’s placed in a foster home, but once Patrick gets out of prison, taking »
- Adam A. Donaldson
On tap right now is an exclusive clip from Omid Nooshin's Speed-like horror flick Last Passenger (review). Cohen Media Group will release the film in NY, La, Seattle, Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, Philly, Sf, DC, and Orlando on April 25th. Eyes peeled, kids!
Lewis Shaler (Dougray Scott) is an overworked doctor and devoted single dad heading home with his young son on the last train from London. When he strikes up a relationship with a beautiful and flirtatious stranger, Lewis believes life is finally looking up. But events then take a dark turn when Lewis discovers the guard has mysteriously vanished and the brakes have been sabotaged. Unknown to the handful of remaining passengers, a vengeful sociopath has taken control of the train and is hellbent on crashing it, taking his passengers with him to the grave. »
- Steve Barton
Revolt network, which Sean Combs leads with MTV veteran Andy Schuon, is one of four minority-owned independent networks Comcast pledged to distribute as a condition of getting FCC approval of its NBCUniversal merger. And yet, since its October launch, Revolt has not been available in Comcast’s hometown, Philadelphia. Schoen told TV critics this morning they’re working on that. “People are noticing” he said of the omission. “Have they given you a date?” a Philly TV critic asked. Comcast had committed to launching Revolt “to a certain percentage of homes” in its digital basic tier and to roll it out “in more markets over time.” He noted the network is availabie in Seattle, the Bay area and Miami and in some smaller markets. “We’re a fairly obvious market,” the Philly critic snarked. He declined to say how many homes Revolt is available in because, he said when pressed, »
- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist
4 items from 2014
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