5 items from 2014
AMC is previewing Halt and Catch Fire, the upcoming period tech drama. This is the first time a cable channel has previewed a show on its Tumblr page. Too bad AMC still insists on streaming video in that tiny window.
Halt and Catch Fire
How accurate was Lysa‘s claims about what happens to the victims of the Moon Door on Sunday’s Game of Thrones? Surprisingly, it turns out the show overstated the dramatic impact. However, it would still be pretty deadly. Lysa probably hates finding out she was wrong.
- Lyle Masaki
There’s scarcely an original thought to be found in That Awkward Moment, the self-proclaimed “modern” romantic comedy debut of Tom Gormican, and that won’t matter one bit to the majority of its target audience. With stars as ebullient and zeitgeisty as Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan and Imogen Poots, there was never much need for the film bring anything new to the table. Still, it would have been nice if Gormican, who both wrote and directed, could have relied a little less heavily on genre clichés.
Efron, Teller and Jordan star as a trio of successful, handsome twentysomethings sharing an apartment in New York City. Jason (Efron) is the perpetual player, devoted to one night stands and resolute in his determination to stay detached from all commitment. Daniel (Teller) shares Jason’s hedonistic outlook, though he clearly feels less strongly about staying single than his buddy. »
- Isaac Feldberg
It has risen! Fox’s big gamble on a science show went up in the ratings on Easter Sunday. Cosmos rose 8 percent last night to tie CBS’ The Good Wife in the ratings.
The media has been pretty hard on Cosmos. But for an educational program airing after a bawdy cartoon that’s inspired fart joke montages on YouTube, it’s performed fairly decently. Across all platforms, including streaming, the show is racking up 10.9 million viewers, and is likely to have a long rental afterlife (and just karmically, the network that brought us Moment of Truth owed us this one »
- James Hibberd
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 13, 2014
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Comedy movie That Awkward Moment looks at the time in every relationship when the couple wonder, where is this going?
The romance stars Zac Efron (New Year’s Eve), Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now) and Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle) as twentysomething friends at that awkward moment as they try to navigate the tricky terrain of modern romance.
That Awkward Moment didn’t get much love from critics and that’s probably why it didn’t particularly shine at the box office, grossing $26 million.
The Blu-ray and DVD have a bunch of extras to up the value, though. Here’s the list:
I’ve had a bit of a love-hate relationship with Oren Peli’s Paranormal Activity franchise ever since the first horrifying incident featuring Micah, Katie, and the invisible demon destroying their relationship. To save you all a bland history lesson, Paranormal Activity caused me countless sleepless nights and Paranormal Activity 2 asserted itself as an adept horror watch, but I’m one of the few people who thinks Paranormal Activity 3 started a lame downward slide, and Paranormal Activity 4, well – woof. There’s a reason why I came into Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones with minimal enthusiasm and low expectations, but much to my surprise, writer/director Christopher Landon boldly reinvigorates a franchise quickly becoming bland, boring, and without any innovation – until now.
- Matt Donato
5 items from 2014
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