Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Movie Review: St. Vincent

By Chaz Lipp
 

About a Boy meets Bad Grandpa. Only not as deeply felt as the former, nor as funny as the latter.

Ever since Wes Anderson cast Bill Murray in what turned out to be a justly celebrated supporting role in Rushmore, everyone seems to marvel about the veteran actor’s ability to “carry a movie.” As if that hadn’t really been established over the course of the ‘80s and ‘90s. The difference, I guess, was that ever since the notorious 1984 bomb The Razor’s Edge, no one seemed convinced that Murray could handle drama. Not only did Rushmore change that (though it was, for the most part, a dryly comedic role/movie), it paved the way for him to spin off a seemingly endless variation on what was essentially the same performance (Lost in Translation, The Life Aquatic, Broken Flowers). No one much cared for his turn as FDR in Hyde Park on Hudson, which offered something a tiny bit different, so he’s back on safer turf as grumpy old man Vincent MacKenna in Theodore Melfi’s St. Vincent.

Monday, October 27, 2014

TV Review: The Walking Dead Season Five Episode Three "Four Walls and a Roof"

by Sherry Lipp

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD



We have our first main character death of the season on The Walking Dead. It’s not a complete
surprise after last week, but honestly I thought maybe they were going to drag that out longer. One thing that can be said about season five so far is that they are not dwelling on anything very long. I’m glad to see the show is staying inventive in its story lines.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Movie Review: John Wick

By Chaz Lipp
 

In what is being correctly billed as a comeback film, Keanu Reeves stars as a retired hitman in John Wick, directed with stylish efficiency by Chad Stahelski (and, apparently, co-director David Leitch). Without wasting any of its economical 96 minutes, we’re introduced to recent widower John Wick. He’s grieving the loss of his wife Helen (Bridget Moynahan, glimpsed in flashbacks), who succumbed to a devastating, but unidentified, illness. Her final gift to John, delivered posthumously, is a puppy. Intended as a beacon of hope, the puppy is a companion for John to help him get past his mourning.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DVD Review: The Scribbler

By Chaz Lipp
 

An interesting cast highlights The Scribbler, an adaptation of a 2006 graphic novel of the same name. Unfortunately, director John Suits wastes an intense lead performance by Katie Cassidy (daughter of David, currently co-starring on the TV series Arrow) in an unfocused non-starter of a thriller. The screenplay was penned by Daniel Schaffer, who created the original graphic novel, but apparently he couldn’t figure out how to shape a compelling story. Set in a rundown mental institution inhabited by a rogue’s gallery of colorful weirdos, Cassidy’s Suki and her multiple personalities are confronted by an alarming number of suicides occurring within the institution.

Monday, October 20, 2014

TV Review: The Walking Dead - Season Five Episode Two "Strangers"

by  Sherry Lipp

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

After the Terminus blow out last week, this week’s episode of The Walking Dead had big shoes to fill. Predictably the show went with a much lower-key episode with “Strangers.” The survivors are once again on the road to nowhere. Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) wants the group to head to D.C. where Eugene (Josh McDermitt) assures them there will be shelter, supplies, and weapons – oh, and he will cure the zombie disease. I have my doubts that D.C. will be the utopia he’s expecting, but I’m hoping the whole thing doesn’t turn out to be bogus (I’m starting to fear that). I really want a change of scenery.

“Strangers” had some cool things in it – and some not so cool things.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Giveaway: $15 iTunes Gift Card – The Devil’s Hand Out Now on VOD – Enter by November 3, 2014


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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

TV Review: The Walking Dead - Season Five Premiere "No Sanctuary"

by Sherry Lipp 

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD



The Walking Dead started off season five with a slam-bang premiere that turned out to be one of the best episodes of the entire series. What I loved about “No Sanctuary” is that it played against our expectations. Season four ended with Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) group – minus Tyreese (Chad L. Coleman), Carol (Melissa McBride) and Beth (Emily Kinney) – locked up in a train car in Terminus. From the pattern of the earlier season we might have thought season five would be the story of surviving Terminus – but we have already been proven wrong. All in one episode we learned the history of Terminus, saw its demise, and saw the survivors on their way to whatever lies ahead.