Sunday, July 27, 2014

Movie Review: Lucy (2014)

by Sherry Lipp

There is an age-old myth that we humans only use 10% of our brains. The theory is so prevalent it’s become sort of an urban legend. It’s something people seem to believe without question even though there is no actual scientific evidence to support it. It’s easy to see why people might be so willing to accept such a hypothesis since so many of us have likely felt that we’ve fallen behind our true potential somewhere along the way. Mind expansion is a common theme in science fiction, going back to one of the seminal classics, Flowers for Algernon. Luc Besson’s Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson, is the latest entry in this well-worn theme. While Besson does a great job of staging a taught and quick-paced thriller, the story itself falls short in providing any kind of depth whatsoever.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Walking Dead Season Five Trailer Revealed

by Sherry Lipp

October 12 seems far away when waiting for the return of The Walking Dead. The folks at AMC have just released the trailer for season five, and watching it may make your wait even harder. It looks like season five should be a great season - there's so much going on with Terminus, getting Eugene (Josh McDermitt) to Washington DC and whatever is going on with Beth (Emily Kinney).

Just a word of warning -  you may not want to watch the trailer if you don't want to know too much about things that go on in Terminus. It's just a tease for the season - or the first half at least, but you might be able to put some things together. So it all depends on how cold you want to go into season five.

The Walking Dead airs on AMC.

Photo courtesy AMC

Friday, July 25, 2014

Blu-ray Review: Radio Days - Twilight Time Limited Edition

By Chaz Lipp

Revisiting the 1987 Woody Allen film Radio Days, recently issued on Blu-ray by boutique label Twilight Time as a 3,000-copy limited edition, I was struck by the self-indulgence that permeates the film. Allen had just come off what was arguably the most fruitful period of his career, a run of inventive, heartfelt comedies (each with a healthy dose of drama) that culminated in 1986’s masterpiece Hannah and Her Sisters. Though Radio Days has its virtues, it seems as if Allen decided to revel in pure nostalgia rather than tell a meaningful story. That wouldn’t be such a bad thing if there were more laughs sprinkled throughout, but Days - though it starts off quite funny – turns maudlin.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Blu-ray Review: Under the Skin (2014)

By Chaz Lipp

I’ve not read Michel Faber’s novel that served as the basis for Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, so I’m only speculating here. But I suspect that something more substantive and cohesive could’ve evolved out of the interesting ideas and visuals presented in this supremely trippy sci-fi film. Two aliens arrive on Earth, Scotland to be exact, and quickly assume human form. One looks like a non-descript biker dude, the other like Scarlett Johansson. They set out luring unsuspecting passersby to an unassuming dwelling, where they harvest their bodies after soaking them in black ooze. Since the targets seem to exclusively be heterosexual males, looking like Scarlett Johansson has its distinct advantages.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Movie Review: The Purge: Anarchy

by Sherry Lipp

Last summer the horror flick The Purge was a surprise hit. Just one year later the sequel, The Purge: Anarchy, is already in theaters. Sometimes it’s best to strike while the iron is hot and judging by a strong opening weekend, the right choice was made in rushing out the second installment. But strong opening weekends don’t necessarily mean good movies, and this one isn’t. This film all but abandons the clever satire that made the first film distinctive in favor of escalating death scenes that only provide the most base level of thrills.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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TV Review: 24: Live Another Day - Episode 12: Day 9 10:00PM-11:00AM

By Chaz Lipp

What a ride. 24: Live Another Day ended its 12-episode run with an episode that embodied everything that made the show great in the past. Though the last 12 weeks inspired plenty of snark from some critics, much of it focusing on Kiefer Sutherland’s advancing age and the supposed tiredness of the real-time concept, LAD delivered classic 24 that, for better or worse, never attempted to reinvent the wheel. I would hazard a guess that the return of Jack Bauer did not win over an inordinate amount of new fans. TV has moved on in the four years since Jack disappeared. But it’s probably safe to say that millions of original fans got exactly what they were hoping for. But is there any more to follow? Should there be any more?