NYFF 2014: Mathieu Amalric has a dark heart in ‘The Blue Room’

NYFF 2014: Mathieu Amalric has a dark heart in ‘The Blue Room’

New York Film Festival 2014

In Mathieu Amalric's The Blue Room, love is a corrosive agent, an arsenic-like poison that slowly works its way into your heart. Amalric writes, directs and stars in this contorted but calculated little…

The Televerse #161- Six Feet Under with Mike Worby

The Televerse #161- Six Feet Under with Mike Worby

It’s another full week of pilots, premieres, and finales, giving us plenty of TV to discuss on the pilot. We kick things off with a little reality chat before moving on to the…

Pittsburgh Comicon: The Legends Panel

Pittsburgh Comicon: The Legends Panel

Pittsburgh Comicon: The Legends Panel   The Players: Bill Sienkiewicz -Classically trained painter known for his work at both DC and Marvel, particularly Elektra: Assassin. Sienkiewicz has won more awards than I can…

Frank Miller Indulges in His Favorite Tropes in Sin City “Hard Goodbye”

Frank Miller Indulges in His Favorite Tropes in Sin City “Hard Goodbye”

Frank Miller Month

If you've read any of Frank Miller's comics, you're probably familiar with some of his most beloved tropes found in his work from Daredevil to Holy Terror, including pudge-faced, long coated wearing anti-heroes,…


Kamen Rider Taisen: Two Generations of Japanese Heroes go to War

Kamen Rider Taisen: Two Generations of Japanese Heroes go to War

Since the premier of its first series in 1971, Japan's Kamen Rider superhero franchise has spanned more weekly television series, films, comics, videogames and other assorted media than one would think possible for…

‘Life’s a Breeze’ an Irish export that tells a funny story in a light and charming way

‘Life’s a Breeze’ an Irish export that tells a funny story in a light and charming way

Life’s a Breeze Written by Lance Daly Directed by Lance Daly Ireland, 2013 Greed is an interesting thing, one of the seven deadly sins which sometimes brings out the very worst in people.…

‘The Two Faces of January’ is a slow-burner that tests your loyalties

‘The Two Faces of January’ is a slow-burner that tests your loyalties

Guilt is a powerful motivator. Its nagging voice can corrupt even the noblest of intentions. In the case of The Two Faces of January, a son’s guilt leads him into a…

‘The Boxtrolls’ packs lots of heart, laughs

‘The Boxtrolls’ packs lots of heart, laughs

The Boxtrolls is a delightful animated gem that has enough frenetic action to entertain the kids and plenty of subversive humor to keep the adults chuckling. It’s the perfect way to spend…


Sleepy Hollow, Ep. 2.02, “The Kindred”: Franklin-stein walks the earth

Sleepy Hollow, Ep. 2.02, “The Kindred”: Franklin-stein walks the earth

It’s a rare show that can inspire fits of giggles simply by reading an episode description, and “The Kindred” certainly meets that bill: “Ichabod Crane concocts a daring plan to rescue his wife…

The Strain, Ep. 1.12, “Last Rites” is only a test

The Strain, Ep. 1.12, “Last Rites” is only a test

The penultimate episode of The Strain's first season reminds us most of "Across the Sea", the third-last episode of Lost's final season. That episode came very near the end of Lost's run, but…

Masters of Sex Ep. 2.12: “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” wraps up season two

Masters of Sex Ep. 2.12: “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” wraps up season two

the title of "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" forebodes that the news story on the Masters/Johnson study doesn't make it to air. But, while it was never beyond expectations that Bill…

Hell on Wheels, Ep. 4.09, “Two Trains”: Technically satisfying scenes are season’s finest

Hell on Wheels, Ep. 4.09, “Two Trains”: Technically satisfying scenes are season’s finest

“Two Trains” ranks with “Elam Ferguson” as one of the season’s best episodes. It is a quickly paced, violent, down and dirty episode full of great moments, exceptionally clever directing, and excellent performances.…


NYFF 2014: ‘Saint Laurent’ is gorgeous but light

NYFF 2014: ‘Saint Laurent’ is gorgeous but light

New York Film Festival 2014

Expressing his appreciation for a painting of Proust's bedroom, Yves Saint Laurent says, "There's so much fidelity in it. The artist didn't eclipse his subject." Something similar can be said of Bertrand Bonello's…

NYFF 2014: Mathieu Amalric has a dark heart in ‘The Blue Room’

NYFF 2014: Mathieu Amalric has a dark heart in ‘The Blue Room’

New York Film Festival 2014

In Mathieu Amalric's The Blue Room, love is a corrosive agent, an arsenic-like poison that slowly works its way into your heart. Amalric writes, directs and stars in this contorted but calculated little…

NYFF 2014: ‘While We’re Young’ – The Young and the Old and the Restless

NYFF 2014: ‘While We’re Young’ – The Young and the Old and the Restless

New York Film Festival 2014

At age 45, it feels like writer-director Noah Baumbach is getting soft. Best known for his caustic tragicomedies like Kicking and Screaming, The Squid and the Whale, Greenberg, and Margot at the Wedding,…

Fantastic Fest 2014: ‘Nightcrawler’ is undone by a clumsy approach to satire

Fantastic Fest 2014: ‘Nightcrawler’ is undone by a clumsy approach to satire

Fantastic Fest 2014

Nightcrawler, the directorial debut of screenwriter Dan Gilroy, has a strong kinship with Sidney Lumet’s Network. Both take a satirical view of broadcast journalism, portraying the profession as a cold-blooded environment where sensationalism…


The Televerse #161- Six Feet Under with Mike Worby

The Televerse #161- Six Feet Under with Mike Worby

It’s another full week of pilots, premieres, and finales, giving us plenty of TV to discuss on the pilot. We kick things off with a little reality chat before moving on to the…

The Televerse #161- Six Feet Under with Mike Worby

The Televerse #161- Six Feet Under with Mike Worby

It’s another full week of pilots, premieres, and finales, giving us plenty of TV to discuss on the pilot. We kick things off with a little reality chat before moving on to the…

This is Our Design #19: “Entree”

This is Our Design #19: “Entree”

In this podcast, co-hosts Sean Colletti and Kate Kulzick are joined by Steve Prokopy of Ain't It Cool News as they delve into a bigger, sadder Jack Crawford who could use a helping…

Sketchy Episode 138 – ‘The Life & Times of Tim’

Sketchy Episode 138 – ‘The Life & Times of Tim’

HBO cartoons are not common, and this week, we discuss a recent one. It’s “The Life & Times of Tim,” a series about a hapless, yet apathetic man in the city. Created by…


’2000 AD Prog: 1900 & 1901′ Come for Dredd, stay for (most of) the rest

’2000 AD Prog: 1900 & 1901′ Come for Dredd, stay for (most of) the rest

TV fans often defend their favourite shows with assurances that “it gets better.” It’s a given, at least in North America, that shows take time to truly find their footing. British television, however,…

Pittsburgh Comicon: The Legends Panel

Pittsburgh Comicon: The Legends Panel

Pittsburgh Comicon: The Legends Panel   The Players: Bill Sienkiewicz -Classically trained painter known for his work at both DC and Marvel, particularly Elektra: Assassin. Sienkiewicz has won more awards than I can…

Booster Gold Returns with a Lot of Implications for the DC Universe

Booster Gold Returns with a Lot of Implications for the DC Universe

Booster Gold: Futures End #1

Ever since the cancellation of Justice League International in 2012, Booster Gold has remained an enigmatic figure. The annual which concluded JLI had Booster Gold encounter a future version of himself sporting and…

Frank Miller Indulges in His Favorite Tropes in Sin City “Hard Goodbye”

Frank Miller Indulges in His Favorite Tropes in Sin City “Hard Goodbye”

Frank Miller Month

If you've read any of Frank Miller's comics, you're probably familiar with some of his most beloved tropes found in his work from Daredevil to Holy Terror, including pudge-faced, long coated wearing anti-heroes,…


Kid Atari & Friends Episode 2: Let’s Play ‘Don’t Starve’

Kid Atari & Friends Episode 2: Let’s Play ‘Don’t Starve’

Will delight fans of Tim Burton and fans of sandbox survival games.

On our second Let’s Play video cast, Kid Atari (a.k.a. Ricky D), and ABEL give Don’t Starve a second chance. Developed and published by the indie company Klei Entertainment, the game was initially released via Valve’s…

‘Xenosaga’ Revisited, Part 1: The Will to Power (an abundance of ambition)

‘Xenosaga’ Revisited, Part 1: The Will to Power (an abundance of ambition)

When the mammoth project known collectively as Xenosaga was first announced in 2001, it sounded like a dream come true for RPG fans, at least on paper. Developer Monolith Soft promised a six…

Kid Atari & Friends Episode 1: Let’s Play ‘Don’t Starve’

Kid Atari & Friends Episode 1: Let’s Play ‘Don’t Starve’

For our inaugural Let’s Play video cast, Kid Atari a.k.a. Ricky D, and ABEL play Don’t Starve, developed and published by the indie company Klei Entertainment. The game was initially released via Valve’s…

‘Guacamelee!’ is ludicrous metroidvania fun

‘Guacamelee!’ is ludicrous metroidvania fun

Indie Express

One of the greatest things about the indie marketplace is how it has opened up the gaming medium in every direction imaginable. Take Guacamelee! for example: developer Drinkbox Studios wouldn't have had a…


Wide World of Horror: ‘El páramo (The Squad’) – once a soldier always a soldier

Wide World of Horror: ‘El páramo (The Squad’) – once a soldier always a soldier

The basic conceit of El páramo is what ultimately holds the film back. Try as it might the film can never move past what it presents in its opening minutes. That’s not a…

New on Video: ‘Macbeth’

New on Video: ‘Macbeth’

This is a somber, sorrowful, generally faithful, and visually satisfying version of one of Shakespeare's most cinematic works…

Patrick Cassidy’s solemnity brings out the best and worst in ‘Calvary’

Patrick Cassidy’s solemnity brings out the best and worst in ‘Calvary’

Calvary Patrick Cassidy Varese Sarabande Records “You have to detach yourself.” That’s the advice Brendan Gleeson’s scruffy pillar of a priest gives to a fellow clergyman in Calvary, the second film from John Michael…

Sunday Shorts: ‘Tomato Soup’, starring Hayley Atwell

Sunday Shorts: ‘Tomato Soup’, starring Hayley Atwell

Today’s film is the 2010 short Tomato Soup. The film is written and directed by Gabriel Bisset-Smith, and stars Sol Smith, Zawe Ashton, and Hayley Atwell. Atwell has appeared in a number of…


Sound On Sight Podcast

Sound On Sight Podcast, Episode 392: ‘Ghostbusters’ Franchise

Sound On Sight Podcast, Episode 392: 'Ghostbusters' Franchise

Czech-born but Canadian based Ivan Reitman first emerged as director of the little seen Foxy Lady, followed by the Canadian…

Sordid Cinema

Sordid Cinema #83: Defending the ‘Sin City’ Franchise

Sordid Cinema #83: Defending the 'Sin City' Franchise

When Sin City was released, it was a remarkable achievement – a comic book adaptation that didn’t look or feel…

Hey You Geeks Podcast

Hey You Geeks!! # 34: The Midtown Bus To Gotham

Hey You Geeks!! # 34: The Midtown Bus To Gotham

Gotham, the biggest new show of the Fall and perhaps the biggest television premiere of the year, has finally arrived.…

Televerse

The Televerse #161- Six Feet Under with Mike Worby

The Televerse #161- Six Feet Under with Mike Worby

It’s another full week of pilots, premieres, and finales, giving us plenty of TV to discuss on the pilot. We…

Open Source

Open Source #6: ‘Destiny’, ‘Minecraft’ and Twitch, Oh My!

Open Source #6: 'Destiny', 'Minecraft' and Twitch, Oh My!

  DON’T PANIC! The Open Source crew have returned after a brief break, complete with your irregularly scheduled broadcast of…

Sketchy

Sketchy Episode 138 – ‘The Life & Times of Tim’

Sketchy Episode 138 - 'The Life & Times of Tim'

HBO cartoons are not common, and this week, we discuss a recent one. It’s “The Life & Times of Tim,”…

Game Of Thrones Podcast

Game of Thrones Podcast #30: “The Children”

Game of Thrones Podcast #30: "The Children"

  When Game of Thrones show-runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss promised the season four finale would be their finest yet, they…

The Walking Dead Podcast

The Walking Dead Podcast Episode 53: “A”

The Walking Dead Podcast Episode 53: “A”

For the second half of The Walking Dead Season 4, the survivors have been following the train tracks and on…

Darkness Becomes You Podcast

Darkness Becomes You Bonus Podcast: True Detective Mix-Tape

Darkness Becomes You Bonus Podcast: True Detective Mix-Tape

True Detective is many things – a beautifully poised, slow and ominous work of a mature, sure-handed director, and a show…