Orphan Black, Ep. 3.06, “Certain Agony of the Battlefield” strengthens season three’s return to form

Orphan Black, Ep. 3.06, “Certain Agony of the Battlefield” strengthens season three’s return to form

Given the inconsistency of Orphan Black season three, it was easy to fear last week’s moving installment would be a blip in an otherwise unremarkable season. Thankfully, “Certain Agony of the Battlefield” builds…

Cannes 2015: ‘Macbeth’ and the reliable charm of Michael Fassbender

Cannes 2015: ‘Macbeth’ and the reliable charm of Michael Fassbender

The final film in competition, Justin Kurzel’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth delivers a spectacle of dripping blood, slow-motion battle scenes, sprawling Scottish highlands and Michael Fassbender. Fassbender stars as the Scottish warrior turned…

‘Forbidden Empire’ has interesting visuals but a rushed pace

‘Forbidden Empire’ has interesting visuals but a rushed pace

Though we may not like to admit it, some movies simply have the deck stacked against them. Case in point, Forbidden Empire. Forbidden Empire is, in fact, a dubbed and re-cut version of…

The Conversation: Landon Palmer and Drew Morton Discuss ‘The Magnificent Ambersons’

The Conversation: Landon Palmer and Drew Morton Discuss ‘The Magnificent Ambersons’

The Magnificent Ambersons LANDON’S TAKE:  Orson Welles is celebrated as one of the foremost visionaries in the history of American filmmaking. He’s also renowned as the perennial artist against the system. While both…


‘Forbidden Empire’ has interesting visuals but a rushed pace

‘Forbidden Empire’ has interesting visuals but a rushed pace

Though we may not like to admit it, some movies simply have the deck stacked against them. Case in point, Forbidden Empire. Forbidden Empire is, in fact, a dubbed and re-cut version of…

The original ‘Poltergeist’ successfully blends horror and family melodrama

The original ‘Poltergeist’ successfully blends horror and family melodrama

The original 1982 Poltergeist, directed by Tobe Hooper, opens with an apt image: an extreme close-up of a television set. Not only does the object prove pivotal to the film’s narrative, but the…

Cannes 2015: ‘The Assassin’ is a beautifully filmed, inane postcard from 9th century China

Cannes 2015: ‘The Assassin’ is a beautifully filmed, inane postcard from 9th century China

There was a lot wriggling and quite a few walkouts in today’s screening of Nie Yinniang. My initial thoughts were rambling along the lines of: “Is this worse than the worst film in…

‘Tomorrowland’ inspires only disappointment

‘Tomorrowland’ inspires only disappointment

Too solemn for Tweens, too violent for youngsters, and too goofy for adults, Brad Bird’s film about hope and change is betrayed by a subpar script and questionable casting choices.…


Orphan Black, Ep. 3.06, “Certain Agony of the Battlefield” strengthens season three’s return to form

Orphan Black, Ep. 3.06, “Certain Agony of the Battlefield” strengthens season three’s return to form

Given the inconsistency of Orphan Black season three, it was easy to fear last week’s moving installment would be a blip in an otherwise unremarkable season. Thankfully, “Certain Agony of the Battlefield” builds…

Last Night on Late Night, 5/21/15: Conan gives his staff a performance review and Heidi Klum smuggles scrotums

Last Night on Late Night, 5/21/15: Conan gives his staff a performance review and Heidi Klum smuggles scrotums

Last night on late night, there was no Letterman. Conan gave his staff at "Conaco" a performance review, Jimmy Fallon talked to Dwayne Johnson and Meghan Trainor, Kimmel talked goombahs and gangsters with…

Twin Peaks, Ep. 2.11: “Masked Ball”: Off the board, off the wall

Twin Peaks, Ep. 2.11: “Masked Ball”: Off the board, off the wall

The long-awaited revival of Twin Peaks returned from its own horrific limbo in the Black Lodge earlier this month, when David Lynch announced on Twitter that he’d worked out a deal with Showtime…

Wayward Pines, Ep. 1.02, “Do Not Discuss Your Life Before” lays out the town’s laws and consequences

Wayward Pines, Ep. 1.02, “Do Not Discuss Your Life Before” lays out the town’s laws and consequences

If “Where Paradise Is Home” suggested that Wayward Pines operates by a code of conduct different from the rest of the world, “Do Not Discuss Your Life Before” removes the ambiguity from that…


Cannes ’15: ‘Dheepan’, from Jacques Audiard, wins Palme D’Or

Cannes ’15: ‘Dheepan’, from Jacques Audiard, wins Palme D’Or

'Son of Saul', 'The Assassin', Rooney Mara among winners

The 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival wrapped up Sunday out in France, and the jury led by Joel and Ethan Coen selected Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan as the winner of the Palme D’Or. Dheepan tells…

Cannes 2015: ‘Macbeth’ and the reliable charm of Michael Fassbender

Cannes 2015: ‘Macbeth’ and the reliable charm of Michael Fassbender

The final film in competition, Justin Kurzel’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth delivers a spectacle of dripping blood, slow-motion battle scenes, sprawling Scottish highlands and Michael Fassbender. Fassbender stars as the Scottish warrior turned…

Cannes 2015: ‘Valley of Love’ – Depardieu’s Heft Fills the Screen

Cannes 2015: ‘Valley of Love’ – Depardieu’s Heft Fills the Screen

Valley of Love Written and directed by Guillaume Nicloux France 2015 Minimalist drama Valley of Love is the final French entry in this year’s competition. It stars two living monuments of French cinema,…

Cannes 2015: ‘The Assassin’ is a beautifully filmed, inane postcard from 9th century China

Cannes 2015: ‘The Assassin’ is a beautifully filmed, inane postcard from 9th century China

There was a lot wriggling and quite a few walkouts in today’s screening of Nie Yinniang. My initial thoughts were rambling along the lines of: “Is this worse than the worst film in…


Hobo with a Laptop, Episode 4: “The Thing with Two Heads” (1972)

Hobo with a Laptop, Episode 4: “The Thing with Two Heads” (1972)

Welcome to episode 4 of Hobo with a Laptop, this week we discuss the 70s blaxploitation/science fiction film, The Thing with Two Heads. It’s a proper dressing down, as this film is abysmal,…

Sordid Cinema #99: Mad Max Special Part 2 (50 things you didn’t know about ‘Fury Road’

Sordid Cinema #99: Mad Max Special Part 2 (50 things you didn’t know about ‘Fury Road’

'Beyond Thunderdome' and 'Fury Road'

  All great things come to an end. It’s the very last episode of Sordid Cinema, and what better way to go out than with the second part to our Mad Max extravaganza.…

SOS This Week #9: Is Simon Pegg right about geek culture?

SOS This Week #9: Is Simon Pegg right about geek culture?

Simon Pegg had some strong words this week about the “infantilization” of our society caused by today’s blockbusters, and not all of his fans took his quotes kindly. But does Pegg have a…

Sketchy Episode 172 – ‘Grave of the Fireflies’

Sketchy Episode 172 – ‘Grave of the Fireflies’

This week it’s the first part of a double feature. It’s the 1988 Studio Ghibli film “Grave of the Fireflies,” directed by Isao Takahata, which many describe as one of the saddest films…


Consider the ante officially upped in ‘Archie Vs. Predator’ #2

Consider the ante officially upped in ‘Archie Vs. Predator’ #2

Now that we're halfway through Archie Vs. Predator, it would make sense for pieces of the overarching plot to begin to take shape. If Archie Vs. Predator was a bad comic, it would…

‘Star Wars’ #5 Is The Series’ Strongest Issue Yet

‘Star Wars’ #5 Is The Series’ Strongest Issue Yet

Boba Fett is, essentially, the Star Wars' universe version of Wolverine, two tremendously popular characters who built their following on the basis of a cool image, a mysterious past, and a tough guy…

‘Midas Flesh’ Vol. 1 is a space fable with dark, funny edges

‘Midas Flesh’ Vol. 1 is a space fable with dark, funny edges

BOOM! Studios Month

Midas Flesh is a high concept science fiction saga with down-to-earth protagonists from the creative brain of writer Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl) and frequent artistic collaborators Shelli Paroline and Braden…

‘Wytches’ #6 excels with heavy horror

‘Wytches’ #6 excels with heavy horror

The first story arc of Wytches concludes an unexpectedly resonant note from the author. Although Scott Snyder has made no secret of just how personal this book has been to him, issue #6…


‘Halo 5′: Cautiously Pessimistic

‘Halo 5′: Cautiously Pessimistic

A quick search on Halowaypoint.com shows me that I played 13,100 online matches of Halo 2 on the original Xbox. If we estimate that the average Halo 2 match lasts 10 minutes, that…

‘Life is Strange: Episode Three’ may have just changed storytelling in gaming forever

‘Life is Strange: Episode Three’ may have just changed storytelling in gaming forever

The latest episode of Life is Strange, Dontnod's coming-of-age odyssey of a girl who discovers she can time travel, has dropped today, and it may have just changed gaming forever. Nobody saw that…

Would you kindly dial back the shooting in ‘Bioshock’?

Would you kindly dial back the shooting in ‘Bioshock’?

Failure to Connect

With Failure to Connect, we asked our writers what games they were unable to connect with, regardless of their fiscal and critical success. For the month of May we will attempt to explore…

‘NHL 15′ is a step in the right direction

‘NHL 15′ is a step in the right direction

So, the 2014-15 NHL Regular Season is over, which means we have reached that time again: Playoffs. With two rounds already finished, we are moving ever closer to crowning a new Champion. In…


The unlikeliest action star: Kurt Russell in the 80s

The unlikeliest action star: Kurt Russell in the 80s

Bob Hauk: Remember, once you’re inside you’re on your own. Snake Plissken: Oh, you mean I can’t count on you? Bob Hauk: No. Snake Plissken: Good! Escape from New York Somewhere between Sylvester…

The Conversation: Landon Palmer and Drew Morton Discuss ‘The Magnificent Ambersons’

The Conversation: Landon Palmer and Drew Morton Discuss ‘The Magnificent Ambersons’

The Magnificent Ambersons LANDON’S TAKE:  Orson Welles is celebrated as one of the foremost visionaries in the history of American filmmaking. He’s also renowned as the perennial artist against the system. While both…

100 Essential Action Scenes: One vs. Many Fights

100 Essential Action Scenes: One vs. Many Fights

Part 6

Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories…

100 Essential Action Scenes: One on One Fights

100 Essential Action Scenes: One on One Fights

Part 5

Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories…


Sound On Sight Podcast

Sordid Cinema #99: Mad Max Special Part 2 (50 things you didn’t know about ‘Fury Road’

Sordid Cinema #99: Mad Max Special Part 2 (50 things you didn't know about 'Fury Road'

  All great things come to an end. It’s the very last episode of Sordid Cinema, and what better way…

Televerse

The Televerse #194- Jane the Virgin s1 with Elena Rivera

The Televerse #194- Jane the Virgin s1 with Elena Rivera

TV’s spring finales continue this week, with two podcast favorites taking their bows. First up, we look at the comedies…

SOS This Week

SOS This Week #9: Is Simon Pegg right about geek culture?

SOS This Week #9: Is Simon Pegg right about geek culture?

Simon Pegg had some strong words this week about the “infantilization” of our society caused by today’s blockbusters, and not…

NonCompliant

NonCompliant #8 “Throwback Thursday”

NonCompliant #8 "Throwback Thursday"

This week's NonCompliant was unintentionally retro as we discuss the 80s indie superhero mixtape comic We Can Never Go Home,…

NXpress: Nintendo Podcast

NXpress #7: ‘Splatoon’ review and the best Megaman games

NXpress #7: 'Splatoon' review and the best Megaman games

Ever since Mega Man was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987, Capcom has released over 50 sequels and…

Open Source

Open Source #21: Good Games with Big Problems

Open Source #21: Good Games with Big Problems

This week on Open Source, John discusses Axiom Verge and the current SNES-style trend in gaming, Mike gives his opinion on…

Damn Good Podcast

Damn Good Podcast – Twin Peaks S01E07: The Last Evening

Damn Good Podcast – Twin Peaks S01E07: The Last Evening

For the finale of season one, Twin Peaks borrows a page from Dallas. Mark Frost writes and directs a finale…

The Walking Dead Podcast

The Walking Dead Podcast Episode 69: “Conquer”

The Walking Dead Podcast Episode 69: "Conquer"

From start to finish, the episode, aptly titled “Conquer” was a surprising conclusion to what many are calling the best…

Game Of Thrones Podcast

Game of Thrones Podcast #36: “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”

Game of Thrones Podcast #36: “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”

Another rape, another wedding. This week we sit down to discuss the controversial sixth episode of season five of Game…