:: The Walking Dead “A” Episode Recap/Review

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The Walking Dead

“A”

Episode Recap/Review

By Jessica Dwyer

I had to take a day or so to figure out exactly how I felt about the season 4 finale of The Walking Dead.  And in the end I liked it, but was still disappointed with the flow of a season that felt like two really rushed ones stuck together.

“A” as the episode is called follows Michonne, Carl, and Rick as they head towards Terminus…which I think by now everyone has figured out is full of the cannibals we knew would be showing up eventually.  This episode though takes a cue from Lost and has multiple flashbacks to a happier time at the prison and allows us to see Scott Wilson once again as Herschel.   It hurt a lot to see Herschel again and I can’t help but wonder if this was show runner Gimple regretting the decision to kill off the character.   I know I regret them killing him off.  But that’s just me…and 90 percent of the internet.

This flashback is happening to a very bloody and shaking Rick.  We find out what has caused his shaking hands and the blood that’s covering him.  Daryl’s new friends Joe and his gang (along with Daryl) have finally caught up to Rick and company who they are still pissed at for killing their friend a few episodes ago.  In a scene that stirred the net into a frenzy of “take a bit out of crime” memes we see Joe’s crew attack our heroes.  One of them decides that Carl is just his type.  While they beat the hell out of Daryl who tries to stop this all from happening the guy starts attacking Carl while Rick is forced to watch.

:: Knights of Badassdom: Blu Ray Review

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Knights of Badassdom

Blu Ray Review

By Jessica Dwyer

Knights of Badassdom was a long time coming to fans of the epic trailer and idea behind the film.  Take crazy LARPers played by genre favorites and mix in horror and comedy  in equal measure and you’ve got the makings of an awesome movie.  But then something happened and the film was pushed back for nearly 4 years (it began filming in 2010.)

There were rumors of the studio not liking the directors cut and Joe Lynch’s version of the film being edited to death.  The film was held up until it finally premiered in 2013.  What version we finally have now on DVD I’m not sure of.  All I do know is that the film seems short at 86 minutes, not even hitting the hour and a half mark.

Knights of Badassdom stars some of the most well known names in the world of genre friendly TV.  Peter Dinklage, Summer Glau, Ryan Kwanten, and Danny Pudi to name a few.  The premise, to go a little deeper into the plot, involves LARPers who kidnap their buddy played by Ryan Kwanten after a bad break up, to role play in the woods over the weekend.  Everything turns bad however when the “spell book” prop turns out to be real and Steve Zahn’s wizard summons a very real succubus demon into being, in the guise of the evil ex-girlfriend.   People start dying bloody and horrible deaths as the friends have to find their true courage as the battle against the forces of darkness has become very real.

Sounds like a perfect premise for a fangirl/fanboy favorite right?  But something happened and Knights of Badassdom is a perfect example of how tone and balance in a film can make or break it.  

:: TMNT: Not surprising news

So if you were under a rock…or a shell if you will…you didn’t see the newly released trailer for Michael Bays “why god why” Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.  The trailer has inspired its own new level of hate for the film, with the many Shrek inspired memes mocking the new look of the turtles.

If you haven’t seen it yet, here it is.

Okay, horrified yet?  Well apparently you aren’t alone as apparently RESHOOTS are happening.  And not just a tiny amount according to the source reporting to Geeks of Doom.  1/3rd of the film which is scheduled for a late summer release is being redone with Bay himself heading up the reshoots.  Is this due to the trailers less than stellar response?  Should we laugh at the lack of surprise most of us have to this?  I think all are valid.  But I’ll go down on record right now with this film probably being the biggest bomb of the year.

Seriously…April’s “father” was the guy in charge of the Turtles being “made”?  Who’s putting money on Shredder is her dad?

Why….?

:: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Apes on Horseback!!! AT LAST

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is helping me along my happy retro phase this year for films.  Between the Apes and Godzilla I think those of us who grew up loving those old school Sci-Fi epics are going to have a great Summer.

The newest Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer is fueling that fire as in this brief 45 second trailer we see the Apes step closer to the battle armor wearing variety as they are on horses.  I love these movies.  I can’t wait for this.

:: Your Marvel Rumor Mill Moment: Daredevil

As we know a slew of Marvel made for Netflix series will be hitting next year.  While many of these are in the planning stages, the casting of these series are in the works as well.  Now out of the blue (or red if you will) is this latest rumor that Dexter himself, Michael C Hall is set to play Matt Murdock, AKA Daredevil.

Now Hall is a great actor and I loved him in Dexter, even when that show went South.  He’s got a great voice and a glare that can cut glass.  My only wonder is how well he can handle the physical aspects of this role if in fact this is a true casting choice.  I know the guy can move and he’s got a physique.  It’s an interesting choice if true and one I can actually get behind.

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Thanks to Nerdbastards for the heads up.

:: The Walking Dead New Promo for S5

The review is on it’s way while I sort through my feelings on the season 4 finale.  But before that here is the Season 5 promo picture that was just released by AMC on their Twitter feed.  It’s a haunting image of Rick with one single and important word (and not one mention of the series name…but by gum we have the AMC logo there.)

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:: Practical Folks are here with a PSA

I wouldn’t know anything about this disorder personally.  No…not me..

 

:: Enjoy Your Stay: The Grand Budapest Hotel Review

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The Grand Budapest Hotel is the most Wes Anderson-y movie that ever Wes Andersoned.  I say this as a rabid fan of Mr. Anderson and his affectations.  However, if you find his slavish, almost fetishistic devotion to his own tropes off putting, you will hate this movie.

Set in a fictional northern European country during the 30′s, The Grand Budapest Hotel is a sweeping caper in which the Concierge (Ralph Fiennes) of the titular hotel is willed a rare painting from his most grateful client (Tilda Swinton), who may have been murdered.  The client’s family is unhappy with this to say the least.  This is actually a story inside of a story, which is a delightfully executed conceit.  Accompanying the concierge in his adventures is a Lobby Boy in training named Zero… played by Tony Revolori as a young man and F. Murray Abraham as an older man.  The plot is not so much complex as it is involved, and most of the delight of this film comes from inhabiting the world moment to moment, and I do not wish to spoil that.

The set design full of Anderson’s distinctive color palettes , his sweeping single camera shots, miniature sets, stop motion, and more homages to classic movies and literature than can really be appreciated in one viewing make for a storytelling experience that we really don’t see in this age of big budget blockbusters.  The humor is classic Anderson, a bit pretentious, highly mannered and not as quotable to people who aren’t in the know as one would think.  The cast is chock full of Anderson regulars, along with a long list of cameos, some surprising and some obscure.

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