CLASSIC REVIEW: Aliens (1986)

Theatrical Release Poster - 20th Century Fox

Theatrical Release Poster – 20th Century Fox

The following is a review of the classic science-fiction action film ‘Aliens’. This review was written in July 2016 in honor of the film’s 30th Anniversary.

After the success of 1984’s The Terminator, 20th Century Fox gave James Cameron the go-ahead to direct a sequel to the amazing science-fiction horror film, Alien. No one could’ve predicted the success Cameron’s sequel would get. Even though Alien is, itself, somewhat of a horror classic, Cameron somehow managed to make a sequel that was remarkably different from the original film, but still ended up being a classic, being iconic, and being, easily, one of the best sequels of all-time.  (more…)

REVIEW: Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Poster - Warner Bros. Animation

Poster – Warner Bros. Animation

The following is a review of the DC Universe Original Movie ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’.

Whether you love it or hate it, you cannot deny that Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s The Killing Joke-graphic novel is a controversial but iconic graphic novel. Personally, I get all of the controversy revolving around Barbara Gordon, I don’t like the scenes. But I cannot help but really like some parts of that disturbing graphic novel. Therefore, I was pretty damn excited for the release of this animated DC film, but – and I really hate to say this – Batman: The Killing Joke is a really poor animated movie.
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REVIEW: Preacher – “Finish the Song”

Preacher Review Outline

The following is a quick recap/review of the ninth episode of ‘Preacher’, available on AMC in the United States and on Viaplay in Denmark. Expect spoilers for the episode.

In the penultimate episode of the first season of Preacher (“Finish the Song”), DeBlanc and Fiore (played by Anatol Yusef and Tom Brooke, respectively) have to figure out their next move. The ‘Cowboy’ (played by Graham McTavish) returns, and Jesse (played by Dominic Cooper) tries to fix his relationship with Cassidy (played by Joseph Gilgun). (more…)

REVIEW: The Night Of – “A Dark Crate”

The Night Of Reviewed

The following is a quick spoiler review of the third episode of the HBO Limited Series “The Night Of.”

In the third episode of The Night Of (“A Dark Crate”), Naz (played by Riz Ahmen) meets the prison inmates at Rikers Island, including Freddy (played by Michael K. Williams), and Stone (played by John Turturro) negotiates a deal with Naz’s parents.
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68th Primetime Emmy Awards Nominees! – Testing Television #4

Testing Television - Breaking Bad

In this edition of Testing Television, I take a look at the major Emmy nominee snubs and surprises. Later, I highly recommend the magnificent AMC crime-drama, new-classic Breaking Bad. But first, here are the television news that you have to know about!
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REVIEW: Star Trek Beyond (2016)

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Promotional Poster – Paramount Pictures

The following is a review of Star Trek Beyond.

Hold on to something! Star Trek is back. While the ‘Abramsverse,’ meaning the universe created or rebooted after J. J. Abrams and Bad Robot started making Star Trek, has gotten a lot of criticism from fans of the original films and series, you cannot deny, though, that Abrams got the franchise back into the public memory with the excellent Star Trek from 2009 and Star Trek Into Darkness, a solid action sequel, from 2013.
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REVIEW: Lights Out (2016)

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Theatrical Release Poster – Warner Bros. Pictures

The following is a review of Lights Out by David F. Sandberg.

The first job of traditional, modern day horror films is to scare you. The very best horror films can have a paralyzing effect on you. They can frighten you so much that you don’t dare move out of your seat, look behind you, or look into a mirror to see what may be behind you.

Some of the most effective horror films are also very simple. The filmmakers take a very common fear or thought, and they manage to elevate your emotional response to things that maybe shouldn’t be as scary as they seem in daily moments.  (more…)