Damon Lindelof

REVIEW: The Leftovers – “Don’t Be Ridiculous”

The following is a review and recap of the second episode of the third season of The Leftovers (HBO). Expect Full Story Spoilers.

In the second episode of the third season – Don’t Be Ridiculous – Nora Durst (played by Carrie Coon) travels to St. Louis to meet a cast-member from the ABC sitcom Perfect Strangers, the ‘Pillar Man’ (played by Turk Pipkin) dies, and four Australian women on horseback look for a police chief named Kevin. (more…)

REVIEW: The Leftovers – “The Book of Kevin”

The following is a review and recap of the first episode of the third season of The Leftovers (HBO). Expect Story Spoilers.

Damon Lindelof and Tom Perotta’s The Leftovers is back on HBO for its final eight episode long season. I managed to bingewatch the first two seasons of the show during my Easter break last week, and I am, honestly, hooked. Therefore I’ve decided that I will review each and every episode of this last season of The Leftovers. So, without further ado, let’s get to it. (more…)

REVIEW: The Leftovers – Season Two (2015)

The following is a review of the second season of The Leftovers – Created by Damon Lindelof & Tom Perotta

After a terrific and underrated first season, the writers of The Leftovers decided to open their second season with a change of scenery. First, a supremely odd prologue that had me scratching my head and made me wonder if I was watching a different show. It’s a sequence that manages to foreshadow a lot of the events of the second season, but it was an odd way to open a season nonetheless.

Then, after the prologue ended, Axis Mundi – the first episode of the season – becomes a point of view-episode from the perspective of a family from Jarden, Texas — a town that lost zero people during the ‘Sudden Departure.’ We soon learn that these people are Kevin (played by Justin Theroux), Nora (played by Carrie Coon), and Jill’s (played by Margaret Qualley) new neighbors. (more…)

RETRO REVIEW: Star Trek (2009)

Theatrical Release Poster - Paramount Pictures, et al.

Theatrical Release Poster – Paramount Pictures, et al.

The following is a retro review of Star Trek, a J. J. Abrams film.

I wasn’t a fan of Star Trek before 2009. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. J. J. Abrams made me a Star Trek fan. I’ve since gone back and seen some of the shows, but this film is still what made me a fan, and still my favorite thing in the franchise. 2009’s Star Trek is fast-paced fun. It’s exhilarating. It looks amazing, and it is one of the best science fiction action films I’ve seen.  (more…)

REVIEW: Tomorrowland (2015)

Walt Disney Pictures poster

The following is a spoiler-free review of Disney’s Tomorrowland, starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson.

Sometimes you come across an original idea that blows you away. Sometimes a great director and a great project can alter the direction Hollywood is going in. Brad Bird is a great director, Tomorrowland is a great project, but it is not that kind of film. If you go in looking for greatness, you’ll be disappointed.

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