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REVIEW: Westworld – “Akane no Mai”

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The following is a spoiler-filled review of the fifth episode of Westworld: Season Two – Developed by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy

In the fifth episode of the second season of Westworld (“Akane no Mai”), Maeve (played by Thandie Newton) and the rest of her group meet the hosts of Shogun World and participate in a not entirely unique storyline. Dolores (played by Evan Rachel Wood) and Teddy (played by James Marsden) discuss their relationship. And two weeks later, Strand (played by Gustaf Skarsgård) gets new information about what has happened to the hosts found in the flooded valley. (more…)

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REVIEW: Westworld – “The Riddle of the Sphinx”

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The following is a spoiler-filled review of the fourth episode of Westworld: Season Two – Developed by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy

In the fourth episode of the second season of Westworld (“The Riddle of the Sphinx”), William (played by Jimmi Simpson) tests Jim Delos (played by Peter Mullan), Bernard (played by Jeffrey Wright) somehow comes across an old friend, and we find out who ‘Grace’ (played by Katja Herbers) actually is. (more…)

REVIEW: Westworld – “Virtù e Fortuna”

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The following is a spoiler-filled review of the third episode of Westworld: Season Two – Developed by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy

In the third episode of the second season of Westworld (“Virtù e Fortuna”), Dolores (played by Evan Rachel Wood) fights the first battle in the war for Westworld, Bernard (played by Jeffrey Wright) and Charlotte (played by Tessa Thompson) find Peter Abernathy, and new parks are shown to us for the first time. (more…)

REVIEW: Westworld – “Reunion”

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The following is a spoiler-filled recap/review of the second episode of Westworld: Season Two – Developed by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy

In the second episode of the second season of Westworld (“Reunion”), Dolores (played by Evan Rachel Wood) gets a glimpse of our world, the Man in Black (played by Ed Harris) teams up with an old friend, and young William (played by Jimmi Simpson) convinces Jim Delos (played by Peter Mullan) to take an interest in the parks. (more…)

REVIEW: Westworld – “Journey Into Night”

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The following is a spoiler-filled review of the first episode of Westworld: Season Two – Developed by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy

In the first episode of the second season of Westworld (“Journey Into Night”), Bernard (played by Jeffrey Wright) has trouble remembering what happened since the massacre at the end of season one, Maeve (played by Thandie Newton) finds a new friend to guide her in her search for her daughter, and William (played by Ed Harris) learns about a new game. (more…)

REVIEW: ANNIHILATION (2018)

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The following is a review of ANNIHILATION — Directed by Alex Garland.

There is this really sad quote about daring cinema that I once found as I was searching the Web for some interesting thoughts on the film industry. Actor and filmmaker Sean Penn reportedly once said that “if you put three thoughts into a movie, you’ve broken the law and no one will come [see it].” It is a quote that I’ve used before to describe cerebral cinema that was rejected by audiences. But I think the quote’s best companion piece is Alex Garland’s ANNIHILATION, a smart science-fiction film that was literally cast aside by a major studio because the film ‘broke that law.’
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REVIEW: Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

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The following is a review of Thor: Ragnarok – Directed by Taika Waititi

Are you the kind of person whose idea of a good time is watching a Norse God beat up countless of faceless goons on a rainbow bridge while Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song plays? If that is a ‘yes,’ then there is a pretty good chance that you are going to fall in love with Thor: Ragnarok, which also includes a scene where the Hulk fights a supersized wolf. It sounds too good to be true. It isn’t. (more…)