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Franchise with Me: Wild Things w/ Michael Palladino

Never in a million years would you think the instantly forgettable 1998 borderline-softcore-porn-twisty-whodunit-thriller Wild Things would spawn three sequels, but holy shit, this movie somehow has. It makes more sense once you find out that each sequel is a straight-to-DVD-or-anything-goes-cable basic, carbon copy of the original, with familiar character archetypes gently swapped throughout the story.Continue reading “Franchise with Me: Wild Things w/ Michael Palladino”

2022 TV & Movie Reviews: Nope / RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars / The Bob’s Burgers Movie

Lotsa good shit this week. Nope With Nope, his third feature, writer/director/actor/comedian Jordan Peele really cements himself as one of the only mainstream, quality auteurs we have in the movies today. His debut film, Get Out, was a brilliant horror movie about white liberals that managed to be funny, insightful, and terrifying, all at theContinue reading “2022 TV & Movie Reviews: Nope / RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars / The Bob’s Burgers Movie”

My Emmy Picks

Just in my personal opinion, watched more television than I ever have in my life this past year. Eligibility depends on these airing from June 2021 through May 2022. That’s the way TV does seasons. A lot of interesting stuff this television season – AppleTV+ has emerged as a titan of quality television programming withContinue reading “My Emmy Picks”

2022 TV & Movie Reviews: Stranger Things / Elvis / The Black Phone / Yellowjackets

A soccer team, a masked sociopath, a Demogorgon, and Elvis walk into a bar… Stranger Things (Season 4, Part Two) With these final two mega episodes, Stranger Things establishes its fourth season as its best since season one. However, it’s still nowhere near the quality of that first season. It’s lost a lot of itsContinue reading “2022 TV & Movie Reviews: Stranger Things / Elvis / The Black Phone / Yellowjackets”

2022 TV & Movie Reviews: Barry / Cha Cha Real Smooth / Moonfall

Something so great, something so greatly awful, and something pretty good. Barry (Season 3) For all of you with complaints that Barry just wasn’t that funny this season, get fucking real. Unless you’re doing a formulaic sitcom, you need to seriously pivot when your show reaches season 3 or 4, in order to remain interesting.Continue reading “2022 TV & Movie Reviews: Barry / Cha Cha Real Smooth / Moonfall”

2022 Movie Reviews: Jurassic World: Dominion / Fire Island / Crimes of the Future / Pleasure

Dinosaurs, Cronenberg, and Gays, Oh My! Also Porn. Jurassic World: Dominion The disparity in quality between Steven Spielberg‘s 1993 Jurassic Park and the rest of these movies is almost amazing. The sequels, whether it be the bland 1997 Spielberg-helmed Lost World or the glossy, clone-obsessed, horrendous-CGI-laden diarrhea fest that was Fallen Kingdom, never come closeContinue reading “2022 Movie Reviews: Jurassic World: Dominion / Fire Island / Crimes of the Future / Pleasure”

2022 TV Reviews: The Staircase / Under the Banner of Heaven / Top Chef: Houston

True Crime and Good Eats. The Staircase Colin Firth delivers an absolutely incredible, multi-layered performance as Michael Peterson, a man accused of killing his wife, but maybe an owl did it? Based on the popular French docuseries about the famously bizarre case but really more about the supremely dysfunctional family dynamics involved, this dramatized versionContinue reading “2022 TV Reviews: The Staircase / Under the Banner of Heaven / Top Chef: Houston”

2022 TV & Movie Reviews: Top Gun: Maverick / Stranger Things / The Flight Attendant / We Own This City

It’s Summer, Folks! Top Gun: Maverick I walked into Top Gun: Maverick prepared for the worst because I thoroughly disliked the original. I found the characters to be one-note and the hero, played by Tom Cruise, to be an insufferable, self-obsessed butthead. There’s really no plot, the movie just meanders from one sequence to theContinue reading “2022 TV & Movie Reviews: Top Gun: Maverick / Stranger Things / The Flight Attendant / We Own This City”

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