Today:  04/02/2020

Review: 'SpongeBob SquarePants: Season 11' is a raucous good time

Posted March 31,2020 - 06:14 PM


"Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?"

"Absorbent and yellow and porous is he"

"If nautical nonsense be something you wish"

"Then drop on the deck and flop like a fish!"

The answer to this undeniably catchy earworm call is of course "SpongeBob SquarePants!" And just like that, you start to understand the fascination of a little cartoon created by a former marine biologist.

In 1999, the aforementioned marine biologist Stephen Hillenburg debuted a new cartoon show that would become the fifth-longest animated series (and going). SpongeBob SquarePants is truly the result of the old adage of "write what you know." The series follows titular character SpongeBob and his friends as they navigate life in Bikini Bottom.

And if you couldn't figure it out from the theme song, Bikini Bottom...

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Review: 'Mystify: Michael Hutchence' is a compelling look at INXS frontman

Posted March 31,2020 - 04:58 PM


What is it about rock stars and tragedies that seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly? Whether it's plane crashes, drugs, or taking one's own life, brilliant musical artists meet their untimely end prematurely at a far greater rate than their contemporaries.

We all know about plane crashes, drug overdoses, Mama Cass' purported ham sandwich, and the infamous "27 Club," but some of music's tortured souls are all but forgotten. Not every singer who died tragically gets a big-budget Hollywood film made about them, but that doesn't mean that we shouldn't remember their legacy as well.

Enter Mystify: Michael Hutchence.

This new documentary is a powerfully intimate and insightful portrait of the internationally renowned INXS frontman, Michael Hutchence. Through previously unseen...

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Review: 'The Grudge' misses its mark

Posted March 24,2020 - 06:02 PM

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In the immortal words of the late, great Kenny Rogers, "You have to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away and know when to run." This week's release of The Grudge proves that not everyone in Hollywood is heeding Kenny's advice.

In a world were sequels, remakes and reboots dominate what's left of the box office after the comic book movies take their cut, it's easy to understand why studios would be keen to keep regurgitating the same crap over and over again, but at some point, we have to push back.

Today, I'm pushing back on The Grudge.

Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed the original Japanese Ju-On series, but by the time they made that terrible American remake starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, the series was already starting to smell like one of the...

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Review: 'Come to Daddy' is must-see craziness

Posted March 24,2020 - 05:00 PM


There's just something about strange films that stick with you. Whether they are good or bad is usually secondary, but they are some of the most memorable films that you will ever watch.

Thankfully, Come to Daddy is both strange and good, so even better.

A privileged man-child gets an invitation from his estranged father to come to his coastal cabin. Not only is his Dad a disapproving jerk, but his shady past is catching up with him and now his son is caught in the cross-fire.

The big seller here is Elijah Wood. Ever since playing a Hobbit, Elijah has been playing an increasingly bizarre cast of characters. However, there might not be a more bizarre one than Norval Greenwood.

Right from the start and his goofy bowl-cut haircut, you know that Norval is going to be one of ...

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Review: 'The Unxplained' is a throwback treat

Posted March 24,2020 - 01:58 PM


I have to say that I was genuinely curious when the opportunity to review The UnXplained: Season One came up. Ever since watching Unsolved Mysteries as a child, my curiosity was piqued about the unknown and unsolved, so this seemed to be right up my alley.

Of course, the History Channel is banking on its secret weapon to win over viewers, William Shatner. To be honest, I was never a big Shatner fan as I was more into Star Wars as a kid, but I've come to appreciate him more as I've gotten older. At this point, he's pretty much playing a caricature of his outsized personality and, with the exception of maybe Bill Murray, he's doing this better than anyone else in the world.

And believe it or not, he's the straw that stirs the drink that is The UnXplained.

The UnXplained: Season One...

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Review: 'Intrigo: Death of an Author' is a well-crafted riddle

Posted March 17,2020 - 05:07 PM


There must be something in the Scandinavian water. With Stieg Larsson and Fredrik Backman delivering some of the most interesting and perverse thrillers in recent years, fans of the genre have been turning their eyes to northern Europe.

One author that has so far remained under the radar a bit is Hakan Nesser. At 70 years old, the author is finally starting to get the recognition he deserves for his crime thrillers. His novel provides the inspiration for this week's film Intrigo: Death of an Author.

Intrigo: Death of an Author is a well-crafted thriller that will certainly keep you guessing until the final moments. A man seeks out a best-selling author to get his feedback on a novel that he is writing. The lines between reality and fiction begin to blur when motives are questioned and...

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Review: Adam Sandler sparkles in 'Uncut Gems'

Posted March 10,2020 - 05:19 PM

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I have to couch this review by stating that I am far from the biggest Adam Sandler fan. In fact, it's probably been a decade or two since I have been able to stomach one of his movies without turning it off early.

And yet, like an overly trusty friend, I was smitten by the positive reviews like the unwitting sailor to his untimely demise by the song of the sirens. I mean, the cacophony of glowing praise for Sandler's performance couldn't be wrong, could it?

No, it wasn't.

Sandler stars as Howard Ratner, a charismatic jeweler that places a high-stakes bet that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime. Unfortunately for Howard, he hasn't the best run of luck lately and he's forced to avoid goons out to collect long enough for him to cash the ultimate score.

I will say that...

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Review: Volume 2 of Season 12 of 'Ancient Aliens' delivers the goods

Posted March 10,2020 - 04:14 PM


I will never ever get tired of saying Giorgio A. Tsoukalos. You know, the "aliens guy."

I will also never not post a review of the extremely popular Ancient Aliens without posting the gif below. I mean I'm not saying that it's aliens, but it's most definitely aliens.

How has this one guy been able to convert his 15 minutes of fame into a TV career that shows no sign of letting up anytime soon? Every time that I think that Ancient Aliens has reached its peak zenith, it comes back to life with even more preposterous episodes and I can't stop watching.

Like most of you, I started watching Ancient Aliens for the curiosity factor, but now like a train wreck, I can't turn away. Will aliens ever present themselves on the show? Will we ever storm Area 51? Will the government ever admit...

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Review: 'Masked and Anonymous' continues to mystify on Blu-ray

Posted March 10,2020 - 03:28 PM


There is an innate fascination for musicians to be movie stars and for actors to be in a band. Rarely has the talent been able to transition from one to the other. For every Kevin Bacon out there, there are a hundred Bruce Willises who really should stick to acting.

The move from music to acting has been far more kind to musicians. David Bowie carved out a cottage industry as a serviceable actors with several memorable turns in truly great films. Flea, Meat Loaf the list goes on and on.

One musician that has dabbled a bit in acting from time to time is none other than Bob Dylan. His last film Masked & Anonymous was a commercial and critical flop, but it continues to find a serviceable cult following among the devout Dylan fans. Shout! Factory is hoping to rekindle our fascination...

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Review: Josh Hartnett returns with 'Inherit the Viper'

Posted March 10,2020 - 11:40 AM


I've been hooked on the Netflix show Ozark since it debuted. The Jason Bateman drama/thriller follows an urban family who relocates to the backwoods after a money-laundering deal goes bad and they end up on the wrong side of a debt with Mexican drug lords.

Given that Inherit the Viper traffics in many of the same storylines as Ozark, I was really looking forward to this review. Unfortunately, what works in a serialized format for Ozark falls a bit short in a brisk 85-minute narrative. Of course, that's not to say it's all bad. In fact there is plenty about Inherit the Viper to enjoy, I would just suggest that you temper your expectations a bit.

Josh Hartnett stars as Kip the oldest of a family of siblings that were literally born into the opioid dealing business. When Kip starts to...

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