Shouts From the Back Row – Episode 261 – Stranger Things

strangerthingsposterOne part Steven Spielberg, one part Stephen King, one part John Carpenter, with a dash of Wes Craven, Stranger Things is a love letter to the movies of the 1980’s and Netflix’s new series lit up the internet when it released on July 15, 2016. On this episode of Shouts From the Back Row, Gill, Robin, and TK venture into the Upside-Down to talk about all the mysteries, memorable moments, and references to our childhoods. Click here to download the episode!

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Twist and Split

Though Kevin has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher, there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey, Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him—as well as everyone around him—as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.

I find myself at a loss for words as I watch this trailer for the new M. Night Shyamalan trailer Split. It is bafflingly bad, to the point where I can’t quite believe what I’m seeing. James McAvoy has 23 different personalities, one of whom is this wholesome housewife, one of whom is a psychopathic priest, one of whom is a 9-year-old boy, and one of whom is an entity known as the beast who…may actually change shape into a monster? Oh my god, Shyamalan, what have you done this time? Will you actually top the climactic scene in the The Visit where a small child has a soiled diaper smushed in his face? Oh, and how much do you want to bet that the lead girl is one of his personalities? What a twist!

Split comes out January 20, 2016.

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Before They Were Stars: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on Star Trek: Voyager

The Rock had established himself as a wrestler by the time the year 2000 arrived, but he had yet to break into the world of professional acting. Before his extended cameo at the beginning of The Mummy Returns helped propel him to Hollywood stardom, one of The Rock’s first acting gigs outside of the wrestling ring was on Star Trek: Voyager as…an alien wrestler! Here you can see Dwayne Johnson as “The Champion” fighting Jeri Ryan’s Seven-of-Nine in a gladiatorial arena. I believe this appearance from The Rock was part of a cross-promotion where wrestlers were given bit parts on TV series. Little did everyone know at the time that they were dealing with a man who would become the highest paid actor in the world!

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Shouts From the Back Row – Episode 260 – Ghostbusters

ghostbustersposterAfter countless online arguments, months of advertising and discussion, the Ghostbusters reboot is finally here – and we’re going to review it! On this episode, Gill, Robin, and TK look at the entire Ghostbusters franchise, from the movies and cartoons of the 80’s to the recent controversial reboot. And they wrap up the discussion with their thoughts on Ghostheads, a documentary now on Netflix which profiles Ghostbusters fans and their experiences with the film series. Click here to download the episode!

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Before They Were Stars: Tom Green Raps on “Street Cents”

Street Cents was a TV series that aired on CBC in Canada in the early 90’s. The show was focused on such teen-centric topics as how to save your money, shop smart, which deodorants worked best, and stuff like that. Well, being a Canadian himself, a very young Tom Green appeared on Street Cents with his rap group Organized Rhyme. And it looks like he took it very seriously.

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Before They Were Stars: Jennifer Love Hewitt in a Barbie Workout Video

Before she found fame on Party of Five, Jennifer Love Hewitt had a truly hilarious gig as a backup dancer in this video titled Dance! Workout with Barbie. What better way to get in shape than by imitating the moves of a doll whose elbows and knees don’t bend? Regardless of how silly this video is, you can’t deny that Ms. Hewitt can cut a rug.

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Castor’s Underrated Gems- All That Jazz (1979)

Warts-and-all biopics are rarely given full breadth by the subject themselves but Bob Fosse defrocked himself of all aggrandizement and his gift of disclosure was All That Jazz. It’s a blazing crowning achievement from the Broadway director who channels his neuroses, peccadillos and egotism through the fictional theater impresario Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider).

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Shouts From the Back Row – Episode 259 – Swiss Army Man

SwissArmyManPosterShouts From the Back Row returns with the episode we’ve all been waiting for: the much-anticipated review of Swiss Army Man. This movie, starring Paul Dano as an unhinged castaway and Daniel Radcliffe as his flatulent corpse buddy with a compass-penis, has been a prime candidate to become 2016’s most batshit crazy film. But is it all fart and masturbation jokes? Or does this bizarre movie actually have something to say? Find out as Gill, Robin, and TK give their review.

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Castor’s Underrated Gems: Long Weekend (1978)

For those of you who thought the ecological terror that was promised in The Happening is worth another whirl, gaze your eyes backwards and discover the unsettling Australian chiller Long Weekend. The score is a discordant composition that could’ve been meant for a Wes Craven slasher. To note, the wildlife photography is sprawling and sumptuous (the ant-swarm footage is the best since Phase IV) and Vincent Monton’s lensing is a divine gloss over the nightmarish story.

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Great Cinematic Comic Book Adaptations (Part 1)

Comic books are a wonderful medium where dreams, fears, fantasies and desires are brought to life through illustrations and words. From superhero adventures and nightmarish tales, to hardboiled crime stories and existential slices of life, comics have enjoyed a large variety of stories through the ages, which have extended to the cinematic format.

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