Twin Peaks: The Return (Episode 1)

I must confess to the fact that I’m a Twin Peaks newcomer. I haven’t seen any of the previous episodes but I’ve been recapped on the Laura Palmer murder mystery and the ensuing oddities from friends. Having said that, I’m still a devout fan of David Lynch’s oeuvre of idiosyncratic surrealism (The Elephant Man, Dune and Blue Velvet being my personal choices for his magnum opuses).

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The Reviewinator: Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

Johnny Depp created one of the most iconic protagonists in cinema history with his off-the-wall portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow in 2003 that earned him an Oscar nomination. Sadly, the sequels did little more than rehash the same old shtick ad nauseam. It didn’t help that many of them had plots so convoluted that audiences just gave up trying to figure out what they were about. But great characters are what draw crowds back into movie theaters. With overstuffed 2nd and 3rd entries, and a pointless 4th entry, we now come to the 5th (and final?) entry with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

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Shouts From the Back Row – Episode 286 – Sir Roger Moore, Powers Boothe, and Michael Parks

The past few weeks have seen the passing of three very notable actors: Sir Roger Moore, Powers Boothe, and Michael Parks. Three iconic actors with three very different careers, these three gentlemen are paid tribute on this episode of Shouts From the Back Row as Gill, Robin, and TK list their favourite roles from a trio of cinematic greats. Click here to download the episode!

Shouts From the Back Row’s theme music was composed and performed by Vince Nitro!

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The Reviewinator: Alien – Covenant (2017)

Am I the only one who’s noticed that Ridley Scott is going the George Lucas route with the Alien franchise? Not that that’s a bad thing, as he’s a far better filmmaker even on his worst day. But there has yet to be a prequel series that outshines or even matches the originals. And Alien was a franchise that never needed a prequel to begin with, given that the first movie introduced the aliens through happenstance, which will become increasingly more far-fetched with the continued additions of prior encounters.

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Shouts From the Back Row – Episode 285 – Dame Helen Mirren

There are few actresses who radiate elegance and class, yet also have a commanding presence, in the same way as Dame Helen Mirren. A celebrated actress of stage and screen, Mirren has been acting since the 1960’s, but she has experienced a bit of a renaissance recently when studios discovered that we all love watching her in action movies like The Fate of the Furious. On this episode, Gill, Robin, and TK examine the career of Helen Mirren, list their favourite roles of hers, and ponder just what makes her so appealing. Click here to download the episode!

Shouts From the Back Row’s theme music was composed and performed by Vince Nitro!

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Shouts From The Back Row – Episode 284 – Can You Smell What The Rock Is Cooking?

When it comes to actors working today, there are few who can compare to the sheer star power of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. With The Fate of the Furious at the top of the box officer right now, Gill, Robin, and TK take a look back upon The Rock’s rise to fame from his start as a professional wrestler…to singing in an Oscar-nominated Disney animated film. Click here to download the episode!

Shouts From the Back Row’s theme music was composed and performed by Vince Nitro!

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The Reviewinator: Marvel’s Iron Fist (Season 1)

Sometimes I don’t get myself. I’m not a comic book fan, I’m not really a superhero fan, and yet once I commit a certain amount of binge time to something, I feel the need to see it through to the end no matter how much I die inside. Maybe binging 50 years’ worth of Star Trek left me with a void to fill so I turned to the fastest growing alternative, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, currently holding at 14 movies and 11 seasons of TV, including this one, starring someone I confess I never heard of before: Marvel’s Iron Fist.

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Bad Movie – Bad Review: Direct Action

The following is a review by Defector of Bad Movie – Bad Review. He’s fond of watching the worst films imaginable, and fist-smashing keyboards until this kind of thing happens.

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Dolph Lundgren.

The Dolphin.

Das Lundgrenadè.

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Runstedler’s DVD Pick of the Month: Tess of the D’Urbervilles (2008)

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The enchanting Gemma Arterton stars as Tess in the excellent 2008 BBC adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s masterpiece Tess of the D’Urbervilles, which is near perfect. Arterton is amazing as Tess: immensely talented, resilient, free spirited, ethereal, gorgeous, and the very image of Tess in my mind. The film is about a young woman named Tess who discovers that her family has noble roots, and the sorrow and misfortune that (quite literally) befall her along the way. Eddie Redmayne was also good as Angel Clare, appearing so innocently yet such a despicable character. Strangely enough, I actually hated  him more than Alec D’Urberville (which is shocking considering Alec is basically a serial rapist!) – perhaps it was the fate that Tess pours her heart and all her trust into him and he throws it all away and leaves her to the night. Of course, he feels sorry about it afterwards, but too late. It was really interesting that they decided to portray Alec in a somewhat more sympathetic light (of course, his actions cannot under any circumstances be forgiven and he’s an evil bastard), giving some background as to why he’s as much of a mess as he is. I really enjoyed the chemistry between the actors – reactive, bonding, and at times explosive, but always engaging, always interesting. I just wish she could be truly happy!

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Shouts From the Back Row – Episode 283 – The Films of Tim Curry

With the new trailer for It having been recently released, everyone is once again talking about Pennywise the clown – a role made famous by living legend Tim Curry. So, on this episode, Gill, Robin, and TK discuss the appeal of Tim Curry and list their favourite Curry performances. Click here to download the episode!

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