Review: Crashing (Season 1, Episode 1)

The name Pete Holmes might not ring any bells with people on the outskirts of the New York stand-up circuit but his act certainly resonated with the prolific Fred Decorvoda of comedy, Judd Apatow. When Pete (as a veiled version of himself) is about to spontaneously have sex with his wife on the kitchen floor, he awkwardly makes a joke about “10 CC’s of Dawn” for his hands. From that point onward, the show has established Holmes’ comical persona as a tongue-tied nebbish whose mileage can vary based on your preference for cringe humor.

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Review: Big Little Lies (Season 1, Episode 1)

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Jean-Marc Vallee is a unique observer of slice-of-life Americana since he brings the baggage of a French heritage. He makes the familiar peccadillos of small-town USA into expressionistic cries (e.g. The bleary, visually muddy view of the red-and-white police squad lights over heavy panting) of David E. Kelly’s miniseries about embattled, gossiping housewives. The alliterative Madeline Martha Mackenzie (Reese Witherspoon) is the lynchpin for the inciting incident at the school fundraiser.

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Review: Legion (Season 1, Episode 1)

Noah Hawley doesn’t adhere to the Marvel universe that we’ve all been accustomed to from the various cinematic endeavors. Instead he crafts Legion as a coming-of-age yarn about a nonconformist youth. The visual wonder of David Haller’s (Dan Stevens) aging transition from prodigal son to paranoid, schizophrenic delinquent is a tour-de-force with the camera slowly pushing into his auspicious beginning and pushing out from his descent to the Clockworks Psychiatric Hospital.

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Shouts From the Back Row – Episode 277 – John Hurt and Miguel Ferrer

2017 recently saw the passing of a legend of cinema, as John Hurt has died. Hurt’s voice and appearance were so iconic, and yet he was also able to slip into any role with ease. He was at once distinctive and an enigma, and so on this show, Gill, Robin, and TK talk about John Hurt’s career and list their favourites of his films. But Hurt was not the only actor who passed away, as Miguel Ferrer has also left us, and so the guys also pay homage to a great character actor with a short discussion of his work. 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: Resident Evil – The Final Chapter (2017)

15 years is an impressive run for any franchise, but infinitely more impressive for one like Resident Evil that’s comprised mostly of over-the-top and mind-numbingly ridiculous entries with virtually no sense of narrative consistency whatsoever. And as a fan of the video games, it’s even more infuriating, as each new sequel steers further away from what made the game series popular in the first place. But there’s a guilty-pleasure aspect to at least some of these movies, even if they overstayed their welcome a long time ago. I say “some”, because I am in no way talking about this entry. No way in hell!

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Shouts From the Back Row – Episode 276 – Bill Murray

Hey, wasn’t it just Groundhog Day? What better time to talk about Bill Murray? Thanks to a request from one of our listeners named Liz, Gill, Robin, and TK have decided to dedicate this Groundhog Day episode of Shouts From the Back Row to discussion of the career of a living legend: Bill Murray himself. They talk about the best and worst Bill Murray movies and speculate upon how this man managed to grow a cult following. 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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Runstedler’s Pick of the Month: T2: Trainspotting

Not to be confused with the also excellent T2: Judgement Day (one of the best sci-fi films of all time and James Cameron’s finest hour), T2: Trainspotting 2 is well worth the wait and delivers the goods. Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to Edinburgh after 20 years in exile after he robbed his friends for thousands of pounds. The rest of the boys are back (Spud, Sick Boy, and Begbie, played perfectly by Robert Carlyle), and they’re not too happy to see him, even though he’s come to return the money that he’s owed them. Betrayals die hard. First there’s opportunity, then the betrayal.

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Runstedler’s DVD Pick of the Month: Bad Boys (1983)

Not to be confused with the Will Smith/Martin Lawrence buddy cop Bad Boys series (‘Point Break or Bad Boys II?’), Rick Rosenthal’s 1983 Bad Boys tells a much darker tale. Sean Penn stars as Mick O’Brien, a troubled kid who means well, but keeps getting into trouble with the law. Shit hits the fan when he and his buddy Carl (Alan Ruck in his film debut) try to rob a Puerto Rican gang and it fails miserably, with Carl shot dead and Mick accidentally running over the Puerto Rican gang leader/local douche Paco’s little kid brother.

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Bad Movie/Bad Review: Nightmare at Noon (Death Street USA)

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Format: DVD
Running Time: 96 minutes
Year of release: 1988
Director: Nico Mastorakis
Production Studio: Omega Entertainment

When beginning to watch Death Nightmare at Noon Street, I had a moment of self-reflection, and certain obstacles to overcome.

The room in which I found myself was being occupied by ‘other people’, who were watching the first Transformers film (the shit one, not the animation) and I was continually distracted by Michael Bay’s retardity and Megan Fox’s tits. And that directors off-brand style of army-babble and loud bangs put me off balance enough to have to restart my own movie at least twice.

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Bad Movies/Bad Review: Hustler Squad

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Format: DVD (Modern Entertainment)
Running Time: 98 minutes
Year of release: 1976
Director: Cesar ‘Chat’ Gallardo
Production Studio: Crown International Pictures

Just breathe.

I can do this.

I feel an urge to begin this review with warnings written in all caps on red backgrounds, with the text hidden behind near impossible to solve captcha’s, and my home phone number at the end so I can personally apologise to anyone who reads it.

Urgh, God damn it, I’m already nervous and sweating.

Breathe. It’s fine.

Please, be warned that none of this turned out as I had expected, and that this movie would have been fucking hilarious if every character was male, and Hustler Squad was a feature-length gay porno.

But it’s not. So it isn’t.

None of this is ok.

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