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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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Review: Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (Season 1, Episode 1)

I, for one, was a casual fan of the film adaptation of the same name. Jim Carrey was capably madcap to be a chameleon thespian and the yarn was suitably morose and devilishly dark. The TV series aim to correct … Continue reading

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Review: Taboo (Season 1, Episode 1)

Sweep and grandeur is not something producer Ridley Scott is lacking in his production. Therefore, going into Taboo somewhat cold, I knew the overall scope of this miniseries would be unparalleled. Plus, he coaxed the notoriously selective Tom Hardy into … Continue reading

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Castor’s Underrated Gems- Raising Cain (1992)

This review is based on the newly assembled director’s cut of Brian DePalma’s black sheep Raising Cain. In full disclosure, I haven’t completely seen the studio-tampered theatrical cut so my only opinion is predicated on this version. In symmetry with … Continue reading

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Commedia Dell’Arte Deuce

Bad Santa 2 recently invaded the¬†cineplex recently and rightfully so, it tanked and perhaps sullied the coal-black memories of its funnier 2003 ancestor. Many rationales can be attributed to its downfall: the widening gap between films, the behind-the-scenes change of … Continue reading

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Review: Westworld (Season 1, Episode 1)

Is it just me or does the black-and-white credits remind you of the cloak-and-dagger, noirish opening to True Detective? Jonathan Nolan definitely shares his brother’s knack for arresting imagery such as the cold open with a nude Rachel Evan Wood … Continue reading

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Review: Ash Vs. Evil Dead (Season 2, Episode 1)

Ash Vs. Evil Dead was a fan-friendly success last season by transcending expectations of the erstwhile hero with grey temples. I do wish had more time to bask in the hedonistic excess of Ash in Jacksonville. He winks one sexual … Continue reading

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Review: Luke Cage (Season 1, Episodes 2-4)

Episode 2 Daredevil skulks Hell’s Kitchen for criminals but he is hardly confronted by thugs and gutter snipes which distinguishes Luke Cage from his New York City counterparts. Like Will Graham pre-visualized the crime scene from the sociopath’s perspective, Paul … Continue reading

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