The Reviewinator: Logan (2017)

With all the comic book movies out there, none have endured as long as the X-Men franchise. Beginning in 2000, Logan/Wolverine was front and center from the get-go and he has since appeared in every single movie in the series. 17 years is an impressive run, especially with an ageless character. But all good things must come to an end, so 2017’s Logan marks Hugh Jackman’s 9th and final portrayal of the titular clawed character. And I daresay it may even be his best!

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Runstedler’s DVD Pick of the Month: Police Story (1985)

This is arguably Jackie Chan’s best action movie, and certainly one of the best action movies of all time. I think what really propels this one among Chan’s other films is its sheer audacity: consider the opening sequence, where Chan drives a car down a hill and through a shanty town, or where he’s on the bus and jams on the brakes, sending the baddies flying through the windows and landing on the pavement (the stuntmen were supposed to land on the hood of the car in front of the bus – whoops). Needless to say, I doubt very many of these performers would work with Chan again (I can’t begin to wonder how many injuries some of them must have suffered).

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Shouts From the Back Row – Episode 279 – The 7th Annual Obligatory Oscars Follow-up (Part 2)

The 89th Academy Awards are over, but the discussion continues on this episode of Shouts From the Back Row as Gill, Robin, and TK look back upon this year’s Oscars. They examine the quality of Jimmy Kimmel as host, ponder if there were any significant snubs, and of course, talk about the HUGE surprise at the end of the night. 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 278 – The 7th Annual Obligatory Oscars Episode, Part 1

Oscar time is here again, and even though this year’s lineup of Best Picture nominees seems a little more lackluster than usual, Gill, Robin, and TK are still dedicated to giving their thoughts on every one of the potential winners. They also predict who will win in each of the major categories, so don’t wait! Click here to download our 7th Annual Obligatory Oscars episode!

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

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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 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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