Review: Rick & Morty (Season 3, Episode 1)

In what might be the most brilliant piece of counterprogramming for April Fool’s Day, Adult Swim jolted the burgeoning cult of Rick and Morty fans by continuously streaming the season 3 premiere on their website until the stroke of midnight on April 1st. Personally, I had to watch the episode several times because lag caused me to watch piecemeal. What this means is they didn’t anticipate the amount of traffic they’ve received upon the announcement; a testament to the show’s widening audience.

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Shouts From the Back Row – Episode 282 – Bottle Movies

It’s a convention that can be applied to just about any genre: the bottle movie. A movie set predominantly in a single location, where confinement is often a central theme. On this show, Gill, Robin, and TK look at the bottle movie trope and list their favourite examples. Click here to download the episode!

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Shouts From the Back Row – Episode 281 – The X-Men Series

After nearly 17 years of playing Wolverine, Hugh Jackman recently announced that Logan would be his last reprisal of the role which made him famous, and so Gill, Robin, and TK have decided that it’s high time they examined the X-Men franchise! Because long before the Marvel Cinematic Universe created a multi-movie superhero continuity, 20th Century Fox was doing just that with the X-Men films. Click here to download the episode!

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Bad Movie – Bad Review: Feature Films For Families (Rigoletto/Horse Crazy)

Feature Films For Families LogoFeature Films For Families (FFFF) make movies with an agenda. Well, more than one agenda, if we are to address the elephant in the room here (hint: the elephant is money).

Their work takes the shape of movies that are supposed to offer an alternative to modern, super-evil, cinema. But instead, they are feel-good piles of moralising, pseudo-religious, behavioural correction, created by a bunch of thieving cunts and pan-handlers. They appear to have a thing or two for telling you how to behave, right after begging for your change. They excel at only one of these activities.

In the menus of presumably all Feature Films For Families appears a TON of additional material in the form of videos, trailers, things to read, and of course, things to purchase. There is also a man who says the following…

“We produce and distribute uplifting and entertaining motion pictures that are suitable for all ages, and strengthen positive values while containing no profanity, vulgarity, sexual content, or graphic violence.”

So there’s no guns or ass?

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Shouts From the Back Row – Episode 280 – The Films of Bill Paxton

We were saddened recently to hear that Bill Paxton had passed away due to complications following surgery. For decades, Paxton has played iconic roles in some truly beloved movies, and so on this episode of Shouts From the Back Row, Gill, Robin, and TK list their favourite Paxton performances and pay tribute to a terrific actor. Click here to download the episode!

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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!

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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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