Review: Taboo (Season 1, Episode 1)

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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 a limited-run series which seemed like a tantalizing proposition. By all accounts, Taboo is a stupendous showcase for both men.

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Shouts From the Back Row – Episode 274 – Looking Back at 2016

2016 has come to a close, and so it’s time to honour the annual tradition of looking back on the year in cinema and picking our favourite films! On our first episode of the new year, Gill, Robin, and TK, discuss their favourite movies of 2016, pick the worst movies of the year, and give out the Golden Shout awards in categories we just made up. Plus – the start of a new Batshit Crazy Movie Countdown! It’s a huge show, so don’t hesitate: click here to download!

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

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Runstedler’s DVD Pick of the Month: Hard Boiled

Yippee ki yay! ‘Tis the season for Die Hard, folks. But what’s ‘better than a dozen Die Hards’? Well, it’s John Woo’s 1992 film Hard Boiled (not a film about eggs), and this is saying a lot because the original Die Hard is one of the greatest action films of all time. Hard Boiled stars Chow Yun-Fat as a hard boiled cop nicknamed Tequila and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai as Alan, an undercover cop masking as a Triad, and it’s in the same vein as A Better Tomorrow and The Killer, but better. Woo really ups the ante for this – I mean, where else can you watch an epic thirty-minute shootout in a hospital? The choreography in this film is amazing. Apparently Woo really wanted to create his own Dirty Harry with this film, and while it isn’t Dirty Harry, you can see stylistic traces of it, and for me, Hard Boiled is so much more – ruthless, raw, gritty, compelling, and a visual feast of bullets and explosions. Woo’s trademark gun fu choreography is fully realised here – in one of my favourite scenes, Tequila slides down a banister firing two guns and demolishes everything in his path. It’s everything you want your action movie to be.

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The Reviewinator: Rogue One – A Star Wars Story (2016)

8 movies in, not including Episode VIII (or is it 10 movies in, if you include the Ewok movies?), and we get the first non-episodic Star Wars movie, taking place between Episodes IIIIV. While some may think of it as Episode 3.5, it’s more like 3.9 since it’s a direct prequel to A New Hope. With many Star Wars spin-offs planned for the foreseeable future, one can’t help but wonder how long it will be before this franchise starts to feel like episodes of a TV show that used to know what it was but doesn’t anymore. But we’re not there. Yet, at least. This is the story of the Death Star plans, a story fans have been curious about for decades. Just don’t expect a lot of lightsaber action or any mention of the name “Skywalker”. And don’t expect this to be the start of a new trilogy either. This is a standalone Star Wars movie. One might even call it…Rogue.

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Shouts From the Back Row – Episode 273 – The Christmas Movies We’d Never Seen

The holidays are here again, and what better way to celebrate than with some Christmas movies? On this episode, Gill, Robin, and TK have all decided to fill in the holes in their Christmas movie viewing libraries by each watching a Christmas film that they had never seen before. TK chose the classic Miracle on 34th Street, Robin selected the Michael Keaton CGI snowman movie Jack Frost, and Gill picked the Arnold Schwarzenegger slapstick disaster Jingle All The Way. Partake in some yuletide cheer and 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: Ash vs. Evil Dead (Season 2)

After a very groovy first season, we’re back with Ash and his ‘Ghostbeaters’ for Season 2. Evil Dead fans got what they wanted last year, with Ash back to his chainsaw-wielding habits, slicing up hilariously over-the-top new deadites spun from the evil Necronomicon, and an epic three-episode arc inside the infamous cabin that capped off the season in the most groovalicious of ways. But now we’re entering uncharted territory, expanding the Evil Dead universe in ways we never could have dreamed.

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Bad Movie – Bad Review: Arthur’s Quest

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The Facts
Format: DVD (Distributor: Prism Leasure)
Running Time: 92 minutes
Year of release: 1999
Director: Neil Mandt
Production Studio: Crystal Sky Communications

Much like the old saying about bringing knives to gun fights, when preparing to sit down to watch Arthur’s Quest, I accidentally brought a spoon from the kitchen instead of a pen. I was in the middle of cooking some food, so perhaps this blunder was understandable, but I felt, and looked, pretty stupid. But even if I had written this review with a spoon, I’m absolutely certain I would still have found work with Crystal Sky Communications as a scriptwriter.

This film is about the Legend of King Arthur, and the classic tale of when he travelled forward in time to be kidnapped by the woman from Baywatch.

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Castor’s Underrated Gems- Raising Cain (1992)

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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 DePalma’s clockwork handling of psychosexual sleaze, married couple Carter (John Lithgow) and Jenny (Lolita Davidovich) are wandering through a timepiece store when she is ambushed by her ex-boyfriend Jack Dante (a smoldering Steven Bauer).

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Shouts From the Back Row – Episode 272 – The Life and Times of Kirk Douglas

Kirk Douglas is a living legend of cinema, and since he turned 100 years old this week, Gill, Robin, and TK have dedicated this week’s episode of Shouts From the Back Row to discussing their favourite Kirk Douglas films. How many times will they mention Spartacus? 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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Commedia Dell’Arte Deuce

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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 regime how misconstrued why the original was a gangbusters hit in the first place, the desperation of the main actor (Billy Bob Thornton) to be an A-list headliner of a lucrative film. In this article, we will decrypt several other examples of why comedies cannot be serialized and what the quintessential problem is…

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