american horror story cult great again

(Every week, we’re going to get the discussion going about American Horror Story: Cult by answering one important question: who is the main villain of the episode?)

American Horror Story: Cult has reached its end. Honestly, the seventh installment of Ryan Murphy’s horror hit was indeed a challenge to get through at times. But Tuesday’s episode, titled “Great Again,” provided a worthwhile finale to the polarizing season.

If you stand it side-by-side with September’s premiere, the book-ended nature of the story being told offers a full-circle look at a conflict with no clear-cut solution. It was a story inspired by the political fallout from 2016’s Trump/Clinton election debacle and it got stuck in the muck for a while in the middle of the season. With the loose-ends getting tied up (mostly), Cult ended on a high note. A rather nasty high note, at that.

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a film that will stay with audiences. It’s a simple story layered in unexpected complexities brought out by its three leads: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell. It’s one of the best films of 2017.

In the film, McDormand plays Mildred Hayes , a divorced woman searching for justice for the violent death of her daughter, Angela. It’s been seven months since the crime took place and the police, led by Sheriff Bill Willoughby (Harrelson), have yet to find any solid leads to point to anyone worth arresting. Taking matters into her own hands, Mildred uses three billboards located on the outskirts of town to point out the lack of movement on the police’s part. As you’d expect, chaos soon follows.

This is the third film from writer/director, Martin McDonagh, who previously helmed In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths. Deeply organic, touching, gut-wrenching and hilarious, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri feels like a movie fit for 2017 America.

From my chat with Mr. McDonagh, it seems he would most-definitely agree.

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american horror story charles manson in charge review

(Every week, we’re going to get the discussion going about American Horror Story: Cult by answering one important question: who is the main villain of the episode?)

American Horror Story: Cult is building up to its shocking conclusion. Tuesday’s episode once again tapped into that familiar Donald Trump rage, planting another informative seed into Kai’s backstory.

Ally’s story is once again put on the back burner as the show turns its focus back on Kai’s broken family. Most importantly, though, this is also the episode that brings Evan Peters’ take on Charlie Manson to TV. That alone is worth the price of admission.

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American Horror Story Drink the Kool-Aid review

(Every week, we’re going to get the discussion going about American Horror Story: Cult by answering one important question: who is the main villain of the episode?)

With two episodes remaining in Ryan Murphy’s attempt at post-election catharsis, American Horror Story: Cult put its cards on the proverbial table. “Drink the Kool-Aid” put Ally Mayfair-Richards’ (Sarah Paulson) plan in motion as she sets up Kai Anderson (Evan Peters) – and his cult of manly goons – for what’s sure to be one bloody payback plan.

Not only has Kai gained an impressive amount of power in a short period of time, it looks like Ally has escaped the clutches of her helpless insanity to take on the role of vengeful anti-heroine. But if you’re looking for a worthy hero to root for – amid all this crazy clown cult chaos – you’ve definitely got another thing coming.

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(Every week, we’re going to get the discussion going about American Horror Story: Cult by answering one important question: who is the main villain of the episode?)

After last week’s episode of American Horror Story: Cult – with its surprise breakout performance by Lena Dunham – “Winter of Our Discontent” finally began showing the repercussions for Kai Anderson’s (Evan Peters) maniacal actions. Not only does it seem like his grip on reality is slipping, but his dysfunctional family unit is unraveling right before his eyes.

With Beverly Hope (Adina Porter) champing at the bit for power and Ally’s (Sarah Paulson) surprise rebound – she’s totally cured, you guys! – AHS: Cult is setting up a few major conflicts for everyone’s favorite blue-haired madman.

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stranger things

There’s roughly a week until Halloween and many people – myself included –  still haven’t gotten their costume situation in check. Thankfully, there are a number of fantastic characters from 2017’s pop culture offerings who make for relative cheap and easy costumes.

If you’re anything like me, the notion of stitching together a terrifying outfit from scratch can be a bit daunting. But, with a little chutzpah, and a whole bunch of inspiration taken from some of the best TV shows and movies released over the past year, I feel that we can all make this happen.

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Valerie Solanas Died for Your Sins: Scumbag Review

(Every week, we’re going to get the discussion going about American Horror Story: Cult by answering one important question: who is the main villain of the episode?)

Everything changed in episode 7 of American Horror Story: Cult. Presenting its overarching story in three acts: Ally’s crumbling sanity, a closer look at Kai Anderson’s (Evan Peters) inner circle, and now, Anderson’s climb to the top. It seems only fitting that the latest episode, titled “Valerie Solanas Died for Your Sins: Scumbag,” would shift its focus to a brand new character.

The infamous feminist activist who shot Andy Warhol, Ms. Valerie Solanas (played wonderfully by Lena Dunham) had finally arrived. Her energetic introduction to the series played wonderfully into the increasing distrust within Kai’s group, helping to set up one heck of a bloody battle of the sexes for the remaining three episodes.

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the exorcist tv show

When it was first announced that Fox was adapting The Exorcist into a new genre series, I was nervous. Did we need another movie-to-TV remake? Was there room for another demon-hunting show on network television? Was it even possible for another cutting edge horror series like Hannibal to grace network television? Thankfully, The Exorcist, now in its second season, proved all my doubts wrong.

Fox’s longform take on William Friedkin’s classic horror movie is boldly going beyond the usual “horror on television” template, with thrilling results. You really should be watch the Exorcist TV show.

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(Every week, we’re going to get the discussion going about American Horror Story: Cult by answering one important question: who is the main villain of the episode?)

American Horror Story: Cult took a turn in Episode 6 by giving Ally Mayfair-Richards (Sarah Paulson) a nudge away from the victim role she’s been stuck in since the beginning of the season. Delving deeper into the inner-workings of Kai Anderson’s (Evan Peters) cult, “Mid-Western Assassin,” opens on a familiar scene: A mass shooting leaving many dead. This awful act of violence acts as the wraparound that bookends the episode, giving viewers a better understanding of Ivy’s (Alison Pill) involvement with Kai’s cult and explores the role Meadow Wilton (Leslie Grossman) played in bringing his bizarre manifesto to life.

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(Every week, we’re going to get the discussion going about American Horror Story: Cult by answering one important question: who is the main villain of the episode?)

American Horror Story: Cult hit its halfway mark in Tuesday’s episode, titled “Holes,” spilling, even more blood while dropping a few predictable story twists along the way. We did get more Sarah Paulson cry-face, but thankfully it wasn’t as much of a tearful onslaught. The majority of the episode focused on the inner-workings of Kai Anderson’s (Evan Peters) cult, the motivations of Ivy’s (Alison Pill) betrayal and the group’s insidious game-plan moving forward.

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