Preacher Pig Review

(Each week, we’re going to discussion Preacher’s season 2 by examining the differences between the original comics and AMC’s television adaptation.)

Herr Starr! Everyone’s favorite sexually deviant German villain finally made his proper debut in this episode of Preacher after we were given just a small glimpse of his gloriously scarred face earlier this season.

Newcomers could tell that the white-suited operative for The Grail was going to be a big player in the show, and hoo boy, is he ever. You thought the Saint was persistent? Just wait.

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Jim Henson and Kermit

Jim Henson fans in New York City, take note. Your next journey should be to the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens.

/Film was able to catch a sneak preview of The Jim Henson Exhibition, a new permanent exhibition devoted to the life and work of the most famous puppeteer that has ever lived. While the museum has featured muppets and art from Henson before, this time it’s going to stay there forever, a fitting tribute to a man who continues to touch people’s lives.

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Lowlife El Monstruo

Rarely does a film live up to its title as well as Lowlife. Equal parts absurd comedy and surrealist bloodbath, it’s a shocking and often-hilarious story of a bunch of derelicts told over a few days in Los Angeles.

You know you’re in for a rough time when the film starts with an apparent ICE agent bursting into a motel room in the dead of night and grabbing all the undocumented immigrants inside. The owner, Crystal (Nicki Micheaux) tries to stop them and almost gets shot for her efforts. The ICE agent takes them to the basement of one Teddy ‘Bear’ Haynes (Mark Burnham having a lot of fun with the role), the owner of a taco shop who has a far more nefarious business going on downstairs. A good-looking woman is separated from the men and you immediately know that something worse than deportation is about to happen. It does, although a survivor is happy when Teddy mentions El Monstruo (Ricardo Adam Zarate), and believes that he’s someone who will save them.

But it turns out El Monstruo works for Teddy.

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Preacher Sokosha Review

(Each week, we’re going to discussion Preacher’s season 2 by examining the differences between the original comics and AMC’s television adaptation.)

This week’s review is going to be a little different, because for once, the Preacher comics are directly represented in the TV show. In fact, they’re shown on screen!

See, when Jesse, Cassidy, and Tulip want to bone up on their knowledge of just what the Saint of Killers is all about, they head on over to the graphic novel section of their local library. There, they pull down what turns out to be Preacher: Saint of Killers, a real four-issue limited series that reveals the killer cowboy’s backstory.

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Preacher review Dallas

(Each week, we’re going to discussion Preacher’s season 2 by examining the differences between the original comics and AMC’s television adaptation.)

As we hoped, Preacher once again takes things on the road again, in a manner of speaking. The fifth episode takes us briefly out of New Orleans on a road trip of the mind as we ride a flashback to Jesse and Tulip’s relationship back in Dallas. Here we finally find out what happened after that fateful day when Carlos betrayed them, a moment that still haunts them even now when they have way bigger problems in their lives.

But viewers finally meet a version of Jesse comic readers know that we haven’t seen a lot on the show – the asshole psychopath. He’s so incensed at finding out that Tulip’s married to some low-rent mob boss that he’s going to torture him to death, and he even uses the Voice on Tulip to force her out of the room and away from whatever he’s going to do. Tulip is terrified of Jesse at this moment, and we can see that his anger is not just a little problem.

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“But why go on?” you may question. “Why live when my mother/father/brother/sister/daughter/son/cousin/dog/cat/ferret is/are already dead?”

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See this as an incredible opportunity and you can have a life just as enriched and enlightened as it was when you still had electricity and running water!

Just commit these seven simple truths to memory and you’ll be enjoying your new life to the best of your ability.

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Preacher Viktor Review

(Each week, we’re going to kick off discussion about Preacher season 2 by examining the differences between the original comics and AMC’s television adaptation.)

When Preacher’s second season started, longtime fans of the comic were really excited. Here was the road trip story we were waiting for, the one that started in the very first issue of the Preacher comic but somehow got ignored as the first season was an extended stay in one town. Most of the comic book run sees our heroes getting into adventures on their journey across America. They’d have brief stops in cities, but they kept moving and kicking ass. Nothing could stop them from finding God.

The first few episodes of the show certainly felt like that, but it wasn’t meant to last. “Viktor” slows down the proceedings and the show feels seems doomed to repeat itself, as if it were trapped in a hell of its own creation.

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Castlevania Header

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: the Netflix Original Series Castlevania.)

While the world waits in vain (vein?) for a proper 2D Castlevania sequel, the long-awaited Netflix TV show has finally been released. Originally conceived as a feature film covering the events of the 8-bit NES classic Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, the film has been turned into a four-part TV series that will take you less than 100 minutes to watch.

The problem is that it’s an absolutely terrible TV show. If this were a weekly TV show, no one would have watched past the premiere. The fact that (as typical for Netflix) it’s all available at once and bingeable doesn’t change that it’s broken up into pieces that make absolutely no sense by themselves.

No, this was never meant to be seen one at a time. Castlevania is a sneaky 100 minute movie, and the sooner you realize that the quicker you’ll appreciate it, because it has a lot of good going for it.

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The Fight for Fallujah

Affordable virtual reality is finally here for the world to experience, but that doesn’t mean that people have figured out what to do with the technology. Games have been the obvious first use, horror tiles in particular because it’s so easy to scare someone by placing them in a terrifying situation and scaring them with creatures and ghosts lurking around them.

But it turns out that one of the absolute best uses of VR is for documentaries. It may seem strange, but it’s really a brilliant idea if you think about it – what better way is there to connect with the subject matter of a doc than by immersing yourself in their world?

The proliferation of cheap VR cameras and increasing know-how by filmmakers means that they’re just going to get better and better from here. Right now, there are a ton of stunning short documentaries that you can check out for yourself. Most of them are free, even with a device as simple as Google Cardboard. Here’s what you need to check out.

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Preacher Damsels Review

(Each week, we’re going to kick off discussion about Preacher season 2 by examining the differences between the original comics and AMC’s television adaptation.)

After last week’s episode of Preacher, which went off-book in some pretty significant ways, “Damsels” continues the trend. The story is going in the same general direction as the acclaimed ’90s Vertigo series, but the journey is taking a few unexpected twists and turns.

One thing is for sure though – Herr Starr is going to be a big part of it.

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