star wars rebels x-wings

At Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 I got a chance to sit down with Star Wars Rebels creator/showrunner Dave Filoni to talk about the future of the Disney XD animated series. I haven’t published the interview yet because I didn’t want it to get buried in the madness that was Comic-Con. But with San Diego behind us, let’s begin to take a look at some of the interesting bits that Filoni revealed.

Star Wars Rebels follows the Rebellion in the five years before Star Wars: A New Hope, but we’ve yet to see an X-Wing appear onscreen. So one of the first questions I asked Filoni is when we’ll finally see some X-Wings in Star Wars Rebels. Find out what he said about Star Wars Rebels X-Wings, after the jump.

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Mr Robot Logic Bomb recap

We got there, folks. Finally, things are happening on Mr. Robot. The definition of “happening” can be a little loose in this case, but if it was incident you were looking for, this is the episode that finally delivered—and with the promise of more to come! Personally, I was happy with the pace Sam Esmail was taking this season. It let us delve directly into Elliot’s psychology, and the psychology of the other characters, without letting the forward momentum of “plot” or “action” distracting us. It was a bold, patience-testing choice for many, but it fit right into what I’ve felt the show needs to do going forward: ignore TV convention.

TV is built on incident. It always has been. Whether it’s the episodic format requiring fully rounded and easily solved plots each week, or the longer serialized, soap operatic structure full of big moments and cliffhangers that keep us invested in hours upon hours of labyrinthine story, TV has always demanded THINGS! HAPPENING! Mr. Robot has never been that kind of show. Not exactly. In Season 1, things sure did happen, and with frequency. But it was also a show that devoted much of its fourth episode—fourth!—to a wild drug withdrawal trip through our protagonist’s subconscious.

In Season 2, Esmail has effectively doubled down on the idea that his series owes no allegiance to standard TV construction, instead mimicking a structure more familiar from film, only elongated. The effectiveness of this can be debated, but I believe this episode, the fifth hour of the second season, proves Esmail canny at the very least. The slow build toward Elliot asserting and gaining some level of control over his own psyche makes the confluence of consequences at the end of the episode that much more dramatic. Control, so hard earned; so easily shattered.

But what exactly happened in Season 2, Episode 5, “Logic Bomb”? What questions were answered, and what mysteries lay open for us to lose ourselves in? Follow along for more, and, as always, spoilers abound, folks.  Read More »

Suicide squad

Now that the reviews for Suicide Squad have hit the interwebs, you might be wondering if the film has a post-credits scene. This weekend when you see Suicide Squad, should you remain in your seat until after the credits finish?

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 the Duffer Brothers

Who are the Duffer Brothers? That’s probably a question many people are asking themselves after just having binge-watched their Netflix series Stranger Things. They created the show and directed six out of the eight episodes, yet not many people had ever heard of them before they Netflix’d and chilled. And now that all everyone can seem to talk about Stranger Things, I thought it might be worth taking a look at the guys who made this critically acclaimed series.

Did you know they directed a feature film starring Alexander Skarsgård that you’ve probably never heard of? We have the trailer. Also, I’ve included some of their early short films so you can see how they’ve evolved as storytellers.

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SUICIDE SQUAD

There’s a lot riding on Suicide Squad, the third entry in Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe. Both Man of Steel and Batman v Superman made a lot of money, but polarized fans. Among the chief complaints? That the DC films were too grim, too gloomy, and not nearly “fun” enough.

Which is where Suicide Squad comes in. With its zippy pop tunes and its neon color scheme, the Suicide Squad marketing campaign has been all about fun. The trailers and posters promised a movie that’d finally bring jokes back to the DC universe, not to mention a welcome shot of comic book weirdness. So does Suicide Squad get the franchise back on track, or send it veering further off the rails? Read our Suicide Squad spoiler-free review after the jump.  Read More »

stranger things questions

Netflix’s latest television series Stranger Things is filled with mystery and leaves viewers with many fun questions. Having just binge-watched my way through the first season post-Comic Con, I found myself searching the web to obtain some answers. What follows is a list of 11 questions (eleven? how appropriate) and the possible answers compiled from quotes fro  many interviews with showrunners/writers/directors The Duffer Brothers and producer Shawn Levy, and we also dive into some fan theories from various forums. In addition to your burning Stranger Things questions, we take a look at what season two of the series might bring. Are you ready?

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jason bourne spoiler review

Jason Bourne is a heartbreaking movie. In a summer filled with sequels that have let audiences down, in a year where so many franchise films have failed to justify their existences beyond the margins of an accountant’s logs, Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon were supposed to return to this series and remind everyone of how it’s done.

Jason Bourne is fine. It’s no disaster. It’s no debacle. Individual scenes and performances work. However, in its best moments, all it serves to do is remind you of just how good the original three movies were and how this one can’t quite capture that same energy. Instead, it falls back on familiarity and cliche, which is the most tragic thing you can say about a series that reinvented the espionage thriller well over a decade ago.

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Suicide Squad cameo

For months now we’ve heard about how tight the cast of Suicide Squad is, and that camaraderie was definitely on display at the film’s New York press conference this weekend. The stars, director David Ayer, and producers Richard Suckle and Charles Roven talked about the pressures of making the film, the lengths they went to in order to research their roles. They also talked about the unusual and welcome diversity of the Suicide Squad line-up, and some of the crazier on-set antics (one of which involves a naked Jai Courtney).

Read everything we learned from the Suicide Squad press conference below.  Read More »

The Night Of

If you haven’t started watching HBO’s The Night Of, you should. The miniseries follows Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) as a Pakistani-American college student who, after a night of partying with a female stranger, wakes up to find her stabbed to death and gets charged with her murder. Based on the British television series Criminal Justice, the critically acclaimed HBO show features a compelling mystery which gives us a look into the devastating criminal justice system.

Nasir “Naz” Khan’s case is quickly picked up by a plea lawyer named John Stone, played by John Turturro. One aspect of the series that I’ve seen a lot of people talking about is a subplot involving Turturro’s character battling a weird foot condition.  On the show, Stone explains:

It’s eczema. My dermatologist says to keep them aerated — like that’s going to cure anything. I don’t know. Maybe it helps, I really can’t tell.

The affliction gets a lot of screen time in the first three episodes, causing a lot of viewers to wonder what possible purpose it serves in the series. So why is John Turturro’s foot condition a significant subplot of The Night Of, and what might it possibly represent?
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