bodied review

Bodied is not the movie I thought it was going to be when I walked into the Fantastic Fest screening. Joseph Kahn‘s previous feature, Detention, is one of those so-crazy-I-can’t-believe-it-exists kind of movies and I think that’s what was in my brain when I sat down to watch his new one.

The premise of Bodied is simple: a young fan is mentored by his idol and his nurtured talent shines. You’ve seen this story before, especially in movies about sports or martial arts, but never quite in this way. Battle Rap is the forum here, not a stadium or a dojo.

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Just as Mark Hamill foretold, Disney and Lucasfilm unveiled a new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi during Monday Night Football. After a brief, contemplative teaser back in April during Star Wars Celebration, we finally have a longer, better look at what writer/director Rian Johnson has in store for us in a galaxy far, far away. Enough talk: watch the new trailer below! Read More »

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The second Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer has been unleashed upon the galaxy. Brad Oman (aka Ethan Anderton) and I have gathered in the /Film Resistance Base to record an emergency podcast, geeking out and over analyzing every little detail about this new trailer. What did we think of the new trailer? What is going on here? Are the Porgs cuter than BB-8? Find out all this and more in our 47-minute podcast dedicated to a 2 minute and 15-second trailer. That’s right, 47 whole minutes talking about a 2-minute trailer. This is definitely the best and worst of Star Wars fandom, and I love it. Join us and may the Force be with you always!

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star trek discovery The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry Review bridge

In this week’s episode of Star Trek: Discoveryaptly-titled “The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry,” the unofficial theme was definitely “Who’s got it worse?” Because there were plenty of losers in this episode. The most definite loser — aside from the poor folks who died in the space mines—was the poor mega-tardigrade.

This week, the crew had to find a way to save crucial Starfleet mines — and the families who work them — from Klingon fire. Many had died already, thanks to Stamets not knowing how to set a proper course with his new instantaneous warp technology. Actual navigation was the other issue — with such new bio-based tech, how could one successfully chart a course to a far-off planet? Enter the tardigrade, the monster from last episode. It turns out that it’s not a killing machine after all; it’s actually a docile creature that can interact with the spores that fuel the warp technology. But the animal’s navigation skills come at a cost — they basically have to torture it to get their warp to work. Why?! Leave the poor animal alone! Was this possibly one of the darkest moments in Star Trek TV history? Because I don’t remember even tribbles being tortured.

Now let’s go over exactly who else got the short end of the stick this week in our The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry review.

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Philip K Dick

“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.” – Philip K. Dick

Philip K. Dick remains one of the most influential science fiction writers to ever work in the medium. Writing works both philosophical and strange, the prolific author often wrote about just what it means to be human. With Dick’s work so iconic, it only makes sense that Hollywood (and others) have tried again and again to turn his stories into feature films. Some of the films succeed, but often they do so by altering the original nature of the stories. And they almost always jettison Dick’s prose, which can often leave readers scratching their heads. Dick’s work has also influenced countless other movies, which may not be straight adaptations of his work but are clearly borrowing elements – think The Matrix, Gattaca, Source Code, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; the list is actually pretty endless.

With Blade Runner 2049 now in theaters, and a new anthology series, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, scheduled to hit Amazon sometime next year, it’s time for a primer on the wild world of Philip K. Dick adaptations – the good, the bad, and the films that just don’t make much of an impact at all. .

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Room 104 The Fight Review

(Each week, we’ll kick off discussion about Room 104 by answering one simple question: what’s the strangest thing in Room 104?)

“The Fight” reimagines Room 104 as something more than a place for trysts or cash-strapped travelers. This time, it’s an MMA arena. Two fighters are staying in the motel ahead of their big match the next night. They decide to team up, throw the fight, and get paid. But pride gets in the way. The actual fight starts in their motel room that same night. The episode lives up to its name with some brutal, bruising fight sequences. Both opponents know that it’s in their best interest to save the uppercuts for the next day. But they just can’t stop.

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Amadeus Live

It always seemed like a bad idea to me. Live music with a movie? Wouldn’t that be distracting? As screenings with live music became more and more popular, I continually avoided them out of a stubborn belief that they would just be a terrible idea. There was no real logic in this line of thought; it merely existed somewhere in the mess that is my mind.

And then I saw an advertisement for Amadeus Live with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Here was a chance to see one of my all-time favorite films, one of the best films ever made, Miloš Forman’s Amadeus, a film that’s filled with wall-to-wall music, with a live orchestra. It was finally time to give the movies with live music trend a try.

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Castle Rock trailer breakdown

The Stephen King boom is continuing onward with Castle Rock, an upcoming Hulu series set within the universe of all-things-King. The show won’t debut until 2018, but a recent NYCC panel produced the show’s first trailer with actual footage, teasing a moody, incredibly well-cast series that looks like it’s practically drowning in dread. If you weren’t already excited for this series, this teaser trailer should do the work. So let’s get into it. Read on for our Castle Rock trailer breakdown.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Beyond Fest

Late last week, Beyond Fest 2017 hosted a double feature of Predator and The Running Man to celebrate the 30th anniversaries of both films, and star Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared in person for a Q&A session beforehand. It was everything an Arnold fan could have hoped for: great stories, terrific jokes, and even a surprise appearance by Predator co-star Bill Duke.

Read on for some highlights of the event, including a video of Arnold arm wrestling a young fan and the actor’s recounting of how he orchestrated one of Hollywood’s all-time great troll moves during the height of his feud with Sylvester Stallone. Read More »

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The Deuce What Kind of Bad review

(We’re going to kickstart our weekly discussion of HBO’s The Deuce by answering one simple question: who or what is the “best bet” in this week’s episode?)

A lot of this week’s episode of The Deuce is set-up for what’s to come later on. Luckily, The Deuce isn’t the kind of show for which that’s an indictment. We’ve spent enough time with these characters by now that even set-up is rewarding, and it helps that the cast is dynamite through and through.

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