steven spielberg ranked

I had no intention of writing a Steven Spielberg ranking until too many people started dismissing The BFG as the film disappointed at the box office. After all, I approach Mr. Spielberg with the respect and devotion a churchgoer has for a saint – there are few cinematic storytellers I value more. So watching the internet erupt in headlines about whether or not Spielberg was over felt like blasphemy. Of course he’s not over. The man who made made Jaws and Raiders of the Lost Ark will never be over. Like every other director, he will have his peaks and valleys…and if The BFG is a valley, then his low points dwarf the work of most filmmakers.

This is the internet, so you know the drill. I’m going to rank Spielberg’s theatrically released (sorry, Duel) films. You can then argue about them in the manner you see fit.

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Luke Cage footage recap

Marvel fans have already seen Mike Colter‘s Luke Cage in action, thanks to his recurring role on Jessica Jones. And at Comic-Con this year, we finally got to see Luke Cage, the series, in action. In addition to the first Luke Cage teaser trailer, Marvel TV and Netflix also brought along four sizable Luke Cage clips. Collectively, they suggested a show that could sit comfortably beside Jessica Jones and Daredevil in this gritty little corner of the Marvel universe, but also had a voice and personality all its own.

While we don’t have the video embeds to share with you just yet, we’ve got a play-by-play Luke Cage footage recap for you after the jump, along with our commentary.
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Bourne Movies Recap

Next week marks the return of Matt Damon as the forgetful assassin named David Webb, although everyone knows him better as Jason Bourne. Though the actor and director Paul Greengrass appeared to be done with the franchise for good after The Bourne Ultimatum, the lackluster spin-off The Bourne Legacy had Universal clamoring to get them both back in an effort to keep the franchise alive. But since it’s been nearly 10 years since the last movie starring Matt Damon hit theaters, you might need a refresher on everything that’s happened since the whole franchise started.

Watch an entire Bourne movies recap (including The Bourne Legacy) in under three minutes after the jump. Read More »

Frequency review

The word “remake” is sometimes met with automatic groans, but 2000’s Frequency is exactly the right candidate for a remake. The premise is intriguing, and the film itself got solid reviews, but it’s not really a classic by any measure. It wasn’t a box office hit in its time, and even though there are plenty of people who’ve seen and enjoyed it, Frequency doesn’t have any kind of devoted fandom. What it does have is a great premise that deserves another chance to shine, and The CW is more than happy to give it one.  Read More »

powerless review

Every superhero show or movie has them: dozens or hundreds of anonymous extras milling about in the backgrounds of all those CG-heavy, city-destroying third-act climaxes, looking alternatively terrified and grateful. Every once in a while, some of them even get to speak – to testify against Superman in Congress or to corner Iron Man in an elevator. But NBC’s Powerless is the first time these nameless nobodies truly get to take center stage. And as it turns out, they’ve got a pretty great story to tell.  Read More »

Mr Robot 6

This Mr. Robot review was written by Corey Atad.

I saw some people down on Mr. Robot’s season premiere last week. While most were right back on board, it seemed like a good number were itching for something a bit more… substantial. The forward momentum, and constantly shifting ground present in the first season seemed to have been halted. Which is a somewhat ridiculous notion considering the state of things in the premiere was all almost entirely new, a recalibration of the story’s status quo in the wake of the events of the finale. New characters, new locations, and even new relationships with technology.

Yet the sentiment, that the show had stalled returning to bat, made some degree of sense to me. The episode was not just a recalibration of the story, but a recalibration for the characters themselves. This week, “Kernel Panic” brought much of that recalibrating to fruition. No longer just picking up scraps of detail to figure out where the characters have been and what they’re doing, the episode gave us the space to understand how they might move forward into the uncharted territory of a post-hack world.

As usual, it opens up a bevy of questions to look at within the episode. Follow along, and be mindful of spoilers, of course. Go watch the episode first! Read More »

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It’s a good year to be a Star Trek fan…and if you’re not a Star Trek fan, it’s good year to start. It seems like everyone is celebrating the franchise’s 50th anniversary in style: Star Trek Beyond is in theaters this weekend, Bryan Fuller is busy developing a new TV show for an early 2017 bow, and anyone with a drop of creative juice in their system is paying tribute to the greatest science series of all time.

The latest piece of cool Star Trek news involves the Hero Complex Gallery, who have unveiled their contribution to the new Star Trek: 50 Artists 50 Years exhibition. With art celebrating the original series, several of the films, and even the original Star Trek pilot “The Cage,” there’s a little something for Trek fans of all tastes.

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Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys Comic-Con 2016

We’re in the middle of the hustle and bustle at Comic-Con, and last night we made sure to stop by the Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys booth in the middle of the show floor to find out about the latest goodies the high-end collectible creators were showing off on the convention floor. We were not disappointed with the line-up of new stuff coming down the road, which includes a whole new DeLorean time machine for Back to the Future Part II, a new collection for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a heroic statue for The Iron Giant, the most accurate Darth Vader bust created by Sideshow to date and much more.

Check out all of the Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys Comic-Con 2016 goods after the jump. Read More »

Star Trek Beyond Review

After recycling a little too much of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan for the sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, the rebooted franchise based on Gene Roddenberry’s classic sci-fi series needed a new direction to bring some freshness back to the final frontier. Thankfully, with Star Trek Beyond, director Justin Lin has managed to craft a extremely entertaining journey back into space for the USS Enterprise. It’s a sequel that blends some of the signature style of the classic Star Trek series with the action sensibilities of a modern blockbuster.

Keep reading our Star Trek Beyond review after the jump. Read More »