The Handmaid's Tale Witness Review

The Handmaid’s Tale has been teasing revolution. Ever since June had her epiphany that she can save other Gilead children even if she can’t save her own daughters, the narrative has been injected with a dose of intrigue, though not much else happens in “Witness” other than one disconcerting scene of sexual violation (we’ll get to that). 

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy TV Series

Few writers could turn a phrase quite like the late, great Douglas Adams, whose The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series remains a high watermark for literary comedy and science fiction. Now, we’re greeted with the news that his beloved books are being adapted into a television series on Hulu and I’m reminded of one of his best quotes: “Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.” 

Substitute “space” for “online streaming” and it still works. Eventually, there will be enough streaming platforms to accommodate series adaptations of every single thing you have ever loved.

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Veronica Mars comic-con

Buckle up, Marshmallows. The new season of Veronica Mars is here, and if the first episode is any indication, it’s going to be a satisfying return to the town of Neptune, CA. 

This morning, fans of the show congregated in San Diego Comic-Con’s Ballroom 20 to catch the first episode of the show’s fourth season, as well as to spend time with cast members Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars), Enrico Colantoni (Keith Mars), Jason Dohring (Logan Echolls), Ryan Hansen (Dick Casablancas), Francis Capra (Eli ‘Weevil’ Navarro), Percy Daggs III (Wallace Fennel), and Kirby Howell-Baptiste, a newbie to the Neptune world who plays a take-no-shit bar owner. Executive Producer Diane Ruggiero-Wright and show creator Rob Thomas were there as well, and all shared their experiences coming back to the Veronica Mars five years after the 2014 movie. Read More »

Veronica Mars season 4

Clear your weekend schedules, Marshmallows: Veronica Mars season 4 is streaming in its entirety on Hulu right now. The initial plan was for the anticipated fourth season of the show to premiere next Friday, July 26, but at the show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel today, star Kristen Bell revealed that the wait is over and you can watch the whole series on Hulu this very second. Read More »

The Handmaid's Tale Heroic review

After The Handmaid’s Tale‘s arguably most scattered and exasperating episode in last week’s “Unfit,” “Heroic” is straightforward with tracing its narrative goals while also testing its audience’s patience. “Heroic” opens on boredom and the tune of “Heaven is a Place on Earth.” After the shopping incident, June (Elisabeth Moss) is forced to keep vigil for a comatose Ofmatthew/Natalie (Ashleigh LaThrop) for weeks, maybe a few months on end – “until there’s a baby,” according to Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd).

Lydia has essentially condemned June to a dull clinical whitescaped purgatory to cleanse June of her sin. Time lapses reveal more bodies coming and going to occupy the white space around the stiffly poised June and Natalie’s body, whether it’s the Wives praying over Natalie’s womb or the Handmaids forced to pray for the baby inside it. As Gilead souls pass in or out of the hospital room, June’s mental state deteriorates under the stagnancy of events and the coma patient’s repetitious heart monitor. Read More »

Untouchable Harvey Weinstein

You’ve probably heard the horrifying details about the despicable actions of disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. But the myriad number of women who’ve accused him of sexual assault and misconduct haven’t had a visual platform through which they could fully elaborate on their stories – until now.

A new documentary called Untouchable gives these women – recognizable ones like Paz de la Huerta and Rosanna Arquette, less familiar ones like Erika Rosenbaum and Hope D’Amore, and more – the opportunity to explain what Weinstein did to them in their own words, and the result can be pretty powerful. Read More »

Veronica Mars trailer

It’s become old hat for a cult TV show to get revived in some capacity now, but rare is the TV show that gets two different revivals across different mediums. Veronica Mars is that rare show. First, it was brought back from the dead because of a passionate crowdfunding campaign that led to a movie released by Warner Bros. Pictures in the spring of 2014. Now, Veronica Mars is back again with an eight-episode fourth season airing on Hulu starting on Friday, July 26. Where the Kickstartered movie felt haphazard and mildly uninspired, this revival is incredibly well-written and conceived, a return to form at least as good as the show’s second season.

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Culture Shock Review

(Blumhouse Television and Hulu have partnered for a monthly horror anthology series titled Into The Dark, set to release a full holiday-themed feature the first Friday of every month. Horror anthology expert Matt Donato will be tackling the series one-by-one, stacking up the entries as they become streamable.)

Cue the celebratory fireworks and break out grandma’s potato salad recipe, because Gigi Saul Guerrero’s Culture Shock takes advantage of Into The Dark’s full conceptual potential. Her July 4th treatment has been earning praise from critics and festival audiences as the franchise’s most accomplished title to date, which it certainly is. Guerrero’s American-bred nightmare vaults over March’s Treehouse as my favorite Into The Dark tale yet, brimming with patriotic anxiety and tragic relevance. Life inspires art in an explosive display of hatred under the guise of nationalism, drawing inspiration from the most obvious places: our backyards. 

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The Handmaid's Tale Unfit Review

June’s (Elisabeth Moss) quote, “It’s an acquired taste seeing others in pain,” sums up frequent reservations about the increasingly tortuous content of The Handmaid’s Tale, particularly in an age where bodily autonomy in the USA is more fraught. “Unfit” examines how pain can drive the heart to commit callousness. However, the episode is marred by the show’s white woman-centricity, with June (and her fellow white-dominated Handmaid sisters aside from Janine) tormenting a black female character of prominence, Ofmatthew/Natalie (Ashleigh LaThrop) in this case. 

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Wu-Tang An American Saga Trailer

A mere movie wouldn’t be enough to cover the formative years of the Wu-Tang Clan. Instead, the origin story of the group will be covered in an entire TV series from Hulu. Wu-Tang: An American Saga follows the members of the Wu-Tang Clan as they come together in early ’90s New York. The series, which stars Shameik Moore, Ashton Sanders, Siddiq Saunderson, Zolee Griggs, Erika Alexander, and Marcus Callender, arrives this September. Get your first look at the series by watching the Wu-Tang: An American Saga trailer below.

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