Solar Opposites Review

Rick and Morty is known for insane space adventures that take the titular uncle and nephew duo (and sometimes the rest of their depressing suburban family) into grotesque, weird, violent, and disturbing planets, galaxies, alternate timelines, and various other sci-fi landscapes. You might expect more of the same from the new Hulu animated series Solar Opposites since it hails from from Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland and series writer Mike McMahan, especially since it follows a “family” of aliens stranded on Earth who are forced to deal with the dredges of humanity and suburban life. Even though the animation style, character design and sense of humor falls in line with Rick and Morty, this sidesplitting, raucously hilarious show brings something different to the table, delivering a quality, clever comedy that is somehow simultaneously darkly deranged and charmingly lighthearted. Read More »

the great review

There’s something a little wicked about an anachronistic romp through history. The period drama is often upheld as the height of sophistication, the kind of genre that radiates prestige and award-winning costume designs. So when you pair that with raunchy dialogue and a sharp satirical edge that punches through the costume drama veneer like a poison-tipped sabre, it all feels so naughty.

Tony McNamara seems to be making a habit out of these kind of historical indiscretions. The Oscar-winning writer of The Favourite has penned a new satirical take on a historical figure with the Hulu comedy series The Great, which chronicles the “occasionally true” rise of Catherine the Great (Elle Fanning), from naïve outsider to the most famous female ruler in Russian history. Just like the Yorgos Lanthimos 2018 black comedy that earned McNamara an Oscar, The Great is a cheeky comedy that lacerates the stodgy period drama as we come to accept it — yes, the show is all heaving bosoms and displays of decadence, but they say fuck and they fuck a lot. But while The Great may have its tongue firmly in its cheek (and in, um, other places), it lacks some of the teeth of The Favourite, even as McNamara recycles some of the character dynamics from his script — right down to the maid who comes from aristocracy, and a lady in waiting in bed with the ruler. Also there are so many rabbits.

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Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian Review

Do you remember Jon Favreau‘s talk show series Dinner for Five that aired on IFC from 2001 through 2005? It ran for 50 episodes, with each one finding Jon Favreau sitting down to order dinner with four other celebrities to discuss show business, look at their careers, and share stories from their time in the trenches of Hollywood. That basic formula is applied again in the new documentary series Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, but mixed with plenty of behind-the-scenes footage from the live-action Star Wars series on Disney+, and a plethora of insights into the series and the entire franchise.

Featuring the various filmmakers, cast members, and movie magic wizards who have worked on The Mandalorian and the Star Wars saga at large, Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian is chock-full of fascinating anecdotes, hardcore Star Wars nerdity, mesmerizing footage from the set, and extensive conversations about both the difficulty and excitement about working in the Star Wars universe. It’s a show that will satisfy the most passionate Star Wars fans and the more casual audience members who just want to know about how the sausage is made. Read More »

Star Wars The Clone Wars Shattered Review

In the penultimate episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, former Jedi Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein) doesn’t know she and the Jedi Order are in Darth Sidious’ trap. Palpatine is tightening his grip and we know from the films that he will succeed. Last episode, the timeline of Revenge of the Sith was infused into the dread of the entire story, leaving Ahsoka to mull over the prospective truth of Anakin Skywalker’s fall into Sidious’ clutches.

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Cooper's Bar Review

(The SXSW Film Festival may have been cancelled, but our coverage will go on with reviews of films and TV shows made available to our critics.)

Los Angeles is a tough city. It’s filled with dreams and aspiring who-knows-whats all just trying to make their dreams come true. Some hustle hard enough to break through, others get flat out lucky. The rest? Well, the rest just find themselves with a lot of broken dreams and empty bank accounts. Cooper’s Bar takes a look at two men who are hoping to fall somewhere in those first two categories and desperately trying to avoid becoming the third.

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westworld passed pawn review

We’re in the endgame now, people. There’s only one more episode of Westworld season 3 left, and I don’t know about you, but I’m so ready for the end. This season has been a wasted opportunity, with the promise of starting fresh almost immediately obliterated by the series falling back into bad habits. So let’s take a look at what happened on Westworld season 3 this week.

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Saturday Night Live At Home Review

Saturday Night Live At Home returned with another set of remotely produced sketches this weekend, and you can tell that the cast and crew learned some lessons from their first outing, and they improved the quality of the sketches, both in content and in presentation. In addition to some guest appearances by Brad Pitt, Adam Sandler, and Paul Rudd, the graphics department also came out in full force to give the sketches some extra flair.

So without further adieu, let’s take a look at the best and worst sketches from Saturday Night Live At Home. Read More »

Prop Culture Review

In the old days of Hollywood, movie props weren’t cherished or saved. Once a production was finished shooting, a lot of props were either thrown out, repurposed, or lost somewhere along the way. As time went on, people began to hold items from their favorite movies in high regard, and movie props became treasured artifacts. Today, movie props are some of the most expensive collector’s items out there, often selling for hundreds to thousands of dollars at auction.

That brings us to a new Disney+ documentary series called Prop Culture, which follows film historian and prop collector Dan Lanigan as he tracks down movie props from some of Disney’s most iconic films over the years. Like a kid in a candy store, Lanigan travels around the United States, meeting filmmakers, actors, production crew members, and fellow collectors so he can either see a rare item from Disney’s film history, or show one off for a sentimental reunion and fascinating conversation about movies ranging from Mary Poppins to The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Read More »

Star Wars The Clone Wars The Phantom Apprentice Review

The former Skywalker apprentice and the former acolyte of the Sith are finally face-to-face in Star Wars: The Clone Wars as part two of the Siege of Mandalore finale arc rages on. Directed by Nathaniel Villanueva, “The Phantom Apprentice” proceeds as a tragedy where the offstage—offscreen—action of Revenge of the Sith permeates the tensions, namely the prospective truths that will break the heart of Master Anakin Skywalker’s former apprentice, Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein). During their attempts to purge a ravaged Mandalore of former-Darth Maul’s (Sam Witwer) influence, Ahsoka and Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) learn that Maul may have a specifically nefarious motive to uncover.  

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  • Nacho is in deep trouble!
  • Everything is so tense that I want to scream!

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