Archive for October, 2015

The Wonders

The Wonders

| October 30, 2015

Life can begin with a sting. Although the barbs of a bee’s stinger often produce pain and a potentially debilitating poison, a toxin within the venom called melitten has been shown to poke holes in the protective shells of many viruses, including HIV. The idea of life surfacing out of dire emotional and physical circumstances […]

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The Meteor Man

The Meteor Man

| October 30, 2015

I jumped at the opportunity to revisit a beloved film from my childhood with The Meteor Man coming to blu-ray this week.  I had mostly forgotten about the movie, and was a little nervous that my memory of the film was better than it could possibly actually be, but I was wrong and it completely […]

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The One and Only

The One and Only

| October 29, 2015

Andy Schmidt (Henry Winkler; Arrested Development) has always been a showman, and more than that has always believed that he was going to be a big star as an actor.  His never ending optimism borders on arrogance as he works his way through college doing school plays, “performing” on the football team, and wooing his […]

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Tokyo Ghoul: Season One

Tokyo Ghoul: Season One

| October 27, 2015

I can honestly admit that I was scared when watching the very first few episodes of Tokyo Ghoul. Not because it was actually scary, but the fact that it seemed to have been plagued by being a derivative work of horror/action storytelling and was failing to live up to the hype that anime fandom was […]

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Space Dandy: Season 2

Space Dandy: Season 2

| October 27, 2015

Shinichiro Watanabe’s Space Dandy is a brilliant melange of comedy, animation and a certain amount of cool, that all anime lovers are bound to enjoy aspects of. If the raunchy comedy doesn’t do it for you, then the animation might. If the characters are too one dimensional, then maybe the fantastic episodic nature of the […]

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32nd Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival

32nd Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival

| October 27, 2015

The 32nd Annual Chicago Children’s International Film Festival is in full gear, with many screening selections still available this week for children and families, alike. The annual festival takes runs through November 1 and is the largest annual festival of films for children ages 2 – 18 in the world. Programming 250 of the best, […]

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Dark Blue

Dark Blue

| October 27, 2015

Hyperbole be damned, Kurt Russell has never made a bad film. Say what you will about things like Captain Ron and 3000 Miles to Graceland, two absurd films that I still very much enjoy, the man has made an incredible career for himself over the years and has made some of the most iconic characters […]

Jaws 19

Jaws 19

| October 23, 2015

No one was more skeptical than me going into Jaws 19.  It’s difficult for any film series to stay fresh and interesting after 19 installments and the Jaws franchise is absolutely no exception.  The original Jaws is a masterpiece, which I’ve been watching since I was a kid.  That is maybe not appropriate for a […]

Mr. Warmth! Don Rickles: The Ultimate Collection

Mr. Warmth! Don Rickles: The Ultimate Collection

| October 22, 2015

Don Rickles is one of the greatest minds in comedy, and I don’t mean just in his own time or even “back in the day,” but then, now and always. He is one of the greatest. I previously raved about Don Rickles’ work in my review of The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes, but […]

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Z for Zachariah

Z for Zachariah

| October 21, 2015

I tend to really like post-apocalyptic movies, but am worried the concept has gotten a bit worn over the past few years.  Common tropes about humanity declining into monstrous versions of ourselves (literally and figuratively), mistrust, and survival can only be re-imagined so many times before movies start coming out that feel like complete regurgitations […]

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