Blick Tolkien reviews THE WALKING DEAD, S4E08: Too Far Gone

The Walking DeadOriginally broadcast December 1, 2013
Written by Seth Hoffman
Directed by Ernest Dickerson
My rating: ★★★★
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Re-election time bitches!

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doomsey reviews JIGOKU

Jigokuaka The Sinners of Hell
101 minutes, 1960
Directed by Nobuo Nakagawa
Language: Japanese with English subtitles
My rating: ★★
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“Do you think you can escape from hell? JUST TRY IT!”

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Podcast episode 27: C.H.U.D. / BAD MILO / MEGA SHARK VS. MECHA SHARK

Forced Viewing PodcastThis month’s movies:

C.H.U.D.
John: “…this is based on a true story, as told by Alex Jones. People disappear all the time in New York, they get mutated all the time, and nobody talks about it because it’s not making the mainstream media!”

Bad Milo
Drudgie: “It’s like a bowel movement, in reverse.”

Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Lackey: “…we’re talking about it so much, we’re making this film seem like it’s more interesting than it actually is, and it’s not!”

This month’s panel: Lackey, the Drudgeon, Jori, John Bruni, Zeb Carter

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John Bruni reviews TWIN PEAKS: season 1, episodes 2-5

Twin PeaksEpisode 1: “Traces to Nowhere”
Originally broadcast April 12, 1990
Written by Mark Frost & David Lynch
Directed by Duwayne Dunham

Episode 2: “Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer”
Originally broadcast April 19, 1990
Written by Mark Frost & David Lynch
Directed by David Lynch

Episode 3: “Rest in Pain”
Originally broadcast April 26, 1990
Written by Harley Peyton
Directed by Tina Rathbone

Episode 4: “The One-Armed Man”
Originally broadcast May 3, 1990
Written by Robert Engels
Directed by Tim Hunter

My rating: ★★★
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There was a fish in the percolator.

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Robin Franson Pruter reviews THE VAMPIRE DIARIES S3E07: Ghost World

The Vampire DiariesOriginally broadcast October 27, 2011
Written by Rebecca Sonnenshine
Directed by David Jackson
My rating: ★★★★
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The ghost storyline comes to a conclusion in a moving episode.

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Lackey reviews C.H.U.D.

C.H.U.D.aka Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers
96 min., 1984
Directed by Douglas Cheek
My rating: ★★★
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Trouble, oh, we got trouble, ‘neath the streets of New York City! With a capital “T,” that rhymes with “C,” and that stands for C.H.U.D.!

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Lackey reviews HANNIBAL, S1E12 & S1E13

HannibalHannibal stars with a simple question, one I discussed way back when I started writing these episodes up. Do we really need another prequel to Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs?

The answer that question (which is, of course, “yes”) continues to leave a lot of people surprised. Hannibal has been hailed by many as one of the best dramas currently on television, if not the best. I’m not familiar with every drama on television, of course, so I’m not in a position to judge whether it really is better than Mad Men, or Game of Thrones, or Justified, whatever else is supposed to be good these days. (I can confirm that it is marginally better than The Americans.)

There are many reasons for this, of course. An excellent cast, led by a fresh approach to the character of Hannibal Lecter that, at the very least, rivals Anthony Hopkins’s definitive interpretation of the character. (And I, for one, prefer Mads Mikklelsen’s version to that of Hopkins.) A crack team of directors, led by David Slade, work with a crew of talented designers to take the series’ comparatively meager budget and translate it into episodes that look as expensive as anything executive-produced by J.J. Abrams.

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John Bruni reviews TWIN PEAKS: season 1, episode 1

Twin PeaksPilot: “Northwest Passage”
Originally broadcast April 8, 1990
Written by Mark Frost & David Lynch
Directed by David Lynch
My rating: ★★★
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Wrapped in plastic.

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Lackey reviews THE HANOVER HOUSE

The Hanover House73 min., 2014
Directed by Corey Norman
My rating: ★★★
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An effective, low-budget haunted house horror.

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Blick Tolkien reviews THE WALKING DEAD, S4E07: Dead Weight

The Walking DeadOriginally broadcast November 24, 2013
Written by Curtis Gwinn
Directed by Jeremy Podeswa
My rating: ★★★★
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Even Atlas shrugged…

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John Bruni reviews BRIMSTONE AND TREACLE

Brimstone and Treacle85 min., 1982
Directed by Richard Loncraine
My rating: ★★★
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A vicious old bugger!

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