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    ‘The Signal’ is hampered by weak performances

    The Signal Written by Carlyle Eubank, William Eubank, and David Frigerio Directed by William Eubank USA, 2014 Whether or not we are alone in the universe is an age old question that has racked the brains of mankind for millennia. Extraterrestrial life has been explored and researched countless times over. We have not received a […] More

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    Hannibal Ep. 2.11 “Ko No Mono” reveals the entrée but denies us the taste

    The episode opens with yet another misleading sequence, although exactly how misleading the gorgeously shot Will-digo transformation/birth scene really is remains to be seen–after all, we still don’t know with any certainty who arranged the Randall exhibit, or whose body was sent flaming down the parkade runway in glorious tribute to Red Dragon’s exemplary Tooth Fairy kill. In fact, I would hasten that there is still a lot that we don’t know about this secret plan which has occupied much of the narrative lo’ these last few episodes. But more on that later. More

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    Why You Should Be Watching: Hannibal

    As a fervent fan of both the films based on the character Hannibal Lecter and the source material written by Thomas Harris, I found myself very excited at the prospect of a television series based on the relationship between the titular cannibalistic sadist and the man who would eventually catch him hiding in plain sight, the highly intuitive Will Graham. When I heard that actors like Mads Mikkelsen, Laurence Fishburne, and Gillian Anderson had signed up to be a part of it, my anticipation became palpable, tempered only by the fear that this would be a short-lived cash-in on a mostly dead franchise. In that regard, I was happy to be mostly wrong. More

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    Hannibal Ep 2.01 “Kaiseki” fires on all cylinders

    The end of the first season of Hannibal left Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) locked up in the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Season 2 serves a promising start as Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) and Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) wine and dine on the episode title’s eponymous kaiseki, a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner. Following his arrest for the murders that took place in season one, Will finds himself in a tricky situation where he has to try and prove his innocence while trapped in a cell and while suffering from temporary memory loss. Hannibal Lecter steps into Will Graham’s shoes as the new FBI criminal profiler, and Will struggles to remember how it is Hannibal framed him for the crimes Hannibal clearly committed. More

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    Sundance 2014: ‘Rudderless’ a promising and challenging directorial debut from William H. Macy

    Rudderless Directed by William H. Macy Written by Jeff Robison and Casey Twenter USA, 2014 William H. Macy’s Rudderless takes on the process of grieving in the aftermath of a school shooting. The reasoning behind the tragedy is not explicated nor is it warranted. Instead, the film deals with the unraveling of one parent who […] More

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    2014 Best Super Bowl Commercials features ads directed by David Gordon Green, Nicolas Winding Refn and more

    With 111.5-million U.S. viewers, and a further 7.3-million in Canada, Super Bowl XLVIII was the most-watched in history. The commercial spots were the most expensive for any TV broadcast in any given year, and there were plenty of big name stars and A-list directors who helped create these very expensive advertisements. John Hillcoat, director of […] More

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    ‘Contagion’ is a chilly examination of the dangers of connection

    The most unsettling element of Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion (which is, by any metric, a deeply discomfiting film) is its plausibility. The film has a clinical approach that underlines how possible its central crisis is and how powerless we would be to stop it. The film has a global scope and an all-star cast, but what resonates most is the idea that this could happen. Anywhere. Anytime. To any one of us. More

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    The Televerse #95- Hannibal Season 1 with Ricky D

    It was a big week for TV, giving us plenty to discuss on the podcast. After taking a few minutes to reflect on the notable TV-related deaths of the past week, we dive into our week in comedy, including the Hot in Cleveland live midseason premiere, a catch-up with Nathan For You, the Veep finale, […] More

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