Television

Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 10

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The Legend of Korra continues to impress with Book 4: Balance. Following last week’s major political bent, “The Calling” took a more personal approach to the story. Jinora, Meelo and Ikki head off in search of Korra and their presence lends a distinctly Avatar: The Last Airbender tone to the show. We also finally see a resolution to the Phantom […]

Television

Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 9

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This week’s episode of The Legend of Korra puts the focus on Prince Wu, the heir apparent to the throne of the Earth Kingdom. As leaders of the four nations gather to watch Kuvira relinquish power, Korra trains with Toph in the swamp. Things quickly go awry as Kuvira – perhaps unsurprisingly – doesn’t play by the rules. […]

Movie Review

Kill the Messenger

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Curiosity killed the cat, and all of the good journalists along with it. I was just a kid when Gary Webb broke news on the Contra-cocaine scandal. I don’t remember it. My recollection of the 90s reeks of the Clinton fiasco and not much else. As we learn in the epilogue of Kill the Messenger, the government fully […]

Television

Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 8

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Book 4 of The Legend of Korra continues to impress with its second episode, “Korra Alone.” After missing the Avatar almost entirely last week, this episode catches us up on her goings-on since the showdown with the Red Lotus. Josh and I begin our conversation talking about Avatar: The Last Airbender, and speculate whether Zuko is as […]

Interview

Bryan Horch, Director of Spooners

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First, a bit of trivia. Former Movie Fail contributor Michael Capodiferro is also a director and writer. Following graduation from the dramatic writing program at Hampshire College, he was hired as an assistant director and producer for the upcoming webseries, Spooners.  Spooners: The Webseries is directed by Bryan Horch and is based on his award-winning short of the same name. Horch […]

Television

Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 7

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The Legend of Korra returns for its fourth and final season. The premiere, titled “After All These Years,” takes place long after the finale of Book 3: Change. Republic City is in the midst of a revamp, new power player Kuvira looks to be shaking things up and Team Avatar is scattered around the world. Yet one question […]

Movie Review

Gone Girl

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Please note that this review contains some vague and minor spoilers. Gone Girl is well-acted. Gone Girl is well-shot. Gone Girl is well-directed, well-edited and well-written. I hated Gone Girl.

Movie Review

Bashir’s Vision

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It’s tough to think of a better documentary topic than “the Blind Boxer.” I’m not overly familiar with the sport, but I imagine it has to be something of a novel concept even to the most diehard fans. However, by the last scene in Bashir’s Vision, I began to wonder if the topic is a bit too rich – so much […]

Movie Review

The Drop

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Tom Hardy is a liquid. The thing about liquid is that it always takes the form of its container. Thin, round, tall, squat – it doesn’t matter. The same could be said of Hardy. In Locke, he affects a peculiar, nasally UK accent and gruff persona. As a spy in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, he is a sharp, twitchy stud […]

Movie Review

Magic in the Moonlight

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Amidst his sardonic ramblings, protagonist Stanley proudly exclaims, “When the heart rules the head, disaster follows.” What an apt description of Magic in the Moonlight. Woody Allen’s latest is a study in inauthenticity. Stanley (Colin Firth) is a white man whose job it is to convince audiences he is an Asian mystic. In his spare time, he travels […]

Op-Ed

Why CGI In Guardians of the Galaxy Works

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There are many reasons to love Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s funny, it’s smart and it’s one hell of an action-packed ride. The film was a risk; unlike Captain America or Batman, almost no one knew who the these characters were before the film came out. Making a successful blockbuster out of a no-name property was no small feat. […]

Movie Review

A Most Wanted Man

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Murky water sloshes quietly against a stone wall. The scene is peaceful with nothing but the quite ebb and flow of the river to break the silence. Suddenly, a disturbance: the water starts to rise and fall, angrily smashing against the stones. But no matter how hard it pushes, the wall stands unmoved. The opening shot of A Most […]

Television

Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 6

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Well, here we are. Perhaps the best season of The Legend of Korra to date has come to its inevitable conclusion. Josh and I were spectacularly wrong about most of our predictions, but the finale generated some fascinating speculation about Book 4. Will Korra ever be able to access her past lives again? Has Suyin finally esablished her allegiance to the […]

Television

Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 5

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In this week’s installment of Ember Island Airwaves, Josh and I discuss the incredibly draining experience of watching “The Ultimatum.” We explore classism and how the protagonist/antagonist relationships in The Legend of Korra directly contrast with those in Avatar: The Last Airbender. Josh and I then speculate about the fate of Tenzin and the other airbenders as well as […]

Movie Review

Calvary

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Everything is a portrait in Calvary. Each shot feels designed to stand on its own. Cinematographer Larry Smith often fills his frames with the thoughtful faces of characters staring at something just out of view. At first glance, their countenances seem mysteriously unadulterated. But these shots take on new meaning in context. As we learn about their […]

Movie Review

Boyhood

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Two children stare through the window as their parents argue just outside. The yelling is muffled and indistinct; vague words phase in and out of earshot as adult voices rise and fall. This whole scene is an exercise in good filmmaking. Innocent faces watch curiously as their parents exchange heated emotion. The window blocks out the argument but allows the kids to see their […]

Television

Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 4

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It’s been awhile since our last episode of Ember Island Airwaves. In the interim, I had the chance to interview the fantastic Stephen Stanton (the voice of Old Wan and the Air Lion Turtle in “Beginnings, Part 2″). In addition, some major news about The Legend of Korra was dropped at San Diego Comic Con. Last week saw the birth […]

Movie Review

Guardians of the Galaxy

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For the first few moments of Guardians of the Galaxy, I worried. I saw elements of tropes rearing their head instantly. I sighed at a roguish hero whose existence screamed traits of other classic movie characters. I cringed at a villain whose antics veered well into the theatrical. I gaped as names of planets, new alien […]

Op-Ed

Looking Back: The Dark Knight

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  Six years ago today, one of the most critically acclaimed movies of all time hit theaters. The Dark Knight won over 100 awards when it was released, including academy awards for both sound editing and the late Heath Ledger’s performance. It has remained in the public consciousness since 2008 and is regularly hailed as one of the […]

Television

Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 3

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  Having left Republic City, The Legend of Korra has seized an opportunity to flesh out its characters, its world, and its story. The world of Avatar has always been predicated on its unique bending systems and the cultural evolution thereof. The show has built on this by taking daring and paradigm-shifting new turns in the latest season, […]

Television

Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 2

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The world of Avatar is remarkable not only for its entertainment value, but for its remarkable maturity. Avatar: The Last Airbender deals with themes of death, destiny, and classism, all of which have been brought forward into and magnified in The Legend of Korra. These thematic ideas tie into structural similarities to anime and separate this franchise from its Western counterparts. Josh […]

Television

Ember Island Airwaves: Episode 1

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With Season 4 of Game of Thrones all wrapped up, Josh and I have turned our attention to an old favorite: The Legend of Korra. Korra is a sequel series to Avatar: The Last Airbender, a show that deservedly won numerous awards (including a Primetime Emmy) during its 2005-2008 run. As a follow-up to that legacy, The Legend of Korra has likewise met with mostly positive reviews […]

Movie Review

Obvious Child

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I tried stand-up comedy once. I wasn’t very good at it. But as any successful comic will tell you, this is how everyone’s first, second, and hundredth attempts at stand-up go. Some have even gone so far as to call stand-up one of the world’s hardest professions. Still, the whole process terrified me. After that first […]

Movie Review

The Rover

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Eric is a bearded powder keg. He is more force than character, his short fuse adding tension to every encounter. Will his shouting end in an explosion of violence, or will he just walk away? We are never sure. A scowling road warrior takes off in a bloody quest to reclaim what’s his. We’ve seen this before; Mad Max […]

News

Spielberg’s The BFG Gets Release Date

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A press release from the official Roald Dahl website states that Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of The BFG will hit theaters on July 1, 2016. The film will be produced by DreamWorks and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The film has yet to be cast. The BFG features a girl named Sophie – reportedly based on Dahl’s own […]

Television

Game of Thrones Season 4: “The Children”

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Game of Thrones concludes its fourth season with the jam-packed episode, “The Children.” But although it was filled with shocking parent-offspring confrontation, the finale left audiences divided. Some, myself included, really enjoyed this episode for its plot-driven conflict and paradigm-shifting reveals. For others, like Josh, it lacked the whiz-bang potential of the final moments of A Storm of Swords. […]

News

Sylvain Chomet’s Swing Popa Swing Cancelled

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According to French outlet Focus on Animation, Sylvain Chomet’s Swing Popa Swing has been cancelled. The news broke in March in an SPFA (Syndicat des Producteurs de Films d’Animation) newsletter. The first image for the highly-anticipated prequel to The Triplets of Belleville was released in January 2013, generating excitement among fans. However, both Les Armateurs, the studio behind Triplets, and Chomet’s IMDB page no […]

Op-Ed

Superhero Madness, Part 3: DC

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DC has been making waves in the industry these past few weeks. With the revelation that Ben Affleck is playing a Frank Miller-inspired Batman, speculation on the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice has run rampant. Will Jason Momoa be playing Aquaman? Is David S. Goyer the absolute worst person to be handling this superhero […]

Op-Ed

Superhero Madness, Part 2: The MCU

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Marvel has made cinematic history with their foray into the movies. Although the rights to two of their most valuable properties – X-Men and Spider-Man – respectively belong to Fox and Sony, Marvel has nevertheless created the most profitable franchise of all time. And along the way, they’ve made some of the best superhero movies […]

Op-Ed

Superhero Madness, Part 1: X-Men

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Superhero films have been a point of contention between Josh and me in recent months. For example, although I completely agreed with Okwudili’s review of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Josh was less than thrilled with the film. And while I really enjoyed X-Men: Days of Future Past, Josh claims that it represents everything that’s wrong with these franchises. Recently, Josh and […]

Television

Game of Thrones Season 4: “Mockingbird”

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Game of Thrones prepares for a two-week hiatus with a milestone episode this week with “Mockingbird.” Josh and I delve into some monumental paradigm shifts for Tyrion and Sansa, as well as a few important relationship-building moments for Arya/The Hound and Podrick/Brienne. Please note that there will be spoilers in this episode up through Season 4, Episode 7. ~ […]

Movie Review

Godzilla with Josh and Søren

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Søren’s Review Most of us went through that phase in our life where we liked to break things. We would build big cities or towers out of Legos or blocks, and then we would walk through them like giants. With this in mind, the old Ishirō Honda and Toho films engaged with the audience on […]

Television

Game of Thrones Season 4: “First of His Name”

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The fifth episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones featured a tonally positive but somewhat uneventful. Josh and I delve into Cersei’s humanity, Littlefinger’s secrets, and Tommen Baratheon’s newfound kingship in this week’s podcast. Note that our discussion will contain spoilers through Season 4 Episode 5. ~ Søren You can listen to this podcast either online or by downloading […]

News

Snyder’s Batsuit and Batmobile Revealed

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Ben Affleck’s Batman v Superman suit and ride have been revealed. Zack Snyder posted the image to Twitter today. Fans everywhere are breathing a sigh of relief. Kevin Smith’s giddy fanboy response from a few months back makes a lot more sense now. Now that we can see the design in full, it appears that the suit […]

Television

Game of Thrones Season 4: “Oathkeeper”

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Following last week’s controversial episode, director Michelle MacLaren steers the show away from its rocky past. “Oathkeeper” was an exciting and important for show watchers and book readers alike. Josh and I discuss the bombshells dropped in this week’s episode and speculate on how they’ll impact the future of Game of Thrones. As always, this podcast will contain […]

Television

Game of Thrones Season 4: “Breaker of Chains”

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Game of Thrones stirred up controversy this week with their new episode, “Breaker of Chains.” Josh and I delve into the questionable scene and attempt to parse out where the showrunners went wrong. We then conclude with a recap and discuss the rest of the episode. Remember, we won’t spoil anything that hasn’t already happened in the show. […]

Television

Game of Thrones Season 4: “The Lion and the Rose”

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Game of Thrones Season 4 picks up steam with its second episode, “The Lion and the Rose.” As Joffrey Baratheon and Margery Tyrell prepare to marry and unite two incredibly powerful houses, the streets of King’s Landing are abuzz with excited gossip and whispers of treachery. As we reel from the twisted events that occur therein, Josh and I take a look […]

Interview

The BAPartists, Creators of The Taking

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The Taking made waves when it premiered in 2013. After meeting with several accolades at A Night of Horror Festival in Sydney, Australia, and L’Étrange Festival in Paris, France, the movie was released on Blu-ray. In October, I had the chance to sit down with writer/directors Cezil Reed and Lydelle Jackson (known as the BAPartists) to […]

Television

Game of Thrones Season 4: “Two Swords”

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In our previous podcast, Josh and I discussed the first three seasons of the massively popular HBO series Game of Thrones. This week, we dive into “Two Swords,” the jam-packed Season 4 premiere. Please be aware that this podcast includes spoilers for the show up through Season 4 Episode 1. Happy listening! ~ Søren You can listen […]

Movie Review

The Grand Budapest Hotel

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The Grand Budapest Hotel bubbles with verve. Wes Andersons’s aesthetic melts over every frame of the movie. His trademark zooms and pans give his latest film an almost documentarian feel, echoing the faux-nature special look of a Jaime Uys film. But unlike Uys, there is no pretense of realism in Anderson’s world. Instead, we see into […]

Op-Ed

Spotlight on Tete’s rain town

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The first time I saw rain town, I knew I had stumbled on the work of a master animator. It was like nothing I had ever seen. Although it exhibits some clear Japanese influence, rain town also echoes the foggy collage style of both Yuriy Norshteyn and award-winning writer/illustrator Ezra Jack Keats (Snowy Day, Whistle for Willie). Without words and without […]

Television

Game of Thrones Seasons 1-3 Recap

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In adapting George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series to television, HBO created a cultural phenomenon. Game of Thrones has become a franchise spanning books, video games, television, and more. Featuring unprecedented production value, it has set a new bar for dramatic storytelling.  Josh and I discuss the first three seasons of the show, […]

Television

Søren and Josh Discuss House of Cards

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House of Cards has been a runaway success for Netflix, its characters permeating American culture from the Oval Office to the Oscars. Star Kevin Spacey plays Frank Underwood: a heartless, sociopathic politician gunning for power in Washington, D.C. But how long can a character like that be interesting? And how does the “binge-watching” structure of the […]

Op-Ed

The Happening: Shyamalan’s Magnum Opus

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M. Night Shyamalan has seen his share of derision over the past decade. His movies have oscillated between the abominable The Sixth Sense to the pop culture-defining The Last Airbender. He has become the butt of mean-spirited jokes and dismissive condescension. But in 2008, Shyamalan did something nobody expected. Coming off of the Paul Giamatti vehicle Lady […]