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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Op-Ed

Edge of Tomorrow Versus the World

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You might remember an op-ed I published a few days ago in defense of Edge of Tomorrow‘s title. As I expected, not everyone agreed with me. In fact, my friend and podcasting veteran Teague Chrystie from Friends in your Head was so emphatic about his disagreement that he suggested we record a short podcast about the issue. You can listen […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Television

Josh and Søren Discuss True Detective

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True Detective has been something of a phenomenon. Featuring top-notch acting and intense character-driven mysteries, the show quickly gained a following and has seen record high ratings and critical acclaim over the course of its first season. On Sunday March 9, 2014, the tales of Rust Cohle (Matthew Mcconaughey) and Marty Hart (Woody Harrelson) came to an […]

Op-Ed

Søren and Josh’s Oscarcast 2014

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Last year, Josh and I created the first ever Movie Fail Oscarcast. After live tweeting the 86th Academy Awards, we decided to sit down and record our thoughts once again. In this podcast, Josh and I discuss the winners and losers of the ceremony, as well as our thoughts on the event itself. Enjoy, and let us know what you […]

Op-Ed

Søren and Josh’s Oscarcast 2013

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If you were following us on Twitter (and you should be), you’ve already seen bits and pieces of thoughts from the Movie Fail staff on this year’s Oscars ceremony this past Sunday. In this podcast, Josh and I cover everything from the Rhythm and Hues protests to Seth MacFarlane as we discuss the event. Give […]

Movie Review

Skyfall with Tim, Søren, and Todd

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Tim’s Review Though it contains many of the high-energy action sequences and traditions that we’ve come to expect from Bond flicks, Sam Mendes’s movie plays more like a thriller/art-film, than an action movie, exploring death, resurrection, and an underlying theme of old versus new. Despite the obviousness of these themes, I never felt like I […]

Movie Review

The Dark Knight Rises with Søren and Stuart

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Here’s how our Dueling Reviews format works: each contributor writes an independent, abbreviated, spoiler-free review of the film. Then, the contributors come together in a podcast and discuss the movie in depth. Søren’s Review At this point, I think that most people are aware that I just plain old didn’t like The Dark Knight. The film won endless […]

Movie Review

Prometheus with Søren and Ari

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Here’s how our Dueling Reviews format works: each contributor writes an independent, abbreviated, spoiler-free review of the film. Then, the contributors come together in a podcast and discuss the movie in depth. Søren’s Review I will perhaps be deemed a heretic for what I am about to say, but here it is: I am not […]

Movie Review

The Cabin in the Woods with Søren and Ari

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Here’s how our Dueling Reviews format works: each contributor writes an independent, abbreviated, spoiler-free review of the film. Then, the contributors come together in a podcast and discuss the movie in depth. Søren’s Review The first 5 minutes of The Cabin in the Woods is a perfectly written hybrid of idle dialogue, sudden shock, and scantily-clad females: […]

Movie Review

The Guard by Mike and Søren

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This is our first official Movie Fail podcast review. In this segment, Søren and guest reviewer Mike look at John Michael McDonagh’s The Guard, starring Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, and Mark Strong. Listen to the podcast below, or download it here.   Mike’s Verdict: Movie Win Søren’s Verdict: Movie Win Score: 95% Update: This post spurred an interesting […]

Movie Review

Watchmen with Tim and Søren (Archive)

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This is from the archives, back when Movie Fail was just two high school kids and a computer. In this segment, we review the movie Watchmen, directed by Zack Snyder and starring Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode. Tim’s Verdict: Movie Win Søren’s Verdict: Movie Win Score: 80% Note: This review is not indicative of the format of future […]

Movie Review

Quantum of Solace by Tim and Søren (Archive)

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This is from the archives, back when Movie Fail was just a few high school kids and a computer. Tim Nicholson and Søren Hough tackle Quantum of Solace, the sequel to the much-revered reboot of the 007 franchise starring Daniel Craig. At the end, Tim and Søren summarize the movie with an evaluation of the […]