27th Apr2015

‘Game of Thrones 5×03: High Sparrow’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“It’s only a name.  Quite an easy burden to bear.” Let’s start with a temple.  Its priests have no names, its god has no prayers, and the house jam is Mandel and Altman’s “Suicide Is Painless” on endless repeat.  The High Sparrow is a paranoid, spine-tingling, and grotesquely enjoyable episode of television in which identities […]

27th Apr2015

‘Mad Men 7×11: Time & Life’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“Stop struggling.  You won.” The Sterling-Cooper dream team has died and gone to advertising heaven. Jim Hobart enunciates the name “Coca Cola” like he’s asking Don and the other partners how they enjoyed their simultaneous touchless orgasms, but in reality he’s stealing their name, tossing probably half their employees out into the street, and consigning them […]

24th Apr2015

‘Steven Universe S02E07: Love Letters’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

Garnet: “Start with the letter N.” Connie: “Huh, okay.  What next?” Garnet: “The letter O.” Steven Universe giving love at first sight the brushoff feels kind of shaky just a few weeks after the show waxed rhapsodical about it in ‘Story for Steven.’  Granted, Jaime the Mailman cuts an especially dismissable figure with his overblown confessions of […]

21st Apr2015

WWE RAW: Results & Review (20.4.15)

by Chris Cummings

We are a couple of weeks removed, now, from WrestleMania, and we are heading towards WWE’s next PPV, Extreme Rules. The WWE product hasn’t really changed a great deal since a month ago, except for Brock Lesnar no longer being WWE Champion and taking time-off, and different feuds being underway. Mostly though, on television, it’s […]

20th Apr2015

‘Game of Thrones 5×02: The House of Black and White’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“Now matter how many times you call her “mhysa,” she is nobody’s mother.” Being a woman in Westeros is a raw deal.  Whether you’re a lowly wildling or a queen you’re going to live under the constant threat of abuse, war, kidnapping, and worse.  No matter how high women climb, no matter how hard they […]

20th Apr2015

‘Mad Men 7×10: The Forecast’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“They love the lobby, but the emptiness is a problem.” Mad Men very nearly pipes in a cymbal crash after Don’s real estate broker delivers her withering assessment of his empty penthouse.  What she’s talking about, of course, is Don, and there’s no shortage of people lining up to inform him that he’s a smooth, good-looking huckster […]

17th Apr2015

‘Steven Universe S02E06: Shirt Club’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“Vote For My Dad.” The stakes have never been lower, but Steven Universe thrives on the small stage.  The episode’s plot is simple: Steven and Buck Dewey make T-shirts together, then disagree about what said T-shirts are for.  It’s a light, sit-com-esque premise that leads into an earnest look at what growing up can take from […]

16th Apr2015

‘ECW Unreleased: Vol. 3′ Blu-ray Review

by Chris Cummings

WWE continue with their volume releases of ECW history with the third ECW Unreleased release, hosted by Joey Styles, Stevie Richards and The Blue Meanie. I recall ECW fondly in many ways, and it is fun to go back and look at some of the matches, wrestlers and storylines that made the grungy extreme promotion […]

15th Apr2015

‘Ultimate Warrior: Always Believe’ Blu-ray Review

by Chris Cummings

Whether you’re a wrestling fan or not, it’s likely you have heard of a few names from the world of professional wrestling. Hulk Hogan. The Rock. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Oh, and The Ultimate Warrior. A household name, and a massive wrestling superstar in the 1980’s and 1990’s, Warrior (Formerly Jim Hellwig) had a career […]

14th Apr2015

‘Wayward Pines 1×01: Where Paradise Is Home’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

Stars: Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, Toby Jones, Shannyn Sossamon, Reed Diamond, Tim Griffin, Charlie Tahan, Juliette Lewis, Melissa Leo, Terrence Howard, Hope Davis, Siobhan Fallon, Sarah Jeffery | Created by Chad Hodge “People are objects that aren’t really there.” It’s a line that’s used to describe a breakdown, a lapse in reality, experienced by the […]

13th Apr2015

‘Game of Thrones 5×01: The Wars To Come’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“The future is shit, just like the past.” Tyrion Lannister punctuates his brief thesis on the value of life by bending over to vomit.  In an episode that begins with a young Cersei slogging through what looks like a mixture of mud and offal and ends with a man being burned alive after leading his […]

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13th Apr2015

‘Mad Men 7×09: New Business’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“Can’t you see I don’t want anything?” Why do families blow up?  Why can’t we just love each other, live with each other, understand each other?  What happens if, in Pete Campbell’s frustrated words, “you never get past the beginning again?”  What if you never wanted to? The episode begins with Don in pastoral bliss […]

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12th Apr2015

WWE Network – Is it worth your 9.99?

by Chris Cummings

So, we’re over a year on from the launch of the WWE Network. It launched in the United Kingdom (and some other places that didn’t get it when it initially hit the market) in January (2015) at the price of £9.99. The price-point annoyed plenty of UK consumers who are paying more than the US […]

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11th Apr2015

‘Daredevil: Season 1′ Review

by Paul Metcalf

It almost seems popular to hate the Daredevil movie, but I have never hidden the fact that I actually liked it.  Now that Netflix and Marvel have finally released the first season of their new show for the superhero in the new improved Marvel Universe, does it fix all the wrongs that people decided the […]

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10th Apr2015

‘Steven Universe S02E05: Story for Steven’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“You’re awfully cute, and I really want to play with you…but your life is short, and you have dreams.” Rose Quartz is the structuring absence of Steven Universe.  She’s the ducks flying north from Tony Soprano’s pool, the vacated desk of Laura Palmer, the hole around which the themes and characters of the series revolve and against […]

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06th Apr2015

‘Royal Rumble 2015′ Blu-ray Review

by Chris Cummings

Last year’s Royal Rumble event was a controversial one, with Daniel Bryan’s name being chanted throughout the rumble-match itself which was won by a returning Batista. The response from the fans was so vehement that WWE were forced to insert Bryan into the WrestleMania 30 main event, where he won the title in New Orleans. […]

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06th Apr2015

‘Mad Men 7×08: Severance’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“We had a problem, but we solved it.” -Art Garten One pair of pantyhose is a lot like any other.  You could be forgiven for mixing up brands, for lacking Topaz exec Art Garten’s workmanlike ability to identify them by touch.  They’re just pantyhose, right? But what about women?  What about every woman in your […]

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03rd Apr2015

‘Steven Universe S02E04: Say Uncle’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“Don’t worry, bro.  None of this is canon.” That’s how Uncle Grandpa, star of a show so tonally divorced from Steven Universe that absolutely none of this should work at all, pops into Beach City.  What follows is a bizarre adventure that’s equal parts Terry Gilliam cartoon, bad anime, and Fourth Wall demolition session.  Steven, frustrated by his inability […]

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01st Apr2015

‘The Comedians’ – Season One (P)review

by Nathan Smith

Stars: Billy Crystal, Josh Gad, Stephnie Weir, Megan Ferguson | Created by Larry Charles, Ben Wexler, Billy Crystal, Matt Nix Isn’t awkward humor on a television series the best? You’re sitting there watching the show, letting the actors and the script do their job and as the awkwardness bores a hole through you, realization dawns on […]

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31st Mar2015

WrestleMania 31 – Results & Review

by Chris Cummings

It’s time once more for that big show of the year, the show of shows, the grand-daddy of them all, the biggest professional wrestling and sports entertainment event for fans and performers that there is. This year, held in California, the event features many matches featuring big names from the past and present of WWE, […]

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28th Mar2015

‘Veep: The Complete Third Season’ Blu-ray Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Reid Scott, Anna Chlumsky,  Timothy Simons | Created by Armando Iannucci Now that Veep: The Complete Third Season is being released on DVD and Blu-ray we get to see Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and her team of misfits at their truly scariest, campaigning to become the next president of the United States of […]

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27th Mar2015

‘Steven Universe S01E52: Joy Ride’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“Come on, aren’t you your own mom?  You can do whatever you want.” Living up to a parent’s legacy can feel impossible.  Steven lives in the void his mother left, a hole in the lives of every one of his parents, biological or otherwise.  It’s easy to see the tension between his desire to step […]

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