24th May2015

‘Wrestlemania 31′ Blu-ray 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, […]

18th May2015

‘WWE Payback 2015′ – Results & Review

by Chris Cummings

Okay, so it’s time for one of those B-shows of the annual WWE calendar, Payback, a show that, on-paper, sounds okay, but isn’t offering too much in terms of fresh or exciting new feuds in my view. We’ll see how the matches go, shall we? The opening match on the “Kick-off” show saw Stardust lose […]

18th May2015

‘Game of Thrones 5×06: Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“What do we do with the bodies after we clean them?” Two people are bathed in the course of ‘Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken.’  One is a corpse being laid to rest in the House of Black and White while the other is Sansa Stark, betrothed of Ramsay Bolton.  Arya discovers that the bodies of those who […]

18th May2015

‘Mad Men 7×14: Person to Person’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“I want to keep things as normal as possible, and you not being here is part of that.” ‘Person to Person’ is Mad Men‘s final hour, and it opens with Don driving as fast as he can through the middle of a blasted wasteland.  He’s running for the sake of making distance, drawing out wild trajectories […]

14th May2015

‘Fog and Crimes: The Complete Second Season’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

I must admit that I’m starting to like Italian crime series, especially with the likes of Gomorrah and the first season of Fog and Crimes.  Now that Fog and Crimes: The Complete Second Season has been released I’m able to continue the story of Police Chief Soneri (Luca Barbareschi) and his constant struggle to balance his life […]

12th May2015

‘Penny Dreadful 2×02: Verbis Diablo’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

Penny Dreadful‘s redeeming qualities are its sense of shlocky fun and its partially incredible cast.  Its weaknesses are its lousy pacing, its uncertain characterization of several core cast members, and its pursuit of tasteless thrills disguised as, to quote creator John Logan, “pushing the boundaries.”  When the show finds the balance between spectacle and humanity […]

11th May2015

‘Mad Men 7×13: The Milk and Honey Route’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“You think this town is bad?  Wait until you can never come back here.” You can never go home again.  Not because there’s a shadow on the X-ray, not because your husband broke your family, but because the past is a house that doesn’t exist.  It folded up into nonbeing when the door closed behind […]

11th May2015

‘Game of Thrones 5×05: Kill the Boy’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“Every time you wear something you made, you can remember her.” Myranda’s phony words of comfort to Sansa pluck uncomfortably at something every human struggles to reconcile within themselves.  What claim do the dead have on us, and is it more important to honor their memory than it is to work toward a better future? […]

06th May2015

‘Game of Thrones 5×04: Sons of the Harpy’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“I could say that our minds are temples to the Seven and should be kept pure, but the truth is, I don’t like the taste.” Laws are what we make of them.  In the High Sparrow’s self-deprecating explanation as to why he doesn’t drink wine is a deeper, darker truth: we obey laws for our […]

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05th May2015

‘Mad Men 7×12: Lost Horizons’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“We all know that man, because there are millions of him.” You know you’re in trouble when your descent into Hell begins with Meredith standing in for Virgil.  In the windowless labyrinth of McCann-Erickson’s corporate belly it seems as though Don Draper has finally, fatally given up.  “I expect you to bring things up a […]

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03rd May2015

‘WWE Fastlane 2015′ Blu-ray Review

by Chris Cummings

The Road to WrestleMania continues with the first WWE Fastlane PPV. By the end of this pay per view we should have a clearer view of what Wrestlemania will have in store for us, and hopefully we’ll have seen some interesting and entertaining matches and angles too. On paper it looks like it could be […]

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02nd May2015

‘Penny Dreadful 2×01: Fresh Hell’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“Sometimes you wanna go, where everybody knows your name.”

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01st May2015

‘Steven Universe S02E08: Reformed’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“It’s just fun to see yourself as a cartoon character.” Steven Universe has often and with mixed results made hash out of exaggerating the Gems’ defining traits, but in ‘Reformed’ the show digs with honesty and compassion into how Amethyst uses that exaggeration to combat her insecurities.  Things get rolling when Steven’s attempt to get Amethyst to take a clickbait […]

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28th Apr2015

WWE Extreme Rules 2015: Results & Review

by Chris Cummings

A month since WrestleMania 31 and we arrive at Extreme Rules, the PPV that WWE claim is their time once a year to “go extreme”. The PG era has meant that “extreme” in the current WWE climate is very different to what it meant back in ECW or during WWE’s TV-14 run, but there’s still […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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