18th Apr2016

‘Nerdland’ at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival

by Catherina Gioino

Now in its 15th year, the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival has offered thousands of filmmakers their chance to showcase the hard work they’ve placed on their passions. Whether it’s any first time writer or director, to the iconic, multi-award winning actor and producer, Tribeca has given these people a venue for their work, and it […]

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22nd Mar2016

‘The Venture Bros 6×08: Red Means Stop’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“My marriage is falling apart and I’ve been masturbating to hentai because I can’t connect to real people.” ‘Red Means Stop’ is a frustrating conclusion to a frustrating season of television. It introduces a monstrously enjoyable new character in Clancy Brown’s Red Death, a sort of perverse apotheosis for the show’s ideas about the impossibility […]

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15th Mar2016

‘The Venture Bros 6×07: A Party for Tarzan’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“This is exciting, like when we were young and dumb and everything was dangerous and pointy.” It makes perfect sense that a fictionalized Christopher Lambert, the former Highlander himself, is the height of celebrity in the fictional universe of The Venture Bros. His bargain-bin mediocrity is exactly the kind of pitiful societal apogee characters like Rusty […]

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08th Mar2016

‘The Venture Bros 6×06: It Happening One Night’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“We’ll know how cool we look.” I think the Monarch just murdered Andy Warhol. Or Wes Warhammer, anyway. Who may or may not have been Andy Warhol. ‘It Happening One Night’ sadly repairs the hole in the floor of Venture Tower, but that doesn’t stop it from being one of the season’s best entries so […]

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01st Mar2016

‘The Venture Bros 6×05: Tanks for Nuthin’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“I know who my enemy is.” That hole in the lobby of Venture Tower is really racking up a body count. Assuming Battle-Ax and Think Tank (voiced by the incomparable Jeffrey Wright of Boardwalk Empire fame) both bought it in that crash, that’s three shots, three kills for Chekov’s unusually enormous gun. It’s an accretion leading directly […]

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23rd Feb2016

‘The Venture Bros 6×04: Rapacity in Blue’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“Reach up my ass and grab my heart.” The cast of The Venture Bros is engaged in a constant struggle to determine who and what they are. This myopic personal rat race consumes their lives, even though they almost never manage to actually change or learn anything, and the slapdash enthusiasm with which characters like the Monarch […]

15th Feb2016

‘The Venture Bros 6×03: Faking Miracles’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“Yeah, Mighty Monarch. My wife invited me.” Nothing in The Venture Bros is merely exceptional. If there’s one thing the show does consistently, it’s portraying a world where even the most astonishing lives are riddled with fear, insecurity, fuckups, and tedium. ‘Faking Miracles’ is a quiet case study in how the glossy exterior is maintained through hack-work, […]

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08th Feb2016

‘The Venture Bros 6×02: Maybe No Go’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“Where am I? Hell? Or a children’s TV show set in Hell?” There’s a blurry line between the everyday and the exceptional. Plenty of superhero flicks have made fodder out of the murkiness of that division. Think back to Mr. Incredible’s super-powered midlife crisis, his inability to reconcile his power and ability with what he […]

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01st Feb2016

‘The Venture Bros 6×01: Hostile Makeover’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“It’s a Sicilian thing.” It feels like the Earth was young the last time The Venture Bros was on the air, but here we are again at the start of a brand new season. Season 5 ended in flames, death, and an accordion-driven rendition of The Crash Test Dummies’ ‘Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm’ along with the […]

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