01st Sep2015

‘WWE: Money in the Bank 2015′ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

Money in the Bank has a history of being fun, especially the match itself which often tends to be chaotic. With WWE going through somewhat of a change for WWE: Money in the Bank 2015, it felt more refreshing and interesting. Especially with John Cena vs. Kevin Owens being one of the big fights of […]

31st Aug2015

‘Rick and Morty 2×06: The Ricks Must Be Crazy’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“So he made a universe, and that guy is from that universe, and that guy made a universe, and that’s the universe where I was born? Where my father died? Where I couldn’t make time for his funeral because I was working…on my universe.” ‘The Ricks Must Be Crazy’ is an object lesson in the […]

30th Aug2015

‘Hannibal 3×13: The Wrath of the Lamb’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“Soon all of this will be lost to the sea.” Hannibal’s final hour has come and gone, crumbling into the ocean like the bluff outside the title character’s seaside retreat and taking with it one of the most horrific and visually audacious shows ever to air. ‘The Wrath of the Lamb’ is not without its […]

29th Aug2015

‘Review 2×05: Catfish, Haunted House’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“There is one final capstone to place on this monument of dishonesty.” ‘Catfish, Haunted House’ is relatively low-key for an episode of Review. It’s not because Forrest somehow has a normal set of experiences. In fact, he loses his life’s savings, perpetrates fraud on his ex wife, and is stabbed and knocked down the stairs by the […]

26th Aug2015

‘Gravity Falls 2×14: The Stanchurian Candidate’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“HOLD ON TO THAT BRANCH OR DIE, CAT!” Every place-setter episode risks biting off more than it can chew on the way to setting up future adventures. ‘The Stanchurian Candidate’ is fun and lively for the most part, but it never quite has time to land any of its threads in a satisfying place. The opening […]

24th Aug2015

‘Rick And Morty 2×05: Get Schwifty’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“It’s possible that we may have been correlating some things that were not related at all.” ‘Get Schwifty’ is a long way from Rick and Morty‘s best, an uneven twenty-odd minutes hewing closer to the tepid satire of South Park than to the show’s signature blend of gonzo adventure, ugly emotion, and I-don’t-give-a-shit alien names. The big-picture government […]

21st Aug2015

‘Review 2×04: Cult, Perfect Body’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“It’s easy. You find some vulnerable people, you isolate them, you exploit them financially. Then, rivers of blood.” Lucille calls it right from the get-go. When a man about to open a CrossFit gym asks Forrest what it’s like to be a cult leader he might as well start chiseling tombstones. Forrest himself even admits, […]

20th Aug2015

‘The Knick: The Complete First Season’ DVD Review

by Paul Metcalf

What do you get if you cross a period drama set in the early twentieth century, and a medical drama? The answer is The Knick, a Steven Soderbergh directed television show at the deadly cutting edge of surgery… Set in New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital the show focuses on the lives of the people who work […]

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17th Aug2015

‘Hannibal 3×11: …And the Beast From the Sea’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“I don’t know what will happen in the house.” Motion and stillness are one, life and death are mirrors of each other, and to oppose your enemy is to be united with him. Hannibal has always been interested in blurring the boundaries between concepts, and between people, both in the minds of its addled characters and for […]

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17th Aug2015

‘Rick and Morty 2×04: Total Rickall’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“We could be infested with these things, so we gotta keep an eye out for any zany, wacky characters that pop up.” ‘Total Rickall’ presents a race of alien parasites who mooch off of their hosts by insinuating themselves into their lives via the creation of false memories. They multiply in the fertile mental territory […]

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15th Aug2015

‘Review 2×03: Falsely Accused, Sleep With Your Teacher, Little Person’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“The farther you go, the smaller you get.” There can be no question as to whether or not Forrest’s journey to review life’s wonders and horrors is one of attrition. Piece by piece, bite by bite, Thursday by Thursday, Forrest MacNeil is dying before our eyes. The episode’s third act literally diminishes Forrest, first placing him […]

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11th Aug2015

‘Rick And Morty 2×03: Auto Erotic Assimilation’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“If I wanted to be sober, I wouldn’t have gotten drunk.” One of Rick’s defining traits is his cultivated individuality, a combination of disdain for others and an intense desire to embody his own vision of his personality without limitations. He’s a man who literally passed on joining a club made solely of versions of himself. […]

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10th Aug2015

‘True Detective 2×08: Omega Stations’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“I didn’t even wear a suit until I was thirty-eight.” Goodbye, Frank. Your last pre-stabbing line was as intensely confusing as nearly everything else that came out of your mouth all season. For all that Omega Station begins with a promising morning after in which Ray and Ani (their morning clean-up and pillow talk smartly […]

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09th Aug2015

‘Hannibal 3×10: And the Woman Clothed in Sun’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“Did He who made the Lamb make thee?” In the dark recesses of his attic, staring into a crack-crazed mirror, Francis Dolarhyde assembles one by one the parts of speech he’ll need to show himself to best advantage in his imminent conversation with a certain doctor. Re-approaching the Serial Killer Call, a stock element in […]

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09th Aug2015

‘Review 2×02: Curing a Gay, Joining the Mile-High Club’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“Well, I’m off to, uh, I’m off to cure a gay person.” With those words of trepidation, Forrest embarks on another adventure to do something he’s ignorant of in the extreme and clearly, deeply doesn’t want to do. His approach to “curing” Tim, a young man rejected by his family over his sexuality, is a […]

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04th Aug2015

‘Gravity Falls 2×13: Dungeons, Dungeons and More Dungeons’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“Is this the game that’s mostly math and writing and isn’t anything like the picture on the box?” Shows like Adventure Time, Steven Universe, and Gravity Falls exist in a grey area when it comes to who, exactly, they’re made for. Ostensibly they’re for kids, but anyone with a Tumblr or who’s been to a con knows […]

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03rd Aug2015

‘Rick And Morty 2×02: Mortynight Run’

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“Oh hi Morty! I’m Krombopulos Michael, I’m an assassin. I buy guns from your grandpa.” Part of Rick And Morty‘s strength as a show is its willingness to grow without changing, to texture what’s already there rather than shake up its characters’ motivations and personalities. Case in point, Rick gives Morty the time-honored experience of learning […]

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03rd Aug2015

‘True Detective 2×07: Black Maps and Motel Rooms’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“When I ran out of the woods.” It starts with Ray, at a loss as to how to help Ani come down from MDMA, offering to roll her a joint in a seedy motel room while Paul, expression wooden, gets blackmailed via anonymous text. These people, burnouts and fuckups that they are, weren’t prepared for […]

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02nd Aug2015

‘Hannibal 3×09: And the Woman Clothed With the Sun’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“I know what you’re afraid of. It isn’t pain or solitude. It’s indignity. You’re a little bit like a cat that way.” He’s been dragged through the tabloids, stripped of his fancy clothes, and deprived of his mystique in the eyes of the public and of his former victims, but even a Hannibal dressed in […]

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01st Aug2015

‘Review 2×01: Bare-Knuckled Brawl, Blackmail, Glory Holes’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“The destruction of my life was anything but pointless.” With those words from ever-optimistic host Forrest MacNeil, the exquisite train wreck that is season 2 of 2014′s surprise hit, Review, gets underway. Forrest is back and as full of bluster and forced good cheer as ever, convinced that his having shredded his personal life on […]

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27th Jul2015

‘True Detective 2×06: Church in Ruins’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“Christ, you had to show me this?” It’s the orgy episode, folks. You knew it was coming and now, like the sweaty, bloated captains of industry who remain clothed while their nude pleasure slaves gyrate around them, it has come. And ‘Church in Ruins’ is every bit the soggy disappointment that comparison would lead you […]

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27th Jul2015

‘Rick And Morty 2×01: A Rickle in Time’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“If I die in a cage I lose a bet.” Hearing Justin Roiland’s grotesquely burp-punctuated line delivery after a year of Rick And Morty‘s absence from the air feels like being rebaptized in slime at the world’s worst and most exciting revival church. ‘A Rickle in Time,’ no relation to the beloved series of children’s books by […]

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