SW IV


Director: George Lucas
Writer: George Lucas
Starring: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Peter Cushing, Sir Alec Guinness
Release Date: May 25, 1977
Runtime: 2 hrs. 1 min.
MPAA Rating: PG

 

 

 

So, there’s a certain little movie releasing later this week, and in preparation for it, I thought that showing my five-year-old son Hayden some of the classics would be a good idea. Initially intended as a machete order viewing, a lack of time between coming home from school and bed time means that I’m reducing this to a straight viewing of the three best Star Wars movies: IV, V, and VI. This will get Hayden up to speed on the most important info heading into Friday, when we go to see Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

Where this went from a straight viewing of the films into a series of guest reviews, was when Hayden decided to draw pictures of the scenes that made the biggest impression on him, both positive and negative. Without further ado, please click through to read my first ever Guest Review here on Reviews by Steve!
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Episode: 607
Airdate: November 22, 2015
Directed by: David Boyd
Showrunner: Scott M. Gimple
Written by: Channing Powell (episode); Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore (graphic novels); Frank Darabont (creator)

“Everybody’s got their problems ain’t no new news here
I’m the same old trouble you’ve been havin’ for years”
– Mellencamp and Green

John Mellencamp’s lyrics from what might as well be the theme song for tonight’s episode (see the link below the break), are appropriate on a number of levels. Most obviously, we have the walkers, clearly an “old trouble” the group has been facing for years now. Then, you have the problem with idiots abounding (how have people like Spencer – or, to be honest, Enid – survived this long?). And finally, in the case of the current season of The Walking Dead, it’s the same old problem we’ve been having the last three episodes (and a bit further back for the less generous than myself): sub-par outings with lots of niggling logical flaws and red herrings leading to nowhere. Tonight’s episode was, in my opinion, clearly better than the last two outings, but it was still nowhere near as good as what this team has shown itself to be capable of. Click through for my full review.

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss plot points of The Walking Dead S06E07, “Heads Up” – read more at your own risk.>>
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Episode: 606
Airdate: November 15, 2015
Directed by: Jeffrey F. January
Showrunner: Scott M. Gimple
Written by: Heather Bellson (episode); Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore (graphic novels); Frank Darabont (creator)

After last week’s amateur hour, I was really hoping that this week, with a return to Daryl, Abraham, and Sasha, would provide us with something a little more solid. Ultimately, that’s exactly what we got: something a little more solid, but not much more than that. Click through for my snapshot review of Episode 606.

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss plot points of The Walking Dead S06E06, “Always Accountable” – read more at your own risk.>>
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Episode: 605
Airdate: November 8, 2015
Directed by: Avi Youabian
Showrunner: Scott M. Gimple
Written by: Corey Reed (episode); Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore (graphic novels); Frank Darabont (creator)

Same characters we know and love. Same location we’ve become familiar with. Same stakes as always. So why did tonight’s episode fall flat in so many ways? There were mishits tonight in scripting, acting, and directorial choices that created the perfect trifecta of bad. The result? For my money, the nadir of the entire show so far, in any season. I admit, this may be the rosy glasses talking a bit. Yes, I remember how much Season 2 dragged at times, how many side stories were explored and quickly abandoned with no apparent affect on the main narrative arc, how much bad acting was a part of almost every episode (and I’m not just talking Lori and Shane – Carl and Rick have improved a ton over the last couple of seasons). But when you’ve had a string of quality episodes going back the better part of two and a half seasons, where even the hiccups had at least some character development (“Slabtown”), a truly flat episode like tonight’s sticks out all the more. Click through for my complete review.

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss at length plot points of The Walking Dead S06E05, “Now” – read more at your own risk.>>
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Episode: 102
Airdate: November 7, 2015
Directed by: Michael J. Bassett
Showrunner: Craig DiGregorio
Written by: Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, & Tom Spezialy (written by); Nate Crocker, Zoe Green, & James Eagan (staff writers)

After last week`s fast-paced gorefest, you might expect Raimi and co. to slow things down a little, let us get to know the characters a bit more. But no – Raimi knows exactly who his audience is, and we`re all plenty familiar with who, exactly, Ashley “Ash” J. Williams is (bet you didn`t know his last name!). And to be honest, who really needs to know Ash beyond his smarmy smile, his rock-hard chin, and his ridiculous one-liners? Click through for my take on Episode 102.

<<Spoiler Alert: This review will give a synopsis and opinions about tonight’s episode, Ash vs. Evil Dead Episode 102, “Bait” – read through at your own risk!>>
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Episode: 604
Airdate: November 1, 2015
Directed by: Stephen Williams
Showrunner: Scott M. Gimple
Written by: Scott M. Gimple (episode); Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore (graphic novels); Frank Darabont (creator)

Tonight’s episode was a hugely gutsy move. Last season, we went all-out for the first three episodes, and came to a lurching halt with Episode 504, “Slabtown.” The change of pace jarred the narrative flow of the first half of the season, a flow that wasn’t really recaptured until the mid-season finale. “Here’s Not Here,” clocking in at one and a half hours, takes the same chance as last year’s fourth outing – only this time around, it works very well indeed. Click through for my full review.

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss at length plot points of The Walking Dead S06E04, “Here’s Not Here” – read more at your own risk.>>
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Episode: 101
Airdate: October 31, 2015
Directed by: Sam Raimi
Showrunner: Craig DiGregorio
Written by: Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, & Tom Spezialy (written by); Nate Crocker, Zoe Green, & James Eagan (staff writers)

It’s been more than thirty years since a group of teens/twenty-somethings went camping in a cabin out in the backwoods, where they found a copy of the Book of the Dead, only to awaken something; something…evil. Now, the sole survivor of that group, Ash, has inadvertently reawakened that same evil, and he’s the only one that can put things right. The two Evil Dead movies, along with their sequel Army of Darkness, have developed a strong cult following over the last thirty-four years, and given near godlike status in nerdom for the star of the three films, Bruce Campbell. That he and Sam Raimi (the director of the films) have decided to resurrect the story after all this time speaks volumes to the story – and the character’s – ongoing popularity. Tonight saw the premiere of the new series based on the films – click through for my full review.

<<Spoiler Alert: This review will be talking at length about plot points from Ash vs. Evil Dead Episode 101, “El Jefe” – read through at your own risk!>>
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Episode: 603
Airdate: October 25, 2015
Directed by: Michael Slovis
Showrunner: Scott M. Gimple
Written by: Angela Kang (episode); Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore (graphic novels); Frank Darabont (creator)

Heavy. I can’t really say anything about this episode at all without giving away major spoilers. Yes, the title of my review is a spoiler – there is a strong possibility that someone big dies tonight – I’m just not saying who until after the break. So, if you’ve watched the episode, click on through to the other side. If not, watch it, then click through.

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss at length plot points of The Walking Dead S06E03, “Thank You” – read more at your own risk.>>
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Episode: 602
Airdate: October 18, 2015
Directed by: Jennifer Chambers Lynch
Showrunner: Scott M. Gimple
Written by: Seth Hoffman (episode); Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore (graphic novels); Frank Darabont (creator)

Best episode ever? If not, I’d have to firmly place this in my top two or three, right up there with last season’s premiere and follow-up. After last week’s relatively slow start (albeit with the sudden tension of the mysterious air horn at the very end), I was wondering how long it would take Gimple and co. to ramp things up in this sixth season. Wonder no more: things just got a lot hotter in Alexandria. Click through for my full review.

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss at length plot points of The Walking Dead S06E02, “JSS” – read more at your own risk.>>
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Episode: 601
Airdate: October 11, 2015
Directed by: Greg Nicotero
Showrunner: Scott M. Gimple
Written by: Scott M. Gimple, Matthew Negrete (episode); Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore (graphic novels); Frank Darabont (creator)

The title of tonight’s season premiere episode refers to the renewal of the relationship between Rick and Morgan, something fans of the show (and the comic book) have been anticipating for a couple of years now. The actual focus of the episode, however, was on the fallout of the series of events from last season’s finale, not the least of which was the clear shift in power from Deanna to Rick, and the group’s discovery of an enormous horde of walkers disquietingly close to the town walls – a horde that Rick is determined to deal with. Click through after the break to get my breakdown of the main events, and suggestions about where we might be headed this season.

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss at length plot points of The Walking Dead S06E01, “First Time Again” – read more at your own risk.>>
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