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My review of The Walking Dead Season 7, Episode 10 “New Best Friends” is now live at Latin for Cat – please find it here:

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Before talking about the review, I have a bit of an explanation for my lack of reviews on the last seven episodes for any regular readers of my Walking Dead reviews. If you’ve been wondering why I didn’t write past the first episode this season, the reason is simple: my father, who introduced me to the show (after telling me for the better part of three seasons that I was missing something special), and with whom I would have lengthy conversations about plot points and events every single week, passed away four days after the season premiere. I’m pretty sure he did watch the premiere – he was doing well that Sunday – but by the time Monday rolled around, he’d gone into crisis, so I never got to talk to him about the episode. I’ve watched the show right through until the mid-season finale, but couldn’t bring myself to review the shows; my emotions were still pretty raw.

However, it’s a new year, it’s been a few months’ space, and my dad wouldn’t want me to quit with the reviews. I’m happy to announce that I’m moving my blogging to a new website, Latin for Cat, and I shall be endeavoring to bring you fresh reviews in a timely manner for the remainder of the season. So, if you’re interested in continuing to read my reviews, please click through on the link above – I look forward to your comments and feedback, should you want to chat about the episode. And thanks for being a reader of my blog!

The direct link to my review of tonight’s episode is here: http://wp.me/p8nAO4-35

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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: 104
Airdate: February 23, 2015
Directed by: Colin Bucksey
Showrunners: Vince Gilligan & Peter Gould
Written by: Vince Gilligan (creator) & Peter Gould (creator); Gennifer Hutchison (written by)

Last week, before calling the Kettlemans with his anonymous warning, Jimmy struggled with his conscience, saying to himself, “I’m not a hero.” Based on the title of tonight’s episode, it would appear that maybe he actually is – but the kind of hero Jimmy is, is anything but conventional. Don’t mistake for a second that this sloppy, apparently out of control “little man” is, in fact, very much in control of his situation. And if he’s not really a hero, maybe the perception that he is can be more than enough.

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss Better Call Saul Season 1, Episode 4 “Hero” at length, as well as discussing ongoing storylines.>>
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Episode: 102
Airdate: February 9, 2015
Directed by: Michelle MacLaren
Showrunners: Vince Gilligan & Peter Gould
Written by: Vince Gilligan (creator) & Peter Gould (creator); Peter Gould (written by)

In an attempt to quickly hook viewers, AMC has gone with the two-night premiere (much the same as ABC did with Marvel’s Agent Carter a few weeks ago). It appears to be working, as AMC released initial viewing numbers last night showing that Better Call Saul had the biggest ever cable series premiere, with 4.4 million viewers in the prime 18-49 demographic. It’ll be interesting to see how those numbers move in the next few weeks. But on to the show. Last night’s premiere opened with a glimpse of Saul Goodman post-Walter White, flashed back to Saul’s pre-Saul days (when he was still Jimmy McGill), and finished with a huge surprise for fans of Breaking Bad. Things were looking pretty dicey for Jimmy – so how’s he doing tonight?

<<Spoiler Alert: This review of Better Call Saul Season 1, Episode 2 “Mijo” will discuss events and plot points revealed in the episode, and is written with the assumption that you have a basic knowledge of Breaking Bad (major plot points will not be revealed, but cross-over characters will be briefly discussed) – do not read through if you don’t want to be spoiled!>>
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Episode: 101
Airdate: February 8, 2015
Directed by: Vince Gilligan
Showrunners: Vince Gilligan & Peter Gould
Written by: Vince Gilligan (creator) & Peter Gould (creator); Vince Gilligan (written by) & Peter Gould (written by)

There was a fair degree of anticipation going into last night’s pilot episode of Better Call Saul, the latest outing by showrunners Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, late of Breaking Bad success and adulation. Gilligan, who got his start with Chris Carter co-executive producing (and by 2000 executive producing) The X-Files, proved his chops beyond question with his masterful (and, according to many, best show of all time) turn creating and helming Walter White through his five years of transformation. One of the more interesting characters from Breaking Bad, Saul Goodman [Bob Odenkirk], White’s slick, slimy, and ethically challenged lawyer, is now getting his own prequel series. So, how well did the pilot do to capture our attention in a post- (or, in this case, pre-) Walter White world?

<<Spoiler Alert: This review of Better Call Saul Season 1, Episode 1 “Uno” will discuss events and plot points revealed in the episode – do not read through if you don’t want to be spoiled!>>
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Episode: 104
Airdate: January 27, 2015
Directed by: Stephen Cragg
Showrunners: Tara Butters, Chris Dingess, Michele Fazekas
Written by: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby (based on the Marvel comics by), Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely (creator), Brant Englestein (episode written by)

Following a brief one-week hiatus, Marvel’s Agent Carter returns for the first episode in a final run of five straight weeks through to the end of this (hopefully first of many) mini-season. Having found Howard Stark [Dominic Cooper]’s stolen weapons in the last episode, Peggy Carter [Hayley Atwell] is surprised to find that the man himself has returned to New York, and worse, he wants her to get one of his weapons back. Meanwhile, Carter’s fellow agents are beginning to close in on information that may expose her, and one of Stark’s erstwhile shady business partners just might want her dead. And who – or what – is the new lady in 3E at The Griffith Hotel? Click through for my complete review.

Spoiler Alert: Unlike my previous reviews of Marvel’s Agent Carter, this review will not only discuss events, but will contain a brief synopsis of Episode 104, “The Blitzkrieg Button”, and is written with the assumption that you are up-to-date on the series so far.
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Director: Rob Marshall
Writers: James Lapine (Screenplay), James Lapine (Musical), Stephen Sondheim (Lyricist)
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Chris Pine, Christine Baranski, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone
Release Date: December 25, 2014
Runtime: 2 hrs. 4 min.
MPAA Rating: PG

 

 

Hollywood has made it a habit in recent years to take successful Broadway shows and adapt them for the screen. This has led to a resurgence of that lost gem of Hollywood films: the musical. Beginning approximately with 2002’s Chicago, the twenty-oughts saw a steady stream of musicals, including film adaptations of The Phantom of the Opera and Mamma Mia! Going back and looking at box-office records, you’d be hard-pressed to find a date that didn’t have at least one in wide release, something that couldn’t be said for the previous two or three decades (despite the occasional A Star is Born or Victor/Victoria). Turn to the current decade, and the musical seems well-ensconced as a theater regular. In fact, last year’s third highest grossing film domestically, number one overall worldwide, was Disney’s musical Frozen (read my review here). It’s the first musical to crack the top ten all-time list, sitting at number five with over a billion dollars in revenue. Now, Into the Woods is not about to break any records, but it is a part of this everything old is new again trend. And it’s a pretty good movie to boot. Click through for my full review.
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Episode: 506
Airdate: November 16, 2014
Directed by: Seith Mann
Showrunner: Scott M. Gimple
Written by: Matthew Negrete, Corey Reed (episode); Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore (graphic novels)

Tonight’s episode answers several of our questions, questions that have been building throughout the early part of this season, and answers that are clearly leading Rick and the group to a big confrontation in the mid-season finale coming in only two weeks. This was another focus episode, taking place apart from the main group, but its events will have a huge impact going forward. Click through after the break to read my full review.

<<Spoiler Alert: The following review will discuss at length plot points of The Walking Dead S05E06, “Consumed” – read more at your own risk.>>
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This is just a quick note to let anyone who is looking for these reviews know that they’ll be up in the next two days – I’m in the midst of mid-term essay grading, and work must needs come first! Come back later tonight or Tuesday (or apparently Thursday or Friday…) for my take on this weekend’s episodes.