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If you want to see more awesome Enver Gjokaj acting, Dollhouse is on Hulu.
2020.07.19 19:33 ThatB0yAintR1ghtIf you want to see more awesome Enver Gjokaj acting, Dollhouse is on Hulu.
If you aren’t aware of it, this was another Whedon creation that was cut short in the late aughts, and Enver Gjokaj is my favorite part of it because of how amazing he is at impersonating other characters (it makes sense in context of the show). Similar to AoS, it had a slow start/buildup, which affected the ratings, but upon watching the whole thing, you can see where it was going, and it was a shame that they weren’t able to flesh it out. The show also features Maurissa Tancharoen in a bit part. Edit: also Dichen Lachman (Jiaying) and Reed Diamond (Daniel Whitehall) play big roles in it, as well as Amy Acker, who portrayed the Cello player that Coulson used to date. As typical, the Whedons like to work with a lot of the same actors in other projects.
2020.02.26 15:31 MetasequoiaLeafUpdate 8 (the final update): After more than four years, we made it. I have finally finished introducing my girlfriend to the Buffyverse. Here are her thoughts.
Well. This is it. The final update in my girlfriend's journey of experiencing the Buffyverse for the first time. It's a project we've been slowly chipping away at for the entire four years we've been dating. Below, I've detailed her reactions to season 5 of Angel. But first, a little story. (As before, “quotes” mean we were speaking English, mean we were speaking Japanese.) So I'm cooking dinner one night so she and I have something to eat when we sit down and watch the next episode. Since I'm otherwise occupied, I call over to her in the other room and ask, Possibly because my Japanese is still (ahem) not exactly perfect, it apparently came across less like a request and more like I was asking if she thought she was capable, because she very sarcastically replied, Cut to me, bringing the food over a bit later, to find her searching a little frantically for what to press to insert the disk, even turning the DVD player upside down in desperation. I love this woman. (Previous post here. First post here.) When a certain character was introduced in Conviction, my girlfriend turned to me and asked, “What did she say her name was?” “Eve,” I informed her. “Eve,” she repeated, clearly committing it to memory. Readers of past updates might recall that my girlfriend bothering to remember a character's name is high praise – she refused to give the Potentials in Buffy that dignity, for example. She obviously was recognizing Eve as a new player, and was interested in seeing how she factored into things. I probed a bit to see if she followed Eve's little opening speech. She summarized it as, “Wolfram and Hart, yay!” which, yeah, that's pretty much it, huh. She later did get a little bit upset about not fully understanding what was going on, and was finding all the rapid-fire lawyer-speak and science-speak hard to follow, being, as mentioned before, not a native English speaker. she wailed dramatically. Still, despite her exaggerated tone, I could tell she was genuinely a bit frustrated. I confirmed with her the main points: Fred is trying to stop the bomb in the kid with SCIENCE. Gunn stops the trial with legalese. She got that much, she just found all the details too much to follow. I reassured her that her understanding was fine, that all she needed was a gist of those kind of things to follow the story just fine, like she always has. That seemed to help. However, any other thoughts she might have had about the episode, the gang's new situation, and all that, were completely eclipsed by a certain other someone making a reappearance at the end. “Spike?!” she demanded, mimicking everyone on the show. “Spike is here?” Any attempts I made to pick her brain about the episode as a whole were dismissed. “Did anything else happen?” she asked sarcastically. “Something about Gunn, something about Eve, something about Wolfram and Hart. Who cares? Spike is back.” I imagine that's probably how a lot of people respond to this episode on their first viewing. Next up was Just Rewards, and, well...ever seen Potter Puppet Pals? “Bother, bother, bother?” Imagine that, but if Harry and Ron were a laughing Japanese girl. That was my girlfriend's impression of Spike in this episode. She just kept kept repeating <邪魔、邪魔、邪魔> – that's “jama,” a very useful Japanese word that basically translates to “obstacle” or “hindrance,” pretty much just something you say when something's getting in your way, annoying you. Needless to say, she enjoyed Spike's antics. She didn't have much to say about Unleashed. I don't think Nina made a very strong impression on her. She seemed to be enjoying Spike and Fred's growing bond. Still, it was clear that she was enjoying season 5 a heck of a lot more than she did much of season 4. I had kind of built up this season, encouraging her that if she kept watching, things would pick up, and I was glad to see that she was taking to it. We talked about how the constant infighting and divided loyalties within the group in past seasons had been draining on her, how there are ways to create drama without breaking up the group, and how she just wanted everyone to be friends and work together. She was glad that she was getting to see that again this season, with everyone back together again and getting along – well, except for Spike of course. Next up was Hell Bound. We have a bit of a running joke between ourselves for whenever an episode of the Buffyverse suddenly remembers to be horror. Out of the many genres these two shows dabble in, it's probably the one that comes up the least often, and it's always a bit of a gamble when it does. My girlfriend has talked before about how much she likes Lorne, and she's generally fond of the goofier ones, so I expected her to enjoy Life of the Party. And indeed she did, but she didn't seem to have much to say about it, to the point that when I asked her for her thoughts afterwards, apparently the only thing on her mind was, she continued. I informed her. So clearly this episode left a big impression on her. Like many folks who grew up in the US, I half-remember the Spanish I studied for all those years at school, and I spent “The Cautionary Tale of Numero Cinco” impressing my girlfriend by translating the trivially easy handful of Spanish words that came up in this episode. It went a little something like this: Her: Me: Her: Me: Her: Me: I think this accounts of my girlfriend's reactions might create a false impression that she's not a fan of drama. That's not it at all; she enjoys drama, she just has specific types of drama that she enjoys more than others. Case in point, Wesley's story in Lineage. She was fascinated by Wesley not only being willing to shoot what he thought was his father, but fire shot after shot to make sure he was dead (she very enthusiastically offered her own rendition of “Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang!”). We talked about how much more dramatically intriguing it is, rather than just having Wesley actually kill his father, to instead have it that Wesley now has to live with the knowledge that he would be willing to gun down his own father, and will have to continue to face his father with that knowledge. She praised this turn for the show as a way of creating character drama without just breaking up the group again. She also got a big laugh out of Angel and Spike both in turn trying to relate to Wesley over the whole “murdering your own parents” thing. She apparently saw Angel and Spike coming to blows as inevitable, because she had very little to say during or about Destiny. I probed her at the end to see whether, her memory being what it is sometimes, Lindsey rang any bells for her. she admitted, but she couldn't recall who he was. I reminded her of his name, and was met with confusion. Me: “You know, Lindsay the lawyer.” Her: “...” Me: Her: “...” Me: Her: Me: Her: Sigh. (The hand thing she said at least rang a bell.) I keep expecting the funny episodes to resonate with her, but she had next to nothing to say about Harm's Way, either. Ah well, can't control her reactions to these things. Soul Purpose, on the other hand, she couldn't say enough about. I paused the DVD as the credits were playing to point out the “Directed by David Boreanaz” on the screen. Normally she has enough trouble keeping character names straight that actor names are right out, but I knew she made an exception for her precious “David” (yes, she calls him by his first name). She recognized him immediately, and was intrigued to see what this episode brought, to say the least. When Lindsay introduced himself as “Doyle,” I asked her whether that name rang any bells for her. Much to my surprise... she told me. I wondered bemusedly. she informed me. Apparently the story really moved her. She was, as usual, amused by the dream-imagery in the episode. The series has always done dreams pretty well, and she pretty consistently has gotten a kick out of watching them. Destiny might have established the idea of Spike being the hero that Angel had drifted away from being by taking over Wolfram and Hart, but this episode is where we really start to see that concept get explored. And my girlfriend was. NOT. Having it. she demanded of me, like somehow I was responsible for all this. And on and on and on like that. Her rant was a sight to behold. By the end, she was lying there, staring at the ceiling, cursing quietly in Japanese. It was hilarious. She was glad to see Andrew again in Damage. She was particularly glad to get what she considered some closure about what the Scoobies were doing post-series. She enjoyed the international-flavor of Andrew's explanation, in particular focusing in to Buffy herself being in Rome, saying that was fitting. She once again voiced her gratitude for the existence of the spin-off, now for providing her with some “where are they now” that she had been missing at the end of Buffy. I've always somewhat similarly enjoyed the exploration of some of the consequences of activating all the Potentials around the world, myself. Especially given how eager she was for any scrap of information about how the Scoobies were doing now, I was getting a little apprehensive about the, ahem, open-endedness of the finale of this show. As we were sitting down to watch You're Welcome, and I realized what episode was up next, I let slip, “Oh, it's this one.” My girlfriend's ears perked up immediately. I said noncommittally. We watched the episode. ... Impressive as her rant at the end of Soul Purpose had been, it had nothing on this one. Some highlights: And so on. I could hardly get a word in edgewise -- not that there seemed to be anything I could have said to calm her down. The next time we sat down to watch something together, she steadfastly refused to allow me to put on the next episode. She insisted on watching a Ghibli movie to give her heart a chance to recover. That said, when she did finally concede to continuing, she was fairly underwhelmed by Why We Fight. she observed. Can't say I disagree. Smile Time, on the other hand, I had a feeling she was going to enjoy, and I told her as such before we watched it. she mock-panicked. I told her, She accepted that, begrudgingly, and we sat down to watch. She had exactly zero patience for Angel and Wesley being oblivious to their respective women's advances. she chastised the screen. I don't really watch anime much, but I know the oblivious-to-love protagonist is something of a staple, and there's a stereotype that a lot of folks here in Japan fall into that same category. It did not surprise me in the slightest that my girlfriend has no time for that kind of nonsense. When it came time for the reveal of puppet-Angel, I was watching her reaction way more than I was looking at the screen. And: stone-cold. No response at all. It was like she saw it coming. Now that? That surprised me. That said, she voiced her appreciation for the craft that went into this particular puppet. I can't remember if I've ever mentioned this in one of these posts, but she's a professional artist (a paintecalligrapher, specifically), so I guess it makes sense that she'd look more at what went into creating the prop than anything else. At the end, she again had no patience for Wesley being obtuse, and was glad to see him and Fred finally get together. All in all, she did enjoy the episode quite a bit, if not quite how I expected. The next episode...the next episode, I was a little more hesitant to watch with her, for obvious reasons. We sat down to watch A Hole In The World. Much to my surprise, she praised Amy Acker's performance, and didn't seem nearly as affected by the sadness of the story as I had expected her to be. The reason for that, however, became clear shortly. she told me confidently. Oh. Oh, dear. Oh, no. She was completely in denial. Had the show, after all this time, finally broken her? Like the characters themselves, it was during Shells that my girlfriend was hit by the reality of Fred's death. she demanded. I offered, oh so helpfully. she told me. Her tone was mostly jovial, but I could tell she was genuinely upset at this turn of events. I confessed to her that, while I find the Illyria storyline compelling...yeah, the fact that they killed off the two remaining female main characters, and only them, in such short order...yeah, that's not great. As we watched Underneath, my girlfriend kept getting distracted by Gunn's t-shirt. It had Japanese on it, and apparently was very funny. (Something about freezing to death? I'd have to go back and find it to confirm.) I had never put all that much thought into the episode, so my girlfriend's response to it came as something of a shock. she reiterated. I posed. she told me, Jesus. Tell me how you really feel. She was similarly underwhelmed by Marcus Hamilton's introduction in Origin. she snarked. Well, she's not wrong. (Seemed she never grew to care about Eve, despite committing to learning her name at the beginning.) She was similarly unsatisfied with Connor's send-off at the end. she demanded. I didn't answer. Throughout Time Bomb, she continued to not care about the Illyria storyline, and feel depressed at the lack of joy or women in the show. She also didn't seem to buy Angel's “it's about power” turn at the end at all. She was very reluctant to watch The Girl In Question, realizing there were only three episodes left. She was worried that we were already reaching the finale. We had been watching the Buffyverse together for four years now, and she was not at all ready for that journey to be over. I expected her to be amused by Angel and Spike's antics in the episode – and, well, she wasn't NOT amused. She liked seeing what she described as likening it to classic comedy-of-errors style stories...but she was NOT happy that they teased Buffy appearing throughout the episode, and she never showed. She desperately wanted Buffy to show up for the finale of Angel. I didn't tell her that she was going to be disappointed on that front. Power Play is kind of mostly just set up for the finale, like a lot of the second-to-last episodes throughout these two shows. Since she never really bought Angel's turn, the reveal at the end didn't really surprise her either. That said, if she had been hesitant to watch the previous two episodes, that was nothing compared to how reluctant she was to really, truly let this journey we had been taking together for the past four years of dating end. Not Fade Away is always going to be an emotional experience for any fan watching these two shows through, start to finish. She and I, watching together, bringing this chapter of our relationship to a close, were no exception. (I realize how that wording might be misinterpreted, so to be clear – we didn't break up or anything, we just finished the show!) We talked briefly together about what how each character chose to spend what might be their last day on Earth said about them; nothing that everyone on this sub hasn't already considered, I'm sure. I brought up the other times that Anne has shown up throughout the series; her storyline, way, way, waaay in the background, of having her life saved by Buffy, being inspired to turn her life around by Buffy, and finally dedicating herself to helping others in L.A. on Angel, is one of my personal favorite parts of the Buffyverse, and I think really shows the effects of the characters' heroism and the value of doing even a little bit of good in the world. (Speaking of Buffy -- my girlfriend was still not happy that she never made an appearance in this finale.) She was sad to see Wesley die, though I think she pretty clearly saw it coming, and to see Lorne walk away after killing Lindsay; she didn't seem the least bit bothered about Lindsay dying, though. And finally, at long last, we hit what I know is a controversial series ending. I wasn't particularly surprised where my girlfriend's opinion fell. she demanded. Once she had calmed down a bit, we discussed back and forth for a while. I know some people seem to interpret the ending as implying all the characters die in the ensuing battle; personally, I've never read it that way. I've always seen “Let's go to work” as a statement of, “The battle never ends, and we're going to keep fighting anyway;” that doesn't mean much story-wise if they're just running off to die. (Note: not talking about what's "realistic" here, just what makes sense from a story perspective.) She didn't really seem to be buying it, as I suspected she wouldn't, but I thought it was still worth explaining my point of view. she demanded. I said. she persisted. I agreed. Maybe she actually cared about Eve more than I thought? She did learn her name, after all. We went in circles for a bit; ultimately, she didn't share my perspective, but she at least understood where I was coming from. She also told me her vision for how the series could, and in her opinion should, have ended: she said. I'm translating pretty loosely here, obviously, but that was the gist of what she said, in about that tone. Well. That would certainly preserve the whole “the fight never ends, have to keep doing what good you can in a world that might never really change” message, and bring the series full circle in a nicely poetic way – as my girlfriend put it, open with a phone call, close with a phone call. I'd be lying if I said I couldn't see it. That would definitely have been another great way to end the series. I'm curious to know – what does the rest of this sub think? Would my girlfriend's idea have made for a good, or even better, ending to the series than what we got? Or do you think “Let's go to work” was the right choice? Well, regardless of which ending you prefer, this has been a long journey my girlfriend and I have taken together, and I'd like to thank everyone reading this for coming along.
2019.07.01 16:18 BeanieBreakdownHorror Journal: June 2019 (Reviews of films I watched last month.)
1. Us (2019)
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6857112/ Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNCmb-4oXJA Directed by: Jordan Peele Written by: Jordan Peele Starring: Nupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Jospeh, Evan Alex, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Anna Diop, Cali Sheldon and Noelle Sheldon. Distributed by: Universal Pictures My Thoughts: I've been excited for this film ever since it was announced. Jordan Peele took the horror scene by storm with the brilliant "Get Out", and ever since I've thought he had the potential to be a leading voice in modern horror. And most seem to have responded well to this, his second film. But I feel that it's underwhelming compared to his previous film, and otherwise. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad effort. It's daring, different and has a definite surreal quality to it. It's a very different animal than Peele's debut, and much more demanding of it's audience. And though the film toys with some interesting mythology, and turns the concept of the doppelgänger on it's head, at times it just feels like a run of the mill home invasion thriller with some surreal moments thrown in. What's also missing is the social and political themes that "Get Out" mused. Some say that they are present, in the form of an exploration of discrimination, but the themes, if they are there, aren't nearly as potent or apparent as in "Get Out". And for me, the final twist did nothing but punch the entire film full of giant plot holes, which I'm still trying to wrap my head around. I also didn't find the film to be that scary, rather just strange. Still, acting is good all around, with Nupita Nyong'o giving an absolute powerhouse of a performance that will no doubt, catapult her into much deserved fame. And Peele's direction, while not as steady handed as in "Get Out", is still solid. The film just feels like a slightly confused, overly indulgent, unrefined mess to me. Peele's non-conformity is more than welcome, but next time, he needs to refine his vision. I'd consider this to be something of a sophomore slump, but maybe that's just me. I'm sure that Peele has plenty more films up his sleeve, that will tickle my fancy. This wasn't one of them.
My Rating: 5/10
2. Castle Freak (1995)
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112643/ Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7a0100v14c Directed by: Stuart Gordon Written by: Dennis Paoli Starring: Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Jessica Dollarhide, Massimo Sarchielli, Elisabeth Kaza, Luca Zingaretti, Raffaella Offidani and Jonathan Fuller as "Giorgio". Distributed by: Full Moon Features My Thoughts: This is perhaps, the lowest budget film that Stuart Gordon has ever produced. Yet, even with minimal funds, Gordon fashions a solid film out of what would have been pure exploitation in lesser hands. This is still a very gory, disturbing film, with bountiful blood and nudity to spare, but it seldom feels like schlock. Instead being anchored by thoughtful writing, that focuses more on well-defined characters, and fantastic acting. Jeffrey Combs gives what may be his best performance here, embodying a man who lives with unspeakable guilt, and Barabara Crampton counters his perfectly, as the wife who must live with the wreckage of his bad decisions. Their relationship gives the film it's backbone, and keeps it from simply being a run of the mill horror film. Cinematography is not pretty, but Gordon's direction is as solid as ever, and the namesake creature is a nasty piece of work. It's not a perfect film, or anything mind-blowing. But it's solid, well sustained entertainment, with some dramatic flair, and further proof that Gordon is a master.
My Rating: 7/10
3. Heart Of Midnight (1988)
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095286/ Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGNf5RK9VOQ Directed by: Matthew Chapman Written by: Matthew Chapman Starring: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Peter Coyote, Denise Dummont, Gale Mayron, James Rebhorn, Sam Schacht, Frank Stallone and Brenda Vaccaro. Distributed by: MGM My Thoughts: This is an obscure little film, which is most notable for being one of the first appearances of Jennifer Jason Leigh, whom has always been a solid, unconventional actress. And this film almost turns out to be something of a hidden gem, save for some short-sighted social ideas, that seem downright ignorant today. It's a thoroughly well-made picture, with seamless direction and gorgeous cinematography. The sets are full of vibrant colors, richly dark shadows and moody lighting. This all creates a disorienting, dream-like atmosphere. And the film's scares come more from psychological terror, and disturbing imagery, than jumps and gore. It's a film that takes itself seriously, and becomes all the more disturbing for it. Sadly, things take a turn towards the end, which leaves us with a conventional thriller twist, although it's not the worst twist the film could've taken. But perhaps, most damning, is the film's demonization of the LGBT and BDSM communities. Perhaps, as with so many films of it's day, it wasn't really an intentional or political angle, but it serves to paint gay men as sexual deviants, and BDSM as something that "mentally unstable" people take part in. One could view it as a film in which the bad guys just happen to be gay BDSM fetishists, but it still seems ignorant, especially some of the dialogue. Strangely enough, the film is thoroughly modern concerning rape and women's rights. Still, even with these slightly backwards social notions holding it back, this is an effective, beautifully directed little creeper, that will manage to get under your skin. If you dig psychological horror, you should find plenty to like about this one.
My Rating: 6/10
4. Ghost Story (1981)
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082449/ Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2UlwI-7etc Directed by: John Irwin Written by: Lawrence D. Cohen Starring: Craig Wasson, Alice Krige, Fred Astaire, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., John Houseman, Patricia Neal, Jacqueline Brooks, Miguel Fernandes, Lance Holcomb, Mark Chamberlin, Tim Choate, Kurt Johnson, Ken Olin and Brad Sullivan. Distributed by: Universal Pictures My Thoughts: Here we have a bona-fide hidden gem, and a curiously underrated film. It has nearly everything one could want from a good old fashioned ghost story (hence the name), and even a few things you wouldn't expect. Despite being so unknown, it's not a low budget film at all, and features a cast of fantastic, well known actors. A foursome of old-Hollywood stars make up the principle cast of old men whore share a terrible secret. And Alice Krige, in one of her first roles, stuns with a combination of pure allure, uninhibited sexuality and cold menace. The film is also beautifully directed, with rich cinematography and a magnificent score, and a strong atmosphere to back it up. Perhaps some of the best moments come in the form of the flashback scenes, which richly detail the history of the film's characters, and set up a fairly fleshed-out story for the film's meat to hang on. The acting in these moments in fantastic, and the unexpected emotional weight they lend, adds gravitas to the film's more horrifying moments. It's not perfect, can be rather cliché, and winds up being another tale of vengeance from the grave, as we've seen before. But when pulled off so seamlessly, lovingly and artfully, even the most well known campfire tale can be a chilling "ghost story". If you love supernatural horror, you owe it to yourself to seek this one out.
My Rating: 8/10
5. The Picture Of Dorian Gray (1945)
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0037988/ Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jp7xAM-ZCCg Directed by: Albert Lewin Written by: Albert Lewin Starring: George Sanders, Hurd Hatfield, Donna Reed, Angela Lansbury, Peter Lawford, Lowell Gilmore and Richard Fraser. Distributed by: Univseral Pictures My Thoughts: Considered a classic horror story, but often forgotten amongst tales such as Dracula, Frankenstein and Jekyll & Hyde, is The Picture Of Dorian Gray. It has had it's share of film adaptations, but none of them have managed to garner much praise, this one perhaps, being the most well regarded of the bunch. And while it's a decent effort for it's time, it's still incapable of bringing this story to life in any meaningful way. Very much a product of it's time, the film skimps over the more controversial aspects of it's plot. Dorian Gray is supposed to be some hideous, evil cad, yet for all we can tell, the worst he's ever done is sleep with someone else's wife, or pay for the company of a harlot. No doubt, he does far worse things, but hardly ever on screen. It all serves to take much of the punch out of the film, and just leave one wondering exactly what Gray did for his portrait to look so demonic. Acting keeps the film afloat, through an overstuffed runtime, with the entire cast giving wonderful performances. The film also suffers from an over usage of narration, with an announcer telling us what the characters feel, more often than the characters themselves portray. It's sad that this is the best adaptation of such a classic tale of terror. But if you love Oscar Wilde's novel, this is most likely, the only adaptation worth seeking out.
My Rating: 6/10
6. Happy Birthday To Me (1981)
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082498/ Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEalmOJsvM0 Directed by: J. Lee Thompson Written by: John Saxton, Peter Jobin and Timothy Bond. Starring: Melissa Sue Anderson, Glenn Ford, Lawrence Dane, Sharon Acker, Frances Hyland, Tracy Bregman, Jack Blum, Matt Craven, Lenore Zann, David Eisner, Lisa Langlois, Michel Rene Labelle, Richard Rebiere and Lesleh Donaldson. Distributed by: Columbia Pictures My Thoughts: Here we have one of the great cult classics of the 80's slasher boom. But for those prepared to be met with a predictable experience, think again. This film is quite different than any other slasher of it's time period, as it takes elements of it's contemporaries and mixes them with giallo elements as well. What results, is an ambitious, confusing, not entirely successful twist on the American slasher film. It's a decently directed effort, with a few scenes of well sustained suspense, and some ghoulishly creative kills. It also doesn't skimp on the red stuff. But the film falls apart when it comes to plot and character. Most of the characters are indistinguishable from one and other, despite the cast being decent. And the plot unfolds through a series of never-ending twists and red herrings, and ends in a hurried unloading of exposition at the very end, that leaves plenty of plot holes gaping. It's not a horrible viewing experience, and it's worth seeing for slasher fiends, but it's not among the best of it's kind, and quite an unruly mess.
My Rating: 5/10
7. Hell Night (1981)
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082511/ Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrzWXF5SUm8 Directed by: Tom De Simone Written by: Randolph Feldman Starring: Linda Blair, Peter Barton, Vincent Van Patten, Kevin Brophy, Jenny Neaumann, Suki Goodwin and Jimmy Sturtevant. Distributed by: Independent My Thoughts: Here is yet another 80's slasher cult classic, with a subtle twist. Instead of dealing with masked, gloved serial killers here, we are instead dealing with deformed men stalking about a gigantic mansion in which four college pledges must spend the night. It's still not the most original plot, by any means, but it serves to make this feel just different enough from it's contemporaries. Sadly, I can't say it's a classic of the sub-genre, thanks to a downright glacial pace. We're left watching uncannily lengthy scenes of characters stalking noises in the dark for much of the film. And there's not much tension in these scenes, as the same thing occurs nearly every time. Still, there's some suspenseful chase scenes and moments of sustained terror. Linda Blair is the only real drawing card the film had back in the day, and while not a fantastic actress, she's a charming one, who knows how to scream. The other actors in the small cast are all uncannily decent as well, and the characters are likeable, which helps heighten the tension. It's not perfect, but it's worth a look for slasher fans.
My Rating: 6/10
8. Tormented (2009)
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1100053/ Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsAytasLUFE Directed by: John Wright Written by: Stephen Prentice Starring: April Pearson, Dimitri Leonidas, Alex Pettyfer, Calvin Dean, Tuppence Middleton, Georgia King, Mary Nighy, Olly Alexander, James Floyd, Sophie Wu, Hugh Mitchell, Larissa Wilson, Ruby Bentall, Tom Hopper, Peter Amory and Geoff Bell. Distributed by: Pathe and BBC Films. My Thoughts: Bullying is a horrific thing, and many horror films have attempted to speak on the issue, or portray it before. This little slasher artifact is a British stab at tackling the theme. Equal parts a gory slasher, a social critique and Skins-style soap opera, but not entirely successful in it's goal. The film has a number of things going for it, including a fine cast of youngsters that give decent performances, some gory kill scenes and believable dialogue. But between juggling it's more serious themes, and it's tongue in cheek slasher elements, the film becomes tacky, tasteless and quite exploitive. It muses on a very touchy subject, but it's treatment of said subject is almost as immature as the antics of the film's bullies. It shouldn't be "fun" watching a film like this, and if it is meant to be, the social elements should be dialed down. Both are prevalent, and at different times, in your face while watching this effort. In the end, it becomes a mess of a film, with a heart buried deep beneath buckets of gore.
My Rating: 5/10
9. Bloodwork (2012)
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1562567/ Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJKcY7PuSOA Directed by: Eric Wostenberg Written by: David Nahmod Starring: Travis Van Winkle, John Bregar, Tricia Helfer, Tamara Feldman, Mircea Monroe, Rik Young, Joe Pingue, Vasanth Sarangapani, Albert Chung, Ardon Bess, Yanna McIntosh, James Purcell, Sterling Jarvis, Stephen Bogaert, Anna Ferguson, Brad Givoque and Eric Roberts. Distributed by: IFC Films My Thoughts: This was a pleasant surprise. Here I was expecting a cheap B-movie, and was greeted with a genuinely disturbing mixture of science fiction and psychological horror, that has more going on under the hood than it first may seem. The concept of a paid drug trial gone horribly wrong is one that is ripe with horrific potential, and also rather fresh. This was the first to really explore the theme, with several others in the following years. But there's a reason this is the most well-known out of the small batch. It's not perfectly directed, but pulled off with just enough finesse, a decent cast, and plenty of scenes that will get under the skin of those with an aversion to needles and creepy crawlers. The psychological themes that the film toys with are also astonishingly unnerving, and it ends up becoming an utterly effective little nightmare. At times, it reminded me of David Cronenberg's "Shivers", without the slimy slug creatures. To those who enjoy such films, this is sure to be a treat, and one with an uncomfortable scene for everyone.
My Rating: 7/10
10. Peeping Tom (1960)
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054167/ Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAZZmclLdo8 Directed by: Michael Powell Written by: Leo Marks Starring: Carl Boehm, Moira Shearer, Anna Massey, Maxine Audley, Brenda Bruce, Miles Malleson, Esmond Knight, Martin Miller, Michael Goodliffe, Jack Watson, Shirley Ann Field and Pamela Green. Distributed by: Anglo Amalgamated My Thoughts: This is one of the most controversial horror films of all time, though no one would guess it today. But upon it's release in the UK, it was banned, censored, cut, destroyed in reviews by the moral majority and it's director, Michael Powell, was subjected to public ridicule unheard of at the time, and eventually blacklisted from Hollywood. It was years on, before this film would even receive a proper release, of any kind. One might think this means that this is a film filled with abundant gore and debauchery, but this couldn't be less true. The reason, it would seem, that Peeping Tom was so controversial upon it's release, is that it asks the viewer to empathize with it's madman. It shows us his crimes, but also his regret, his sadness, his own suffering, and his desire to be happy. This is nothing groundbreaking by today's standards, but it was scandalous back in the day, when minds were evidently much more closed. And this is the film's greatest strength. The performance of Carl Boehm as the film's antagonist is a masterful one, in which the full range of emotions is present. And the rest of the cast is also fantastic. It's also a beautifully photographed, and handsomely directed film, with bright colors and rich shadows. Like many films of it's time, it is dated upon modern viewing, but it is no doubt, a fine and influential film. It also holds some deeper thematic value, in it's deconstruction of inherent voyeurism in filmmaking, and our obsession with violence and death as a culture.
My Rating: 7/10
11. I Am Mother (2019)
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6292852/ Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5BKctcZxrM Directed by: Grant Sputore Written by: Michael Lloyd Green Starring: Clara Rugaard, Hilary Swank, Rose Byrne and Luke Hawker. Distributed by: Netflix My Thoughts: This one popped up on Netflix relatively unannounced and has been creating quite a stir. At times, I feel it's more of a science fiction thriller, but it has enough moments of isolated horror, and in context the film is overall, horrifying when all is considered. Taking equal pieces from films such as "Ex Machina" and "The Terminator", and then injecting them with thriller conventions and a hint of philosophical, political subtext, the film isn't exactly original, but feels fresh enough in the way that it subverts what is expected of the genre. Of particular interest are the effects used to bring the film's robot star to life. An equal mixture of stunning practical effects, and CGI, and the vocal talents of Rose Byrne, who through voice alone, imbues the hunk of metal with resonant humanity, and frightening maternal instincts. The rest of the cast is good as well, with young Clara Rugaard looking to make a name for herself, and Hilary Swank being as dependable as ever. The film toys with theories on the inherent horrors of motherhood, parental instinct and even the ways in which well intentioned measures against fascism, can lead to a kind of fascism all their own. None of the things it says are particularly well elaborated, or original, however, and one can't help but make a mental checklist of all the other sci-fi films that have already tread this water. Still, there's great performances, superb effects, well sustained tension and some frightening moments of paranoia. It's a decent, worthy little effort, if not entirely successful.
My Rating: 6/10
12. The Mangler (1995)
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113762/ Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhTgzfMwpiQ Directed by: Tobe Hooper Written by: Tobe Hooper, Stephen Brooks and Peter Welbeck. Starring: Ted Levine, Robert Englund, Daniel Matmor, Jeremy Crutchley, Vanessa Pike, Demetre Phillips, Lisa Morris, Vera Blacker, Ashley Hayden and Danny Keogh. Distributed by: New Line Cinema My Thoughts: Here we have the "The Room" of horror films. A film, made with all the intentions of being a serious piece of horror fiction, but so laughably insane, and utterly illogical, that it is almost impossible to imagine anyone involved not being in on the joke. What makes this even more baffling, is the fact that this film is directed and written by none other than Tobe Hooper. The man who once gave us immortal classics such as "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Poltergeist". His career is known to have plummeted in it's later years, to depths unseen by modern horror directors, but this stands out as his worst film, by far. Apparently based off a Stephen King story, it's unclear who thought a feature length film about a demonically possessed laundry folding machine would be a good idea. The results are exactly what you'd expect, except somehow, even more insane than you'd think. Characters spout crazed dialogue, performances are beyond hammy and the plot is barely held together, and in the midst of collapsing on it's own pointlessness at at all times. There is a decent cast, featuring Ted Levine, playing the world's angriest detective, who frequently spouts the line, "Miserable piece of dog fuck!", and Robert Englund himself, in an incredibly bad performance as a crutch-walking, metal-legged old man whose every sentence features at least six expletives. None of the cast give decent turns, despite some of them being great actors otherwise, and the supporting cast is full of duds. But the film remains an enjoyable watch, if only to laugh and cringe at the spectacle, and wonder just what kind of narcotics the entire crew was on. There are no redeeming qualities. Just unfettered incompetence and weirdness. A must watch, for any horror fan that appreciates "so bad, they're good" films.
My Rating: 3/10
13. Venom (1981)
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084854/ Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvFsvtz8j3c Directed by: Piers Haggard Written by: Robert Carrington Starring: Klaus Kinski, Sterling Hayden, Oliver Reed, Sarah Miles, Nicol Williamson, Lance Holcomb, Susan George, Cornelia Sharpe, Mike Gwilym and Michael Gough. Distributed by: Paramount Pictures My Thoughts: Much maligned upon it's release, as a "silly" thrillehorror hybrid, this little film has been enjoying a small but steadily growing cult reputation over the years. And for good reason. It may simply feel like a typical heist thriller, with a poisonous snake thrown in, but it's damned effective. Well directed, by Piers Haggard, whom took over after none other than Tobe Hooper dropped directorial duties halfway through shooting, there's no swift change in directorial stylings. It's a smoothly directed, leanly suspenseful film. The cast is exceptional, with Klaus Kinski playing a thief who teeters on the fine line between violent insanity and quiet intelligence for the film's duration, with the ever reliable Oliver Reed playing opposite him. And Sterling Hayden turns in a heroic, loveable performance as a grandfather with knowledge of wild snakes, who's just trying to protect his fragile grandson. The snake itself is a live Black Mamba, and the scenes in which it attacks are handled deftly, never coming across as forced or cheesy, and consistently nail biting. The tension is slowly, cleverly ratcheted up throughout, until the film explodes in a frenzied, edge of your seat ending. It's nothing groundbreaking, but it's a classically directed, wonderfully acted, thriller with bite.
My Rating: 8/10
14. Pet Sematary (2019)
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0837563/ Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK0LNzU2TQI Directed by: Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer. Written by: Jeff Buhler Starring: Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow, Jete Laurence, Hugo Lavoie, Lucas Lavoie, Obssa Ahmed and Alyssa Levine. Distributed by: Paramount Pictures My Thoughts: The 1989 "Pet Sematary" is one of my favorite horror films of all time, and one of the scariest films ever made, in my humble opinion. Ever since it was announced that a remake was being produced, I was incredibly skeptical. But several points, including the directing skills of Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, whom gave us the cult classic "Starry Eyes" in 2014, a more than decent cast and the overall quality of recent remakes and reboots, had me hoping that this could be a nice riff on one of King's best stories. Instead, we are met with exactly what I feared. Every qualm that horror fans have about modern remakes is exemplified by this film. And while it's not the worst horror remake of all time, by any stretch, it is an absolute slap in the face to fans of the 1989 film and King himself. Some of the more well regarded remakes as of late, and those that have always been more warmly received, are ones that find new directions to take their source material in. But films like this are comfortable re-hashing the events of a well directed film, without any of the spark that made them special. For most of it's runtime, this film completely apes the original, even down to individual lines of dialogue. The first half of the film is a boring slog, as we sit through colorless, emotionless re-hashings of the first. The actors all seem to be on auto pilot, with wonderful performers such as Jason Clarke (who has been slumming in crumby horror films a lot lately) and John Lithgow, being absolutely wasted. And when the film does deviate, it's only in the slightest ways. One of the people who comes back is role-reversed, the gore is more plentiful, the film is more mean-spirited. But gone is the heartbreaking emotional undercurrent of the original, the thoughtful musings on the way we deal with death, the rich cinematography and creepy score. Replaced with nothing but the creaking, groaning gears of the Hollywood money machine. It was difficult, as a great fan of the first film, and King's novel, to even sit through this dreck. I did it, so you don't have to. You're very welcome. Now heed the warning, "Sometimes, dead is better."
My Rating: 5/10
15. Communion (1989)
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097100/ Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsfJ9xLCSiY Directed by: Philippe Mora Written by: Whitley Strieber Starring: Christopher Walken, Lindsay Crouse, Frances Sternhagen, Andreas Katsulas, Terri Hanauer and Joel Carlson. Distributed by: Artisan Entertainment My Thoughts: This has to be some of the most straight-faced, seriously acted, absolute hokum that I have ever seen. Based on the supposedly "real life" experiences of popular horror novelist Whitley Strieber, and his claims of being abducted by alien beings while on vacation. The Strieber story strains credibility to begin with, and is not even a respected case among extraterrestrial researchers. It's apt enough that Strieber already had made a living for himself as a horror author, and during a period of writer's block, suddenly emerges with a story of alien abduction that he claimed was true. Strieber himself, penned the screenplay for this film, and even he isn't happy with it, claiming that Christopher Walken plays him completely wrong. Walken's performance is the only thing that keeps the film from becoming unwatchable. The film becomes an overlong joke, the moment the alien visitors are shown on screen. The effects are utterly tacky, horribly fake and simply laughable to behold. The "greys" look as if they are made of paper mache, and the "blue doctors" look like repurposed props from "Phantasm". They're not scary either. They dance, they wiggle, they make kissy-faces, and also anally probe Walken, who seems rather unbothered by all of this. He says "I'll kill you. How dare you?" with no conviction whatsoever. His performance is apt for the most part, with certain scenes obviously being directed in a strange manner. And after being kidnapped, raped and mentally abused by these creatures, in the end, we are treated to a montage of lovely music, and told that the aliens raped Strieber so he would have something interesting to write about, and to save his marriage. This is the work of either a mentally disturbed man, who paved the way for David Icke, and the new-age conspiracy theories of today, or a brilliant conman. Either way, it's an insufferable, incompetent, downright surreal (in a shlocky way) piece of junk.
2018.12.10 19:06 readyravenA fantastic list (with reviews) of 82 audio dramas from a seasoned listener if you're looking for something new or just getting started.
See the full listhere. The list starts with shows they really loved, then shows they really liked, then shows they liked. Use any of these links to open it in your podcast app. Click the down arrow on the podcast's page next to "Latest Episode". I didn't make this list, so all credit goes to ezygo22, and I'm sure the creators would appreciate more reviews!
Reviews The Internet has grown into a chaotic conglomeration of full-immersion virtual spaces collectively known as the Ambit. As a tracker, Gilles's job is to navigate his way through this madness. In doing so, however, he becomes immersed in a web of intrigue. There is order behind the seeming chaos - a Second Ambit behind the first. And the revelations don't end there. Behind the chaos, beneath the order there is a Third Ambit. And even a Fourth. Included in the feed are two bonus episodes created by the same group.
Review A NEW new time podcast in the style of OLD old-time radio, the Thrilling Adventure Hour Treasury marks the triumphant return of Sparks Nevada, Beyond Belief, and all your favorite Thrilling personas to podcast airwaves. Plus brand new Thrilling tales, new guest stars, new writers, and a bold new sound. The Thrilling Adventure Hour Treasury is recorded at Forever Dog studios in Los Angeles and produced/engineered by the Forever Dog Podcast Network. Created by Ben Acker & Ben Blacker. Featuring the WorkJuice Players and your favorite stars from the worlds of television, film, comedy, animation, sketch, and the stage.The original Thrilling Adventure Hour was performed live monthly at M Bar and Largo at the Coronet in Hollywood from March 2005 to April 2015. You'll find several of those original episodes here and you can find the Complete Thrilling Adventure back catalog (plus segment libraries, bonus content, and more) on Patreon at:https://www.patreon.com/thrillingadventurehour
Reviews Decoder Ring Theatre presents new stories and characters inspired by the classic broadcasts of the Golden Age of Radio. The crimebusting exploits of The Red Panda - Canada's Greatest Superhero! The mystery of that hardest-boiled of detectives, Black Jack Justice... all this and more in full-length, full-cast recordings.
Reviews Life's not easy for Doug Eiffel, the communications officer for the U.S.S. Hephaestus Research Station, currently on Day 448 of its orbit around red dwarf star Wolf 359. He's stuck on a scientific survey mission of indeterminate length, 7.8 light years from Earth. His only company on board the station are stern mission chief Minkowski, insane science officer Hilbert, and Hephaestus Station's sentient, often malfunctioning operating system Hera. He doesn't have much to do for his job other than monitoring static and intercepting the occasional decades-old radio broadcast from Earth, so he spends most of his time creating extensive audio logs about the ordinary, day-to-day happenings within the station. But the Hephaestus is an odd place, and life in extremely isolated, zero gravity conditions has a way of doing funny things to people's minds. Even the simplest of tasks can turn into a gargantuan struggle, and the most ordinary-seeming things have a way of turning into anything but that. Wolf 359 is a radio drama in the tradition of Golden Age of Radio shows. Take one part space-faring adventure, add one part character drama, and mix in one part absurdist sitcom, and you get Wolf 359. New episodes are released every two weeks.
When love is your business, you have no business falling in love. Join the gang at Regal Bride as they battle birds and brides in this zany holiday romantic comedy! Starring Paula Deming and Keiko Agena as Emma and Jackie, the best friends in the wedding business. With Kyle Payne as Stu, Ian McQuown as Trip, and Jessica Payne as Katie. Featuring Kacie Rogers and Jesse Abbott Chin in approximately six thousand roles, and introducing Martin Thompson as Junior!
Reviews When an experiment in a time much like our own goes horribly awry, Dr. Sally Grissom finds herself stranded in the past and entrenched in the activities of a clandestine branch of the US government. Grissom and her team quickly learn that there's no safety net when toying with the fundamental logic of the universe.
Review The world’s largest museum of obsolete technology is threatened with closure unless Hector - its cantankerous, turnkey-operated clockwork curator - can match the popularity of the cutting-edge Uptodateum across the road. Only George - the mild mannered in-house caretaker with the mysterious past - steps up to help him. Does nobody care about history? Will anyone ever get to ride the NHScalator? How will postboxes, leeches and face-to-face conversation be remembered if the Obsoleteum closes its doors forever? Meanwhile, the Uptodateum has its own problems to deal with, as harried curator Biz and her guileless half-hologram, half-robot assistant Phil struggle to keep their enormous glass-and-touchscreen tower constantly up to date. If only they could work out what to do with their ever- increasing mountain of outdated exhibits...?
Review Hear what The New York Times calls "the future of musicals"... 36 Questions, a three-part podcast musical starring Jonathan Groff and Jessie Shelton. 36 Questions is produced by Two-Up, the producers of Limetown and The Wilderness. Thank you for listening.
Review Join Mallory the fruit bat as she struggles to contain her incorrigible best friend Spencer from wreaking havoc throughout the nocturnal exhibit. LIGHTS OUT is a sitcom for your ears! This monthly scripted podcast is written and produced by Helen Burak, starring Megan Goldman and Helen Burak, with music by Nicolai Heidlas. Cover art by Bart Klick and Zach Stoppel.
Review A Very Fatal Murder sends Onion Public Radio (OPR) correspondent David Pascall from New York City to the sleepy town of Bluff Springs, Nebraska to investigate the mysterious death of a 17-year-old girl, Hayley Price. Hayley was a popular, smart animal lover, with a bright future ahead of her. Everyone in town knew her name, and now everyone in town is a suspect. Join David as he works to understand why the initial investigation of Hayley’s death failed, and how a very inquisitive and Pulitzer-hungry podcast host might shed new light on the case.
Review The Pocket Radio Theater is a Rochester, NY based radio theater troupe. Writing, voice acting, and editing stories about a variety of characters and places, the PRT keeps the art of storytelling alive via podcasting. New episodes on the 15th of every month!
The Infinite Bad is a comedy-horror roleplaying podcast from Definitely Human. In the aftermath of World War I, four strangers find themselves caught in a web of evil beyond their reckoning. To survive, they must band together despite their differences and unravel the grisly mysteries that entangle them. Written and games mastered by veteran roleplayer Giorgio Mariani, The Infinite Bad is a weekly descent into horror and silliness. The nightmare begins with The Secret of Drakelow Hall.
Reviews The Black Tapes is a weekly podcast from the creators of Pacific Northwest Stories, and is hosted by Alex Reagan. The Black Tapes Podcast is a serialized docudrama about one journalist's search for truth, her subject's mysterious past, and the literal and figurative ghosts that haunt them both. Do you believe?
Reviews Dayton Writers Movement presents Unwritten, a new audio drama podcast series. Unwritten is dramatic and funny, happy and sad, entertaining and powerful. Unwritten is presented with a full cast and narrator.
Review A macabre urban legend of love, betrayal, weed, gentrification, cannibalism, and survival of the fittest. After sixteen years in prison, the indomitable Dolores Roach returns to a New York City neighborhood that has changed drastically in her absence. Her boyfriend missing, her family long gone, Dolores is recognized only by an old stoner friend, Luis, who gives Dolores room and board and lets her give massages for cash in the basement apartment under his dilapidated empanada shop. When the promise of her newfound stability is quickly threatened, “Magic Hands Dolores” is driven to extremes to survive. A new scripted fiction podcast, The Horror of Dolores Roach stars Daphne Rubin-Vega and Bobby Cannavale. Written by Aaron Mark.
Review Space Casey is an award-winning science-fiction audiodrama from Christiana Ellis. Season 1 tells the story of a fast-talking con-artist, 200 years in the future, who steals the wrong spaceship and finds herself thousands of light years from home. It'll take all her smarts and more than a little luck to weasel her way out of this one. Now, Season 2 continues her thrilling tale of adventure, fraud, and time travel!
Answering Machine is an audio podcast that follows the voice mails on Lila Rose's answering machine. Listen to her wacky friends and family touch base as Lila tries to navigate the real world post college. If you're new to the podcast please start with episode one!
Review Second Shift follows an ambitious, character-centric story arc about three college students from Boston who find themselves "shifted" against their will to another world. They must find their place in that world while trying to return to theirs. If you've just found Second Shift, please be sure to start with episode one: "Everything to Everyone, Part 1"!
Review For Army Reserve Soldier Michael Cross, the world as he knew it ended in an instant. One minute, he's in college, and in the next, rioters are roaming the highway around him, breaking into cars, and literally tearing people apart. This is the day the dead walk. This is the world of We're Alive. We’re Alive is an ongoing series, packing performances and sound effects that rival movies and prove that modern audio drama is undead and well. Join our survivors as they band together, struggle to fortify a safe haven known as the Tower, and discovers that zombies are far from the worst thing in a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles where the rules of human decency no longer apply. We premiere 3 New episodes a month, with a week off between chapters. Little food. Little water. Little hope. Who is lucky enough to say "We're Alive?"
15 year old Madyson tells the story of the Behemoth. A large, lumbering beast that has emerged from the waters off of Cape Cod. As the Behemoth begins to walk across the country Madyson sees a chance to change her life.
Review Events in a small Irish village after the arrival of English refugees, post-Brexit. A 12-part scripted comedy podcast. Starring Kelly Campbell, Jessica Carroll, Clint Dyer, David Ganly, Gary Lilburn, Deirdra Morris, Elizabeth Moynihan, Akemnji Ndifornyen, Saskia Reeves, Justin Salinger, Barry Ward, Jade Yourell. Written, directed and produced by Síofra Campbell. Recorded, mixed, designed by Dominic Rippel at Shelter Studio, London. www.thebritisharecoming.ie
Review What if someone stole the internet? This comedy caper takes 100% real concepts, like the seven keys to the internet, cyber police, relay calls, photocopier black boxes, 419 scams, and more, and turn it into an anthology of nerdy crime stories tied together by a global plan to end the internet. it's a series of heists ranging from hijacking top secret military satellites, to stealing a dude's pants. Features 73 actors from all over the world, including Paul F. Tompkins, Felicia Day, Jemaine Clement, Samm Levine, Amy Stoch and more!
Dave is just a regular guy who does regular things until all of a sudden he dies and is damned to hell for all of eternity. With Dave’s caseworker from hell (literally), he takes a trip down Memory Lane to relive the five biggest and worst moments from his life that directly influenced the big decision. The 5 People You Meet In Hell is a 6-episode series.
Review Mystery, adventure, comedy, thrills: this is Radio Room, three audio dramas from top NYC performers! Episodes broadcast on the 1st and 15th of every month, and production freebies detailing our process available once a week! Stay tuned for even more radio awesomeness!
Do you want to hear a story? It's the story of an 11-year-old girl who uses a magic crystal to summon the legendary Mayan gods. But her plan backfires, and instead she awakens an ancient evil! With the help of her sister and a 20-foot talking snake, she’ll go on a thrilling journey to save her village and discover her true destiny. For more great Gen-Z shows, visithttp://BestRobotEver.com
Review An honorable prince. A jaded assassin. Can they work together to catch a pirate? The querulous island kingdoms of Wefrivain are unified only by religion - a wyvern cult ruled by an eccentric and cruel High Priestess. The wyverns are under attack by a gang of pirates known only as the Guild of the Cowry Catchers. Now Gerard, the honorable and naïve new Captain of the Temple Police, is about to learn more than he ever wanted to know about the pirates...and the Priestess.
Review In the early 1960s, a doctor at a mental ward sheds his ethical restraints in an effort to pioneer a new form of "mental cleansing" at the behest of a private research group. The Control Group is a chilling, 10-part historical fiction from HowStuffWorks for mature audiences. Listener discretion is advised due to realistic depictions of violence and graphic sexuality. Binge the entire season now with headphones for a fully immersive experience.
Reviews The Magical History of Knox County follows Mordecai Dogwood as he takes over for the missing host of a popular public radio show in rural Ohio - only to discover a magical ecosystem hiding in plain sight. With the help of a station tech, a park ranger, a pair of biologists, and a giant toad, Mordecai finds himself taking on responsibilities that were definitely not in his job description.
Review The Lit Killer is back! Join teen detective Tig Torres as she returns to her small hometown of Hollow Falls, where her aunt was framed as a serial killer ten years earlier. With help from her new friends, Tig investigates the twisted mystery. But as she gets closer to the truth, the killings, each based on murder scenes from classic literature, begin all over again...with her as the final target. An Einhorn’s Epic Productions and iHeartRadio production. The post exceeded the character limit, so I couldn't include the 'shows that I liked' section. Go to the full listhereto see 'shows that I liked'.
(Prices up to date as of: May 22, 2018 @8:45am Pacific)
I just moved cross country, finishing my first week at a new job, and I'm realizing I won't have time to really even consider this post as frequently as I used to. Sorry, but as I just don't have the time I'm considering this as closed for future updates. Maybe I'll pick it back up if I find the time, but I doubt it. If someone would like to take the information here and start a new post I'm happy to pass on the baton, or if someone wants to copy/paste it over the wiki that would be good, too.
** What is this all about?**
The Western Digital (WD) Easystore 8TB is an external hard drive sold exclusively by Best Buy. It's sought after by many /datahoarder folks because it often (but not always) contains a WD Red 8TB drive which can be "shucked" and used in a home server among other similarly shucked Easystore drives. As it regularly goes on sale it is a very cheap method to pickup large amounts of reliable storage. This post is to serve as a collection of relevant information about the drives.
All of the information listed below is presented as is, and I will not guarantee that every last work is set in stone nor 100% factual or vetted for maximum accuracy. As such, please refrain from making any purchasing decisions solely on the information available here. This is one man's accumulation of data about a very specific topic, and as such should not be taken as 100% fact. This is an amateur's work, after all, and more importantly ... it's on reddit. Take it all with the appropriate levels of doubt.
$199.99 (Appears new effective price as of 5/1/2018)
$129.99 (Black Friday 2017)
Historical pricing on the drive via PC Part Picker. You can also sign up for price alerts at nowinstock.net (thanks to veritas413 for the notice on this). -NEBB appears to be no longer available online. I'm pretty sure the NEBB was a Black Friday special only, anyways. BBY commonly works with manufacturers to produce special versions of products that will be exclusively sold at BBY for a deep discount during certain sales periods, namely Black Friday. I imagine the only reason we still saw it available for so long was they didn't sell nearly as many as they expected over the holidays. The only reason I mention this: I won't be surprised if we see the NEBB come back for Black Friday 2018, and either way there are probably still some out there in stores and plenty of people did buy them so all the information here will stay here for the foreseeable future.
What Internal drive is likely in any given Easystore
Based on the information I have right now, the following chart is what you're likely to get from a particular Easyshare model, and in the case of the NESN some clarification on them as it seems to change depending on when it was boxed and where.
Easyshare Model Number Ends In...
Potential Drive Models
WD80EFZX (older Made in China), WD80EFAX (older Made in Thailand), WD80EMAZ (Seemingly newer packaged Easyshares), WD80EMZZ (?? A few reports of this drive lately, looking for info on them)
dokukinoko has a great run down here on how to potentially identify the actual model of the drive inside the Easystore shell based on information available on the box. In addition to that, slickdeals has generated a pretty decent wiki for something similar. Recommended by driscoll42 I think anyone looking to share information about the serial number to model number side of things should compile their info there. That way all that data isn't spread between multiple maintainers.
Finding out which drive you have before shucking it
Even with dokukinoko's run down, the only way to be certain of what drive is inside an Easystore is plugging it in to a computer and running a check. There are different ways to find the model of internal drive that is in an Easystore shell for each operating system, but I'm going to list just one each based on what the community thinks is best. Windows: you can use CrystalDiskInfo. Linux: you can use this command:
ls -lah /dev/disk/by-id/
That should list all disks plugged into your system. Depending on your distribution of Linux, or on alternative Unix options, USB devices might not be listed. In that case, hdparm should also be able to display the same information (change the X in sdX1 to your drive letter):
hdparm -I /dev/sdX1 grep 'Model\ Number'
OS X: You can use smartmontools (smartctl) after installing the drivers available here (try 0.8 or 0.11 trailer for your OS version). (Thanks to eyeyen for more detailed instructions)
# take note of the diskNumber here $ diskutil list $ smartctl -i /dev/diskN head -n 7 smartctl 6.6 2017-11-05 r4594 [Darwin 16.7.0 x86_64] (local_build) Copyright (C) 2002-17, Bruce Allen, Christian Franke, www.smartmontools.org === START OF INFORMATION SECTION === Model Family: Western Digital Red Device Model: WDC WD80EFAX-68LHPN0
(Writer's note: Can anyone confirm if the OS X command also works on other BSD variants? Or provide an alternative?)
The different internal drive models
When buying these drives for shucking you're likely hunting a specific type of internal drive. Here's what we know:
What that means
8TB WD Red, 256MB cache
Preferred by many due to higher cache
8TB WD Red, 128MB cache
Works for most
8TB WD "White label", 128MB cache
Latest addition to the family. It can be assumed this is similar to the WD80EMAZ to WD80EFAX situation: Just the white label version of the WD80EFZX. Seemingly no 3.3v PIN worries, though.
8TB WD "White label", 256MB cache
Seems identical to WD80EFAX, but potential problems for older devices you may plug in to. See below.
Which model do I want?
The model that most people want is the WD80EFAX. This is a "true" Red with 256MB cache. You can't really know what's in an Easystore until you at least have it hand, but you can take some guesses.
Older NESN's are almost always Red's. As stocks have been changing in recent months more and more NESN's seem to be including the WD80EMAZ White label drives, seemingly due to a shift in manufacturing. Some users are still getting all Reds, some are getting mostly white label, so it's still a toss up.
On the older NESN boxes if says it's "Made in Thailand" it's probably a 256MB cache version, where as "Made in China" is probably a 128MB cache version. In store you can check the Made In info, but if ordering online it's luck of the draw.
The NEEB will almost always be a WD80EMAZ.
There have been more reports lately of people receiving WD80EMZZ drives in the -NESN devices. For all appearances these are the white label version of the WD80EFZX. To use the old SAT question archetype: WD80EMAZ is to WD80EFAX as WD80EMZZ is to WD80EFZX. (Note: admittedly these are assumptions right now. I don't have one of these drives personally so I can't speak directly to it, and as of yet I haven't found anyone
Getting a 128MB cache version isn't bad, just not great. For most people it probably won't make a difference you can truly see day to day. If your purposes would benefit from more drive cache, you can return and reorder to your hearts content, but if you just need large amounts of storage don't worry about it. Do yourself and Best Buy a favor and go to the store if you're going to be picky about it.
Advisory warning: Shucking the drives puts your warranty in risk. If you're really careful while taking it apart then putting it back together it's possible no one will be the wiser, but if you're going to do this it's best to assume that the steep discount you got was the cost of loosing the warranty. Do note, I say puts the warranty in risk. Thanks to HAARP_Made_Me_Do_It for this info:
fyi shucking does not breach the warranty. the burden of proof is on the Manufacturer to prove any modification to a product caused it to fail. Manufactures take advantage of lazy and uninformed consumers with "warranty void if seal is broken" stickers. they do not holdup in court. Take WD to small claims if they deny you warranty claim based on the fact you shucked it, you will win. See the Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act for more details.
Although he's right, you very much can take them to small claims court, I think it's safe to say many of us wouldn't do that. It's totally up to you. I'm not going to redo the work as tokyotaco did us all the courtesy of making this visual guide to shucking the Easystores. There is also a video available here on YouTube, and another suggested video here. If it's your first time doing this, I recommend checking out both the imgur link and youtube links before starting, and if you don't have the exact tools try to find something as close as possible. Further suggestion: I work in IT and have this little $30 tool kit I picked up on Amazon during a sale, and it's great for this kind of work as it comes with plastic shims and multiple smooth/rounded edges metal prying tools. Buying it for this one task isn't necessarily worth it probably, but if you do regular work on computers, laptops, phones, tablets, etc. kits like this are fantastic.
The -NEBB/WD80EMAZ "White Label" discussion
There is what I'd call "some debate" over these drives. The general consensus is they're fine for most users as long as you're aware of what you're getting. The issues of discussion include:
Some people think these are relabeled HGST drives, refurb'ed Reds, Red's that didn't quite meet QA requirements, Red's with a missing feature or two... all sorts of theories. My theory: All of these theories are correct. Supply for hard drives is not consistent. The white labels are probably drives sourced from a number of channels, tested to meet a minimum standard, and then labeled as WD80EMAZ where it fits. There's also a good chance that White Labels are Reds, just labelled differently for some models to mess with people shucking the drives and then reselling them. The real point of discussion about these drives is the 3.3v pin.
The 3.3v pin "issue." These drives, when shucked, have been known to have problems with some SATA backplanes. They're fine with some, bad with others. A very YMMV point. It mostly only affects older backplanes and power supplies, but some newer PSU's also may not support the newer pin design. If you're using a ~10+ year old server, you might have problems, but you should probably realize that since you're using a ~10+ year old server. To quote deebeeoh:
Also of note the 3.3v issue is not so much an issue as a feature in the sata 3.3 spec. Your psu/backplane may or may not be sata 3.3 compliant however.
The issue as the HGST document explains is that P3 (Pin 3) functionality was re-defined for SAS spec, and then later it was pushed into SATA Rev 3.3. Q: When was this feature introduced on SAS HDDs? A: With the introduction of 12G SAS, a new SAS standard, SAS-3, redefined P3 (Pin 3) from “3.3V Power” to “POWER DISABLE”, i.e. “Reset”. At that time, the STA (SCSI Trade Association) researched the marketplace and determined that there were no conflicting legacy concerns. It was known that there could be legacy compatibility issues. It seems this re-defined P3 spec was pushed on manufacturers by datacenter owners that wanted to save money from having a tech forced to manually pull and reseat a specific drive (reset) under limited cases of drive lockups.
Further note about White Labels:
The latest addition the Easystore family is the WD80EMZZ, another White Label. This drive appears to be the white label version of the WD80EFZX, and from what I've been able to find thus far does not utilize the SATA 3.3 compliant power adapter so the 3.3v PIN issue can be ignored. (confirmation about this thanks to phaicmhere)
A lot of people in the comments have shared data about serial numbers, DCM's, and other such data in relation to the Easyshares as a whole but also trying to parse out info on the White Labels. Recently nfx45posted such data with a specific call out about one serial number not working with his PSU and another 2 that did, even though all three are EMAZ drives. As such, I'll repeat: the data and information represented in this compendium is simply not complete. As I explained in that thread, I'm not prepared to commit the amount of time charting this data as I'm pretty sure it'll require. That also means the chart below is not going to be 100% reliable. Instead, use this as a general guide. Think farmer's almanac, not encyclopedia.
3.3v chart (please read the second "Further note about White Labels" note right above this!):
(*) : Included in cases such as the Lian-Li PC‑Q25B, these items are optional add-in devices for many Lian-Li cases that "convert" a drive cage into a hotswap bay. (Writer's note: Please feel free to comment with known to be working or not working devices for the 3.3v talking point, and if you spot a post with someone confirming it works tag me in the comments so I see it!)
"Modifying" the drive to work with PSU's/backplanes that don't support SATA 3.3
OptionalCookie made a great post explaining visually what to do to work around this issue without performing any destructive acts. Direct Imgur link. If your drive works in the Easystore shell but doesn't work in your hot swap bays or with your PSU's power adapters this is a great solution. As service_unavailable and deelowe both point out on that post comment thread, using Kapton tape would be a better solution if you'll be purchasing tape to do this. Also, access_random has made and shared a great video about both the kapton tape method and using a Molex-to-SATA power adapter that's available here. I will make one note: While the Molex-to-SATA power adapters work and are typically fine, cheap models are also known to quite literally melt if not catch fire. Getting quality adapters if you want to go that route is highly recommended.
Personally I haven't shucked my Easystores. I'm using them as backups for my home server. As such I really don't care what the drives are, it's just cheap drives to copy data to and throw in the closet. If you are also going to use them as I do, the internal drive shouldn't matter much. If you're going to leave them shelled but active 24/7 (a Raspi NAS?) the better drives will help but only to a small degree.
Changelog / Areas to add to this compendium?
5/24/2018 10pm Pacific: After about 6 months I'm calling it quits on updating this. I just don't have the time right now and don't foresee having the time to keep it up in the future. I fully support someone taking it over if they'd like.
5/17/2018 11:45pm Pacific: Added nowinstock.net link so you can sign up for price alerts. PS: I just moved cross country, I'm still unpacking, building furniture, etc., so this post is SUPER low priority for me at the moment.
5/2/2018 2:30pm Eastern: It looks like the -NEBB model is no longer available, some commentary on that under the pricing table was added.
4/20/2018 9:15pm Eastern: Looks like we got pinned! Thanks mods!
4/2/2018 1:45pm Eastern: access_random shared his new video about non-destructive "mods" to help get around the 3.3v issue many face with certain PSU's and backplanes.
2/24/2018 8pm Eastern: Added a note to the pricing section linking to PC Price Picker, thanks to thinksgeek for the reminder that it has historical data!
2/20/2018 10:30pm Eastern: Added a new note about the White Label drives. There's more evidence that EMAZ drives with certain SN's are acting differently in regard to the 3.3 pin topic. (thanks nfx45!)
2/9/2018 9:30am Eastern: Changed up the phrasing in the 3.3v pin section a bit to reflect that even some newer PSU's may not support the white label drives. Also added a disclaimer to further clarify that this document should not be taken as a final resource.
1/30/2018 10am Eastern: Added link to slickdeal's serial number wiki. (thanks driscoll42!)
1/11/2018 11am Eastern: Moved the shucking section up as it seems more relevant for most users, added another instructional video at bilditup1's suggestion.
1/8/2018 10pm Eastern: Further updates on the EMZZ drives, minor reorganizing, added the YouTube video a couple people have linked about shucking so the option is there for first time readers without digging through the comments, etc.
1/8/2018 9:30am Eastern: Added a hdparm command option for identifying drive model, added EMZZ as possible drive in -NESN (will look for more info on this EMZZ drive)
12/28/2017 5:15pm Eastern: A few additions to help clarify some stuff, another addition to the 3.3v working chart (I stopped adding to the change log for each addition), added request to tag me in comments on new posts confirming if a device works with the shucked white label drives.
11/30/2017 9am Eastern: Added another NAS to the 3.3v working chart
11/29/2017 9:30am Eastern: Updated OS X info for getting drive information.
11/28/2017 12pm Eastern: Changed the 3.3v pin "working or not" chart. It's gonna grow like crazy but it should be easier to read. Also added OS X command to get drive model and changed around the formatting of that section a bit.
11/28/2017 10am Eastern: A few more minor corrections, cleaned up a few sections, and updated current price.
11/27/2017 10pm Eastern: Added some more info about the 3.3v pin topic (specifically why it's a thing) and a couple devices to the does work list.
11/27/2017 5pm Eastern: Clarified a few more things, added the beginnings of a 3.3v working or not chart, added some info for finding out what internal drive is before shucking
11/27/2017 2:30pm Eastern: Added "What's in the shell?" section/chart, clarification on warranty, reorganized order a bit so it's hopefully more linear for new folk, cleared up the white label points (thanks for the info knightcrusader).
If you have any suggestions for items to add, points to be made, or corrections to make please comment below! I'll try to keep this updated and accurate as best that I can!
2017.10.03 02:51 AutoModeratorThe Gifted - Series Premiere Discussion
Premise: With the help of an underground network of mutants, Caitlin and Reed Strucker (Amy Acker and Stephen Moyer) go on the run from the Government with their children (Natalie Alyn Lind and Percy Hynes White) after they display their mutant powers in the X-Men-based series from Matt Nix.
[Edits: observations from other users; semi-ordered] The final episode did a nice job referencing old images and themes. Here are a few I found:
The obvious: the final shots of Shaw at the payphone and of the street of people is the same as the first episode.
As pointed out by EThorns, the real CBS newscaster Kristine Johnson appears in "Pilot" and "return 0"
"Everyone dies alone." Evocative of Reese's "In the end you're all alone and nobody's coming to save you" and Dominic's "We all die in the end."
"Fair enough." Finch says this while the Machine is talking to him, inadvertently referencing Special Counsel's final words.
As pointed out by jcc10, Root's grave number is the date of "Zero Day," when she was "reborn" as the Machine's analog interface/voice.
The Machine loses her sense of time and hires assassins, as in "SNAFU."
As pointed out by rpawson5771, Reese uses knockout gas, a tactic utilized by Shaw ("Relevance") and Root ("Lady Killer" and "Search and Destroy").
Finch is shot and hallucinates a dead female friend, like Reese in "Terra Incognita."
Fusco is stabbed because he didn't learn his lesson from the Pilot: check someone before you put them in the backseat!
A virus harms the Machine and a payphone rings; the voice on the other end tells the Machine what to do.
Shaw only shows up "for the dog."
"But...if even a single person remembers you, maybe you never really die." A more metaphorical version of how the Machine duplicates everyone it studies. And it alludes to "everyone is relevant to someone."
In the final appearance of Thornhill's company, the Machine evades death by recording, this time by tape instead of paper (first appearance of Thornhill's company in "Zero Day") or power-grid -> RAM chips (second appearance of Thornhill's company in "YHWH")
Said tape recorder is similar to the one used by Finch in the Pilot. Both cases, we hear a dying woman's voice which gives someone (hobo!Reese, new!Machine) reason to do good.
Reese dies by gunfire and explosion, the way the CIA had planned to have him offed.
The first time we see or hear Amy Acker, Reese is protecting her. The final time we see or hear Jim Caviezel, Amy Acker is watching over Reese.
The Machine says the moment that gives the most insight is the last one. Obviously, we see John die saving people like his dad. But it also refers to the Machine herself. She spent her last moments watching over John. They died but live on, in our memories. And Netflix + box sets.
2015.10.12 16:01 bwburke94SILLY THEORY: Fred didn't physically age in Pylea?
This completely violates any sense of consistency with the story, but I think it makes sense in a meta sort of way. Fred was in college in 1996, which means she graduated high school no later than 1995. Given that the 1994-95 school year was her high school senior year, this places her birth from roughly September 1976 to August 1977. Now, we know this year fits with Amy Acker's actual age (b. December 1976), but this would make Fred four years older than Cordelia, which... doesn't seem right. So what if Fred didn't physically age in Pylea for whatever reason? Then Fred would be a year younger than Cordy, physically speaking, which fits their actresses' real ages better. Plus, this makes the "A Hole in the World" flashback work better, since Acker would be playing four-years-younger Fred instead of nine-years-younger Fred. (Note: Teenage Cordelia from "Spin the Bottle" is no older than 17 years and 2 months, given that she doesn't recognize Liam as being Angel. The two met in "Never Kill a Boy on the First Date", which can't be set after February 1997. This means that the counter-theory of Fred graduating high school a year early isn't completely out of the question.)
2015.03.25 18:12 bwburke94How old are the members of Team Angel?
Well, we have explicit ages for some of them, but not all. Because season 3 doesn't have any direct BtVS crossovers, we can't determine the exact dates of the midseason episodes, making Cordelia's and Connor's birthdays a bit hard to determine.
ANGEL: Confirmed to be born 1727 and sired at age 26. (David Boreanaz was age 27-29 on BtVS and age 30-34 on AtS.)
CORDELIA: Stated as May 22, 1981 in "The Prodigal", but implied to be December 1980 or January 1981 in "Birthday". (Charisma Carpenter was age 26-28 on BtVS and age 29-32 on AtS.)
DOYLE: No birthdate given. (Glenn Quinn was age 29.)
WESLEY: No birthdate given. (Alexis Denisof was age 32-33 on BtVS and age 33-38 on AtS.)
GUNN: No birthdate given. (J. August Richards was age 26-30.)
FRED: No birthdate given, but we know she was at UCLA in 1996. (Amy Acker was age 24-27.)
CONNOR: Confirmed to be born 2001 or early 2002, "fake" birthdate within his season 5 memories is roughly 1984-85. (Vincent Kartheiser was age 22-24.)
LORNE: We have absolutely no info on how Deathwok demons age, so we don't have anything for Lorne. (Andy Hallett was age 25-28.)
SPIKE: Confirmed to be born circa 1851 and sired in 1880, making him roughly 28 when he was sired. (James Marsters was age 35-40 on BtVS and age 41 on AtS.)
HARMONY: Confirmed to be born circa 1981 and sired in 1999, making her 17-18 when she was sired. (Mercedes McNab was 16-20 on BtVS and 23-24 on AtS.)
ILLYRIA: Chronologically thousands of years old. See Fred for other details.
2014.12.28 23:32 SpottyRasangMy Top 15 Television Performances of 2014
Honorable mentions: Amy Acker and Sarah Shahi for “Person of Interest”, Manu Bennett for “Arrow”, Julia Louis-Dreyfus for “Veep”, Andre Braugher for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”, Julianna Margulies for “The Good Wife”, Samira Wiley for “Orange Is the New Black”, Louis CK for “Louie”, Pedro Pascal for “Game of Thrones”, All four “The Affair” folks 15. Clive Owen, “The Knick” I’m not as big a fan of the show as many others are, but there’s no doubt that without Owen’s wonderful performance, the show would be missing something essential. As Dr. John Thackery, Owen gave one of the best portrayals of addiction and withdrawal that I’ve ever seen on television. 14. Lizzy Caplan, “Masters of Sex” In season 2, Virginia Johnson once again struggled to balance her work life and personal life, and the internal conflict threatened to tear her apart. It all culminated in the season finale, which featured a heartbreaking and impeccable performance by Caplan. Shout out: Michael Sheen 13. Jon Hamm, “Mad Men” Jon Hamm better win that Emmy next year. He’s been consistently giving us incredible moments as Don Draper, and season 7a was no different. From Don’s relationship with Sally in “A Day’s Work” to his slow dance with Peggy in “The Strategy”, Hamm once again proved that he’s one of the best actors on TV. 12. Noel Fisher, “Shameless” Normally, I’d be singling out Emmy Rossum or Jeremy Allen White, but Noel Fisher was one of TV’s dark horses this year. In season four–the show’s best to date–Mickey finally came out, and he did so in a sad, yet rousing, fashion. That was due largely in part to Fisher. Shout out: Emmy Rossum 11. Allison Tolman, “Fargo” Tolman’s performance was my favorite in a show filled with great performances. Although she could’ve used a better payoff than she got, Tolman was excellent as Deputy Molly Solverson, crafting an endearing character of her own…even if at first, it seemed as if she would just be a follow up to Marge Gunderson. Shout out: Billy Bob Thornton 10. Aya Cash, “You’re the Worst” I’m not sure if I can think of many TV characters who are more fun to watch than Gretchen. Aya Cash was one of TV’s best surprises this year, and whether she was making you laugh or cringe or even tear up–see “Finish Your Milk”–she was giving an insanely good comedic performance. The energy she brought was infectious, and she was endearing from the start. 9. Andrew Daly, “Review” Daly’s performance as Forrest MacNeil anchored one of the funniest and most unique shows on TV, and while he’s certainly a fantastic comedic actor, he was even better when Forrest wasn’t in a great place. He brought pathos to a role that we weren’t expecting much of at first, and the show was amazing as a result. Daly’s performance? 5 stars. 8. Matthew Rhys, “The Americans” Philip Jennings was an incredibly compelling character in season 2, and as much as he might’ve seemed like a cool, loving dad, Rhys also found a darker side and portrayed it with aplomb. Philip could be terrifying to watch at times, and his scene with Pastor Tim in “Martial Eagle” ranks among the best of the year. Shout out: Keri Russell 7. Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black” Maslany was as good as ever this past year, and if it’s not clear by now, this woman is talented as hell. The Helena-Sarah scene in the shower–no, not like that–was one of her finest acting moments thus far, and that’s saying something. Also, clone dance party. 6. Carrie Coon, “The Leftovers” Between this and her role in Gone Girl, Carrie Coon has had a stellar year. As Nora Durst in The Leftovers, she took us on a fascinating journey through an intriguing character, and her showcase episode, “Guest”, is pretty much an Emmy highlight reel in one hour. Shout out: Christopher Eccleston 5. Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent” Tambor will always have a special place in my heart due to Arrested Development, but his role as Maura in Transparent highlights a very different side of his acting ability. We saw the pain and frustration in every facet of Maura’s being, and her attempts to connect to her family made for a very moving and beautiful show. 4. Mads Mikkelsen, “Hannibal” As Dr. Hannibal Lecter, Mikkelsen is refined, affecting, brutal, scary, and sad. He was endlessly watchable this season, and every time he was on screen, he commanded the room; whether he was simply sitting there or whether he was completely unleashed, Mikkelsen was phenomenal. Shout out: Hugh Dancy 3. Eva Green, “Penny Dreadful” The show was already great, and Eva Green was even better. She set a whole new benchmark for horror performances this year, and her high points came during scenes that, in horror movies, are normally more silly than scary: possessions. 2. Aden Young, “Rectify” The whole cast was perfect this year, but Aden Young’s performance still found a way to stand out. Daniel Holden had to deal with a town that was out to get him and a past that haunted him, and his journey so far has been one of the most gripping and poignant on television. Special kudos to Young for his work in “Donald the Normal” and “Unhinged”. Shout out: Abigail Spencer 1. Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective” Rust Cohle was fascinating from the very first scene, and McConaughey continued his streak of excellence with a compelling eight episodes of badassery, enigmatic monologues, and, at the end, moving catharsis. It was an eye-opening, award-worthy performance that will be tough to live up to in season two. Time is a flat circle, ladies and gents. Actual post here: http://polarbearstv.com/2014/12/27/the-top-15-television-performances-of-2014/
I hate it when shows and movies get that stuff wrong. Sometimes there’s no time to get it right. But when we can, we do. All of the writers are engaged in doing their own research and trying to get it right. We have an incredible technical advisor named Tony Camerino who looks like a schoolteacher but has done all kinds of crazy shit including interrogating honest-to-god terrorists. So we try not to piss him off. Valerie Plame also stops by everyone once in a while. She’s completely rad.
Turns out the only thing that’s science fiction about our show is the public outcry that we imagined if anyone found out about Finch’s Machine. Our Machine is superior in a number of different regards.
Thanks. We had a whole "origin of the vest" story we cooked up that unfortunately wound up on the cutting room floor. Frank Fleming is our amazing Wardrobe Czar, and always keeps our boys bespoke. Cause when you have a show where one of the characters is always referenced as the "Man in the Suit," it better be a damn good-looking suit.
Absolutely, cat's out of the bag on this one, we recently disclosed that Sarah Shahi will be joining our regular cast of characters for season 3. She’s holed up in a Hong Kong hotel room waiting for scripts. Directed an episode last season on Person of Interest. Had great fun and made a huge mess in New York City. Very much looking forward to making a film. But first we have some more TV to make.
I painted this dark, dystopian picture of a world under total surveillance and then explained that it was real. Everyone’s favorite part of the pitch was when I pointed to someone’s cell phone and said that the NSA could be listening to the pitch regardless of whether or not they were on a phone call.
Great question. Central question of the show. No one seems to mind that a computer somewhere at google reads all of our emails. We applied the same idea to the surveillance state. Is it a good thing or a bad thing? For you to decide.
As for the second question, we love the whirlwind of thought-provoking online reviews and comments, but we never want the show to become a feedback loop for our fans. We just want to keep pushing the show ahead in dangerous new directions. And as you can tell from recent revelations in the news, we have no shortage of amazing material to keep twisting and turning into dramatic narrative. We're entering a really weird era in this age of information technology. Buckle up and join us on the ride.
Yup. We did a lot of research into real world attempts to build the machine -- figures like Poindexter, who was quickly demonized for Total Information Awareness but who, at least according to what we read, was actually deeply aware and concerned about what I'd call the privacy paradox. Poindexter and others always thought that automation was the only possible solution. You don't mind when gmail has an algorithm look at your emails. So thats what Finch built.
It started on the pilot when we peered through the lens of our camera smartphones and the face detection box popped up. Seemed logical that the machine would employ similar technology in its surveillance. We thought color-coding would be a cool extension of the machine's POV, depending on how it categorized each individual.
Thank you! Love NYC and especially our NYC fans. We incorporate NYCers every day when we're out shooting! We put the signs up and they walk right past em and shove our actors out of the way. Gotta love the city.
We have an elaborate kickback payment scheme with actors whose characters have been killed off. We get a check, they get a flashback. But yes, we're also deeply invested in the backstory of all of these characters. I loved Lost. That show was able to jump around and grow the characters stories backwards and forwards. And it always eases the pain of the 'we're about to kill of your character' phone call to actors when you can remind them that everyone lives forever in flashback on POI.
Prof. Glavin? Such a great guy. I use the things he talked about every day. Most important being the discipline of writing whether or not you're feeling inspired. Inspiration is fickle bullshit. You have to write every day if it's going to work. Personally most days I hate writing. I find it exhausting and depressing. But on those days when you are inspired and you're working its amazing. I used to say it's like sex -- if it's too easy you're doing it wrong. [edited to sound less bleak]
The writers. Everyone I worked with on that show has gone on to do interesting, challenging work. It was a real sink-or-swim environment for me coming up. Maintaining a high-level of writing on a cutting-edge drama is difficult in network television, just because of the sheer volume of episodes. That was a fun era when the most critically acclaimed shows were also network shows. And oh yeah, I also missed being able to say "bullshit," "douchebag" and have actors show their ass on network tv. The FCC changed all that after Timberlake flashed Janet Jackson's nip at the Superbowl.
Amy Acker & Michael Emerson filming Person of Interest S4 Finale, BTS 4x22, YHWH
Person Of Interest cast thank you
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