Reviews from the Small Screen (Dec. 3, 2013)

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Published on: December 3, 2013

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An Adventure in Space and Time

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Mark Gatiss treats the legends of Doctor Who’s creation as only a longtime fan can, in a lovely tribute full of the exasperated acceptance that rose-tinted hindsight brings.

Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant

  • Excerpt: An engaging docudrama for ‘Doctor Who’ fans and non-fans alike.

Doctor Who: “The Day of the Doctor”

Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog

  • Excerpt: Considering that the special is billed as a spectacular commemoration of the series, it is interesting just how prepared Moffat et al. are to let it be melancholic. Each post-revival version of The Doctor has been grappling with grief and trauma over what he has done, with some being more pronounced (Eccleston) than others (Smith), but this is one of the few instances in which the show has tackled this aspect of the character head on.

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: I’ve been hard on Steven Moffat during his tenure as showrunner. But he got it right here. He got it really, really right.

Reviews from the Small Screen (Nov. 26, 2013)

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Published on: November 26, 2013

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Dexter: The Final Season

Sean Axmaker @ Cinephiled

  • Excerpt: Showtime’s black-humored series about a serial killer with a code (he only kills killers) was never as nuanced as Breaking Bad, as flamboyant as True Blood, or developed as dark and elaborate a mythology as such network shows as Hannibal or The Following, but for eight seasons it did what it did just fine.

Doctor Who: Series 1-7 Limited Edition Gift Set

Sean Axmaker @ Cinephiled

  • Excerpt: [Russell T.] Davies created a colorful, stylish show filled with humor and action, with more self-contained episodes than the serial format of the old low-fi show and a new slant on the Time Lord mythology, and he passed the TARDIS off to the prolific and creative Steven Moffat to carry on the tradition in the fifth season with a brand new Doctor in Matt Smith.

Naked City: The Complete Collection

Sean Axmaker @ Cinephiled

  • Excerpt: The acclaimed cop show set and shot on the streets of New York City is ostensibly inspired by the influential 1948 film of the same name, a film noir with documentary immediacy, but it plays more like a Playhouse 90 anthology wrapped around a criminal investigation than a traditional crime drama, thanks in large part to meaty stories by Stirling Silliphant, who set the tone with his scripts and stayed on as executive story consultant.

Sharknado

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: There have been high concept movies before, but “Sharknado” has streamlined the process by inventing a title that’s so high concept it makes the rest of the movie superfluous.

Reviews from the Small Screen (Nov. 19, 2013)

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Published on: November 19, 2013

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Is Arrow the best superhero show ever?

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

  • Excerpt: One of the less talked-about TV shows on American TV, is easily one of its best right now

Reality Check

Frank Ochieng @ Yahoo! Voices Movies

  • Excerpt: The ubiquitous realm of reality television has entertained audiences worldwide.

Reviews from the Small Screen (Nov. 5, 2013)

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Published on: November 5, 2013

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Anno 1790

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: So awesome that I almost can’t bear it. And so relevant to today: Are the battles between rich and poor, science and superstition, freedom and repression actually endless?

Reviews from the Small Screen, Oct. 29, 2013

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Published on: October 29, 2013

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Recordando “Terra Nova”

Nuno Reis @ SciFiWorld Portugal [Portuguese]

Untold History of the United States

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

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Published on: October 22, 2013

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The Hollow Crown: The Complete Series

Nick Hartel @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Wholly entertaining in every way, “The Hollow Crown” is on the short list for must-see releases for 2013; it is the rare adaptation of Shakespeare that bridges the gap between the learned aficionado and the curious novice.

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Published on: October 15, 2013

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Behind the Candelabra

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Breaking Bad- Finale

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: To go out properly, the final Breaking Bad would have to equal those moments. Breaking Bad went out properly.

Burning Bush

Jose Solis @ StageBuddy

Elementary: Step Nine

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Gideon’s Army

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: Two young public defenders reveal the secret hell in our criminal justice system.

Glee – Season 4

Nuno Reis @ Antestreia [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: O problema desta série é que haverá sempre uma música que me obrigará a ver o episódio e para isso vou acabar por ver tudo o que ficou para trás. Maldito Glee, basta fazerem um bom último episódio e vou ver a série completa…

Golden Boy: The Complete Series

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: He Shoots, He Scores, He Bombs!

Homeland- Season 3 Episode 1

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: With the psychological complexity of Brody’s character and the startling intensity of Damien Lewis’s acting removed from that mix, Homeland may be in for a wobbly third year.

Is Sleepy Hollow the beginning of the end for TV’s golden era?

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda [Greek]

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Parker Lewis Can’t Lose

Nuno Reis @ Antestreia [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Se me quiserem imitar e cometer o erro de rever esta série, sigam este precioso conselho. Vejam apenas a segunda temporada.

Parks and Recreation- Season 6 Episode 2

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

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Published on: October 8, 2013

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Sam Turner @ Film Intel

  • Excerpt: Convincing Robert Downey Jr to do his shtick on TV would perhaps prove difficult but if HTC managed it, maybe Marvel can too.

Da Vinci’s Demons: The Complete First Season

Nick Hartel @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: An entertaining, but intellectually light piece of pseudo-history.

Magic City (Season 2, 2013)

Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: This could be explained with apparent loss of creative energy by showrunner Mitch Glazer. In first season he used fascinating setting and fascinating character; in second season he didn’t know what to do with them.

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Published on: October 1, 2013

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Arrow: Season 1

James Plath @ Family Home Theater

  • Excerpt: If your family consists of parents and a teenage boy and you’re looking to bond, Arrow can be a good alternative to video games.

Bates Motel: Ocean View

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Ocean View is still another brilliant episode in a fascinating series which keeps building to something big.

Bates Motel: Trust Me

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Trust Me has so much in it that even having Norman Bates deflowered (by the prettiest girl in school no less) isn’t the weirdest thing in the episode.

Breaking Bad

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: If last week’s episode was a slow and steady build to a furious climax, this week’s confounded that expectation by coming to its emotional and visceral head before the penultimate act break.

Breaking Bad

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: Before the show’s ending leaves a gaping hole in our hearts forever, we look back at what made the show so unforgettable to watch and what we will miss the most about it.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Little on Braugher’s résumé would indicate a hidden comic genius. But as Captain Holt on the new Andy Samberg cop sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine, he proves what countless dramatic actors have discovered before him: that the key to being funny is to play it absolutely straight.

Doctor Who: Classic Season Seven Vs. Revived Season Seven

Rick Aragon @ Gallifrey Exile

  • Excerpt: Classic Doctor Who Season Seven averaged a score of 9.75 per story. NuWho averaged a score of 2.8. Why?

Doctor Who: Terror of the Autons

Rick Aragon @ Gallifrey Exile

  • Excerpt: The debut story for both one of the Great Doctor Who villain and Who Companion makes this a legendary story.

Doctor Who: The Idiot’s Lantern

Rick Aragon @ Gallifrey Exile

  • Excerpt: The Idiot’s Lantern is a fast-moving, well-crafted story brought down only by stabs at kitchen-sink drama.

Golden Boy: McKenzie on Fire

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: What I liked about McKenzie on Fire was Bonnie Sumerville’s McKenzie. Everything else I found weak and a little clichéd.

Golden Boy: Scapegoat

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Scapegoat has some solid acting and those twists and turns corruption cases hinge on, and on the whole is a welcome return to form for the struggling (and eventually dead) series.

Hannibal

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

Mortal Kombat: Legacy – Season 2

Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant

  • Excerpt: Mortal Kombat: Legacy is a fun and proficient way to explore the franchise world and its unique kombatants.

Sharknado

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Reviews from the Small Screen

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Published on: September 24, 2013

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Bates Motel: Season One

Patrick Bromley @ DVD Verdict

Behind the Candelabra

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: One suspects and hopes that Behind the Candelabra is not the last we’ve seen of Steven Soderbergh the director. This HBO movie is a decent outlet for his talents and proves to be a relatively compelling and entertaining look at Liberace’s messy, secret off-stage excesses.

For Mature Audiences Only (Part 1)

Frank Ochieng @ Yahoo! Voices Movies

  • Excerpt: In “For Mature Audiences Only”, let’s take a look at some of the more mature characterizations that had an impact on our daily doses of entertainment on the glorious boob tube.

For Mature Audiences Only (Part 2)

Frank Ochieng @ Yahoo! Voices Movies

  • Excerpt: In “For Mature Audiences Only”, let’s take a look at some of the more mature characterizations that had an impact on our daily doses of entertainment on the glorious boob tube.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Complete Season 8

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: You can tell this group isn’t trying too hard to make their names or win new fans, but their comfort zone and unfakable chemistry is simply enough to fuel regular laughs.

Tales of the City: 20th Anniversary Edition

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: It’s kind of tough to believe that “Tales of the City” passed for bold and cutting edge television just twenty years ago. This drama series seems dated today, not merely because it’s set in the past or sports woeful picture quality here.
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