New Science/SciFi/Fantasy/Horror Shows for Spring and Summer 2014… And when they will end!   Leave a comment

Boy Howdy! It has been quiet here over the last few months! I am so sorry to have deprived the internet of my colorful commentary regarding the world of pop culture.  Lets get back into the swing of things with one of my favorite guessing games! When Will All the New Shows Get Canceled?!

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Black Box  – April 24 2014

The premise of this show reads like a cross between House M.D. and Perception.  A medical mystery show where each episode revolves diagnosing a patient who is experiencing “rare, highly visual, often hallucinogenic and startling conditions.”  The twist is that the main character, Catherine Black (Kelly Reilly) is suffering from bipolar disorder her self, and struggles with sticking to her medication regiment.

I’m torn on this one.  On one hand, I think that mental illness should be one of the highest priorities for the health care industry, and that starts with awareness.  One great way to bring awareness to the subject is by bringing the discussion directly into peoples homes.

But on the other hand, looks like this show has taken the stance that bipolar disorder makes you super sexy and self-destructive.  For people living with mental illness, who are already facing social stigma and unwarranted prejudice, this won’t be the image they want to put forward.

Cancellation Prediction:

Quietly after season four, with the characters enjoying a long life in shipping fan-fics.

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Archer and the Art of the Retool   Leave a comment

The fifth season opener of Archerthe FX animated series about a hopelessly shallow but  highly successful super spy, dumped the driving premise of the series and reemerged as something new.  Something that most shows can not pull off.

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If you have not seen the episode and plan to, I won’t spoil it for you.  Otherwise my take is below the cut!

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Posted January 15, 2014 by atomicsam in TV

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The Day After The Day of The Doctor   5 comments

Yesterday was, as I am sure you know, the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, the longest running sci-fi TV show ever.  The occasion was capped off with a brand new special, Day of the Doctor.  The special was so very very good (I’ve already watched it twice), but now that half a day has passed I can sit down and think about what wasn’t perfect about it.  A criticism, yes, but a loving one.

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If you haven’t seen the special yet, now is your chance to turn back.  Here is your spoiler warning!  If you have seen it you can find my thoughts behind the cut.  And if you haven’t watched the series, you will have no idea what I am talking about!

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Posted November 24, 2013 by atomicsam in TV

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Graveyard Fever   Leave a comment

Can love survive the end of days? Find out in Graveyard Fever! The latest video from my sketch comedy team Corgis From Hell!

 

Graveyard Fever premiered at Improv Boston’s The Kerfuffle on November 20, 2013

Posted November 21, 2013 by atomicsam in CorgisFromHell

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New Corgis From Hell Sketch!   Leave a comment

Hey All!

The next video from my sketch comedy team, Corgis From Hell, will debut tonight at Improv Boston’s The Kerfuffle!   I’ll post the video, Graveyard Fever, tomorrow for your continued amusement.

Posted November 20, 2013 by atomicsam in CorgisFromHell

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Evolution of The Living Dead   Leave a comment

George Romero‘s Night of the Living Dead is the quintessential zombie movie.  The first of its kind and the father of all modern zombie cinema. Today, you can’t walk five feet without running into a zombie and you can thank Night of the Living Dead for that.  As well as its sequels. And remakes.  And its other remakes.  And the sequels to those other remakes.

Recently I mentioned the Night of the Living Dead franchise in my post about the Army of Darkness sequel (which may have all been based on a lie). Night of the Living Dead is the only franchise that I can find where the original film continues to get sequels after there has been a reboot. Several reboots in fact.

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An oversight by the distributor left the film without a copyright.  Since it is in the public domain any TV station can air it for free.  Soon after its release it became an easy go to late night filler for TV stations with nothing else to air, introducing it to a wide audience that it otherwise would not have reached.  This error in paper work lead the film to becoming the most widely known zombie film of all time.

This also lead to the film’s content and title to be fair use for any other filmmakers to capitalize on.  Anyone can shoot a movie, call it Night of the Living Dead and legally release it in theaters. And many people have.  Beyond that, rights to the many of the films that followed the original have been sold off to various entertainment groups, and have had their own series of sequels.

Today there are over 30 movies and TV shows (plus comics, novels and who knows what else) that tie directly back to the Night of the Living Dead in someway. With more to come!  With that in mind I thought this could use some sorting out.  I Present to you, Dear reader, The History of the Living Dead! Complete with nifty Flow Chart!

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It Came From Netflix Instant! Halloween Edition Week 5: The Crow   Leave a comment

Halloween is nearly upon us! With that I have one last installment of It Came For Netflix Instant! before we hit the official start of Christmas.  Because, as we all know, Thanksgiving is just something you imagined and has never been a real holiday.  ICFNI! is my almost weekly segment where I find the movies on Netflix that are worth watching, and you can watch right now! Since it is October, all the movies this month have been geared toward the coming of the Great Pumpkin.

This week we look at a film series that has its ups and downs over the years, but is always Halloween appropriate, The Crow.

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Based on the comic book of the same name, the Crow films have been go cult favorites since the 90s.  The film spawned three sequels and a short lived TV series (not to mention that there is always threat of a reboot) and all of it can be watched right now!

The Crow – 1994

Brandon Lee, in the role that killed him, is an anti hero who comes back from the dead the night before Halloween to avenge his and his fiancee’s murders.  He also busts up crime and corruption on the streets of Detroit, finds time to save junkies from them selves and teaches a young girl about the importance of understanding.

This movie bleeds 1994.

Also it has a killer soundtrack that may or may not have been something that I listened to on loop on my Walkman all through high school.

This move has a diehard fan base and you should join us.

Not all of the Crow movies, however, are as beloved… but that does not make them any less fun to watch!

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