TV Review: Outlander

Outlander Season One

Crea. Ronald D. Moore

Over twenty years ago, Diana Gabaladon introduced the reading world to Claire Randall, the protagonist of her sweeping series Outlander. Since then, Randall and her adventures have enthralled readers around the world. That’s when former Battlestar Galatica showrunner Ronald D. Moore rose to bring the series to television. One of the summer’s most anticipated shows, Outlander finally made its premiere earlier this month.

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The Rover

The Rover (2014)

Dir. David Michod

  When Animal Kingdom came out in 2010, the world was suddenly introduced to David Michod. With the gritty, pulse pounding chronicle of an Australian crime family, the Australian director hit the scene and many wondered what he was going to do next. Photos started spreading of Guy Pierce and Rob Pattinson in a Mad Max-esque world and anticipation began to grow. Now the film is streaming digitally everywhere and it’s time to take a look.

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Eddie Pepitone: In Ruins

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Eddie Pepitone: In Ruins (2014)

Dir. Steven Feinartz

   The world of stand-up comedy is an ocean. There are the typical creatures you find closer to the surface that are more beloved and get the job done. Then there are the creatures down in the darkest depths and you think “What the hell is that? It’s so bizarre, yet I cannot look away…” Eddie Pepitone falls into the latter category. Based out of Los Angeles, Pepitone is known as a “comic’s comic,” a type of comedian not known as well in the mainstream, but beloved by his fellow comedians. After a tremendous documentary about his career, The Bitter Buddha, was released last year, Netflix premiered his latest hour special in hopes that he’ll be rocketed further into the spotlight.

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Muppets Most Wanted

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

Dir. James Bobin

  Three years ago, the Muppets weren’t as big as they once were. Most kids these days didn’t know who Kermit, Fozzie, or any of the other hilarious puppets. Then, Jason Segel and James Bobin decided to give Henson’s creations a chance for redemption. With a heartwarming story and delightful songs, The Muppets was a home run for the group and suddenly the Muppets were back. Now a sequel has made its way to us to see if this comeback can hold.

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TV Review: The Knick

The Knick Season 1 

Crea. Steven Soderbergh

  Premium cable has a tendency to attract the upper echelon of film folks. McConaughey just came off of True Detective, Scorsese executive produces Boardwalk Empire, and Guillermo del Toro is working on The Strain along with his other projects. Now, Steven Soderbergh, fresh off his break from film, has gone and made a medical period drama to keep himself busy. The show, called The Knick, premiered last week on Cinemax and is already stirring up buzz.

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TV Review: Manhattan

Manhattan Season 1

Crea. Sam Shaw

Once Masters of Sex showed that Mad Men didn’t own the historical drama, a new surge of networks trying to retake a piece of that niche’s pie have sprung up. Some, like Cinemax’s The Knick (which I’ll get to next time) have the prestige of big time directors behind it. Others, like WGN’s Manhattan, which premiered earlier this summer, remain hidden in the seas of basic cable.

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22 Jump Street

22 Jump Street (2014)

Dir. Christopher Miller & Phil Lord

   When 21 Jump Street came out two years ago, no one was sure that it was going to be any good. Then surprise, surprise, the movie was a knockout, totally poking fun at reboots and blockbusters while still being one of the funniest movies of the year. Now Christopher Miller and Phil Lord have decided to attempt to capture lightning in a bottle twice. With 22 Jump Street, the directing duo has decided to attempt the nigh impossible: the good comedy sequel.

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The Battered Bastards of Baseball

The Battered Bastards of Baseball (2014)

Dir. Chapman Way & Maclain Way

   Baseball is a sport that ingrained in our American culture. Loyalties run deep, rivalries last forever, and the sport never ceases to keep millions of Americans enthralled for over a hundred years.  Sports with such a vast history have their share of unbelievable stories and recently Netflix has exclusively released a film documenting one of the most fascinating stories in baseball history.

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Noah

Noah (2014)

Dir. Darren Aronofsky

   Darren Aronofsky is a bizarre filmmaker that you either really like or really hate. He’s created strong character pieces like Requiem for a Dream or The Wrestler, but also these weird, cerebral works like Black Swan or Pi that frustrate more than they titillate. So when Aronofsky decided to embark on a quest to make a film about Noah and the ark, no one was quite sure what to think. It could either be a surprise masterwork or an utter failure.

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TV Review: Masters of Sex

Masters of Sex Season 2

Crea. Michelle Ashford

   After Mad Men’s popularity, networks everywhere began to develop their own period dramas to compete. Some, like The Playboy Mansion, did not last very long. Others like Michelle Ashford’s Masters of Sex managed to stay afloat. The first season was one of the best debuts of the year and quickly began to shape into a worthy successor to Mad Men. Now the show has returned for a second season to show that their first time was not a fluke.

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