Sloan’s The Double Cross: Five Years Later

Published on May 12th, 2016 in: Canadian Content, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Tyler Hodg

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Legendary Canadian group Sloan are currently celebrating the 20th anniversary of their landmark album One Chord to Another with a deluxe edition rerelease on vinyl and 30-plus date tour. The vinyl also includes Recorded Live at a Sloan Party, meaning it’s the first time fellow Canucks can pick up that album without importing it.

Yes, it’s a pretty sweet time to be a fan of the band.

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Music Review: Those Pretty Wrongs, Those Pretty Wrongs

Published on May 11th, 2016 in: Americana, Current Faves, Music, Music Reviews, Reviews |

By Melissa Bratcher

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The music that Those Pretty Wrongs makes is familiar in the best of ways. It’s sun-dappled melancholy, 1970s AM radio-friendly songs that soar with warm harmony and delicate guitar. It’s quiet power pop with heart, which makes sense if one looks at their pedigree.

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TV Review: Lucha Underground, S2 E11 – 15

Published on May 10th, 2016 in: Current Faves, Horror, Matshifter, Pro Wrestling, Reviews, Science Fiction, TV, TV Reviews, Underground/Cult |

By Sachin Hingoo

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Hey, I just met you,
and this is crazy,
Robert Rodriguez
loves lucha libre!

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve visited the Temple, and with Dario Cueto back in control and his feral brother Matanza as champion, the whole show has a different feel. Gone is Mil Muertes looming over the Temple on his throne and the candles and other spooky touches Catrina put in Dario’s office. Instead we’re back to having live bands play us into the shows and a general feeling that chaotic violence can erupt at any time. I have to say that I’m glad to have Dario back in the backstage vignettes in particular, because he’s a much better actor than Catrina and has his sadistic douchebag character down pat.

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Movie Review: Ratchet And Clank

Published on May 9th, 2016 in: Cartoons, Current Faves, Gaming, Movie Reviews, Movies, Reviews |

By Tyler Hodg

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Beloved video game series Ratchet and Clank has made its way to the big screen, and much to fans’ delight, embodies the unique attributes that turned the franchise into something of substance in the first place. While the CGI film is bumpy at times, it never feels like a forced project developed strictly for monetary reasons, and celebrates the classic story that many have grown up with.

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In Case You Missed It: May 1 – 7, 2016—Word To Your Mother

Published on May 8th, 2016 in: Comic Reviews, Critics/Criticism, DVD/Blu-Ray Reviews, Feminism, Horror, ICYMI, Magick, Movie Reviews, Music Reviews, Podcasts, Top Ten Lists, TV Reviews |

By Less Lee Moore

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Happy Mother’s Day! Wondering how to pay homage to your mother, pop culturally speaking? Why not enjoy one of these films or TV shows featuring the Top Ten Best Moms in Pop Culture! If you want to feel better about your problematic family dynamic, you could always try the alternative: Here’s a list of the Top Ten Worst Moms in Pop Culture. (Thank Laury Scarbro for the lists, while you’re at it!)

Is Alicia Florrick a good mom in addition to being The Good Wife? The Hairpin pays tribute to this soon-to-be-over TV show with a series of fantastic and funny articles.

One thing a good mother shouldn’t do is leave her kids with a babysitter like Emelie. Tim Murr takes a look at the perils of childcare in the film of the same name, out now on home video.

For another kind of mother, you might be interested in this list of The Best Witch Cinema You Haven’t Seen from Alison Nastasi on Flavorwire. I haven’t seen or even heard of any of these films, so naturally I’m totally excited to watch all of them.

I might not be a part of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, but I can assure you that film journalism is definitely, as Women and Hollywood puts it, a “dudeocracy.” What can be done about it? Read the article for some ideas on how we can smash the patriarchy of film criticism.

Although critics complain that the roles of women in horror movies are often meaningless or exploitive, I take a different approach in my review of the 1976 flick The Premonition over at Everything Is Scary, called “Mother Of Fears.” Diabolique Magazine has an excellent, feminist analysis of Andrzej Żuławski’s Possession in which the filmmaker seems to ask “Do you liberate in order to destroy?”

What if you had a bong that allowed you to travel through time? Sort of like an updated Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure but with more incisive sociopolitical commentary (sort of), three-part miniseries Time Traveling Bong is worth watching, according to Sachin Hingoo. For something that poses less of a problem to quantum physics, but is perhaps even more bizarre, you could check out the newest episode of the TV OR GTFO Podcast that tackles Stephen Bochco’s infamous Cop Rock. The latest episode of Outsiders, the approrpriately titled “All Hell,” is a short but fitting first season finale, says Laury.

Is the sequel to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre truly superior to the original? That’s the compelling argument made by Justin LaLiberty at Paracinema. And how do you feel about Jared Leto as Lestat in the proposed remake of Interview with the Vampire or a sequel to The Craft?

Saturday was Free Comic Book Day! Frankenstein fans should check out ExMortis, while those who were disappointed by Hawkeye’s secret life reveal in Age Of Ultron, will enjoy this article from the newest addition to the Popshifter staff, Christine Makepeace, called “The Trouble With Hawkeye.”

Musicially speaking, Melissa Bratcher asks if there’s anything Jimbo Mathus can’t do and then decides there isn’t, in her review of his latest EP, Band Of Storms.

But seriously: let’s talk about the difference between dependence and addiction and what they have to do with chronic pain.

Podcast: TV or GTFO, Episode 3–“Cop Rock”

Published on May 6th, 2016 in: Comedy, DVD, Music, Podcasts, Reviews, TV, TV Reviews |

By Sachin Hingoo

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On this episode of TV or GTFO, Gary and Sachin review a short-lived curiosity of early 1990s television, the bizarre Steven Bochco (Hill St. Blues, L.A. Law, Doogie Howser, MD) project, Cop Rock. Rated one of the worst television shows in history by TV Guide, it’s a musical police procedural where cops and elected officials tackle heavy topics like selling babies, serial rapists, entrapment, and bribery—in song?!

Here’s a little taste of the series, soon to be available on DVD:

Will these incompetent cops ever complete a case without mishandling evidence? Why is the police chief constantly shooting his gun inside his office? Is $200 an appropriate price for a crack addict’s baby? Is Randy Newman a genius or a madman? Has anything on television ever matched the fourth-wall-breaking final scene of the series? Find out at the link below, download the episode right here, or listen from your favorite podcast app!

The Trouble With Hawkeye

Published on May 6th, 2016 in: Action Movies, Comics, Movies, Over the Gadfly's Nest |

By Christine Makepeace

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It’s looming on the horizon. Civil War is hanging in the distance–hovering and swollen with promise. But potential disenchantment floats beside it like flotsam skimming the waves. The last time Marvel assembled its mightiest, it wasn’t so, well, mighty.

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Comic Review: ExMortis #1 – 4

Published on May 6th, 2016 in: Comic Reviews, Comics, Current Faves, Horror, Reviews |

By Tim Murr

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I’d love to meet Mary Shelley’s spirit and find out what she thinks of how far her creation has come in the two hundred plus years since she released it into the world. Doctor Frankenstein and his monster are two of the most enduring characters in the history of literature and fit any number of genre interpretations. Not unlike much of Shakespeare’s work, Shelley’s Frankenstein can easily be adapted to any time period and any given version can emphasize the dramatic, the horrific, or the comedic.

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DVD Review: Emelie

Published on May 6th, 2016 in: Current Faves, DVD, DVD/Blu-Ray Reviews, Horror, Movie Reviews, Movies, Reviews |

By Tim Murr

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It’s mom and dad’s anniversary and they hire a new babysitter to watch their three young children. She comes highly recommended and seems like a sweet, smart girl, but the parents aren’t gone long before she starts to strangely assert herself over the children, guiding them into the darkest night of their brief lives.

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Top Ten: Worst Moms In Pop Culture

Published on May 5th, 2016 in: Feminism, Movies, Top Ten Lists, TV |

By Laury Scarbro

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There are good moms, and then there are these selfish hags. These are not the kinds of women you want looking after a houseplant, let alone being in charge of a child’s welfare. If you’re a parent, please, either don’t be like these people or do your kids a favor and put them up for adoption. If you’ve ever questioned your mom’s parenting abilities, just have a look at this list. Then go hug your mother and be grateful.
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