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Why Does ‘The Strain’ Have So Many Freaking Love Triangles?

9/7/2015 8:45pm EDT
The Strain
Love triangles suck.

That’s a generalization, but you know what? I’m OK with it. Mostly because it’s been proven true (anecdotally, at least) in my day-to-day TV watching. Chaining three people together in some endless will-they-won’t-they thing is an conveneint, time-tested formula to build dramatic tension on your TV show.

But it’s same dramatic tension you see in just about every other love triangle in existence. And I’m really, truly sick of wading through three separate love triangles on The Strain just to see somebody power-smash an axe through something pale and slimy.

Yes, three....

Kelly Goodweather Has Become ‘The Strain’s’ Newest, Nastiest Villain

8/31/2015 4:05pm EDT
The Strain
The Strain hasn’t really known what to do with Kelly Goodweather this season. Granting her vampire sentience? Supplying her with an army of creepy vampire kiddos? Both solid plays. But both were taken from the original “Strain” book series, and both were introduced in the season premiere.

Since then? Eh. Every episode has had the same little dash of Kelly. There she is! Hot on the trail of our heroes, with those little vampire kids in tow. Is she actually going to catch up with them? Oh, guess not. Maybe next week.

Last week’s hour was much more involved- a bona fide Kelly fight scene! An...

'The Strain' Recap: Vampires Vs. Gladiators? No Contest

8/24/2015 2:35pm EDT
The Strain
Hey, remember that time I was all “Quinlan’s not nearly as cool a character as Vaun was and seems like a cheap imitation with a British accent?”

That may have been a tad shortsighted. Mostly because “The Born,” last night’s hour of The Strain, put a ton of effort into beefing up Quinlan’s character. I’d say they’re on equal footing at this point, as far as coolness goes.

You’ve got to love the creativity this season of The Strain’s taken in fleshing out the backstory for its new characters. The Guillermo del Toro-directed Lucha Libre movie for Angel was a knockout, and even if this week’s...

‘The Strain’ Recap: ‘Identity’ Says Goodbye To A Very Goofy Villain

8/17/2015 8:21am EDT
The Strain
Man, The Strain is really on a roll right now. Last week Corey Stoll’s wig was banished to the depths of vampire hell. This week, we say goodbye to another questionable visual effect: the Master, in all his fish-faced, hilarious glory.

You know, when he first rose out of his grave in “Identity’s” final scene, a part of me thought man, he actually looks kind of impressive with his face half burned away. It’ll be a shame to see him go. And then the Master stood to his full heigh and looked like a ridiculous muppet, and that thought burned out of my head in an instant. Even more so when his g...

'The Strain' Recap: RIP, Corey Stoll's Terrible Hairpiece

8/10/2015 2:56pm EDT
The Strain
Honest question: did you really think Corey Stoll’s wig was that terrible?

The general consensus seems to be that yes, it was- an abomination unto man and vampire alike that made his head look all goofy. I didn’t think it was that bad.

Either way, last night's The Strain- “Quick and Painless”- did away with the thing for good, after Eph shaved off his luscious (ish) locks to sneak into DC without everyone recognizing him as a fugitive. It worked! He may have had to murder Barnes to do so, but no biggie. Barnes was a pawn of the Strigoi overlords. Also, kind of a wuss.

Although, given the...

'The Strain' Recap: Vampires Vs. Lucha Libre

8/3/2015 6:35am EDT
The Strain
The Strain isn't becoming The Walking Dead, is it? Last week, the show was struck with a sudden case of Crappy Kid Syndrome. And this week, with "The Silver Angel," we're introduced to a new, nasty human element- bands of curfew-enforcing cops patrolling Red Hook at night, and beating the hell out of Fet for the sole crime of being a lovable rogue.

And for blowing up a subway station.

And for being out past curfew. But still.

It's very reminiscent of The Walking Dead's whole "zombies are scary, but it's humans that are the real evil" schtick. Here's a hint: humans are not the real enemy....

'The Strain' Might Be Suffering From Crappy Kid Syndrome

7/26/2015 10:55pm EDT
The Strain
What is it with crappy kids in the middle of an undead apocalypse? The Walking Dead has Carl. No one likes Carl. When people are legitimately hoping the little kid gets torn in half by ravenous zombies, you may have a serious problem.

It looks like The Strain is creeping towards that same problem. Three episodes in, and I would not mind at all if Zach got eaten by vampires. Or plowed into by a bus. Is that horrible to admit? Probably, but it's not a problem The Strain had last season. All we've seen of Zach so far is running off by himself, throwing tantrums and smashing his dad's lab equi...

Two Independent Films To Check Out

7/24/2015 10:00am EDT
Movie Reviews: 'Dark Was The Night' / 'Synchronicity'
The two films we’re checking out today both seem to see the importance of character work even within a genre setting – meaning plenty of brooding and bravado within a fantastical setting. Reviews of both "Dark Was The Night" and "Synchronicity" below!

Title: "Dark Was The Night"

Stars: 4

Genre: Horror / Drama

Cast: Kevin Durand, Lukas Haas, Bianca Kajlich

Director: Jack Heller

Rating: Not Rated

Running Time: 98 Minutes

Release Company: RLJ / Image Entertainment


What’s most impressive about "Dark Was The Night" is that it’s essentially...

'The Strain' Recap: Less Science, More Bloodsucking, Please!

7/19/2015 10:55pm EDT
The Strain
Hey, remember that awesome (also, gross) worm barf from last week's The Strain premiere? Well, there's none of that in our second episode, "By Any Means." Not a single barfed worm. It's kind of a shame.

I'm being serious (kinda)- because "BK, NY" introduced a heap of new neat concepts, and because "By Any Means" slams on the brakes and plays it very close to the vest with its newly-introduced vampire powers (worm barf, blind vampire schoolchildren), it can feel a little stale.

Setrakian (Old Setrakian, that is) does almost nothing the whole hour but flip through old books and yell surly o...

'The Strain' Is Back For Season 2!

7/12/2015 10:57pm EDT
The Strain
The absolute best moment of The Strain's second season premiere is its first five minutes. That's not a knock on the many minutes that follow (solid minutes, all of them), but that opening sequence? Totally killer.

We open on Grandma Setrakian and little Abe in early 1900s Romania. She's chopping onions, he's nursing a bowl of soup (why is she chopping onions when the soup's already made? Oh well) and recounting the story of Josef Sardu- the man who would one day become The Master.

That flashback's the only part of "BK, NY" directed by series creator Guillermo del Toro, and his stamp is a...

6 Secrets of 'The Strain' We Learned from Kevin Durand

10/3/2014 2:30pm EDT
The Strain
There are just days to go before "The Strain" airs its season finale. And for a brief hour, we'll all revel in sludgy, slime-drenched vampire goodness.

Maybe someone will be killed off. Maybe Eichhorst. Maybe the Master! Maybe the entire vampire-killing crew (which would mean a fairly uneventful second season).

But after that hour: nothing, for almost an entire year. So while we still have that last little bit of "Strain" left, let's enjoy ourselves.

Recently, Kevin Durand (Vasiliy Fet) held a conference call with reams of writers from sites across the Web, where he detailed the ins and ...

Review: 'Real Steel' 'Two Jews On Film' Have Split Decision On This Action Fantasy (Video)

10/6/2011 7:00pm EDT
Real Steel
Two Jews on Film: By Joan Alperin Schwartz - The year is 2020. Things look pretty much the same as they do now... Except in the world of boxing. Humans have evolved to the point where they no longer get excited by watching men and women pummel each other. Score one for us.

What we have instead is 'Robot Boxing' which I have to say is...really, really cool...especially the way it's depicted in this new fantasy, action film, called 'Real Steel' directed by Shawn Levy.

First of all, these 'robot boxers' aren't your everyday garden variety robots. These animatronic, mechanical men are ov...

Russell Crowe To Perform At Canadian Folk Festival

7/9/2011 11:30am EDT
Russell Crowe
Hollywood actor Russell Crowe is set to test out his musical skills by performing at a festival in Canada next month.

The Gladiator actor is to team up with his Robin Hood co-star Alan Doyle to perform two nights of music at the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk festival in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.

They will be joined on stage by fellow Robin Hood stars Scott Grimes and Kevin Durand, Crowe's singer wife Danielle Spencer and Irish duo Size2shoes.

Crowe, who has called the shows an "indoor garden party," writes in a post on, "Alan Doyle and I will be singing tunes...

Review: 'I Am Number Four' 'Two Jews On Film' Fly In Different Directions With This SciFi Flick (Video)

2/17/2011 10:30am EST
I Am Number Four
'I Am Number Four' directed by D. J. Caruso (Disturbia) is a scifi/action/teen-love story based on the best selling novel of the same name.

Alex Pettyfer portrays John Smith (Number Four). John is your basic teenage alien from the planet, Lorien. He's being hunted by the super evil Mogadorians. The villainous Mogadorians are eliminating the nine Loriens that are hiding on earth in numerical order.

When the film opens, Lorien Number Three, who's been living in Florida, has just been killed. Realizing that he's next, John and his teacher/protector, Henri (Timothy Olyphant) exchange thei...

Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett Star In 'Robin Hood' - On DVD & Blu-ray Sept. 21

8/8/2010 5:15pm EDT
Robin Hood
Oscar winner Russell Crowe reunites with "Gladiator" director Ridley Scott to reveal the untold story of a common archer’s rise to become a hero in "Robin Hood", the $309 million worldwide blockbuster coming to Blu-ray Hi-Def Combo Pack, 2-Disc Special Edition DVD and single disc DVD on September 21, 2010 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. All of these versions will feature the theatrical film, as well as a never-before-seen unrated director’s cut of the movie. The film and its unrated version will also be available day and date for digital download and video on demand.

The 3-dis...

The New 'Robin Hood': Did It Need A Remake?

5/12/2010 9:20am EDT
Robn Hood - Dit it need a remake
Robin Hood is one of the most famous folklore heroes of all time, and the first rhymes and stories about the noble outlaw go as far back as the 14th century. He is typically known as a follower of King Richard II, the Lionheart, and his enemies are the Sheriff of Nottingham and the ambitious Prince John. In time Robin Hood had a whole gang behind him with names as famous as his, like Little John, Will Scarlet, Friar Tuck, and Maid Marian. In most tales he chose to rob from the rich to give to the poor, fighting the greed of the upper classes with his bow, and over the past few centuries thi...

Russell Crowe Plans To Busk With The Merry Men In Italy

5/10/2010 10:47pm EDT
Russell Crowe
"Robin Hood" Russell Crowe has turned an upcoming family break into a busker's vacation - he'll be hitting the streets of Rome, Italy with his movie Merry Men.

The Oscar winner had planned to treat his wife Danielle to a romantic vacation in the Italian capital once his promotional duties for "Robin Hood" were complete, and when his co-stars found out, they decided to join him.

Now, the break for two has become a group holiday centered around singing on the Spanish Steps.

Crowe, who fronted rock band Thirty Odd Foot of Grunts, reveals, "It's Danielle's birthday, so I was gonna have dinne...

An In-Depth Look At The New Mutants In 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'

4/29/2009 2:00pm EDT
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
After three box office hits, it was no surprise when X-Men Origins: Wolverine was announced. It is coming to the theaters on May 1, focusing on the past life of everyone's favorite clawed mutant Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). While a few characters may have been seen before, such as Logan, William Stryker (Danny Huston), Sabretooth (Liev Schreiber), and Cyclops (James Marsden), most of the main mutants are unknown to the mainstream audience.

Here's a look into the new mutants in "Origins," starting with who they were in the comics and then who they may be in the movie. Beware though,...

This Week's Movie Buzz: See It, Rent It, Or Skip It?

4/27/2009 8:59am EDT
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
I'm very excited about the upcoming month. With May arriving this week, we kick off our summer movie season filled with epic blockbusters. This month we will see an "X-Men" spinoff, a prequel to "The Da Vinci Code," a fourth "Terminator" movie and a "Star Trek" reboot. Movies coming out this week are "Battle for Terra," "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past," "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," and "The Limits of Control."


Conner Mead (Matthew McConaughey) is successful photographer and a true womanizer; he's not above breaking up with three women at the same time vi...

Journeyman Film Is The Perfect Pit Stop For Talented Traveling Actors

3/27/2008 10:47am EDT
This weekend, there will be a movie released in the shadow of 21 and Run Fat Boy Run. It's been making its way across movie festivals for almost a year, picking up a couple of wins for "Best Here" and "Viewers Choice" there, and drawing some attention along the way. It's this way that filmmakers get their start, that actors get noticed, and that writers earn their stripes. It is a true independent film, normally for film school geeks with something to prove or French people. But now it's gained some theatrical distribution, and it may be outstretching its bounds.

Low budget, gritty and...