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Matt has been watching and critiquing movies since he was three years old (hopefully his writing skills have improved in that time). His favorite filmmakers are Quentin Tarantino, the Coen Brothers, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Martin Scorsese, Charlie Kaufman, Stanley Kubrick, David Fincher, Christopher Nolan and Darren Aronofsky. He is currently lobbying to become United States Film Czar, pending Congressional approval.

'The Following' Recap: 'Mad Love' (Season 1, Episode 4)

February 13th, 2013 7:42am EST
The Following has definitely stepped up its game after its first two episodes, both of which were rather unimpressive. With so much hype going into the series premiere, it wouldn’t have been surprising if the pilot episode had been less thrilling than I (and Fox) had made it out to be. Even so, the pilot was pretty rough. The dialogue was atrocious and nearly every scene was ripped from some other serial killer or psychopath movie/TV show.  I can only attribute the enhanced quality of the show’s writing since that time to the fact that creator Kevin Williamson must read my recaps and saw ho...
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'The Following' Recap: 'The Poet's Fire' (Season 1, Episode 3)

February 5th, 2013 4:57pm EST
Well, that was quite a surprise, wasn’t it? After The Following’s first two mediocre episodes, last night’s installment (“The Poet’s Fire”) finally cranked up the suspense and delivered on the promise Fox had been making with its endless promos and marketing. I’ll be the first to admit that I was crazy excited about The Following leading up to its premiere and that I was seriously underwhelmed with the pilot episode which was little more than an amalgam of every other serial killer TV show or movie in recent memory. The second episode wasn’t much better, though it did drop the horrific dial...
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'The Following' Recap: 'Chapter Two' (Season 1, Episode 2)

January 29th, 2013 3:50pm EST
My initial enthusiasm for Fox’s new serial killer drama The Following is waning somewhat after last night’s flaccid and uninspired second episode. Picking up where the premiere episode left off, “Chapter Two” is a much less tense hour of television than I had hope for. As the episode opens, we watch Jordy (Steve Monroe), one of Joe Carroll’s followers, present himself as a police officer in order to get into a sorority house. While there, he kills three of the nine girls who were home even though, as we learn later, he is barely a halfwit, according to Carroll. Even with help from other mem...
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'The Following' Series Premiere Recap - Is It Worth Following?

January 22nd, 2013 3:53pm EST
The Following
After months of hype, The Following finally premiered last night on Fox and, for the most part, the first episode did not disappoint. Created by Kevin Williamson, the brainchild behind the Scream movie franchise as well as The Vampire Diaries, The Following paints a portrait of a serial killer so intelligent and psychopathic that the cat-and-mouse game he initiates in the pilot will be enough to carry an audience through at least the first season. 

Our killer is Joe Carroll (James Purefoy), a former English professor who is an expert in Gothic literature, especially the works of Edgar Alla...
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Review: 'This Is 40' Is Far Too Long With Too Few Laughs

December 21st, 2012 11:04am EST
This is 40
Few people have done as much to change the face of American comedy as Judd Apatow. Having made significant impacts in both television and film, Apatow continually manages to blend his R-rated brand of humor with heart and sincerity. After launching Steve Carell as a legitimate comedy star in The 40-Year Old Virgin, Apatow made himself a star with Knocked Up, the funniest film of 2007 and one of the most hilarious movies of all time. To describe a movie or style of comedy as “Apatow-esque” can be both a very specific indicator of what to expect and one of the best compliments one can give t...
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'Homeland' Review: Season 2, Episode 11

December 11th, 2012 9:43am EST
Considering it was the second-to-last episode of the season, last night’s episode of Homeland (“The Motherfucker with a Turban”) was barely enough to get viewers’ blood pumping let alone get them excited for the season finale next Sunday. More of a “filler” episode than anything else, “Turban” felt like a midseason brush off with little real suspense or drama. On a side note, last night’s episode of Dexter was incredible and is exactly how Homeland should have done it.

The opening scene was possibly the biggest let down of the night. Last week’s episode ended with Carrie walking into a pi...
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'King Kelly' Star Louisa Krause Talks On-Location Filming and Social Media

November 30th, 2012 3:43pm EST
Two things become clear very quickly when speaking with actress Louisa Krause about her new film King Kelly. First, her cheerful attitude is genuine and infectious (so don’t bother trying to fight it off). Second, she is extremely passionate about the project and one senses she could talk for hours about its importance and timeliness. Though her name may not be familiar to you yet, that is likely to change in the near future. She gave a heartbreaking and moving performance in last year’s Martha Marcy May Marlene opposite Elizabeth Olsen, but it is King Kelly that will show off her real skil...
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'Homeland' Review: 'Two Hats' (Season 2, Episode 9)

November 26th, 2012 1:45pm EST
Forget everything I said last week about Homeland. I was wrong and I take it back. Actually, I still stand by what I said, but this week the writers have redeemed themselves with “Two Hats.” I honestly have no idea where the showrunners plan to take the rest of the season, but with only three episodes left, they have certainly set it up to be quite explosive (pun intended).

So, we left off after last week’s frustratingly unrealistic episode with Carrie watching as Roya essentially kidnaps Brody and takes him away in a helicopter. As this week’s episode opens, we catch up with Carrie, Pete...
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Eric Mabius Talks Grocery Stores, Parker Posey And 'Price Check'

November 22nd, 2012 1:00pm EST
Price Check
Independent film has always been an oasis to which dedicated film aficionados can escape when they need to have their thirst for mental stimulation quenched after being bombarded by the typical Hollywood fare. No stranger to the indie film scene, Eric Mabius (Ugly Betty) knows the challenges filmmakers face when trying to battle vampires and superheroes for moviegoers’ attention. His latest film, Price Check, has been called the definition of an indie film, having been shot in just 18 days on a budget of less than $1 million.

“That’s the state of independent film,” Mabius points out. “Ther...
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'Homeland' Review: 'I'll Fly Away' (Season 2, Episode 8)

November 19th, 2012 11:44am EST
Homeland
This season of Homeland has really pushed the boundaries of believability, sometimes veering into directions that are downright ridiculous. But, as with any series, loyal fans will forgive the writers when they ask their audience to suspend disbelief so completely that all sense of realism is ignored. In the season’s first episode, we knew it was absurd to think the CIA would send an ex-agent who suffered a mental breakdown less than a year earlier back into the field because of one potential contact. We all smiled and nodded when Carrie was allowed to have contact with Brody again, even th...
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