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TV Review: Bates Motel 5.10 “The Cord” (Series Finale)
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Bates Motel
Season 5 Episode 10: “The Cord” (Series Finale)
Directed by Tucker Gates
Written by Kerry Ehrin
Created by Anthony Cipriano, Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin
Starring Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke, Isabelle McNally
A&E
Air Date: Monday, April 24th, 2017, 10pm

Many of my favorite shows have sputtered to the finish making their final episodes something of a mercy kill. But not Bates Motel. Sometimes TV series hit the climax early and the final season just doesn’t have that special magic it once had. Not Bates Motel. No, Bates Motel is that rare exception: a series that like a fine wine got better with age. That makes tonight’s series finale even more upsetting. Over its five seasons the creators of the show somehow did something unthinkable: they took an untouchable classic (Psycho), by one of the legendary filmmakers of all time, and made it new, fresh, and dare I say… at times, better. At the forefront of the success are the duo of Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore as Norma and Norman Bates. Farmiga was perfectly overbearing and overprotective as “Mother”; neurotic to a fault and yet through it all, a loving and devoted matriarch. Highmore is a revelation. This season he has co-written episodes, directed, and delivered an unnerving and consistently moving performance, one that deserves to be recognized with an Emmy nomination. He stepped into perhaps the most iconic role in horror history and created a new and altogether different Norman than Anthony Perkins did for Alfred Hitchcock back in 1960. Tonight, Norma and Norman have a final ride as the Bates Motel shuts down for good.

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TV Review: Into The Badlands 2.6 “Leopard Stalks Through Snow”
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Into The Badlands
Episode 2.6 “Leopard Stalks Through Snow”
Directed by Paco Cabezas
Written by Matt Lambert
Created by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar
Starring Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Sarah Bolger, Aramis Knight, Emily Beecham, Oliver Stark, Madeleine Mantock, Ally Ioannides, Nick Frost, Marton Csokas, Chipo Chung
AMC
Air date: Sunday, April 23rd, 2017, 10pm

The second season of AMC’s Into the Badlands keeps on rolling along its bloody path. Last week, Sunny (Daniel Wu) and Bajie (Nick Frost) found a path back to the Badlands, but it came at a cost, and that cost proved too much for Sunny’s conscience. In an amazing technical display, Sunny (and a little Bajie) kicked butt and absconded with a vehicle, leaving a new enemy in their wake. Back inside the Badlands, the Barons were reeling after Quinn (Marton Csokas) surprised everyone at the Conclave, leaving his son dead. Tortured by Ghost Ryder (Oliver Stark), and riddled by a brain tumor, Quinn is left a stammering, shaky leader who holds baby Henry at knifepoint. Veil (Madeleine Mantock) was able to convince Quinn to surrender Henry to her. At that moment, Lydia (Orla Brady) led her former husband and dead son’s army against Quinn, a distraction that allowed Veil to escape. The major conflict last week was an internal one, where The Widow (Emily Beecham) wrestled with her choices after the conclave. Waldo (Stephen Lang) advised her to capture Quinn for the Barons to get back in their good graces, but The Widow isn’t one to compromise so easily. She chooses an alliance with Quinn against the other Barons, something I personally cannot wait to see develop.

Spoilers below for tonight’s episode of Into the Badlands:

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TV Review: Jordskott Episodes 3-4
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Jordskott Episode 3 on Shudder

Jordskott
Episodes 3-4 Del III & Del IV
Created by Henrik Bjorn
Written by Frederick Olsen
Directed by Anders Engstrom
Starring Moa Gammel, Stina Sundlof, Johannes Brost, Hans Mosesson, Lia Boysen, Peter Andersson
Shudder
Release date: April 13, 2017

On April 6th, Swedish series Jordskott hit the United States exclusively on AMC’s horror streaming service Shudder. The channel, available online at Shudder.com or on Roku, released the first two episodes of the ten-part series and releases two episodes every Thursday. The first two parts introduced us the strange town of Silverhojd, where police officer Eva Thornblad (Moa Gammel) returned home after her father’s suicide. It’s also the sight where seven years ago her daughter Josefine disappeared by the lake, a presumed drowning. Eva’s return coincides with another small child’s disappearance and her maternal and police instincts are in high gear. Despite sounding like a police procedural, there is a ton of wacky stuff going on in Silverhhojd. Eva’s father was the head of a cellulose factory and according to crazy old man Olof Gran (Hans Mosesson), this “upset the forest.” A girl appears out of nowhere in the middle of the fog and Eva is convinced is Josefine. Except this girl is infected with a parasite and apparently gets nutrients from plants. As Eva digs deeper, her own life is threatened and the conspiracies and mysteries continue to grow…

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TV Review: Bates Motel 5.9 “Visiting Hours”
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Bates Motel
Season 5 Episode 9: “Visiting Hours”
Directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi
Written by Scott Kosar
Created by Anthony Cipriano, Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin
Starring Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke, Ryan Hurst, Isabelle McNally
A&E
Air Date: Monday, April 17th, 2017, 10pm

We arrive at the penultimate episode of A&E’s Bates Motel, what has become one of my favorite shows on television. As excited as Bates fans are for the conclusion to Norman’s saga, one can’t escape this bittersweet feeling.

Warning! Spoilers below for Bates Motel!

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TV Review: Into The Badlands 2.5 “Monkey Leaps Through Mist”
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Into The Badlands S02E05 Review

Into The Badlands
Episode 2.5 “Monkey Leaps Through Mist”
Directed by Latoya Morgan
Written by Paco Cabezas
Starring Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Sarah Bolger, Aramis Knight, Emily Beecham, Oliver Stark, Madeleine Mantock, Ally Ioannides, Nick Frost, Marton Csokas, Chipo Chung
AMC
Air date: Sunday, April 16th, 2017, 10pm

Last week on AMC’s Into the Badlands, Quinn (Marton Csokas) made his dramatic return during the conclave, unintentionally saving The Widow (Emily Beecham) who was just targeted for death. After a fairly epic battle between all the past and current Barons, Quinn chased down his son and usurper Ryder (Oliver Stark) and stabbed him to death in a heartbreaking scene… no pun intended. While Quinn made his play, Veil (Madeleine Mantock) made hers, attempting to escape after killing one of Quinn’s men. Alas, she was locked in and is still a prisoner. Sunny and Bajie were not even featured last week, this week on Episode 2.5, they move closer to the Badlands…

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TV Review: Jordskott Episodes 1-2
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Jordskott Shudder exclusive

Jordskott
Episodes 1-2
Created by Henrik Bjorn
Starring Moa Gammel, Stina Sundlof, Johannes Brost, Hans Mosesson
Shudder
Release date: April 6, 2017

The Swedish horror series Jordskott made its American debut on AMC’s horror streaming service Shudder on Thursday, April 6th. The first two hour-long episodes (of ten total) are currently available with a new episode premiering each Thursday.

Created by Henrik Bjorn, Jordskott is a hard series to pin down. There are children disappearing and reappearing, strange parasitic illnesses, conspiracies, and ancient legends about the forest. Even the word is hard to translate as a Google search of “Jordskott” yields varied translations, most coming back to “earth shot” or something with “soil.” Whatever it means, the show blends police drama with the supernatural and creates an eerie, atmospheric, and uneasy world. Horror fans should take note of this, as it’s yet another binge-worthy series.

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TV Review: Into The Badlands 2.4 “Palm Of The Iron Fox”
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Into The Badlands
Episode 2.4 “Palm Of The Iron Fox”
Directed by Toa Fraser
Written by Daniel C. Connolly
Starring Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Sarah Bolger, Aramis Knight, Emily Beecham, Oliver Stark, Madeleine Mantock, Ally Ioannides, Nick Frost, Marton Csokas, Chipo Chung
AMC
Air date: Sunday, April 9th, 2017, 10pm

Warning: Spoilers for Into the Badlands below:

Last week on Into the Badlands, Sunny (Daniel Wu) and Bajie (Nick Frost) had an intense encounter with an infamous ex-Clipper, that ended with the duo escaping after a brutal battle. Sunny’s refusal to kill was almost Batman-like, but I think he’s saving up his remaining kills for when he gets back to the Badlands. In the Badlands, it’s all about the Conclave, a meeting of Barons called by Ryder (Oliver Stark). The Widow (Emily Beecham) sees this as an opportunity to unite other barons to her cause. The wildcard in all of this is Quinn (Marton Csokas). First, he is presumed dead, and second he has built and trained himself a reliable army of clippers. Does Quinn make a play at the Fort that once was his, against his son and former fiancé Jade (Sarah Bolger), who betrayed him?

Spoilers below.

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Fathom Events: Luc Besson’s ‘The Fifth Element’ Returning To Theaters
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The Fifth Element (1997)

I remember like it was yesterday: 15 years old, seeing a trio of films at my local theater twenty years ago. This particular day the trip consisted of Anaconda, Austin Powers, and my favorite of the three, Luc Besson‘s original space saga, The Fifth Element. Now, two decades later Besson wrote and directed another new space adventure, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, and to get crowds ready, The Fifth Element is returning to theaters thanks to Fathom Events and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

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Brooklyn Geekfest: Gaming & Cosplay in Brooklyn, NY
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It’s a strange occurrence to walk through a trendy Brooklyn neighborhood and see people dressed in costume walking in and out of a hotel… in Spring! Last Saturday, the Best Western Gregory Hotel in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, hosted the first annual Brooklyn Geekfest, brought to you by Gotham City Games. The miniature comic-con style festival featured two rooms, one dedicated entirely to gaming, featuring multiple consoles, and ongoing tournaments throughout the day. The other was filled with vendors selling toys, homemade video art, and of course video game accoutrement. As is now tradition with any geek-themed convention, there was a cosplay contest for both adults and children.

Check out our interview with host and the owner of Gotham City Games, Ralph Pugliese, and our image gallery below.

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Honest Trailers Presents ‘Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift’
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Honest Trailers Fast And The Furious Tokyo Drift

With Fate of the Furious quickly approaching, and all levels of cinematic common sense going out the window, the gang at Screen Junkies turn to the unlikely blockbuster cars and criminals series for their Honest Trailers one more time. This time, we go back to 2006 as Justin Lin was given the keys (haha) to the F&F franchise, and decided to make a movie without all the actors that made it popular, and change the scenery by a few thousand miles.

Check out the Honest Trailer below.

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