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TV Review: Doctor Who 8.2 “Into The Dalek”
Dr. Geek, Ph.D.   |  

Doctor Who Season 8 Episode 2 Into The Dalek

Doctor Who
Season 8, Episode 2 “Into The Dalek”
Directed by Ben Wheatley
Written by Phil Ford, Steven Moffat
Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Samuel Anderson
BBC America
Air date: Saturday, August 30, 2014, 9pm

Here we go again, indeed. This week on Doctor Who, we engage in a revisit of a foundational myth. Some critics have said that the show is at its greatest when it is willing to retcon its very beginnings. Here we see the attempt, yet again. William Hartnell’s second serial was called “The Daleks” and completed the definition of the four key elements of the show: the Doctor, the TARDIS, the companions, and the monsters. The Daleks are the first true monsters of the series and we learned what Doctor Who was about in 1963. Now, Phil Ford and Steven Moffat attempt to let a single Dalek show us what the series and a new actor playing the Doctor are about in 2014.

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TV Review: The Strain 1.8 “Creatures Of The Night”
Olympus Athens   |  

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The Strain
Season 1 Episode 8: “Creatures of the Night”
Directed by Guy Ferland
Written by Chuck Hogan and Guillermo del Toro
Starring Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Richard Sammel, Jonathan Hyde, Miguel Gomez, Natalie Brown, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, Robin Atkin Downes
FX
Air Date: Sunday August 31, 2014, 10pm

The Strain Season 1 Episode 8 “Creatures of the Night” will be reviewed in just a moment, but first, a little recap of last week’s Episode 7 “For Services Rendered” (Warning! Spoilers may be bad for your health!).

Setrakian (David Bradley) believes killing the Master will kill all the spawn. Eph (Corey Stoll) scoffs, but Setrakian shuts him down with his “rightness” streak. They have to find his human helpers as Eichhorst (Richard Sammel) was in Nazi Germany. Jim (Sean Astin) agrees to act as bait to capture Eichorst, even though his wife leaves him over it. They lure him to a train station, but he pulls a Neo move and turns the tables. Just as a tentacle is about to devour Setrakian, Eph shoots him in the leg with silver bullets. The plan’s idea was good, but it seemed very likely to fail as Eichhorst was moving purposefully and the three of them were running around kinda crazed. And so it did.

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Blu-ray Review: Cannibal Holocaust
FamousMonster   |  

Cannibal Holocaust Blu-ray Review by Adam Frazier

Cannibal Holocaust
Blu-ray
Director: Ruggero Deodato
Screenwriter: Gianfranco Clerici
Cast: Robert Kerman, Gabriel Yorke, Francesca Ciardi, Perry Pirkanen, Luca Barbareschi, Salvatore Basile, Ricardo Fuentes
Grindhouse Releasing
Unrated | 96 Minutes
Release Date: July 1, 2014

You know, it’s pretty damn hard to defend Ruggero Deodato‘s 1980 Italian adventure-horror film, Cannibal Holocaust. There are some truly distressing and repulsive images the director has created to get his point across. There is, however, an underlying message to the film, if you’re able to get past the often unwatchable acts on-screen.

Yes, this is an exploitation film – perhaps the most controversial exploitation film of all time – but it also works as a social commentary on modern civilization and what it means to be “civilized.” Gratuitous scenes of sexual violence and animal cruelty make Cannibal Holocaust hard to stomach, but the most disturbing aspects of the film is what Deodato is saying about modern society, specifically Western culture.

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Streaming Review: All Cheerleaders Die
Dr. Zaius   |  

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All Cheerleaders Die
Blu-ray l DVD l Instant
Directed by Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson
Written by Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson
Starring Caitlin Stasey, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Brooke Butler, Tom Williamson, and Felisha Cooper
Moderncine
Not Rated | 89 Minutes
Release Date: October 31st 2013 (USA)

All Cheerleaders Die is so unoriginal throughout that it somehow becomes totally original by the end. The film is co-written and directed by Lucky McKee (May, The Woman) and Chris Sivertson (I Know Who Killed Me), remaking their original debut in 2001. Despite that, it seems spliced together from footage found in the Buffy, Charmed, and I Know What You Did Last Summer editing rooms.

Once all these pieces are in place, All Cheerleaders Die somehow defies the odds; rather than becoming predictable and silly, it is a wild and crazy way to spend an hour and a half. In a movie with revenge, magic, hot vampire-zombies, and a villain who eats enchanted stones, it’s hard not to find at least something to like.

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Comic Review: Shinobi: Ninja Princess #1
Thrakazog   |  

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Shinobi: Ninja Princess #1
Written/created/illustrated/colored by Martheus Wade
Color Assists by Marvin Cheveallier
Copy edit by Kevin L. Williams
Variant cover by Tressina Bowling
Variant cover colors by Janet Wade
Action Lab Entertainment
Release Date: August 27, 2014
Cover Price: $3.99

In Shinobi: Ninja Princess we’re introduced to Shianndrea and her squadmates: Megumi and Hamasuke. One day they’re ordered to go on mission to spy on the rival Azumi Ninja clan by their master.

After finally reaching their destination, they overhear that the evil Emperor, Shianndrea’s father, recently ordered the Azumi Clan the to capture and deliver her to him. The hot-headed Hamasuke decides to go deeper into enemy territory to find out their plans to take Shianndrea, and now it’s up to her to save him from taking on more than he can chew.

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