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Review: Hemlock Grove Season 2, Part 2

Hemlock_Grove_Season_2_ReviewI can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m really going to miss Hemlock Grove. After failing to make it through season 1 last year, I forced myself through all 13 episodes in preparation for season 2 and while I wasn’t too happy about it at the time, now I’m thrilled I did it. Hemlock Groveseason 2 is so much fun it made the dull and nonsensical first season well worth sitting through.

There are still quite a few plot holes and logic issues, and at times, the narratives don’t flow particularly well, but overall, this is some highly engaging and entertaining material, and it’s largely due to the fact that many of the main characters are far more developed now.

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Review: Hemlock Grove Season 2, Part 1

Hemlock_Grove_Season_2As a fan of horror and a sucker for anything Eli Roth, I was very much looking forward to the start Hemlock Grove last year. But, if you caught our review of the beginning of the show’s first season, you know I wasn’t just disappointed – I was dumbfounded. Hemlock Grove season 1 wasn’t just a poor production. It was almost entirely unwatchable. In fact, I never even made it beyond episode 4.

For some reason, the sucker in me opted to give it another go. So to prepare to review season 2, I re-watched all four episodes and then finished the rest. It didn’t get any better. It’s all supernatural, melodramatic nonsense.

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Review: Orange is the New Black Full Season 2

Orange_is_the_New_Black_Ensemble_PosterOrange is the New Black is unstoppable. It established a rock solid foundation in season 1 and season 2 uses it to go bigger in a number of ways, most notably expanding the show’s tonal range and bolstering the arcs of almost every single major character.

There’s a lot going on and often it’s too much to cover with a proper script structure, but the ladies of Litchfield are so likable and dynamic that every single ounce of material has value. Whether it’s creating a more complex character, furthering along a key narrative or even just there for a laugh, the large majority ofOrange is the New Black season 2 is comprised of scenes, storylines and relationships that you don’t want to see end.

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Review: Orange is the New Black Season 2 Finale

Vee_Orange_is_the_New_Black_Episode_209It’s happening again. Orange is the New Black is over and simply put, I’m sad. Folks were dragged off to SHU, an elderly inmate was ditched as a “compassionate release,” someone else was stabbed and poor Red (Kate Mulgrew) was slocked, but the undeniable appeal of the large majority of the characters and the wacky yet oddly comforting sense of community continues to make Litchfield feel just like home.

The final episode of season 2, ‘We Have Manners. We’re Polite,’ isn’t a particularly sound 90 minutes of television, but the show has hit a point where script structure doesn’t even matter. Orange is the New Black rocks an exceedingly well-developed setting and has an abundance of characters you’re deeply connected to in it, giving just about anything that happens to them a must-see quality.

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Review: Orange is the New Black Season 2 Premiere

Piper_Orange_is_the_New_Black_Season_2Thanks to ER, I once dreamed of stitching up wounds and managing an onslaught of trauma in the emergency room. Buffy the Vampire Slayer had me gunning for a spot on a vampire-killing dream team and Dexter made me wish I could track down serial killers with Miami Metro. Now, I want to go to prison, too.

Season one of Orange is the New Black rocked winning performances, unforgettable characters and stellar writing from start to finish, but the quality that made it especially engaging and binge-watch-worthy was the success of the cast as an ensemble. Taylor Schilling served as a strong anchor until the show blew the doors to Litchfield wide open, letting you pick the character you identified with most. But, whether you stuck with Piper, were swayed by Red (Kate Mulgrew), fell for Alex (Laura Prepon) or preferred goofing around with Taystee (Danielle Brooks) and Poussey (Samira Wiley), being in anyone’s company made the place feel like home because they all came together to form one big, strange and very lovable family.

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Interview: Bringing Up Bobby Writer-Director-Producer Famke Janssen

It isn’t easy to write, direct and produce your first feature, even if you’ve got dozens of acting credits to your name like Famke Janssen. The desire to get behind the lens has always been there, it was just a matter of the stars aligning and in the case of “Bringing Up Bobby,” they did.

The film stars Milla Jovovich as Olive, a single mother from the Ukraine trying to raise her son, Bobby (Spencer List), in a conservative Oklahoma town. She’s got the best intentions, but her con artist ways don’t exactly set a good example for Bobby. When her charm wears off and the string of crimes catches up to her, Olive must decide what’s best for Bobby, even if it means giving up what she loves most.

Turns out, Ava Moore plus Jean Grey doesn’t equal directorial debut. Janssen had her work cut out for her and needed to take this step by step, turning a visit to Oklahoma into a script, developing a visual styling plan, recruiting her cast and much more. In honor of “Bringing Up Bobby’s” debut at the Beekman Theatre in New York City on September 28th, Janssen took a break from her “Taken 2” press run to sit down and talk about her experience behind the lens, an experience that looks as though it’ll lead to a sophomore directorial effort.

Check out everything Janssen had to say about “Bringing Up Bobby,” “Taken 2” and her upcoming Netflix show, “Hemlock Grove” in the video interview below. Would you rather skip around? Scroll down to find a time and topic breakdown of the interview just below the video player.

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iPad App Must-Haves For The Movie Lover

As of January, I had zero interest in purchasing an iPad. As an avid Apple customer, I already owned an iPhone and felt no need to purchase a gigantic version of a product already in my possession. That all changed as we approached April 3rd, and rave reviews flooded the Internet. Sure enough, the day came and a 32GB iPad was mine. I’ve had the device for a little over a week now and am proud to report that it’s fantastic. Yes, it looks like a massive iPhone, but it’s capable of so much more and has the power to change mobile media forever.

Whether this brief assessment compels you to pick one up, you’re an Apple addict and have had one since midnight on April 3rd or you’re opting to view from afar for the time being, it’s important to know that the iPad has the power to be a movie lover’s best friend. Check out the best of the best in terms of apps, settings and more that are sure to get any film fanatic hooked.

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