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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.

'House' Recap: Love Is Blind

March 20th, 2012 9:34pm EDT
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This week’s episode of “House” made it seem like the regular writing staff took some time off. The story was barely existent and the obligatory medical mystery for this episode was in no way thrilling or mysterious. There aren’t many more episodes of “House” left and hopefully none of them are like this.

“Love Is Blind” (even the episode’s title is lazy) opens with a man buying an engagement ring at a jewelry store. Will (Michael B. Jordan) is blind, but appears to be quite capable at getting around by himself with only the aid of his walking stick. As he is waiting to cross the street, su...
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Interview: Upbeat Joel McHale And Dan Harmon Talk 'Community'

March 16th, 2012 3:00pm EDT
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“I don’t want to raise expectations, but this is going to be the greatest second half of any television show in the history of the world.” He may be joking, but Community star Joel McHale’s upbeat attitude perfectly echoes the feelings of the legions of fans who have been anxiously awaiting the return of TV’s most inventive and creative comedy. After being put on hiatus by NBC back in November (never a good sign for a show which has struggled to increase viewership), Community returned last night with a long-awaited new episode called “Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts.”

Discussing th...
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'House' Recap: Man Of The House

February 21st, 2012 10:21am EST
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Last week FOX officially announced that “House” would end at the end of this season. After eight brilliant seasons, the staff of Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital will finally be hanging up the doctors’ coats. Most speculation assumes that Hugh Laurie, who has created one of television’s most memorable characters, is ready to move on. He may be right as the last several seasons of the series have been much less exciting than the early seasons, relying mostly on the “House” formula each week.

Last night’s episode, “Man of the House,” begins laying the groundwork for the series’ inevit...
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The Best Of Denzel Washington

February 11th, 2012 8:15am EST
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With “Safe House” in theaters this weekend, audiences will get to see Denzel Washington as a rogue CIA agent who might possibly be the most dangerous man on the planet. Washington, who has been impressing audiences for over two decades, is one of the rare actors in Hollywood who can successfully portray a character that doesn’t easily fit into either the “good guy” or “bad guy” category.

Even a cursory glance at his filmography, one can easily see the varied career Washington has had. To recognize one of the most talented actors of his generation, here are some of Washington’s most memorab...
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'House' Recap: Nobody’s Fault

February 6th, 2012 9:51pm EST
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This week’s episode of “House,” entitled “Nobody’s Fault,” is the most engaging and stylized episode of this season. It reminds viewers that though the show can occasionally fall into a formulaic rut, show creator David Shore and his brilliant writers will never leave fans dangling for long.

Directed by Greg Yaitanes, a veteran director of not just “House” but a slew of television dramas including “Lost” and “Heroes,” this week’s episode is filmed in a “Rashomon” style of storytelling, a method most recently co-opted by David Fincher’s “The Social Network.” Like Akira Kurosawa’s classic fi...
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Spotlight: Liam Neeson - The Unexpected Movie Star

January 27th, 2012 3:00pm EST
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This weekend, audiences will get the chance to see Liam Neeson fight a pack of hungry wolves in order to say alive in “The Grey” from director Joe Carnahan. Though he has become a worldwide action star with films like “Taken” and “Unknown,” 15 years ago the Irish-born former amateur boxer was better known for dramas like “Schindler’s List” and “Michael Collins.” That’s not to say he takes the craft of acting any less seriously now than he did back then. He is still as talented and charismatic as ever, only now he seems to be having a lot more fun.

So how did Neeson go from being a serious ...
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'House' Recap: Better Half

January 25th, 2012 12:13pm EST
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After a long winter break, “House” is back with one of the best episodes of this season. Season 8 of Fox’s once great medical drama has been decent overall, but not nearly as exciting as earlier seasons. “Better Half,” though, is a perfect example of why loyal fans continue to watch House’s antics week after week, year after year.

The episode focuses on a thirty-something man named Andres (Ivo Nandi) who is suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Suffering with him is his loving and devoted wife, Natalie (Melanie Lynskey), who must constantly inform Andres of where they are and wh...
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Will This Be The End Of 'Community' Or Can Greendale Be Saved?

December 12th, 2011 3:15pm EST
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NBC’s “Community,” a show that is “streets ahead” of its contemporaries, is likely to suffer the same fate as another famous show that couldn’t be saved by its cult status: FOX’s “Arrested Development” which ran from 2003-2006 and arguably launched the TV-on-DVD phenomenon. Like “Development,” the brilliance of “Community” comes from the show’s unwillingness to pander to the audience or go for cheap laughs (unless they are intentional/ironic). The writers of the show are also keen on building up punch lines over the course of an entire season and even stretching jokes across seasons. Even t...
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December Movie Preview

December 3rd, 2011 9:00am EST
December Movie Preview
Well, we’ve made it. December is finally here and with it, as always, comes the biggest push for awards season glory. This December is packed with films that are vying for Oscar attention, some of which are the most anticipated films of the year.

December 9

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

There is so much to be excited about for “Tinker Tailor Solider Spy” that it’s hard to list everything. For starters, the cast is amazing: Gary Oldman (in the role that will most likely finally win him an Oscar), Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Toby Jones and John Hurt. Aside from a group of some of the ...
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'House' Recap: Perils Of Paranoia

November 29th, 2011 10:50am EST
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“House” has definitely kept audiences guessing this season, alternating between mediocre episodes that seem beneath the long-running show and solidly clever episodes like last night’s “Perils of Paranoia.”

The episode focuses on a criminal prosecutor, Tommy (Vincent Spano), who collapses during a trial with symptoms of a heart attack. When he gets to Princeton-Plainsboro, the ER doctors determine it wasn’t a heart attack and Foreman determines it wasn’t a panic attack. The mysterious cause is right up House’s alley so he takes the case, intrigued by Foreman’s willingness to lie to a patie...
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