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Pandora Sets New Limits on Free Account Holders

Pandora Sets New Limits on Free Account Holders

By Max Bayer

March 5, 2013

The online radio company Pandora has implemented new hourly limits on music listening, which went into effect on March 1. The new rule limits free account holders to listen to 40 hours a week of music on their mobile device.  Granted, that still amounts to more than five hours a day, but the policy c...

“It’s A Disaster” Review: A Simple End-of-the-World Comedy

“It’s A Disaster” Review: A Simple End-of-the-World Comedy

By Wesley Emblidge

March 5, 2013

Why are we obsessed with the world ending? It’s as if we all want the world to end, to the extent that we’ll search and search for the next doomsday prophecy to be terrified of. From Y2K to 2012, the stream of supposed dates for the end-of-days seem to, well, never end. This means the movies too will ...

“Jack the Giant Slayer” Review: Fee Fie Forget It

“Jack the Giant Slayer” Review: Fee Fie Forget It

By Wesley Emblidge

March 2, 2013

I wrote about the trend of big-budget action movie adaptations of fairy tales only a few weeks ago with the deplorable “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters,” but already there’s another to add to the list, and it’s not much better. Delayed for about a year, “Jack the Giant Slayer” turns the ...

“A Good Day To Die Hard” Review: It Really Isn’t

“A Good Day To Die Hard” Review: It Really Isn’t

By Wesley Emblidge

February 14, 2013

Oh, “Die Hard.” How I loved you. How I loved the way you turned such a simple premise into a near-perfect action movie. How I loved the way you introduced us to Bruce Willis, now an action star and not the lead in rom-coms. How I loved all your characters, action scenes and comedy beats. How I was so let down by your sequel, ...

“Side Effects” Review: A Tense, Shape-Shifting Thriller

“Side Effects” Review: A Tense, Shape-Shifting Thriller

By Wesley Emblidge

February 8, 2013

As a society we trust our doctors with our lives. We get a flu shot because they say we need it, have an operation because they say we’ll die without it, and take medication because they say it’ll help us. We trust them because we don’t really know any better. Sure, they went to medical school and have studied thes...

“House of Cards” Season 1 Review: An Engrossing and Cynical Political Thriller

“House of Cards” Season 1 Review: An Engrossing and Cynical Political Thriller

By Wesley Emblidge

February 4, 2013

Note: Netflix made the decision to release the entire first season of their new show all at once online, so although this is a review of that first season, it will only spoil plot points from the pilot. The political system, especially in America, is rarely portrayed in positive light in film and television. We use our free speech to criticize the government a lot, from the biting ...

“Wrong” Review: Something’s Not Quite Right

“Wrong” Review: Something’s Not Quite Right

By Wesley Emblidge

January 31, 2013

“Do you follow?” asks the mysterious ponytailed Master Chang (William Fichtner) in a scene from “Wrong.” “Not really...” replies the distressed Dolph Springer (Jack Plotnick). That’s a good summation of the conversation I probably would have had with director Quentin Dupieux while watching his ...

“Stand Up Guys” Review: Just Shoot Him Already

“Stand Up Guys” Review: Just Shoot Him Already

By Wesley Emblidge

January 31, 2013

It’s really sad to see the careers of those whom you really respect deteriorate so far that you lose every ounce of respect you once had for them. It happens to the best, everyone from actors to directors, probably even costume designers if I paid attention to them. Some people like Steven Spielber...

“Warm Bodies” Review: The Best Zombie Romantic Comedy Since “Shaun of the Dead”

“Warm Bodies” Review: The Best Zombie Romantic Comedy Since “Shaun of the Dead”

By Wesley Emblidge

January 30, 2013

One of the reasons the entire “Twilight” franchise is so unbearable is how seriously it takes itself. The best moments in all the films are the few moments where the filmmakers take a step back and acknowledge how silly the whole idea really is. Getting the right tone is the main reason that ...

“Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” Review: Almost Impressively Lazy

“Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” Review: Almost Impressively Lazy

By Wesley Emblidge

January 25, 2013

 The phases hollywood blockbusters go through are everything from superhero movies, to dark gritty action movies, and then of course to dark gritty superhero movies. One of the more recent (and most annoying) of these has been big-budget action revamps of old fairy tales, mostly because studios don’t have to pay for the rights. Last year we sa...

“John Dies at the End” Review: Face the Unimaginable

“John Dies at the End” Review: Face the Unimaginable

By Wesley Emblidge

January 23, 2013

I can’t remember ever seeing a film with a giant monster made out of pieces of meat, but then again, that’s only one of many moments in “John Dies at the End” that made me question what it was I was really watching. Turns out, it’s an adaptation of the cult horror-comedy novel by the same n...

“A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III” Review: This is What “Winning” Looks Like?

“A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III” Review: This is What “Winning” Looks Like?

By Wesley Emblidge

January 18, 2013

When you write a film that has an intentionally unlikeable lead character, there are generally two things you should do. The first is cast someone who can make them somewhat interesting, and the second is have the character go on a journey to at least somewhat redeem themselves. There are successf...