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Sam has loved, and loved to hate, movies and board games since he was a wee lad. He has been schooled in the ancient art of critique from an early age, reading every review (especially the bad ones) that he was able to get his hands on. Starting in the Golden Age of the early internet with Hollywood.com and advancing through the years with Rotten Tomatoes, IGN, and RedLetterMedia, he is hard-pressed not to remember a rating or particular comment about a movie released in the last 15 years. He has dreamed of the day when he could add his voice to the discordant chorus, and finally that day has come...

The Walking Dead S7E11 Review: “Hostiles and Calamities”

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Warning: Spoiler Alert! Turn back now if you haven’t seen this week’s episode.     Eugene’s Wild Ride This week was the third deep dive of the season into the Savior’s home base, Sanctuary. The first Daryl’s captivity, the second Carl’s tour, and now “Dr.” Eugene’s welcome into the upper-echelons of Savior society. It was fun […]

The Walking Dead S7E10 Review: “New Best Friends”

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Warning: Spoiler Alert! Turn back now if you haven’t seen this week’s episode, if you have, I’d like to introduce you to someone.     A Cult, a Cult, My Kingdom for a Cult Rick and Co. continue their quest to recruit allies this week. Last week didn’t go so well with Hilltop and the Kingdom, […]

The Walking Dead S7E9 Review: Rock In The Road

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Warning: Spoiler Alert! Turn back now if you haven’t seen this week’s episode, if you have, come walk with me.   The Rick Delegation Finally, some forward momentum! The mid-season opener did not waste time on an overlong recap of the first half of the season, and thank The Wasted for that (man, how do they […]

The Walking Dead S7E8 Review: “Hearts Still Beating”

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Warning: Spoiler Alert! Turn back now if you haven’t seen this week’s episode, if you have, well then come on in. TWD ended its midseason run with (another) 90 minute episode. At this point it’s unusual for the show to only be 60 minutes, including commercials.  The bloated run-time is likely a side-effect of the expansive […]

The Walking Dead S7E7 Review: Sing Me a Song

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Warning: Spoiler Alert! Turn back now if you haven’t seen this week’s episode of The Walking Dead.   So I guess Carl is Negan’s apprentice now (and I mean that in the Star Wars sense). What we saw take shape this week was basically the missing Obi Won (Rick) and the present Vader (Negan) vying to […]

The Walking Dead S7E6 Review: Swear

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Warning: Spoiler Alert! turn back now if you haven’t seen this week’s episode of The Walking Dead.     Well, sand walkers were cool. It was also nice to see some beach terrain in TWD (sorry Fear the Walking Dead, I don’t count you). A colony of ultra-cautious women? Neat idea. Tara being dropped into it?  Okay, […]

The Walking Dead S7E5 Review: “Go Getters”

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Warning: Spoiler Alert! turn back now if you haven’t seen this week’s episode of The Walking Dead.   The Walking Dead World Tour Concludes This week’s “Go Getters” concluded the catching-up of our four major locales. In the ever-expanding world of The Walking Dead, with a multitude of characters and locations, the show is definitely doing […]

The Walking Dead S7E4 Review: “Service”

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Minor Spoilers Ahead! Although tonight’s 90-minute episode was titled “Service,” a more appropriate title may have been: “The Rape of Alexandria.” Tonight we sat back and watched Negan and his band of merry thugs come into Alexandria and take half of everything they owned. Oh, and Negan gets to define what “half” means. Fairness is […]

The Walking Dead S7E3 Review: “The Cell”

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Spoilers Ahead! The Walking Dead universe again got bigger this week, this time introducing us to the Savior’s Sanctuary with an episode of the D’s: Daryl and Dwight. Both are men of few words. Both have difficulty connecting with others. Both love crossbows, motorcycles, and angel-wing vests (heck, even the same ones, because sharing is […]

The Walking Dead S7E2 Review: “The Well” [Warning: Spoilers Ahead]

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WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD! turn back now if you haven’t seen this week’s episode of The Walking Dead.   “I don’t know what the hell’s going on, in the most wonderful way.” In “The Well” we got the episode I feared we would get for the Season Premiere: the Carol/Morgan update. Episode 2 is a much more […]

The Walking Dead S7E1 Review: “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be” [Warning: Spoilers Ahead]

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WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD! turn back now if you haven’t seen the premiere episode of The Walking Dead.   Breaking Rick Well, the long eight-month cliff-hanger came to an end last night with the season 7 premier of The Walking Dead. Some part of me feared they would begin with a Carol episode in a tragic way […]

Television / Web Series Review: High Maintenance

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High Maintenance is a series of charming, funny, and offbeat short stories by husband and wife team Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfield. It began life as a Vimeo web series, but has since been picked up by HBO. Each episode centers around different customers of a Brooklyn-based bike-messenger/pot dealer known only as “The Guy” (played by […]