Count Olaf – A Challenge to Act Badly

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Good Actors Play a Bad One Lemony Snicket introduces Count Olaf with the following quote: “The dreadful villainy of this vile fiend has haunted me since I first met him as a young man. And every night, as I continue to work on the Baudelaire case, I find myself weeping, thinking of his utter wickedness […]

Well *I* Liked It! A Defiant Defense of ‘Resident Evil’

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The (allegedly) Final Installment in the absurdly long running ‘Resident Evil’ movie series comes to theaters this week. ModCon takes this as his cue to argue the merits of another in an increasingly long list of Lost Causes… First off, I’m talking about the FIRST of the 33 or so ‘Resident Evil’ movies made so […]

SPLIT: I Had High Hopes And It Delivered

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To say I was excited to see SPLIT would be an understatement. I remember last year when the trailer came out and I watched it twice, in a row, and then showed a few friends. I remember hearing the line, “Kevin has 23 distinct personalities inside his body” reverberate in my head and thinking about how […]

Should We Be Boycotting “A Dog’s Purpose”?

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Amblin’s new movie, A Dog’s Purpose, has been rocked by scandals and allegations of animal abuse. But do those charges hold water? Being British, the only thing guaranteed to make me cry (apart from catching my twig and berries in my zipper) are films about animals. Real life people die? Meh. Movies about cancer and […]

A Study of the Star Wars Prequels

Christopher Peruzzi
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Prequels Are Fascinating In almost every one, we find the hidden history brings a new light and dimension to old established characters. Writers and actors call this “backstory” when they look at an individual character. They are the story before the story. Most of the time, prequels exist to answer questions. Why did he do that? […]

Monster Trucks

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As part of my new year’s resolution not to be a cynical jackass, I took my kids to the new Nickelodeon movie, Monster Trucks, with an open-mind. And I had a much better time as a result. It would be super-easy to be cynical about Monster Trucks, the $125 million blockbuster made by Paramount Pictures […]

Miguel Ferrer: An Appreciation

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As Constantin Stanislavski famously remarked: “There are no small parts, only small actors.” He could have been referring to Miguel Ferrer, one of the finest character actors of his generation. Ferrer died January 19th following a battle with esophageal cancer.   (Left to Right) Miguel Ferrer, Kyle MacLachlan, David Lynch & David Bowie on the set […]

Sinisterly Sad & Mirthfully Morose: A Lemony Snicket Reader

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If I were Lemony Snicket, this article would begin by telling you to stop reading. I would politely suggest that your time might be better spent perusing recipies for marmalade. Or perhaps a picture book of puppies dressed up as movie stars. I would further urge you to avoid any attempt by me, Lemony Snicket, […]

Fast N’ Loud pull a Bait N’ Switch

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Last night was the hotly-anticipated premiere of Fast N’ Loud‘s new season… but it failed to deliver on one key tease. As Echoba.se’s resident petrolhead, I get my Top Gear fix in the off-season with Discovery Channel’s awesome TV show Fast N’ Loud. I’ve written about it extensively before; and since we’ve spent time defending […]