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

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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 […]

‘Krazy’ – A Timely Appreciation Of A Forgotten Master

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I first discovered ‘Krazy Kat’ – the brilliant, absurdist work of cartoonist George Herriman – when I was around 9 years old. I grew up with a  father who was one of those depression-era babies obsessed by relics of his childhood. They reminded him, he would say, of a simpler time. “Things were better back […]

A Series of Unfortunate Events

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Netflix debuted A Series of Unfortunate Events on Friday – and it’s sublime. I’m not much of one for binge-watching, but with the whole family being sick, we all curled up on the couch this weekend and watched the entirety of Netflix’s new original show A Series of Unfortunate Events. Based on the beloved books […]