Monday, June 18, 2018

Critically Acclaimed #32: Eragon and Conan the Barbarian

Swords and sorcerers and dragons, oh my! This week on Critically Acclaimed, by listener request, we're reviewing the epic fantasy that completely failed to spawn a franchise, "Eragon," and pairing it with one of the most incredible pulp adventures ever captured on camera, the original "Conan the Barbarian!" 

Plus, reviews of the new releases "Incredibles 2," "Tag," "Superfly" and "Set It Up!"

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

William Bibbiani Reviews 'Tag'

Ed Helms, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Hannibal Buress and Jake Johnson star in "Tag," a new comedy about a group of middle-aged friends who have been played the same game over tag for decades. They wear disguises, infiltrate each other's businesses, and perform feats of acrobatic insanity just to declare each other "it." And when the game's undefeated champion announces his retirement, his friends will stop at nothing to tag him once and for all.

William Bibbiani says that "Tag" treats its childlike game like "an action-packed extravaganza, replete with elaborate fight choreography, acrobatic stunts, and twists and turns that would make serial killer Jigsaw nod in approval," but criticizes the film's inconsistent tone and genre, arguing that "it feels as though three or four different films are fighting for dominance."

Read: William Bibbiani Reviews "Tag" for The Wrap

Top Photo: Warner Bros.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Canceled Too Soon #101: "Barbie and the Rockers" (1987)

In the 1980s, every TV series had its own toy line. But one of the most popular toys in history didn't have a hit series. That almost changed with "Barbie and the Rockers," Mattel's answer to Hasbro's hit "Jem and the Holograms" toy and cartoon series. 

It's a two-part pilot for a Barbie TV series, with lots of music, dancing and time travel. So why didn't it last more than two episodes? William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review the shows that got made, and explain why Barbie couldn't compete with Jem on television, and what happened to all the unused ideas for the series!

William Bibbiani Argues "The Incredible Hulk is the Most Underrated MCU Movie"

It's the ten-year anniversary of "The Incredible Hulk," the second film in the immensely popular Marvel Cinematic Universe, but also the most overlooked film in the franchise. Critics and fans frequently dismiss the film, directed by Louis Leterrier ("Transporter 2") as a straightforward action movie, featured that would later be explored more satisfactorily in "The Avengers," and that Mark Ruffalo would ultimately give a superior performance to "The Incredible Hulk's" Edward Norton.

But in his latest article at IGN, William Bibbiani says "The Incredible Hulk" achieves many dramatic goals that frequently elude many of the more popular MCU movies, telling a complete narrative, embracing the darkness inherent to the character, exploring a rich love story, and organically integrating the character into a larger universe.

Read: William Bibbiani Argues "The Incredible Hulk is the Most Underrated MCU Movie" 

Top Photo: Universal Pictures / Marvel Studios

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Witney Seibold Reviews 'Superfly'

Trevor Jackson stars in "Superfly," a remake of the iconic blaxploitation classic, originally directed by Gordon Parks Jr., with one of the most celebrated movie soundtracks in history. The remake, from music video filmmaker Director X, tells the story of an Atlanta criminal trying to extricate himself from the drug trade.

In his review, Witney Seibold says the remake "ups the style game considerably," compared to the original, and "loses a lot of the original's scrappy charms and forthright righteous indignation."

Read: Witney Seibold Reviews "Superfly" for IGN

Top Photo: Sony Pictures

Let’s Get Physical Media: Tomb Raider, More American Graffiti and More (6/12/18)

Physical media is alive and we intend to keep it that way. Every week on Let’s Get Physical Media, we highlight a handful of the most interesting new releases on Blu-ray - including cult films, classics and recent hits - to make sure you know what’s worth your hard-earned money.

June 12, 2018 brings us one of the most underrated sequels in movie history, one of the best yeti movies nobody’s ever seen, a sublimely bizarre aerobics/ninja/exorcism hybrid, and a spectacular 2018 adventure film that deserved a bigger audience.

Let’s take a look!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Critically Acclaimed #31: The Lawnmower Man and eXistenZ

Game on! This week on Critically Acclaimed, by listener request, we're reviewing the virtual reality video game thriller "The Lawnmower Man," and we're pairing this notoriously silly cyber-thriller with the fiercely intelligent, incredibly squishy, and incredibly underrated biological cyber-thriller

Plus, reviews of the new releases "Ocean's 8," "Hereditary," "Hotel Artemis" and "Bernard and Huey!"

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