Tyler Perry and Blaxploitation

Is the flack Perry is getting over the urban black films he makes a rehash of the old critique of black action movies of the ’70’s? And can the new genre of black comedy endure and mature as a genre?

Women In Science Fiction And Fantasy Break The Mold

Women in science fiction and fantasy films are free from stereotypical restraints often slapped on other female characters. In traditional sitcoms especially, women seem to be thrust into unoriginal character molds, either quirkily manic, the lovable hot girl whom all guys want or a passive aggressive, mean middle-aged mother.

Weeds Seventh Season to Begin Soon

Weeds is the best written show on television, and has received several awards for the writing. It has become a runaway hit for ShowTime. The cast is headed by Mary Louise Parker, who plays Nancy Botwin, the mother of two boys.

Top Film Schools – Perception Is Everything

Top film schools lists are really meaningless as the reviewers opinion may have nothing to do with your needs and is often thinly veiled advertising for the schools mentioned. In any case the tuition costs at almost any of the top film schools are not justified compared to the poor job prospects you will gain.

How to Compare TV Packages: A New User’s Guide to Digital Television

For many people it means switching over from basic TV services to freeview, but with plenty more choices available for TV, it’s worth being clued up on just what digital means, and how the switchover is going to affect the way you watch television. Digital TV offers a much more efficient way of watching television, although most of this ‘efficiency’ stuff actually happens on the tech level so you won’t notice it from just turning on your television. What you will notice is that even the most basic digital service like freeview has a large number of channels available…

Super 8’s Nostalgia Train Loses Track

Walking into Super 8, viewers had little preparation. The trailers were tight lipped on details and showed only snippets of action sequences. A group of children making an amateur film accidentally catch a train crash of epic proportions on camera. There’s an alien in the train. There’s trouble.

Fast Five – A U-Turn For The Better

I remember seeing The Fast and The Furious (2001) at a party when it came out on DVD, and I thought to myself, “If they make this a franchise, there’s a hell of a lot of money to be made.” With the exception of 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), the series has held up to my expectations. Granted, I wasn’t ever expecting anything high-caliber, just a fun action film about cool cars, cops, and criminals. That’s what I’ve gotten every time, but when I saw the fourth entry in the series, I got something different – a soundly made film with a good story and solid performances. Fast & Furious (2009) marked the series moving on up from just action fodder to a legitimate franchise, and Fast Five takes it and runs. Or drives, rather.

The Walking Dead Review

It’s been a long time since I’ve come across a solid television show. Heck, it’s been well over 10 years since I’ve pledged my viewership allegiance to a network flag. Yet, there’s been one show on AMC that has enthralled my attention wholeheartedly–The Walking Dead. Here’s a review of the show, and what some of you who have yet to see it can expect to see.

Exhibiting Your Zombie Fandom

At some point in our lives, we’ve all been big-time fanatics of something – anything. Whether it has been your favorite band, wrestler, politician, philosopher or television show, there has probably existed that itch to support that which you love.

TV Sitcom History 101

This article explores the history and background of television situation comedies. This humorous look into one of the staples of television is also informative and entertaining.

No More Justice League Movie?

Comic book movies are at an all time high. Every Marvel Comics character from Luke Cage to Daredevil seems to have their own cinematic franchise, or at least have a movie in development. DC has so far lagged behind Marvel when it comes to making their characters come to life on screen.

The Cars of 007 – James Bond (Part 4 – The 80s)

As the 007 series transitioned out of the swinging, shaggy 70s and into the bold new 80s, the tone of the movies changed to match whatever was going on in the world in terms of society and politics as well as in pop culture. This shift was not entirely new to the franchise, having undergone radical change already during the change over from the 60s to the 70s, as well as a change in the actor who was portraying Bond. Needless to say, the shift to the 80s and the sensibilities that came with it extended to the cars the character of James Bond would use.