Review: ‘Snowpiercer’

Post-apocalyptic films have long been a staple of cinema. Dystopian futures, usually in the clear guise of science fiction, just have a sly way of commenting on the troubles of today, often pointing towards the uncertainty that lies ahead. From The Hunger Games to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, this particular thematic sub-genre is firmly rooted in today’s cinematic landscape. Yet, even with that fact, Snowpiercer is certainly unlike any film about humanity’s fate that moviegoers are likely to see this year. Continue reading Review: ‘Snowpiercer’

Crooked Table Podcast: Episode 0 – An Ocean of Gray

After many discussions and some delay (including technical difficulties), the time has finally come to unveil the first episode of the Crooked Table Podcast. Labelled “Episode 0,” this particular show serves as a test episode and therefore lacks the polish that will accompany future episodes. It was also recorded a couple weeks back. So please be forgiving with the fact that the material is slightly dated.

In this one, Robert Yaniz Jr. and Freddy Yaniz talk about why they love movies, discuss recent releases like A Million Ways to Die in the West and X-Men: Days of Future Past, and generally touch base on pretty much whatever pop culture-related subject they can think of. Continue reading Crooked Table Podcast: Episode 0 – An Ocean of Gray

Review: ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

For decades, sci-fi franchises like Star Wars and Star Trek have remained in the collective pop culture consciousness. Through films, television shows, video games, and the like, these properties have captured the hearts and imaginations of generations of fans, and for a while back in the late 1960s and 1970s, this was the case with Planet of the Apes as well. After all, the original 1968 film spawned four sequels, a live-action television series and an animated show. Over the years, that enthusiasm for the primate-centric world had certainly faded, but if any film can help the series reclaim its rightful place among its genre peers, it’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

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