Category Archives: Marie Gilbert

The Magicians S01 E04: The World in the Walls


Book sex! “The Magicians” is full of surprises and on last week’s episode: books got down and dirty; Penny learned that he’s a metaphysical traveler; Alice found her brother and, Quentin and Julia fought. This week, Quentin finds himself in a dangerous place; his dreams. Read the rest of this entry

The Expanse S01 E09/10: Critical Mass/Leviathan Wakes


Space Blob is the word! On last week’s episode of “The Expanse” Holden and Naomi encountered one hell of a bio-weapon and, Miller finally found Julie. In the two-hour season finale Holden and Miller become allies and try to learn the truth behind the connection with Julie, Phoebe and the Anubis. Read the rest of this entry

The Magicians S01 E03: Consequences of Advanced Spellcasting


The season premiere of “The Magicians” kept this little granny on the edge of her seat as we were introduced to the students of Brakebills, the College for Magical Pedagogy. On the last episode, Dean Fogg and the students try to recover from the Beast’s attack, Penny discovered the true identity of his mentor, Quentin is given a second chance and, Julie finds new friends. Will Quentin approve? Let your fingers do the tutting and follow me. Read the rest of this entry

The Expanse S01 E08: Salvage


Holy donkey balls! I love this show and, I especially love when we are given a glimpse of life on earth. On last week’s episode of “The Expanse,” Chrisjen pays a visit to Holden’s mom; there is a rift between Amos and Holden over Kenzo; Miller takes a trip to Eros. On this episode, the Roci crew and Miller come across a devastating secret and, Holden and Miller finally meet. Read the rest of this entry

“The Magicians” Syfy Season Premiere

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There’s a new show in town and it is magical! “The Magicians,” based on the popular Lev Grossman novels is often described as a Harry Potter for grown-ups. Is magic afoot in this new series? Find out after the jump. Read the rest of this entry

Marie Gilbert Interviews Stella Maeve of “The Magicians”


There is a new Showcase fantasy series premiering on January 25 on Syfy and it’s all about magic. Based on the Lev Grossman novel, “The Magicians” will star Jason Ralph as Quentin Coldwater who enrolls at Brakebills College to be trained as a magician. Stella Maeve will be playing the part of Julia Wicker, Quentin’s childhood friend.

Stella Maeve is a presence on films and television and has had a recurring role on the NBC series, “Chicago PD,” on the CBS series “Golden Boy,” and as the lead in the CW pilot “Norfolk” (formally known as Company Town). Stella Maeve has starred in Dark Summer with Keir Gilchrist, All Together Now, and in the Award winning film, Starlet. Stella also co-starred in The Runaways with Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart. I was fortunate enough to chat with Stella Maeve about the show. What is it like to live in a magical world? Find out after the jump. Read the rest of this entry

Marie Gilbert Interviews Zombie Portrait Artist, Rob Sacchetto


I love zombies and because I do, I get to meet a lot of talented people who also share this love for the shuffling dead. I first took notice of Rob Sacchetto on Facebook after coming across a portrait of a female zombie that he posted. She was beautiful in all her rot and decay. Rob not only loves zombies, he is the first artist to offer custom zombie portraits since 2006. What would make a talented illustrator want to draw decaying slimy creatures? Why would person want to be drawn as a zombie? The only way to get to the bottom of this phenomenon was to talk to the artist. Read the rest of this entry

The Expanse S01 E07: Windmills


On last week’s episode of “The Expanse,” Miller was dissed by Captain Shaddid and Fred Johnson sent Holden and his crew go on a mission. We are left wondering if anyone will find Diogo before he becomes a space Popsicle and who is the stowaway on the Rocinante? Read the rest of this entry

Marie Gilbert’s Review of The Revenant


This past week, I was able to drag my hubby to see two great films and, let me tell you that was no small feat. We saw The Hateful Eight and you can read my review here, and recently, we saw The Revenant. Although both stories take place in our country’s past, it was The Revenant that I was drawn to the most. What made The Revenant so remarkable? Find out after the jump. Read the rest of this entry

Biff Bam Pop Remembers Alan Rickman

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Luke Sneyd: Haaaaaaans?? Damn what a lousy week. I’ll miss Alan Rickman, so much genial talent and a class act. I don’t think anyone in the world could say “Potter” with the same degree of total disgust. That caramel voice with its meticulous British diction, he brought incredible personality to so many roles.

My favourite will always be one of the best villains of all time, Bill Clay, aka Hans Gruber. Who else could have made “give me my detonators” one of the most quotable lines in cinematic history? He’s hard to write about because in spite of such indelible roles, he always had an effacing quality. I loved the aggrieved nobility he brought to Dr. Lazarus in Galaxy Quest, again with the beautifully mellifluous reading of “by Grabthar’s hammer.” I always liked Severus Snape, the secret hero of the Harry Potter series. It was a thankless job, hated for the wrong reasons. He came to a tragic end but Harry recognized his extraordinary sacrifice. And for his troubles Snape got to be deliciously, singularly unlikeable.

Alan Rickman’s villains are his best creations, ironic for such a quiet, charming man. May you find yourself in the most English of heavens, Alan. When it came to our attention, you were an exceptional thief.


Mat Langford: One of my fondest memories of Rickman’s body of work will always be his brooding portrayal of Severus Snape, Harry Potter’s (spoilers!) nemesis-turned-protector throughout the series.

Reading his story arc from Half-Blood Prince to DH2 and imagining his performance of it was one thing, but actually seeing it in the films was so much more powerful and mesmerizing. His love for Lily setting him on a course that would define his life, ultimately ending in a tragic yet redeeming revelation through the pensieve, showing Harry his true intentions…just thinking about it still gives me chills.

His shining body of work is impressive, but this performance will always define Rickman for me. It’s a sad day for fans of the series and film in general. He will be missed!

Marie Gilbert: I was shocked to learn of Alan Rickman’s death, as we all are when a talented person passes from this world. While many people are remembering Alan for his work in film and theatre, I remember him for his beautiful voice and, the way he made the spoken word dance inside my head like butterflies on a warm summer day. It didn’t matter if Alan Rickman was playing a villain or a comedy role, when he spoke, you listened. How could you not? His voice was commanding, as was his personality both on stage and screen and off.  I first heard of Alan Rickman when he appeared as the dastardly Hans Gruber in the first Die Hard film. His voice in Die Hard, which was sometimes hypnotizing, made his acts of terror ever so more frightening.  As Severus Snape in the Harry Potter Franchise, his acting, and I’m sure his way of speaking the King’s English, earned him worldwide recognition, but it was his part as Alexander Dane in the comedy film, Galaxy Quest that made me a loyal follower of Alan Rickman.  R.I.P Mr. Rickman, you have left this world a nicer place with your words.

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Loretta Sisco: It’s been tough for Brits in the entertainment industry of late, with the passing of Lemmy Kilmister of the music group Mötorhead and David Bowie. Today we lost another true talent in actor Alan Rickman.

He was successful on both the stage and screen playing a variety of characters. He was great in any role he was in, making him one of the rare actors you would go see even if you weren’t interested in the film, just because he was in it. His performance alone would make it worthwhile.

Although I enjoyed his wit in Dogma and Galaxy Quest, I will best remember him as Sheriff Nottingham in 1991’s Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Rickman made the villain one of the most alluring bad guys to ever grace the big screen. I’ve seen this movie too many times to count, always envious of Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio in the role of Marian. Alan Rickman will be missed by fans worldwide.


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