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Author Archives: Leslie Hatton

The Unreal Reality of ‘Fake Blood’


We live in a time when spoiler alerts (and complaints about spoilers) abound. Still, some movies do rely on audiences knowing as little as possible beforehand, not because they are indicative of lazy storytelling methods, but because the journey itself is part of the enjoyment factor. This lack of foreknowledge favors the kinds of documentaries that allow the viewer to accompany the film’s narrator on his or her quest for some form of the truth.

Such narrative journeys can be suspenseful or downright creepy; witness 2011’s Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles, 2012’s The Imposter, or most famously, 2010’s Catfish. Comparing Fake Blood to Catfish makes me feel like this review is already giving too much away, but, Spoiler Alert! It’s a risk I’m willing to take. Read the rest of this entry

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Get ‘Lost in Space’ on Netflix in April


The original Lost in Space series ran for three seasons, beginning in 1965, with a total of 83 episodes (which is kind of mind-blowing considering that current prestige TV shows average about 6 to 13 episodes each). As a result, millions of Gen X kids grew up with the phrase “Danger Will Robinson!” as part of their lexicon.
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“I Always Deal With Threats Head-On”: New Trailer for ‘Jessica Jones’ Season 2


Are you counting down the days until Season 2 of Jessica Jones premieres on Netflix?

Here’s another trailer from Netflix.
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Wounds of His Own: ‘The Alienist,’ Season 1 Episode 4


This week’s episode of The Alienist, “These Bloody Thoughts,” opens with a tense scene between Dr. Kreizler and a former patient (Mrs. Williams), a woman who reveals herself as a BDSM practitioner, although she doesn’t use those terms. She obviously relishes the control she has over Kreizler, who becomes increasingly fidgety as their conversation continues. What’s intriguing is how Kreizler then exerts control over both John and Sara in their subsequent interactions.
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‘Something Happened Behind These Doors’: Season Two Trailer for ‘Jessica Jones’


For many fans of the Marvel TV universe, Jessica Jones is the top contender for biggest badass. She’s sarcastic and surly and subverts all those “strong woman” clichés by being physically powerful but not necessarily wanting the mantle of “heroine,” not to mention superhero.

This trailer for the show’s second season reveals that Jessica (Krysten Ritter) will be forced to confront exactly what was done to her to make her the way she is. She also has to deal with a persistent dude who seeks to absorb her fledgling detective agency. One good thing? She’s got her best friend Trish (Rachael Taylor) by her side.
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‘The Alienist’ Delves Deeper Into Darkness With “Silver Smile”


This week’s episode of The Alienist (“Silver Smile”) explores more of the class distinctions and police corruption that are integral to Caleb Carr’s novel. It also presents versions of the characters that are markedly different from the ones in the novel, albeit in a rather intriguing way. Read the rest of this entry

Pump Up The Jam: February 2, 2018

Chris Corner of IAMX fondles his erotic merchandise. Photo: Gretchen Lanham

This week on Pump Up The Jam: IAMX, A Place To Bury Strangers, The Damned, The Birth Defects, Holy Motors, and Ty Segall.
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Trailer Time: Hulu’s ‘Castle Rock’

Castle Rock, the upcoming Hulu series based on the semi-fictional world from Stephen King’s fiction, has a new teaser trailer.
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Down the Dark Road of ‘The Alienist’


While the crime procedural has existed on television since the 1951 premiere of Dragnet, the series that arguably set the tone was Law & Order, which began in 1990 and remained on the air for 20 years, spawning five spin-offs and countless impersonators. Just a few years after that series started, writer Caleb Carr would find enormous success with his historical crime procedural, The Alienist.

What makes The Alienist unique is the way it plays with the timeline, reaching about 200 years beyond its 1994 publication date. Blending fact (Teddy Roosevelt’s history as the Police Commissioner of New York City) and fiction (a series of horrific murders of child prostitutes), The Alienist provokes an odd sense of déjà vu for fans of Netflix’s Mindhunter and those who’ve followed Thomas Harris’ Hannibal novels (as well as the movies and TV shows spawned from that universe).
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New Trailer for Netflix’s ‘Altered Carbon’ Is Here


The first full-length trailer for Netflix’s Altered Carbon is here. The series, based on the cyberpunk novel from Richard K. Morgan, will be available on February 2.
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