“Ninety percent of everything is crud.” – Theodore Sturgeon
Hello, and welcome to another installment of The Ten Percent! Every two weeks, Ensley F. Guffey and I use this space to take a look at the flip side of Sturgeon’s Law; in other words, the small portion of everything which is not crud. Viewed as a whole, Sturgeon was right –popular culture can be a vast wasteland of bubbling crud – but there is that slim slice of sublime. We’ve used this space to point out the magnificent in genres as diverse as screwball comedy, high-toned drama, quality animation, blood-curdling horror, spectacular science fiction, and more besides. We get to do that because the Ten Percent isn’t limited by genre – these rare gems last because they are high quality productions which demand more of their viewer than simple passive reception.
And not all entries in The Ten Percent need the passage of time to declare their brilliance. The focus on this column is not even a year old yet, but is already a worthy member of The Ten Percent. Creative, sharply written, well-acted, pointed in its satire, and filmed with care, Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq is unlike anything else you’re likely to see.
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
I love a good western and I love movies directed by Quentin Tarantino, so when I had the chance to see The Hateful Eight, my hubby and I scooted over to the Deptford AMC Theatre. Sitting in one of Deptford’s comfy leather recliners with our hot chocolate and popcorn, we were ready for the three hour film and the anticipated action done 70 mm format style. Did Tarantino deliver? Grab a warm horse blanket and follow me. Read the rest of this entry
I have nine grandchildren that for the most part have accepted the fact that I’m not your average granny, but I still surprise and shock them. My nineteen year old grandson, Josh, is still wrapping his mind around the fact that there are sexual scenes in my books. This weekend, my daughter’s family and I headed over to the movie complex to watch the much awaited M. Night Shyamalan’s newest film, The Visit. Was the film scary? Read the rest of this entry
Whether you spell it The H8ful Eight or The Hateful 8, or more traditionally, there is no doubt that Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight is one of the most anticipated motion pictures in recent memory. Despite the stops and starts in production and the script being leaked to the internet along the way, a Christmas Day release is planned. Meet me after the jump for the first trailer to The Hateful Eight.
This week, Steampunk Granny got to see two movies, one with hubby and one with the youngest of the nine grandchildren. Kingsman: The Secret Service I was excited to see and the other? Let’s just say that I love my grandchildren. Did I like Kingsman: The Secret Service and The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie: Sponge out of Water? Let’s find out. Read the rest of this entry
“I have had it with these motherfu**ing snakes on this motherfu**ing plane!” – Snakes on a Plane
Samuel L. Jackson epitomizes what a ‘scene stealer’ is all about. Regardless of the scope of his role or the length of time he’s on screen, you cannot ignore Jackson’s presence in any film. He’s battled racism, dinosaurs, sharks, terrorists, snakes, aliens…and while he’s burned through more ‘movie lives’ than The Flash has shoes, he keeps on giving audiences and fans what they want = one bad*ss motha’ fu*ka!
Check out Jacksons’s top five “Scene Stealing” performances, after the jump.
The first season of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” ended just over four months ago, and it was a hell of a ride. It began as most comic book superhero TV shows do, with lots of hope, hype, and enthusiasm. When it did not deliver what most of the audience wanted, they fell away, but those that stayed away missed the magic trick of the year. The series proved itself more than anyone thought, pulling off a coup crossover with Captain America The Winter Soldier and proving they knew what they were doing all along. Meet me after the jump for a quick primer on last season, and what to expect this season on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
I love meeting people and I love interviewing them. A good friend and fellow writer, Uriah Young, who knows that I’m the zombie queen at Biff Bam Pop, ask me if I would like to interview an actor who had a part in season four of “The Walking Dead.” Was I interested my little zombie snacks? Hell yes! I was! Join me now as I introduce a very talented actor, Brandon Fobbs. Read the rest of this entry
After this, there’s only one episode left, and it’s all coming to a bloody end. Will Sam leave Bon Temps? Will Hoyt and Jason live happily ever after with dozens of unspoken secrets between them? Can Eric ever keep a promise? Will Bill and Sookie be together or apart as “True Blood” begins to close the coffin for the last time? And will someone die tonight? Maybe we’ll find out, maybe not just yet. Check out my review of “Love Is to Die” after the jump.