Author: Kat Overland

Electric Dreams Episode By Episode: “Real Life”

After the relative success of their first Philip K. Dick adaptation, The Man in the High Castle, Amazon purchased the US rights to a Channel 4 anthology series based on his short stories. The series only share one executive producer, but it’s the one that can guarantee the approval of the Philip K. Dick estate—Isa Dick Hackett, his daughter.  Each one of the ten episodes is a stand alone story based on, at least in part, a different Philip K. Dick short story, and each episode has a different writing and directing team. And each episode will be reviewed by...

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El Hipnotizador Won’t Lull You to Sleep

El hipnotizador (Season 1) José Eduardo Belmonte, Alex Gabassi (directors) Luís F. Peraza (producer), Pablo De Santis Leonardo Levis, Tiago Teixeira (writers) Leonardo Sbaraglia, César Troncoso, Chico Diaz, Bianca Comparato e Juliana Didone (cast) HBO El hipnotizador is about the world’s worst case of insomnia, set in an unnamed Latin American country right after a dictator has been toppled and a democracy has been established. Psychic powers are real, though there are skeptics, and blimps fly overhead, giving the whole thing a nice steampunk feel. Based on the Argentinian comic of the same name, by artist Juan Sáenz Valiente...

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Lady Bird Soars

Lady Bird Greta Gerwig (director and writer), Sam Levy (Cinematography) Nick Houy (Editor) Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Beanie Feldstein, Timothée Chalamet, Jordan Rodrigues, Marielle Scott (cast) Released: September 1, 2017 Lady Bird is Greta Gerwig’s first solo-directed film, which she’s described as “semi-autobiographical,” based on growing up in Sacramento. The protagonist is not meant to be her (and the central mother-daughter relationship is not hers, either), but Gerwig manages to craft something that’s incredibly raw, relatable, and full of specific, true moments that you could be forgiven for thinking they were pulled straight from someone’s...

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Star Wars: the Last Jedi is Fresh and Invigorating

Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi Rian Johnson (director and writer), Steve Yedlin (cinematography), Bob Ducsay (editor) Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Gwendoline Christie, Benicio del Toro (cast) December 15, 2017 The highest praise I can give to The Last Jedi is that it surprised me. While I appreciated the structural call-back to A New Hope in The Force Awakens, I was hoping that TLJ would move into newer territory. And Rian Johnson has done it, crafting a film that  feels fresh...

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Justice League is All Filler

Justice League Zack Snyder (director), Chris Terrio, Joss Whedon (writers), Fabian Wagner (cinematographer), David Brenner, Richard Pearson, Martin Walsh (editors) Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Ciarán Hinds (cast) Released November 17, 2017 Do you ever find yourself in the middle of an okay issue of a comic and realize you’re really only reading it out of inertia? Maybe they’re just killing time until the next event, so a fill-in artist’s been brought on? It’s fine, but you immediately forget it once you’re done? Well, Justice League is that filler issue....

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