Happy Halloween | American Horror Story Review + Spoilers

The visage is unrelenting. I am its slave. 
Edward Mordrake [to Ethel Darling] in American Horror Story

Happy Halloween scifi fans. 'American Horror Story: Freakshow' just wrapped up Halloween with a funky two-part episode, Edward Mordrake Part 1 and 2. Thankfully 'American Horror Story' always gets talented guest stars. This week's guest star was Wes Bentley ('American Beauty' and 'Interstellar'). And if the original 'Hunger Games' film didn't convince you that Bentley could rock wacky facial hair, then 'American Horror Story' will give you no doubt. Bentley plays a ghoulishly handsome, semi-corporeal ghost, Edward Mordrake, who has been summoned to haunt the 1952 freak show of Jupiter, Florida. But Edward isn't there to just haunt, he also serves as clever segue into character development. Edward compels several of the performers (who haven't received much screen time) to tell their individual tales of woe. It's a convenient plot twist, but it works.
You must be candid. If you lie it will know. 
Edward Mordrake [to Ethel Darling]

Mordrake is based on a real person and has his own tragic past. Mordrake was once a dashing English Lord who happened to have another face on the back of his head, as "hideous as the devil," according to bearded lady Ethel Darling (Kathy Bates). Despite his deformities, Edward was a brilliant musician and poet, which made Edward's fate even more painful.
He tried to kill it. Many times and in many ways. 
Ethel Darling [telling Edward's tale]

The demon face would speak to Edward and make him do things. Edward tried to rid himself of the demon face and even attempted to drown the face by laying down in a bathtub. Eventually Edward went mad and was institutionalized. The demon face took control and helped Edward escape, where he took refuge with a freak show. Not finding relief, Edward killed every member of the troupe, then committed suicide. Now Edward has been condemned to the confines of a carnie ghost story.
And then...he'd take a bow.
Ethel Darling [telling Edward's tale]

It's in Ethel's ghost story that the Florida freak show learns that Edward Mordrake is the reason that no "freak performs on Halloween," lest they summon forth his elegant spirit. If any freak has the audacity to perform on All Hallows Eve, Mordrake will add a "pure freak, corrupted of flesh, befouled of soul" to his "coterie of freakish companions." No one knows where Edward takes his companions once the face decides whom to take.
There was no one like Edward.
Ethel Darling [telling Edward's tale]

In order to determine which freak will be taken, Edward makes them relive their darkest hours. The demon face feeds off "pain, regret, the delicious moment when hope is lost, the sweet bleeding of a broken heart." The writers really pulled out all the stops this week. The dialogue is exquisite. It's probably one of the best episodes 'American Horror Story' has had in a while. Last year's 'Coven' ran both hot and cold. 'Asylum' was just cold...and dreary.
I've been a star for decades.
Elsa Mars [to Dot and Bette]

Par for the course, Jessica Lange (Elsa Mars) plays the grand dame of the show, it's epicenter (rightfully so). The casting of Jessica Lange is the one of the few times I will admit that Ryan Murphy knows what he's doing (as far as casting is concerned). Elsa is the ringmaster of this quaint little freak show, with a woefully misplaced superiority complex. In her mind, her career has been overlooked because of fellow German actress Marlene Dietrich. Even now, when the aging entertainer finds herself in the middle of a backwater rural Florida town, running a freak show, Elsa still believes that she will be a famous film star one day. Not caring about the Halloween night superstition, Elsa performs (and nails) a Lana Del Rey song "Gods and Monsters," and Edward is summoned. Bring out the fog maker and the eerie green lights y'all, it's on. Yes, yes. I know it's a show set in the 1950s, and a character is singing a modern song, but just go with it. 'American Horror Story' has never taken itself seriously. Neither should you.

Questions must be asked, as indelicate as they may be.
Edward Mordrake [to Ethel Darling]

Mordrake pays Ethel a visit first, perhaps because she told the sordid tale and has a sense of reverence for him. Edward is much less polite to his other potential victims in the second half of the story, but the scenes between Ethel and Edward are touching and sincere. One would almost believe Edward to be kind due to his treatment of Ethel, but we of course know better. By Edward's request, we get a glimpse of Ethel's former life with Dell, her ex-husband and current strongman, played by Michael Chiklis and we find out that Ethel is originally from Baltimore, which explains the weird accent Bate has been cobbling together.

I have fallen and this backwater ain't the worst of it.
Ethel Darling [to Edward Mordrake]

Bates is a master of accents, if 'Delores Clairborne' and 'Misery' are any indication, so I'm not sure if she's doing incredibly well or if she's butchering it. The accent aside, Ethel's backstory is heartbreaking. We learned in the second episode that Dell tried to kill their young son, Jimmy Darling (Evan Peters), during a fit of rage. This of course prompted Ethel to leave Dell.
I'm a lady and then some. 
Desiree Dupree [to little girl]

After a 30 year separation Dell and Ethel are unhappily reunited when he and his new hermaphroditical three-breasted wife, Desiree Dupree (Angela Bassett), show up looking for work at the freak show. Speaking of Angela Bassett, this is my primary complaint about the show thus far. Where is Angela? According to IMDB, she's in most of the episodes this season, so hopefully the writers will give her more to do than be Dell's eye candy. I will say that I do like the whole 'Carmen Jones' vibe she has going.

Ethel's night with Edward reveals that it was Dell who convinced her to give up her successful vaudeville act for an unsuccessful theatrical one, which subsequently landed her at the freak show. Dell isn't known for his smarts. At some point Dell and Ethel were so broke that Dell arranged for people to pay to watch Ethel give birth to and hold Jimmy, their "monster baby," who was born with ectrodactyly dysplasia otherwise known as "lobster claws." This revelation is Ethel's lowest point. She realizes that Jimmy has been exploited from the moment he was born and it's devastating. You're not sure if Ethel's sad tale of desperation and regret causes Edward to show her mercy or maybe she just isn't evil enough? Either way, Edward moves on to deeper waters and leaves Ethel alive and breathing.
He needs some guidance. Preferably from a man.
Ethel Darling to [Dell Toledo]

One of the weaker plot points this season is the introduction of Emma Roberts (Esmerelda) and Denis O'Hare as a couple of grifters. We don't get to see much of O'Hare's character, but Esmerelda shows up at the freak show for a job as a fake psychic. Evidently love triangles haven't gotten old, so the writer's have decided to throw in a love quadrangle between Jimmy, Esmerelda, and Bette/Dot (the resident Siamese twins, played by AHS veteran Sarah Paulson). I like the actors, but I wish they were given more to do and more to work with. It's early on in the season yet, so I hope the best is yet to come.
I can hear another song now. The future.
Esmerelda [to Elsa]

In the other corner of our horror story, Twisty the Clown (John Carroll Lynch) is on a rampage: killing toy store clerks, teens in lover's lanes, and kidnapping frightened children. His secret hideout is an abandoned school bus deep in the woods. His hideous mask hides a deformed jaw that makes the mask look tame. Twisty is up to no good again, stalking a little girl who is terrified of clowns. He soon follows her home to abduct her bullying big brother, adding another member to his bus brigade. One of the writer's is clearly a fan of 'Halloween' (the original 1978 version). See below for the comparison between this shot with Twisty versus Michael Myers. I posted a link a few weeks ago about how the Clown Association of America wasn't happy about Twisty the Clown. Clearly 'American Horror Story' is doing something right.

Twenty year old spoiled brat (Finn Wittrock) is having a rampage of his own. He kills small animals, scares young children, and is the killer clown's new BFF. Dandy's nemesis is none other than Patti LaBelle herself, his mother's feisty maid, Dora. His indulgent mother Gloria Mott is played by 'American Horror Story' alum (Frances Conroy). Unlike Gloria, Dora doesn't indulge or particularly like Dandy. She knows that he's dangerous, but she also fancies him a coward. She dares him to kill her when has the nerve to point a knife in her direction.

There's another 'Halloween' homage after Dandy flips out over the Howdy Doody costume that Dora makes him. Gloria may indulge Dandy's every whim, but she cannot stop the curfew hanging over Jupiter, Florida. Ever since the killer clown started his rampage, the whole town of Jupiter is house arrest. When Dandy doesn't find enough entertainment at home with Gloria and Dora, he seeks out Twisty.
Curfews are for the poor people. 
Dandy [to Gloria]

Perhaps my favorite scene in the two-part episodes was the scene between Mordrake and Elsa. Mordrake is still on the hunt for his pound of flesh when he visits Elsa's tent. Elsa mistakes Mordrake for an admirer. Mordrake plays along at first, then dresses Elsa down like no one else could. His companions strip Elsa of her dignity and remove her wooden legs.

I am here to take someone to the other side. Perhaps you.
Edward Mordrake [to Elsa]

Edward demands to hear her darkest hour, which takes us to the underbelly of 1932 Berlin. Elsa was a struggling actress and a prostitute (and a dominatrix). Some of the Berlin scenes are a little too gruesome for my taste. It's here we learn how Elsa lost her legs. She was drugged and brutally mutilated by people she trusted. Mordrake and his demon face have finally found their freak in Elsa. Right before he kills Elsa, Mordrake hears the sound of sweet music played by Twisty the Clown. Elsa is spared. Twisty is not.

I've gone into great detail about the episodes, but something should be said about Wes Bentley's performance as Edward Mordrake. His performance was an example of subtle perfection: the delivery, the accent, the facial expressions were flawless. I've seen Bentley in several films, 'American Beauty' of course, 'The Claim,' 'The Four Feathers,' 'The Hunger Games,' but I hadn't seen him in a film in which he could show his chops. It's strange, but 'American Horror Story' allowed Bentley to really flex his acting muscles.
Don't stop now. We came for a show.
Edward Mordrake [to Twisty the Clown]

Bentley has publicly admitted that he struggled with drugs for the majority of his career. Which is kind of amazing when you think about it. I don't care about, nor do I engage in discussions about actor's personal lives, but I'm pretty impressed that Bentley could come back from that. He's been quoted as saying he used to only take roles to get him through his drug habit. Now he's getting roles in Christopher Nolan films, which is huge. I think it takes great personal strength to overcome and continue to struggle with these addictions. This is one of the reasons I admired Philip Seymour Hoffman so much. Yes, he did succumb to his struggle, but as Bentley has said, "sobriety is an ongoing process." And as my father would say, "the proof is in the pudding." Bentley shines in this series. We can only hope he returns for more ghastly fun next year.   
Perfect in it's monstrous imperfection.
Edward Mordrake

Another standout was John Carroll Lynch ('Zodiac' and 'The Americans'). Lynch as Twisty the Clown is so good that you scarcely remember he's acting...always the mark of a master. When Edward finally unmasks the the killer clown, we find out that the clown isn't as fiendish as he first appeared. Twisty was once just a simple minded circus clown who loved to entertain children. He was unjustly accused of molesting children by jealous carnie folk. Twisty never recovers from the accusation and is run out of town. When his mother dies he is relegated to living in the abandoned bus. When he cannot make a living selling junk toys, he tries to kill himself, which leaves him horrifically scarred and insane.

Remove your mask. Tell me your story.
Edward Mordrake [to Twisty the Clown]

After four episodes of silent murder, Twisty's voice is finally revealed. In Twisty's mind he was saving children. He killed the shopkeeper because he threw Twisty out of the toy store and accused him of hurting children. He killed the boy's mother because the mother was mean to Twisty in the toy store and Twisty wanted to save the boy from chores. Twisty killed the teen boy in lover's lane so he could kidnap his girlfriend to babysit the children he kidnapped, etc. Edward and the demon face are most impressed by Twisty's scarred and simple mind. Their search is over. They have found their freakish companion.

I have met many a craven killer, many a sniveling coward in my time,...but you have caused 
the demon to weep. 
Edward Mordrake [to Twisty the Clown]

'Fury' Review - A Lesson in War Movie Cliches [Spoilers]

"Ideals are peaceful. History is violent."
Wardaddy [to Norman] in 'Fury.'

Set in the waning months of World War II, 'Fury' starts with serene moment: A lone soldier is riding on a white horse through the fog. It's only after the fog dissipates that you notice that the soldier is riding through a battlefield strewn with damaged and abandoned American Sherman tanks. The soldier doesn't get far before another soldier ambushes and kills him. The killer is Wardaddy (Brad Pitt), who soon joins his compadres in their dilapidated (but still functioning) tank, nicknamed "Fury"--frantically being worked on by mechanic and missile loader, Grady (Jon Bernthal).

Pitt of course plays the anchor role of the steely eyed weathered veteran who has fought on two continents. Rounding out his crew are Bible Swan (Shia LaBeouf), Gordo (Michael Pena), and a recently deceased unnamed soldier. Wardaddy takes his crew back to base and tells a disappointed young Lieutenant (Xavier Samuel) that none of the other tank crews survived. As the Lieutenant gives orders, some of the other Sergeants gruffly joke that the Lieutenant isn't even old enough to shave. This is a common cliche in war movies. A young, inexperienced, lieutenant is sent into the field to command a weary battle hardened, strong-willed Sergeant. The Sergeant always knows best and the young lieutenant never lives long. This proves to be the case in 'Fury,' but Wardaddy is more complicated than he appears to be.

Were it not for the prevalence of so many war movie stereotypes, 'Fury' could have been a great film. Director David Ayer ('End of Watch' and 'Harsh Times') did an admirable job depicting the horrors of war and 'Fury' did something that most war movies do not, it showed the heroes of the film doing some "not" so heroic things, such as killing a surrendering enemy combatant begging for his life or holding a few pretty German women hostage after capturing a small German town. One of the best scenes in the movie is when the brash and ruckus tank crew interrupts Wardaddy's makeshift love nest with coarse joking and savage war stories. Had 'Fury' continued down this path, this would have been a unique film. But alas, shoulda, coulda, woulda.

The most prevalent war movie stereotype in 'Fury' is the "new guy" cliche. In 'Fury,' the "new guy" is Percy Jackson himself, Logan Lerman (Norman). Countless other war movies have had their own "new guys," In 'Saving Private Ryan,' the new guy was Upham (Jeremy Davies). The "new guy" is typically used as a gateway for the audience and gives the viewers someone to relate to, as the audience is in essence the "new guy."

The "new guy" cliche typically has built-in conflict with the resident "old guys" and the lead veteran. Almost as soon as Norman arrives, Wardaddy isn't happy about it. Wardaddy's name alone should indicate why. Young Norman is from the the typing pool, has no combat experience, and has never been in a tank.
Norman's trial by fire starts almost immediately. Norman's first task is to clean up the remains of the soldier he is replacing--not a pretty sight. Things go downhill from there, as Norman gets brutally schooled by Wardaddy. The tension between Wardaddy and Norman is one of the most compelling aspect of the film. It's also another well-known war movie stereotype. The "new guy" always attempts to retain his humanity during the first half of the film, only to transform into a killing machine during the second half of the film. It's a little unrealistic. It's kind of like the guy who takes one sword lesson and automatically becomes an expert.

Similar to the "new guy," every war movie needs "the preacher." Admittedly, I find the conflict of war and religion to be thought provoking, but I wish war movies would mix it up a bit. Thankfully, 'Fury' makes "the preacher" character (Bible Swan played by Shia LaBeouf) semi-interesting. No one finds this sentence more shocking than I do, as I am "the opposite" of a Shia LaBeouf fan, but this was perhaps LaBeouf's best role in years. Amazingly, 'Fury' will remind people that LaBeouf can actually act. It's easy to forget whilst watching crappy 'Transformer' movies and weird sadistic films like 'Nymphomaniac.' LaBeouf's bizarre public behavior hasn't done him any favors either.

All that aside, LaBeouf shines in this film, albeit in a cliched character. Bible Swan is the tank's gunner and probably kills more people than any member of the tank crew. If this sounds familiar then you will recall that Barry Pepper (Private Jackson) was the quintessential "preacher"/sniper character in 'Saving Private Ryan,' but LaBeouf's character takes it a step further. Bible Swan may brutally kill men on the battlefield, but as soon as the fighting stops, he prays with and offers comfort to dying enemy soldiers. It's a good reminder, that even enemies can treat each other like human beings. Again, had 'Fury' focused on some of these contradictions, rather than lazily relying on stereotypes, 'Fury' could have been one of the best films of the year.

As someone who is herself "ethnic," I am not criticizing diversity in films, quite the contrary. However, I'm getting a little tired of the stereotypical "ethnic friend." Why can't Hollywood write non-stereotypical characters who just happen to be non-white? Ultimately people are people. So writers--please write the character like you would any other person. One good example is Adam Beach (Ira Hayes) in 'Flags of Our Fathers.' Unlike Gordo (Michael Pena), Beach's character is fully developed  with a distinct personality and presence. Whereas Gordo is the epitome of a stereotype: a one-dimensional feisty Latin tank driver with an attitude and little dialogue, who irritates Wardaddy by occasionally speaking Spanish in the tank.

Perhaps the worst war movie stereotype is the creepy "rapey" soldier, played here by Jon Bernthal (Grady Coon-Ass). Grady is openly misogynistic and cringe worthy at times. It's never more evident than when he threatens to rape one of the young women in Wardaddy's custody. It's good for the ladies that Wardaddy is gentlemanly enough to threaten to kick Grady in the teeth. Grady reminds me of the Telly Savalas' character (A.J. Maggott) in 'The Dirty Dozen.' However, I have to give Ayer (who also wrote 'Fury) a little credit for giving Grady at least one tender moment, in which he admits that he's not a good man, but would like to be. I understand that soldiers can be rough around the edges. My father is a Vietnam combat veteran and is still a little rough around the edges, but this war movie stereotype needs some freshening up.

It's not long after this awkward scene that Wardaddy and crew are sent into harms way again. Which brings me to both the weakest and the strongest point of the film. The film essentially becomes "Saving Private Ryan...with tanks" and descends into blatant 'Saving Private Ryan' mimicry. Similar to 'Saving Private Ryan,' Wardaddy decides to "hold this ground" against an onslaught of 300 German soldiers, despite their tank being knocked off its tracks by a landmine. It ends as you would expect...exactly as 'Saving Private Ryan' ended.
In addition to the 'Saving Private Ryan' ripoff,' there were a few scenes that made absolutely no sense. Not once but twice, two members of the tank crew poke their head out in the midst of enemy fire and the obvious happens. Seriously? Couldn't they have died in a more noble manner? Are you telling me that these men who have survived four years of tank fighting, don't have the wherewithal "not" to poke their head out when being fired upon?  This is one of the first thing my father always told me--when the bullets start flying "HIT THE DECK." At least one of the character's gets taken out by a sniper--that I could understand. Were it not for the final scene between Wardaddy and Norman, the ending wouldn't have been redeemed.

Overall, it's a decent war movie, but not for the squeamish. Lastly in closing, I haven't really thought much of Pitt since I was a hormonal teenager in 1994 with a 'Legends of the Fall' poster on my wall, but I have to admit that Pitt was kinda hot in this film. He has a nice shirtless scene. Sorry, this may or may not be a reason to see this movie, but it certainly made the time pass. Ultimately, 'Fury' may not be for everyone, but it's a film that I could watch with my dad. We see two types of films together, westerns and war movies. So anytime I can spend time with him I'm going to take it.

Directed by David Ayer
Starring: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Pena, and Logan Lerman.
*** 3 stars out of 5

Wonder Woman The Movie--Finally! + More

I can't believe this day has actually come. Wonder Woman is finally coming to the big screen on June 23, 2017. It's happening, it's finally happening. I just can't believe it. Yes, 2017 is a while away, but I'm just glad that it's on the books. DC Comics, you have restored my faith in comic books. I would say thank you, but the only thing I can say is "it's about time." I'm a DC fan, but I've admired how dynamic Marvel has been in recent years. For the past 40 years, DC's focus has primarily been Batman and Superman--and that's it. I'm glad DC has finally taken a page out of Marvel's playbook and cracked open their woefully underused catalog. Now Marvel can finally take a page from DC, stop making excuses, and make a 'Black Widow' film. Rant over. Now, if only DC can hire a director that is "not" Zack Synder. That is all. The full DC film schedule is listed below:

'Batman versus Superman' - March 25, 2016
'Suicide Squad' - August 5, 2016
'Wonder Woman' - June 23, 2017
'Justice League' - November 17, 2017
'Flash' - March 23, 2018
'Aquaman' - June 27, 2018
'Shazam' - April 5, 2019
'Justice League 2' - June 14, 2019
'Cyborg' - April 3, 2020
'Green Lantern' - June 19, 2020

Since I'm on a DC love fest (not to worry it won't last long), I have to give kudos to the new DC series, 'Gotham.' Perhaps my 'Wonder Woman' bitterness had spilled over into all things DC, but I had very low expectations for 'Gotham.' The previews of baby Catwoman, Bruce Wayne, and Poison Ivy, did it no favors. I essentially wrote off 'Gotham' as another cheesy comic book show. Nothing could be further from the truth. 'Gotham' is actually quite entertaining with a wonderful cast. I love having low expectations for something, only to be pleasantly surprised. The old adage is true, "never judge a show by its crappy trailer."

One of the best things about the show is Robin Lord Taylor's portrayal as Oswald Cobblepot (aka the Penguin). 'Gotham's strength is treating the characters with realism, and removing all of the theatricality. Gothams' Penguin is a whiny, ruthless, cold blooded killer, sans the umbrella and top hat; the Riddler is a creepy forensic pathologist; baby Catwoman is a street kid and a pick pocket; and baby Poison Ivy comes from an abusive home. Another bright spot has been Jada Pinkett Smith's portrayal of a non-canon character, Fish Mooney. Mooney is a brutal crime boss, with Cobblepot in her crosshairs. Ben McKenzie formerly of the ('OC' and most recently 'Southland') is solid as a youthful Jim Gordon and character actor Donal Logue is perfectly cast as Gordon's jaded mentor, Harvey Bullock (not to be confused with Harvey Dent). 'Gotham' now has a semi-permanent place on my DVR.

'American Horror Story' (AHS) returns with a new anthology titled "Freakshow." Admittedly, AHS runs hot and cold for me. The first season was great, the second season (Asylum) was dreary and cold, the third season (Coven) was luke-warm, but the fourth season is burning white hot. Set in 1953, rural Florida, the incredible Jessica Lange is Elsa Mars, owner of a traveling freakshow. Business ain't what it used to be and freakshow carnies are a dying breed. Imagine Elsa's luck when she comes across Siamese twins, Bette and Dot (played by the wonderful Sarah Paulson).

Along with Lange and Paulson, all of the familiar faces are back (Evan Peters, Frances Conroy, Angela Bassett, and Kathy Bates), along with a few new ones (Michael Chiklis as the most notable new face). And did someone say Patti LaBelle? Yes, my jaw dropped when I saw Patti sashay across the screen. Patti will be in four episodes this season.

This is perhaps my favorite thing about AHS. A new theme with new characters every year prevents the show from becoming stale. I'm not a Ryan Murphy fan, but this was a brilliant idea. I can't believe no one else has thought of it. Seeing these wonderful actors play different characters every season is a real treat. I'm sure it's also a treat for them to not get stuck in one role for too long.

So far this year's 'Carnivale' theme has been outlandishly good and has already struck a nerve. The Clowns Association of America aren't happy with the portrayal of clowns on AHS: Freakshow. I think the Clowns Association of America needs to lighten up. It's a horror show anthology with all types of creepy things. Clowns are scary--oh--yes--they are.

'Supernatural' Season 10 returns. I have loved this show for years, primarily for Jensen Ackles (Dean), who really anchors the show. After 10 years on the air, the show has had a few iffy seasons, but for the most part the show has been incredibly entertaining, and an unlikely offspring of the 'X-Files.' (For those who don't know, 'Supernatural' and 'X-Files' have shared producers, cast, and even similar storylines. There are a multitude of articles on the subject.)

The first two episodes of Season 10 have been refreshing. Dean is on a rampage with the King of Hell played by Mark Sheppard. They're drinking their way through the navel of America and hitting all of the best karaoke bars. Sheppard continues to be a bright spot on the show. After five years of guest roles, he's finally been bumped up to a regular this year. I had the pleasure of seeing him at a convention a few years ago. He is really just as delightful and cheeky onscreen as he is off screen.

That said, it's time for this show to end. After 10 years, there's only so many times Sam and Dean Winchester can be possessed; fight angels and demons, deal with freaks of the week; die terrible deaths; go to heaven, hell, or purgatory. Ten years is a long time. I almost can't believe I've been watching this show this long. Most shows are lucky to get two or three seasons, let alone ten. It's been a beautiful ride, so I hope they go out with a bang and not a whimper.

Season 5 of 'The Walking Dead' has brought me back into the fold "temporarily." I have been hate watching that show for a while, but even I have to admit that the Season 5 premiere was bloody fantastic. If you haven't seen it, I don't want to spoil it for you, but it was probably one of the best episodes I've seen in a long time. This fact makes me sad, because no doubt it will only be downhill from here. That's what typically happens, the powers that be give us one really fantastic episode to keep us hooked, and then feed us crap for the rest of the season. I'm hoping that the Season 5 premiere is a taste of things to come. Click the link for a behind the scenes view of Season 5 of 'The Walking Dead.'

This is the film I have been waiting to see all year. I'm remain hopeful that 'Interstellar' will be the next big scifi movie of the era. Early reviews indicate that 'Interstellar' is the next '2001: A Space Odyssey.' Christopher Nolan and his brother and writing partner, Jonathan Nolan, really challenged themselves with this film. It took four years to write the script. While writing it, Jonathan studied at the California Institute of Technology to get a grasp of the physics. Seriously, four years and attending college...for a movie? Amazing. The idea for 'Interstellar' came from producer Lynda Probst and theoretical physicist Kip Thorne. Entertainment Weekly has already seen the film and remains impressed. Read more about 'Interstellar' in this week's EW. Imagine that, a hollywood film that is not a remake, a sequel, or based on a comic book. Wow.

AMC is introducing a new show called 'Humans,' based on the Swedish drama of the same name. 'Humans' is a scifi show about "synths" or high-tech robotic servants. William Hurt has been cast in a major role, as a man with a "synth" son. If I remember correctly, Hurt had a similar role in Speilberg's 'AI: Artificial Intelligence.'

If you are a parent with a young child, this micro horror film will seriously creep you out. It's very well done.

New York's Comic Con had some great cosplay. My favorite being Rocket the Raccoon from 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

And lest I forget, Dorkly has an honest guide to cosplay. If you've ever done cospaly, you know that Dorkly nailed this one.

Over 100,000 elephants have been killed over the last three years. So similar to Bob Barker asking people to spay and neuter their animals, I'm going to leave you with a note asking people to help save Africa's elephants by donating to the WCS and the IAPF. Thank you.

Sleepy Hollow Returns, Marvel Still Dissing Black Widow, Ethan Hawke is Back in SciFi + More

The Season 2 premiere of 'Sleepy Hollow' was entertaining, but cliched. If you haven't seen 'Sleepy Hollow' yet, watch the cast try to explain the show in 30 seconds. Last September I predicted that either 'Almost Human' or 'Sleepy Hollow' would like bite the dust. I'm quite surprised that 'Sleepy Hollow' with all of its wackiness is still on the air, whereas 'Almost Human' was cancelled. Neither Karl UrbanJ.J. Abrams, nor it's savvy writing could save it.

Ethan Hawke hasn't been in a hard scifi film since 1998's 'Gattaca,' so it's refreshing to see him in the new a timey wimey film like 'Predestination.' I'm not an Ethan Hawke fan, but if the trailer is any indication I am looking forward to seeing this film. Check it out.

Marvel had the opportunity to do a 'Black Widow' film before 'Iron Man,' but decided to pass on it because "a number of female vigilante movies came out [in 2004]," namely box office bombs like 'BloodRayne' and 'Aeon Flux.' The article also mentions 'Tomb Raider,' 'Ultraviolet,' and 'Kill Bill,' which were incredibly successful. Evidently five female-lead action films = "marketplace saturation," go figure?

Lucy Lawless talks about her 'Agents of Shield' role as a deep cover agent. The addition of Lawless can only help this show. Supposedly they are shaking up the cast a bit. I hope this means they're getting rid of some dead weight. 'Agents of Shield' would vastly improve with the removal of a few irritating characters.

Now this is a hoodie I would wear. Love this Wonder Woman hoodie.

Lovin' this Jabba the hut/Slave Leia cosplay or setup??? Not sure what to call it. Either way it's cool. It looks like this guy set this up in his garage. Very cool.

Over 100,000 elephants have been killed over the last three years. So similar to Bob Barker asking people to spay and neuter their animals, I'm going to leave you with a note asking people to help save Africa's elephants by donating to the WCS and the IAPF. Thank you.