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Hepburn gleans Cary Grant's inspiration in Holiday

Tom Hanks ignites soliloquies in Joe versus the Volcano

Holiday, starring Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant, is a story I count on for inspiration. Grant plays Johnny Case, a finance visionary whose unconventional ideas juxtapose with the socialite family he encounters. Hepburn plays the ...

Slow autobiography and Korean pseudo reality

One Mississippi and The [email protected]

One Mississippi is Tig Notaro’s lightly fictionalized autobiographical series that pulls no punches when it comes to real-world pain in all its internal and external forms, yet repeatedly shows how pain can be balanced by ...

Playboy editor of Elle magazine paralyzed except for one eye

The Skin I Live In, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Thunder Road

Films that push the boundaries of my comfort zone tend to be more memorable and meaningful. I’ve seen these films only once, but they’ve stuck with me. Pedro Almodóvar’s La Piel Que Habito (The Skin ...

DC comics films with superheroes, super-villains, and meta-humans

Legends of Tomorrow and Suicide Squad

Legends of Tomorrow serves up a band of unlikely would-be superheroes and villains that are unwillingly thrown together to travel through space and time saving the world. The story line is continuous; fellow superheroes in ...

Will Ferrell in a semi-serious role and an interesting premise

Stranger Than Fiction and Stranger Things

Stranger Than Fiction serves up a rare glimpse at Will Ferrell in a semi-serious role. Ferrell is hilarious as Harold Crick, a man who finds his life being “narrated” by an author that only he ...

Purgatory for suicides and viral outbreak

Wristcutters: A Love Story and The Strain

Wristcutters: A Love Story takes place in a purgatory reserved for people who’ve committed suicide. No one smiles, everyone strolls through the monotony of having no future, and nothing works properly. It’s a boy-meets-girl story ...

Will make anyone who didn’t go to community college glad of it

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and Community

Neil Patrick Harris, in Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, is at his finest as a villain you almost have to root for. His musically inclined attempt at trying simultaneously to woo the girl and join a ...

Coming-of-age sci-fi and over-the-top action

The Last Starfighter and Commando

The Last Starfighter is an ’80s coming-of-age sci-fi adventure clearly made to cash in on Star Wars’ success. This movie was an early pioneer in computer-generated spaceship battles. What makes it such a great movie ...

Penny Dreadful and [REC] — Gothic horror and pure horror

Beauty and primal fear

Penny Dreadful stole my heart with solid acting and flawless writing. It invites you to a universe where literary Gothic horror icons meet eye-to-eye. There’s not one character in the series that you don’t fall ...

Housebound — a woman forced to live back at home under house arrest

Comes to believe her childhood home is haunted

Lost Girl is one of my all-time favorite shows. The story revolves around Bo (the amazing Anna Silk) as she navigates a world of magical creatures, and Kenzi (Ksenia Solo), Bo’s wisecracking best friend. I ...

An NBC series like Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I want to visit the quiet little town of Midnight

Midnight, Texas, is a new NBC series that reminds me a lot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with its quirky characters, supernatural influences, and murder. Manfred, a psychic able to communicate with the dead, is ...

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