1931’s Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde is startling, distressing stuff

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This classic Throwback Thursday film is one of the most sinister and alarming of Hollywood’s pre-code era.


As a kid, I had nothing but love for old monster movies.

The Universal gang, Frankenstein, Dracula, The Creature From The Black Lagoon. The cheesecake gigantic atomic monstrosities. War Of The Gargantuas. Godzilla and his kaiju clan.

I collected and built all the Aurora horror model kits. (Not the Polar Lights remakes, the original, one and only Aurora kits with their glow-in-the-dark features and meticulous need for attention.) I still have all of them.

And I reveled in the bevy of publications of my youth, from comics (Werewolf By Night, Man-Thing, Monsters Unleashed) to black and white magazines (Famous Monsters Of Filmland) and right on into the “vogue” newspapers (The Monster Times).

I’m glad I didn’t see this film as a kid.

Interestingly, of all the films and media I devoured back in the day — something I continue soak up and revisit as time allows — I never got around to reading Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde nor did I get any of the many films tucked beneath my belt. I really don’t have a good reason. It just might be it was one of the lesser films I figured I’d get to eventually. In hindsight I don’t remember it being as readily viewable as other horror flicks, a reasonable excuse I’m comfortable in stating that’s the most likely cause.

Regardless, I recently was able to wrangle a viewing of Fredric March’s Oscar-winning performance during a rather recent Turner Classic Movie pre-code Friday night.

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The 100 season premiere reminds us how crazy this show is

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CW’s ‘The 100′ first season was full of jaw-dropping, WTF moments. If the second season premiere is any indication, fans are in for a heck of a ride.


Previously on The 100: What. The. Fudge. Critics can talk about Scandal, they can talk about The Walking Dead, or they can talk about a host of other much-hyped shows that provides shocking twists and turns, but for my money, The 100 has them all beat.

I was describing the show to a friend this summer, trying to explain how the show kept ramping up the action. I told her there was a big shocking moment at the end of the pilot that left audiences jaw-dropped. Then Clarke topped it at the end of episode two. Then Charlotte topped it once and then once again in the following episodes. There’s nothing like The 100 on television anywhere, and I’m damn glad the show is back.

I talked to the cast and crew at San Diego Comic-Con this summer, and I was particularly struck by something showrunner Jason Rothenberg said. The full quote is in the video below, but he basically didn’t think that the show deserved its reputation for killing off characters; other than Wells, none of the characters killed was portrayed as a regular character. Rothenberg implied that since the show received that reputation, they were going to attempt to live up to it in season two. Boys and girls, if that statement does not scare you, you are not paying close enough attention. There’s an influx of characters on the ground with the return of the Ark, the Mountain Men (People?) and more Grounders. More characters to track makes it considerably easier to chop off a couple here or there as the story allows. Continue reading 'The 100 season premiere reminds us how crazy this show is' »

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Win passes to see Nightcrawler in Cleveland, Boston, DC or L.A.


Be the first in Los Angeles to see the new thriller ‘Nightcrawler.’ Find out how you can win a pair of passes to a special advance screening.



CliqueClack has partnered with Open Road Films to offer readers in Los Angeles, Cleveland, Boston and Washington DC an opportunity to attend an advance screening of the new thriller Nightcrawler starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed and Bill Paxton.

Nightcrawler is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling — where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.

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Download free passes to see a Boston screening of Before I Go To Sleep


Nicole Kidman returns to the big screen in the new thriller ‘Before I Go To Sleep,’ and you can be the first to see the film in Boston. Find out how you can download a pair of free passes.


CliqueClack has partnered with Clarius Entertainment to offer readers in Boston an opportunity to attend an advance screening of the new thriller Before I Go To Sleep starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong.

A taut thriller based on the worldwide best-selling novel by S.J. Watson, Before I Go To Sleep is the story of a woman (Kidman) who wakes up every day with no memory as the result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, terrifying new truths begin to emerge that make her question everything she thinks she knows about her life — as well as everyone in it, including her doctor (Strong) and even her husband (Firth).

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The 100 Season Two Preview: Notes from the Cast and Crew

‘The 100′ was easily one of the breakout shows of 2013, especially with its ability to tell a surprisingly dark story. Will the second season, starting this week, continue that same level of ‘WTF’ each week? From our interviews with the cast and the crew, it looks like that will be the case.


The 100 was probably my favorite new show when I reviewed the 2013 pilots last summer. Nothing could have prepared me, however, for what was to come when the series got to Episode 3 (Or Episode 4 … or Episode 5; at some point I had to stop counting). Jason Rothenberg and his team are right up there with Shonda Rhimes’ Scandal in terms of telling a fast-paced, dark story that is less like a television show and more like — if you’ll forgive the cliche — a roller coaster ride (and a damn fine coaster, too. Not one of those kiddy-coasters, but one you lose your lunch just looking at from the bottom).

We sat down with the cast and crew at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this summer. They told us what they could about the upcoming season, which was unsurprisingly very little. Isaiah Washington was particularly obtuse (tongue-in-cheek … to an extent). If you had asked me this summer, I would have said that just by his appearance at the Con one could figure out his fate … but then I’m reminded of our conversation with Mark Guggenheim about how many episodes Caity Loitz was going to be in, and I start to hedge those bets. Continue reading 'The 100 Season Two Preview: Notes from the Cast and Crew' »

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2 Broke Girls, Dracula, Penny Dreadful and more come to home video

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TV on DVD and Blu-ray October 14 includes ‘2 Broke Girls,’ ‘Dracula,’ ‘Fargo,’ ‘The Honorable Woman,’ ‘Penny Dreadful,’ ‘Two and a Half Men,’ ‘Robot Chicken,’ ‘Star Wars Rebels,’ ‘Stan Lee’s Mighty 7,’ and more.


There was a mixed bag of TV releases on DVD and Blu-ray this week with past seasons of shows soon to return — 2 Broke Girls, Two and a Half Men — and shows that recently ended and are either returning next year — Penny Dreadful, Fargo — or have ended their runs — Dracula, The Honorable Woman. Reality TV is featured heavily this week with either season sets or special episodes, including Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Alaska State Troopers, Jackass and Pawn Stars, and shows the entire family can enjoy — Mr. Peabody and Sherman (the classic cartoons to tie in with the movie release), Marvel Knights, Star Wars Rebels and Yo Gabba Gabba. To see all of the highlights from October 14, have a look at our alphabetical shopper’s guide and click on a link to get more information or to make a purchase.

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Win passes to an advance screening of John Wick in Baltimore or DC


Prepare to meet ‘John Wick.’ Find out how you can win free passes to special advance screenings in Baltimore or DC.



CliqueClack has partnered with Lionsgate to offer readers in Baltimore and DC an opportunity to attend an advance screening of the new action thriller John Wick starring Keanu Reeves, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Winters,Ian McShane, John Leguizamo, Michael Nyqvist and Willem Dafoe.

An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, John Wick is a fresh and stylized take on the “assassin genre.”

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St. Vincent isn’t the next great Bill Murray movie, but it’s far from the worst

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‘St. Vincent’ is a movie intended to remind you of how good Bill Murray is, even when his movies aren’t as good.


Ah, youth, where has it gone? Or conversely, ah, old age, why is it already here? The pairing and juxtaposition between young and old is a classic one, but there’s good reason for that. Sure, Dennis the Menace lets us indulge in our innocence and mischief while being glad Mr. Wilson, the adult, is around to pay attention. Having a kid and an older person play off each other highlights differences and similarities. People always have something to learn, especially from each other, and life isn’t over just because you’re old.

Sometimes (often) such movies are cliched or stupid, but they don’t have to be. The themes make sense, because they are universal. Everyone starts as a kid, and everyone grows old. There’s that parallel again, hinting its way at us with blunt unsubtle force. So in the end, it just comes down to the characters, and whether or not they’re worth watching at all.

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Whiplash is a frenetic, fabulous movie about the line between mentorship and abuse


‘Whiplash’ is a shocking adrenaline rush about jazz and drums – I’m surprised too!


“If music be the food of love, play on.”

There is a thin line between a caring teacher who’s pushing you as hard as you can go to achieve greatness and a giant jerk on a power trip. Teaching is difficult, and teaching the truly talented is not as easy as it sounds. Many coast on by, letting the students do all the work. But it’s thought often that you really need to push and push to achieve greatness; if you aren’t struggling, can you truly obtain anything more than mediocrity in a sea of the same?

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Should cable providers start shaking in their boots?


With more networks and cable channels offering subscription streaming services, will cable companies be forced to change their current model of operation as customers “cut the cord”?


Wednesday, October 15 was a momentous day for digital media. With streaming services like Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime giving networks a place for past episodes (and in some cases, new episodes day after air) of their series to live on and gain new viewers, there was a seismic shift that was felt throughout the lands of Comcast, Verizon, Time Warner and other cable providers when HBO announced it would launch its own stand-alone streaming service in 2015.

HBO currently provides HBO GO for cable subscribers which includes a library of movies, and complete series both new and old, including Game of Thrones, Veep, The Sopranos, Girls, The Wire and more. Amazon Instant members also have access to HBO programs, but only past seasons (current seasons will take up to three years to land on Amazon). The new streaming service will not require a cable subscription and will include basically the same content as cable subscribers get with HBO GO (sister channel Cinemax content may also be included). It’s rumored Showtime will follow suit at some point in the near future.

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