Archive for March, 2013

Survivor: Caramoan Episode Seven Review and Analysis

Warning:  This review contains spoilers for episode seven of Survivor: Caramoan.  If you haven’t seen the episode yet, you can check it out at CBS.com

Survivor: Caramoan

This week’s episode of Survivor: Caramoan was officially titled ‘Tubby Lunchbox,’ but here at The Lindus List, I like to rename episodes based on the strategic themes presented by the players.  As such, I am calling episode seven of Survivor: Caramoan “The Curious Case of Specialist Sheppard.”

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The (Not So) Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Warning:  This review contains a few light spoilers of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.  Turn back now if you don’t want to find out that I simply keep the scarves hidden up my sleeve.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Imagine, if you will, you’re in a sold-out theatre.  The lights have dimmed, and a hush has fallen over the crowd.  As a child, you were fascinated by magicians, performers who brought wonder and possibility to each trick.  You never really wanted to know how the tricks were performed; sure, you squealed, ‘How did you do that?’ when a particularly impressive stunt was pulled off, but you knew in your heart of hearts that not knowing would keep the ‘magic’ of magic alive.  Now, as you sit in the audience, you are prepared for that splendor, that wonder once again.  Fog rolls out over the audience as the velvet curtain rises.  The magician takes the stage…

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Survivor: Caramoan Episode Six Review and Analysis

Warning:  This review contains spoilers for episode six of Survivor: Caramoan.  If you haven’t seen the episode yet, you can check it out at CBS.com

Survivor: Caramoan

It has been a magical week here at The Lindus List.  This week, I joined the Movie Bears Podcast in a review of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, and in keeping with the spirit of that film, I’ll be reaching into my hat and pulling out a rabbit… or perhaps, a few turkeys… with this week’s episode of Survivor:  Caramoan.  Episode six may officially be titled ‘Operation Thunder,’ but we’re going to rename it ‘The Reappearing Act.’

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Is Oz Great and Powerful?

Warning:  This review of Oz: The Great and Powerful contains spoilers.  Turn back now if you don’t want to find out that tornados are the fastest way out of Kansas.

Oz the Great and Powerful

The film industry loves to churn out sequels, reboots, and re-imaginings of popular films, novels, cartoon series, and even classic fairy tales.  We’ve all seen this, and we’ve probably all bitched about this to our friends at one point or another.  The biggest reason for this phenomenon is due to fear; the film industry is, by and large, afraid of taking a gamble on a new product, and instead hitches its cart to any proven commodity possible.  We’re a nostalgic society, so when someone ‘messes’ with one of our beloved classics, we bristle.  Not only is this inevitable, I would consider it to be a completely fair reaction.   When you stand on the shoulders of giants, your work may be more accessible to the masses, but your faults are more transparent as well.  That said, sometimes a completely solid film that would be considered excellent on its own merits is disregarded or dismissed simply because fans of the source material are unwilling to give it a fair shake.

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Survivor: Caramoan Episode Five Review and Analysis

Warning:  This review contains spoilers for episode five of Survivor: Caramoan.  If you haven’t seen the episode yet, you can check it out at CBS.com

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Episode five of Survivor: Caramoan was officially titled ‘Persona Non Grata,’ but we may as well call it, ‘Holy shit, did you see what Brandon did this week?’  This week, Brandon Hantz flipped out on his tribe, wrecked their food supply, and left Survivor in a blaze of magnificent, destructive glory.  His behavior was so offensive to his tribe that the Favorites forfeited final immunity to get rid of Brandon, who threw a tantrum at the impromptu tribal council and was immediately taken out of the game. That’s really what we’re here to talk about today, right kids? Read the rest of this entry »

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Survivor: Caramoan Episode Four Review and Analysis

Warning:  This review contains spoilers for episode four of Survivor: Caramoan.  If you haven’t seen the episode yet, you can check it out at CBS.com

Survivor: Caramoan logo

I’m not a psychic.  I don’t have special powers, I’m not a clairvoyant, and my ability to read tea leaves is mediocre, at best.  During this week’s episode of Survivor: Caramoan, of of the themes in tribal council was predicting the future, and it made me stop and think: in a game like Survivor, is it possible to predict the future?  I would wager that most of the players, assumedly ‘fans’ of the game (per the theme of the season) should be able to leverage knowledge of seasons passed to advance themselves in the game.  Unfortunately, most are playing a game so rooted in the present that they aren’t able to anticipate their next moves.

Never fear, though!  This week, I’m going to grab my crystal ball, my tarot cards, and my understanding of Survivor to help predict the future for some of the remaining castaways. Read the rest of this entry »

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Slaying Jack the Giant Slayer

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Hold on to your beanstalk, it’s about to get really bitchy up in here.

As a child, I was captivated by the charm of Disney fairy tales.  I rooted for the Princess who dreamed of an adventurous life beyond her castle walls,  I cheered as the lovable street rat rose beyond his station to find his calling as a hero, and I jeered the obviously evil villain who used political machinations and underhanded dealings to amass power.  The formula for Disney fairy tales was never very complex, but it never had to be.  The magic of a Disney film was in the likability of its characters, the beauty of the animation styles, and the clever twists found in the dialogue.  And let’s be honest; the marketability of the characters helped get them on my lunchbox, my Saturday morning cartoons, and possible even my underoos.  I plead the 5th on that one.

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