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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Bellflower”

Posted August 8, 2011 by Mitch Salem

      BELLFLOWER – Worth A Ticket:  A Uniquely Mashed-Up Vision     Watching BELLFLOWER, you keep thinking that it’s going to resolve itself into some categorizable genre.  Mumblecore romance, maybe, or low-budget apocalyptic action, or slacker comedy.  But while the film sips at all of those conventions, it has a striking, oddball originality […]

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THE SKED SERIES FINALE REVIEW: “Eureka”

Posted July 17, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  EUREKA, while never a breakout hit, was a sturdy performer for 5 years on Syfy–and one of the increasingly small number of shows on its air that was actually science-fiction, as opposed to superhero fantasy, horror, reality, paranormal thriller, or whatever else the network is trying to use to broaden its brand (while actually […]

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Blood Drive
Pilot Reports

SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere Review: “Blood Drive”

Posted June 15, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  BLOOD DRIVE:  Wednesday 10PM on Syfy – If Nothing Else Is On… Syfy is in the midst of a rebranding, the focal point of which seems to be a new font for its logo.  Creatively, if the premiere of BLOOD DRIVE is to be taken as a guide, the network intends its model to […]

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Film Festival

SHOWBUZZDAILY Toronto Film Festival Review: “A Tale of Love and Darkness”

Posted September 10, 2015 by Mitch Salem

  Natalie Portman certainly hasn’t made it easy for herself with her debut as a writer/director, A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS.  The film, which premiered at Cannes (but tellingly, doesn’t yet have a US distributor) before its first North American screening at the Toronto Film Festival tonight, is a period piece shot almost entirely […]

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Current Release

THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Beautiful Creatures”

Posted February 14, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  BEAUTIFUL CREATURES:  Watch It At Home – Many Witches, Little Magic BEAUTIFUL CREATURES can’t be dismissed as merely an overlong TV episode meant for the CW, but it never really comes together, either.  Richard LaGravenese’s film is another on the tall pile of Young Adult fantasies trying to latch onto audiences now adrift without […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW:  “Magic Mike”
Current Release

THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Magic Mike”

Posted June 30, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  MAGIC MIKE:  Worth A Ticket – Soderbergh Again Earns His Crumpled Dollars   Although he hasn’t appeared in any of the year’s giant action blockbusters (GI Joe 2, probably not that giant anyway, was postponed to next year), 2012 could well be remembered as the year of Channing Tatum.  He’s had 3 major hits in […]

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Articles

THE SKED’S PILOT + 1 REVIEW: “2 Broke Girls”

Posted September 27, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> A lot can happen between the creation of a TV pilot in the spring and production of episodes for the regular season:  a writing/producing team is hired, audience focus groups weigh in, networks and studios (which may have had their own turnover in the off-season) give plenty of notes, both helpful and otherwise, and […]

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Reviews

THE SKED SEASON FINALE REVIEW: “Hart of Dixie”

Posted May 8, 2013 by Mitch Salem

  Sometimes shows overthink their season finales, and that may have been the case with tonight’s HART OF DIXIE.  The show has gotten along quite well all season in its native Bluebell, Alabama, but for the finale series creator Leila Gerstein and fellow Executive Producer Len Goldstein broke the characters up into unfamiliar pairings and […]

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