Trent: My mind WAS totally blown by the conclusion of "The Wake." The past was… the future? They were dead? It was all a dream? It was the Planet of the Aquatic Apes? The Creature from the Black Lagoon did it?
Hank: “Legend” is one amazing artifact, and yet it doesn’t have as strong a hold on the imagination of nerds as it should, even though it's as good as “Labyrinth,” “The Dark Crystal,” “The Never Ending Story” and “The Last Unicorn.” It feels like even “Willow” is better remembered!
Cousin Franz: There's a charming simplicity to many of these “D&D” products. You like dragons? Who doesn’t! Here’s some! You want your goofy Gandalfy wizard? You got it! Elves, dwarves, trolls, buxom tavern wenches? Yup. Hobbits? No, sorry, those are copyrighted by the Tolkien state.
Hank: Enjoyed “Morgan” while it was happening, but if this comes up a year from now, I’ll wonder if people are talking about a new “Pirates of the Caribbean."
Trent: Anne Rice’s “Lasher” is a truly epic tale of sin and redemption, and who can’t relate to all the scenes in which Lasher lashes out with his magical eyelashes?
Cousin Franz: Shakira quickly manages to stray into Gwen Stefani territory, which is emblematic of “Laundry Service,” an English-language debut that doesn’t linger on any one sound or style.
Cousin Franz: “The Love Witch” is much smarter than it looks- but not as smart as it thinks it is. I have to praise Ana Biller for her many low-budgeted technical triumphs, and for engaging with feminist ideas in a way that isn’t trite.
Beatricia: People write about Petty as if mashed potatoes had disappeared from our universe: the unimaginable absence of a dish almost everyone has enjoyed, but few gourmets would obsess about.