Posts By: Robert Brian Taylor

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It’s okay for Pixar to make sequels (and here’s why)

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At a Disney shareholders meeting earlier this week, the Mouse House announced that both Cars 3 and The Incredibles 2 are in development, and the news was greeted by the usual Internet whining about how Pixar shouldn’t be making sequels and moaning the loss of original stories from everyone’s favorite animation studio. Not only is […]

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Movie review: Veronica Mars

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In theory, I suppose you could argue that director/co-writer Rob Thomas attempted to make Veronica Mars — the big-screen, Kickstarter-funded revival of his cult TV show — accessible to non-fans. There’s a nifty opening sequence where present-day Veronica (Kristen Bell) narrates the important parts of her life story overtop of images pulled straight from the […]

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Episode 15: This Podcast (Like Time) is a Flat Circle

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Time is a flat circle in Episode 15 of the Cult Spark Podcast, wherein Bob and Stew discuss HBO’s landmark mystery series and McConaissance apex True Detective (1:47), wonder why Justified has turned crummy this season (23:48) and chat about 300: Rise of an Empire (38:03). They also find time to mull over what’s happening behind the scenes of The LEGO Movie sequel […]

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Episode 14: Sylvester Stallone Did a Bad Thing

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Bob, Tim and Stew take one last look back at the films of 2013 in Episode 14 of the Cult Spark Podcast, discussing American Hustle, Her, Gravity and The Lone Ranger, among many others. Tim also gives his thoughts on the new Jack Ryan movie, and the gang finds time to gab about Dinobots, Reign […]

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Movie review: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

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Not a disaster, but not a new, surefire template for how to do a comedy sequel either. Some jokes work better than others, of course, but Anchorman 2′s success ratio feels well below that of the first film. I like that Will Ferrell and Adam McKay took a shot at adding a strong satirical component […]

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Movie review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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I like The Desolation of Smaug. I really, really do. But it’s also the first Peter Jackson Middle-Earth flick I don’t unequivocally love. Whereas I was happy to stand with the tiny minority who found An Unexpected Journey to be roughly on par with Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, this time around I must […]

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Episode 13: Blandy McSpydude, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Is Star Wars Episode VII in serious trouble? Who should play Daredevil? Is there still hope that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. might one day be good? And just how much does Stew love his PlayStation 4? These questions and many more are answered in episode 13 of the Cult Spark Podcast! Our podcasters this episode are Bob […]