Posts By: Robert Brian Taylor

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Episode 16: Ape evolution and what kind of extinction?!

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Our podcast crew has monkeys on the mind as Bob, Tim and Stew discuss their love for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. (Well, okay, Bob and Tim love it. Stew just mostly likes it.) They also reflect upon their favorite movies of the summer thus far before the conversation devolves into a fight […]

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Movie review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes isn’t as big as I thought it would be. I don’t mean that in terms of summer blockbuster “bigness.” The film has plenty of huge set pieces and as many realistically rendered CG chimps as the eye can see. And I also don’t mean the movie doesn’t contain any big ideas because it […]

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Movie review: X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Need a reason to love X-Men: Days of Future Past? You have plenty to pick from. Love it, if you want, for the way it deftly mixes the cast of the original X-Men trilogy with that of X-Men: First Class, the 2011 prequel, without spreading itself out too thin amongst a bunch of different characters. […]

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Adapt This Now: Imajica

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Not every great story has yet been turned into a TV series or movie. Adapt This Now is a series where we highlight some of our favorite tales that Hollywood has yet to adapt – books, comics, videogames, etc. — and suggest that they get on that pronto. The should-be source material: Imajica, Clive Barker’s mammoth 1991 fantasy novel. The […]

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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 […]