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TV Party Tonight! #30
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The Holy Mountain Blu-ray (Abkco)   Writer and director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s work truly defies categorization. They are graphic, religious, symbolic, but more than anything else, seek the truth. In that sense they can’t really be brushed off as the work of a mad man. Although one wonders what’s roaming around in Jodorowsky’s head.   We’ve covered El Topo already on this site, and as strange as that movie may seem, compared to it the Holy Mountain seems absolutely batshit crazy....

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017
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El Topo Blu-ray (Abkco)   If you haven’t seen the movie Jodorowsky’s Dune I highly recommend you stop what you’re doing and watch it immediately. Through the course of an hour and a half you will take this extravagant journey into probably the most ambitious movie ever attempted and into the mind of Alejandro Jodorowsky. To say that he comes across as eccentric might be an understatement, and it’s highly probable that you’ll leave the movie feeling inclined to learn...

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Tuesday, 06 June 2017
TV Party Tonight! #028
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The Red Turtle The Red Turtle comes at a very interesting time. Its calm and subtle style is in stark contrast to the current movie climate of jump cuts, fast-paced-action, and obvious plot lines. Even more, this obviously “western” project (Dutch director and European team) is produced by Studio Ghibli. So who is this movie for? Marketed by an anime studio, yet westernized in its look, mythical and ethereal in its tone? I think it’s important to have the right...

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Friday, 26 May 2017
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Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence   Ghost in the Shell is back in the headlines, and I’m not sure whether that’s a good thing. It seems like the upcoming live-action remake of a classic like Ghost in the Shell is doomed to fail, not only because fan expectation is going to be so high, but also because Ghost in the Shell might not survive a Western translation. The original movie is so deep and I dread thinking...

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Friday, 10 February 2017
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Prison School: The Complete Series Prison School should be ashamed of itself, because honestly, I don’t know how anyone can take it seriously looking the way it does. I’m not trying to slut-shame anybody here, but a simple Google image search makes it clear who this show is targeting. Prison School is so overtly objectifying to women and geared towards horny males that it should be embarrassed. The female characters are cartoonishly sexual and the camera shots are clearly...

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Friday, 03 February 2017
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Steins Gate Complete Series Do an internet search on the greatest anime series of all time and undoubtedly Steins Gate is going to pop up in your results, and rightfully so, because as far dramatic pacing, twists and turns, and sheer shit hitting the fan, this series has a lot of it. Also, it’s loaded with hard sci-fi elements of time travel, which in my book, only makes a show better. There’s a trick to watching Stein’s Gate and...

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Friday, 27 January 2017
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  Breaking Bad The Final Season Hello readers, and welcome to the first ever edition of TV Party Tonight! Here at Ground Control, we’re known mostly for our impeccable music coverage, but as of late, we’ve ventured into impeccable literary coverage and now impeccable movie and TV coverage. We’re turning into the AV club, I suppose, except with a less-manageable website. Anyway, it’s not certain what route we will be taking with this column (whether we will be focusing more...

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Monday, 19 December 2016
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Mad Max: Fury Road & Fury Road: Black & Chrome Edition Is it possible for a movie to come full circle and end up better than when it started? That certainly seems to be the case for Mad Max. It’s not just that Fury Road has been such a success – much more than the original movies. I was a latecomer to the Mad Max franchise, but of course I knew about it. Hell, I’m a fan of Patton...

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Tuesday, 06 December 2016
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The Marx Brothers Silver Screen Collection Restored Edition (Blu Ray) I’ve always said I’m late to the game. And as a fan of comedy, one can never be more late to the game than getting into the Marx Brothers now. Oh, of course I’ve known who they are because I’ve been a Warner Bros cartoon fan ever since I was a kid. Those cartoons were full of Groucho cameos and appearances. But it’s only a couple years ago that I...

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Tuesday, 22 November 2016
From the GC Archives: TV Party Tonight! #002
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Akira: 25th Anniversary Edition Where do I even begin with a movie like Akira? I first watched it in college on VHS with the traditional dubbing of the movie and haven’t stopped thinking about it since. I’ve watched the movie over a dozen times, read the manga (that’s 2000+ pages) twice, had a poster in my room all through college staring at me, and saw the movie in theatres for its 2001 re-release (I dragged several people for my birthday...

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Tuesday, 08 November 2016