How the audience views "Unfriended" Skype session

“Unfriended” brings ghost story to Millennial age

“Unfriended” chronicles the story of six friends who participated in the internet shaming of one Laura Barnes by commenting on an embarrassing YouTube video of Laura. Their bullying drove the girl to suicide — an event recorded on a cellphone and uploaded to the internet for the morbidly curious to see and comment on.

One year later, while the friends are on a Skype chat, an anonymous visitor interrupts claiming to be Laura, setting off a horrifying night of secrets revealed and murder in the name of vengeance. Continue Reading →

Ben Affleck as Batman

Batman Ben Affleck had slave-owning ancestors… but his cover up is almost as bad

Back in October of 2014, Ben Affleck was a participant in the PBS show “Finding Your Roots.” It does an Ancestry.com-style history dig on a celeb and talks to them about the findings.

Turns out that, in addition to an occult enthusiast, a Revolutionary War hero and his Civil Rights marching mother, Affleck had some slave owners in the family. Continue Reading →

“Batman v Superman” trailer leaks online (and who’s surprised by that?)

Before everyone got all wet over the “Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens” trailer, the “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” trailer leaked online.

It would appear that since “Man of Steel,” the Superman (Henry Cavill) has become something of a god in the eyes of some. Others still see him as a dangerous threat.

Batman (Ben Affleck) falls into the latter camp. He’s even got a souped up battle suit a la “The Dark Knight Returns” to combat Superman, hitting him with the ominous “Do you bleed? You will.”

At least, ti’s assumed that’s Batman. Who knows? Could be a voice-over from the real villain of the movie, whom we haven’t even seen yet. Will it be Luthor? A Luthor minion? We simply don’t know, and that’s okay. The movie is titled Batman v Superman, so they play up that angle. Fine.

For now.

I’m not getting all hyped up over some slick footage. It looks good, but hundred of millions of dollars will get you that.

Until we see it all in context visa vis the movie en toto, jury is still out.

In case you’ve been under a rock, here’s the trailer. What say ye?

Title animation from "Black Mirror"

British TV show “Black Mirror” creates horror from Twitter and YouTube tech

“Black Mirror” is the BBC’s answer to the old “Twilight Zone” series, but with a modern twist. “Mirror’s” tales turn on how technology twists our reality in truly horrific ways. Series creator Charlie Brooker told “The Guardian,”

If technology is a drug — and it does feel like a drug — then what, precisely, are the side effects? This area, between delight and discomfort is where ‘Black Mirror,’ my new drama series, is set. The black mirror of the title is the one you’ll find on every wall, on every desk, in the palm of every hand: the cold, shiny screen of a TV, a monitor or a smartphone.

Take the first episode, “The National Anthem.” Continue Reading →

“National Lampoon’s Vacation” sequel posts family photo of the Griswolds

Chevy Chase, Ed Helms, Christina Applegate and Beverly D'Angelo as the Griswolds

Courtesy Warner Bros

Even though no one asked for another sequel to “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” somebody decided it’d be cool to make one focusing on young Rusty all grown up with a family of his own.

They even conned Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo into reprising their roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold. Though that’s not much of a stretch as they did the same for some Old Navy commercials back in 2012.

And yes, that is D’Angelo in the picture on the far right.

Seriously.

Now I’m confused about another thing. Continue Reading →