Entertainment Inquiry #6 | 'Game of Thrones', The Emmys, Netflix & more!

Since there is only so much time in the day to read 750+word reviews, it seemed right to boil down all of the sentiments expressed on Eclectic Pop into a simple question and answer format; getting to the point in a concise and clear manner that transforms those broader analyses into a bite-size read. 

If there is an entertainment topic you want a quick answer to, the Entertainment Inquiry aims to give it to you. These questions have been self-generated by taking into account current hot topics and the interests you already come to Eclectic Pop for coverage on. In this edition, you will find inquiries about the Season 6 Finale of ‘Game of Thrones’, what’s worth watching on Netflix, who/what deserved Emmy recognition and more…

Top 10 Most-Read Posts of June 2016

Top 10 Recap: Courtesy of social media’s #ThrowbackThursday and #FlashbackFriday campaigns, June was a month that saw older movie reviews receive a new lease on life. With the sequels to ‘The Conjuring’ and ‘Now You See Me’ releasing on the same weekend, both reviews were re-released on Twitter and Google+; ‘The Conjuring’ edging out ‘Now You See Me’ for a slightly larger audience. ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ held on for a second consecutive appearance on the most-read list, having made its published debut towards the end of May. In anticipation of the July 4th weekend, the list of Netflix’s Top 5 TV Shows currently available to stream  promoted, taking the #6 spot. Thanks in large part to fans of ‘The Borgias’, the movie review for ‘Rabid Dogs’ starring one of the Showtime series’ lead actors, Francois Arnaud, found a hefty reception among readers with a #5 finish.

Links to my content on HiddenRemote.com settled in at the middle of the pack. Hidden Remote link features will be a new recurring feature on Eclectic Pop and along with supplying links to my work over there, there will be a little commentary on how certain features came to be etc. Consider it a making-of. May’s Most-Read wrap-up came in third place, while the TV Rundown spotlighting ‘Reign’ came in second. For the third consecutive month, the Entertainment Inquiry feature landed in the Top 3. The ranking entry (#4) cast a spotlight on the release of the movie ‘A Bigger Splash’ and included suggestions for a good mini-series to watch and Netflix’s best offerings. 

Content Notes for the Remainder of July: 

  • There is still a lot to look forward to here on Eclectic Pop in July. A brand new edition of the Entertainment Inquiry (#6) will focus on reaction to the recently announced Emmy nominations, the latest season of ‘Game of Thrones’ and the best bets on Netflix.
  • Speaking of ‘Game of Thrones’; look for a Hidden Remote link feature to all of my Thrones-related content. It is coming as quickly as winter.
  • The re-launch of the Quick Hit Movie Review feature will continue with a new installment set to premiere, within the next week. The movies featured will be ‘The Face of an Angel’, ‘Nightcrawler’ and ‘Honeymoon’. They are all currently streaming on Netflix. 
  • Stay tuned to Eclectic Pop’s Twitter and Google+ accounts because every week, an older movie review is posted on Thursday and Fridays with the hashtag #ThrowbackThursday or #FlashbackFriday. The movies selected are normally in tune with an upcoming release, it shares a similarity to. Whether it is the same leading actor, thematic premise or being the original to a newly released sequel. Throwback links might also include a newly published review of an older movie.
To discover all of the posts that made June’s Top 10, scroll down and click the titles to read them.

The Lost Cause Podcast Link: 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Episode

I recently had the pleasure of returning as a guest on the Lost Cause Podcast, hosted by Drew Koenig (@thedrewkoenig) and Amanda Williams (@Amandimation). Per their Twitter bio, this entertaining podcast focuses on the avid discussion of “television and pop culture”. In January, I had the pleasure of guesting on their third episode, which recapped the ‘Lost’ episode “Walkabout” and saluted the best in 2015's film and television. You can listen to it by clicking here

In episode 5, Drew and Amanda tackled the ‘Lost’ episodes “House of the Rising Sun” and “The Moth” and the recent batch of movie releases before shifting gears to the 2015 film ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ for a conversation in honor of the one-year anniversary of its initial release. Among the panelists weighing in on that latter portion were FlickeringMyth.com contributor Thomas O’Connor (@TomTypesWords) and myself. The debate shared by the group was lively and in many ways, eye opening. Amanda, Drew and Thomas each offered diverse reasons for why they enjoyed the film in an illuminating conversation that proved to be very educational for this non-fan of the critically lauded flick. 

It is always interesting and important to listen to contrasting thoughts on films and entertainment, in general. It expands our purview and incites us to reexamine our own thoughts and opinions concerning a shared experience. The fact that we as viewers can all see the exact same movie and walk away with very disparate reactions never ceases to amaze and it is one of the things that make this art form so important and fascinating to study. For Amanda, it was a second viewing that changed her initially negative reaction to the movie. Seeing a movie twice can have that effect and while it is not something that I would anticipate experiencing with this particular one, it makes me curious about how or why we can respond to the same movie differently upon a second viewing.

Despite personal sentiments, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ has been one of those movies that just keeps giving, as it has been a very popular topic among readers. It was Eclectic Pop’s #5 most-read movie review of 2015 and the Top 5 Problems with 'Mad Max: Fury Road' was the #16 most-read piece of 2015 and both pieces continued to enjoy a presence on the list of most-read content, early in the year. Even its most ardent detractor has to tip their hat to a movie that elicits such a strong reaction.

You can listen to Episode 5 of The Lost Cause Podcast by clicking here and to read my (hopefully) better articulated stance on the film, click here for Eclectic Pop’s movie review and the follow-up feature that analyzed my 5 greatest reservations with the Oscar-winning hit by clicking here. Happy Listening!

The Lost Cause Podcast’s Media Links
Official Website
SoundCloud Account


Quick Hit Movie Reviews #4 | 'Gone Girl', 'The Loft' & 'The Boy Next Door'

The Quick Hit Movie Review feature is back! Eclectic Pop has parsed the crucial parts of each title's full-length movie review for your brief reading pleasure. If you would like to read further, simply click on the designated link. Kicking off the feature's return are 3 thrillers that share one distinct story thread; infidelity. 'Gone Girl', 'The Loft' and 'The Boy Next Door' all feature characters suffering the consequences for their wandering eye and it is because of that congruent theme they were paired together. Of interesting note is that the first two titles feature no redemptive characters as their protagonists, while 'The Boy Next Door' offers a much more sympathetic lead character at its epicenter. The answer to which movie earned the highest rating might surprise you...

#RKC Presents Eclectic Selection #11 - The Complete Playlist

On Friday - July 15, 2016; a brand new playlist will premiere on #RKC. The latest Eclectic Selection will consist of a 15 song line-up. Below you will find the complete playlist (in order of airplay), the artist, the song and the social media links for you to connect with the featured artists further. I would like to thank all of the talented artists whose music comprises this playlist. As with every other Eclectic Selection; it is your music that makes the evening sing!

You can listen to the show with the live stream on RKC’s website (rkc.noip.me) or on the Tune In app. To stay up to date with all of the latest musical happenings on #RKC, you can follow them on Twitter @RadioKC. Eclectic Selection airs Fridays, at 5PM EST. 

Artist: Vanessa Forero
Song: Heaven Knows
Social Media Links: Twitter and Facebook

Artist: Becca
Song: I Drove All Night
Social Media Links: Twitter and Facebook

Artist: Sugar + The Hi-Lows
Song: Morning Joy
Social Media Links: Twitter and Facebook

Artist: The Everglows
Song: Let It Out
Social Media Links: Twitter and Facebook

Artist: Tom Mitchell
Song: Changeover
Social Media Links: Twitter and Facebook

Artist: Disturbed
Song: Sound of Silence
Social Media Links: Twitter and Facebook

Artist: Acting Strange
Song: Sharp End
Social Media Links: Twitter and Facebook

Artist: Ian Roland & Simon Yapp
Song: Suitcase
Social Media Links: Twitter and Facebook

Artist: Ryan Star
Song: Losing Your Memory
Social Media Links: Twitter and Facebook

Artist: The Pierces
Song: Ruin
Social Media Links: Twitter and Facebook

Artist: Jamie McDell
Song: Moon Shines Red
Social Media Links: Twitter and Facebook

Artist: Daniel Pearson
Song: 4th July
Social Media Links: Twitter and Facebook

Artist: Jonny Carroll
Song: Leaving on the Light
Social Media Links: Twitter and Facebook

Artist: Helena Micy
Song: Now I See
Social Media Links: Twitter and Facebook

Artist: Augustana
Song: You Were Made for Me
Social Media Links: Twitter and Facebook

Entertainment Inquiry #5 | Answers to Life Post-'Game of Thrones' & 'Reign' - Plus, What's Good on Netflix & more!

Since there is only so much time in the day to read 750+word reviews, it seemed right to boil down all of the sentiments expressed on Eclectic Pop into a simple question and answer format; getting to the point in a concise and clear manner that transforms those broader analyses into a bite-size read. 

If there is an entertainment topic you want a quick answer to, the Entertainment Inquiry aims to give it to you. These questions have been generated by taking into account current hot topics and the entertainment interests you already come to Eclectic Pop for coverage on. In this edition of the Entertainment Inquiry, get the answers to which movies are worth watching on Netflix, what to watch now that ‘Game of Thrones’ has ended for the year and more...

Movie Review | Rabid Dogs (2015)

Director Eric Hannezo takes viewers on a crimson wave of crime, desperation and psychological warfare in this bombastic thriller. A remake of Mario Bava’s 1974 film ‘Cani Arrabiatti’, ‘Rabid Dogs’ is a peculiar film that breaks away from crime drama convention at every turn. You will not find Hollywood’s Robin Hood-romanticism of bandits here. What you will encounter is an up-close and uncomfortably personal encounter with a group of criminals devoid of a moral creed or any emotional pathos. This is ‘Rabid Dogs’ and there is nothing, docile about it. 

Going for the jugular in its opening scene, Hannezo plunges into the chaotic aftermath of a bank heist gone horribly awry for its perpetrators. The four crewmembers (Guillaume Gouix, Francois Arnaud, Franck Gastambide and Laurent Lucas) burst onto the scene, furiously attempting to escape the reckoning of a bloodily, appropriated take. They soon seek out hostages and find their first in a woman (Virginie Ledoyen) walking to her car. When the attempt to flee in her vehicle is thwarted, they take a man (Lambert Wilson) and his daughter captive for transportation. From here a white knuckle journey with terrified hostages and their paranoid captives takes arresting form.

As its high charging story, ebbs and flows with unexpected spurts of violence, ‘Rabid Dogs’ takes on a sense of woozy wonderment at its morally bankrupt thieves and after one has adjusted to the realization that its antagonists are rail thin in the redemption department, the attention shifts to their victims. The movie strokes its audience with enough teasing to believe, like its female protagonist, there is some way to change the course of their fate through an emotional appeal but it cannot.

There is a danger that sinisterly lurks beneath the surface of this particular story that makes it unnerving in a way most English-language films are too timid to attempt. It never lets up on the sense that its hostages are at constant risk and that the tide can turn against them in an instant. Adjusting to its rash nature requires some patience as it risks losing viewers with an opening act that’s madness can overwhelm to the point of disillusion. If you can make it past the rough break of its stormy waves, a rigorous yet compelling venture awaits.

Hidden Remote Links: 'Pretty Little Liars' Prep & Season 7 Coverage

‘Pretty Little Liars’ is back and all of the critical coverage you need to read to enjoy it all is available below. In the ensuing articles, you will find in-depth looks at PLL’s core characters, including Alison DiLaurentis (Sasha Pieterse), Aria Montgomery (Lucy Hale), Emily Fields (Shay Mitchell), Hanna Marin (Ashley Benson), Spencer Hastings (Troian Bellisario) and Liars’ outsider Mona Vanderwaal (Janel Parrish). Plus, get the Top 5 takeaways from 'Pretty Little Liars' seventh season premiere with a recap that breaks down the essential plot developments that shaped the season opener. 

Included in the firstly mentioned Hidden Remote exclusive is a quick rundown on each character’s history, fun facts regarding that colorful history, their current romantic status, a breakdown of their relationship with each Liar, their personality distinction, worst crime, greatest rival, the theory surrounding their season 7 storyline and their best scene.

The idea behind this piece was a chance to explore characters that have come to mean so much to PLL fans throughout the years and as the series appears primed to say goodbye, or at least end this leg of its journey, it seemed right to not only take a trip down memory lane but also reengage with the characters, regular viewers have not seen since March. Delving into each character, brought a newfound appreciation for this complex series and how truly rich PLL's writing really is. 

There is nothing two-dimensional about its characters and contemplating their differing personas whilst writing these features, brought that home in surprising ways. There are attributes you can appreciate in each of them and even when they are bringing out the absolute best and total worst in each other, they offer a compelling glimpse into the connective tissue of the human experience and particularly, female dynamics. 

Having gained new insight into these vivid characters, it has made the excitement surrounding the new season boundless. So stay tuned to Hidden Remote as coverage continues rolling in and rest assured that if you miss any of it, you will be able to find the links to them here on Eclectic Pop. To read the teased articles, simply click on the titles that peak your interest…

Hidden Remote Links: May-Early June | 'Game of Thrones', 'The Blacklist', 'Bloodline', 'Penny Dreadful', 'Scream' & 'Beauty and the Beast'

As some of you may know, I am now a Staff Writer at HiddenRemote.com (on Twitter @HiddenRemote) – a TV-focused website. In case you have missed any of the content that has been linked to on @EclecticPop’s Twitter or Google+ accounts, here is a chance to catch up. Below you will find the links to all of my pieces for the month of May and the beginning of June. Among the articles below, you will find features on ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘The Blacklist’ and ‘Bloodline’ along with recaps of ‘Penny Dreadful’, ‘Scream’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’. Simply scroll down to the topic of your choosing and click the title to read it. Remember to bookmark HiddenRemote.com so you can keep up with all of the site’s new content on a daily basis. Happy Reading!

Game of Thrones

The Blacklist


Q&A - 'Bloodline' Star Justin Kusclain Dishes on Season 2