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Movie Review: 'Kick-Ass 2' (2013)

In 2010 audiences were treated to the wickedly dark and satirical ‘Kick-Ass’. Three years later, Jeff Wadlow has taken over directing duties from Matthew Vaughn for the sequel. Based on the graphic novels written by Mark Miller; ‘Kick-Ass 2’ picks up rather briefly after the last film. Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) has put down his suit, and Hit-Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) is trying to integrate into life as a normal girl.

Must-See Movie Review: 'Lawless' (2012)

"Lawless" is the tale of three brothers who make their living running an illegal moonshine operation during the height of prohibition in America and what a tale it tells. Based on the book “The Wettest Country in the World” by Matt Bondurant whose grandfather and great-uncles are depicted in the film; "Lawless" spares no gory detail or harrowing activity of their endeavor.

TV Report Card | 'True Blood' Season 6 Review

Overview: The sixth season of  "True Blood" found Sookie and Jason trying to find the person who killed their parents, Bill dealing with morphing into Bill-ith and Eric trying to stop the persecution of vampires who have been imprisoned. There was a lot happening this season and the HBO veteran was firing on all cylinders.

TV Report Card | 'Teen Wolf' Season 3 Review

Overview: The first half of the third season of “Teen Wolf” was a perfect example of what not to do with a supernatural based series; too many characters to count, a convoluted mythology that stretched the brain cell continuum and a pace that moved so quickly that it felt like viewers were in a slow motion. A season so rife with error, this isn’t the first reference you will find to it on Eclectic Pop.

TV Report Card | 'Pretty Little Liars' Season 4 Review

Overview: The 4th season of “Pretty Little Liars” has signed off with its summer finale. The season found hardly any game changing events occur, as the central question remained the focus of the season, is Alison really alive?

Spotlight Artist | Elenowen

For anyone who has questioned the validity of reality TV shows predicting or crowning the best crop of undiscovered talent, Elenowen are a prime example of why there are doubts. The mega-talented husband-wife duo, Josh and Nicole Johnson were dismissed from the first season of NBC’s “The Voice” well before the finals.

Top 25 Remaining Movies of 2013 | Part 3

#11: Prisoners

When his daughter and a friend’s daughter go missing simultaneously, a father (Hugh Jackman) decides to kidnap the man he suspects is responsible. After years of pre-production holdup and a virtual revolving door of leading actors, ‘Prisoners’ is finally coming to the big screen. As a crime thriller, this should not be confused with the action thriller ‘Taken’; this is a cerebral piece, a psychological tete-a-tete between a desperate father and a possible psychopath.

Movie Review: 'Paranoia' (2013)

It had all of the trappings of a successful film; promising young talent and established acting icon, Gary Oldman. The results were less than stellar. ‘Paranoia’ centers on the battle of two tech kings as they battle for corporate domination with one side (Gary Oldman) employing a cocky hipster to foil his career-long foe. In all honesty, if you’ve seen the trailer, you've seen the movie.

Movie Review: 'Celeste & Jesse Forever' (2012)

Are you familiar with the old saying about having “too much of a good thing”? Having an indie comedy that stars Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg and Ari Graynor sounds like an amazingly good thing, unfortunately it does not lead to a great movie. "Celeste & Jesse Forever" centers on a separated couple that remain best friends despite their collapsing marriage.

Matt Bednarsky: Fragments & Glimpses (Album Review)

Fragments and Glimpses  is an acoustic album from musician Matt Bednarsky. Not a lot of artists can pull off the simplicity of using a single instrument to record an album. Bednarsky manages to do just that, using only a guitar and his voice to create Fragments and Glimpses. For Bednarsky it is a risk that pays off, with this approach he lets the guitar melodies he produces and the lyrics that adorn them, speak for themselves and speak they do.

Movie Review: 'Elysium' (2013)

When there was pressure to produce a sequel to his highly acclaimed debut, ‘District 9’, director Neill Blomkamp decided to go another route, instead giving the world ‘Elysium’. The Sony produced $115 million dollar project was a hefty price tag to pay, especially to a second-time feature director but the studio took a gamble.

Spotlight Artist | Mikey Wax

Musician Mikey Wax is an accomplished pianist, guitarist, singer and songwriter. It is from these talents that he has accumulated a large and rabid fan base. His music has found a cozy home on the playlist of TV’s most popular shows. His song “In Case I Go Again” was recently featured on smash hit ‘Pretty Little Liars’ and during NBC’s coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Interview with Courtney Randall

Eclectic Pop had the pleasure of interviewing the super talented, Courtney Randall, a rising singer/songwriter, who is beginning her venture into music. She is featured as one of this week's Spotlight Artist. Here she discusses her musical goals and wide-array of musical inspirations, taking you behind the scenes of her musical process.

Spotlight Artist | Courtney Randall

From the moment you hear the voice of Courtney Randall; you can hear the promise and natural skill that clearly demonstrates the raw talent necessary to break through the glass ceiling of the music industry and into the big time. Randall is a singer/songwriter, who pens all of her own songs; the h…

Let's Discuss: 'Teen Wolf'

What on earth has happened to this show? Seriously, the first season was amazing. The second was still entertaining albeit, there were a few missteps. However, this season takes the cake in terms of terrible.

The current season is the series' third outing and the third time hasn’t been a charm for the stumbling series. To have a show ware at this rate with the talent it has accumulated is disheartening to say the least.

Must-See Movie Review: 'Kick-Ass' (2010)

Wickedly humorous, brutally endearing and charmingly quaint, these are the characteristics that made up ‘Kick-Ass’, 2010’s best, graphic novel based film. ‘Kick-Ass’ isn’t your typical superhero movie, which might explain some of the reasons for its lack of box office performance when it came out.

Lacking any formulaic, run-of-the-mill plotlines, the surreal and often over-the-top antics of the film are equally balanced with the ordinary, and banal details of a young person’s life. It is for those reasons that ‘Kick-Ass’ feels authentic, genuine and to an extent possible.

Song of the Day: 'Roar' by Katy Perry

Rarely do I feel motivated or compelled to cover pop music in the “Song of the Day” section. The reason its being featured is because "Roar" is one of those rare exceptions, a pop song that actually left me awestruck. Katy Perry has been a figure in the pop genre for some time now and has established herself as the zany girl with neon colored hair, lying in a cloud of cotton candy for her album covers.

Movie Review: 'The Wolverine' (2013)

‘The Wolverine’ claws his way back to the big screen in a follow-up to the timeline established in ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’. For those concerned they will not be able to follow this movie’s canon if they missed ‘Wolverine: Origins’; there is no reason to fear. As long as you have seen the latest X-Men movie you will be able to understand everything that is going on.

‘The Wolverine’ is superior to ‘Origins’. It offers a refreshing shake-up to the stilted world that, in previous films, had become overrun with mutants, a move that watered down the uniqueness of their presence.

Top 25 Remaining Movies of 2013 | Part 2

#6: Lovelace

Amanda Seyfried stars in this biopic of adult film star Linda Lovelace, focusing on her tumultuous, to say the least, relationship with her husband, Chuck Traynor, played by Peter Sarsgaard. The buzz for this movie has sizzled and fizzled since its debut at the Sundance Film Festival.

The middling reception of the overall movie withstanding, this is a make-or-break role for Seyfried whose hot streak since 'Mama Mia!' has since, seen interest in her career wane. One could hope she’ll re-establish herself with what appears from the trailer, to be a brave performance. It is rather apparent that 'Boogie Nights' is the mark they’re trying to hit, how close they come to that very high standard will be up to movie-goers to decide. Release Date: August 9

Interview with Sam Batt (Founder of Battfest)

Eclectic Pop was fortunate to have Battfest founder, Sam Batt give an interview. Here she discusses her musical inspirations, aspirations and how you can join the Battfest movement.

Eclectic Pop: First of all I want to thank you for doing this interview. You are Eclectic Pop’s very first interview! I want to start by saying that I really respect what you are doing with this festival. It is an amazing & admirable achievement. Was there one thing that inspired you to start Battfest or was it a collection of things? 

Sam Batt: Thank you that's very kind of you to say. I'm honoured!

Eclectic Pop Spotlight on Battfest 2013

Battfest is both a virtual event and an independent music festival, that was founded by Sam Batt and has went from a festival that featured 14 acts when it began in 2011, to 22 acts in 2012 and even more this year. Her brain child is a landmark move that is an international opportunity for music f…

Must-See Movie Review: 'Moon' (2009)

When you know that you are about to watch a science fiction film specific themes come to mind. A massive effects-laden adventure with cold set design and even more detached costuming. The world "Moon" creates can often feel so foreign that you do not realize until it is over, you were never really invested in the first place.

Song of the Day: 'How Will You Know' by Becca

Becca Hollcraft, mostly known as “Becca”, is the sturdy voice behind this powerful ballad. This song is filled with vibrant emotion and great lyrical depth. I first learned of Becca when I came across her stirring rendition of “I Drove All Night”, her use of Roy Orbison’s composition and her vocal…

The Accord: Tomorrow Might (Album Review)

'Tomorrow Might' is the new album from UK band, The Accord. This is a rare album given the current musical landscape. Filled with blossoming instrumentation, the rhythms are filled with the soft quality of ocean waves and the steady drive of self-reflection. This is an actual band that performs with instruments. There is even a horn section!