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See It or Free It: 'The Spoils of Babylon'

“The Spoils of Babylon” is a mini-series spoof aimed at ridiculing the grand spectacles that were the epicallly melodramatic mini-series of the 70’s and 80’s. As a fan of those series, I know that on the other side of their entertainment value, there's a lot of material ripe for parody.

Going in with the background knowledge of the original series, the inside jokes would seem an easy catch and with a cast that includes Kristen Wiig and Tim Robbins, among others, it seemed to be a great comedic opportunity.

TV Report Card | 'Betrayal' Season 1 Review

Overview: Two married persons with no chemistry begin an affair for no discernible reason and destroy their respective spouses and children’s lives, in the process. “Betrayal” which, had failed to retain the sturdy lead-in of line-up predecessor, “Revenge” seems an unlikely candidate for a second season.

The original episode order was only for 13 episodes, though ABC never billed it as a mini-series, a tactic that might’ve increased viewer interest. Advertised as a sexually explicit, nighttime soap; the network fell short of its tantalizing ad campaign, which was to be expected, given the inability of networks to compete with the racy antics of cable. Unfortunately, that lackluster capacity to compete, only worked to make the show look duller.

Movie Review: 'Prisoners' (2013)

Aaron Guzikowski’s script is unsettling, dark and eerie, a boldly nuanced study in vigilantism, violence as a means to an end and how far someone is willing to go in the pursuit of following the faith of their convictions.

“Prisoners” delves into the disturbing disappearance of two young girls on Thanksgiving Day. A creepy van had been sighted earlier in the day, the girls wanting to play around it. Within an instant the quiet lives of a quaint suburb are upended and every event before and after the kidnapping is met with sinister suspicions and thrust under microscopic scrutiny.

Best & Worst: 56th Annual Grammy Awards

While I was not able to see the entire show, Eclectic Pop has narrowed down the best and worst from what was seen at the 2014 Grammy Awards.

Best Guitar-Off: Keith Urban & Gary Clark Jr.: Urban’s “Cop Car” gave way to a great avenue for guitar rifting, which led to an exceptional listening experience. Stripped down and basic, Urban’s collaboration with Clark Jr. was a well explored performance.

Song of the Week: 'I've Got You Covered' by Sugar + the Hi-Lows

Sugar + the Hi-Lows' breathy retro opus is ear candy pleasure, beyond belief, a delicate wisp of romance that is intoxicatingly heartfelt and dreamy. Off of their 2012 self-titled debut album, “I’ve Got You Covered” is a husky soliloquy that basks in a sweet melodious reverie which, is further enriched with the vocal performance of Trent Dabbs and Amy Stroup.

Their voices intertwining with beautiful symmetry that accentuates every divine lyric they perform. Everything about this song is a serving of serene excellence. Its lyricism delves into the tender conversation of a consoling paramour, offering their unwavering support.

Interview with Boardwalk Isabella

Boardwalk Isabella is Eclectic Pop’s latest Spotlight Artist (click to read). In this interview, their frontman James C Hughes gives insight into the sounds and era that influenced the band’s debut album “Headed for the Promised Land”, what to expect on said album, and the fun story of how the band’s memorable name, came into being.

Spotlight Artist | Boardwalk Isabella

Bursting onto the scene with high-octane energy and surging with the ferocity of a gilded bygone era, Boardwalk Isabella is a rising, independent rock band hailing from the United Kingdom, formed in Devon, to be exact. Created in 2011 by singer-songwriter James C Hughes, the former bassist of New Wave, he has since amassed a group that includes Nathan Porter on lead guitar and Sarah Devonshire and Marie Thorpe as backing vocalists.

Movie Review: 'Out of the Furnace' (2013)

Director Scott Cooper’s follow-up to the Oscar winning “Crazy Heart” is in a word, mellow. As the story unfolds it makes its intentions clear, it is in no hurry to get anywhere, fast. While there is something to be said for a meditative approach to storytelling, there comes a point when that style becomes distracting to the overall narrative. It borders on an attempt to camouflage a lack of content.

Movie Review: 'Adore' Is An Expert Expose on Narcissism

Two women (Naomi Watts and Robin Wright) who have grown up together, spending every day in each other’s company in an idyllic paradise; face the future as middle-age sets in, and life without their respective sons, becomes immanent. For typical mothers this would be a time to transition into focusing on other aspects of adult life.

For Roz (Robin Wright) and Lil (Naomi Watts), life takes a few unexpected turns in "Adore." When Roz’s husband (Ben Mendelsohn) gets a new teaching job in the city, she refuses to come citing their son Tom (James Frecheville) needing to spend his last summer before going away for school, in their home place. Remaining with them is the long ago widowed Lil and her son Ian (Xavier Samuel).

TV Report Card | 'Once Upon a Time' Season 3A Review

Overview: Season 3 saw the gang from Storybrooke heading to Neverland to retrieve Henry from the evil clutches of Pan. Meanwhile, Ariel emerged from the sea, Tinkerbell from Neverland, while our band of heroes made life-altering sacrifices.

Storyline Direction Pros: The storylines that were consistently riveting were Rumpelstiltskin and Regina’s. Each has been well executed and throughout the first leg of the season, the characters found their respective journey’s welcoming a fare share of revelations. Peter Pan turning out to be Rumpel’s long lost dad, was at first jarring before eventually seeping into the other various surreal storylines.

TV Report Card | 'Reign' Season 1A Review

Overview: The highly (emphasis on highly) fictionalized account of the rise of Mary, Queen of Scots and her engagement to the Prince of France. “Reign” is “Gossip Girl” meets “Game of Thrones” with a twist of “Legend of the Seeker” thrown in for good measure.

Storyline Direction Pros: The key to enjoying this series is letting go of it holding any historical accuracy or insight into its subjects. The reality is its roots as a historical drama are simply a backdrop for a fictional meditation on the life and times of a teenager growing up in a palace, while in the throes of the Renaissance.

TV Report Card | 'The Tomorrow People' Season 1A Review

Overview: The series introduced high school student Stephen (Robbie Amell) as he came to terms with his telekinetic abilities, the results of human evolution. As Stephen dealt with the common travails of teenage life, he developed a crush on his older mentor Cara (Peyton List) and befriended other members of the tomorrow people, an underground refuge for the gifted.

TV Report Card | 'Arrow' Season 3A Review

Overview: Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) returned to Starling City at the behest of Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and Diggle (David Ramsey) after, spending the season break, brooding over the death of his best friend, Tommy. Laurel (Katie Cassidy) became an alcoholic, while unbeknownst to her, Sarah (Caity Lotz), her wayward backstabbing sister had returned from the grave.

Plus, Barry Allen (the eventual Flash) came on the scene and Oliver’s mother Moira (Susanna Thompson) answered for her crimes.

TV Report Card | 'The Originals' Season 1A Review

Overview: Klaus (Joseph Morgan) moved to New Orleans to reclaim his throne from ex-acolyte, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis). His siblings, Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Rebekah (Claire Holt) followed suit and all had to deal with threats from the local coven of witches who tried to kill, Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin), the mother of Klaus’ baby.

See It or Free It: 'Killer Women'

ABC was smart to only produce "Killer Women" for 8 episodes. There is no way it could last any longer. The current order is pushing credulity. “Killer Women” stars “Battlestar Galactica” alum Tricia Helfer as a guns blazing, Texas Ranger out for justice. Well, this show is about twenty years too late.

If it was 1990, when series like “Walker, Texas Ranger” were ruling the airwaves, this would have been a smash. Sadly for “Killer Women” audiences are expecting more from their television series.

See It or Free It: 'Intelligence'

Josh Holloway’s return to television is the sole reason to give this, yet another network procedural, a chance. The set-up is strikingly similar to that of NBC’s now departed, cult hit “Chuck”. In the case of “Intelligence”, instead of an ordinary man having access to top secret knowledge imbedded in his brain, is an intelligence agent (Josh Holloway). His gift comes via a super-computer chip that allows him to have his abilities, where in the case of “Chuck”, it was due to an accidental download.

Best New Movie Bets: January

"The Best Offer" starring Geoffrey Rush  From Giuseppe Tornatore, the director of “Malena”, comes an art caper starring Geoffrey Rush (“The Book Thief”), Jim Sturgess (“Cloud Atlas”), Donald Sutherland (“The Hunger Games: Catching Game”) and newcomer Sylvia Hoeks.

Rush plays the eccentri…

TV Report Card | 'Nashville' Season 2A Review

Overview: The second season of “Nashville” finally embraced itself for the nighttime soap, it was always meant to be. Deacon (Charles Esten) and Rayna (Connie Britton) tried to put the pieces of their lives back together after they survived the car crash at the end of last season. Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) continued to lie, cheat and do whatever else she needed, to stay on top. 

Scarlett (Clare Bowen) and Gunnar (Sam Palladio) are broken up, for reasons that are unknown. All the while, rising star Will (Chris Carmack) is coming to terms with his sexual orientation as his career begins to take flight.

Interview with Doodah Farm

Doodah Farm is the rambunctious band, behind such boisterous tunes as “Round the Clock” and “Twenty 1”. In this interview they discuss what inspires them, some of their goals, and give some background on how the band came together.

ReBlogged: 'The Adventurer: Curse of the Midas Box' Aims to Please

Eclectic Pop Presents: An exert from Andy Mcmillin's review of the upcoming film, "Mariah Mundi". Andy is an expert in the medieval and a good friend of Eclectic Pop's. You can follow her on twitter @pinkiecat75

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Best Music of 2013


Best Party Song: “22” by Taylor Swift: Swift’s energetic single, describes partying with friends without bragging about excessively, high-risk behavior. Imagine that? Swift proved you can get the party started, without blaring on about decadence. 

Best Whimsical Album: “Quite Frankly” by Nina Baker: “Baker redolently captures the style of 90’s pop, with its spirited navigation of life’s central themes, by crafting a record that doesn’t stay complacent in its study of one particular element.” Read the full review here