Category Archives: Screen

Movie Review: Passengers

Good science fiction is supposed to do two things: say something about the time we live in raise questions. On that front Norwegian director Morten Tyldum does an adequate job in his latest project, Passengers. I can’t help but admit to having my interests piqued at the social quandaries presented in this film, like income inequality still being a thing, how […]

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REVIEW: IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADEPHIA: RACISM IS KIND OF SILLY AS LONG AS YOU CAN SING

The Nightman cometh but aficionados needn’t any Riderall to stay up for this one, although a little silver spray-paint in a dirty sock may help kick-off the depravity. After 11 years of polluting the airwaves with their sweet carbon monoxide infused idiocy, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia came back for another round Wednesday night with the inauguration of its new […]

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TuffGnarl.com staff picks: The Best of 2016

We here at TuffGnarl.com are just as exhausted with 2016 as you are. A cavalcade of celebrity deaths, a historically ugly and divisive presidential election, daily terrorist attacks and shootings… The list goes on. Suffice it to say, this year was rough. But in entertainment, 2016 was one of the finest years in recent memory in terms of quality, selection, accessibility […]

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Interview: Catching up with Ain’t It Cool’s “Quint” (AKA Eric Vespe)

Ain’t It Cool? News (AICN) was one of the pioneers of fan-based journalism. During the internet’s infancy, AICN bypassed the exclusivity of main stream press and fed readers inside scoops, reviews and interviews served on a familiar and homegrown plate. Writer Eric Vespe, AKA “Quint” was there from the beginning, and has since become one of the the site’s most prolific, widely read, and engaging […]

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REVIEW: Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans Season 1

Iron-Blooded Orphans (IBO), the latest release in the long running Mobile Suit Gundam franchise, follows the exploits of a budding cadre of child soldiers who live on Mars. They are the byproduct of a catastrophic battle referred to as the “Calamity War.” It’s conclusion resulted in a diaspora that marginalized the Martian populace and reduced the planet to little more […]

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INTERVIEW: Shooting the shit with Joe R. Lansdale

Joe R. Lansdale may be the most prolific writer you haven’t heard of. Champion Joe (as his fans call him) has written everything from novels (The Drive-In), short stories (Bubba-Ho-Tep), screenplays (the animated Son of Batman film) and comic books  (DC/Vertigo’s Jonah Hex: Two-Gun Mojo).   Lansdale even dipped his pen into a few episodes of the classic Batman: The […]

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Anime Review: One Punch Man

One Punch Man, a 12-episode series based on a popular webcomic of the same name, tells the story of Saitama, a salary-man-turned-superhero in a fictionalized version of Japan. This familiar backdrop is shared not only by average citizens, but also by other heroes and, more importantly, strange and monstrous villains of indeterminate origin that wreak havoc on the general populace. […]

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Film Review: Bone Tomahawk

There are B-movies and there are B-films. B-movies are defined by their campiness and that’s why they’re labeled with said defining prefix. However, the art form of the B-movie has been lost. Joe Bob Briggs would agree with me were he still hosting Joe Bob’s Drive-In. Too often, movies are labeled “B-movies” for their lack of production value, bad acting, […]

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Playlist from Hell: Seven songs from the American Horror Story soundtrack

American Horror Story didn’t invent stylized horror, but damned if showrunners Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk don’t know how to create atmosphere better than anyone. Since AHS: Murder House (season 1) first aired in 2011, the horror anthology has produced some of the most twisted and bizarre moments to ever hit the small screen with a smashing, all-star cast. The […]

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The five most underappreciated TV shows of the last 10 years

Whether or not a television show can even be considered underrated anymore is debatable. There are as many critical sites as there are t.v. viewers, it seems, and unless a show is a universal stinker, the chances are good that someone will argue any given show’s virtues. Yet, a show can still be underappreciated by the at-large viewing public despite […]

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