The Week: Most Recent from Scott Meslowhttp://theweek.com/editor/articles/scott-meslowMost recent posts.en-usFri, 18 Jul 2014 14:53:00 -0400http://theweek.comhttp://theweek.com/images/logo_theweek.pngMost Recent from Scott Meslow from THE WEEKFri, 18 Jul 2014 14:53:00 -0400Your weekly streaming recommendation: Dreddhttp://theweek.com/article/index/264924/your-weekly-streaming-recommendation-dreddhttp://theweek.com/article/index/264924/your-weekly-streaming-recommendation-dredd<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0122/61300_article_main/w/240/h/300/dredd.jpg?206" /></P><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159283636%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-d6Xdh&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe></p><p>Watch the trailer for <em>Dredd:</em></p><p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/PifvRiHVSCY?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p>Watch <em>Dredd</em> on Amazon Instant Video</p><p>Watch <em>Dredd</em> on Netflix</p><p> </p><p><strong>Listen to more streaming recommendations:</strong></p><ul><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Headhunters</em></li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>The Station Agent</em></li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>The War Room</em></li></ul><p> </p><p ><strong>*You can also find The Week's mini podcasts on iTunes, SoundCloud, Swell, and TuneIn.*</strong></p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/264924/your-weekly-streaming-recommendation-dredd">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:53:00 -0400What if The Purge was real?http://theweek.com/article/index/264916/what-if-the-purge-was-realhttp://theweek.com/article/index/264916/what-if-the-purge-was-real<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0122/61249_article_main/w/240/h/300/whos-ready-to-pillage-murder-and-burn.jpg?206" /></P><p ><em> "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." &mdash;</em>Martin Luther King, Jr.</p><p ><em>"We are inherently a violent species. War, genocide, murder. The denial of our true selves is the problem." &mdash;</em><em>The Purge</em></p><p class="p1">For all the flaws of last year's surprisingly successful dystopian thriller <em>The Purge</em>, it did mirror reality in one significant way: just as its characters are subjected to an annual Purge, America will now be subjected to an annual installment in the<em> Purge</em> franchise. Tomorrow sees the release of <em>The Purge: Anarchy</em>, and if it's even moderately successful, it will pave the...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/264916/what-if-the-purge-was-real">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:24:00 -0400Your weekly streaming recommendation: Headhuntershttp://theweek.com/article/index/264549/your-weekly-streaming-recommendation-headhuntershttp://theweek.com/article/index/264549/your-weekly-streaming-recommendation-headhunters<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0122/61077_article_main/w/240/h/300/headhunters.jpg?206" /></P><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158281804%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-sbrLc&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe></p><p>Watch the trailer for <em>Headhunters:</em></p><p><iframe width="640" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/wkT5yzZrml8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p><strong>Listen to more streaming recommendations:</strong></p><ul><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>The Station Agent</em></li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>The War Room</em></li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Picnic at Hanging Rock</em></li></ul><p> </p><p ><strong>*You can also find The Week's mini podcasts on iTunes, SoundCloud, Swell, and TuneIn.*</strong></p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/264549/your-weekly-streaming-recommendation-headhunters">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:23:00 -0400The real story behind Deliver Us From Evilhttp://theweek.com/article/index/264245/the-real-story-behind-deliver-us-from-evilhttp://theweek.com/article/index/264245/the-real-story-behind-deliver-us-from-evil<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0121/60908_article_main/w/240/h/300/based-mdash-sort-of-not-really-mdash-on-true-events.jpg?206" /></P><p>There's no safer way to market a horror movie than slapping on the phrase "based on a true story." Last summer, <em>The Conjuring</em> &mdash; purportedly based on a true story &mdash; was a surprise hit, grossing a massive $318 million on a measly $20 million budget.</p><p class="p1">This year's equivalent is <em>Deliver Us From Evil,</em> a horror movie based on Ralph Sarchie's co-written <em>Beware the Night</em>, which he describes as a "memoir" filled with true stories about his work as a demonologist. It's a marketing angle that Sony is banking on; on the film's poster, the phrase "inspired by the actual accounts of an NYPD sergeant...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/264245/the-real-story-behind-deliver-us-from-evil">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Mon, 07 Jul 2014 06:09:00 -0400Your weekly streaming recommendation: The Station Agenthttp://theweek.com/article/index/264249/your-weekly-streaming-recommendation-the-station-agenthttp://theweek.com/article/index/264249/your-weekly-streaming-recommendation-the-station-agent<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0121/60912_article_main/w/240/h/300/the-station-agent.jpg?206" /></P><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157312458&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe></p><p>Watch a trailer for <em>The Station Agent</em>:</p><p><iframe width="660" height="398" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/wnxcRRwMxcg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p><strong>Listen to more streaming recommendation:</strong></p><ul><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>The War Room</em></li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Picnic at Hanging Rock</em></li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Cure</em></li></ul><p> </p><p ><strong>*You can also find The Week's mini podcasts on iTunes, SoundCloud, Swell, and TuneIn.</strong>*</p><p> </p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/264249/your-weekly-streaming-recommendation-the-station-agent">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Fri, 04 Jul 2014 14:35:00 -0400Summer movie guide: All the films you should see in Julyhttp://theweek.com/article/index/264027/summer-movie-guide-all-the-films-you-should-see-in-julyhttp://theweek.com/article/index/264027/summer-movie-guide-all-the-films-you-should-see-in-july<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0121/60782_article_main/w/240/h/300/tammy-out-july-4-is-a-road-trip-comedy-written-by-and-starring-melissa-mccarthy.jpg?206" /></P><p><strong> July 4: <em>Life Itself</em></strong></p><p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/j9ud1HUHgug" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p><strong>What it is:</strong> A documentary tracing the life and career of beloved <em>Chicago Sun-Times</em> critic Roger Ebert, from his childhood in small-town Illinois, to the height of his fame sparring with Gene Siskel on a wildly popular syndicated program &mdash; and finally, to the hospital room where he spent the end of his life.</p><p><strong>Why you should care:</strong> <em>Life Itself</em> will play best for those who are already fans of Ebert's work, but it's hard to imagine anyone who wouldn't be moved by some part of this sprightly, enjoyable documentary about a singular American life. With unusually intimate access...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/264027/summer-movie-guide-all-the-films-you-should-see-in-july">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Tue, 01 Jul 2014 06:09:00 -0400Your weekly streaming recommendation: The War Roomhttp://theweek.com/article/index/263930/your-weekly-streaming-recommendation-the-war-roomhttp://theweek.com/article/index/263930/your-weekly-streaming-recommendation-the-war-room<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0121/60744_article_main/w/240/h/300/the-war-room.jpg?206" /></P><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156332398%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-OSKaJ&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe></p><p>Watch a trailer for <em>The War Room</em> and <em>Mitt</em>:</p><p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/pgo-qwfCFYU?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p> </p><p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/rLHxbemvpxY?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p> </p><p>Watch <em>The War Room</em> on Hulu (Subscription)</p><p>Watch <em>Mitt</em> on Netflix (Subscription)</p><p><strong><br />Listen to more streaming recommendations:</strong></p><ul><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Picnic at Hanging Rock</em></li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Cure</em></li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Goke, Body Snatcher From Hell<br /><br /></em></li></ul><p ><strong>*You can also find <em>The Week</em>'s mini podcasts on iTunes, SoundCloud, Swell, and TuneIn.*</strong></p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/263930/your-weekly-streaming-recommendation-the-war-room">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:05:00 -0400It's time for Game of Thrones to abandon the bookshttp://theweek.com/article/index/263829/its-time-for-game-of-thrones-to-abandon-the-bookshttp://theweek.com/article/index/263829/its-time-for-game-of-thrones-to-abandon-the-books<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0121/60689_article_main/w/240/h/300/theres-plenty-to-keep-viewers-occupied-even-without-true-to-book-storylines.jpg?206" /></P><p class="p1">When the credits rolled on <em>Game of Thrones</em>' fourth season finale earlier this month &mdash; after an episode that saw everything from the defeat of the wildling army to the death of Tywin Lannister &mdash; I breathed a small sigh of relief at the big plot twist that <em>didn't</em> happen. If you've read the books, you know exactly what I'm talking about; if you <em>haven't</em>, but want to be spoiled, you can read about it here. In a recent interview, the actor at the heart of that would-be storyline explains why it won't be happening in the series:</p><p >They can't stick to the books 100 percent. It's impossible ...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/263829/its-time-for-game-of-thrones-to-abandon-the-books">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Fri, 27 Jun 2014 06:09:00 -0400AFI Docs Film Festival: 5 documentaries you should know abouthttp://theweek.com/article/index/263693/afi-docs-film-festival-5-documentaries-you-should-know-abouthttp://theweek.com/article/index/263693/afi-docs-film-festival-5-documentaries-you-should-know-about<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0121/60636_article_main/w/240/h/300/when-ebert-and-siskel-right-were-still-siskel-and-ebert.jpg?206" /></P><p class="p1">Documentaries rarely get as much mainstream play as their fictional Hollywood counterparts. But any filmgoer paying attention to the cinematic landscape over the past few years can attest that we're in the middle of a documentary renaissance. Last year, there were so many worthy, powerful documentaries released that several of the year's best films didn't even make it into the Academy Awards' Best Documentary category.</p><p class="p1">Fortunately, 2014 has been just as loaded with riches. Every year, the American Film Institute's AFI Docs festival in Washington, D.C., offers a wide-ranging look at the documentary...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/263693/afi-docs-film-festival-5-documentaries-you-should-know-about">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:23:00 -0400Your weekly streaming recommendation: Picnic at Hanging Rockhttp://theweek.com/article/index/263547/your-weekly-streaming-recommendation-picnic-at-hanging-rockhttp://theweek.com/article/index/263547/your-weekly-streaming-recommendation-picnic-at-hanging-rock<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0121/60570_article_main/w/240/h/300/picnic-at-hanging-rock.jpg?206" /></P><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155285108%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-WASaa&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe></p><p>Watch a trailer for <em>Picnic at Hanging Rock</em>:</p><p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/x05QuAhpq6o?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p>Watch <em>Picnic at Hanging Rock</em> on Hulu (subscription)</p><p><strong>Listen to more streaming recommendations:</strong></p><ul><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Cure</em></li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Goke, Body Snatcher From Hell</em></li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Hannibal</em></li></ul><p> </p><p ><strong>*You can also find <em>The Week</em>'s mini podcasts on iTunes, SoundCloud, Swell, and TuneIn.*</strong></p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/263547/your-weekly-streaming-recommendation-picnic-at-hanging-rock">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:00:00 -0400Rectify is the successor to Mad Men you've been looking forhttp://theweek.com/article/index/263494/rectify-is-the-successor-to-mad-men-youve-been-looking-forhttp://theweek.com/article/index/263494/rectify-is-the-successor-to-mad-men-youve-been-looking-for<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0121/60541_article_main/w/240/h/300/the-real-heir-to-don-draper.jpg?206" /></P><p>A few weeks ago, AMC premiered <em>Halt and Catch Fire</em>, a dead-in-the-water drama about the personal computing boom of the early 1980s. The show follows Joe MacMillan, a brilliant, charismatic innovator with a murky, traumatic past. I'd hardly be the first critic to point out that Joe bears a conspicuous resemblance to Don Draper, the brilliant, charismatic innovator with a murky, traumatic past who lies at the center of <em>Mad Men</em>. (This is not a new trick for AMC; last year, the network attempted a similar feat with <em>Low Winter</em> <em>Sun</em>, a drama about a bald antihero's descent into corruption that was heavily...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/263494/rectify-is-the-successor-to-mad-men-youve-been-looking-for">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Fri, 20 Jun 2014 06:04:00 -0400Game of Thrones finale review: The ruins of Castamerehttp://theweek.com/article/index/263223/game-of-thrones-finale-review-the-ruins-of-castamerehttp://theweek.com/article/index/263223/game-of-thrones-finale-review-the-ruins-of-castamere<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0120/60403_article_main/w/240/h/300/killed-by-a-woman-i-bet-you-like-that.jpg?206" /></P><p>Four seasons in, <em>Game of Thrones</em> is littered with the corpses of dead patriarchs from great families: Robert Baratheon, Ned Stark, and now Tywin Lannister. Their wives and mistresses haven't fared much better. <em>Game of Thrones </em>has become notorious for its willingness to kill off major characters, but the weekly discussions of "shocking" deaths sometimes overshadow the far more interesting question the series is asking: What effects do those deaths have on the people left behind?</p><p>Last night's season finale, "The Children," tackles the futures of those great houses without the men who once served...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/263223/game-of-thrones-finale-review-the-ruins-of-castamere">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Mon, 16 Jun 2014 03:52:00 -0400Your weekly streaming recommendation: Curehttp://theweek.com/article/index/263150/your-weekly-streaming-recommendation-curehttp://theweek.com/article/index/263150/your-weekly-streaming-recommendation-cure<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0120/60376_article_main/w/240/h/300/cure.jpg?206" /></P><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154241447%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-2RA0T&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe></p><p>Watch a trailer for <em>Cure</em>:</p><p><iframe width="660" height="398" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/N-5SyCpc87o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p><strong>Listen to more streaming recommendations:</strong></p><ul><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Goke, Body Snatcher From Hell</em></li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Hannibal</em></li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Drunk History</em></li></ul><p> </p><p ><strong>*You can also find <em>The Week</em>'s mini podcasts on iTunes, SoundCloud, Swell, and TuneIn.*</strong></p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/263150/your-weekly-streaming-recommendation-cure">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:15:00 -04006 cheap ways to get your very own Iron Thronehttp://theweek.com/article/index/263184/6-cheap-ways-to-get-your-very-own-iron-thronehttp://theweek.com/article/index/263184/6-cheap-ways-to-get-your-very-own-iron-throne<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0120/60402_article_main/w/240/h/300/how-can-you-resist.jpg?206" /></P><p class="p1">There's no prop on television that's more coveted than <em>Game of Thrones</em>' Iron Throne. For the past four seasons, the Iron Throne &mdash; built from the swords of a thousand fallen enemies, and forged by dragon fire &mdash; has been at the center of most of the conflicts in <em>Game of Thrones</em>. It has become so iconic that it even popped up in another TV show:</p><p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/mS_CvXj21uk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p class="p1">It's hard to imagine a <em>Game of Thrones</em> fan who <em>wouldn't</em> have that kind of freak-out if the Iron Throne suddenly materialized in their living room. Fortunately, HBO sells a full-scale replica; unfortunately, that replica costs $30,000 (plus ...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/263184/6-cheap-ways-to-get-your-very-own-iron-throne">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:53:00 -0400How Friday the 13th accidentally perfected the slasher moviehttp://theweek.com/article/index/263029/how-friday-the-13th-accidentally-perfected-the-slasher-moviehttp://theweek.com/article/index/263029/how-friday-the-13th-accidentally-perfected-the-slasher-movie<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0120/60321_article_main/w/240/h/300/dont-get-too-comfortable.jpg?206" /></P><p class="p1">If you compiled a list of the most scathing reviews in cinema history, Gene Siskel's blistering takedown of the 1980 slasher <em>Friday the 13th</em> would probably top the list. "It has been suggested to me that a great way to keep people from seeing a truly awful movie is to tell them the ending," he wrote. "I like that idea a lot, and I know it is a powerful (and controversial) weapon. So you're going to have to trust me to use it wisely&hellip; and sparingly."</p><p class="p1">In the paragraphs that follow, Siskel reveals the entire third act of <em>Friday the 13th</em> &mdash; spoiling the identity and motive of the killer...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/263029/how-friday-the-13th-accidentally-perfected-the-slasher-movie">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:26:00 -0400Game of Thrones' big battle was as thrilling as it was pointlesshttp://theweek.com/article/index/262842/game-of-thrones-big-battle-was-as-thrilling-as-it-was-pointlesshttp://theweek.com/article/index/262842/game-of-thrones-big-battle-was-as-thrilling-as-it-was-pointless<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0120/60219_article_main/w/240/h/300/you-know-nothing-jon-snow.jpg?206" /></P><p>I'm probably going to sound more negative than I feel about "The Watchers on the Wall," which &mdash; at the very least &mdash; is a major technical achievement, setting a new bar for what <em>Game of Thrones</em> can accomplish when HBO is willing to open up its wallet. Star Kit Harington recently revealed that "The Watchers on the Wall" is "the most expensive episode they've ever made," and it shows: From the giants to the mammoths to the Wall itself, this was a tall order, and <em>Game of Thrones</em> managed to bring George R.R. Martin's wildest visions to life. In pure visceral impact, this episode could stand...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/262842/game-of-thrones-big-battle-was-as-thrilling-as-it-was-pointless">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Mon, 09 Jun 2014 02:36:00 -0400