The Week: Most Recent from Scott Meslowhttp://theweek.com/editor/articles/scott-meslowMost recent posts.en-usTue, 29 Jul 2014 14:42:00 -0400http://theweek.comhttp://theweek.com/images/logo_theweek.pngMost Recent from Scott Meslow from THE WEEKTue, 29 Jul 2014 14:42:00 -0400Twin Peaks: What the newly revealed 'missing pieces' change about the serieshttp://theweek.com/article/index/265510/twin-peaks-what-the-newly-revealed-missing-pieces-change-about-the-serieshttp://theweek.com/article/index/265510/twin-peaks-what-the-newly-revealed-missing-pieces-change-about-the-series<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0123/61510_article_main/w/240/h/300/the-mystery-enduresnbsp.jpg?206" /></P><p class="p1">Today sees the release of a long-awaited Holy Grail for <em>Twin Peaks</em> fans: a new Blu-Ray set that includes nearly 90 minutes of never-before-seen deleted scenes from the film adaptation, <em>Fire Walk With Me</em>, alongside a wide array of other special features.</p><p class="p1">Some of the deleted scenes are enjoyable on a pure surface level: Chet Desmond brawling with the smug, obstructive Sheriff Cable; Agent Cooper complimenting the oft-mentioned (but still unseen) Diane on her beautiful dress and hair; Bobby Briggs' parents enjoying a quite evening reading the Bible together.</p><p class="p1">But for diehard fans, the release of...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/265510/twin-peaks-what-the-newly-revealed-missing-pieces-change-about-the-series">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:42:00 -0400Comic-Con 2014: Everything we learned about Avengers 2, Batman v. Superman, and morehttp://theweek.com/article/index/265460/comic-con-2014-everything-we-learned-about-avengers-2-batman-v-superman-and-morehttp://theweek.com/article/index/265460/comic-con-2014-everything-we-learned-about-avengers-2-batman-v-superman-and-more<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0122/61482_article_main/w/240/h/300/the-sci-fifantasy-festival-marches-to-its-own-beat.jpg?206" /></P><p class="p1">Every year, hundreds of diehard fans eagerly line up to attend a series of jam-packed panels at San Diego Comic-Con. As usual, there were plenty of scoops to come out of this year's convention &mdash; but with so many popular franchises competing for your attention, it can be hard to know where to begin.</p><p class="p1">Allow <em>The Week</em> to be your guide. Here, the biggest news to come out of 2014's San Diego Comic-Con:</p><p class="p1"><strong><em>Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice</em> shows the superheroes going head-to-head<br /></strong>One year after wowing Comic-Con by revealing that Batman would appear in his <em>Man of Steel</em> sequel, a triumphant Zack Snyder...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/265460/comic-con-2014-everything-we-learned-about-avengers-2-batman-v-superman-and-more">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:52:00 -0400Are there too many good shows on television?http://theweek.com/article/index/265396/are-there-too-many-good-shows-on-televisionhttp://theweek.com/article/index/265396/are-there-too-many-good-shows-on-television<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0122/61471_article_main/w/240/h/300/manhattan-is-pretty-good-but-so-are-a-lot-of-other-shows.jpg?206" /></P><p class="p1">There was a time, not too long ago, when summer was a rerun-laden, notoriously terrible time for television. But this summer's schedule is just as packed as the rest of the year. Sundance TV's <em>Rectify</em> and Showtime's <em>Masters of Sex</em> are in the middle of extremely strong sophomore seasons. <em>The Killing</em> will debut its final season on Netflix next week. HBO has thrown its considerable weight behind <em>The Leftovers</em>, and FX is tackling horror with <em>The Strain</em>.</p><p class="p1">Into those crowded waters wades <em>Manhattan</em>, an ambitious period drama debuting on WGN America, a network that broke onto the original TV drama scene...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/265396/are-there-too-many-good-shows-on-television">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:07:00 -0400Your weekly streaming recommendation: Black Deathhttp://theweek.com/article/index/264930/your-weekly-streaming-recommendation-black-deathhttp://theweek.com/article/index/264930/your-weekly-streaming-recommendation-black-death<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0122/61253_article_main/w/240/h/300/black-death.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/160250510&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>Black Death</em>:</p><p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/sj3Jw1DLGpA?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p>Watch <em>Black Death</em> on Amazon Instant Video.</p><p>Watch <em>Black Death</em> on Netflix.</p><p><strong>Listen to more streaming recommendations:</strong></p><ul><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Dredd</em></li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>Headhunters</em></li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>The Station Agent</em></li></ul><p> </p><p ><em><strong>*You can also find The Week's mini podcasts on iTunes, SoundCloud, Swell, and TuneIn.</strong>*</em></p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/264930/your-weekly-streaming-recommendation-black-death">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:48:00 -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 -0400