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The Walking Dead Recap: Cherokee Rose (Season 2, Episode 4)

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November 7th, 2011

Three long episodes ago, Carl got shot and Sophia went missing. It’s only now, a third of the way through the season, that we’re beginning to think the kids might actually be all right. With Hershel’s help and at the expense of Otis’s life and Shane’s sanity (which to be fair was already slipping), Carl […]

The Weekly Listicle – Car (and Chase) Movies That Don’t Run On Diesel

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April 28th, 2011

This week Fast Five – which, as its title rather subtly implies, is the fifth film in the enormously (and bewilderingly) successful The Fast and the Furious franchise – opens nationwide and car culture gets another sugary sweet adrenaline rush. We here at The Fourth Wall are celebrating car movies and car chases this week to give you, our faithful readers, worthy alternatives in a Vin Diesel world.

The Weekly Listicle – Evil Houses, Evil Locations…Simply Evil

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March 31st, 2011

Welcome to another entry in the Fourth Wall Weekly Listicle, a weekly tour through the cinematic netherworlds of your ever-faithful Film and TV crew. I know that the writers here share a somewhat notorious obsession with remaining a bit genre-centric, but with James Wan’s really fantastic haunted house flick Insidious hitting theaters this week, I […]

The Weekly Listicle: Thanksgiving Dinner Edition!

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Bibbiani

November 23rd, 2010

In this edition of The Weekly Listicle, we take a moment to be thankful for our favorite dinner scenes in film history. The funny, the dramatic, the traumatic, and the yummy. Did YOUR favorite dinner scene make the Listicle?

The Weekly Listicle: Scary Movies For The Whole Family!

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Bibbiani

October 14th, 2010

The Weekly Listicle presents Scary Movies For The Whole Family. Not kids movies with Halloween themes, and not the kinds of movies that will traumatize your kids for life and keep you up all night as they suffer through sugar withdrawals and nightmares, but great Halloween movies that kids can enjoy without feeling pandered to. Trust me, parents… They’ll thank you for it later.

The Weekly Listicle Covers The Best Movie Cover Songs!

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Bibbiani

September 24th, 2010

There may be an Academy Award for “Best Original Song,” but where’s the love for all the other songs that films so desperately depend on? It’s hard to believe now, but there was once a time when motion pictures weren’t chockablock with Top 40 pop hits. In the past 50 years or so this has become a common practice (some people blame Martin Scorsese, but I think even Scorsese would point a finger more emphatically at Kenneth Anger), and for every movie like The Bounty Hunter that demonstrates little concern for song choice or placement there are plenty of films and television series that put a lot of thought in selecting just the right song for the right moment. Maybe it’s on the nose, maybe it’s ironic, or maybe it’s just jarring and weird, but there’s a lot of mileage to be gained from using a familiar tune in an unfamiliar way.

The Weekly Listicle: Oscar Buzz 2011 Unleashed!!!

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Bibbiani

September 2nd, 2010

Well, here we are… 3/4’s of the way through the year and the Academy Award nominees are almost completely up in the air. Sure, the major nominees are usually held off until the last few months, but with ten Best Picture nominations up for grabs you’d think there would have been a greater effort to find cream in the crop. Inception seems like a lock for Best Picture, as does Toy Story 3 and maybe a few acting nominations for Winter’s Bone, but seriously… it’s looking grim.

The Weekly Listicle vs. The Most Badass Fight Scenes EVER!

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Bibbiani

August 12th, 2010

Julia Rhodes, Dan Fields and I (William Bibbiani!) are devoting this Weekly Listicle to some of our favorite fight sequences ever. As always, the Listicle is in no particular order, nor are these necessarily the “Best” fight sequences ever recorded. But they’re a fine place to start.

The Weekly Listicle: San Diego Comic Con Edition!

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Bibbiani

July 20th, 2010

So for all of you geeks who couldn’t attend the convention because the Twilight fans couldn’t resist the urge to pack Hall H again (bad news kids, there’s nothing there this year… well, nothing of consequence anyway, maybe you should have waited before you bought those expensive tickets, hmm?), Julia Rhodes, Dan Fields and William Bibbiani present The Weekly Listicle a couple of days early. Please enjoy our tribute to some of the very best movies made by Geeks, for Geeks, and about Geeks… in no particular order folks. Comic Con is about bringing people together. The “Con” doesn’t stand for contest.

You Can Quote Us: SyFy’s Sharktopus Trailer!

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Bibbiani

July 17th, 2010

SyFy’s Sharktopus trailer has everything: Surf music, government conspiracies, a sharktopus, but it doesn’t have any hyperbolic quotes from illustrious film critics. It’s The California Literary Review to the rescue as we shower free quotable praise on a movie none of us have even seen!

The Weekly Listicle: Sparkle-Free Vampire Movies!

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Bibbiani

July 1st, 2010

The Weekly Listicle presents this list of Sparkle-Free Vampire Classics as selected by Julia Rhodes and William Bibbiani! What classics made our list? What obscure wonders will make their way onto your Netflix queue? Find out now!

The Weekly Listicle: Ten Sequels We Actually WANT To See!

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Bibbiani

June 17th, 2010

Any sequel that gets us thinking about our lives, loves and futures is already a good idea, and that got us thinking here at the California Literary Review. We see so many unwanted, half-conceived sequels in the movie industry, but are there any sequels we actually want to see, yet somehow haven’t been made? Prepare yourself for this edition of The Weekly Listicle, in which Julia Rhodes and I (William Bibbiani) think would be a good idea, and not just a quick cash-in (I’m looking at you, Paranormal Activity 2).

The Weekly Listicle: Insultingly BAD Movies

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Bibbiani

June 3rd, 2010

They exist to make money more than tell a story, and are fully satisfied to merely distract an audience rather than actually entertain or – heaven forefend – enlighten them. In this installment of The Weekly Listicle, Julia Rhodes and I (William Bibbiani!) present ten films, in no particular order, that insulted your intelligence… and expected to be rewarded for it.

The Weekly Listicle: The Worst Endings Ever EVER.

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Bibbiani

May 21st, 2010

Six seasons have come and passed, but now this Sunday, May 23rd, ‘Lost’ finally comes to an end… and if this season has been any indication it’s probably going to be pretty disappointing. So, Julia Rhodes and I (William Bibbiani!) present to you our list of The Worst Endings Ever Ever, just to get into the spirit.

The Weekly Listicle: The Finest Costumes in Film History

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Bibbiani

May 5th, 2010

Excellent costume design is flattering, practical, thematically appropriate and iconic, and our choices for the Best Costumes Ever Designed are no exceptions.

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