Entertainment

Welcome to Brusimm’s TV and movie news and opinion section. It’s here that we chat about some select entertainment venues and I toss out some movie reviews, TV reviews, and the like.

I don’t know about you, but over the last few months I’ve been looking forward seeing A Dog’s Purpose. The trailer alone was bringing tears to some viewers eyes. It’s possible we all have to think twice about whether we want to go see the film or not.

The film was supposed to open a week from  (1-27-17) now and there was a press junket scheduled for today.

But a few days ago TMZ got a hold of and released a terrible, terrible video where a dog handler is seen forcing a dog into a water tank, in what looks like something the dog wanted nothing to do with.

Then there was the scene where the dog gets washed down to the other end of a tank and you watch his head go under the water. Divers rush in to rescue him.

All the while you can hear a voice of some callous asshole saying, just throw him in.

The dog on the video is from Birds & Animals Unlimited, a CA-based company that has been getting scrutinized by PETA. For what that’s worth.

The thing is there are so many people in the world of dog trainers that are horrified at what they’ve seen in this video.

TMZ broke this story first then PETA got in on the act. PETA has its own detractors and that’s issue for another day. As it stands, a lot has happened since the TMZ video.

First they released the video via an article titled “Terrified German Shepherd Forced Into Turbulent Water.”

Then they reported that the AHA (American Humane Association) rep that was on set to supposedly protect the animals from abuse has been suspended.

Then the explanations or excuses started coming out of the studio talking about how much rehearsal and training went into the scene before the moment we see on tape at the link. They say that they took a break from trying to shoot the scene and later, the dog was willing and able.

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Channel Zero Candle Cove review

Syfy‘s Channel Zero: Candle Cove, through the run of its short season, felt like Rectify meets Fortitude meets Fargo and they all end up meeting American Horror Story!!! IT was surprisingly good.

Channel Zero is an anthology series telling the stories of Creepypastas, Internet short form horror stories, including Candle Cove and the No-End House. (No-End House will be the next season.)

The cast includes Paul Schneider, Abigail Priowsky, John Carrol Lynch, Fiona Shaw, and more.

Channel Zero on Amazon

The series starts out with a slow, methodical story that focuses on one man’s trauma in two eras, the present and the past, from his youth, 1980. As the story develops, we see children become manipulated, which in turn, manipulates adults.

But during this slow build of a story,I found myself drawn in by where the story was taking us, in the present and the past events. They made no sense and still came together to make more and more sense with each episode.

Candle Cove feels like a blend of some of the previously noted twisted shows. It starts becoming messed up, it’s dark, it’s engaging, and at times, it can actually shock you.

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NOW YOU SEE ME 2 Review

January 15, 2017

Now You See Me 2 sees the old gang from the excellent first film back together but this time around, instead of having their victims chasing their own tails, the whole gang themselves are forced to figure a way out of traps and snares set for them by old and new enemies. But this time […]

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ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Review

January 9, 2017

– Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (spoiler free review) is wonderful mix of story and action combined to make a great little sub-chapter in the realm of Star Wars in a galaxy, far, far away. The cast includes Felicity Jones (Jyn), Diego Luna (Cassian), Alan Tudyk (K-2SO), Forest Whitaker (Saw), & Jimmy Smits. Star Wars […]

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ASSASSIN’S CREED Review

January 8, 2017

Assassin’s Creed, starring Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard & Jeremy Irons, is the film adaptation of the video game. It’s directed by Justin Kurzel. This film is yet another attempt at converting a video game franchise into a film franchise, and for the most part, doesn’t quite hit the mark, but that’s only a guess, because I […]

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THE BATMAN Movie From Ben Affleck

January 7, 2017

After having the new Batman premiere in Batman V Superman (BvS), I was surprised and found myself enjoying Ben Affleck‘s rendition of Bruce Wayne/Batman. Kudos. I also enjoyed the harsher side of Batman. Affleck has done a good enough job that he’s been tagged by DC/WB to put together the solo Batman film. He’s also […]

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WB/DC Preview THE JUSTICE LEAGUE

January 5, 2017

Normally studios keep details about their upcoming movies to a minimum until just before they open. But with more than a year and a half out, WB is starting to drop hints via Zack Snyder on what’s up with the upcoming Justice League movie. Which is odd. Is WB nervous enough about the film to […]

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BREAKERS by Edward W. Robertson, A Book Review

October 8, 2016

Breakers needs a special kind of suspense of logic, but overall, the story is a fantastically woven tale of the fall of man and what comes for man once he has fallen. – The opening description of the story reads, “In New York, Walt Lawson is about to lose his girlfriend Vanessa. In Los Angeles, […]

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BREEDS by Keith C Blackmore, A Book Review

September 8, 2016

“In a near deserted coastal village, odd things are happening.  Strangers are asking questions about the town’s recluse. A local hunter discovers naked footprints in the snow. The stray dog population has ceased to exist. And with winter’s most powerful weapon bearing down, things are about to become much, much worse. A werewolf book. Not […]

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Why You Will End Up Hating Niantic’s POKEMON GO

August 29, 2016

As a player gets up there in the levels of PokemonGO, the fun distraction that it was gets less appealing. Ask the 15 million users that just bailed last month!

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CAPTAIN AMERICA No More?

August 25, 2016

The following will contain spoilers from the movie, Captain America: Civil War. More than likely if you have not seen the movie yet, you may already know what you are in store for. But in the event you are still avoiding spoilers for your own entertainment value, then, BEWARE, Civil War Story Spoilers are lying […]

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Pokemon Go Evolution List, Alphabetically Listed

August 23, 2016

Since playing Pokemon Go, I started wondering about what Pokemon critters spawn or evolve in what ways. There are lists out there that show the evolution, but the lists show/sort them by critter number. Which for me, makes it a real pain in the ass to find specific critters. With that said, when I wanted […]

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NEMESIS GAMES (The Expanse) Book Review

August 15, 2016

A quick disclaimer: I NEVER pay full paperback book prices for Kindle versions. Except for this book series, The Expanse. – I just had the fun opportunity to read one of the latest chapters in the James S. A. Corey series, The Expanse, titled Nemesis Games. In this latest chapter, we’ve seen how in the […]

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FLASH CRASH by Denison Hatch, A Book Review

July 16, 2016

Flash Crash: A Jake Rivett Heist Thriller, is the debut novel for author Denison Hatch and to be honest, what a debut! Check out what I had to say

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VIGILANCE By Ray Kelly, A Book Review

June 7, 2016

If you want to see how a top-tier law enforcement boss tackled with, and defeated 13 different terrorist threats to the city of New York, and learn about the man behind it all, Ray Kelly, this is the book for you. – – – Ray Kelly was the commissioner of the NYPD for two different […]

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The 2016-17 Fall Season TV Schedule

May 31, 2016

As things stand today, this is what the upcoming 2016-17 Fall TV season is stacking up to look like: ABC: MONDAY:                8:00 p.m.          Dancing with the Stars 10:00 p.m.        Conviction TUESDAY:                8:00 p.m.         The Middle (new day/time) 8:30 p.m.         American Housewife 9:00 p.m.         Fresh Off the Boat (new time) 9:30 p.m.         The Real O’Neals (new […]

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CAPTAIN AMERICAN: CIVIL WAR, A Spoiler-Filled Retrospect

May 24, 2016

Just in case you missed the title, this is a mostly spoiler-filled conversation about Captain America: Civil War. I will leave some things out just to tease or whet your appetite. The opening paragraphs are safe. – So we’ve had time to digest the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe offering, Captain America: Civil War. Unlike the […]

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EXTINCTION END by Nicholas Sansbury, A Book Review

April 28, 2016

Extinction End is the fifth and final title in the Extinction Cycle series by Nicholas Sansbury Smith. – You’ve seen my take on the first four books in the series, as Sansbury doled out a tale of scientific horror stemming from the military’s desire to get the upper hand on our enemy by trying to […]

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