Film and Television Reviews

Reviews By Stephen Compall

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Homeland Blu-ray Review
Homeland: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray Review   Homeland Blu-ray Review
(Stephen Compall)  09/26/2013 1:56 PM EST
With a series so tightly wound as Homeland season 1, seemingly meant for a self-contained, miniseries-style run, there are two real dangers of extending the story. To extend past shelf life, they could just modify the tail end of the story, dragging resolution on and on, until viewers get tired of being so blatantly manipulated, and the network put... Read More

Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome Blu-ray Review
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome Blu-ray Review   Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome Blu-ray Review
(Stephen Compall)  02/14/2013 8:42 AM EST
Following Caprica, a beautiful if unwatched experiment in radically altering the Battlestar Galactica formula, Syfy tried to get back to the roots of the franchise's mass appeal — battles with Cylons — in the online series/TV film Blood & Chrome. The result is a tasty morsel for Galactica fans, if ultimately failing to deeply sa... Read More

Hit and Run Theatrical Review
Hit and Run Theatrical Review   Hit and Run Theatrical Review
(Stephen Compall)  08/21/2012 8:20 AM EST
The motor sounds are real. Writer/director/star Dax Shepard (Parenthood, When in Rome) provided many of the vehicles from his personal collection, and does all his own stunts. So he reported, in his appearance following the screening at which I saw Read More

The Town Blu-ray Review
The Town Ultimate Collectors Edition Blu-ray Review   The Town Blu-ray Review
(Stephen Compall)  03/09/2012 8:27 AM EST
About midway through The Town, there's a quiet pause, just a calm moment before we dive into the film's next dramatic movement, as happens so often throughout. But I laugh, because it's the prelude to a car chase through the winding, claustrophobic streets of Boston's North End.Read More

J. Edgar Blu-ray Review
J. Edgar Blu-ray Review   J. Edgar Blu-ray Review
(Stephen Compall)  02/28/2012 6:36 AM EST
Among the most colorful moments of J. Edgar are those when J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio, The Aviator, Inception) testifies in Congress. It is, more than anything, reminiscent of the very radicals he is espousing the dangers of, seeking increased government powers and resources to combat them. However, this is no accident, nor indictment of Ho... Read More

A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas Blu-ray Review
A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas Blu-ray Review   A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas Blu-ray Review
(Stephen Compall)  02/08/2012 11:57 AM EST
What I didn't expect of A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas was to be genuinely laughing at one of the jokes early on.  In a blatant display of ubiquitous timeliness, of which most films these days may be accused, a protester was depicted below Harold's (John Cho, Star Trek, FlashForward) office window picketing with the catchy &quo... Read More

Doctor Who Blu-ray Review
Doctor Who: The Complete Sixth Series Blu-ray Review   Doctor Who Blu-ray Review
(Stephen Compall)  11/27/2011 6:37 PM EST
Heightened expectations and high risk were the rule of the previous series, series 5, of Doctor Who. The beginning of the reign of showrunner Steven Moffat (Coupling, Sherlock) promised great change, though for good or for bad, we did not know.You might then expect something similarly revolutionary for series 6. Once you've had a taste of just how ... Read More

Warrior Theatrical Review
Warrior Theatrical Review   Warrior Theatrical Review
(Stephen Compall)  09/08/2011 6:43 AM EST
I watched befuddled, backtracking Paddy Conlon (Nick Nolte, 48 Hrs, Mother Night) working desperately, unselfconsciously to insinuate himself back into his son's life. As he stood on son Brendan's (Joel Edgerton, Star Wars Episode III, Legend of the Guardians) lawn, I decided that he was pathetic and degenerate, even gloriously so. Of cours... Read More

24 Blu-ray Review
24: Season Eight - The Complete Final Season Blu-ray Review   24 Blu-ray Review
(Stephen Compall)  01/10/2011 4:11 PM EST
After the astounding revival in storytelling that was 24's seventh season, the onus was on this, the eighth and final season, to avoid slipping back into the dark days of season six.  It was no small thing to ask: season seven replaced most of the cast, engaged formerly dead classic series character Tony Almeida in a triple-cross, and destroye... Read More

Doctor Who Blu-ray Review
Doctor Who: The Complete Fifth Series Blu-ray Review   Doctor Who Blu-ray Review
(Stephen Compall)  11/21/2010 7:48 PM EST
Perhaps the most difficult question to answer about Doctor Who, despite its 31-and-counting television seasons of storytelling, is "What is Doctor Who about?"  The reductionist approach, "It's about an alien who travels through time in his blue box with some companions and has adventures", though literally accurate, is ... Read More