All posts by Adam McPartlan

Recent college graduate. Budding film critic and sportswriter. History tutor and chess teacher in my spare time.

TV Review: “Travelers” on Netflix

I don’t usually write reviews of television shows.  I try to stick to film and sports because even though I watch more TV than most, I find it difficult to put into words why I like certain shows.  Recently, however, I watched a show that is forcing me to break this trend.  I thought it was so great and loved it so much that the only thing I hyped up more to my friends was the film Arrival.  So, dearest readers, I present to you the Netflix series, Travelers.  (NOTE: there are some spoilers throughout, but none are major plot points or shocking revelations to the show.)

Before I dive in to the show itself, here are the basics you need to know about this show and this past year in television at large: NBC’s Timeless, a show about three people hired by a corporation to go back in time and save history from a time-traveling terrorist, led a rebirth in the genre for major networks.  Since the debut of Timeless in the fall of 2016, ABC and FOX have announced shows based on the same cornerstone subject: time travel.  By the same token, Netflix, in cooperation with Showcase, a Canadian channel, released its own twist on the genre in October, only weeks after TimelessContinue reading TV Review: “Travelers” on Netflix

Film Review: “Arrival”

For many people, it is impossible to sit patiently and wait for the release of the next Marvel or Star Wars film.  For me, however, Arrival is *that* movie I’ve been patiently waiting for.  Starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker, if you liked Interstellar, then this is the movie for you.  If you wish that Independence Day and Independence Day: Resurgence (primarily the latter) had more logic and finesse behind its production and more skill in its writing and acting, Arrival is what you need to see.  Continue reading Film Review: “Arrival”

“It has to be the sheer love of expression” | An Interview with Marko Saaresto

potf43_origPoets of the Fall is, without a doubt, one of the most underrated bands of our time.  After making music for 13 years–and becoming one of my personal favorites along the way–Poets of the Fall just released their seventh studio album, Clearview on Spotify and iTunes.

As the band prepares to head out on tour in Russia this month, I had a chance to ask lead singer Marko Saaresto a few questions. Check them out below, and also on Art On The Edge.

Adam McPartlan:  Of your extensive catalog, do you have a favorite song, or a song that you think is the band’s best?

Marko Saaresto: The favourites seem to change depending on moods, seasons, what’s new, what we’ve “played too much” etc. But we think every song is unique in its own way and deserves it’s place in our repertoire, so for us, being the authors, if you will, no one song is somehow ultimately better than the others, just maybe better suited for a certain occasion or mood.  Continue reading “It has to be the sheer love of expression” | An Interview with Marko Saaresto

NCIS Bids Farewell to Tony DiNozzo

WARNING: This post contains spoilers. Proceed with caution.

For thirteen years, NCIS has been a pillar of the basic cable line-up.  Boasting the top notch stars Mark Harmon and David McCallum, millions of people tune in every week to see the wonderful on-screen chemistry between Leroy Jethro Gibbs, Timothy McGee, Abby Sciuto, and Very Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo.  At least…that’s how it was until last week’s season finale bade farewell to Michael Weatherly’s character.

To say that NCIS has lost an iconic figure is an understatement.  Aside from the episode “Homefront” in season 13, Weatherly had appeared in every episode of the show.  Weatherly’s DiNozzo, known primarily for his encyclopedic knowledge of film and quick wit, said goodbye to the show and 18 million people who tuned in last Tuesday, and opened a new chapter in his life: that of a father. Continue reading NCIS Bids Farewell to Tony DiNozzo

Movie Review: “Captain America: Civil War”

Captain America: Civil War opened in theaters nationwide on Friday, ushering in the time of year where action movies abound.  Much like last year, when Mad Max: Fury Road began the action-movie season, this year’s summer opens with an impressively made, well-directed film, with outstanding performances from all cast members.  Unfortunately, also like Mad Max, Captain America is not written half as well as it is acted or directed.

In Lagos, Nigeria, Captain America, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, and Black Widow fight and defeat Brock Rumlow, preventing him from stealing a WMD.  In the process, however, Scarlet Witch attempts to control a suicide bomb Rumlow detonates, but instead, it accidentally explodes and kills Wakandan humanitarian workers.  At the same time, Tony Stark is sent on a guilt trip by the mother of an American boy who died while spending his summer in Sokovia.  The latest incident, coupled with all the other destruction the Avengers have left in the wake of fighting evil, leads to the creation of the Sokovia Accords, which states that the Avengers would be under the authority of a special UN panel.  Continue reading Movie Review: “Captain America: Civil War”