Thomas Dekker

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Have you seen that Key and Peele sketch where the one guy is helping the other guy move and hasn’t heard of dubstep? You should, it’s hilarious. It also represents pretty much the entirety of my knowledge of dubstep. So a film with a synopsis that includes the words “underground dubstep” isn’t exactly up my alley. And yet, Snap was one of the most interesting films to play SXSW this year. Part of the film’s success lay in its structure as a good old fashioned character study. The character in question is Jim Whitman (Jake Hoffman), a quiet, socially inept guy whose only outlet is creating his own dubstep mixes in his apartment. His one friend, Jake (Thomas Dekker), is constantly pushing him to get out and do more, to interact with people, to date someone. Sometimes Jake comes off as empathetic but more often than not he badgers, insults and annoys Jim until his anger gets the best of him. When Jim finally starts dating a girl (played by the beautiful Nikki Reed) from the battered women shelter where he repairs computers, things start to look up. But when the relationship starts to fizzle, Jim takes a dark turn towards a destructive conclusion.

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Jackie Earle Haley Wondercon

If there were a ranking of upcoming remakes listing the movies in order of necessity, this month’s redo of A Nightmare On Elm Street would sit squarely in the middle of the bunch. Now Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes production shingle is set to release their update, and WB brought some of the cast and crew to WonderCon to tell us why we should care.

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The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Sarah and Company attend funeral services for the families who had loved ones that died in the mysterious warehouse explosion. John follows the lead of a father who has disappeared after the explosion while Sarah befriends the widow of the man she killed.

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The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Sarah is continuing her research on the three dot symbol that has been haunting her visions. This leads her to a UFO convention and a conspiracy theorist in hiding who might have a connection to the manufacturing of the Machines.

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The Sarah Connor Chronicles

On a generally slow night in the Connor family, Cameron (Summer Glau) heads off to the library to conduct some after-hours research. There, she discovers a picture from the 1920s that has a Terminator in it.

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The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Sarah and Cameron are hot on the track of the people they believe have The Turk. Meanwhile, John is still pining over Riley, who receives a visitor that explains some secrets. And Agent Ellison works with the Garbage Terminator to interview a growing artificial intelligence.

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The Sarah Connor Chronicles

It’s no surprise to anyone reading this that I have been awfully critical of this show in season two. However, once we got past the nightmare elements, this episode shaped up rather nicely.

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The Sarah Connor Chronicles

In the grand style of Vantage Point, The Sarah Connor Chronicles tells this episode’s story from multiple points of view. John (Thomas Dekker) runs off for the weekend with Riley (Leven Rambin) and ends up in a Mexican jail.

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The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Sarah and company come home to find their house has been robbed. And John whines a lot.

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The Sarah Connor Chronicles

This episode kinda makes me wish that Michael Biehn hadn’t made the jump to the past in 1984, fathering what might be the biggest panty-waste in future resistance history.

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The Sarah Connor Chronicles

A new Terminator comes back in time to hunt a key member of the future resistance. When Sarah figures this out, she sends John and Derek to protect the target while she and Cameron help save a young boy with the same name.

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The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Another programming glitch sends Cameron (Summer Glau) on a cyber-psychotic bender.

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The Sarah Connor Chronicles

This episode uses the symbol of a mousetrap to show how the Terminators always seem to be one step ahead of our heroes.

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Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

The second season of The Sarah Connor Chronicles is set to answer the question, “How many Terminators is too many?”

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Control Freaks: TV Reviews with Attitude

After picking up some steam from the new Terminator movie due out next year and some solid buzz at Comic-Con this summer, “The Sarah Connor Chronicles” heads into its explosive second season.

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published: 12.19.2014
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published: 12.18.2014
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published: 12.17.2014
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