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Black Sails: The Complete First Season – Raucous and Randy and Just Plain Fun!

Black Sails DVD

When it was announced that Michael Bay would be executive producing a pirate show for Starz, there was a fair bit of eye rolling – after all, we were talking about the producer/director of some of the most ponderous, oafish films ever made.

What we got was Black Sails, a smart, fast-paced action adventure series that really explored the culture of 18th Century pirates – a series that showed the pirates to have, however bloody, a true democracy and keen financial sense as well as the kind of bloodthirstiness and libido we were expecting. It was a very pleasant surprise.

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Black Sails: Michael Bay Big; Robert Louis Stevenson Bold!

Black Sails 2014

Starz’s new pirate series, Black Sails (Saturdays, 10/9C) has it all: gunplay, swordplay, piratical acts at sea and booty (of both kinds). Also, economics and democracy! The characters are something out of Robert Louis Stevenson (in some cases, literally) but amped up for the discerning connoisseur of adventure of all kinds. In a way, it looks like it could almost be the pirate version of Deadwood, with its sex and violence dressing intelligent writing in unusual, gaudy tones – except that the language isn’t quite as epically vulgar.

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Doomsday: Being Derivative Doesn’t Make It Bad!

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The trailer for Doomsday ripped off… I mean, paid homage to several movies: Escape From New York, all of the Mad Max films and 28 Days Later [and its sequel] among them. The actual movie adds more than a few more such referential scenes – but not out of lack of imagination. Instead, we get a movie that does for plague pics what director Neil Marshall’s earlier Dog soldiers did for werewolf movies.

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