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Reviewed! ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ and ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Shine Bright

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Last weekend was a big one for the online video industry. Not only did the feature-film adaptation of John Green’s best-selling novel “The Fault in Our Stars” open to a huge domestic audience, but Netflix premiered the second season of its critically-acclaimed dramedy “Orange Is the New Black.”

To mark the occasion, VideoInk reached out to actor/writer/producer/singer Kylie Sparks to review both the film and the Netflix series. What did she think? Well, you will have to read on to find out, but in short, they were both stellar.

Reviewed! ‘The Fault in Our Stars’: A Stellar, Universal Love Story

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Reviewed! Indie ‘Oh, Liza’ Finds a Unique Voice Back Home

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Reviewed! Hulu’s ‘Deadbeat’ Brings Out the...

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Reviewed! House of Cards Season Two Speeds Up the...

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Reviewed! Amazon’s New ‘Primetime Pilots’ Show Some Promise

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In honor of Amazon’s second round of original pilots, the VideoInk team banded together (again!) to review half of shows — the “Primetime Pilots,” or the ones that your kids shouldn’t be watching. Then again, we’re not saying you should be watching all of these, either.

In other words. Hey, Amazon, better! But we’ve still got some work to do.

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Reviewed! ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ Stays...

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‘Riley Rewind’ Is the Beginning of a Promising Future

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Reviewed! Two Impressive, Charming Indie Web Shows

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“Professional Friend” Is Surprising in the Best Possible Way

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Professional Friend” borrows a lot from films like “Rushmore” and “Wristcutters” (albeit not as dark as the latter). That’s not to say that this web series is unoriginal. In fact, “Professional Friend” does something that few shows — TV or otherwise — are able to do anymore: surprise. Cont… Read More

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‘Whatever this is’: A Better Kind of Web Series

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‘Professional Friend’ Is Surprising in the Best...

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Reviewed! Two Amazing Sports Web Documentaries Worth Your Time

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“City.Ballet.” Is Gracefully Done

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City.Ballet.,” to state the obvious, is as much a cautionary tale about ballet as it is a love letter to it. Each episode navigates the scuffed walls of the New York City Ballet with equal parts reverence and apprehension, as it dives into the brutally competitive world of professional dancing. In an e… Read More

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‘Casualties of the Gridiron’: A Moving and Effective...

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Reviewed! ‘Inferno’ Burns Bright; All the Tech Talk on Earth Can’t Save ‘Betas’

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‘Inferno’ Sears to Life Beneath Its Cold, Dark Exterior

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Noir these days is really hard to pull off. One of the oldest genres in the books, the tropes are so easily identifiable, so ingrained into our culture, that any filmmaker aspiring to do something with the form needs to be wary of falling into the trap of unintentional parody. You can have only so many hatted, quiet hero-cops before you realize it’s time to retire a character type that perfected by Humphrey Boga… Read More

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‘Betas’ Should Have Never Left the Test Phase

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‘Inferno’ Sears to Life Beneath Its Cold, Dark Exterior

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Reviewed! John Goodman and Teen Musicals Fail to Impress

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“Alpha House” Has the Pieces in Place, But Falls Flat

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Comedy pilots are incredibly hard to pull off, more so than any other genre on television. Don’t believe me? Just think about it: How often is it that it’s the comedy pilot that convinces you to watch a television show, and not some other factor like who the show is from, who stars in it, or — in this age of catch-up television — someone who told you to … Read More

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Reviewed! Hulu Goes Two for Three with Newest Originals

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Make the Right Choice with ‘The Wrong Mans’

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In one of the early scenes of Hulu’s original series “The Wrong Mans’,” co-protagonist Sam (Mathew Baynton) witnesses a cataclysmic car crash. The car spins out of control missing Sam by a… Read More

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Make the Right Choice with ‘The Wrong Mans’

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Reviewed! Who’s the Winner Among These Shows from Myspace, DanceOn, VEVO, and Tiesto?

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“Destroy the Alpha Gammas” Commands Attention

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It takes a very special breed of writer (and actor) to capture the stigmas and stereotypes of college, and more specifically Greek Life. Billed as a musical comedy that is an “exploration of rivalry and revenge,” “Destroy the Alpha Gammas” does a beautiful job through both the script and the acting at portraying the ridiculousness of sorority life and rivalries. Read More

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You’re Perfect,’Lyric Lines,’ Never Change

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Elliott Wilson’s Interview Series with Myspace is...

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‘MyMusic’ Season Two Hasn’t Harmonized… Yet

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Reviewed! ‘I Am Unstoppable’ Inspires; ‘What Will the Maid Think?’ Cleans Up Nicely

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“What Will the Maid Think?” Delivers Squeaky Clean Laughs

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With a web series called “What Will the Maid Think?” featuring an episode titled “There’s a Croc in the Room,” you better believe I was expecting to see a live crocodile attack a very frightened hotel maid — I also believe they like to be called “room service atten… Read More

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Reviewed! ‘Wainy Days’ Is a Classic; ‘Spellslingers’ Falls Short of Magic

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“Wainy Days” — A Web Video Classic

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With it essentially being “Comedy Week” at VideoInk, I figured one of our weekly reviews should be of an all-time classic: “Wainy Days,” from writer, comedian, and filmmaker David Wain.

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Reviewed! ‘Mortal Kombat: Legacy II’ Is Bloody Fun; Love to Hate ‘Daddy Knows Best’

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‘Mortal Kombat: Legacy II’: Blood, Guts, and Solid Camera-Work

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The history of the “Mortal Kombat” franchise in web video is an interesting one. Who can forget the release of “Mortal Kombat: Rebirth,” an independently produced short film that re-imagined the popular gaming franchise into something much darker, grimier, and honestly, more refreshing? The release of the film, which was di… Read More

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‘Soccer Academy’: The Kids Have All the Fun

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‘The Morning After’: Good (Not Too) Clean Fun

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Reviewed! Ricky Gervais’ ‘Derek’ Examines the...

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Reviewed! Intel and Toshiba Score with ‘The Power Inside’

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It goes without saying that “branded entertainment,” especially in the form of a multi-part web series, can be very difficult to pull off. The questions that brands and creative-types struggle with whenever working together on a project get amplified when it’s a piece of content that has a lot more investment behind it. Questions like: How much of a presence should a brand have within the series? What are ways to integrate the brand or product cleanly into the story so that viewers are not pu… Read More

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Reviewed! Tastemade’s “Raw. Vegan. Not Gross.” and CW Seed’s “Backpackers”

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Some Healthy Food for Thought

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For the past year, I have not eaten meat, fish, poultry, fried foods or any number of things considered by most to be yummy and crave quenching. My name is Allen, and I am a vegan member of the Engine 2 tribe. We vegans are an odd lot, not that we can be grouped together along a common denominator like redheads or left-handed pitchers. One thing vegans do share is an ongoing quest for new recipes, flavor combinations and all matters of food that will satisfy our evolving taste buds. Folks like me, wh… Read More

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Cold Feet Leads to European Adventures

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Reviewed! Hulu Original ‘Quick Draw’ and My Damn Channel’s ‘Love Me Cat’

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Ready, Fire, Aim — Here Comes ‘Quick Draw’

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In Hulu’s new original series, “Quick Draw,” Nancy Hower and John Lehr deploy the tried-and-true Frankenstein school of television creation. In such a style, one pieces together mismatched pieces of previous works (some of art, some not so artful) to create a new, living, breathing entity and roll it out to the screen. Sometimes the result is monstrous; occasionally, it’s an upgraded iteration of the original goods. In the case of Hulu’s current effort to… Read More

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Ready, Fire, Aim — Here Comes ‘Quick Draw’

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Reviewed! ValDean Entertainment’s “Asbury Park” and Vox Media’s SB Nation YouTube Channel

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Urban Drama Touches All

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In the spirit of full disclosure, my first pass at “Asbury Park,” the story of a young man’s life after being released from jail, left me lukewarm, puzzled, and somewhat disenchanted.  Producer/director/writer Al Thompson serves up a three-part narrative, yielding what could be viewed initially as a very unsatisfactory conclusion, ending on a final note that hits like an unintentional press of the stop button. A second view of this drama gave me a different p… Read More

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SB Nation Whiffs on ‘Daily Win’

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Reviewed! “Heavyweight” and “Pairings the Series”

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‘Heavyweight’ Packs Heartfelt Punch

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The overnight sensation that vogue media pundits call “storytelling” was actually heralded as an art form long before it became a tool of persuasion adopted by marketers waxing romantic over the wonders of an Oreo. While the interweb has provided the platform and tools to empower great telling of tales, we find simple stories that touch the heart, provide subtle layers of complexity, and leave the audience pondering its varied nuances in short supply. I point to “Heavyweight,”… Read More

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‘Pairings’ Doesn’t Quite Heat Things Up

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‘Heavyweight’ Packs Heartfelt Punch

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Allen’s High Five: Videos to Watch

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GQ’s ’10 Essentials’ Hardly Essential

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Reviewed! Tastemade’s ‘Hilah’s Texas Kitchen’; Blip’s ‘Hipsterhood’

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First Taste of Tastemade is Less Than Filling

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Hilah, who bears a striking resemblance to Lisa Kudrow, talks way too fast, uses recipes that are garbled and when her patter is coherent, she often speaks in non sequitur double entendre (“The squash is hard, the way I like my men”). Was that Julia Child I saw spinning in her grave? I admit Hilah clearly states her videos are for beginners, but anyone whose kitchen skills that are greater than boiling water will find the instructions difficult to follow and just a tick over fair-to-middlin’ take out. If you … Read More

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