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The Winter of '84: Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo (Article) - 12/22/2014 8:53:31 AM

Robb: You said: "Show those uptight squares at the country club that black people really aren’t scary hoodlums like Phyllis Schlafly says?"  I highly doubt that Phyllis Schlafly ever said such a ridiculous thing.  And even if so, why bring it up.  By the by, if you really felt the need to lambast a politician for making racist comments, you'd be better off going with former Sen. Robert Byrd (former Kleagle), Sen. Harry Reid (Obama is a light-skinned black with no "Negro dialect" unless he wants to have one), or VP  Biden  (Obama is a black who is articulate, bright, and clean).

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Things We Bury Review (Article) - 11/20/2014 6:46:57 PM

 Now if only Whitehall would kill the woman's daughter, I would feel more at ease about starting to watch the show again.  Lamenting that this show is supposedly so awesome, yet wondering why no one is watching is like wondering why there is a high crime rate when you have a low incarceration rate.  The show made a huge mistake with Skye, refused to correct it, and instead doubled down on the lame character/actress.  That's the show you want to make, fine, but then don't cry that the ratings aren't better because people like me don't watch.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Writing on the Wall Review (Article) - 11/15/2014 12:42:36 PM

I  am one of those who bailed season, having done so before CA:WS came out, so I  did not see Ward turn traitor.  I  have kept up on what's going on by reading the review/talkback here.  From what I've read, I don't think I've missed much.  I bailed primarily because of the way the Skye character was shoved down our throats to be an "important character,"  and Chloe Bennett's poor acting.  Her still being on the show tells me that the producers refuse to admit their mistake, kill off the character, and move on.  Would you like to watch The Walking Dead with Lori and Andrea still on the show?  Neither would I.  But at least the producers recognized their mistakes and corrected them.  Until that is similarly done here, no thanks.  But I  do enjoy coming here to read what others have to say.

31 Days of Halloween: Mad Monster Party (Article) - 10/23/2014 4:47:47 PM

Absolutely love this movie.  But as a sign of the times, I showed it to my kids and they got bored during the musical numbers.

Xena Joins Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Article) - 7/28/2014 7:59:17 PM

If Skye is still on the show, it won't matter who they have on the show, it will suck donkey balls.  Happily stopped watching the show (although still come here for news/reviews/comments).  Showrunners showed they have no idea what to do with the show, and got very lucky with the brilliance of CA:WS.

NEW BATMAN PHOTO - Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (Article) - 7/25/2014 3:10:11 PM

Only thing I don't like about Ben Affleck as Batman is that his chin allows any fool to figure out Bruce Wayne is Batman.  I suppose it's too much ask for a chin strap.

Daredevil Cast for Netflix Series (Article) - 5/29/2014 12:18:46 AM

Now, now, Hanso & Elbaz, let's be nice to the obvious teen/pre-teen venturing onto the site.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Beginning of the End Review (Article) - 5/14/2014 5:55:54 PM

tjanson - Really enjoyed your reviews; thanks for doing them. I made the decision a few weeks ago to stop watching the show. Judging from your reviews and other reader comments, looks like I made the right decision. My main reasons are that I don’t like the direction of the show, and aside from May and Coulson, I don’t like the main cast. The depiction of Ward "Is he a good guy or not? Is he redeemable?" line is crappy writing, pure and simple. Did we see Angel waffle back and forth? Hell no - full gusto. The fact these writers can’t do that for this show speaks volumes.

I still contend that they should have had the cast be background players to recurring guest stars (like Patton Oswalt) in the broader Marvel Universe. Every one of us wants to see more MU characters. They should have had the unit’s mission to deal with secondary bad guys and encountering developing good guys. That would have allowed the characters to develop in the background while drawing us in when Sif and Fury are on the show. Look at how well Arrow has done doing that. No excuse.

I’ll keep reading the reviews and viewer comments to see whether the show can turn it around next year.

Arrow: City of Blood Review (Article) - 5/4/2014 10:54:04 AM

Lazarus and CaptAmerica04 - obviously agree with you, and have written what you guys wrote many times. While it doesn’t have to be perfectly "real-life," there does have to be some logic to it. Another area is the mayoral race. Why is Sebastian Blood being sworn in as mayor? Was there an election that I missed. There must have been, because the police computer tech who got his neck snapped said of Sebastian Blood, "But I voted for the guy." But that couldn’t have happened because the show just went through a dramatic, "Will Moira drop from the race or won’t she" in the last episode. Just because the opponent in a 2-party race (presuming this was) dies doesn’t mean the other person automatically wins. And even if there was an election, there’s a transition period of a few months, so the inauguration date is even further off into the future. Again, that’s lazy, stupid writing. Also, mayors are not dictators; like presidents (or at least until the current occupant, but I digress), they can only sign into legislation that which is passed by the council. So that means he’s not signing any legislation on his first day of office. More stupidity.


That notwithstanding, I agree with Tim’s grade. Show is gearing up for a great final two episodes. Even if a little quick, like that Laurel is being written well, and providing Oliver emotional support. I do hope that they do not make her Black Canary. While not a fan of Ms. Lotz’s acting chops, don’t see how they could credibly make Laurel a credible street fighter. From the previews, looks like Sara went to get (at the very least) Merlyn. Armell is easily doing the best portrayal of a superhero on t.v. I will take the middle ground between lazarus and tjanson - while he can’t just shoot arrows from a distance, I do wish they’d have him outwit villains 10x stronger (like Batman and KGBeast).


One final thing - am I the only one who doesn’t buy into Amanda Waller’s portrayal here? Granted, very difficult to touch the animate version, but even Pam Grier gave a passable performance. This lady seems too young and not a take charge ass-kicker.

Mania Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Article) - 5/4/2014 9:59:41 AM

After reading the reviews here and at AICN, so glad I decided to skip this.  Been disappointed walking out of a Spider-Man movie 3 times already (SM 2 being the exception).  Yes, Sony needs to give this property back to Marvel or we'll never see a good version of the character on the screen.  No, it'll never happen because the cgi is getting so affordable that even a lame $200 million box office will make them money. 

This shouldn't be so hard - you've got 50 years of stories for this character.  Just use of the comics as a storyboard and shoot it.  With this character and supporting players, why the Hell do they need to go off script and invent the crap with his parents?  Andwhy change Max Dillion's background, or make the Rhino a retard Iron Man ripoff?  Just stupid.  Sony will not be getting my money for any more movies.


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