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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Turn Turn Turn Review (Article) - 4/10/2014 5:54:55 AM

 The ratings for this week's episode were actually down from last week, so that's not good. On the other hand, ratings for EVERYTHING were down from last week, across the network boards, and all roughly by the same amount. I'm not sure what was going on that pushed everything lower, but it's certainly not isolated to this show.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The End of the Beginning Review (Article) - 4/2/2014 10:58:11 AM

 This is all pure speculation on my part, so no spoiler warnings. If any of it's right, it's just lucky.

Hand is working for Alexander Pierce. May is reporting directly to Fury. These are going to be the two factions in SHIELD going into (and possibly coming out of) CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER. 

Garrett is a wild-card. I think he's on the up-and-up, on Fury's team, so he'll be one of the 'good guys" when it all shakes out. 

Deathlok and the whole Cybertek operation are under control of the Clairvoyant.


And last but not least, as Coulson said, the Clairvoyant doesn't have abilities, he has access. Alexander Pierce is the Clairvoyant.


I'll have to wait another couple weeks, after the Cap movie and the next few eps of MAoS, to see how it all shakes out.









Arrow: Time of Death Review (Article) - 3/1/2014 7:54:10 AM

 On the issue of Lance getting called out on that call, he IS a beat cop and he was on duty. He stopped by Laurel's house just because he wanted to check on her (and, yes, police officers will occasionally get out of their cars without being on official business, believe it or not). The call came in and was likely in his coverage area, so dispatch sent him as a first-respondant, not as a homicide detective.

As for your reference to Katie Cassidy as "skeletor", I'm pretty sure her look is intentional. Laurel has been going downhill since Tommy died. Have you ever seen someone going through alcohol, drug, and depression issues? Frankly, I think she still looks a little too "Hollywood" to be believable for the circumstances, but it's a helluva lot better than most shows do!

And, come on, can you really blame her for losing her shit? Everything she said was dead on! Sara ran off with her at-the-time boyfriend. Her death (as was believed) led to their parents' divorce. Her return led to her (Laurel) getting drugged and left for dead, her mom kidnapped, and she shows up with Ollie as if to say "Hey, Laurel, remember when you couldn't hold on to this guy six years ago and I stole him from you?"

All things considered, I think Laurel's holding herself together better than anyone in reality would do!

Enders Game Blu-Ray Review (Article) - 2/9/2014 7:17:59 AM

 A couple of points: First of all, Ender's name is "Andrew Wiggins", not Ander. Minor quibble, but still...

For a book that's nearly 30 years old and a movie that's about to drop on home media, I really don't know if this is necessary, but SPOILERS BELOW! SPOILERS WILL BE PRESENT BELOW!







You comment that the training takes up too much time and leaves little room for the climax of the film. That's sort of the point. The training is where Ender, as both a character and a person, is created. The training is where he finds out what it takes to be a leader. And both Ender and the audience and left with the impression that he's in training the whole time. The moment he sets foot at the Command School, he's actually leading the combat forces. He's told they're simulations against Rackum, but every one of those was a real mission, with real lives on the line, getting progressively harder


My wife hadn't read the book, and I was pleasantly surprised that they didn't give the ending away prematurely. That was my biggest concern was that, for anyone that didn't know the book, the part about Ender being lied to the whole time would be missing or incredibly transparent. It doesn't seem like that was the case.


Not a bad review, just not sure if the points being made in the film really made it across to the reviewer. And, admittedly, that may be a flaw in the film. It's hard for me to judege since I do know the book, so I knew the story going in.



Oh, and Ender's Game came out in 1985. Harry Potter and the Philospher's (Sorcerer's) Stone came out in 1997. So, if anything, Harry Potter was Ender's Game with magic, not the other way around.

Paul Bettany is The Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron (Article) - 2/6/2014 10:33:26 PM

 What's really interesting is that Paul Bettany didn't know he was the voice of Jarvis in the first Iron Man movie, either. Jon Favreau called him up and asked Bettany to do him a favor as a friend. Bettany came in and recorded everything without knowing what he was working on.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:T.R.A.C.K.S. Review (Article) - 2/6/2014 10:27:34 PM

 "One puzzling aspect to last night’s ep was how Peterson got into the hands of Centipede and the Clairvoyant?"


Peterson was on the bridge when the explosion happened. He was working the deal that ended up with Coulson captured by Centipede. It stands to reason that, with his injuries, Peterson didn't walk out of there, and the SHIELD team likely thought he was dead. That's when Peterson fell back into their hands.


Hank Pym Ant-Man Costume? (Article) - 2/1/2014 1:29:43 PM

 What do you mean, "horrible?" It's a mock-up done on -more or less - an action figure to show the director's concept. The director - being a director and not a costume designer - will then give this to the costume department to create an actual costume from it.

Judging the costume off of this is like judging the movie off of storyboards.



RoboCop Clip vs. ED-209 (Article) - 1/24/2014 6:41:19 AM

The ED-209 clip looked decent right up until the Spider-Man/Starship Troopers sequence right at the end.

Depp for Doctor Strange? (Article) - 1/15/2014 9:15:14 PM

 Not sure I can get behind the thing about his age. Stephen Strange was a world-class surgeon, so it's not like he was elderly. Depp is 50 years old. He LOOKS about 20 years younger, but he's 50. I think that's a good age for Strange.

Donal Logue for Gordon on Gotham? (Article) - 1/15/2014 8:41:11 AM

 Wiseguy, you're dead wrong. The idea that Batman created the "costumed villains" is a huge part of Batman's stories. It was a key plot-point in Frank Miller's THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS back in 1986, with a psychiatrist character going on TV and blaming Batman for warping the mind of "poor, innocent people" like Joker.

Nolan didn't create the concept. Nolan didn't create anything new in his movies. He'll be the first to tell you which comic stories influenced his films.


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