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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: A Fractured House Review (Article) - 10/30/2014 2:10:34 PM

 I know that some fans don't like it when they name drop on the show, but I think it's necessary otherwise a lot of things don't make sense.  Isn't Marvel presenting these shows in a shared universe? If that's the case  I don't think it's weird to make slight references to Captain America, Tony Starks/ Ironman or  epic things that have happened in the movies.  IMO it's stranger that the characters in MAoS rarely ever mention those characters or events, just as I thought it was weird that none of the Avengers came to the rescue of Tony Starks in Iron Man three or why Ironman and others weren't there to help Cap and Fury inThe Winter Soldier. Look I realize Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. aren't going to drop in to the television series but I don't think MAoS has to ignore their existence.  What made me think about this was the Avengers 2 trailer watching all the Superheroes playing grab ass (who can lift up Thor's Hammer, yuk, yuk), while Hydra is plotting world domination, killing United Nations Representatives etc. Of course Avengers 2 comes out next May and maybe be then Hydra will be history.

New Agent Carter TV Spot (Article) - 10/30/2014 7:28:53 AM

 I guess when a TV series is slated for just 8 weeks the coming attractions only last fifteen seconds (5 of them showing logos).

Avengers Age of Ultron - Special Look (Article) - 10/29/2014 6:22:35 PM

 So maybe Captain America was able to lift Thor's Hammer but he's pumped up on PED's so his feat carries an asterisk with it (It's like Barry Bonds hitting 73 homeruns in a season).  Wonder Woman on the other hand had no problem lifting Mjolnir (see Marvel/DC crossover comic) without the aid of any experimental serums as she's the daughter of Zeus, as strong as Hercules and certainly worthy of the accomplishment.

Star Wars Rebels: Rise of the Old Masters Review (Article) - 10/29/2014 5:45:11 PM

 I agree that the 30 minute run time is a problem, in fact with the amount of commercials they have during the show it's probably closer to a 20 minute run time (making it like a serial).  How is this show doing?  Are people watching?  I never hear anything about the ratings.  I realize ratings are not as important to an obscure cable channel as they are to a network like ABC-TV.    Do we know the demographic of the viewers (are they kids or are they 18 to 49)?  Just curious.

The Flash: Going Rogue Review (Article) - 10/29/2014 4:50:30 PM

tjanson...You make a congent point.  It hits home because I've been guilty of ripping the same TV series every week.  I do not criticize shows that I don't watch, but I can find something wrong with just about everything that I do watch. You have to realize that I'm a cranky old curmudgeon who enjoys complaining. I doubt that anyone reads my posts anyway.  I haven't said anything bad about The Flash because I only saw the first episode and I thought it was okay (I liked the fact that it seemed, at least in that episode, to be a little lighter than most of the comic book driven series).  I've recorded the other episodes on my DVR but haven't had a chance to check them out yet.  People should realize that although I often say negative things about shows like the Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and MAoS (that all the other nerds seem to find flawless), that I think they are all infinitely better than shows from 10-50 years ago and i watch them all religiously.  On the other hand I've never been able to sit through a single episode of any of those god-awful NCIS things.

The Walking Dead: Four Walls and a Roof Review (Article) - 10/28/2014 6:19:05 PM

5 seasons and I'm beginning to wonder where this thing is going. I get the whole Straw Dogs thing that given the right set of circumstances just about anyone is capable of montrous things.  I also get the messages that when society breaks down it's hard to hold on to your humanity in hell,  and that people not zombies are the true monsters in this post apocalyptic world.  But does the series just keep repeating these we go from conflict to conflict, from one bunch of evil people to the next, and the next after that. Is this going to be a series of bi-weekly blood baths or do these comic book authors have anything else to say.

At this point I see the zombies/walkers as nothing more than plot devices...they pop up when it's conveneint to move things along. A disease that animates dead bodies and turns them into meat eaters (even when some don't have visible digestive systems - their abdomen torn open with intestines hanging out) is preposterous. A more intelligent post apocalytic tale might have involved something like a pandemic, nuclear winter, or a large asteroid striking the earth...all of those possible occurences  would have had the same effect on people (plunging them back into the dark ages).

Into the Woods Featurette - The Story (Article) - 10/24/2014 4:00:56 PM

Years ago I was dating a Jewish lady and on Christmas Eve she suggested we go to the movies.  I'm a (non practicing) Catholic and had never gone to the movies on Christmas Eve.  I thought it was a rather strange idea but my Jewish friend insisted saying that it was a yearly tradition of hers (and I capitulated). I was shocked to see how many people go to the movies on Christmas Eve (it was a very pleasant vibe).

I notice that this movie opens on Christmas day.  I've never gone to the movies on Christmas day, but I was thinking that after we open all the gifts and stuff our faces with food it might be fun to pack all the kids and relatives into a couple of vehicles and spend Christmas evening watching this musical.

Mania Review: John Wick (Article) - 10/24/2014 9:11:50 AM are obviously not an animal lover.  I know quiet, bookish little women that love their dogs more than people who could turn into killers if someone dared to harm them,  so I can definitely buy into a whacky tale about a hitman going over the edge when his pooch gets offed.  Besides it's Reeves - Point Break, The Matrix, The Replacements, Constantine, Speed...I think his movies are a gas.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: A Hen in the Wolf House Review (Article) - 10/23/2014 1:04:31 PM

 Tim Janson  Disney seems fine with the poor ratings (no rumors about cancelling the show) so why worry. If you like the show do you really care  if a bunch of others also like it.  Moving it to Sunday nights as someone suggested vs. Sunday Night Football, The Walking Dead, and HBO and Showtime original programming doesn't make sense to me.  MAoS apparently serves some purpose for Disney or why would they support it so strongly and pump so much money into it.

Tim says that the show is finally becoming what we hoped it would be all along. What is that specifically? I'm not sure what Shield, Hydra or this show are all about? 

Disney appears to be making some moves in an attempt to grow the audience.  For instance they are adding more eye candy, and some guy / girl relationship angles which make the show look and feel more like Hawaii Five-0 (Five-0 gets better than twice as many viewers, based in no small part on the fact that some women actually watch that show).

Personally I wish they'd stop with all the crazy gadgets (Wonder Woman wants her invisible jet back). It looks like it's taking place in 2014 but all those gizmos they use not only don't exist they probably never will.







Predestination Official International Trailer #2 (Article) - 10/22/2014 7:42:38 PM

 Looks mildly interesting.  I like Ethan Hawke, sad that he seems to have lost out in the Dr. Strange sweepstakes.


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