The Long Dark Marathon of the Soul, Halloween 2014: #31-22

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By Jacob Slater

Last year, I decided to do a little thing in celebration of Halloween on my oft-neglected fim blog (which you can find at thunderplanet.blogspot.com if you feel like torturing yourself). It was a list of 10 spooky movies that I thought were really damn good, so I thought I would put a good word in for those with my nonexistent readers, so that they might try the movies out themselves and perhaps a few new favorite movies. I didn’t really give myself enough time to really work on the thing though, I think I wrote and posted it the the week of Halloween, and several of the films were those that didn’t need that much help, like John Carpenter’s The Thing. Like most things in my life, it was ultimately disappointing.

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Hyphenated Review #1: The Monday Night War: WWE vs. WCW

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So because I watch/read/listen to so much stuff but still want to give my opinions on things without typing up a 1000 word post, I’ve created a video version of a Hyphenated Review. I rattle off some thoughts for about 10 minutes or less, slap an image from what I’m talking about with the audio, create and upload to my YouTube channel. (Almost) instant Hyphenated Review.

I’ve been watching The Monday Night War series on the WWE Network and it does deliver what the title states: stories of the Money Night War. But since there’s three sides to every story, we get a certain view on the War with every episode. Still a fun watch for any wrestling fan.

GOTHAM: VIPER: Tell Me a Story

Originally posted on Atomic Anxiety:

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Gotham
“Viper”
Season 1, Episode 5, Story 5
October 20, 2014
Written by Rebecca Perry Cutter
Directed by Tim Hunter
Starring Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Mazouz, Zabryna Guevara, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, Erin Richards, Camren Bicondova, Corey Michael Smith, Makenzie Leigh, David Zayas, and John Doman.

A street musician is given a new drug in a vial. He takes it, wigs out, heads to a convenience store where he drinks milk right out of the container. The cashier approaches with a bat that street musician breaks in half.

Cut to outside, where Bullock is treating Jim to the city’s best hamburger at a street vender. Jim doesn’t want the pickles. Bullock says, Trust me. So Jim decides, Okay, pickles it is. Selina Kyle, despite being smart (or what passes for smart in GOTHAM) decides to steal a guy right across the street from Bullock and…

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Communication Breakdown – Episode 29: Marriage Equality

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Episode 29 of the podcast is live. This one starts out on an odd note: I swallow a gnat during the opening seconds. I begin talking and see a gnat fly around my face. I breathe in and the gnat gets sucked into my mouth and down my throat.

The big topic this week is about marriage equality. The LGBTQQA crowd can now legally get married in the state of West Virginia. I give my thoughts on marriage and look at this. Then I read a list of people’s Facebook comments they posted. There’s some ignorance there.

I give a status update on the next B-Sides book in my series and when I should be publishing volume two. I announce the stories that I have queued up for volume two and let you know which ones are finished and which aren’t.

And that’s everything for this week. Episode 30 is coming up, and I’ll try to have something special planned for that interesting number. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, etc about the podcast feel free to let me know.

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.: FACE MY ENEMY: May Hates Coffee

Originally posted on Atomic Anxiety:

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“Face My Enemy”
Season 2, Episode 4, Story 26 (October 14, 2014)
Written by Drew Z. Greenberg
Directed by Kevin Tancharoen
Starring Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, B.J. Britt, Henry Simmons, Nick Blood, Adrian Pasdar, Ruth Negga, Simon Kassianides, and Reed Diamond.

What’s immediate obvious about “Face My Enemy” is that it crackles with a light, playful energy that celebrates the very concept of a spy show.

There are agents undercover, a fancy party, dancing, multiple agencies after the same object, a support team, snappy dialogue, a sly snatch and grab, cool weapons, icy bad guys, swerves, fake swerves, and face-and-voice altering technology. It’s either exactly what SHIELD should always have been or exactly what SHIELD was trying (and failing) to be after the pilot episode.

This is the first episode of the series penned by TV veteran Drew Greenberg, and…

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