AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.: HEAVY IS THE HEAD: Life Can Be a Mean Drunk

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – “Heavy is the Head” – Season 2, Episode 2, Story 24 (September 30, 2014) – Written by Paul Zbyszewski; Directed by Jesse Bochco – Starring Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, B.J. Britt, Henry Simmons, Nick Blood, Ruth Negga, Adrian Pasdar, and Kyle MacLachlan.

Two episodes into the second season of AGENTS OF SHIELD (oh, how I hate typing S.H.I.E.L.D. – almost as much as I hate looking at it) and we’ve got a confident, strong, engaging show on our hands. It’s striking just how different the show is from last season not only in terms of its tone, but in the characters it focuses on.

Take Brett Dalton’s Agent Ward. He went from being a rock sinking the show to not a disastrous teammate to an interesting traitor to being sidelined. He doesn’t even appear in “Heavy is…

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GOTHAM: PILOT: Shiny Shoes, Mother of God!

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Gotham – “Pilot” – Season 1, Episode 1, Story 1 (September 22, 2014) – Written by Bruno Heller; Directed by Danny Cannon – Starring Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz, Zabryna Guevara, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, John Doman, Richard Kind, Victoria Cartagena, Erin Richards, Camren Bicondova, Cory Michael Smith, and Jada Pinkett Smith.

I admit I’ve had a bit of fun at GOTHAM’s expense over the past few months, calling it things like NO BATMAN and KID BATMAN and GOTHAMVILLE and THE INEVITABLE FAILINGS OF JIM GORDON, but it’s all been with tongue planted firmly in cheek. The truth is that I have been very much looking forward to GOTHAM and agree with the decision to de-Batman the show, as long as it also keeps little Bruce Wayne at the periphery and does not turn into a darker SMALLVILLE, where we watch Bruce endlessly learn lessons and endure experiences…

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AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.: SHADOWS: Go Dark

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – “Shadows” – Season 2, Episode 1, Story 23 (September 23, 2014) – Written by Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen; Directed by Vincent Misiano – Starring Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, B.J. Britt, Lucy Lawless, Reed Diamond, Adrian Pasdar, Brian Patrick Wade, Patton Oswalt, Nick Blood, Neal McDonough, Kenneth Choi, and Hayley Atwell.

The first season of Marvel’s AGENTS OF SHIELD resisted embracing the superheroness of its universe, wanting instead to focus on a particular slice of Marvel’s brand of espionage. The show clearly did not want to be what so many fans wanted it to be: a chance to see as many Marvel Universe characters brought in as possible to be given the live action treatment. (Of which, some would inevitably bitch about how the show had gotten a character wrong, as if what was really important was…

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: Ain’t No Thing Like Me Except Me

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Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) – Directed by James Gunn – Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Glenn Close, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Alex Denisof, Ophelia Lovibond, Peter Serafinowicz, Gregg Henry, Laura Haddock, SPOILER, SPOILER, SPOILER, SPOILER, and SPOILER.

Please note that I am not here to protect your fragile spoiler-fearing mind. Those SPOILERs right above here is it – everything else is fair game, though I will hold off spoiling the final post-credits scene for a few days because everyone deserves to see that one fresh.

“He called me vermin! And she called me a rodent!” Rocket yells, his voice equal parts shaking in anger and quivering in pain, as his finger points to Drax and Gamora. We’re in the middle of the movie and the early stages of Peter…

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Better In The Dark – Episode #152.5: BITD’s on the Box Office Grosses of Destruction

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In this messy show, Tom and Derrick looks at the rather epic levels of carnage in this year’s summer blockbusters, and wonder if it’s too much. Are we being desensitized to all this damage? Is it fair for Hollywood to call back to 9/11 for lazy affirmation of their plot developments? And why is Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim a more responsible film than Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel? All this, plus the Superman sequel Tom really wants to see! You now you don’t want to wander Tokyo carrying a red shoe, so get to clicking (and don’t forget to Twitter us at @BITDShow)!

Better In The Dark – Episode #152.5: BITD’s on the Box Office Grosses of Destruction

Better In The Dark – Episode #152: Upstream Video – Navigating Netflix Streaming (Guest: Adam Orchekowski)

BITD 152 ImageNetflix Streaming may be the greatest thing to happen to movie fans since VHS, but there’s so much to see that The Boys Outta Brooklyn enlisted the aid of that Instant Depths videonaut Adam Orchekowski to help our listeners discover the gems hidden within that service.  Along the way, the trio celebrate The Kids In The Hall, Tim Roth, The Apple, DC Animation and so much more!  It’s an hour plus of great film conversation you don’t want to miss.  You know you don’t want to become a chicken, so get to clicking (and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter at @BITDShow)!

Better In The Dark – Episode #152: Upstream Video – Navigating Netflix Streaming (Guest: Adam Orchekowski)

14 Questions Strike Back

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Garbage day. Maybe one day I’ll actually get back to putting it out the night before instead of getting up at the buttcrack the day of to do it. Continue reading

14 Questions: Magneto Was Right

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None of these questions have to do with Magneto. I was just looking at how awesome Cyclops has become in the comics since he murked out good ol’ Chuck. I’m telling you, Scott Summers has been gold since Grant Morrison got a hold of him.

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