Better In The Dark – Episode #160.5: The Many Shades of Heroism – Ant-Man, Edgar Wright, and the State of the Superhero Film

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Tom and Derrick’s look at Edgar Wright’s departure from Ant-Man becomes a freewheeling discussion of what Marvel is doing right, what DC is doing wrong, and whatever the hell Fox and Sony think they’re doing. Along the way, The Boys Outta Brooklyn review Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, curse Frank Miller, bless Mark Waid, and struggle to fill the plot holes in The Nolanverse! You know you wanna know why Derrick loves Brett Ratner, so get to clicking! (And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter at @BITDShow!)

Better In The Dark – Episode #160.5: The Many Shades of Heroism – Ant-Man, Edgar Wright, and the State of the Superhero Film

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THE EXPENDABLES 3: Time to Mow the Lawn

Originally posted on Atomic Anxiety:

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The Expendables 3 (2014) – Directed by Patrick Hughes – Starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, Kelsey Grammer, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Glen Powell, Victor Ortiz, Robert Davi, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

I’m never going to complain too hard about a movie with this many actors that I like doing the things I like to watch them do, but EXPENDABLES 3 is not a very good movie. As an experience, it’s fine, well worth the price of a matinee ticket, but as a movie, it’s not very good. It’s overstuffed with characters; the fun in an EXPENDABLES movie is seeing all of these famous actors together, but this is the third movie and the filmmakers still think they can get away with just starfucking our eyeballs.

It’s not enough.

There are so many people in the…

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

Originally posted on Atomic Anxiety:

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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 #160: The Fastest American Incubus’ Wild Car Maidens

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It’s time once again for the most anticipated show of the BITD calendar year: The Obscure Movie Episode! Join Tom and Derrick as they discuss Roy Orbison’s first and only movie, demonic cars, generational sagas in cartoon form, and Shatner speaking Esperanto! All this plus permanently puckered hands, why adults are scared of teenagers, and secret agent midgets! You know you don’t want to rely on a three-fingered special effects man, so get to clicking! (And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter at @BITDShow!)

Better In The Dark – Episode #160: The Fastest American Incubus’ Wild Car Maidens

Better In The Dark – Episode #159: The House that Challenged Hammer – An Appreciation of Amicus Pictures (Guest: Jim Moon)

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The Boys Outta Brooklyn finally make good on a promise they made back in their first year to profile the studio that was The Master of the Portmanteau Film: Amicus Studios! Join Tom, Derrick, and special guest host Jim “Hypnogoria” Moon as they explore this legendary British studio, from its inception right up to the bizarre new wave horror mash-up The Monster Club. Plus crawling hand fetishes, Peter Cushing as Doctor Who, and the creepiness that is Angela Pleasance! You know you don’t want to be killed by a funky robot, so get to clicking! (And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter at @BITDShow!)

Better In The Dark – Episode #159: The House that Challenged Hammer – An Appreciation of Amicus Pictures (Guest: Jim Moon)

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION: Honor to the End

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Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) – Directed by Michael Bay – Starring Peter Cullen, Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Titus Welliver, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Sophia Myles, Li Bingbing, T.J. Miller, John Goodman, John DiMaggio, Ken Watanabe, Reno Wilson, Mark Ryan, and Frank Welker.

I have a saying that I like to use when a movie connects with something inside of me: “I feel like this movie was made just for me.”

Judging by the extreme negative reaction to TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, this might be the one time that saying is actually true.

Unabashedly and non-ironically, I love AGE OF EXTINCTION. This is the TRANSFORMERS movie I’ve been waiting for since the first one, a big, loud, thunderous movie that puts the Transformers (well, Optimus Prime, at least) out front and makes them the entire point of the movie, instead of rendering them as sidekicks in their own…

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In Defense of Michael Bay Movies

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Before heading to the theaters to see TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, I wanted to watch the first three Michael Bay TRANSFORMERS movies to see if I still felt the way I did upon watching them the first time: I loved the first one, hated the second one, and thought the third was okay.

I watched TRANSFORMERS last night and I still love it, even with all of its Shia LeBeouf-ness, and it got me thinking about the kinds of movies Michael Bay makes. The internet is awash with Bay bashing because the internet loves nothing more than an easy target (and Bay is certainly a self-created easy target), but for all of the talk of how EXTINCTION will surely suck, it’s still going to fly by $100 million at the domestic box office on its opening weekend.

That’s a whole lotta people going to see a movie the internet would…

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Better In The Dark – Episode #158.5: We Used to Be Fans – The Veronica Mars Movie, the Expanded Universe, and Geek Jealousy

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The Boys Outta Brooklyn are back after a long lay-up, as Tom gives his views on the Veronica Mars movie, and he and Derrick discuss the impact of its surprise success. Plus, Derrick pervs on Tom’s college girlfriend and throws him a challenge, and a discussion of why actors are compelled to take on less-than-appealing projects. We used to podcast a long time ago, so get to clicking! (And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter at @BITDShow!)

Better In The Dark – Episode #158.5: We Used to Be Fans – The Veronica Mars Movie, the Expanded Universe, and Geek Jealousy

SCOOBY-DOO WRESTLEMANIA MYSTERY!: Who’s Awesome? I’m Awesome

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Scooby-Doo WrestleMania Mystery! (2014) – Directed by Brandon Vietti – Starring Frank Welker, Mindy Cohn, Grey DeLisle-Griffin, Matthew Lillard, Charles S. Dutton, Mary McCormack, John Cena, Brodus Clay, Michael Cole, Kane, AJ Lee, Santino, The Miz, Triple H, Vince McMahon, Corey Burton, Bumper Robinson, Fred Tatasciore.

I’m not generally a fan of Scooby-Doo mysteries co-starring real people. Every so often, there’s a good attempt featuring Batman or the Globetrotters, but for the most part, the kind of story introduced by THE NEW SCOOBY-DOO MOVIES back in 1972 just doesn’t work for me. Being both a huge Scooby fan and wrestling fan, I was hopeful enough to be cautiously optimistic for SCOOBY-DOO WRESTLEMANIA MYSTERY! but wary enough to not get my hopes up too high.

I’m happy to say that WRESTLEMANIA MYSTERY! does not disappoint, and despite not reaching the heights of the outstanding MASK OF THE BLUE FALCON, the…

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Better In The Dark – Episode #158: The Badass with the Bladed Heart – The Career of Danny Trejo

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It’s time for the latest induction into the BITD Hall of Great, Great Men. This time we honor Danny Trejo, a man who is great both on and off screen! Join the Guys Outta Brooklyn as they celebrate the Mexican character actor who shows great character in his personal life as well. Plus, we review Machete Kills, come up with a movie teaming Trejo with Michael Cera, and Tom answers the deathless question: If he was a Time Lord, which companion would he ride with? You know BITD don’t twitter – no, wait, we do @BITDShow, so get to clicking!

Better In The Dark – Episode #158: The Badass with the Bladed Heart – The Career of Danny Trejo