ToC Classic: The Living Daylights (1987), directed by John Glen

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By Jacob Slater

Or, If You’re Gonna Spy, Spy Hard

Whether you’re a huge fan of the long-running James Bond movie series or only became aware of it through the success of the Daniel Craig films, it’s important to establish that by the mid 80s the franchise needed a bit of retooling. The last 007 film, A View To A Kill, starring Roger Moore, had been an inglorious end to a controversial era in the super spy’s history. While Moore wasn’t an unacceptable iteration of James Bond (and I’m sure a true Bond fan can name some of his crowning moments), his legacy is marred by a level of excess that comes off as rather farcical in retrospect, even for a series that has a secret agent going around telling people his real name. James Bond literally dressing up as a clown that one time probably didn’t help either. We did get a pretty good Paul McCartney song out of that era though, which is cool.

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The Lightning Round at the End of the Tunnel

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By Errick Greenlee

Y’all know the drill.  Gonna say stuff.  Some of it will make sense.  Some of it won’t.  You may laugh.  You may think I’m outside my mind.  But this will be entertaining while you’re in the can or in line at the bank.  Do people go to the actual bank anymore?  Did I leave the stove on?  What day is this?  Do you think I’m pretty?

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Better In The Dark – Episode #20: 30 Days of Ultimatums Shoot Rob Zombie

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It’s the first BITD edited on the BITD Central HQ’s new computer! Pity it focuses on some frustrating films that The Boys Outta Brooklyn saw from August to October of 2007. Sure, Derrick raves about Shoot ‘Em Up, but then Tom tries to figure out why 30 Days of Night doesn’t thrill him, Derrick bitches about the use of caffeine-cam in The Bourne Ultimatum and both do an intervention for Rob Zombie and his white trash obsessions! There’s only one way to feel our wrath…and that’s by clicking like your life depends on it!

Better In The Dark – Episode #20: 30 Days of Ultimatums Shoot Rob Zombie

ToC Classic: Rope (1948), directed by Alfred Hitchcock

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By Jacob Slater

or, It’s Not A Real Party Until Somebody Dies

Originally, I was going to write that there’s not much else new to say about Rope. The truth of it is, I don’t think I can find the words to express adequately how I feel. I’ve seen a fair amount of movies in my time, not enough to make me an expert but enough to occasionally know what I’m talking about, so it might not sound too much like hyperbole to say that Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope stands as one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. Not just my favorite movies or movies I like, which occupy a large portion of space, but films that I feel exemplify filmmaking as an art form. Metropolis, Apocalypse Now, The Thing, The Bicycle Thief, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, etc., the cream of the cinema crop.

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ToC Classic: The American Astronaut (2001), directed by Cory McAbee

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By Jacob Slater

Or, We All Done Did It (At One Point or Another)

You know, when rewatching these movies, I always get the impression that my opinion is going to wildly change from what it was originally. It’s happened with TV shows, music, authors, comic books, even the occasional person or two. When it comes to movies though, those I’ve written articles for in particular, it seems like I’m pretty set in my ways. I liked Bride of Frankenstein back then, I like it now. I thought The Crow was dumb back then, and I think it’s dumb now. Not sure why, maybe I’m more critical of film than I am any other medium on a subconscious level, thus I hold it to a high standard. Filtering out the bullshit, in a fashion.

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Shiva Season: 2015 Preseason Fantasy Preview – Quarterbacks

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By Anthony Sellers

“Your time to shine is coming! Trust!”

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Better In The Dark – Episode #19: Take Us Out To The Game Of Your Choice

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While we’re all still coming down from tryptophane poisoning, join The Guys Outta Brooklyn as they discuss their favorite Sports Movies. Thomas and Derrick talk about such notables as both versions of The Longest Yard, the boxing classic The Great White Hope, and the cult hockey classic Slap Shot–and then go as mental as they ever have been over the sports movie spoof Dodgeball! Plus the guys talk about their own sports memories growing up. It’s third and long, so what else can you do but click that download button now!

Better In The Dark – Episode #19: Take Us Out To The Game Of Your Choice

Lightning Round And Pound

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By Errick Greenlee

And we’re back.  Welcome to the Lightning Round.  Don’t try to figure anything out.  It’s not so much a rant as it is a broken train of thought.  Or maybe you just can’t see the tracks.  Treat all the paragraphs and separate thoughts and don’t wonder what my problem is.  I have no idea.

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Better In The Dark – Episode #18: The November 2007-January 2008 Preview Episode, For The Children Are Our Future

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The last of our preview episodes before we decided it wasn’t fun for us, including advice on Child Rearing, praise for Tim Burton and Vincent Price, and more Kristen Bell slobbering in the case of Tom.

Better In The Dark – Episode #18: The November 2007-January 2008 Preview Episode, For The Children Are Our Future