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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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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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

Slater’s Signature Finisher: Rob Van Dam: Wrestling’s Stoner Superhero

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By Chris Slater

Today is April 20, which if we’re writing the date out with numerals is 4/20, which is a marijuana term 4:20, which is sort of an unofficial “meeting time” to partake.

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Thunderlists: 5 Pretty Bad Film Adaptations of 5 Pretty Good TV Shows

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By Jacob Slater

I’m in a little bit of a depressive state at the moment, so hopefully all of my faithful imaginary readers will understand that I couldn’t muster up the will to actually do a new movie write up at the moment. Major depression doesn’t mix well with Seasonal Effectiveness Disorder I suppose. Not putting out something makes me feel like more of a failure than I already do however, so I’ve decided to trot out another edition of everyone’s favorite system of structured and organized information: a list! Because if there’s one thing the internet needs more of, it’s lists. And pornographic pictures of cartoon horses, apparently.

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Better In The Dark – Episode #1: March and April 2007 Preview

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In our inaugural episode, we preview what was then upcoming genre movies being released in March and April of 2007. And–as an added bonus–enjoy mild swearing, as this episode was not censored at the request of our radio station!

Discussed in this episode: Ghostrider, Daredevil, Bridge to Terabithia, The Abandoned, The Number 23, Joel Schumacher, Jim Carey, Zodiac, David Fincher, The Reaping, Dark Castle Entertainment, The ick moment, 300, Zack Snyder, King Kong, The Host, Godzilla, Premonition, Captivity, Hannibal Rising, Thomas Harris, Dead Silence, Rob Zombie, Ain’t It Cool News, Halloween, Remakes, The Hills Have Eyes 2, Southern Comfort, Grindhouse, The Invisible, Joss Whedon, Disturbia, Rear Window, The Island

Better In The Dark – Episode #1: March and April 2007 Preview

 

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.

Life During Wartime: Raw vs Nitro 1996 (Week 3)

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Now with added match results and crap, so you don’t have to wade through 17 pages of worthless analysis and opinions.

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