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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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

Book Review: Identity Crisis

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By Chris Slater

Earlier this year, I was in a comic book shop in Beckley and was perusing the titles when a graphic novel cover popped out at me. All of these superheroes’ costumes were hanging up, empty. It looked so sad and hollow. And then I noticed the name at the top: Brad Meltzer. My favorite wrestler, CM Punk, is a huge comic fan (and actually writes comics for Marvel now) and has tweeted about Meltzer several times.

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Slater’s Signature Finisher: 7 Years Ago: CM Punk wins first World Championship

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By Chris Slater

Seven years ago – June 8, 2008 – CM Punk won his first World Heavyweight Championship in WWE, after defeating Edge via “Money in the Bank” cash in.

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Better In The Dark – Episode #17: Hunting In A Cemetery Pitch For A Haunted Phantasm Before Dawn

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Our First Annual Halloween Suggestions Episode is here! Join the Boys From Brooklyn as they discuss with more enthusiasm than facts six of their favorite horror films that you might not have considered. From the classic-but-near-forgotten Phantasm to the insanely wrong-headed (in the positive sense) Cemetery Man, we’re sure to turn you onto something that’s perfect for your tastes. Also, Tom and Derrick talk about the charms of both versions of The House on Haunted Hill, and we let the cat out of the bag about what we’ve got planned for the month of December. It’s a gruesome grab bag of cinematic chillers, so reach your hand in by clicking the download button!

Better In The Dark – Episode #17: Hunting In A Cemetery Pitch For A Haunted Phantasm Before Dawn