Now You See Me – Review Mar28

Now You See Me – Review...

Watching Now You See Me, I couldn’t help but think I was watching Ocean’s 11 with magic. This isn’t a complaint, just an observation. And it’s not just because Now You See Me is a heist movie. It’s also the tone, the snappy dialogue and that the audience is worked through each magic heist after the fact. Just going by the cast alone, I’m surprised I didn’t see Now You See Me when it was in the theater. Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Jesse Eisenberg…these are people who draw me to movies. Isla Fisher too, but for, um, different reasons. The highlight of Now You See Me for me was that Morgan Freeman’s character, Thaddeus Bradley, narrates a movie within the movie, which made me laugh because Morgan Freeman IS movie narration these days. There was something about the ending that didn’t jibe right with me. I’ll go into it after this picture of Dave Franco doing his best Gambit, so that anyone who wants to avoid SPOILERS, can. Okay, so Mark Ruffalo’s character, Dylan Rhodes , the lawman who is always one step behind The Four Horsemen, is revealed to be the mastermind. I’m fine with that. I personally thought it was going to be Melanie Laurent’s character, Alma Dray, for a few reasons. One, it looked like she was feigning being asleep when Ruffalo walked into her room in New Orleans and found her passed out reading that book on magic. It seemed like she wasn’t really asleep and was planting that there for his benefit. Two, it really did seem that she could have fudged her whole Interpol background when she showed up. But I was wrong. Rhodes is the mastermind. Fine.  And I thought they explained Dylan’s...

Tuesday Night Comics Podcast Episode 12...

We bought microphones! That’s right, we’ve upgraded our audio. Give your ears a treat and listen to the newest episode of the Tuesday Night Comics podcast. In this episode, Billy and Dave preview new comic books hitting store shelves and digital storefronts on Wednesday, 3/26/14, chief among them being Silver Surfer #1 by Dan Slott and Mike Allred. They also discuss Dark Horse’s Vandroid, which is providing readers with a multimedia experience that includes a soundtrack to the comic. Dave and Billy each talk about their favorite comic books of the past week, and Billy tries to convince Dave to see The Lego Movie.   Listen to the podcast below or download it on iTunes! http://ia601205.us.archive.org/10/items/TuesdayNightComicsEpisode12/Tuesday%20Night%20Comics%20Episode%2012.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

The Lego Movie – Review Mar24

The Lego Movie – Review...

Everything is Awesome, the Tegan and Sara song that plays throughout much of The Lego Movie, could be used to describe The Lego Movie itself, because everything about this movie is awesome. When I first saw the posters advertising The Lego Movie, I figured it would be nothing of note, just a 90 minute advertisement for the toy line. But then I saw my first trailer, and I was hooked. The movie looked good. Then I heard that Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, two of the creators of MTV’s very underrated and short lived animated series Clone High, wrote and directed The Lego Movie, and I was all in. I knew I had to see this movie. I am a huge fan of Clone High, and implore you to get your hands on the series. If you haven’t seen The Lego Movie yet and would like to avoid spoilers, don’t read past this photo! The voice cast in The Lego Movie is stellar. Will Ferrell is tremendous as Lord Business/President Business/The Man Upstairs.  And Will Arnett’s Batman simply rocked. Will Arnett might be my favorite Batman actor not named Kevin Conroy. Also, Charlie Day steals the movie as Benny, the 1980s astronaut. That minifig was my favorite as a kid, and I loved that Benny’s helmet chinstrap was broken, just as mine and I’m guessing most others who owned that minifig’ helmet was. The Lego Movie did such a good job incorporating the fact that these Lego people are toys in real life. I loved President Business’s collection of artifacts that were simply mispronounced household items. And I think the decision to have the movie shift from animation to live action for the scenes involving the father and son was such a good idea....

Game of Thrones S4E1 – Two Swords – Recap...

Are you excited for Season 4 of Game of Thrones? Hell yeah, me too! Here’s my recap of Season 4, episode 1. I have a hard time keeping track of everyone’s name on the show, and I don’t want to Google people’s names and risk seeing spoilers, so bear with me and my use of nicknames. I haven’t read the books, so I’ll only be talking about what’s on the show. If you have read the books, please be cool and don’t spoil future events in the show. There are plenty of SPOILERS in this recap of episode 1 of season 4 of Game of Thrones. If you’d like to go in fresh, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND not reading past the photo below of Emma Watson sitting on the Iron Throne. Seriously! No further than this photo! Come back after you’ve seen the episode! We’ll still be here. The show opens with Tywin Lanister overseeing the melting down of Robb Stark’s sword. It’s so big that he makes two, one for him and one for Jamie. The wildlings meet up with more wildlings. Is wildling something you capitalize, like Americans or New Yorkers? Just wondering.  It’s pointed out by head Wildling (that just looks weird. I’m going back to not capitalizing) Redbeard that John Snow’s red-headed girlfriend could shoot a rabbit through the eye from far away. She hit John Snow with three arrows. He hints that if  he’s still alive, she won’t be for long. Wildlings from the south join up. The head wildling from the south has a whose-dick-is-bigger contest with Redbeard from the north. I think it ended in a tie. I didn’t catch the head wildling from the south’s name, but his face has big scars on it, so I’m calling...

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Review Mar19

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Review...

If you were in New York City and were wondering where all the white people were during the weekend of March 8, they were at the movies catching the latest Wes Anderson film, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Teens and 20s were at the Regal in Union Square, 30s to geriatric could be found at the AMC Lincoln Center. Will you like The Grand Budapest Hotel? That question can be answered very easily by your answer to the following question: Do you like other Wes Anderson movies? If your answer is yes, then yes, you will enjoy it. If your answer is no, then I’m guessing you probably won’t enjoy it. If your answer is “Of course!,” then you’ve probably already watched The Grand Budapest Hotel and loved it. I loved it. The reason I’m using previous Wes Anderson films to gauge how much you’ll like this Wes Anderson film is because in many respects, Wes Anderson movies are similar to each other. That’s not to say they are retreads of past endeavors, but that his movies share a style and tone that acts as Wes Anderson’s signature. When you’re watching a Wes Anderson movie, you know you’re watching a Wes Anderson movie. I’d say that Wes Anderson has a more distinctive style than any other current director out there, with maybe the exception of Quentin Tarantino. Maybe. Ralph Fiennes is perfect in this movie. You know what, just hand him the Oscar. Seriously. I get that we have about 11 months to go before the Oscars are handed out again, but just give it to Ralph Fiennes now. He is the epitome of charm in The Grand Budapest Hotel.  I like that Anderson used a lot of his regulars for small parts during the...

Tuesday Night Comics Podcast Episode #11...

Animal Man is coming to an end this week! In the newest episode of the Tuesday Night Comics Podcast, Billy and Dave talk about the Jeff Lemire written series and why the final issue is one of our top picks of the week. If you’ve never read Animal Man, now is the time to catch up, as Comixology is having a huge Animal Man sale right now, covering both Grant Morrison’s and Jeff Lemire’s runs on the title (and much more). Billy and Dave also discuss the other books this week that they’re most excited to read. Hint: Ms. Marvel is on both their radars. Also in the episode: the best comics of last week, in-depth discussions of Earth 2 #21 and Greg Rucka’s Veil #1.   Enjoy! http://ia600708.us.archive.org/12/items/TuesdayNightComicsEpisode11/Tuesday%20Night%20Comics%20Episode%2011.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

RoboCop – Review Mar18

RoboCop – Review...

When I first heard that RoboCop was being remade, my excitement level was at about zero. RoboCop is a beloved movie from my childhood, and the much panned Total Recall remake, along with every Michael Bay edition of my childhood heroes, had me just shaking my head at the prospect of seeing an “all-new” version of RoboCop. But then I heard new RoboCop star Joel Kinnaman interviewed by Chris Hardwick on the Nerdist podcast, and my desire to see the new RoboCop, hereafter referred to as Robot Cop, grew. Hardwick seemed like he honestly enjoyed the advance screening he had of the movie, and Kinnaman came across as very satisfied with the final product. I enlisted my pal Graig for a man-date to the Regal Union Square. “Two for Robot Cop, please.” Armed with a #2 combo, we took our seats. Side note: Morgan Spurlock should do a sequel to Super Size Me where he goes to the movies once a day and orders a combo at the snack bar. The medium soda at a chain movie theater looks as large if not larger than a super-size at McDonald’s. Robot Cop is terrific. It’s a great action movie, and like the original, makes for good social commentary on America’s recent wars in the middle east, eugenics, and corporations vs the individual. There’s one scene in Robot Cop that I just can’t shake, and it’s the one where Alex Murphy (Cyborg Constable) sees what’s left of his organic body after the explosion. It’s not much. Murphy demands to never see himself like that again. He had my full support in that decision, because I really wanted to stop looking at his lungs inflate and deflate. I’m currently watching The Wire for the first time, so...

Agents of SHIELD – S1E15 – Yes Men – Recap...

Thor: The Dark World once again crosses over with the TV show Agents of SHIELD this week. Like, The Well, Yes Men also deals with the aftermath of Thor: The Dark World. While Lorelei was not in Thor 2, it’s revealed in this episode that she was freed from her Asgardian prison during Malekith’s assault on Asgard. Unlike The Well, sadly, there’s no Dr. Janoch Pohaa. But  we do get Lady Sif in this episode! Can we please have a Zachary Levi as Fandral appearance next? It’s a battle of the sexes this episode as Lorelei as every male character in this episode with the exception of Coulson falls under Lorelei’s spell. Coulson not being under Lorelei’s command leads to my favorite scene in the episode. A spellbound Fitz locks Skye and Simmons in Skye’s recovery room. Coulson plays along with Fitz’s love of Lorelei (lorelove?) just long enough to deck Fitz unconscious. Ward and May’s sexual relationship ends soon after Lorelei reveals to May that Ward has deep feelings for someone on the team…and it isn’t May. Once Ward is free of Lorelei’s spell, May dumps him. The writing was on the wall for this in the “Previously on Agents of SHIELD” opening sequence.  Why include the clip of May telling Coulson that she had no problem dumping Ward unless it was going to happen in this episode? All in all, it’s an up and down day for Ward. On the one hand, he was dumped by May. On the other hand, he had wild sex with a god. Questions: Can humans impregnate Norse gods? Do Norse gods even bother with protection? Norse herpes has be at least 1,000 times worse than regular herpes, right? I liked that Lorelei picked her man-slaves in...

Agents of SHIELD – S1E14 – Tahiti – Recap...

It’s been almost a month since we had a new episode, but Agents of SHIELD is finally back! The last episode ended with the team in disarray. Skye’s been shot and is comatose in critical condition. And after finding out the truth about his resurrection, Coulson doesn’t know who he can trust. At the start of Tahiti, Coulson’s crew is airborne, desperately trying to find somewhere they can bring Skye. Coulson instructs the team to bring him to the SHIELD facility that treated him after the battle of New York. One problem: that SHIELD facility doesn’t exist and the main doctor who operated on Coulson seems to have disappeared. Coulson tries getting Fury on the line, which sadly does not lead to Samuel L. Jackson making a cameo. Fitz, being awesome, figures out what the secret facility actually is, and in an audience-disbelief defying maneuver, manages to figure out that the 3D file he’s looking at isn’t actually encrypted, but rather an inside-out topographical map. In Fitz’s defense, this scene looked awesome, especially when the 3D map dissolved into the real mountain on screen. A hamper in Coulson’s plan to save Skye occurs when the bus is boarded by Ward’s old SO, Agent John Garrett (Bill Paxton!!), and Garrett’s new Ward, whose name I forget, so I’m calling him Ward 2.0. Ward 2.0 has a thing for Simmons. Can’t blame him. Garrett and Ward 2.0 want Ian Quinn. Quinn was responsible for some of Garrett’s team dying and Garrett wants him for questioning. I was super-convinced during this episode that Garrett and Ward 2.0 were going to be double agents working to free Quinn. I kept waiting for them to turn on Coulson’s team. And it never happened. Sorry for not trusting you more,...

Comics Podcast #10

Are you heading to the comic book store this Wednesday? Check out the newest episode of the Tuesday Night Comics podcast. In this episode, Billy and Dave preview the must read comic books coming out on Wednesday, March 12 and highlight some great comics from last week that you might have missed. The guys also weigh in on how they feel about DC’s 3D covers, now that the 2nd printings of the 3D cover Villains Month books are hitting the stands this week. And Dave reads Charles Soule and Javier Pulido’s She-Hulk! Does he love it as much as Billy does? Listen to the show and find out! Plus, at promised in the episode, here is Billy’s favorite panel from Misunderstanding Comics! http://ia700704.us.archive.org/34/items/TuesdayNightComicsEpisode10/Tuesday%20Night%20Comics%20Episode%2010.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...