Archive for February, 2014

First Look at The CW’s Flash Costume

So everyone loves the Flash; he’s the most relaxed, funny, and generally likable superhero in the DC Comic universe. It’s awesome that he will finally be represented on screen in the modern era, and holds even more promise because of how good Arrow has been so far for its first two seasons.

I’m not totally sold on Gustin yet, only because I haven’t seen him in anything, but from the little bit we saw in Arrowhe seemed fine.

I definitely love this picture though, the head part of the suit looks awesome and about as good as I could have imagined it. Hopefully a full body picture is released soon and the entire costume can be revealed!

What do you think?

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True Detective 1.6 Review: “Haunted Houses”

Well, after last night’s awesome sixth episode of True Detective, there are only two episodes left in this great first season.  Last night’s episode, “Haunted Houses,” answered a lot of lingering questions that link the show’s multiple timelines of past and present.  While the show was not as focused on solving the case, it was hectic and thrilling nonetheless, and tied up some loose ends that viewers probably had, mainly what caused the fallout between Rust and Marty?

The episode opened with a very intense scene of Marty dealing with the two guys that were with caught with his daughter, and he violently beats them for what they did.  We see him pushed to his limit and really pull strings to make this happen because let’s be honest; he probably wouldn’t have dealt with this in another way. Rust seems to be losing his mind a little more as well when we find him interrogating someone, but when he actually gets her confession signature, he tells her to kill herself because she wouldn’t survive in jail. These are two really tense moments to open with that are pretty dark reflections of what the characters have become.

After this Rust and Marty really just continue to butt heads and constantly clash at work; Rust is invested in secretly working the deer crown case in his free time while Marty has found himself in another affair. They are doing their usual things but the friendship has just dissolved; it’s sad, but we knew it was coming. Eventually Rust puts together that Tuttle has something to do with the murders and abductions, but gets himself suspended for pushing the theory too hard.

Maggie finds the pictures of the younger woman on Marty’s phone, but plays it cool and decides to go have an affair of her own by picking up some stranger at a bar. Then, the moment that everyone was waiting for, the reason that Rust and Marty fell out of touch…. Maggie shows up to have sex with Rust instead of the guy at the bar, and he does it. This was expected, but still crazy; Rust was pretty drunk but couldn’t resist. Let’s be honest, he’s in a bad place with Marty, he’s pretty drunk, and knows how bad of a husband Marty actually is.  Rust also knows exactly what she wants, just a one-time fling to really show Marty he’s messed up.

Marty almost can’t believe it, but we see how he really feels when Rust shows up at the department.  They have an epic brawl with Marty immediately tackling Rust and then landing some heavy right hooks on Rust’s face. Although he’s getting pretty pounded, Rust still seems in control of the fight, taking what he deserves for betraying Marty, but then taking him down in one swift move, hurling him into the back of his truck.  This was pretty fun to watch because these guys seemed bound to fight, and it didn’t disappoint, but Rust quits and we know why the two aren’t friends anymore.

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I think everything is setting up really well, and I love how they finished this episode with the guys reuniting as Rust chased Marty down in his truck. They agree to get a drink and there are two episodes, a.k.a, two hours (a movie length) left for Marty and Rust to fully solve the case of their careers.  I’m really excited for these final two episodes and feel exactly how I did when Breaking Bad was finishing up.

Right now, we know that the two people they are looking for are the yellow king and the man with the scars. My guess is that Tuttle, despite denying being involved, is the yellow king who runs that cult in the woods where they worship the devil or some type of evil.  However, I’m not sure who the man with the scars could be.  We also don’t know what the deal is with the supernatural forces that have popped up; Rust sees things, and LeDoux talks about his death right before it happens, mentioning the black stars, which then appeared to surround Rust’s head.

There are still some questions to be answered, but I’m ready to know what happens and can’t wait for Sunday to get here! “Haunted Houses” was another great episode that brought us up to speed so there is plenty of time to deliver a solid finale. If you have any theories of how True Detective might end, drop a comment below and let me know!

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True Detective Could Possibly Have Female Leads

Right now True Detective is the hottest show on television and has really been blowing myself and countless others away with it’s amazing first season so far.

There are only two episodes left, and sadly, it means only two episode left of McConaughey and Harrelson as one of the best duos on T.V. The biggest question on my mind, and soon everyone’s, is who will follow up these two and be the focus of season two?

In an article found here, creator Nic Pizzolatto responds to a tweet about female characters, leaving the fan with the open-ended, “Next season…” Obviously this is no guarantee, but at least cool to know that the writers are open to having any types of detectives.  Pizzolatto has done such an amazing job with the writing so far in this first season, so I’m sure that whoever signs on for season two will have a great character written for them.

True Detective has been everything I expected and so much more. There are still two episodes left in this season that I am massively anticipating (as I’m sure you all are), but I can’t help but think a little bit about what will come next from this show.

Either way, I’m excited to hear ideas for season two and will report more as soon as they come in!

Also check out my review of last night’s episode, “Haunted Houses” right here!

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The Walking Dead 121 Review

Alright, so here we are entering the final chapters of the All Out War story line.  Issue 121 of The Walking Dead comic is chapter 7 out of 12 in this run, which technically begins the start of All Out War: Part Two, and is setting up for the end of this arc which has been very intense so far.

In this issue Eugene and the bullet makers for Rick’s side get compromised and captured by Negan and his gang, meanwhile everyone else just seems really tired from this war and unable to stand the casualties it has cost them. It turns out everyone is going to relocate back to the Hilltop with Maggie and her crew.

It seems like there is going to be one last major battle between Rick and Negan that takes place at the Hilltop, which will probably work to Rick’s advantage.  It obviously really hurts to have Eugene in Negan’s possession, but I really hope he holds out somehow and doesn’t end up supplying them with the ammunition.

Either way, I think that the reason Negan will be defeated is because of Dwight. We know he’s secretly on Rick’s side, and proved it by killing Negan’s men and giving Jesus the grenades.  I think he’s possibly been getting a group together to turn on Negan, which could come as a nice flank for Rick in a battle…

There have been a bunch of deaths so far in All Out War, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we see more in these next five issues.  That’s plenty of time for a lot to still happen, and this will probably have a very big and thrilling end because Negan has been the toughest challenge that Rick has faced so far.

Overall, I thought that issue #121 was relatively boring and was mainly set up to kick off All Out War: Part Two, but I’m really excited for the rest of this story.

Important Parts:

– Eugene has been caught by Negan. Ouch. Hopefully he holds out.

– Rick’s group is moving to the Hilltop. Could be an advantage in positioning.

Minor Parts:

– Heath said goodbye to Denise. I think that this will cause him to rage and either blame Rick or aim his anger towards Negan and become a huge asset.

– Ezekiel and his people are possibly leaving, but are considering going to the Hilltop with Rick and gang. I think they’ll head to the Hilltop, or return in a final battle.

What did everyone think of this issue? Drop a comment below and let me know how you see the All Out War story unfolding!

 

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True Detective 1.5 Review: “The Secret Fate of All Life”

So far, this first season of HBO’s mystery crime thriller, True Detective, is easily on the same level as last year’s final season of Breaking Bad. I want, so bad, to call this one of my favorite shows, but keep remembering that McConaughey and Harrelson are only set up for a one and done, and the show will feature two new detectives each season.  Now, I’m sure it will still be awesome, but until I can develop more of an opinion, I’m keeping my excitement to a seasonal level.  However, the quality, suspense, and writing of True Detective have definitely elevated it into the standards of televisions top tier.  Last night’s fifth episode, “The Secret Fate of All Life,” continued the show’s steady episodic improvement, and at points had me standing up with my hands on my head in awe of the plot.

Following up last week’s Alfonso Cuarόn-esque final scene, Rust and Marty are finally able to track down Reggie LeDoux. As the detectives are trekking through a lengthy stretch of deep woods strung with booby traps and the familiar wooden structures from the past crime scenes. This seems like it, the big gun battle we’ve been waiting for since Marty mentioned it a couple episodes ago; however, it turns out there was no shootout, and the guys carefully inched closer to the property where they confronted and captured LeDoux and his partner.  I thought this was an amazing scene and was super shocked when Marty just walks out and blows LeDoux’s brains out.  It was definitely justified when we figured out there were drugged children in the garage, but was pretty crazy that they framed the entire thing, that definitely had me laughing as they hopped between the present and past to explain and show what happened.

This was a really intense episode; finally catching LeDoux, Marty’s personal life, and then realizing the case still hasn’t been solved. I was definitely shocked to see that they want to pin Rust as the killer, but I just think he’s doing some off duty undercover work that nobody is aware of.  That’s the type of detective Rust is; he knows that he is smarter than the rest of the guys on the force. I’m pretty sure he’s making headway on the real conspiracy going on and the storage container is filled with evidence, like a ton of those little wooden structures, which would look really bad for Rust.

I really enjoyed the time jump in the past, and seeing us move out of 1995 and into 2002.  I’m curious to see if Marty’s personal life is leading to more of a tie in with the case, or if we are just witnessing the destruction of his character and family. They include a lot of possible foreshadowing with his kids.  When he runs over the tricycle, which I believe was the same episode when they confront his daughter about her sexual drawings, could be the destruction of her innocence.  Now we see the two sisters arguing over a plastic princess crown, and the first girl killed was given the deer antler crown.  I guess we’ll see, I’m not too concerned about it because a small portion of the episode is designated to their personal lives.

Either way, this was just another fantastic episode of True Detective, and I really am blown away each week. Although I’m pretty sad that there are only three episodes left of McConaughey and Harrelson in this first season, but I also cannot wait to see what happens next week. What did everyone think of this True Detective episode, “The Secret Fate of All Life.” Have any theories on how it’s gonna finish up?

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Students of Cinema

Hey,

So I’ve been pretty absent lately, and the reason for that is mainly due to a new WordPress blog I’ve created with two of my best friends called Students of Cinema. It’s strictly dedicated to movies and our differing views within a shared passion.

I’ve also been distracted by school, True Detective, and now House of Cards Season 2.  I’m hoping to write up a True Detective episode 5 review later today and eventually drop a House of Cards Season review when I finish the season later today or definitely tomorrow.

I’ll be dropping my Top 10 movies of the year list over at the other site, but am going to post it here as well.  My post relating to movies will probably lessen here because it’s the focus of Students of Cinema, but I’ll still be pumping out TV news, and should also be putting more comic reviews out very soon as well.  I’m almost caught up with The Superior Spider-Man and want to roll right into X-Men: Days of Future Past.

So feel free to check out my new website, it’s really awesome and we are pumping out a lot of content! Otherwise, I’ll have some TV and comic reviews out soon!

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Marvel Movie Rights

Marvel Movie Rights

So this is a good visual aid from the Reddit r/movies page to help you stay clear on which studios have the rights to certain Marvel characters and groups.

It’s nice and easy to follow!

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Get Pumped for The Vision!

Get Pumped for The Vision!

So the news hit last night that Paul Bettany, the voice of JARVIS in the Iron Man movies and The Avengers, will be taking his role in the MCU to the next level by playing the Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron!

Yes! It’s true, and I’m so happy to hear that they will be including the super AI hero who largely ties into the Ultron story line (for those who don’t know).  He also is widely known for having a relationship with The Scarlet Witch who will be in the film as well (portrayed by Elizabeth Olsen).

The article I’m sharing gives a little more insight into the Vision and talks about the first ideas for his costume! I think that it sounds pretty cool so  far.  I trust Joss, and he knows that this is a character they are going to have to take baby steps with to portray him correctly.

I think a dark and subtle green and yellow will look really awesome, but would love to see the red face as well.  That will for sure be the toughest part, getting the face correct, which they discuss in the article.

Either way, the inclusion of the VIsion has me even more excited for Avengers: Age of Ultron to come out! Check the article and let me know what you think!

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Studio Ghibli to Produce First TV Series

Studio Ghibli to Produce First TV Series

This awesome article from The Hollywood Reporter released yesterday (that I saw but didn’t get to read until now) that Hayao Miyazaki’s studio will be pushing forward with a TV series based on the Swedish kid’s book “Ronja the Robber’s Daughter.” I think this looks awesome and has an adventurous story that fits perfectly with Studio Ghibli’s past works.

Miyazaki’s son will be directing the show which is set to premiere this fall in Japan.

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“T.R.A.C.K.S.”: The Best Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode so far

I’ve been keeping up with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and like many, I found myself on the fence about deciding whether to give up watching or not.  The show got off to a rough start and just felt boring most of the time because of its lack of, I guess, Marvel-ness.  People wanted minor heroes and villains to pop up from time to time, or at least let us see inside of S.H.I.E.L.D. more… I get that the point of this show is to focus on agents, not heroes, but the majority of the characters still felt annoying and out of place.  However, if you have been one of the viewers, like me, to push through and hang tough with the show, it now has become very rewarding.  Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been a huge pain to get through, but last night’s episode; “T.R.A.C.K.S.” may have just been the best yet.

I’m going to keep this short.

And of course, spoilers ahead…

In last night’s episode, I felt like we were given a full plate; interesting plot, confusing timeline of events, and great character arcs.  Just little things filled out last night’s episode like Agent May with all of her solo fights and how she escaped nearly being tortured. I loved watching her dagger skills and finally seeing what she can do.  Everyone seemed to get in on the action last night and it’s been good they have found ways to get the characters off of the plane finally.  Skye showed off her newly acquired fighting skills, but you can see she is still learning, but it’s okay! because Fitz is now comfortable with shooting the “night-night” gun to cover her.  Even Simmons got out of the plane and had to function in a undercover situation.  It seems like the writers have found the groove for each character and they are aware of the roles.  Tonight was hilarious when Coulson and Ward were trying to figure out the holotable, but being field agents, they are completely defeated when it comes to advanced technology.

The biggest and best part about the night was that Deathlok has arrived!! This was huge news when it was announced Mike wasn’t dead, but actually the cyborg mercenary.  I didn’t expect them to deliver so quickly, but last night he was showing off the new leg in the episode and is working for the Clairvoyant.  I’m hoping to see Mike slowly become more and more cyborg (like the picture to the right), and there was evidence of that eventually with Ian Quinn saying, “every piece of technology in you is top of the line”.

Then, to top off the arrival of Deathlok and finish up the episode, Quinn ends up shooting Skye twice and by the time Coulson and the team get to her, she doesn’t seem to have a pulse.  They throw her into the hyberbaric chamber that was just previously preserving Mike, but I wonder if they will be bale to save her.  I have pretty much hated Skye the most throughout this entire season and just didn’t enjoy her character or anything she was doing.  The writers have created this mystery about her being some type of alien which has definitely increased my interest in the character, but they have also made a nice choice to have her start showing off her basic fighting capabilities and worth.  Last night I definitely found myself sad when she was shot because she now has a purpose in the show.  I’m not expecting her to die, in fact, I think it’s probably a good thing because she might have some regeneration or super self healing powers that come forth from this.

This episode of AoS was very eventful and filled with action.  I thought the storytelling was really awesome with how they picked up the plot from different perspectives to slowly reveal the entire timeline of events. I think that “T.R.A.C.K.S.” was the best AoS episode to date and now there is a lot to look forward to this show going forward.  

We still don’t even know who the Clairvoyant is yet! The big bad guy behind the scenes who is apparently psychic and pretty evil.  I’m hoping it’s someone really awesome from the comics, but either way, the inclusion of Deathlok makes everything way better! We also still have Graviton and Blizzard looming in the depths; two more villains who have been established and could return anytime! I’m really excited with where AoS seems to be going, especially that Marvel has been tying it into the movies as well.  Hopefully they can keep this up!

What did everyone think of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. last night? Did you enjoy the episode? Let me know why or why not!

 

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