The Hunger Games lit a spark, but its sequel Catching Fire is what will set the world ablaze. Performing better than any sequel in recent memory, Catching Fire gives audiences exactly what they want: bigger, better, and more. Director Francis Lawrence isn’t looking to reinvent the wheel with this movie, but it’s obvious special attention was paid to resolve the gripes made about The Hunger Games. The cast, Jennifer Lawrence in particular, all give exceptionally strong performances, clearly having grown more comfortable in their roles. Sequels are meant to satisfy our burning need for more of what we loved the first time around, and sometimes setup forthcoming sequels; Catching Fire does this all, and then some. (more…)
Moira Queen’s (Susanna Thompson) day in court has come. Will she fry for the 500+ innocent people she had a hand in murdering, or will she walk free? The earthquake only hit six months prior, which means her case is moving ahead at lightning speed, and in a flashback we witness the Arkham-like prison break it caused at Iron Heights. We see the guards escaping, leaving the inmates to fend for themselves (jerks), and we see The Dollmaker freed, by Count Vertigo (Seth Gabel), no less. (more…)
“You know, it’d be nice, if for once, Thor and his people sent down the God of Cleaning-up-after-yourself”
Last night, on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we find the team tasked with cleaning up the mess left by Thor and his battle with Malekith and the Dark Elves, as seen in Thor: The Dark World. In an almost completely unrelated plot, when a piece of alien technology that was left behind thousands of years ago gets into the wrong hands, the team is in danger of being torn apart from the inside.
It was blasphemous for you to think, but you went and did it… hell, we’ve all done it. At one point or another, we’ve all pondered the thought, “It’ll never happen, but what if an American were to play The Doctor?” That’s okay, we’re not here to judge. This is a safe environment, one protected under convention 15 of the shadow proclamation. Really, what’s the big deal anyway? Is it so dangerous to ask: What Yankee could, despite British supremacy, be accepted to play the lord of time?
As ridiculous a thought that is to pose (I know, how dare we, free thinking peoples taint British rule with the notion of Americanization) it’s completely warranted when you think of all the Brits who’ve taken up Colonial superhero roles (Christan Bale as Batman, Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man, Patrick Stewart as Professor X… etc). Couldn’t someone from the U.S.A take on an established British character? No, you say? Well this is a list for those who wonder “What if?” What IF Doctor Who was still, inherently, a British produced show, but an American actor took the reigns of the TARDIS? Here is a list of worthy entries; some adventitious, some funny and others who are absolutely perfect. (more…)
The sad reality is, Harrison Ford’s best work is likely behind him. 42 was a nice change of pace, but it was more an impression than a performance, and it wasn’t exactly universally lauded.
Ford rushed the screen with authority in Ender’s Game, but that looks like an island of goodness in an ocean of mediocrity stretching back to the start of the millennium and the surprising horror film What Lies Beneath. Sadly, the future doesn’t look terribly bright, either, with a collection of potential re-hashes and likely worthless cameos in pictures like Anchorman 2 and Expendables 3.
For some reason, all of this bothers me, and I don’t like it.
Stepping away from the Lance family drama that’s dominated the last few episodes, Arrow gives John Diggle (David Ramsey) some time in the spotlight. And of course there could only be one reason to bring Diggle back in to focus: Deadshot (Michael Rowe). Diggle’s government connection, A.R.G.U.S agent Lyla Michaels (Audrey Marie Anderson) has gone missing and Amanda Waller (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) wants him to get her back. What? Not enough DC Comics name-dropping for you? Don’t worry, there’s more. (more…)
“Trust the system”
As we finally get to see S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Hub, we are introduced to Victoria Hand (Saffron Burrows), and even get to see Jasper Sitwell (Maximiliano Hernández) from the Marvel shorts again, but more importantly, we get to see how Coulson’s team fits into the mix of S.H.I.E.L.D as a whole. As Agent Fitz and Agent Ward a drafted into a Clearance Level 8 mission, to destroy some sort of… thing, the rest of the team is left in the darkness of secrecy that surrounds S.H.I.E.L.D. (more…)
If you want a gorgeously haunting story that will both inspire and terrify you long into the night, then last night’s episode of “The Walking Dead” is for you. ‘Interment,’ penned by Channing Powell, focuses on Hershel (Scott Wilson) and on the most elusive of all things during times of tragedy – hope. (more…)