TV Review: ‘The Walking Dead’ S5E8 – “Coda”

- 12-01-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Regina Lizik

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The difference between these characters in earlier seasons versus the mid-season finale of season five is that they trust themselves and eachother. We don’t get long drawn out monologues from Rick, nor do we hear extensive arguments about group strategy or drawn out negotiations with enemies. That evolution reverberates from the beginning of “Coda,” through to the end.  (more…)

The RadioBastard Podcast Celebrates Grand Moff Tarkin’s Giving

- 11-27-14Featured, Nerd Culture Posted by Jeremy R! Hudson

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(It’s a real holiday, look it up.) So gather around the internets poorly guarded exhaust port because Jeremy and Jason are back with another podcast to help usher you into the holiday season. Yes, a solid 60 minutes of nerd news pop-culture type talkin’ things (spoiler, real honest to goodness Star Wars news this week!) So listen, won’t you?

This week on the show: (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Gotham’ – S01E10 – “LoveCraft”

- 11-25-14Comics, Featured, reviews Posted by James Daniels

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Gotham‘s last episode before the midseason break didn’t quite have the impact you want to leave viewers with who are going to spend nearly 2 months waiting for the next installment.

Still, it had its moments, and did a decent job of setting up the next semester of the show’s freshman year. Problem was they “closed for the holidays” with a follow-up episode. “LoveCraft” is in every way the sequel to the events of “Harvey Dent”. When you’re closing shop for several weeks, it’s much better to leave the fans with something that stands on its own. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘The Walking Dead’ S5E7 – “Crossed”

- 11-24-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Regina Lizik

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We open shortly after the events of “Four Walls and a Roof.” Daryl is back with the group and he and everyone else are tearing apart the church. “Crossed” isn’t an action packed episode, the show is saving that for next week’s mid-season finale. Read on to see how it sets everything in motion for the future of the show.  (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Mockingjay Part 1′ J-Law Keeps it Real in the YA Adaptation Full of Adult Themes

- 11-21-14Featured, Film, reviews Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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I know some people are cynical enough to see Twilight and The Hunger Games and see apples and apples, but as anyone that’s taken the time to read the books that the movies are based on knows,  the third Hunger Games chapter, Mockingjay, is where the Suzanne Collins creation separates itself from an comparison to Stephanie Meyer‘s work. The final of Twilight, Breaking Dawn, reads like the Mary Sue wish fulfillment adventure that every hater says it is, with nothing ventured, but everything gained in the end. It’s a fairy tale ending where the monster isn’t slain, he just shrugs and gives up and everything’s cool. Mockingjay, by comparison, will mess you up by the end.

Mockingjay, now split into two chapters because money, is not a sweeping romance, or super-powered adventure. It’s got a head full of very adult themes on war and freedom which belie its young protagonists and their romantic and dramatic complications. But how do you know that Mockingjay – Part 1 is more impacting than your average movie aimed at young adult audience? I watched it in a theater full of teenagers and the whole time they were silent and nary was a cell phone light seen through the two-hour running time. That, my friends, is power. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Arrow’ S3E7 – “Draw Back Your Bow”

- 11-20-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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It’s the same old story: boy meets girl, boy saves girl from super-powered bad guy, girl falls in love with boy, girl becomes a trained archer and kills people to impress boy, boy and his friends try to stop here. This week’s Arrow was all about matters of the heart, and apropos, the bad guy was a woman named Carrie Cutter, AKA: Cupid. Obsession is nothing new for superheroes and their rogues, one might say that The Joker is obsessed with Batman for example, but I’m not quite sure if “Draw Back Your Bow” plays as a superhero Lifetime Movie of the Week, or Fatal Attraction with costumes. Either way it was a big week for our heroes and their romantic issues. (more…)

The RadioBastard Podcast And The Revenge Of The Fart Lords Of The Sith

- 11-19-14Featured, Nerd Culture Posted by Jeremy R! Hudson

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Welcome back to the podcast of fun, this time on the show your life model decoy hosts, Jeremy and Jason, have brewed a cup of nerdy pop-culture talky news things and awkward moments. Do you like Star Wars, beard chat, Doctor Who, and scandalous sexy sex sex on the television set? Wow! Then do we have a show for you, clown shoes!

On the unnamed super terrific hour this week: (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ S2E8 – “The Things We Bury”

- 11-19-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

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Last time around on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the grand mystery of what the hell is going on with the symbols that Coulson has been carving into the walls was finally solved. As it turns out, all those circles, lines and squares were some sort of architectural schematic for an alien city. So now it’s up to the S.H.I.E.L.D. team to race H.Y.D.R.A. and find the city before they can. To make matters worse, former agent Grant Ward is on the loose again and nobody knows what side he is truly on. This week, ‘The Things We Bury’ begins the race to the city and looks a bit closer at what’s really going on in Ward’s head. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Gotham’–S01E09–“Harvey Dent”

- 11-18-14Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by James Daniels

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Gotham‘s ninth installment is a charming, feel-good romantic comedy about what happens when a streetwise young pickpocket (Camren Bicondova) comes to live with a traumatized preteen billionaire (David Mazouz).

So sit back and enjoy Episode 9: “Harvey Dent”….

Wait, WHAT???

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TV REVIEW: ‘The Walking Dead’ S5E6 – “Consumed”

- 11-17-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Regina Lizik

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“Consumed” is an episode where nothing happens, and yet you cannot take your eyes off of the screen. The action is in the chemistry between Melissa McBride (Carol) and Norman Reedus (Daryl) and their inner thoughts. What matters is what is unsaid.  (more…)