The best thing about Captain America is that he’s a human being, protected by nothing more than a thin layer of spandex. Where Bruce Banner turns into the impenetrable beast that is the Incredible Hulk, Tony Stark is shielded by his iron suit and Thor is an otherworldly god here on Earth, Steve Rogers is just a man, driven by a relentless need to serve and protect his country. This simple fact is what ultimately helps The Winter Soldier work so well, both as a part of The Avengers series and as a stand-alone piece of cinema. Joe & Anthony Russo’s first foray into the Marvel Universe never loses sight of the fact that beneath the red, white and blue exterior is bona fide flesh and blood, with a pulsing heart that can be wounded. In many ways, The Winter Soldier is a catalogue of the lacerations that Rogers has endured, both as a solider and as a man completely out of his own time.
Let’s be honest, last night’s episode of Arrow was about as near perfect an episode as they’ve had yet. And this season, as I’ve mentioned over and over, is already a vast improvement over its first. “Deathstroke” is the icing on the cake (which is saying something considering there’s still four more episodes to go). It’s thrilling, tense, and keeps you guessing at where its heading the whole time; an impressive achievement for the often heavy handed show. (more…)
So to recap: Hale’s dead and Massimo’s alive. One would think that after such a significant episode that Lost Girl might take the week to cool off and let the viewer catch their breath, but nope. “Origin,” was not only the penultimate episode of the fourth season, but it was another info dump as we unravel the details of the nature of Bo’s connection with Rainer, the real identity of her father, and the stakes going into next week’s season finale. (more…)
GIDEON: He’s the Devil, Mr. Graham. He’s smoke. You can’t “catch” the Ripper–he won’t be caught…if you want him, you’re going to have to kill him.
GRAHAM: Fair enough.
WARNING! BIG DAMN SPOILERS AHEAD!
In all seriousness–if you haven’t seen this episode, but plan to in the near future (on the web, on TiVo, on OnDemand, etc…), I STRONGLY suggest you postpone reading this review until after you do.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you…
Welcome to the first installment in our revamped “Retro Reviews” column, where we explore both the movies you know and love, as well as the oft overlooked gems you should be spending more time with. To kick off this nerdy canonical carousal, we bring you the ultimate rock & roll fever dream, Walter Hill’s Streets of Fire (1984)…
“Another Time. Another Place…”
This is the title card that opens Streets of Fire, Walter Hill’s absolutely bonkers “Rock & Roll Fable”. Blending the aesthetics of ’50s greaser gang films with the neon lit synths of ’80s arena rock, Hill creates a world that feels like a mirrored alternate dimension of our own. Streets of Fire is a teenager’s fever dream after taking acid and listening to too much Meat Loaf; our burly hero (Michael Paré) seeking his estranged, hair-tossing goddess of a lady love (Diane Lane), only to have her snatched away by a leathery lizard in patent leather overalls (Willem Dafoe) for the sole enjoyment of his nightmarish rulers of the city. Reality completely takes a backseat to aura-building, as Hill yet again confirms that pragmatism in filmmaking is truly overrated.
Based on the title alone my expectations were high for “Birds of Prey“. Maybe that’s why this episode left me feeling a little underwhelmed. It wasn’t that “Birds of Prey” was completely unenjoyable, but it was an almost total deviation from this series’ overarching and more compelling plot line for the sake of bringing back The Huntress only to turn her into little more than a mustache twirling villain (that is until the episodes final moments, but still). (more…)
If this Lost Girl recap comes late in the game, it’s only because of the lingering death wail that’s emanated out from this week’s instalment and cast a pall over the last two episodes of the season. It’s impressive that the final 10 minutes of the episode packed the emotional punch that it did considering that the preceding 30 minutes were all about performing the complex narrative gymnastics to explain just what the heck this season’s been all about. What’s up with Rainer? Who’s the bad man Tamsin used to work for? What’s the plan with the last Una mens seed? And what about that death the Leviathan predicted? (more…)
When you think of some of the iconic muppets, monsters and otherworldly creatures that have graced the big and small screen, chances are they were created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop – the legendary makers of movie magic. Founded in 1979 by the late Jim Henson, carried on by his son Brian Henson, the shop has earned its esteemed reputation with its creations appearing in such classics as Labyrinth, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dinosaurs (the TV show) and, of course, The Muppets. So what are the venerable fabricators of fiction up to nowadays? When they’re not actively involved with FX and Fabrication, they are making aspiring creature designers duke it out for a job in SyFy’s new show Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge. (more…)