Thursday, December 18, 2014

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES - MOVIE REVIEW



We’ve reached the end of a long and wonderful journey that began in 2001 with Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. and after the original trilogy ended with the Oscar winning Return of the King in 2003. Now we’ve come full circle with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Picking up from exactly where Desolation of Smaug had ended, this third and final chapter of The Hobbit series of films is a fitting end and a tribute to author J.R.R. Tolkien’s middle earth vision as seen through director Peter Jackson’s eyes. Warning spoilers ahead…

Saturday, December 13, 2014

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. MID-SEASON RECAP: WHAT THEY BECAME


What a difference a season makes! This time last year, many wondered whether or not Agents of SHIELD would make it through a full season without being cancelled. Now, we can’t wait to see what happens next and Tuesday’s mid-season finale cements its place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Before I get to how SHIELD jump-starts a future cinematic project, let’s recap the episode, What They Became. Warning spoilers ahead…

Thursday, December 11, 2014

ARROW MID-SEASON RECAP: THE CLIMB


I saw a Facebook posting from a friend of mine that went like this… It's traumatic being so emotionally attached to fictional characters.... That’s the power of good storytelling. Arrow fits that description. Let’s discuss Wednesday’s mid-season finale, The Climb. Warning spoilers ahead… 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

THE FLASH VS ARROW CROSSOVER RECAP


Forget Batman v. Superman. After this 2-Day crossover event it’s all about The Flash vs. Arrow. This crossover proves that DC/Warner Bros should’ve built their universe around these two. I was not disappointed at all with either episode. It had all the action you have come to expect with these two and the humor you’ve come to appreciate and look forward to. If we’ve learned anything with these characters is how flawed and imperfect they are. But it’s these imperfections that make them very easy to root for. Barry Allen and Oliver Queen under “normal” circumstances would probably never cross paths let alone fight along side each other. These are anything but normal circumstances however. Extraordinary situations dictated and shaped the heroes they would become. Warning spoilers ahead…

Monday, December 1, 2014

THE WALKING DEAD MID-SEASON RECAP: CODA


Have you recovered from Sunday’s mid-season finale? A measure of a good series is how emotionally invested you are in the characters. I think it’s safe to say that The Walking Dead is such a series. Even though you may have read all the issues to date and know the outcome of some characters, there is still sense of surprise and sadness when that character or any character for that matters dies. Warning spoilers ahead…

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

GOTHAM MID-SEASON RECAP: LOVECRAFT


We’ve reached the mid point of season one of Gotham and I think it has only gotten better with each episode. The question whether or not a series based on Batman’s home turf without the Dark Knight himself could hold interest has been answered as far as I am concerned. That answer, is a yes. The reason why it works is the development of all the supporting characters that will shape young Bruce Wayne into the hero he would become later in life. Leading the way is the obvious characters of Jim Gordon and Alfred Pennyworth. But while one shapes his detective mind and the other will serve as his moral compass, there is one other character of equal importance that will give him the street sense needed to survive and that’s Selina Kyle.

Friday, November 21, 2014

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY - PART 1: MOVIE REVIEW


When I heard that the third chapter of the Hunger Games trilogy of books was going to be split into two parts I was concerned by that. My thoughts on that decision was that it’s not done because the final book is so long that it needed to have its source material honored. No, it’s all about the economics. The two previous Hunger Games films have earned over 830 million in the domestic box office. That's too many mockingjays to be had or ignored. Speaking of which, how does Mockingjay, Part 1 fair? Warning spoilers ahead…