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Kriss, Ro and Brandon review Jordan Peele's latest film, Us. This is a film that's difficult to process after just one viewing. Peele plays with the horror genre that feels both as a homage and something completely new. It's a contradiction of a mainstream yet niche film. The weird and confusing parts don't distract from the entertainment value and great performances. Lupita Nyong'o puts in one hell of a performance and she's not alone. 

We dive into what we enjoyed about the film, what gave us pause (not necessarily in a bad way) and why it's needs to be seen multiple times to really grasp what the film is trying to show us.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 10:53pm EST

The Flash has done a great job this season fixing a lot of the issues we've had with previous seasons. Even down to timing episodes right so they fit with breaks. Nora having to reveal that....scratch that...Sherlocke revealing that Nora has been working with Thawne and Barry putting her in the Pipeline is the perfect way to go into a break. Add in the way they keep evolving the threat of Cicada and they're hitting on all cylinders. Grace Cicada is frighteningly powerful and seemingly doesn't have the weaknesses of her uncle. 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 7:01am EST

We had to double up on Arrow episodes this week. First in Training Day, the SCPD (out of all the incompetent fictional police departments) has the audacity to try to get Oliver and the team to follow their procedures. It goes about as well as you'd expect. Then in Star City 2040, Mia Smoak wants all the smoke. Plus, Rene of the future snitches at least 2 times this episode. It's in his DNA. 

Also, we're quickly approaching the end of the season and this can't end well. Something terrible has to happen for everyone to split so drastically. 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:57am EST

Listen to me now, believe me later!  WHAT DID I TELL YOU?!?  I TOLD Y'ALL IT WAS EVE!

And now we know it was under the direction of Lex, who has now pulled together his iconic Tessmacher/Otis sidekick lineup.  My ship has sailed with a long awaited kiss between Nia and Brainy (She don't have to know Brainy, lean into it!), and J'onn finally goes off the deep end as Manchester wanted, causing him to fall deeper into a conflict of crisis.  Lena perfects the Haranel (forgive my spelling) only to be double crossed by her brother (girl DUH!), and Lex finally meets Supergirl face to face.  The show slowed down for more character development and introduction, and seems to have perfected the ability to do so without feeling like it has slowed down.


 
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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 10:10pm EST

It's finally here. Our discussion for the final three episodes of The Gifted season 2. We talk about how the season wrapped up, how the uncertainty of a season 3 might have changed some of the final story points and why we hope there is a season 3. While Reeva didn't get the full development we want, it feels as if the rest of the main cast did. Reed and his sacrifice really worked for us as a complete arc. Also...when you're the only member of your family without super powers, packing heat is a necessity as Caitlin proves. 

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Listen and let us know what you thought about season 2 and if you would like to see a season 3. 


 
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Kriss, Ro & Brandon review the weird but entertaining and engaging film from Milorad Krstic,  Ruben Brandt, Collector. This is Krstic's first feature film and it's pretty damn good. It's also weird. Very very weird. The use of famous artwork and the animation style to tell a heist story is innovative. The film is like an animated version of Grant Morrison's Doom Patrol. Yeah...it's that crazy. It's definitely not for everyone but if you're up to the challenge, it's definitely worth checking out (but you cannot do anything else while you watch or it will be even more confusing).

Four expert thieves attempt to steal every famous artwork that is haunting their mutual psychotherapist. A detective attempts to find out who the "Collector" is.


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 9:12pm EST

Like Nicholas J. Fury, Shanna has assembled a team of Carol Corps experts to discuss the new Captain Marvel film. We talk moments that inspired and thrilled and put our vaginas right up in the controversy surrounding Brie Larson (how's that #AlitaChallenge going?).

Don't forget to follow our special guests, Sarah (@Roborangutang) and Maria (@solusandra) on Twitter for great comic book insights.

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 9:53pm EST

Kriss and Dpalm are back to review the latest episode of The Flash (sorry for the delay in getting it out). We really are loving this season and how everything is coming together. This season has been doing a great job of keeping Cicada an interesting and challenging villain while also having the Thawne threat around the corner. And the twist with the second Cicada now has us asking all kinds of questions (Time travel? Another Earth?). Also add into all that the fact that Barry has really become the motivational hero we know him to be (even giving Joe West Black Fatherhood Moment talks back to Joe himself), this has all just been a fun show to watch this season

Oh and we do a quick and short talk of the Endgame trailer because...we have to. Speaking of Endgame, if you want to watch Endgame with the MTR Network crew in LA or in DC, tickets for our private viewings go on sale Monday, March 18th at Noon est. Check Endgame.MTRNetwork.Net for more details.

Barry channels that great Flash motivation to convince Cicada to take the meta human cure. Orlin agrees, Cicada is defeated and everyone lives happily ever after…sike just kidding. Of course it didn’t’ work and now everyone is fucking screwed

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 9:22am EST

Another great episode but can anyone explain why Kara left the Fortress hide a key under a snow rock exposed next to the keyhole?  Clark needs to come back and repossess his property!

This week we get another exciting episode as Manchester Black continues to ramp up the mayhem with his Elite, Lena digs deeper into her project, under some deadline that is driving her to isolate and singularly focus, Dreamer stays ramped up on 10, and J'onn struggles with going HAM vs keeping his promise to remain peaceful.  Brainy rallies the alien troops for a peaceful protest against Ben Lockwood's MAGA rally, and a shocking ending leaves The Doctor dropping a theory on Shanna that leaves her a little speechless.


 
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The same week that LeBron passed MJ on the all time scoring list, Antonio Brown won, and the Robert Kraft story takes twists and turns that I predicted, I've got Rich fro PWTorch to talk all the news and notes around the sports world and get our first peek at Wrestlemania 35.

Guest: Rich Fann - @Rich_Fann

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 10:33pm EST

Arrow is back and we're having any more questions about what goes horribly wrong to give us the future we see in the flash forwards. William says he never knew about Mia because Oliver and Felicity stopped contacting him when he moved in with his grandparents but we see that Oliver tried to contact William (a lot) but never got a call back. And why is Connor saying he's Diggle's adopted son and not his biological son? And why is Diggle the only one that knew that Felicity had a daughter? Throw in the fact that in the present time we find out that Dante is played by Adrian Paul aka Duncan MacLeod of the Clan MacLeod and well...the rest of Arrow's run is shaping up to be very very interesting.

Team Arrow is all bout family which is why all their families are fucked up. Meanwhile, Oliver & Argus find out Dante is Duncan MacLeod of the Clan MacLeod so they’re completely fucked

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 8:19pm EST

Kriss, Ro, Brandon and Ashley review the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain Marvel. This is Marvel's first solo film for a female character and they do a pretty good job. Brie Larson does a great job (despite all the white fanboy hate prior to the film) and really owns the role of Carol. We also talk about how Lashana Lynch and Akira Akbar should be getting more praise for their roles in this film and how their characters help this movie avoid some tropes that happen with female characters. This film also serves as a semi-origin story for Nick Fury and fits well into filling in th history of the MCU and how we got to the point of bringing the Avengers together.

Stay for the two after credit scenes (the first being the one to get you hype for End Game) and the Stan Lee Tribute and cameo will make you cry. 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 10:53pm EST

The Flash is finally back from a small break and Dpalm & Kriss are here to pick right back up with the review. This was a fun episode. Clearly the show has been working on it's CG cause an episode had both King Shark and Gorilla Grodd looking pretty good. Also, as a bit of a tangent, the epic meeting between these two gets Kriss & Dpalm to talk about their VERY RATIONAL fear of bears...aka land sharks. Other things we liked in this episode:

  • Welcome back Jesse L Martin
  • Of course the "Meta-Cure" was used against someone's will. We're X-Men fans. We know how this turns out
  • What's up with Sherloque acting weird when the team mentions Harry from Earth-2?

Also we talk about the news of Arrow coming to an end next season with a 10 episode run and how much they've earned a proper send off.

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We got all the faves back this week!  Ben Lockwood reminds folks that even though he's a professor what you will NOT do is think you can come for his throne.  Ben basically told the wannabe usurpers to put some respect on his name.  It's interesting watching Ben navigating what conferred legitimacy means to a grassroots movement, even if it is steeped in bigotry and exclusiveness.  Kara and the Superfriends (Brainy, Nia as Dreamer, and J'onn) take on Manchester and the Elite (Menagerie, Hat, and a Morae) in a battle that causes Kara to question her alliances, her allegiances, and her approach to crime fighting.  The best thing about Manchester is that even if you disagree with his methods, you have to admit underneath all of that his cause is one of righteousness-he's trying to protect those who are being victimized.  Clearly, Kara had to make a tough choice in this episode, but it also caused her to get Alex on board by appealing to her true nature.  We also discuss whether or not Haley can be redeemed after the terrible start the show gave her, and James vs. Lena in the ethics of granting powers to humans under a government contract. 


 
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Wolverine: The Long Night is now on Stitcher. To listen to the whole season, without adds, get Stitcher Premium. Use our code 'TUESDAY' to get a free month: stitcher.com/premium

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 7:24am EST

It's the end of February so it's time for another Mailbag episode. Kriss and Dpalm go through listener emails, hot topics and discuss their Pull-List for the month. This month we discuss/rank the live action Marvel shows, Into the Spider-VerseBlack Panther win at the Oscars and instead of a Pull-List discussion, we just have a therapy session over Tom King's Batman and Heroes in Crisis

Topics:

  • Emails
    • Kriss Ruined Black History Month (Look at this slander)
    • Pitch to relaunch the Transformers franchise
    • Ranking the Marvel TV Shows
  • News
    • Into the Spider-Verse wins Best Picture and Black Panther picks up the first Oscar wins for the MCU
    • Aquaman 2 gets a date & possible spin-off
    • WB needs a producer to explain their vision for DC films
    • The trolling of Captain Marvel on Rotten Tomatoes
    • Brie Larson didn't need to clarify her statement
    • The future of the Arrowverse
  • Pull-List (Not the complete list)
    • No pull list this week. We just discuss Tom King's Heroes In Crisis & Batman (And the story line The Price in The Flash with Joshua Williamson)

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 5:19am EST

This week due to Brandon traveling, it is just Kriss and Ro on this week's review and boy do they have one. This week's film is Greta and it is an early contender for the dumbest movie of the year. While their scores are different, Kriss and Ro agree this is not the film that Neil Jordan thought he was making. Ro's score is only as high as it is because she got enjoyment out of laughing at the ridiculous moments in this film that weren't supposed to be funny but absolutely are. This film wastes performances of Isabelle Huppert, Chloë Grace Moretz and Stephen Rea (the last one being almost criminal). With a proper script, Greta could have been great but instead it always feels like a clueless interpretation of how people react to stalking. 

A young woman befriends a lonely widow who's harboring a dark and deadly agenda towards her.


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 5:18am EST

We are back...and then on break again?

SUPERGIRL WHY DON'T YOU LOVE US?

SERIOUSLY?

This was another great episode.  Lena agrees to enter a government contract to make superpowered humans to fight the alien menace.  Kara comes to terms with how her relationship with Alex must evolve for Alex to become a healthier person. We learn Haley has a family but really don't give a damn because of how they introduced her-she can still kick the bucket.  We discuss J'onnz budding PI career, Nia coming into her birthright, Brainy's cluelessness, and Jimmy being the worst boyfriend on Earth 32.

 


 
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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 10:19pm EST

We're back for our final Black Critic Roundtable before the 2019 Academy Awards (not the last time we're getting together though). Unfortunately the ladies (Ro, Shanna & Joi) couldn't join us for this episode so it's just Kriss, Brandon and Tim on this episode. 2018 was a really GREAT year for films and directors, unfortunately the nominees for Best Director and Best Picture don't really reflect that. There are some glaring omissions here (The snub of Barry Jenkins and A Beale Street Could Talk is unforgivable). We discuss what films and directors we don't think should be nominated, what we think will win out of the films that were nominated, what we want to win and what films/directors we think were overlooked. 

Best Director

  • Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman)
  • Pawel Pawlikowski (Cold War)
  • Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite)
  • Alfonso Cuaron (Romo)
  • Adam McKay (Vice)

Best Picture

  • Black Panther
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • The Favourite
  • Green Book
  • Roma
  • A Star is Born
  • Vice

How Oscar voting works: https://people.com/movies/how-oscar-nominations-work-inside-voting-system-academy-award/


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 9:45am EST

MTR and UDPod are proud to present a very unique walk through the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As a lead into this April and Avengers: Endgame, DPalm and his much better half SPalm are rewatching the entire MCU. Over 10 years of movies have led to Endgame, and we are back with the movie that shook the MCU to it's very core: Winter Soldier. We talk about how this shook the world that had been built since Iron Man, and the massive left turn Marvel took with Guardians of the Galaxy. Joss Whedon bid farewell to the universe with Avengers: Age of Ultron, and we see how each of these films made everything feel bigger while servicing the individual arcs of the characters.

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 7:40am EST

Brandon, Ro and Kriss are review How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Branon and Ro talk about the how the third is a fitting continuation of the first two movies. This is a franchise that has grown so much since the first film debuted. There is some really good character development for all the characters (even Toothless) and should be really enjoyable for the whole family. 

When Hiccup discovers Toothless isn't the only Night Fury, he must seek "The Hidden World", a secret Dragon Utopia before a hired tyrant named Grimmel finds it first.


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Black Lightning: The Book of Secrets Chapters 1-3

We're winding down folks and unless something changes soon, Black Lightning might have to go the way of Gotham. Unfortunately, "The Book of Secrets" isn't officially done (chapter 4 doesn't drop until March 4th) so we can't definitively say this chapter was better than The Book of Rebellion but watching the show by book was a slight improvement.

Tobias disappointed with the reveal of his master plan. While it seemed like he was gearing up for a massive takeover of Freeland, his goals are pretty small potatoes. Tobias plans to rent out the pod kids and a group of special pods from Markovia to the highest bidder. He's gone from dealing drugs to dealing metahumans. We had higher hopes for him too.

Anissa is focused on Grace who can't control her powers. Grace leaves town so Anissa uses the resources of the Black Cave to dig into Grace's past. Turns out she was trafficked and forced into prostitution as a child and Grace Choi is the identity she created for herself once she escaped. This is a great potential storyline (especially if Tobias captures Grace and tries to force her into his Rent-A-Meta program) but we're not sure if the writers will capitalize on this or drop the ball again.

Lynn and Jefferson are finally getting it together in their personal lives but their professional lives are a mess. Jefferson has the opportunity to get his school back from Massa Lowry but lets him stay in charge because Jefferson doesn't feel that he can fully give his attention to the school. This would be noble if Jefferson and everyone else would stop blaming him for not being around ONCE! One whole time he was being Black Lightning instead of Jefferson Pierce and he almost died and everyone is acting like he's been a consistently negligent principal.

Lynn refuses to work with Dr. Jace who has been brought back into the fold since the Markovians want to abduct her and Lynn to work on their secret metahuman project. Because Lynn refuses to be in the same room as Jace, she doesn't realize that Jace is secretly working with Tobias and when Tobias comes to take the pod kids, Jace escapes as well. Currently, Jace is needed because she knows about the pods and she was the scientist who started the Markovian project. Only one of the Markovian pods has been opened and it contains one of the Masters of Disaster, Shakedown (Hosea Chanchez). This partnership is ripe for disaster (no pun intended) since Shakedown is holding a grudge against Jace and Tobias will get rid of anyone who becomes expendable (R.I.P. Todd, we hardly knew ye)

Finally, Jenn is holding down the only truly compelling storyline on the show. Despite Reverend Holt's prayers (R.I.P. Rev), having his spine pulled out is the final nail in Khalil's coffin. He dies after a lovely scene where Jenn goes into his mind and gives them one last dance at prom. But now that Khalil is dead, Jenn is filled with a lot of rage. Combined with the fact that she may be more powerful than a nuclear bomb, Perenna tells Jenn she has to get this under control before she literally explodes. Right now, Jenn's struggle to control her powers and her quest for vengeance is the best reason to watch Black Lightning. China's acting is great and for a superhuman teen, Jenn as a character is pretty relatable.

We'll see what happens in March as we close out The Book of Secrets but right now, Black Lightning isn't the show we fell in love with even with its moments of fun. Check out the full podcast and let us know how you feel.


 
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We're back with another Black Critic Roundtable. This time we're discussing the actresses and actors nominated for the Best Lead and Best Supporting categories. We go through the list of nominations and discuss who we want to win, who we think will win and who we think should have been nominated. One thing that stands out this year is that Lead Actress and Supporting Actress are super competitive this year. Listen as we give our thoughts on the race this year. Let us know who you are rooting for in the comments.

Best Supporting Actor
  • Mahershala Ali
  • Adam Driver
  • Sam Elliott
  • Richard E Grant
  • Sam Rockewell
 
Best Supporting Actress
  • Amy Adams
  • Marina de Tavira
  • Regina King
  • Emma Stone
  • Rachel Weisz
 
Best Lead Actor
  • Christian Bale
  • Bradley Cooper
  • Willem Dafoe
  • Rami Malek
  • Viggo Mortensen
 
Best Lead Actress
  • Yalitza Aparicio
  • Glenn Close
  • Olivia Colman
  • Lady Gaga
  • Melissa McCarthy
 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 7:05pm EST

This week's Arrow episode hits us with a big reveal: Mia is really Mia Smoak. Which means we have a lot of questions about how things work out in the future. How is it that William wasn't aware that he had a half sister (How did no one else know for that matter?)? Why does Mia use Felicity's last name and not Oliver's? What happens to cause such a split with the Queen family?

The flash forwards this season have brought us back to the feeling of having so many questions and theories about what is going to happen. Is it possible at some point the show does a flash forward and we are following the kids of the original Team Arrow? So many thoughts. 

William snitches to his grandparents on Oliver & Felicity while Oliver's old prison buddy Stanley shows up proving William's point. Dinah’s never going to get her shot as a contestant on The Voice and Curtis gets the fuck outta dodge. And Felicity got all that protection for the front door of her home but didn’t think to use any in the bedroom. Oh and….necessary roy flips back dawg

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 5:31pm EST

Kriss is back with another episode of the Insanity Check to cover this week's dose of insanity in the world. This week he's joined by Joi. It's been a busy (and exhausting) 2 weeks and we got a lot to talk about. Biggest thing? WTF is going on in Virginia? Just when you thought it couldn't get worse...it did. Much much worse.

Topics:

Guest: Joi

  • @JumpedforJoi 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 9:18pm EST

Kriss, Ro and Brandon review Happy Death Day 2U, the sequel to the 2017 Happy Death Day. We really do enjoy these films and while the sequel isn't as tight of a story as the first, it's still pretty good and enjoyable. The secret to this film is that, like the first, it doesn't take itself too seriously. Jessica Rothe is once again great in this film and knows when to switch from physical, silly comedy to portraying more serious and heavy emotions. It also helps that they seem to be pulling a Justin Lin/Fast & the Furious and moving the film out of just being a slasher and to incorporating more Sci-Fi elements.

Bottom line: If you liked the first film, you're going to enjoy this one as well. 

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 7:49am EST

Kriss, Ro, Brandon and Shanna get together to review Alita: Battle Angel. So full disclosure, Kriss is NOT happy about this film and he's not necessarily wrong. But it really comes down to what you're looking for in this film. If your only focus is a film that looks beautiful (probably one of the best looking films you'll see this year) and some really kick ass action sequences, this might be worth checking out. The problem is, it's still a James Cameron script and with that comes all the issues that accompany James Cameron movies. Ro discusses what the film should have been about had they been more faithful to the Manga and that probably would have been a better film. 

We have a good (and sometimes heated) discussion about this film. Give it a listen.

A deactivated female cyborg is revived, but cannot remember anything of her past life and goes on a quest to find out who she is.

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 5:20am EST

This week's flash gives us the staple of the Flash universe: Time Travel. This season has done a good job of having Nora learn some of the same lessons that Barry had to learn early in his career as the Scarlet Speedster but they also have larger implications. After Barry gives Nora the same talk Jay gave him after Barry created the Flashpoint timeline, Nora realizes Thawne might not be telling the whole truth about the changes they're making. Also, why does Thawne need Cicada's dagger destroyed? We're very intrigued. 

We also talking about Carlos Valdes leaving the show and end by laughing at Ehtan Van Sciver's online temper tantrums.

Kriss Synopsis: It’s so hard to find good help these days.  XS and the team can’t keep themselves alive for 52 minutes while Barry goes to speed up the meta cure; Meanwhile The book of Ralph returns and Cisco does a remake of 50 first dates called 52 Worst First dates

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 10:54pm EST

The 150th episode of Arrow is here and that means Kriss & Dpalm are back to review. Dpalm was a little disappointed in this episode. He was hoping for the entire episode to be shot like a documentary and not filming them shooting the documentary. And he has a good point cause there are some things that could have been handled better if done that way. But there are still some good story elements in this episode and we're getting Team Arrow back together officially for the first time this season. Much like The Flash we're intrigued by the possibilities with the storyline taking place in the future. We see the return of Connor and we're seeing how the future shown in the Legends episode Star City 2046 is changing but still familiar. The possibility of the show moving on without Stephen Amell is looking more and more possible. 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:07am EST

MTR and UDPod are proud to present a very unique walk through the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As a lead into this April and Avengers: Endgame, DPalm and his much better half SPalm are rewatching the entire MCU. Over 10 years of movies have led to Endgame, and we are back with the big event that the MCU had been building towards: 2012's Avengers. We talk about this first high point of the universe, and revisit two movies that are oft cited as growing pains, Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World. Has time been kind to these red headed stepchildren of the MCU or has nostalgia told a whole lot of truth?

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 12:28pm EST

Brandon, Ro and Kriss review and discuss What Men Want. After a bit of Kriss slander, Brandon and Ro discuss what surprised them about this film and why they enjoyed it so much. 

A woman is boxed out by the male sports agents in her profession, but gains an unexpected edge over them when she develops the ability to hear men's thoughts.


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 7:17am EST

Kriss, Ro and Brandon review LEGO Movie 2 The Second Part. Brandon and Ro saw the first film while Kriss is coming in with this being the first LEGO movie he's seen. Since Kriss never saw the other films, he wasn't bothered by some of the issues that Ro and Brandon had. The film does feel like it's trying to hard and is a bit forgettable, but it's still an overall good movie. The songs can be annoying though, so be prepared. 

It's been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are facing a huge new threat: Lego Duplo invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than they can rebuild.

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 7:16am EST

Kriss and Dpalm are back to review the latest episode of The Flash. But before that, Kriss debuts a new way to open the show (much to Dpalm's dismay) by making up his own synopsis for the episode. This is a thing now. This is happening folks. Get used to it. Anyway, we talk about the Barry & Ralph teamup that shows that playing Red Dead Redemption can pay off in real life. We also wonder if the show will address why Iris doesn't use the team's resources and backup when she breaks into Cicada's house and almost gets caught. And finally...what's going on with Thawne? How does he know so much about Sherloque? Why is he still wearing Well's face in the future? Something isn't right here and we're trying to get to the bottom of it.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 9:47pm EST

Brandon, Ro and Kriss review the directorial debut of Emma Forrest, Untogether.  This film is definitely an acquired taste. It focuses on Tara (Lola Kirk) and Andrea (Jemima Kirk) who play two sisters who are dealing with their own varying issues in terms of getting their lives together. The film is shot extremely well and has some really great performances. But the story can make it hard to connect to or feel for any of the characters involved. Listen to our review as we discuss the various opinions on this film and who we think the audience is and who might want to skip checking it out. 

Andrea is a recently sober writer whose career has stalled since she published her debut novel several years ago. She strikes up an affair with Nick, a doctor-turned-writer who is hailed for his wartime memoir. At the same time, her sister Tara, a massage therapist dating an aging rock star, finds herself inexorably drawn to a newfound religious zeal and, particularly, to a politically engaged rabbi.


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 10:04am EST

This week was an emotional character study of Nia and her family, as well as the true origin of her hero Dreamer.  Nia's mom (played superbly by Kate Burton) screams hippie chic and is one of the few examples of the lackluster CW wig budget being appropriate for a change.  Whereas her mother acknowledges (eventually) and affirms her woman hood, her trash ass privileged ass entitled ass sister...well, just read all the expletives and you get the idea of what we thought of her.  In a traditional parallel story, we see the impact of J'onn's mind wipe on the fundamental nature of the Danvers sisters' relationship, and James continues to make a series of unfortunate and problematic decisions. 


 
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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:53am EST

This episode of Arrow is actually the directorial debut of Arrow's very own David Ramsey. He did a great job as this episode gets us even closer to the Oliver from the comics. We really enjoy how this show has been doing callbacks to the first season. We also discuss the path forward for the show without Oliver and how possible it could be. Oh and there's a Supernatural rant here cause...what the hell folks?

The past comes back to haunt both Oliver and Laurel. Curtis is upset when he discovers that Diggle and Lyla have restarted The Ghost Initiative with Diaz, China White, Kane Wolfman and Carrie Cutter.

 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:14pm EST

Kriss, Ro, Brandon and Joi come together for this first of a series of Black Critic Roundtables episodes where we discuss this years Oscars and films from 2018. For this first episode, we talk about the range of black films that came out in 2018. Last year was a really good year for black films. We talk about our favorite (and least favorite) films, ones we think should get more recognition, makes makes a "black film" and more. Give it a listen.

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 10:04am EST

MTR and UDPod are proud to present a very unique walk through the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As a lead into this April and Avengers: Endgame, DPalm and his much better half SPalm are rewatching the entire MCU. Over 10 years of movies have led to Endgame, and we kick things off with a brief recap of Iron Man 1 and 2, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. We talk themes, evolution, and which movie stands head and shoulders above the others as the road to Avengers starts here!

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 7:49am EST

Kriss and Dpalm review the latest episode The Flash, Memorabilia. We geek out about some of the items in the Flash Museum, wonder if the show is really going to make Red Death (the evil Bruce Wayne from Earth -52 who is connected to the Speed Force) a villain for an upcoming show and discuss what really might be going on with Grace (Is she controlling her Uncle?). This is a pretty straight forward episode but can have some big consequences later on down the line.

When Sherloque wants to use a memory machine on Barry and Nora to help gain access to Grace's memories, Nora panics, fearing her parents will find out the secrets she's been keeping from them. Nora secretly decides to use the machine on her own which ends in disaster after she gets trapped inside Grace's mind. Barry and Iris go in after their daughter and Iris is brokenhearted by what she finds. Meanwhile, Ralph tricks Cisco into going out for a night out on the town.

 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 8:47am EST

We're back and we all kind of wish we'd stayed away. The conclusion of The Book of Rebellion is full of the inconsistencies and trite plot machinations that have been plaguing the sophomore season of Black Lightning. 

Jennifer and Khalil return home and despite the fact that Jefferson has been searching for a witness against Tobias, he and Henderson spend about two hours debating if they should help Khalil by putting him in witness protection. Once Khalil is handed off to federal agents, Black Lightning and Henderson wash their hands of the whole thing like two dumb post-9/11 George Bushes and Khalil is taken by Tobias.

Everything is coming up roses for Tobias. He gets Khalil and breaks his spine again. He also has Todd fully on his side and Todd is able to crack the briefcase MacGuffin from last season. It's an anti-climatic reveal as the briefcase seems to have information on specific Greenlight kids who may have powers. At this point, who knows if they're still alive or not. And there seems to be an implication that they were being held in the clinic that Rev. Clifton Powell refuses to sell to Tobias but if they are, who is monitoring them?

Despite some decent acting from China McClain (Jennifer) and Christine Adams (Lynn), the writing was so full of plotholes and issues, that this episode was wholly unsatisfying. We'll (hopefully?) be back at the end of the next arc, The Book of Secrets. But if Black Lightning doesn't make some improvements, this may go the way of Gotham.


 
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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 8:53pm EST

Star Trek Discovery is officially back for Season 2 and do that means Super Tuesday Recap is back as well to review. Before we get into the first 2 episodes of Season 2, we discuss the 4 Short Treks. We're curious to see how they (if any) will fit into this season. Calypso and Brightest Star both stand out as some of our favorites.

For the first 2 episodes, we talk about how much we love the growth of the crew of the Discovery from season 1. There seems to be a concerted effort to make sure the bridge crew is more involved this season and we love it. Also, Anson Mount is wonderful as Captain Pike (so much it makes us hate Inhumans) even more. Just two episodes in, this season is even more Star Trek than the first and we can't wait for more.


 
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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 10:24am EST

Welcome to 2019 all!

Shanna and the Doctor return with the newest episode of Supergirl which has our new Black woman character becoming someone so unforgivable we are actively rooting for her demise.  Berlanti and company-what are you doing to us?  I know we asked to see more Black women, but did you have to give her a role so wretched that every other word out of our mouth this episode was an expletive?  We're going to talk about how diversity means nothing when characters act just like they would if they were white men. We also get some Brainy/Nia shipping action as he encourages her to become the hero she is destined to be, and Alex making a difficult and life-changing sacrifice on behalf of Kara. 


 
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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 8:11am EST

The Flash does a few things this week that give promise for the rest of the season. First, outside of the show, an explanation was given to why Grant wasn't in episode 10 a lot (he was on another set shooting for the Crossover). Giving the explanation plus taking Nora off the board this week shows a little bit better planning than in previous seasons. Also, the use of Officer Jones, a character that's been in the background since last season and we never even really knew his name, also helps create a world that feels more lived in. It was a nice callback and use of an existing character for a larger purpose.

We also really like the use of Killer Frost and her issues with Caitlin helping Cisco with the cure. The differences between Ralph's detective skills and Sherloque's allow for both characters to fill a void but not feel repetitive. And finally, we were worried that last week's episode with more on Thawne would make Cicada feel pointless but the show is still keeping him interesting (well, more deadly than anything else) and we appreciate it.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:44am EST

The first Character Corner of 2019 is here! For this episode Kriss and Dpalm do something a little different and instead of focus on a particular character, they're breaking down the history of comic books starting with the Golden and Silver Ages. 

For this episode Kriss used two audible books for sources (both are also available on Kindle or Paperback:

Superheroes! Capes, Cowls and the Creation of Comic Book Culture

Marvel Comics: The Untold Story

Using those two sources, Kriss and Dpalm go through what lead up to the first superhero comic of the Golden Age (Action Comics #1) through the evolution of Timely Comics to Marvel Comics and the world of Stan Lee.

  • Pre-Golden Age
    • Pulp magazines & Comic Strips
  • Golden Age (1938 - 1950)
  • Detective Comics Incorporated
    • Jerry Siegel & Joe Schuster Action Comics/Superman
    • Bob Kane & Bob Finger Batman
    • Jerry Robinson and how Robin appealed to kids
    • Wonder Woman
    • Superman & the media (radio, movie serials, etc)
  • Fawcett Comics & Captain Marvel
    • The Superman/Captain Marvel lawsuit
  • Timely Comics
    • Martin Goodman
    • Joe Simon & Jack Kirby
      • Human Torch
      • Namor
      • Captain America
  • Comic Code Authority & End of Golden Age
  • Silver Age (1956 - 1970)
  • DC Comics Revives characters
    • The Flash reboot (barry allen)
    • Justice League of America
  • Stan Lee and Marvel Comics
    • The Characters
    • The Marvel Method

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 10:16am EST

It's been a long time, we shouldn't have left you, without a podcast ep...well you get the point.

The Doctor, Joseph and Parrish are back to wrap up season 11 of Doctor Who.  We discuss our impressions of the last two episodes, the New Year Day episode, and the development of the companions.  While we love how the series book ended Ryan and Graham's story, we did feel that it ultimately wound up being at the expense of Yaz, who we hope gets more to do in the 12th season.   Confirmed for 2020 and with the entire crew in front and behind the camera returning, we have many more wonderful adventures to look forward to.  We also review the Melanie McFarland Salon article about the many attempts to tear down the series in direct contradiction to the empirical evidence of the show's success, both in ratings and popularity.  Additionally, we address the different approach to storytelling and how that worked to truly and cleanly reboot the series.

Link to the Jinx Yeo comedy clip 

Link to the Melanie McFarland Salon Article

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 9:40am EST

Kriss, Ro and Brandon review M Night Shyamalan's conclusion to his "Unbreakable" trilogy, Glass. This movie had an opportunity to be something but just doesn't live up to the expectations and hype. The first problem being that for a film called 'Glass', it take too long to get the title character doing anything which is what audiences wanted to see. Unlike Unbreakable and SplitGlass  doesn't stand on it's own and it's very clear that it's the end of a trilogy that was never supposed to be a trilogy. There are some elements to like (McAvoy is great and when Jackson gets to be the Mr. Glass we've waited 19 years for, he's great as well). Overall, your mileage may vary.

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 12:12am EST

The Flash is back from winter break so that means Kriss & Dpalm are back for Super Tuesday Recap! While there are elements of this episode we like, we think it was kind of a slow stumble out the gate from break for the show. Particularly since the last 2 episodes were episode 100 and part of the Elseworlds crossover. Seems like an odd choice to come back from break and shelve Barry for most of the episode. We get what they were trying to do but that also leads to the second problem: While we love the Eobard Thawne reveal at the end of episode 100, it kinda leaves us not caring about Cicada anymore. Particularly when this episode focuses on Nora learning the wrong lesson and agreeing to give Thawne in the future a chance. It makes us think that Thawne is the main villain we should care about and while Cicada has been good, it really undermines him.

But all that said, we're willing to wait it out and see how things turn out. Particularly since there are still some good elements sprinkled throughout this episode. We get the hint that we could be getting some Young Rogues at some point in the future and Cisco turns into Hank McCoy (This "meta cure" is a bad idea).

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 12:06am EST

It's that time again: Time for the MTR Network Yearly Movie Preview. Kriss, Ro and Brandon go through the list films coming out n 2019 and discuss what they're looking forward to (and what they're not). There's actually a pretty good number of interesting films coming out in 2019 and we know there will be more even outside of this list. 

List of film (not the entire list of films we talk about):

January
  • Glass
  • Stan & Ollie
February
  • What Men Want
  • The Lego Movie 2
  • The Prodigy
  • Cold Pursui
  • Alita Battle Angel
  • Happy Death Day 2U
  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
March
  • Madea’s family funeral
  • Captain Marvel
  • Wonder Park
  • Us
  • Hotel Mumbai
  • Dumbo
  • Captive State
April
  • Shazam
  • Pet Semetary
  • Little
  • Hellboy
  • Avnegers: EndGame
May
  • Pokemon Detective Pikachu
  • The Hustle
  • John Wick Chapter 3
  • Aladdin
  • Godzilla King of the Monsters
June
  • X-Men Dark Phoenix
  • The Secret Life of Pets
  • Men in Black International
  • Shaft
  • Child's Play
  • Toy Story 4
  • The Grudge
  • 47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter
July 
  • Annabelle 3
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home
  • The Lion King
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
August
  • New Mutants
  • Dora the Explorer
  • Hobbs and Shaw
  • Artemis Fowl
September
  • IT Chapter 2
  • Spies in Disguise
  • Downton Abbey
  • The Kitchen
Octorber
  • Joker
  • Gemini Man
  • The Addams Family 
  • Zombie Land 2
November
  • Terminator 6
  • Charlie’s Angels
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Kingsman 3
  • The Good Liar
  • Frozen 2
December
  • Jumanji 3
  • Masters of the Universe
  • Star Wars Episode IX
  • Margie Claus
  • Last Christmas

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 11:40am EST

Ro reviews The Upside with Kriss. The film stars Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston and Nicole Kidman. Those last two names probably explain why Kevin Hart is currently on his non-apology apology tour right now for his previous homophobic jokes. Ironically The Upside is one of the first films to show Kevin Hart with a bit more depth in his acting and with a character that actually grows. Too bad Kevin Hart took none of that character growth and applied it to his own life.

Overall the film is okay. Ro actually gives the film a 7 during the audio review but while writing a review for it knocked it down to a 5. The film isn't as good as the French version ("Les Intouchables") which gives a bit more depth and background to Phillip (Cranston).

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 9:38pm EST

Kriss, Ro, Brandon and Joi get together to discuss the film Destroyer starring Nicole Kidman. This film...is a film. 

No but seriously, we have some serious issues with this film. There seems to be some really bad choices from top to bottom: From the script to who was cast and for which roles. Director Karyn Kusama did make some good choices when shooting this film to really drive home the noir feel but overall the we couldn't help but want to see more of what the film could have been (from the flashbacks) versus what we got. 

This is a spoiler review, so if you want to hear us our in-depth analysis and discussion about this film, listen below!

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 10:39pm EST

It's not only the end of the month but it's the end of 2018 so its time for the finale Mailbag episode of the year. Dpalm has some stuff to get off his chest and we cover some of our favorite (and least favorite) comics and what we're looking forward to next year. Oh and EMAILS!!!!

Topics:

  • Dpalm watched the Titans finale...hold onto your butts
  • Best/Favorite Comics:
    • Lost Light
    • Uber Invasion
    • Charles Soule's Darth Vader
    • Green Arrow by Benjamin Percy
  • Biggest Surprise Comic?
    • Tom King's Miracle Man
    • Gail Simone's Plastic Man
    • Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps
    • Scott Snyder's Justice League
    • The Walking Dead
    • Al Ewing's Immortal Hulk
    • Donny Cates' Venom
    • Tom Taylor's X-Men: Red
    • Donny Cates' Thanos
    • Noble
    • Superb
  • Most Disappointing Comic?
    • Doomsday Clock
    • Falcon
  • What are we looking forward to the most in 2019?
    • Dan Slott on Fantastic Four
    • X-Men brand relaunch
    • Force quest in Flash
    • Tom King's Batman
    • Young Justice Season 3
    • IDW Transformers relaunch
    • Jason Aaron's War of the Realms 
    • Iron Heart & Miles Morales solos
    • AGENTS OF SHIELD COMING BACK!!!!!
  • Biggest Losers? 
    • ComicsGate losers

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 9:56pm EST

Kriss, Brandon and Ro review On the Basis of Sex, the film starring Felicity Jones as Ruth Bader Ginsburg and is supposed to show her struggle for equal rights on her way to becoming a Supreme Court Justice. Instead we get a shell of a film that doesn't leave up to the legacy of Justice Ginsburg. This film feels like it was made by someone who didn't watch RBG (The documentary on Ginburg) and then didn't bother to watch any TV shows or movies that dealt with court cases. Legally Blonde does a better job with its climax court case than On the Basis of Sex does. This film is a let down on so many levels and is easily forgettable. 

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Kriss, Brandon, Ro and Joi review Vice and talk about why they actually loved this film when so many seem to hate it. Christian Bale does a terrifyingly great job of becoming Dick Cheney. And this film takes the seriousness of what Cheney and Republicans set in motion decades ago, and puts a tongue-in-cheek spin on it to make sure everyone looks horrible. This is a film where the villain wins. We know this because Dick Cheney is still out and about in the world today. But it's important to remember that there's a straight line to Trump from when Dick Cheney decided he was going to become a republican. This film will having you laughing one minute only to suddenly sober up when you realize that what you're laughing at, actually happened. Some will say we didn't need this film. But we think it's important to remember that republicans like Dick Cheney are loyal to only one thing: Power.

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 7:55am EST

Even if you're not a fan of period pieces, The Favourite should still be entertaining enough to be one of your favorite watches this year. The three main actresses Olivia Coleman (Queen Ann), Rachel Weiz (Lady Sarah) and Emma Stone (Abigail) are absolutely fantastic in this film. They're perfectly cast for the roles they play and we can't see how anyone else would fit. If you're still feeling a bit burned by Emma Stone & La La Land (we go on a bit of a tangent about that film), rest assured she's back to the Emma we love. This film also has a Nicholas Hoult sighting and he's also as good as always. 

Listen as Kriss, Brandon, Ro and Joi talk about what they loved about this film. You're definitely going to want to check it out. 

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 7:51am EST

We took a little bit longer of a break than intended but we're back to discuss the last two episodes of The Gifted Season 2 going into the mid-season break. As always, we love this show. It does a fantastic job of not only accurately depicting the themes of the X-Men but also tying in relevance to the world today. 

We have fun reviewing these two episodes. Here are some of the things we discussed:

  • Noah and Andy learn that puberty sucks and your dick is not your friend
  • Was Rebecca always crazy or was she made crazy because of the betrayal of her parents and being locked up?
  • Turning perfectly made pancakes inside out to eat them (with no syrup) is the sure sign of a terrorist
  • The Mutant Underground is falling apart
  • Shanna's Mutant-ships are falling apart as well
  • and plenty more!

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 7:47am EST

The last Character Corner of 2018! Kriss & Dpalm finish out 2018 with Part 2 of Aquaman and lets just say, shit gets a bit crazy from here. For the first time ever, we have to start the episode out by recapping Part 1 just so you get a sense for how off the rails Aquaman gets from here on out. A lot of writers, some of our favorites included, owe Peter David an apology for dropping the ball and wiping out the meticulous and detailed history of Atlantis and Aquaman that he laid out in his run. Just a sample of the crazy shit that happens:

  • Atlantis gets sent back 3000 years and Arthur gets changed into a water wraith
  • Arthur meets the Lady of the Lake (yup, that Lady of the Lake) and gets his harpoon hand replaced with a magical water hand
  • Arthur Joseph Curry (don't make us do this)
  • Has his silver age origin suddenly wipe out all of what Peter David did
  • On and off again weakness of being out of the water too long
  • San Diego is sunk and the inhabitants can breathe underwater and so they changed the name to Sub Diego and Aquaman becomes their protector

And there's more. We told you this shit gets weird. Things finally start to get normal again when Geoff Johns writes the first three volumes of New 52 Aquaman. Dan Abnett's Rebirth Run as well as Scott Snyder's Drowned Earth Justice League crossover are also pretty good.

Give the episode a listen and let us know what you think. We'll be back in 2019 with the following line up to start the year:

  • The History of the Golden/Silver/Bronze/Modern Eras of Comic Books - January
  • Captain Marvel (all of them) - February
  • Shazam - March
  • Iron Man - April

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:53am EST

Steve Carell has been acting his ass off this year. Welcome to Marwen could have been the film that got him an Academy Award nomination this year but the choices made in the script really hold him back. Much like Beautiful Boy and Boy Erased, there's a much more interesting and nuanced story to tell in this movie but instead of that, the film focuses on the fictional world of "Marwen" that Mark Hogancamp creates. This is based off a true story and what happened to Hogancamp is truly horrific but the film barely scratches the surface and leaves the audience without a full picture of why things are happening the way they are.


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 12:15am EST

Here's what you have to ask yourself with Bumblebee: Do you believe you deserve better Transformers FILMS or do you just want to see better looking transformers in a film? That's the real question. Because if you're only going into Bumblebee to see G1 accurate looking Transformers and to get the typical 15-20 minutes total of Autobots vs Decepticons action, then you'll be satisfied. But if you want to see a complete Transformers films that focused on Autobots and Decepticons...then this is just more of the same. The first 15 minutes of this film is awesome and what every Transformers fan was waiting for. Then it turns into ET and Bumblebee gets turned into a dumb pet and we're left wondering why are we sitting through this film. Just send us a supercut of all the Cybertron scenes and all the Bumblebee vs Dropkick & Shatter scenes and call it a day.  This movie has a lot of the same story beats from the first Michael Bay film. But I guess we're not supposed to mention that cause we saw Cybertron for a few minutes and got some better character designs.

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 11:39pm EST

There really isn't a greater sin when it comes to comic book films than having an actor play a character but their portrayal is nothing like any iteration of the character that has ever been written.Jason Momoa isn't Aquaman, he's just Aquabro. And that comes with all the problematic hyper masculinity "Look Arthur Curry isn't a punk. He's a man's man" bs that comes with it. And that's just the first problem that Aquaman has. The score and soundtrack is bad. The dialogue is bad. The story tries to cram the Throne of Atlantis storyline, which could be a full trilogy, into one movie that's all over the place. Yes, the fight scenes are enjoyable and there are some standouts (Yahya Abdul-Mateen's Black Manta is criminally underused). But at this point, why are we still making excuses for DC & WB when it comes to their execution of these films?

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 11:38pm EST

We've made it to "The Book of Rebellion" and Khalil and Jennifer are on the run from Tobias and Jen's parents, respectively. At first, Jefferson and Lynn assume Khalil has kidnapped Jennifer until Anissa lets them know that Khalil and Jen have been texting since episode one this season.

Khalil and Jennifer think they are truly Romeo & Juliet so despite the fact that their road trip starts with a shoot-out and continues with being chased by an assassin, Jennifer runs from Black Lightning and Thunder every time they show up to help.

Lynn is at home spiraling. She's gone off the Henny and between her daughter running away and having killed 14 teens, she is not in a good place. She rallies briefly and talks to Gambi (AKA the Other Woman) so she can track down Khalil's dad just to learn that he had an apartment. This leads exactly nowhere.

While his assassin Cutter (Kearran Giovanni) is tracking the teens, Tobias is making new moves and enlists the genius of Todd Green (RJ Cyler, Sierra Burgess is a Loser). Green is a boy genius who is missing out on grant opportunities because of racism and classism and Tobias is using that to win him to his side. Also in the final moments we're introduced to a new unnamed meta played by The Chi's Tosin Morohunfola. Tobias is also putting two and obvious together, and wondering why Black Lightning always seems invested when the Pierce girls are involved.

These two episodes give us a lot of good character development for Jennifer who is also learning to control her powers and she proves herself to be incredibly resourceful. That being said, Black Lightning still struggles this season. It's good tv but not great tv. Especially compared to it's CW peers. We'll see you in the new year and hopefully Black Lightning will bring it's A game when we return.


 
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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 5:30am EST

So...Mortal Engines happened. It continues the trend of studios attaching a big name as a producer (Peter Jackson), handing the directing off to someone with little experience, shoveling boat loads of money into it, only for it to abandon the source material and turn into a steaming pile of garbage. So who is to blame? And why do studios do this? Mortal Engines will get terrible reviews and flop this weekend. The cliff hanger ending in the movie will never be followed up on. What's it going to take for these genre films based off of young adult novels to be treated with some respect? Ro, Brandon and Kriss discuss. 

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 4:46am EST

You already know what it is. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is not only the best comic book films of the year, but it's one of the best films of this year. There is an amazingly talented voice cast for this movie and the script nails what it means to be Spider-Man. Make no mistake, this is Mile Morales' movie but you'll love all the other characters too and want to see more of them. Stan Lee's cameo is probably his best and most relevant cameo. Run do not walk, to see this film this weekend. 

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 4:44am EST

It's that time of year again: The Annual Arrowverse Crossover is here. Kriss, Dpalm, Shanna and The Doctor discuss the three part Elseworlds crossover. There's a lot to love about this year's crossover and we're even more excited for how everything has been leading to next year's Crisis on Infinite Earths. 

We Discuss:

  • Why does the CW do the Justice League better than the movies?
  • Our favorite moments with Barry & Oliver switching identities
  • The perfect Superman & Lois
  • Batwoman and Gotham officially joining the Arrowverse
  • The growth of Oliver Queen
  • What did Oliver give up to save Barry and Kara?
  • The endless possibilities with Crisis on Infinite Earths

and more! Make sure you listen and subscribe to Super Tuesday Recap so you don't miss an episode!

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 5:45am EST

Here is its. The review we hinted at in our If Beale Street Could Talk and Three Identical Strangers reviews, the problematic review itself: Mary Poppins Returns.  Kriss, Ro and Brandon break down why this new Mary Poppins film is the perfect continuous from the original. Emily Blunt IS Mary Poppins and dominates the screen. But everyone else is pulling their weight as well. Lin-Manual Miranda really takes to his role as Jack and the film does a great job of blending an all new story and songs with the feeling of the original.

So why is this review problematic? Let's just say Kriss tries to kill off Angela Lansbury, Brandon comes up with a Murder She Wrote update and Ro...well we're not sure what Ro did but we're pretty sure it was something. These negroes should never be allowed to review movies together.

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Barry Jenkins does it again. This time with his adaptation of James Baldwin's If Beale Street Could Talk. This film will hit you right in the feels (as expected). Just like with Moonlight, the way black people are filmed in this movie just makes us look magical. And the story is one that is both relevant to the time and doesn't have your typical "happy ending". We discuss how that might be a problem for some white critics that don't understand the significance of how this story ends. We also talk about how Jenkins manages to balance telling the delicate story of a rape victim and the family that believes the accused is innocent and how it shows both being victims of a system of oppression. We have a lot of thoughts on this film so give it a listen.


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 11:37pm EST

Excluding the Arrow portion of the Elsewords crossover, Unmasked is the midseason break episode of Arrow and they threw in two big reveals:

  • Emiko Queen is the new Green Arrow that's been going around saving people. Ollie's got another sister
  • Diaz is still alive

Add Oliver finally putting the costume back on (minus the mask) and we're cooking on all cylinders. We have no idea where the story is going but we love everything so far. Oliver has to deal with the changes to Felicity that are really his fault. Also how long will he be able to operate as the Green Arrow out in the open, working for the Star City police department? And what scared Diggle and Lyla so much that they would go to Diaz for help? Also...who trained Emiko? We have so many questions and we'll have to wait until January to get the answers. 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 9:20pm EST

The Flash perfectly nails its 100th episode by going back to some of Barry's roughest moments over the years. Not only that but of course it's revealed that Thawne is the one behind Nora going back to see her father. Tom Cavanagh directed one hell of an episode and it's only fitting that his most devious character is revealed to be up to no good. We have a lot of thoughts and theories on what happens in this episode. What is Thawne up to? Did he have Nora plant a time hack for himself? Will we ever see the original timeline (the one Thawne is from)? Is Sherloque really Sherloque or Thawne in disguise? We have so many questions and things running through our minds.

Also...how about that Captain Marvel trailer?

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 7:22am EST

It wouldn't be a Legends of Tomorrow season if the Legends didn't break time. We just weren't prepared for it to be this episode. We also weren't prepared for them to drop that Neron is the demon that's tormenting Constantine. This episode is another example of Legends balancing weird and ridiculous with very serious moments. We learn that Constantine bound the soul of his lover Desmond to Neron in order to banish Neron to Hell. At the same time we're getting the legends hunting down a demon possessed doll (that eventually possesses the Professor Stein puppet from last season) and Mona is trying to bone a Hawaiian werewolf. Oh and then Charlie & Constantine break time and turn Zari into a cat. 

This show is weird and we fucking love it.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 7:07am EST

We are joined this week by special guests Rod and Karen from The Black Guy Who Tips Podcast Network to discuss the most recent episode of Supergirl!

Nia reveals she's from a planet called Naltor to Kara, and that once in a generation women in the family get the genetic ability to dream the future.  Unfortunately, it isn't an ability she has a great deal of control over.  Brainy reveals Nia is important to the future, but can't reveal why.  Manchester continues on his John Wick run, confronting Ben and his wife at their home.  J'onn doesn't seem to be able to mind his own business, and Kara is betrayed by a 53% woman in Ben Lockwood's wife, who she saves, only to be thrown under the bus by her.

The season continues to discuss contemporary issues effortlessly.  Discussing the Alt-right in the Supergirl universe, the concept of passing, and the devastation that victimization can do to a person's psyche sounds like a documentary or a heavy drama, but Supergirl pulls it off with flare and style.


 
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So the podcast episodes are getting shorter-and there is a reason for that.  People need to be watching this show!  To that end, we are giving our impressions and broad takes on episodes 6-8: Demons of the Punjab, Kerblam!, and Witchfinders.  For those who were concerned about needing to watch past seasons of Doctor Who to follow along and worried about the overwhelming task that might be-fret not.  Chibnall this season has given us a Doctor and a T.A.R.D.I.S. team that is the perfect starting point for any new Whovian.  There are easter eggs in every episode that long time watchers will appreciate, but it doesn't keep a new watcher from being able to enjoy the show.  We also appreciate the decision this season not to have one threaded threat that was present in previous contemporary Who episodes-these all stand alone and work well as such, showing that Doctor Who continues to be a show that can do both serialized elements and bottle episodes successfully.  


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This week we reach the end of the Book of Blood as the fight between the Perdi and the Sange comes to a head. In many ways, this episode is a satisfying conclusion to the arc while at the same time dropping many important threads or glossing over issues that were presented for our characters.

Lynn is suddenly pulled out of her depression over the Greenlight babies in order to help Anissa with Anaya and the Sange babies. This is mainly so Anissa can give a lot of platitudes about mother/daughter relationships right before Anaya finds out her own mother is dead.

Jefferson and Gambi reunite and it's a beautiful moment but given that this "book" started with Gambi's attempted murder, it would have been nice to see more of his investigation and also WHY WEREN'T JEFFERSON AND ANISSA LOOKING FOR HIM INSTEAD OF RUNNING AROUND SOUTH FREELAND?

Finally, Jefferson and Lynn remember that they have another daughter just in time for her to have already run away. Once Khalil realizes that he ain't bout that life and he won't be killing the reverend, he has to get out of dodge and Jenn is primed to go with him after being on house arrest the past few weeks. Jenn also reveals her powers to Khalil in a Romeo and Juliet-esque moment so basically we've got two teen runaways with powers who are in love. Go ahead and make your CW jokes. I ship it.

We discuss all of this and more (warning: we totally go on a tangent about everything from Aquaman to Marvel Netflix) on the podcast. Join us in two weeks when we return to discuss The Book of Rebellion.


 
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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:58pm EST

The Flash has really learned from the mistakes of previous seasons and is making adjustments to previous things they've tried. Last season, Devoe wasn't necessarily a bad villain. His backstory and episodes were actually pretty compelling. But at times it felt so disjointed from the rest of the story being told. This season, Cicada/Orlin has been integrated into the story from the start. As Cicada he's been shown as a terrifying villain that can nullify the powers of Metas. And now this episode shows what motivates Orlin and it's really compelling. It ties into the entire shows theme this season of family, particularly fathers and daughters. Also, it was good seeing Barry and Nora get to the bottom of what's really bothering Nora: Barry's willingness to sacrifice himself.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 7:15am EST

Seriously, what do you want from us every week when it comes to reviewing Legends of Tomorrow? What more can we say about how good this show is? This episode can literally be described as: Biff Tannen teams up with Ernest Hemmingway to hunt a Minotaur in the catacombs of 1920's Paris. It's so ridiculous yet so good. Throw in Ava & Nora bonding over a bottle of wine and cake after Mona looks them all in a cell and well....it's all ridiculous and awesome. 

Hank Heywood confronts Ava about the spending habits of the Legends; Mona tries to make a good impression with Ava, but her eagerness gets her and Ava stuck in a cell together.

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Arrow really used the time with Oliver out of the suit and in prison wisely. The Slabside Redemption marks the end of Oliver's time in prison (and maybe of Diaz) but he leaves a completely changed man and probably closer to the Green Arrow/Oliver Queen from the comics. As Ben Turner says in this episode: Before you saw the world in black & white. Now you understand there is some gray. When Oliver does finally pick up the mantle of Green Arrow again, he's gonna have a far better motivation than he did when he started.

Also give it to this show: Watching Oliver & Turner beat a bunch of people up was great. Michael Jai White might be the most disrespectful fighter of all time when it comes to the way his character always beats people up. We really loved this episode and it made the payoff of Oliver being in jail worth it.

Oliver makes a choice that will affect his entire life, as well as the lives of everyone he cares about.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 2:59pm EST

It's the end of November so it's time for another Mailbag episode. Kriss and Dpalm go through listener emails, hot topics and discuss their Pull-List for the month. 

Topics:

  • Emails
    • Dpalm & Kriss havea  Creflo Dollar Plan
    • Venom (the comic) is better than it has every right to be
    • What comic books surprised us with how good they were? Any that we were looking forward to that disappointed?
    • Best jumping on place for the X-Men
    • Star Wars Novels
  • Topic of the Show:
    • Titans turns Dick Grayson into a mass murderer (and doesn't understand Jason Todd)
    • Venom crosses $800 million worldwide cause some people like well done steaks
    • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is so damn good (more of this Sony)
  • Pull-List (Not the complete list)
    • Ironheart #1 (buy & subscribe it now)
    • Lost Light #25
    • X-Men Red #10
    • Justice League/Aquaman Drowned Earth #1
    • Justice League #12
    • Batman #59
    • Titans #29
    • Thor #7
    • Venom #8
    • Venom First Host

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 4:33am EST

This week gave us an episode heavy on character development, as Lena struggles with the better angels of her nature, and Manchester embraces the power of the dark side.  Jimmy (he will be Jimmy til he gets his act together) continues on his Van Jones heel turn tour, J'onn is devastated that he misjudged Manchester, and Supergirl is stuck as a pawn being used by many.

While it is not as fast paced or action packed as this season started off, this episode provides us with a deeper look into Lena's motives, as well a heartbreaking look at what grief can do to a man who feels he has nothing left to lose.


 
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We're back! After a brief unintended break thanks to Verizon, The Doctor, Shanna, Parrish and D are back to discuss the first two chapters of "The Book of Blood", Requiem and Perdi.

Black Lightning is determined to break these books into story arcs and because of that the pacing of each individual episode has been off. Before we were rudely disconnected, we talk about the show's struggle to round out the story in each episode so that the momentum doesn't fall flat. That aside, "The Book of Blood" sets up an interesting story for all of our main characters. It opens with Gambi being run down by two hitmen in his van that has his name printed on the side, you know, just like all tailors who are secretly Nick Fury.

While Jefferson struggles to deal with Gambi's "death", Anissa is on the case of an interracial couple, Deacon and Anaya, who come into the free clinic. The boyfriend, who acts cagey and scared, later turns up dead and when Anissa shows up in South Freeland to investigate, she finds a segregated town where the white residents, the Sangee, have superhuman strength and speed granted by a metahuman who may have gotten her powers from the same vaccine that Jefferson was given. The Black residents, The Perdi, live in fear and don't mix with the Sangee. When Anaya gives birth to twins, one Perdi and one Sangee, the babies are in danger from this metahuman known as The Looker (Sofia Vassilieva)

Lynn is also trying to save the Greenlight babies but her calculations tell her that at best she can save half or lose them all. Since Lynn wants to stall until she can save them all, Dr. Jace dupes her into believing they can save everyone and Lynn is now responsible for the death of 14 of the twenty-eight pod kids. Lynn is going to have to push through her guilt, if she wants to stay in charge of this operation.  And Jennifer gives her some real talk about taking responsibility.

Meanwhile, Jenn and Khalil are getting closer as Jennifer feels more isolated and Khalil faces the brunt of Tobias's abuse. It's sad but Khalil is finally realizing that Tobias is behind the shooting that paralyzed him and with the crimes he's committed, Khalil has limited options. Hopefully, it doesn't take him (or Henderson) another six episodes to realize that Khalil is the witness they need to put Tobias away. If they don't get it together soon, Tobias is going to keep raining down insults and punches on this poor child.

We discuss all of this and more in this week's review.


 
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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 5:18am EST

Kriss and Brandon review Alfonso Cuarón's latest work, Roma. A couple things to know about Roma before watching:

  • It's in black & white
  • It's in Spanish and is subtitled

Now most people will not sit through Roma but it's definitely at the top of the list of films to beat for Best Picture this year. The film is beautifully shot, emotional and is a great snapshot of what this family went through, particularly their housekeeper Cleo. 

A story that chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 8:14am EST

It's unfair how good Legends of Tomorrow is. Who would have thought that a show with a pretty rocky and formulaic start would turn into the smartest, best written and most progressive of all the Arrowverse shows? Legends has reached Agents of Shield territory with how they're able to balance weird and fantastical plot points with serious topics with real world implications. We never would have thought an episode with a giant squid monster in Japan would tackle the very real trauma of Japanese citizens in the wake of Hiroshima. But that's exactly what this episode did. And it worked. 

Not many shows can have a scene where Ishiro describes walking in the ashes of his neighbors then end with a fight between a giant squid monster and a three-breasted warrior princess. Yet here we are. The only thing that needs to be asked right now is: Are you watching this show? And if not, why not?

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Dpalm has gone full Villain Agenda (Isn't that Kriss' role?) and puts the idea of an Uncanny X-Men movie directed by Zack Snyder into the world. On The Flash side, The Flash is fun again and we're loving it. We really enjoy seeing the various breakouts of the team and we're even starting to like this Wells. Cecile is adorable and Danielle Nicolet is doing a great job filling in the role Jessse L Martin used to fill. 

The show is doing a great job this season of letting the team work as a team. Everyone is competent and therefore is trusted to go off and investigate their own piece without being handheld. And even with that, we still got a bit more back story on Cicada/Orlin. So far so good with this season. Let's hope they can keep it up.

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Professor Lockwood continues to use his historical logic to justify his bigotry, and it is FRIGHTENING how convincing it can be.  James does the worst undercover job on the planet, and Manchester Black gets his Punisher on.  Also...shout out to April Parker Jones for making sure these writers know that Black folks do Sweet Potato Pies at Thanksgiving (fight me, @ me if you want to), and for reigning in Alex and Kara's "we answer to no one" tendencies.  Lena continues to investigate the harenel properties, which apparently makes individuals or entities invincible, giving her the worst idea on the planet-create supers.  Did she not watch The Incredibles? Finally-COME THROUGH GREAT VALUE DROGON!!!!

Supegirl is the best superhero show on right now-we said it, we mean it, and we can meet on these streets if you want to counter us on it.  While other shows are using throwaway lines to tackle current events, Supergirl is hitting it head on through the storyline.


 
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We have a full show this episode as Kriss, Brandon, Ro and Shanna get together to review Steven Caple Jr's Creed II, starring Michael B Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Sylvester Stallone, Florian Munteanu and the return of Dolph Lundgren as Ivan Drago. This is a great film that feels more like part 2 of Ryan Coogler's Creed and not just a sequel. Caple manages to keep the same realness of the first film while also exploring the characters even more. This film does a better job of fleshing out Ivan Drago (and his son) more than Rocky IV did. 

We also discuss why this film has a lower critic score than the first film. To put it bluntly, we don't think white critics are fully processing what this film is showing and that the also missed the point of the first film. You're not going to want to miss this discussion and review. Listen and let us know what you think int the comments.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 4:12am EST

Kriss and Dpalm are back to review episode 5 of season 7 of Arrow, The Demon. We never knew how much we wanted to see Oliver choke the shit out of not-Dr. Hugo Strange until he did it. It was great watching Oliver remind all the guards that every day he's peacefully in prison not whooping their asses is a gift from him. And of course The Demon is an Al Ghul (Talia to be exact). 

  • Felicity and Laurel becoming best friends
  • Curtis getting handled in a better way and showing where he's useful outside of being a Felicity clone
  • We love how this show is tying back to previous seasons

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 5:38pm EST

We're back to discuss episodes 4 - 7 of Season 2 of The Gifted. This show continues to be the best live action adaptation of the X-Men. They've found a way to make all of their villains sympathetic in some way. We know they're wrong, but we also understand what motivates them. We cover a lot in this discussion:

  • Poetic Justice Reeva: We get to see pre-Inner Circle Reeva and why she is the way she is today
  • Keeping track of our villain agendas: Reeva & Jace...who is more sympathetic?
  • Purifier Jace Turner: He's Jeff Flake
  • Sometimes the crazy mutant is locked up because...they're crazy
  • Esme is definitely going to break away from her sisters
  • Dear Andy...your dick is not your friend
  • What is the Mutant Underground really doing? What is their plan?
  • What is Reeva's plan? Is she trying to create a mutant nation?
  • Are the Morlocks working with the Inner Circle?

If you're not caught up on The Gifted, you need to be. This show is great. Listen to our discussion and let us know what you thought of these episodes!


 
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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 11:55am EST

Brandon and Ro review Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. After some brief slander of Kriss for not going to see this film, Brandon and Ro talk about worked and didn't work for the latest film in the Harry Potter world


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The Flash continues to be fun and enjoyable again. The show is correcting a lot of the mistakes from the previous seasons as well as making sure to not stretch out character development. We're really impressed and happy with them not stretching out the issues with Nora & Iris. The episode before this we found out why Nora was so standoffish with Iris and in this episode we get a resolution (at least for now) of those issues. Not only that but it tied back to Iris' issues with her own mother. On the "B-Team" side, we see Cisco putting himself into pain just to help his friend. Oh and Rag Doll was creepy as fuck.

  • They couldn't do comic Rag Doll for the same reason The Boys has to be toned down or we're all going to jail
  • Mama Cecile is the perfect replacement for Papa Joe while Jesse L Martin is on break
  • The friendship of Cisco & Caitlyn
  • The Ralph/Wells Buddy Detective team up
  • Nora learning how awesome her mom is
  • Iris jumped off a building head first to save Barry. They in love love.  

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 11:42am EST

I mean...what more do we have to say about Legends of Tomorrow? This show is filling the void of Agents of Shield for us being the show that's fantastical and over the top but still has some real serious moments. Wet Hot American Bummer really nails what kind of ridiculous and over-the-top show Legends is while also giving us moments like Constantine giving up his own life force to save a child and Charlie/Amaya having a heart-to-heart with Rory. It's why we love the show.

  • Ava reminding us she never had a childhood
  • Charlie & Mick bonding over their previous incarcerations 
  • Whoever the young girl who plays young Sara reacting the exact way adult Sara would react
  • What kind of camp counselor was Dpalm?
  • John pretends he's hard and uncaring but he's carrying so much guilt for the souls he hasn't been able to save
  • Nora and Iris should never bring something to the company potluck

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Still rocking at a great pace, we bring you two back to back episodes this week.  In Ahmisa, we learn that Fiona was not dead (yet) but instead was being used for her telepathic abilities to control aliens and wreak havoc on National City.  This episode also introduces us to her fine ass fiance Manchester Black (David Ajala, Black Mirror), who comes to town looking for his girlfriend and stumbles onto the Graves' conspiracy.  Kara continues to act out, failing to see the bigger picture, and Alex, who enables this behavior, ends up with a new supervisor in the form of Colonel Haley (April Parker Jones, The Fosters.  James refuses to listen to Nia's voice of reason and becomes the poster boy for xenophobia.  And oh yeah...the Graves get killed, so there is an upside to this episode.

In Parasite Lost, Jensen goes on a spree, sucking powers from aliens and wreaking havoc.  Alex and Colonel Haley find a working rhythm that appears to be producing positive results, James deals with the fallout of his intervention in the Graves' incident, and Kara works with J'onn to investigate an attack on an alien healer.  While this episode was also well done, we still struggle with them placing people of color as the voice of xenophobia.  It is almost as though they want to avoid pointing out the way white people perpetuate bigotry and supremacy, while laying equal blame at the feet of people of color (news flash-there is no equivalent/both sides argument to this).  Of all the episodes, 5 was probably the most disappointing for this reason, but still well done.


 
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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:56am EST

Arrow has been taking some chances and risks with the storytelling and for us, it's really paying off. Stephen Amell still hasn't suited up as the Green Arrow this season and in this episode, we take a trip back to the day Robert Queen died. It really raises questions about parents who leave their children carrying their sins & legacy instead of forging their own. 

Outside of prison, they're really starting to make us like Rene. I mean...yeah he's still a snitch (we're reminded this episode he's snitched TWICE) but he's really trying hard to redeem himself. Meanwhile, Felicity is really approaching a line and getting to villain levels while Laurel surprisingly is the one to pull her back from the abyss. And then there are the flash forwards which are really making us think about the timelines and who this new Green Arrow could be. Oh and...All Hail Beebo!

We have so many questions and theories. Listen to this review and let you know what you think!

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:40pm EST

Doctor Who is back and fun again!

We discuss episodes 2-5, the fun and strong pacing of the series, the diversity in the writer's room and director's chair, and the penchant for individuals expecting historical accuracy from a science fiction property  draining the fun from the enjoyment of the series (Two words: Take Naps).  The dynamic between the companions and The Doctor is lovely, and we appreciate the time Chibnall is taking to flush them out as fully realized individuals and not just exposition receptacles for the Doctor to alien-splain to.


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 8:34pm EST

Kriss & Phenom are joined by new MTR Network member Ro to discuss Steve McQueen's highly talked about and anticipated film, Widows.  This film is a lot and we mean that in a good way. Widows doesn't hold the audience's hand and expects them to pick up on certain things throughout and the result is a masterfully put together film. McQueen does a great job of setting scenes and framing shots in order to bring the audience right into the film There's an entire political subplot that happens in this film that while it is connected to the main story, has it's own direction and twists and turns. This film should produce several Best Supporting nods come award season with Elizabeth Debicki and Daniel Kaluuya being standouts. Kaluuya is such a great villain. And we love Cynthia Erivo.

Seriously go check out this film. You won't be disappointed. Listen to our review and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 7:15am EST

On this episode of Movie Trailer Reviews, we welcome Ro to the MTR Network family as she joins Kriss & Brandon to review Boy Erased. This film is based off the memoirs of Garrard Conley and tells his struggles growing up as a gay child in a Christian fundamentalist household after he's outted to his parents. While the film is good, what keeps it from being great are underdeveloped supporting characters and not delving deep enough into just how terrible the lead character's parents and the camps were. When dealing with a sensitive subject matter, it can be difficult to find where they line is so that the film doesn't go into torture porn (*cough* Detroit *cough*). The flip side to that is that not really getting into and addressing how terrible something is can sanitize the story. In Boy Erased, director Joel Edgerton made a deliberate choice to try to not paint Jared's parents as evil when they do evil things to this young man. Again, the film is good...but we can't help but think of how good the film could have been.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:58am EST

We start this episode with an impromptu review of Titans from Dpalm. Let's just say Dpalm is sick of DC's shit. 

It's ridiculous that Titans is so bad when DC has a show like Legends of Tomorrow that perfectly balances the crazy and fantastical, with real emotional issues. This episode goes from ridiculously silly to the Legends about to send a creature to Hell for simply existing, not because it did anything wrong. We love how the theme of this season seems to be about those persecuted by human kind and now getting their revenge by not wanting to be wrongfully imprisoned again.

Here are some things that stood out to us:

  • Nate & Gary...Time Bros
  • Ray really is the moral center of the team, even if he doesn't know it
  • The Legends believe they're the ones that unleashed this magical evil but could it really be Constantine?
  • Well that's one way to get Amaya back on the Waverider

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:28am EST

This week we're back to talk about Black Lightning 2x04 the final chapter of The Book of Consequences titled Translucent Freak. As The Doctor speculated, Tobias was exactly where he wanted to be. Having eliminated all the witnesses to his crimes, Tobias uses his time in custody to verbally spar with Henderson before being let go. The only living witness to any of his crimes is Jefferson and because Gambi erased any evidence that Jefferson was present at his father's murder, Tobias is free to roam the streets of Freeland now with the backing of The Hundred. And he still has the mystery briefcase of doom.

Jefferson is also dealing with guilt on all sides. Henderson is mad Jefferson didn't tell him about witnessing his dad's death, he's holding residual guilt from Lynn having to kill a man (and once he finds out the slippery slope Lynn is about to fall down, I'm sure he'll blame himself for that too) and now Anissa is playing Robin Hood in the name of Jesus and superhero-ing. Watching his daughter follow in his footsteps actually makes Jefferson mad and he offers her an ultimatum: stop stealing or leave the house ... so now she's bunking with Gambi. Can't wait for those shenanigans.

Jennifer's therapy continues and it seems like a huge trigger is her relationship with Khalil, who is still calling and texting. Since Jennifer can't control her powers and Massa Lowry has implemented a zero-tolerance policy at Garfield High, her house arrest isn't coming to an end anytime soon.

We talk about all this as well as this week's director, the inimitable Salli Richardson-Whitfield on this week's Super Tuesday Recap.


 
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Even with Oliver still in prison and not in the suit, Arrow proves it can still pack in the action and great fight scenes. We get Oliver beating the hell out of Samson (Shoulda never let Oliver see his own blood), another great fight between Silencer & Dinah and even Rene is showing us he's really picked up his fighting skills. Say what you want about this show, one thing they know how to do is produce great action scenes every episode. 

Outside of the fight scenes this episode also does a great job of splitting off the characters and giving each group compelling story. We like what they're doing with Felicity and having her take charge. We also like the theme of this seasons which seems to be showing why vigilantes and going outside the official channels of the law are necessary. Even Agent Watson seems to be coming to that conclusion.

Oh and we don't trust Stanley. You shouldn't either. 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 4:11pm EST

Supergirl continues to weave the reality of our society into a powerful narrative that is eye opening and sobering.

This week's episode is set in the backdrop of the lead dispersal weapon being used to seed the planet with Kryptonite.  While Kara fights for her life back at the DEO, we see in two years worth of flashbacks how Professor Lockwood became Agent Liberty.  Starting off as someone who tried to preach tolerance of alien life on the planet, his father's rhetoric, combined with the changes the arrival of extra terrestrial life and materials caused in his family's fortune, turns him into a virulent xenophobic murderer.  It also shows that while we often root for our heroes, they can be completely tone deaf and indifferent to the impact of their fight for justice and world peace on the common citizen.

Be forewarned-this is a difficult watch.  It hits very close to home with the rise in fascism and virulent bigotry we are seeing in America today.  Some may make the mistake of believing this episode paints a sympathetic picture of those who resort to hate-it doesn't.  It paints a realistic one, showing how even small actions, combined with a feeling of helplessness, causes the true nature of an individual to rise to the surface.


 
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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 2:15pm EST

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms should be called Clara and the One & a Half Realms. The movie is dry and feels like only the bare minimum attempt was put into making the film. The story feels completely trimmed down (may come from the replacement of the director and most of the film being reshot), the ballet number (signatures of the Nutcracker) aren't shot in a way to draw the audience in and even the look of the film doesn't stand up to the typical Disney standards (Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Jungle Book, etc). In the end we're not sure who would really find this film appealing. It doesn't capture the moments from the countless plays, movie adaptions and books. It also doesn't have enough spectacle to hold the attention of kids. So who is it for? We're not sure.

 


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The #RalphHive train is here. This is your last chance to get onboard or get left behind. Seriously, the writers this season have done a great job turning the character of Ralph around and in this episode they show us how good this character can be. The Flash has picked up on something that we've been mentioning the last few seasons and that's pairing off characters to tell their own stories. They've really picked this up with Ralph who they've paired off with different characters this season. Not only that, but they've showed that Ralph is actually a competent detective and is really good at his job.

And in addition to Ralph, there's some really great things in this episode:

  • Barry Allen the Husband: Barry dodging trouble by supporting Iris (even her terrible cooking)
  • Casually dropping that Nora is sexually attracted to women
  • Meta Tech: Now we're putting meta-powers into objects and every day people can have them. This opens up a whole new world of villains
  • Cicada is getting more powers? He's even more terrifying 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Legends of Tomorrow is such a special show. This show does something that a lot of other shows struggle with. It manages to jump between the silly, fantastical elements and very serious, grounded in reality elements. Witch Hunt bounces between these two tones and elements extremely well. We get a fairy Godmother straight out of a Disney movie from Hell and Mick & Ray getting turned into pigs, mixed in with Zari's very real emotions about her mother and unfair persecution. There's never a dull moment.

We discuss:

  • Unexpected teamups: Ava and Nate teaming up
  • Remembering everyone has a role: Ray makes the comedic jokes, Nate "Natesplains history" and Mick...Mick is grumpy
  • Mick & Constantine bumping heads
  • Who knew a fairy Godmother would be terrifying?
  • Zari can be a problem. How much of her future is going to happen? Is this another Amaya situation?
  • What is coming after Constantine that's so bad that the fairy Godmother would rather be banished to Hell than help him

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 12:35am EST

This week on Black Lightning the pacing is off as the show tries to set up storylines and move various pieces around the board. Khalil is struggling to please Tobias who is still mourning Syonide and carrying out his own nefarious plans. Anissa continues to play Robin Hood, now for a community hospital.

Lynn and Jennifer have the most dynamic storylines. Lynn is experimenting on the pod children and Agent Bill Duke has given her a new partner, Dr. Jace. This doctor specializes in neuropathy and ended up in jail because she illegally experimented on 11 people and they lost their feet. Oh, and one died. So Lynn is working with a mad scientist and her morals are starting to slip.

Jennifer starts sessions with her new therapist, Perenna (guest star Erika Alexander). Perenna has the power to create a reality where Jennifer can process her feelings. Though we only get two scenes of Jennifer's therapy, it's clear that her fear of her powers is also what's causing her powers to go haywire.

And finally, Master Lowry. I'm going to spend as much time as the show did talking about him. He showed up and told Jefferson to clean out his office. The end.

Listen to us discuss all of this and the science of feet falling off on the latest podcast.


 
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What's better than one Black Canary? How about two? Even better, how about two Canaries versus one Longbow Hunter? Yeah Arrow season 7 is really going places we didn't think they would go. First off, this episode has no one in the Green Arrow suit all episode long. Not even flashbacks of Oliver in the suit. And you know what? It still worked. This season so far is really making us think about how things will turn out. Thanks to Legends of Tomorrow, we've seen part of the future before and how vigilantes are treated. Will all that come to be? Will Oliver lose an arm? Is William in the future the current person running around as Green Arrow? We don't know but they have our attention. And these Longbow Hunters aren't playing around.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 12:15pm EST