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The Doctor, Ashanti, Ejiro, and Tai are back to discuss the glorious mess that was Margaret, the soft peddled Nazi leanings of the royal family, Elizabeth's evolving role in light of her diminishing kingdom, and more.

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Direct download: The_Crown_Season_2_1.m4a
Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:10am EST

Agents of Shield Season 5 Episode 8: The Last Day.
 
This show. Every time we think we have it figured out, they do something new to throw us for a loop. Coulson and the team talk to Robin to figure out just what happened that got them into this situation. This episode is filled with a bunch of clues and information in both the present and the flashbacks. The bond between Robin and May is explained and we now know that May holds the key. Well, May and Flint. There's a lot to go into here.
 
Oh and you get a treat as Kriss & Dpalm discuss the plan to make Dpalm the first Black American to win a gold medal in curling. Yes, we go off the rails.
 
Coulson and the team discover that the most unexpected person from S.H.I.E.L.D.'s past may hold the key to stopping Earth's destruction.
 

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Hey, at least this episode wasn’t as bad as this week’s episode of The Flash right? For all the talk about Arrow doing the same thing over again, we do need to give some credit for the changes they make. Sure, in Divided, Oliver is back to being a lone wolf. And we still don’t know what his plan was (spoiler: he had no plan). But the end of the episode didn’t end how it has in the past. The new team splitting off onto their own is a new development. So credit where credit is due.
 
That said…we’d be okay with this split if the new team wasn’t 100% wrong. Dinah and Rene have no ground to stand on. Rene’s betrayal is what led to this whole thing yet she’s more upset with Oliver? It’s just really weird and doesn’t make sense.
 
Hey, Arrow still has some of the best choreographed fight scenes in the Arrowverse though.
 
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Oliver discovers one of Cayden's secrets; he decides to team up with an unlikely ally to defeat him; Dinah spends time with Vince.

 

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Direct download: Arrow_Season_6_Review_-_S6x10_Divided_-__Super_Tuesday_Recap.m4a
Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 1:05pm EST

The Flash comes back from break with what might be their worst episode of any season. Trial of The Flash should have been a great emotional episode that shows the duality of Barry’s existence. Instead, the episode is pretty worthless. 

This episode is just very frustrating. In this review, Kriss and Dpalm talk about the narrative decisions that are hurting the Flash and question if 22 episodes are just too many for this show. Also, Kriss makes a solid argument for why having Barry reveal his identity is the shot in the arm this show needs.

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CW's shows are back from the winter break and that means that Shanna & The Doctor are here to review not only Supergirl, but the latest addition to CW's superhero lineup, Black Lightning. Both episodes show CW's commitment to super hero content. Having just added Supergirl last season, this season CW is adding even more heroes to the show with the Legion of Superheroes. And Black Lightning represents an entirely different direction with not only lead black characters but black show runners and writers. So how did both episodes turn out? Listen to the full review to find out.

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On Supergirl, Kara languishes in a coma while Brainiac-5 (Jesse Rath, No Tomorrow) attempts to help guide her back.  Meanwhile, the DEO works to  develop a plan of attack against Reign, who is bringing her own brand of justice to National City.

On the premiere of Black Lightning, we meet the Pierce family in what has to be the Blackest introduction to a superhero hero in forever!

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Phenom is joined by Joi from Black Girl Nerds to talk about the movie Proud Mary. This is a film that really got a raw deal. Screen Gems and Sony didn't bother to really promote the film. They did some really specific, targeted trailers and a billboard or two in "urban areas" but it never got the same treatment that Atomic Blonde or even The Commuter. There were no Thursday viewings for the movie and no advance screenings for critics. It would be easy to dismiss it as "well its just not good" but...neither is The Commuter and that still got promotion.

And in terms of quality and if the film is good or not, Phenom and Joi have a lot to say about that. Short answer: It's worth checking out and Taraji P. Henson deserves a lot better. 

Direct download: Proud_Mary_Review_-_Movie_Trailer_Reviews.m4a
Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 11:29pm EST

The Doctor, Ashanti, friend of the show Tai, and Ejiro from Project Fandom come together to discuss season 1 of Netflix's hit series The Crown.  Ejiro provides us with a UK perspective given her years living overseas, as we compare the characterization provided by the show to the reality of the British monarchy. We come to the conclusion that the modern British monarchy should probably just end with Queen Elizabeth's reign since she's transformed it in such a way that can't be topped, and it's always good to go out on a high note. It might seem like you should pass over, but we encourage you to give it a watch-it is that compelling.

Follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II's reign and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.

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Direct download: The_Crown_Season_1_1.m4a
Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 7:58am EST

That time of week again: Agents of Shield review time! So, Kasius didn’t die but he’s the only one that we thought died that survived. It works out though because we get a lot more background information on why Kasius was exiled. And we really get a lot more information on Sinara as well who seems to be the real dangerous one. It’s funny that a character that has barely spoken all season is the one that scares us (even moreso when she finally does speak). 
 
We also love the fact that while all this is going really bad, the agents don’t lose their sense of humor. Fitz being a little upset that he’s not given enough credit for all he went through to get to the future. Flint and Mack bond and we’re back to black fatherhood moments. We end the review with Dpalm’s theories on the end of Infinity War, what Avengers 4 is about and how it all ties into season 5 of Agents of Shield.
 

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Direct download: Agents_of_Shield_Review_S5E7_-_Silent_But_Deadly.m4a
Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 11:28am EST

Let's cut right to the chase: The Commuter is a terrible film.

Maybe at one point there was an interesting concept here but the execution was just predictable trash. It's not even even one of those "enjoyable" bad movies either. You just spend your time calling out exactly what's going to happen next and glancing at your watch hoping for it to end.

But the real tragedy of this film is that they're going to use Liam Neeson's name and the perception that he's a "draw at the box-office" to keep making films like this. It's one of the greatest lies that Hollywood tells right now. They do a film on a shoestring budget, bring in a known name (most likely an aging white male actor), put out a terrible film but the film makes good profits because the budget was so low. And so continues the cycle of pretending that the actor is good for drawing people to the films. 

Listen to our full review of The Commuter as we go into spoilers for why this film is so bad. Towards the end we then look at the list of highest paid male actors compared to highest paid female actors and it's a travesty.

 

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Direct download: The_Commuter_Review.m4a
Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 10:08am EST

Kingpins & Pen Kings, hosted by Latoya and PhenomBlak, is a podcast focused on separating the rappers from the gangster they portray.  In this episode, we  discuss one of hip hop's most idolized Kingpins, Scarface and we talk about the Pen King who took on that name and gave it new meaning, Brad Jordan aka Scarface.

Direct download: Kingpins__Pen_Kings___Scarface_1.m4a
Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 8:00am EST