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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.

Here is the link to the Brian Tyree Henry interview with GQ we mentioned at the top of the episode. Make sure you have some tissue handy: https://www.gq.com/story/brian-tyree-henry-is-a-movie-star

 


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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.

Listen to our full review below (or by subscribing to Movie Trailer Reviews on your favorite podcast app) and leave us a comment with what you thought of the film.


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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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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 6:34am EST

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