MTR Network (tv & film)

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 EDT

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 EDT

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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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 11:28am EDT

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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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 10:08am EDT

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.

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

Back from a short break, Agents of Shield season 5 continues to impress.  Episode 6, Fun & Games, Clark Gregg takes over as director to give us an episode that might as well be called "Everyone Dies".  We weren't prepared for all the people that get taken out this episode. We should have been though because Agents of Shield has never shied away from a body count. Fitz is finally reunited with Simmons and makes us realize that none of us love anyone as much as Fitz loves Simmons. We also get some great fight scenes with May vs Ben and Daisy vs Sinara. We love the way that they keep evolving how they have Daisy use her powers. And we get more information on Flint as he's rescued by YoYo after going through terrigenesis. 
 
This episode also pulls off something that can be tough for shows and that's seemingly killing off the villain and replacing them with someone else. It works for this episode because Kaisus's brother seems to be even more trouble than he is. Plus we still have Sinara around and she's scarier than both.

Also, we're pleased to announce that we will be hosting two Black Panther Screenings opening weekend. One in LA and one in DC. We're hoping tickets will go on sale Friday, January 12th at Noon est. Below is the theater information for each screener:

  • LA: Friday Feb. 16th 8pm Cinemark at Pike in Long Beach

  • DC: Saturday Feb. 17th 12 pm Regal Cinema Gallery Place Stadium 14 Washington DC

 

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 11:51am EDT

Shanna, DPalm and The Doctor discuss Marvel's latest Netflix series, Punisher, and talk about themes, drama, and most importantly, we rate our thirst levels. Guess who's number one!

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 10:26am EDT

It's that time again! Our 2018 Movie Preview is here. Kriss is joined by Phenom, Tim and Joi to discuss the list of movies coming out next year. We discuss the films we're all waiting for like Black Panther, A Wrinkle in Time, Infinity Wars and Incredibles 2. We also ask why some films were greenlit and if some films are even going to be released. It's a great episode you won't want to miss.

Topics:

  • Is the promotion for Proud Mary enough?
  • What are our predictions for Black Panther's opening weekend?
  • Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Fifty Shades Freed and the end of terrible film franchises
  • Are we getting a new Cloverfield movie?
  • Will Tomb Raider finally be the turning point for video game movies?
  • The super packed month of March (A Wrinkle in Time, Tomb Raider, Pacific Rim: Uprising, Ready Player One)
  • Will Avengers: Infinity War open over $200 million?
  • Is Solo: A Star Wars Story in trouble its second weekend with Deadpool 2 opening?
  • Will Disney hit $7-8 billion in 2018 with all its movies?
  • Bumblebee vs Aquaman: Should Aquaman be moved up
  • And more

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 4:12pm EDT

Where do you start if you're just getting back into the X-Men? What are some of the best X-Men stories after 2000?

We discuss that and more on this episode of the Super Tuesday Recap Mailbag. This is the last Mailbag episode of 2017, which isn't really saying much since it's only the 3rd episode. But it's also our longest episode and we have 3 main topics of the day. Look, the Mailbag episodes are becoming a way for us to talk X-Men and well, we're never going to turn that down.
 
X-Men aren't all we talk this episode though. We discuss the meta commentary behind Star Wars The Last Jedi, our Top 10 List of Comic Book Series and Marvel canceling books.
 
Topics:
  • Listener Emails
    • How to reboot the X-Men film universe
    • Favorite comic book artists that
    • Where to start with the X-Men?
      • Best X-Men runs & series since 2000
        • New X-Men (Morrison)
        • Astonishing X-Men (Whedon)
        • Uncanny X-Men Nation X storyline (Fraction)
        • Schism (Jason Aaron)
        • Wolverine & the X-Men (Aaron)
        • Uncanny X-Force (Bendis)
        • Uncanny X-Men (Bendis)
        • All New X-Men (Bendis)
        • X-Men Gold (Guggenheim)
        • X-Men Blue (Bunn)
  • Topic(s) of the Day
    • The Last Jedi
    • Our Top 10 after 2000 Comics List  & Honorable Mentions
    • Marvel Canceling Books and what needs to change
Make sure you check out Kriss & Dpalm's list of their favorite comic books after 2000.

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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 11:24pm EDT