November 2015

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Giant monsters attacking the world makes for strange bedfellows. Atomic Robo and his team accept an alliance with China’s “Most Perfect Science Division” to help fight Task Force Ultra and Majestic and stop the Biomega attacks around the world. Giving them access to state-of-the-art technology this allows the team to quickly construct Robo with a new body (although the slimmed down version lacks some of the appeal of the original, in my opinion).

On the larger stage we also get a look at the Titan program struggles to stop the growing threat of the Biomega (Pacific Rim style) which only adds to the pressure for Robo and his team to find a solution while also attempting to rebuild Atomic Robo’s unique power source all while hiding their technological breakthroughs from their Chinese partners who otherwise could recreate the tech for their own purposes after the threat has past. Their solution is inventive.

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4 Things Superhero Movies Don’t Have the Balls to Do

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It had been 33 years since the death of an ongoing companion (not counting Peri‘s death which was retconned out of the series almost immediately). That streak is over. “Face the Raven” says a final goodbye to the Impossible Girl (well, except for a dreamlike cameo in “Heaven Sent”). Like it or not, Clara Oswald‘s (Jenna Coleman) time of traveling through space and time have come to an end. I’ll give writer Sarah Dollard credit for making Clara’s exit mean something and propelling the season in an unexpected direction. I’ll also take a moment to mourn the show’s loss of Clara who leaves big shoes to fill for whomever steps in as the next companion. You will be missed Jenna Coleman.

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How Attack Of The Clones Should Have Ended

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Wrapping up the series’ second arc, Darth Vader is able to turn events to his advantage and convince Imperial Inspector Thanoth to ignore some thief who stole a few credits from the Empire and focus the fleet’s attention on the threat of the rebel group operating on the Outer Rim known as the Plasma Devils. Once again the Dark Lord of the Sith narrowly avoids Aphra‘s apprehension along with any possibility of her actions being tied back to him.

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Honest Trailer – Fantastic Four

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Returned to their positions within the NYPD, Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) investigate an odd case involving the murder of a doctor in her lab whose body was destroyed while her skeleton was left on display as a laboratory specimen. That the woman was losing a battle to cancer and would have died within the year, a fact the leading suspects in the case knew, only makes finding the true (and unusual) motive for the murder that much harder to uncover. There’s plenty of twist and turns in this one before the detectives finally nab their man.

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We now have our first trailer for Captain America: Civil War. Based on the more than six-month comic series that pitted hero against hero over a proposed Super-Hero Registration Act, the film brings back all the familiar faces from Captain America: The Winter Soldier including Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), and the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) along with a few more of the Avengers in Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), War Machine (Don Cheadle), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). The trailer also gives us our first real look at the Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman). Captain America: Civil War opens in theaters on May 6th.

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Brooklyn

by Cap'n Carrot on November 25, 2015 · 0 comments

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brooklyn-posterBased on Colm Tóibín‘s novel, Brooklyn is an old fashioned immigrant story following the wide-eyed Ellis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) from her small Irish town to New York where her life slowly begins to change. When the pull of home beckons, however, she will be forced to make hard decisions regarding her future, the man she loves, and which side of the Atlantic Ocean she truly wants to call home.

The film quickly becomes more romance-driven than historical drama and features a ponderously-paced first half-hour. That said, once Ellis’ life in Brooklyn truly begins the film opens up a bit, is able to breathe, and Ronan is allowed to shine. The film’s star is without doubt the movie’s biggest strength smoothing over the film’s rougher edges when it drifts dangerously close to melodrama.

The supporting cast is solid throughout highlighted by Jim Broadbent as the preacher and family friend who helps Ellis in America, Fiona Glascott as Ellis’ sister Rose, and Emory Cohen as Ellis’ suitor. Arrow fans will also take note of Emily Bett Rickards as one of the women from the Brooklyn boarding house.

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Creed

by Cap'n Carrot on November 25, 2015 · 0 comments

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Nine years after Rocky Balboa allowed Philadelphia’s favorite son to step into the ring one last time comes an unexpected sequel in Creed. Written and directed by Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station), the new film hearkens back to the themes of the original Rocky while putting a fresh take on the tale of an underdog boxer overcoming the odds to earn his big chance. Creed is as close to a reboot as you could get without recasting the Italian Stallion as a young man and not only pays tribute to the original series but sets the stage or any number of possible sequels. It may not be as good as the original, but it stands up well in comparison to any of the Rocky sequels.

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