Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gets hot & steamy in “Girl In A Flower Dress”. Plus Skye’s true motivation is finally revealed.
Continue reading for a spoiler filled discussion of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1, Episode 5.
In “Eye-Spy”, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. tracks down a mysterious woman who has single-handedly committed numerous high-stakes heists.
Continue reading for a spoiler filled discussion of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1, Episode 4.
In “The Asset”, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s first super villain is born and Skye’s loyalty is put to the test.
Continue Reading for my spoiler filled thoughts on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1, Episode 3.
Only for Marvel movies do I stick around in the theater until after the credits roll for the bonus scene. I didn’t catch any of the promos to “stay to the very end” of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode 2 so I’m super surprised at the guest appearance of …
Continue Reading for my spoiler filled thoughts on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1, Episode 2.
The highly anticipated Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television series premiered to super impressive ratings. But is it must watch “event” television or an one-time fluke?
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Every fall, television networks debut a ton of new shows. This year’s genre shows are loaded with supernatural spin offs and super hero dramas. Including lusty vampires, killer androids, telepathic mutants, and comic-book goodness. But which shows have what it takes to be a big hit? Here’s our guide to Fall 2013′s new science fiction fantasy television shows:
In this tongue-in-cheek video, Avenger’s Director Joss Whedon explains “Anyone who can run, fight, make explosives out of household objects or especially do Parkour of any kind, you’ll want to stick with them.” Find out why below:
Parkour: The sport of traversing environmental obstacles by running, climbing, or leaping rapidly and efficiently
Avengers’ Director Joss Whedon on Romney
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• Mr. Burns Endorses Romney | The Simpsons
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There’s at least one thing The Walking Dead, Dexter, Torchwood, Battlestar Galactica and Lost have in common. Each of these television series have created on-line companion webisodes. Webisodes or web series are free, accessible, bite-sized episodes typically 2 to 8 minutes in length that expand on the show’s narrative and build up a loyal fan-base. Although it’s not a new phenomenon, the growing popularity emphasizes how networks are exploring different distribution models to capitalize on an audience that is transitioning from watching their favourite shows on the tube to experiencing their entertainment instantly online whether it be on their laptop, tablet or smart phone. But as networks develop strategies to attract a new generation of tech savvy consumers, drive website traffic, and generate revenue are they becoming an unnecessary middle-men?
Because of advancements in technology, affordability of equipment and accessibility of broadband internet, aspiring filmmakers can produce high quality web series with a small budget that may find an on-line niche audience and become popular enough to gain corporate sponsors. Actress/producer Eliza Dusku (Dollhouse, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), who stars on acclaimed web series Leap Year and voice-over on the animated Torchwood: Web of Lies, explains, “It’s definitely more user-friendly and instantly accessible. I think there is creative cool stuff going on. You take out the middle man and the studios, even though I love the studios, call me? You get to really play, you get to really explore and have creative license and freedom.” So how can creative people work on projects they love, nurture a loyal fan base, and make money without involvement from studio executives or TV networks?
One example is how Avengers’ director Joss Whedon developed a new model where he is the studio and the writers and lead actors shared in the profits with his popular online three-part musical Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Whedon revealed to Forbes, ”The initial investment was about $200,000. The budget with everybody actually being paid was about $450,000. With the movie and the soundtrack and everything we’ve been able to do with it, we made over $3 million with it”. Dr. Horrible continues to make money each year with comic book spin offs and DVD sales. The success caught the attention of The CW network which will be debuting the mini-series on prime-time television on October 9th, 2012, several years after it was originally produced. A sequel starring original cast members Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, and Felicia Day is already in the works.
“The Cabin In The Woods Movie Review (Spoiler Free) – Subverting the horror movie tropes in the world we live in.”
At one point or another, you’ve probably felt trapped in a world were the rules, conceptions and value systems were imposed on you. And no matter how hard you tried to break the social norm, stereotype or a commonly held belief, you feel there is some overwhelming force conspiring against you. Or maybe after a heated debate you realized all your arguments were from something you watched on TV or heard from someone else. As much as we might feel like a puppet on a string at times, we ultimately do have a choice. Or maybe we’re just missing the point? These are some of the questions posed in the smart, funny, horror movie ‘The Cabin In The Woods’, directed and cowritten by Drew Goddard (Cloverfield, Lost).
You think you know the story. Five friends go on a weekend getaway of partying, mischief and possibly sex. Dana is not quite a virgin (Kristen Connolly), Curt is an alpha-male athlete (Chris Hemsworth), Jules is the libidinous blonde (Anna Hutchison), Marty is the stoner fool (Fran Kranz), and Holden is the scholar (Jesse Williams). Well not really. These young characters are quickly established as complex, morally conscious, multi-faceted individuals. However, as the story unfolds, characters devolve into caricatures we know from typical horror movies, igniting our inherent desire to see their demise. Archetypes are a shorthand way to understand and relate to people. It can also serve to marginalize people making it easier to objectify, dehumanize and even inflict pain on them.
‘The Cabin In The Woods’ holds a mirror up to the world allowing us to see it for what it really is and who we are. We can gaze into the mirror, make funny faces, cover it up, run away from it, gaze through the mirror, or if you’re courageous, “break on through to the other side”. Goddard’s directorial debut is a highly entertaining, comedic-thriller bloodfest; poking fun at horror movie clichés and “embracing the tropes they are trying to subvert”. Although, it’s not a very scary movie, what might keep you up late at night is why we want to oppress and hurt young people.
To say anything more about the story will spoil the fun. Throw away your expectations (and preconceptions) and enjoy the ride. Watch the interview below with co-star Chris Hemsworth (Thor, Star Trek).