REVIEW: Marvel’s Iron Fist – Season 1, Episode 3: “Rolling Thunder Cannon Punch”

REVIEW: Marvel’s Iron Fist – Season 1, Episode 3: “Rolling Thunder Cannon Punch”

Welcome back to our reviews of each episode of Netflix and Marvel’s Iron Fist. You can check out my reviews of previous episodes by clicking the links below: Episode 1 Episode 2   Episode 3: “Rolling Thunder Cannon Punch” The third episode of Marvel’s Iron Fist immediately benefits from a change in director and writer, resulting in an episode with stronger and slightly more nuanced dialogue and action that actually delivers. Though some of the same problems of…

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REVIEW: Marvel’s Iron Fist – Season 1, Episode 2: “Shadow Hawk Takes Flight”

REVIEW: Marvel’s Iron Fist – Season 1, Episode 2: “Shadow Hawk Takes Flight”

Welcome back to our reviews of each episode of Netflix and Marvel’s Iron Fist. You can check out my review of the first episode here.   In my last review, I talked about how the premiere episode failed to deliver the thrills and well-executed action that Marvel’s Kung Fu showcase series should specialize in, and that its lack of suspense and excitement failed to cover up its more formulaic qualities. So, do things improve in the second…

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REVIEW: Marvel’s Iron Fist – Season 1, Episode 1: “Snow Gives Way”

REVIEW: Marvel’s Iron Fist – Season 1, Episode 1: “Snow Gives Way”

So far, the Marvel Studios/Netflix partnership has produced some pretty stunning results. “Daredevil” has been a huge success, even if its second season was more uneven than its brilliant first season. “Jessica Jones” is the crown jewel so far, a brilliant and gripping series anchored by a superb central performance. And “Luke Cage”, though it had its faults, wound up overall being perhaps the most aesthetically assured and innovative series Marvel has produced. The streak…

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RECAP/REVIEW: Legends of Tomorrow 2×13 “Land of the Lost”

RECAP/REVIEW: Legends of Tomorrow 2×13 “Land of the Lost”

This week’s episode of Legends of Tomorrow takes us into two of the most dangerous places: the inside of the mind and the ancient past. The episode opens with the compass not really working too well.  Sarah and Jax talk about what’s going on.  They then tempt fate by saying he’s in the brig where he ‘can’t hurt anyone.’ Then we cut to Rip, who uses a Captain’s override command to get out of the…

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REVIEW: Logan – The Best There Is

REVIEW: Logan – The Best There Is

Appearing in nine films over seventeen years, perhaps no actor today is as well identified with a signature role as Hugh Jackman is with that of Logan, aka Wolverine. Jackman went from relative obscurity to movie stardom when he landed the role for 2000’s “X-Men” and he’s formed the centre of the X-Men movie universe ever since. Logan is said to be Jackman’s final outing in the role that made him famous, and as swan…

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REVIEW: Mick Rory Gets Some Glory at Last in Legends of Tomorrow 2×11 “Turncoat”

REVIEW: Mick Rory Gets Some Glory at Last in Legends of Tomorrow 2×11 “Turncoat”

This week’s episode of Legends of Tomorrow gave me some really good stuff and some stuff I really don’t think I approve of.  I think it was better-written than last week by a significant margin, but where it goes wrong, I feel it really goes wrong.  First, let’s recap: Rip murdered Washington and gave guns to to the redcoats, basically ruining the American Revolution.  Back on board the Waverider, Mick and Ray have a brief interaction, talking about…

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RECAP/REVIEW: Legends of Tomorrow 2×10 — “The Legion of Doom”

RECAP/REVIEW: Legends of Tomorrow 2×10 — “The Legion of Doom”

Hey everybody, I’m back with this week’s episode of Legends of Tomorrow, aptly titled “The Legion of Doom.”  While I’m not as excited by this episode in terms of writing as I wish I was, this episode is definitely huge in terms of plot.  Additionally, the emotional subplot of the episode has some genuinely affecting moments, even when the scripting doesn’t do the characters justice. The episode opens with Damien Dahrk and Eobard Thawne recruiting Malcolm Merlyn into…

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Affleck Steps Down as Director of “The Batman”

Affleck Steps Down as Director of “The Batman”

In an exclusive report from Variety today, Ben Affleck revealed that he and Warner Brothers have made the “mutual” decision to have him step down as director of the upcoming film “The Batman”. Affleck will remain under the cowl in role of Bruce Wayne/Batman, a role he took on in last year’s “Batman vs. Superman  – Dawn of Justice” before reprising the role in both “Suicide Squad” and in the upcoming “Justice League” film. Affleck will…

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Sterling K Brown Joins the Cast of Marvel’s “Black Panther”

Sterling K Brown Joins the Cast of Marvel’s “Black Panther”

Marvel’s Black Panther already boasted perhaps the most impressive cast of any film Marvel Studios has released, so people could be forgiven for thinking the film’s group of actors couldn’t get any stronger. But with today’s announcement that Emmy Award-winning actor Sterling K Brown is joining the cast of the film, it’s safe to say the cast has become even more compelling. Brown had an incredible year, beginning with his breakthrough and award-winning performance as…

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FILM & TV WEEKLY ROUNDUP: RIP Carrie Fisher

FILM & TV WEEKLY ROUNDUP: RIP Carrie Fisher

This week, I reflect on the passing of an icon: Carrie Fisher. Ms. Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia Organa, leaves behind a world that she helped make more beautiful.  As an actress, as a mental health advocate, author, and legendary script doctor, she brought so much meaning to our lives. Personally, Princess Leia in that white hallway is the first clear memory I have. But the woman she became: bitingly witty,…

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