Sep 19 2014

The Final Countdown: Overrated Shows, Michael Bay on TV and Defending Destiny

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doctor who

Go here to see TV shows that get more praise than they deserve.

“Listen, I get it. People like what people like, and, with so many options available, complaining about the inferior choices made by others is kind of pointless and petty when you could just as easily skip those things altogether in favor of something else. So, in that respect, that I’m about to spend a couple thousand words of column space explaining why the shows a lot of you enjoy are a little more beloved than they deserve to be might seem like kind of a dick move.”

The Countdown

Michael Bay is making a TV show – [FilmDrunk]

In defense of Destiny: Everything that went right – [Insert Coin]

If video games had in impossible mode – [GeeksAreSexy]

Husband waits 44 hours for iPhone 6 for his wife – [SheBudgets]

The New York Times dun messed up – [Pajiba]

Supergirl TV series heading to CBS – [TVO]

Key and Peele’s new great skit – [TheChive]

The most expensive Aston Martins ever made – [Worthly]

Nick Lachey has a new album – [CelebrityToob]

The best news headline of the day – [WWIW]

Life when you’re forever alone – [Izismile]

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Sep 19 2014

Cosplayers Dress Up As Those Retro Game of Thrones Characters

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Talk about dedication. This group of cosplayers took a look at Mike Wrobel’s amazing retro Game of Thrones illustrations (which have been featured here many times) and decided they’d look good in real life too.

For most of these, you’d have no idea what they were supposed to be by themselves, but when placed next to the original photo, it’s pretty incredible how they tried to get almost every detail exactly right.

I also hadn’t seen Hodor/Terminator and Oberyn/Ryu yet, which are both fantastic. Check out the entire gallery for yourself below: Continue Reading »

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Sep 19 2014

An Artistic Tribute to the Sons of Anarchy

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From Label 619 comes a rather awesome collection of Sons of Anarchy tribute art. “Tribute art” is different than fan art, because it’s not crappy. Just kidding, there’s great fan art out there, but we’re seeing more and more of these type of professionally made collections spring up by artists who do this sort of thing for a living.

You can check out the gallery below, though you won’t recognize more than a handful of characters from the show. The idea is more conceptual than say, recreating the exact characters, except for in a few pieces like the one above.

Have you been watching the final season? What do you make of it so far? Continue Reading »

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Sep 19 2014

Watch This Surprisingly Great Firefly Fan Film

Published by under Television,Videos

I’m usually already starting to cringe by the time I hit play on most fan films, and given how rabidly devoted Firefly’s fanbase is, I have to say I was a bit worried about this one. But instead, “The Verse,” is a surprisingly good fan re-entry into the Firefly universe with a team of actual actors in an actual set with an actual script that feels in keeping with the tone of the original show. I even recognize a few of them from other places.

Weirdly, the film was actually commissioned by Loot Crate, the geek subscription service which sends you a box of nerdy goodies for specific franchises every month. It’s tied into a new Firefly package they have, and to celebrate, well, they went ahead and made this 15 minute fan film.

The captain may be a little too Mal, and the crew falls into the same various roles of the show even if their genders and races change, but it’s pretty fun all the same, and definitely worth a watch.

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Sep 19 2014

Looking Forward with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Published by under Reviews,Television


by Brian Hadsell

To hear everybody tell it a year ago, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was a terrible show.  Clark Gregg – a balding, middle-aged bit-player from Marvel’s Phase 1 – was too old to headline his own action-packed weekly series.  The premise of following around S.H.I.E.L.D. – a spy organization that did little more than post-credit cameos with Nick Fury – was something that nobody would really care about.  The Marvel Cinematic Universe was built from blockbusters and A-listers, not Tuesday nights and weekly syndication.

I never really understood the reasoning of this argument.  Nobody complained when fifty-two-year-old Bryan Cranston began cooking Meth and single-handedly eliminating the competition in Breaking Bad.  Nobody seems to be complaining now that the Flash is getting his own spinoff from Arrow.  For whatever reason, people simply overlooked that the show easily one of the best things to watch on television.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. begins in the wake of the Battle of New York.  The world has become a far more interesting place than it used to be.  Instead of going to bed thinking that the weirdest thing in the world was a Batman wanna-be in a robotic suit, people know for a fact that their world is populated with gods, monsters and super-powered legends from the past.  Agent Phil Coulson, who survived his supposed death in The Avengers, has assembled a mobile response team to investigate and contain technology that the world simply isn’t ready to deal with yet.  Routine missions and by-the-books protocol are quickly set aside, however, as a mysterious villain known only as The Clairvoyant begins unraveling everything that Coulson has lived – and died – to defend.


The reason why Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is one of 2013’s breakout series is that it knows exactly what it is: Marvel-brand Fringe.  Like Fringe, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s premise allows to plumb the depths of science fiction, free to explore technologies that society is simply safer without: gamma radiation, extra-dimensional wormholes, anti-gravity bombs, cybernetic upgrades, Asgardian sorcery and Project Centipede’s super soldiers.  With TV-veteran Joss Whedon’s continued oversight, the show adopted the light-hearted, action-comedy blend and dramatic underpinnings that made The Avengers a billion dollar box-office success, as well as a dynamic cast of distinctly-rendered characters that made Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly household names.

While it has been argued that the series cheapens the MCU by retconning Agent Coulson’s sacrifice into a mere team-building exercise, its playful, back-and-forth development between each week’s episode and the latest Phase 2 film to hit theaters greatly broadens the scope of the franchise.  Premiering shortly after the release of Iron Man 3, it immediately dealt with the next phase of Extremis’ development: being combined with Gamma Radiation and what little was recovered of Erskine’s SSR formula in order to create a new breed of super soldiers.  Following Thor’s victory over Malaketh’s Dark Elves, Coulson’s team helps sort through the Greenwich wreckage for trace bits of alien tech, deals with a Fight Club-inspired group of neo-Pagan anarchists who have recovered an ancient Asgardian weapon and assists Lady Sif recover an Asgardian fugitive who escaped in the aftermath of the assault on Asgard.

The series gives a broader and more complete timeline of Hydra’s insurgence, only a part of which was the battle above the Triskelion during The Winter Soldier.  Agent Jasper Sitwell is introduced here before his big-screen debut, develops over several appearances and then suddenly departs for duties aboard the Lemurian Star – upon which we first see him in The Winter Soldier.  Agent Coulson’s attempts to contact Fury are met with constant dead ends and redirections, which we understand are because Fury has faked his death and has gone underground.  As Coulson’s team attempts to retake “The Hub” from Hydra sleeper agents, they begin to understand the scope of the uprising: the slaughter of faculty and students at the S.H.I.E.L.D. academies, the assassination of all high-ranking S.H.I.E.L.D. agents (only one of which was Fury) and the raid on “The Fridge” for weapons, artifacts and prisoners acquired over the course of the series.  We watch the United States government label S.H.I.E.L.D. a terrorist organization and understand that Maria Hill defected to Stark Industries not for the steady paycheck, but for its legal team’s protection against government action.


Clark Gregg is perfect in his role of the soul-searching Agent Coulson: a true believer of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s mission who is increasingly troubled by its clandestine inner workings.  Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge bring out the emotional cores of Agents Fitz and Simmons, characters who could have otherwise been presented as interchangeable cogs in S.H.I.E.L.D.’s scientific machinations.  Despite her character’s inherent impassivity, Ming-Na Wen’s Agent Melinda May is seething with the subtle rage of a good person who can never seem to find forgiveness from the one person who truly counts: herself.  Chloe Bennet’s search for what happened to her family as Skye  is both more desperate and more earnest than many more-veteran actors have been able to pull off on the big screen (such as Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man).  Brett Dalton shifts easily between Agent Ward of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Ward of Hydra: caught between his loyalty to the greater good and to the man that saved him from the worst in himself.

It’s hard to even find any real faults in the show, since everything that I could mention was sorted out in the first quarter of its first season.  While Skye does begin as a counter-point to S.H.I.E.L.D. – a character so obviously beyond the scope of the agency that her primary function seems to be to remind the audience that “normal” people exist – she soon finds her place both within the team and as a character.  Although initially bland and out-of-place amongst the myriad of colorful cast members, Agent Ward’s complexity quickly becomes apparent when the story allows him to open up to the rest of the team.  Despite sitting sideline in the early episodes to allow Agents Ward and May to command the action scenes, Agents Fitz and Simmons swiftly begin commanding scenes both in and out of the field in their own right.

If it wasn’t for Game of Thrones, I would go so far as to say that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is far-and-away the best show on television.  It’s as intriguing as Fringe, as smart as Firefly and as fun as anything that Marvel has put on the big screen.  Its first season was the perfect confluence of action, drama and Whedon’s golden touch.  Overall, I would give it a solid 9 out of 10, with plenty of room to grow in its coming seasons.

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Sep 19 2014

This Week In Movie Trailers!

Published by under Columns,Lists,Movies

Hey there Unrealtors, how goes your week!? Anyone take a break from playing Destiny yet? I know it’s hard for some to pull themselves away from it **cough – Paul! – cough** and yet, my sorry butt hasn’t even played a minute of it. It’s not for lack of wanting to. I guess I’ll just browse the interwebs for more movie trailers to present to the readers. Speaking of trailers, this week was a big one for a particular film that many have been eagerly waiting for…I wonder what film that could be?

Let’s do this.

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Sep 19 2014

Little Magneto Will Bend Your Heart

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Kids in costume? It used to be called Halloween, but now it’s “cosplay” and has taken over this site, for I don’t know, six years now. It’s nice to see that little kids are carrying on the tradition of dressing up as superheroes from when I was a kid, though my homemade Wolverine costume with pencil claws never looked as cool as this.

This girl’s name is Monk. Her costume is called Monkneto. This picture is amazing. This is all your really need to know.

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Sep 19 2014

The Morning Link: Things You Didn’t Know About Zoolander

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“It has been over 13 years since Zoolander – the farcical send-up of the fashion industry — first hit the big screen, but the film has achieved a cult-like status to the point that a much talked about sequel may be on the way. Despite Twolander having more rewrites than the U.S. Constitution, some fans are still clamoring to catch up with Derek Zoolander to see how he’s handling the ever changing world of modeling.”

Go here to see the list.


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Sep 18 2014

The Final Countdown: Hilarious Movie Scenes, Former Child Stars and Violent Game Exchange

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Go here to see unintentionally hilarious scenes in movies.

“Listen, filmmakers, we understand — sometimes you just want your movie to be taken seriously. Unfortunately, in trying so hard to maintain that status quo, really stupid scenes manage to slip in. Our readers have brought you some of those scenes for your viewing pleasure.”

The Countdown

Where are the former child stars of the 90s? – [FilmDrunk]

California offering violent video game exchange for ice cream – [Insert Coin]

FX renews Tyrant for season two – [TVO]

Inside the world of modern swordfighting – [GeeksAreSexy]

The ever-changing accent of Tom Hardy – [Pajiba]

Can Sony replace cable with PlayStation? – [GammaSquad]

Aerial views from around the world – [TheChive]

The absolutely healthiest things at Whole Foods – [SheBudgets]

Five of the most iconic Apple stores in the world – [Worthly]

Five stars that should host SNL this year – [CelebrityToob]

Hiking on the world’s most dangerous trailer – [Izismile]

The best news headline of the day – [WWIW]

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Sep 18 2014

Jeremy Renner’s Creepy Scarlett Johansson Cosplay

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Avengers: Age of Ultron is currently filming, and Jeremy Renner decided to lighten the mood on set by slapping on a Scarlett Johansson mask for the cameras. It’s far more than a Halloween mask or printed paper version with eyeholes however, and it appears to be what Scarlett’s stunt double uses during her more perilous scenes.

That mask paired with those arms is kind of amazing. Or really, those arms are just kind of amazing by themselves. That vasculature! My god!

[via Nerd Approved]

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Sep 18 2014

Kimmel Recuts Hunger Games Trailer Into a Comedy

Published by under Movies,Videos

I think it’s interesting that late night hosts are now doing what the internet has been doing for a while now, namely recutting trailer into something they weren’t meant to be. This happens all the time, but now the practice has made its way to Jimmy Kimmel, who has a bit where he presents the new Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 trailer as if it were a comedy instead of a young adult drama-romance-action-movie-anything-but-a-comedy.

It works, obviously, as he’s got a team of talented editors to craft this. I wonder if he’ll make it a recurring bit? It seems like more and more TV folks are making content specifically tailor to a “viral” loving internet audience. Less monologues, more stuff like this.

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