Monday, October 5, 2015

The Blacklist - The Troll Farmer

Picking up directly following the events of last season's finale, The Blacklist begins its Second Season with Lizzie (Megan Boone) on the run with Reddington (James Spader) after being branded as a Russian spy, terrorist, and murderer. Relying on an old contact Red's plan to hole-up in the city for weeks until the man hunt dies down, but after being betrayed he and Lizzie are forced to run far sooner than expected. Even with the help of a member of The Blacklist (Aaron Yoo) known for his ability to use social media to obscure real events under a haze of false information, only one member of the pair is able to make it out of the city.

The Flash - The Complete First Season

Racing out of the events of Arrow's Second Season, The Flash introduces us to Central City and the world of police forensics officer Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) who, thanks to the explosion of a particle accelerator and getting hit by lightning, is imbued with super-speed making him the fastest man alive.

Highlights of the show's First Season include the the the Flash fighting a new Weather Wizard (Chad Rook), Flash taking on a teleporter, introduction of Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) and Cold's team-up with Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell), the two-part team-up with Green Arrow (Stephen Amell), the first appearance of the Reverse-Flash, Barry's first run-in with the U.S. Military, a two-part storyline involving Firestorm (Robbie Amell, Victor Garber), Mark Hamill reprising his role as the Trickster, the introduction of Grodd, and the show's final arc concerning the investigation into Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh), the confirmation of Wells' identity as a time traveler, and the season finale.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Mary Marvel by Alouette Cosplay

Sleeping with Other People

Writer/director Leslye Headland's indie romcom doesn't stray far from the basic formula of the genre. After meeting, and loosing their mutual viriginity to each other one steamy night in college, Jake (Jason Sudeikis) and Lainey's (Alison Brie) paths cross again years later. Despite their mutual attraction, the two agree to keep things platonic given Jake's womanizing ways and Lainey's hang-up on an old college ex (Adam Scott) who she still carries a torch for despite how awful he's treated her over the years.

There's little to no surprise in Headland's script and when Sleeping with Other People works it does so on the talent and likability of its stars and supporting cast that includes Scott, Amanda Peet, Jason Mantzoukas, Andrea Savage, Natasha Lyonne, and Margarita Levieva (in an opening cameo so good she nearly steals the entire film). We know where Jake and Lainey are going, how long it will take to get there, and can guess (pretty accurately) on the stops they'll take along the way. Thankfully the movie's cast keeps the predictable story from becoming stale and boring. It's far from a must-see, but if your girlfriend is determined to drag you to a romcom you could do far, far worse.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Laws of Nature

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. opens its Third Season with a better than average episode focusing on the new mission of Coulson's (Clark Gregg) team in a race to track down burgeoning mutants Inhumans (seriously, other than the gas which causes their mutation is there any difference between them?) before a mysterious, but equally well-funded military force, gets their hands on them. From the premiere we learn that S.H.I.E.L.D. is officially dead (which makes you wonder just who is funding Coulson's army and providing them with top-of-the-line tech such as their new flying stealth ship). Daisy (Chloe Bennet) has adopted her birth name and made great progress in controlling her powers leading a team to rescue a new Inhuman (Juan Pablo Raba) from the forces of Rosalind Price (Constance Zimmer) who Coulson mistakenly believes is responsible for the death of five Inhumans in the past few weeks.