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Riverdale – “Chapter Twenty-Six: The Tell-Tale Heart”

We last left the plucky kids from Riverdale in quite a bit of trouble.  Betty returned home from an intimate time with Jughead to find her mom cleaning up blood from a dead body in the house.  Archie was lying to Agent Adams about having no idea about why Hiram would want Papa Poutine dead.  So, big question, what are the Coopers going to do with the body?  Who is this person anyways?  Also, how much is Agent Adams going to increase the pressure on Archie, because surely he knows that Archie is lying to him.

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Riverdale – “Chapter Twenty-five: The Wicked and the Devine”

Where, oh where, did we leave off with those pesky kids from Riverdale?  Well, Archie had just earned the respect of Hiram Lodge by beating someone above him in weight classes in a wrestling match during tryouts, though wrestling doesn’t come up at all during the episode.  Jughead has opened the proverbial can of worms by exposing the sins of town founder General Pickens.  Betty had discovered Chic’s dark side, and was wanting help to get in touch with hers.

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Riverdale – “Chapter Twenty-Four: The Wrestler”

We last left these intrepid kids of Riverdale with Archie trying to spy on the shady dealings of the Lodges, Betty bringing in her creepy brother, and Jughead defiantly keeping the Serpents alive at Riverdale High School.  In this episode, will Archie continue to make absolutely terrible decisions?  Will Hal, the most terrible of the Coopers, also be the only sane one?  Will Jughead go one crusade too far?

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Riverdale – “Chapter Twenty-Three: The Blackboard Jungle”

Riverdale returns from its mid-season break.  We last left this brooding band of high schoolers with Jughead becoming a full member of the Serpents, Veronica wanting a role in the family business, and Betty and Archie thinking that they had killed the Black Hood Killer.  Being that it was the mid-season finale, I had my doubts that they had really gotten the killer. (more…)

Kingsman: The Golden Circle review

Kingsman the Golden Circle posterBack in 2014, Kingsman: The Secret Service came out, based on the comic by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, and really surprised me by how much I enjoyed it.  It was a ridiculously fun spy movie.  Sure, part of the appeal was seeing Colin Firth in an action role, but the movie was more than that.  Kingsman: The Golden Circle is more of the same.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a fun continuation of the previous movie.  However, it is not without it’s own slew of problems.  First off, we’ll start with non-spoilery stuff.  The camera work was dizzying at times during hand-to-hand fight scenes.  Remember how the Bourne movies made the “shaky cam” popular in fight scenes?  Remember how awful it was to try to follow a fight scene with that “shaky cam” going?  Well, here they step that up a bit.  (more…)

Riverdale Pilot Review

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Let me start out by saying that I have never, ever read an Archie comic book before.  I have no idea what is contained within those pages.  I was always under the impression that Archie was a pretty lighthearted series, but have not seen any real evidence of that.  Sure, I am aware of the characters.  Could easily recognize them as they debuted in the show, but did not have any base of characterization to judge what I was seeing.

Adding to this lack of knowledge about the source material, I did not watch any previews for Riverdale.  So, I really had no idea what I was in for when I started this episode.  I give this info because I think context is important with reviews.  Someone that is an avid Archie fan may have a different opinion about this episode than myself.  But for myself, I was pretty surprised by what I saw.  Spoilers ahead.  (more…)

Star Trek Beyond review

Star_Trek_Beyond_posterStar Trek Beyond is a really good movie with a really silly name.  There, I’ve said it.  The title is ridiculous.  Of course, Star Trek Into Darkness was a ridiculous title as well.  Is it that difficult to just stick with the Star Trek: Vague Story Description titles?  This may seem like a pointless complaint, but it’s not.  The title is the first thing people see.  It is the first impression.  If people think a movie title is silly sounding or uninteresting, then they won’t even bother with watching the trailer.  Sure, it may not matter to Star Trek fans, but you’re going to have dwindling returns if you only go after already established fans.

But now that that is out of the way, let’s talk about the movie.  Actually first, close your eyes.  Now, I want you to…crap, I told you to close your eyes.  How are you supposed to keep reading this if your eyes are closed?  Guess I’ll just have to wait for you to come to this realization as well and open your eyes.

You’re back?  Good.  Let’s try this.  Just imagine what you think the critical reception to Star Trek Into Darkness was.  I know from what social interaction I have with some people, the talk was could Beyond return quality to the franchise after the disappointment of Into Darkness.  I never had any big issues with Into Darkness, but I thought the larger reception, audience and critical, was somewhat negative towards this film.  I was so confident in this memory that I went to RottenTomatoes.com just to see how much better Beyond was received than Into Darkness.  And boy was I surprised.  (more…)