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MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 18: Providence (T.V. review)

After some incredibly tense twists and turns in recent episodes of Agents of Hydra S.H.I.E.L.D., it’s nice to have a lighter tone reappear with this week’s adventure.  I’m not talking about the juvenile antics of Skye and Fitz-Simmons that alienated viewers (myself included) in early episodes.  Thankfully the spy kids have grown up.  The lighter […]

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Ep 17: Turn, Turn, Turn (T.V. review)

T.V. network marketing tosses around the term “game changer” as if it’s a rag doll.  “Tune in to this week’s exciting ______ .   It’s a game changer!” “Don’t miss tonight’s game changing episode of _____ !!”  “After the final game changing moments of the new _______ , nothing will ever.  Be the same.  Again!!!” Seldom […]

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 16: End of The Beginning (T.V. review)

After featuring ancillary agents Blake, Garrett, Sitwell and Victoria Hand in solo episodes, we now have their Avengers-like team-up in the latest installment of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  The quartet joins Coulson & Co. in stopping the Clairvoyant once and for all, a goal complicated by the presence of Mike Peterson, A.K.A. Deathlok the Demolisher, which […]

COFFEEHOUSE SCREENWRITING 101

I spend a lot of time in coffee shops, yet I don’t like coffee.  I didn’t used to like coffee anyway. Until I spent a lot of time in coffee shops.  Does that sound jittery?  Blame caffeine because I’m typing these words in a coffee shop. As a freelance writer determined, like the vast majority […]

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Ep 15: Yes Men (T.V. review)

The name of this week’s episode, Yes Men, is thankfully not a reference to the underwhelming Jim Carrey film of nearly the same name (Yes Man).  Nor is it a Jeopardy answer, as in: ALEX TREBEK: “What fanboys call the confidantes who read George Lucas’ Star Wars prequel scripts, knew they were bad, and did […]

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 14: T.A.H.I.T.I. (T.V. review — redacted)

  For the sake of national security, this week’s critique of the new S.H.I.E.L.D. episode has had certain information-sensitive passages redacted by agent Maria Hill, under orders from Director Fury himself. Should you choose to read any further, all knowledge of your involvement will be disavowed.  Should you choose not to read further, all enjoyment […]

MASTERS OF THE SHARED UNIVERSE

Marvel’s The Avengers, which assembled heroes established in previous solo films, earned $1.51 billion worldwide.  It’s the third highest grossing film of all time.  Ever since its massive success, Hollywood has gone cray cray for the shared universe concept.  World-building has been replaced by universe-building in hopes of riding the trend all the way to […]

SNOWPIERCER 1: THE ESCAPE — Titan Comics (Graphic Novel Review)

New in stores (both tangible and virtual) is Titan Comics’ English translation of the French graphic novel that inspired the upcoming film directed by a South Korean.  Got all that?  I’m talking about Snowpiercer 1: The Escape.  Is it worth reading before or after seeing the movie?  Or not at all.  Let’s find out. First […]

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 13: T.R.A.C.K.S. (T.V. review — redacted)

What follows is a classified document critical of this week’s new S.H.I.E.L.D. episode.  For reasons of national security, several information-sensitive passages have been redacted at the request of Director Fury. Rumors that this was a cover-up perpetrated by the reviewer in order to “get out of” having to write a full, cohesive review cannot be […]

THREE IS A MAGIC NUMBER

You don’t need Schoolhouse Rock to know that 3 is a magic number. It’s in our sciences with Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion and Asimov’s 3 Laws of Robotics.  It’s in our religion (some of our religion) with the 3 Wise Men and the Holy Trinity.  Three trimesters of pregnancy could yield triplets that all […]

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 12: Seeds (T.V. review)

Nothing makes one feel like it’s wintertime in Los Angeles quite like unseasonably hot weather.  Today it’s a record-breaking 89 degrees in the Valley where it should be 60-something this time of year.  Unlike my snowbound relatives back east who think I’m rubbing it in every time they ask what the temperature is out here, […]

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Ep. 11: The Magical Place (T.V. review)

The Magical Place is the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. mid-season premiere that picks up where the mid-season finale left off. (Remember when television shows just had one premiere and one finale per season?) The “finale” ended on a cliffhanger with Agent Coulson getting himself kidnapped by Project Centipede.  Now the mission is to rescue him and […]

DIAGNOSIS: THE CHRISTMAS BENDS!

Suicide rates are allegedly the highest of the year during the holidays.  Winter’s shorter daylight hours afflict people with Seasonal Affective Disorder (*).  Elvis Presley sings about having “a blue Christmas without you.”  These conditions, the unfortunate by-product of such a happy time, should be taken seriously.  Yet no one ever talks about the hidden […]

HOW THE DICKENS DID YOU SCROOGE UP A CHRISTMAS CAROL?!

There’s a reason Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is one of the most adapted stories of all time, more so than Sherlock Holmes, Shakespeare, or Superman.  The reason is simple — It’s a perfect example of dramatic storytelling. Its three-act structure is personified by three ghosts representing the past, present, and future, which in turn […]

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Ep. 10: The Bridge (T.V. review)

After a week off, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns with a new episode before taking a month off.  To quote my mom anytime someone hires a maid, supersizes their fries, or does anything else reminiscent of being rich, “Must be nice.” The Bridge pulls out all the stops by bringing us back to the beginning with […]

THOR: THE DARK WORLD (Soundtrack Review & Other Marvel Musical Missives)

There’s no better day to review the soundtrack for Thor: The Dark World than Thor’s Day, A.K.A. Thursday, A.K.A. today.  The Asgardian’s first foray into film was the 2011 adaptation of the Marvel comics version of the Norse myth, a robust noble epic that made the inevitable sequel something to look forward to.  Its score […]

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Ep. 9: Repairs (T.V. review)

The title of this week’s S.H.I.E.L.D. episode – Repairs – comes packed with multiple meanings.  It refers to mechanical repairs for the team’s super jumbo jet, the Bus, necessitated by attacks from a ghostly villain seeking physical repairs for his corporally-ravaged body.  Most significant, however, are the emotional repairs needed for the Bus’ pilot, Melinda […]

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Ep. 8: The Well (T.V. review)

In a tie-in to Thor: The Dark World, Coulson and company sweep up Dark Elf debris after the film’s events a la Damage Control, a Marvel comic about a crew of specialists who do likewise after superhuman combat.  This leads to a global adventure steeped in Norse mythology, which leads to an episode better than […]

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Ep. 7: The Hub (T.V. review)

What’s all the hubbub about The Hub… bub?  Aside from being the title of this week’s episode, it’s also S.H.I.E.L.D.’s headquarters.  One of them anyway.  Agent Simmons tells an awestruck Skye that as impressive as the Hub is, it’s nothing compared to the Triskelion, S.H.I.E.L.D.’s cracker of choice for wine tasting social events.  Oh wait, […]

THOR: THE DARK WORLD (Film Review — Test Audience Feedback Style)

Ever been to a test screening for a new movie?  They give you a rare opportunity to see a major motion picture, way ahead of its release date, as a work-in-progress.  Temp music, incomplete special effects, no credits — once you get used to the abnormalities, you can focus on the story. Afterward, you fill […]

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