Archive for the ‘Steven D’arcangelo’ Category

MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER: Time and Tide (television mini-series critique)

My previous reviews of Agent Carter have praised Hayley Atwell’s performance as Carter and she deserves it, but so too do her fellow thespians. I’ll get to Dominic Cooper and James D’Arcy in future critiques. Up first though is Peggy’s quartet of male co-workers at the Strategic Scientific Reserve. (S.S.R.)

MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER: Bridge and Tunnel (television mini-series critique)

A.B.C. and Marvel are making a smart, unique move right now. They’ve cut Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s sophomore season into two halves, ending the first on a great cliffhanger that makes us hate (in a good way) that we have to wait until March for the second half. In the meantime, we get to see the […]

MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER: Now is Not the End (television mini-series critique)

I’ve always loved Hollywood’s rendition of World War II. Don’t get me wrong, Saving Private Ryan and Flags of our Father are great, important films and I totally get that war is hell, but when I need a break from true history, I enjoy the romanticized version. The Great Escape. The Dirty Dozen. Indiana Jones […]

SANTA CLAUS: MYTH, MENACE, OR MORON?

Over the past few holiday seasons, I’ve noticed a disturbing trend that I haven’t been able to confirm until now. To do this, I made good use of my D.V.R. and a tryptophan hangover (too much roast beast). I binge-watched every Santa-themed movie and T.V. special that aired between Black Friday and Christmas day. As […]

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 2.10: What We Become (mid-season finale review)

Over the last few years, television has seen the advent of the “mid-season finale,” or, as network marketing pronounces it, “MID-SEASON FINALE!!” In the past this was more commonly known as the “episode before winter hiatus” or, more succinctly, “just another episode.” Well, not anymore! Now it’s as big of a deal as the season […]

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 2.09: …Ye Who Enter Here (T.V. review)

…Ye Who Enter Here, the title of this week’s episode, alludes to the warning at hell’s entrance, “abandon all hope, ye who enter here,” as depicted in Dante’s The Divine Comedy. In this case, “hell” is most likely the ancient alien city that S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra have been searching for. Or it could refer to […]

SEQUEL-TITLE-ITIS part 2: How to Improve Sequel Titling

A sequel by definition is unoriginal, so movie sequels already have one strike against them. Strike two comes from studios saddling them with unoriginal titles. Cars 2 The Expendables 3 Paranormal Activity 4 Final Destination 5 (If they’re on the 5th film, then how final is this destination? Just saying.) Humdrum titles like these do […]

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