Wednesday, May 13, 2015

WHAT'S OLD IS NEW, 1 MORE BLACK WIDOW DISS, NEW SHOWS, CANCELLATIONS, SHORTS, + LINKS, OH MY

X-Files Returns
What's old is new again. It seems like network television has completely run out of ideas, so now they're cannibalizing themselves. Shows like 'The Odd Couple,' 'Full House,' 'Twin Peaks,' and 'Coach.' Admittedly, I'm giddy that the 'X-Files' is returning for a limited six episode run. The fans have been begging for another film or limited series for years, in order to wash the taste out of their mouths of the second 'X-Files' film, 'I Want to Believe.' David Duchovny looks like hell, but Gillian Anderson has been keeping busy with multiple television roles, including one of the best procedural dramas I've seen in a while, 'The Fall.'
Fear The Walking Dead
At first I was skeptical, but I'm slowly getting excited about 'Fear the Walking Dead,' the new 'Walking Dead' spinoff. Also, it's going to focus on something that I've always wondered about, how did the zombie apocalypse start? How did society fall apart? Bright side, it can't possibly be any worse than 'The Walking Dead' seasons 3 and 4. The series will star character actors Cliff Curtis and Kim Dickens and will be set in the mecca of all failed dreams, Los Angeles.

Agent Carter
Here is a list of all of the cancelled shows and thankfully, 'Agent Carter' is not on that list! If you haven't seen 'Agent Carter' yet, then you're missing out. Haley Atwell was dynamite as the intrepid secret agent and Captain America's favorite girl. The show was on a limited run, so it packed a big punch. On a sad note, 'The Mindy Project' was cancelled, but it's looking good that it will be picked up by Hulu.
Minority Report
'Minority Report' is the new scifi series on Fox and it looks modestly interesting. It seems to be a sequel to the 2005 film of the same name. The show centers on one of the twin boy precogs, however, they are much younger than they were in the film with Tom Cruise. Since it's debuting on Fox, it's likely to be cancelled within the first season, so don't get too attached. Fox and science fiction are mortal enemies. Here are just a few of the scifi shows that have met an early demise on Fox: 'Almost Human,' 'Firefly,' 'John Doe,' 'Space Above and Beyond,' 'Alien Nation,' 'Terra Nova,' 'Dark Angel,' and 'The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Now for the fantasy shows: Brimstone,' 'Dollhouse,' 'Point Pleasant,' 'Adventures of Briscoe County Jr.,' 'Tru Calling,' 'Harsh Realm,' 'Strange Luck'.
The Frankenstein Code
'The Frankenstein Code' looks much less interesting. 'The Frankenstein Code' stars that guy who played the Fairy/Vampire/King (Rob Kazinsky) in 'True Blood.' Yeah, the guy who slapped Sookie around. Kazinsky plays Jimmy Pritchard, a corrupt old sheriff, who's given the opportunity to become 35 again. The ole' body switcharoo. We've seen this before. Old man becomes young again and gets to do all the piggish things he used to do. If I were put back into my 17 year old body, I'd probably travel the world or write a book. My default wouldn't necessarily be to go to the club and party. Been there, done that, but that seems to be all that Hollywood thinks young people like to do. Again, this is another science fiction show premiering on Fox, so it's likely doomed. If the trailer is an indication, it may be cancelled for good reason. 
Favorite Geek Gear
I really love these 'Star Wars' dresses. They're darling. There's a whole collection of them. 
Via Fashionably Geek
Favorite Shorts
See some of my favorite short movies below. They are all super short and quite good. Seriously watch these short films. They're great. In 'Burnt Grass', a couple finds a duplicator in their backyard. The concept is cool at first, but it has dire consequences. 'Leviathan' is the shortest and it's also my favorite. Hint: It has a leviathan in it.

Burnt Grass
BURNT GRASS from Ray Wong on Vimeo.
Leviathan
Not So Favorite Thing
Here's my not so favorite thing this week. The Black Widow has been dissed again. To be fair marketing plans are set months in advance. So this plan was in place well before the controversy and the release of the film, but really??? This toy completely removes the Black Widow from her most famous scene, the motorcycle scene, and instead replaces her with Captain America. Really? via io9
Black Widow Absent From A Toy Based On One Of Her Coolest AoU Moments
Black Widow Absent From A Toy Based On One Of Her Coolest AoU Moments
Come on toy companies. Not every little girl wants to be Elsa from 'Frozen!'
@marvel no black widow on tshirt, not a happy girl! #WheresNatasha http://t.co/RPmYKy1LUF
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Links
The Geek Twins are always cool, but check out this cool post about scifi posters burned in wood.
Read Brittani's scathing review on 'Stockholm, Pennsylvania.'
Start your day with a beautiful piece of poetry from the fantastic poetry site Magpie Bridge
Jeremy drudges up the original soundtrack from 'Judge Dredd.'
Dell reviews 'Age of Ultron.' He's much kinder than I am.
Read about the new Loving v. Virginia movie and Natalie Portman antics over at Fisti's.
Katy loves on 'Twister.'
Sofia reviews the Mad Men finale.
Sati satisfies our Thrones fix.
French Toast Sunday's babe of the week is Brittany Snow.
The Flick Chicks give us some great mini-reviews.
Check out Alex's ninja news this week. 

20 comments:

  1. Thanks for the love! :)
    I'm so with you on the lack of Black Widow merch, it's really not on!
    - Allie

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    1. Hi Allie, you're welcome! Yes, I would love to see a little more black widow merchandise. It's actually getting ridiculous.

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  2. Black Widow is having a rough month! WTF! She's my favorite Avenger, so, everyone else can suck it!

    Thanks for the link love :-D

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    1. Ha, she is! I'm actually partial to Captain America in the avengers, but Black Widow is my 2nd favorite. You're welcome!

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  3. Leviathan looks awesome.
    Really odd there isn't much Black Widow stuff. Not very fair.
    Very excited about the new X-Files. Yes, that last movie was awful. And glad Agent Carter will continue.

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    1. Hi Alex! Thanks. Yes I love short film. Leviathan looks great. I'm looking forward to seeing what they do with a full length feature of Leviathan. I know the Black Widow stuff makes no sense.

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  4. Marvel really should take better care of Black Widow. It seems like they're shooting themselves in the wallet, too. People are practically lining up for merchandise and a movie based on the character and they're not giving the public what they want. They're refusing to make money off her! Even stranger, they're now owned by Disney, if I'm not mistaken, a company pretty much built on marketing to young girls. You'd think someone over there would figure this out.

    Thanks for the link!

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    1. Hi there. You're welcome. Yes, Marvel is now owned by Disney so they should know better! But you're so right...they are leaving money on the table!

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  5. Ugh this Black Widow marketing pisses me off. You're so right about girls not wanting to be Elsa, and since they're already being shallow, boys probably want a hot girl toy too. lol

    I'm so happy Agent Carter is coming back for another season. That show went so far above my expectations. I can't get excited about Fear the Walking Dead yet, even though they've got good actors. I'm undecided on it.

    Thanks for the link! :)

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    1. Sure, you're welcome! Yes, I'm seriously wondering who is handling their marketing on the black widow stuff! Big fail on this. I'm willing to give Fear the Walking Dead the benefit of the doubt b/c it's covering something that I wish had been covered before, how/what happened before the zombie apocalypse. But given that Kirkman is in charge...I will take it with a grain of salt.

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  6. Hey thanks for the link back Ms. Mariah and I always love your blog. The Black Widow slight is getting worse every movie and while Avengers did explore her background as an assassin it never quite overcame the gender bias. The toy situation is just ridiculous since how awesome would it be to have Widow electric bracelets? Boy or cool it's cool. Sadly there's no scheduled movie but Marvel knows it needs to do something.

    On the other hand Agent Carter is absolutely amazing and I'm so glad it's coming back. It's a perfect compliment to Agents of SHIELD ans gives them a chance to explore stories from the past. Plus Haley Atwell is as iconic in the role as Robert Downey Jr is as Iron Man.

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    1. Thanks Maurice!! I hope you are well! Yes, the black widow slight is getting unreal. I think a lot of this stuff was planned ahead of time, so they haven't been able to deal with the backlash yet. I'm hoping the next film featuring black widow will handle this differently. But you're right...who knows when we will get a black widow film?

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  7. Thank you for linking my review! Fear The Walking Dead will fulfill my buzz for TWD during the summer. You're right, nothing can get as bad as season three for TWD. So excited X-Files is coming back - I'm hooked to it on Netflix. After watching Captain America, I just love everything about that series. It's so awesome Carter was renewed. At least that's one positive move for female characters since Marvel can't release any Black Widow merchandise and she'll never get her own series.

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    1. You're welcome! Yes, I'm psyched that the Xfiles is coming back. I remember being a teenager when I saw my first episode of the XFiles, so it takes me back to that moment in time. I'm really looking forward to Fear the Walking Dead because it will focus on the beginning of the zombie apocalypse.

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  8. Thank you for the link! Marvel is really looking more and more sexist with every day...

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    1. Hi Sati! You're welcome. Yes they are aren't they!

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  9. Girls playing with dolls I get, girls playing with action figures... I get that too. Many collections over the years made the female figures the one out of five per case, which is not fair. I used to be the guy who would seek out those lady figures and well I wouldn't play with them. I haven't played with any figures in a long time, I display them... As I look at my SuperGirl figure/doll who stands above the rest and the rest is Jason Voorhess, Indiana Jones and Darth Vader... etc.

    I am glad for the strong female leads that will prove that women can too be a kick ass force!

    thank you for the Dredd shout out... he is the law!

    Jeremy

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    1. Hi Jeremy! Ha, you know that's true. All of my husband's actions figures are female! He actually prefers them. You have a Supergirl figure? Wow, I would love to have one. Jealous!

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  10. Thank you for the link, the finale is this Sunday!

    Oh I'm SUPER excited for The X-Files, I can't believe it's actually happening. :D I deny the existence of the second movie, it never happened.

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    1. I loved that show. My husband and I probably cried during the season finale. Like you, I don't like to think of the 2nd film. I wish it didn't exist. I can't even remember what it was about.

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