WFTM Podcast Episode 24.2: Agent Mockingjay Walking Dead

Leslie and Fernando return to talk television and films. This week we’re checking in on Agents of SHIELD and the Inhumans (spoilers from 23:30 to 26:25), determining whether The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 was worth the wait (spoilers from 37:36 to 53:36), and the fate of everyone on The Walking Dead and if it’s been worth the wait for answers (spoilers 28:03 to 36:22). We also have news about Game of Thrones season 6, new casting for Black Canary, Amazon’s newest pilot season and good news for iZombie.

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So what’s in Episode 24.2?

Where we just talk about television and movies!

News:

New Game of Thrones posters have Jon Snow on them – what does it mean?

Rumors around who will be cast as Black Canary in the DC Filmverse

iZombie gets more episodes, yay!

Amazon Pilot Season – what looks good?

What We’re Watching:

Agents of SHIELD (spoilers from 23:30 to 26:25)

The Walking Dead (spoilers from 28:03 to 36:22)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (spoilers from 37:36 to 53:36)

Our Favorite Thing We Watched This Week:

Fernando: The Walking Dead

Leslie: iZombie just gets better and better!

 

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Intro & Outro Music is “Robot Army” by Quiet Music for Tiny Robots, provided via freemusicarchive.org through a Creative Commons License

 

WFTM Podcast Episode 5: Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na... Comics!

In episode 5, Fernando and Leslie talk about a lot of comics, including The Dark Knight Returns, The Long Halloween and Gail Simone’s Batgirl. They also talk about the new Guardians of the Galaxy cartoon on Disney XD, Robopocalypse concept art, What’s Happening with Noelle Stevenson This Week, how bad Terminator: Genisys is and more.

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What We’re Watching:

Terminator: Genisys

What Leslie’s Reading:

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

Batgirl Volumes 4 & 5 by Gail Simone

The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller

The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale

What’s Making Us Happy:

Fernando: Women’s World Cup Soccer

Leslie: Rocket Podcast

 

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Email your questions, concerns, thoughts and comments to WorkingfortheMandroid@gmail.com

 

Intro & Outro Music is “Robot Army” by Quiet Music for Tiny Robots, provided via freemusicarchive.org through a Creative Commons License

 

Review: Li'l Gotham Volume 1 by Dustin Nguyen & Derek Fridolfs

Li'l Gotham: Volume 1
Dustin Nguyen & Derek Fridolfs

DC Comics
I received an e-ARC from the publisher in return for an honest review.
Released February 25, 2014
128 pages

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These gorgeously drawn and painted all-ages tales feature all of your favorite Gotham City characters: Batman, Robin, Nightwing, Catwoman, The Joker, The Penguin and many others!  

First up, Robin needs Batman's help to learn the true meaning of Halloween. Then, on Thanksgiving, Batman and Robin join the families of Gotham City around the table for a holiday feast--and birds of a feather flock together to stage a march against the city...led by The Penguin!  As Christmas time approaches, the search for a missing holiday choir leads Batman and Nightwing into a confrontation with Mr. Freeze! But in this heartfelt Christmas tale, the frozen fiend's motives aren't as nefarious as they seem...

And on a festive New Year's Eve, Catwoman thinks she'll be spending a quiet night at home, contemplating her New Year's resolutions--until Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn show up, that is!

This volume collects stories from Detective Comics Annual #11, Batman Annual #27, Batman: Li'l Gotham Digital chapters 1-11.

This is an odd and adorable li’l series. It’s all your favorite Gothamites at their cutest in all-ages friendly adventures. The comic series was originally released as digital one offs on holidays, and each li’l story takes place on that holiday. So you have a story about mothers on Mother’s Day, a story involving rabbits and eggs on Easter, and so on. It’s a great idea of an all-ages comic and did I mention that these characters are ADORABLE?

The trio of Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and a reluctant Catwoman is now my favorite thing in the Bat-verse that isn’t Dick Grayson/Barbara Gordon-related. Their New Year’s Eve story had me in giggle fits and caused a sudden desire to see if there are any other stories that toss these three femme fatales together for crazy antics. Another giggle-inducing story was the Valentine’s Day issue where the Joker accidentally spills a pheromone-based love potion on himself and the ladies of Gotham go a little crazy.

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Trailer Park Friday: Legos, Space Travel, Damien Wayne & More

We finally went to see Frozen last week and in front of it was a trailer for The Lego Movie. I had seen commercials for it, but not a full trailer. I now am kind of in love with this movie. It comes out February 7 and will hopefully be super silly.

Red Rising is an upcoming book by Pierce Brown from Random House that have been getting a lot of buzz. It's about a color-coded caste system, people working on Mars and other scifi goodness. It comes out on January 28 and here is its official television commercial

I don't think even Amy Pond can get me to see this horror film. Oculus is based on a short film and just from this preview trailer, it looks kind of terrifying. It is supposed to come out on April 18. Also when did WWE start financing films?

This next one I am very excited about even though this teaser trailer gives you absolutely nothing. FX is adapting Guillermo del Toro's The Strain book series into a television show starting this summer and hopefully it will be awesome.

DC can't get their live action films up and running, but they're still putting out animated features every few months. This is the first I've heard of Batman & Son being turned into an animated film. I personally prefer Damian work alongside Dick Greyson, but yeah, okay, Bruce Wayne works too. It'll be released on DVD sometime in the spring.

And finally, I have had this video opened in a tab for ages and yet always forgot to include it when Fridays rolled around. Not longer! It's a short 7 minute science fiction film called Beyond by Raphael Rogers about a girl with the ability to withstand intergalatic teleportation.

That's all from me this week. What videos have caught your attention? Share them in the comments!

Random Tuesday: Contests, Bookish Lists, Batwoman and Lord of the Rings

Welcome to Random Tuesday! Last week I failed at Random Tuesday because of a lot of different factors, but this week nothing will keep me away. Not even a barrage of ants attempting to take over my house! But first, just a note to point out, we’re currently have two contests up and running. One is for Just My Type, a book perfect for design nerds (I say that lovingly) and cultural history aficionados alike. You can enter to win a paperback copy or a The Periodic Table of Fonts poster here.

Our other contest is in partnership with the wonderful Anderson O’Connell, author of Kingdom, who is preparing for the birth of his second child. Guess the sex of the baby to possibly win a signed paperback copy of Kingdom here or download the e-book for Kindle here for a limited time.

Now on to some randomosity.

If you’ve been on Facebook at all over the last few days, you’ve probably seen this list of 10 Artifacts from Literature That We Wish Were Real from Flavorwire. It’s a pretty neat list, though I’m not sure how useful an alethiometer would be in the real world. Then again I really didn’t like His Dark Materials, so that might be me projecting. On the other hand, I would pay good money for a fully functional Babel Fish.

Now that I have a job that actually requires me to work during the day, I haven’t had much blog surfing time and my Pinterest account has suffered in result. And yet somehow, I managed to still come across a Darma nursery. That kid is going to fear planes and polar bears.

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Random Tuesday: Review - The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

If you’re wondering how I can possibly write something about The Dark Knight Rises without referencing Aurora, CO, it’s because fellow Austinite Karin L Kross wrote all my thoughts now in a far more comprehensible manner than I could piece together here on Tor.com.

The Dark Knight Rises
Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon Levitt
Warner Brothers

 

Oh Batman, how I consume your pop culture treats like candy. The gadgets, the cars, the extensive family of Bat-people who beat up criminals and somehow never manages to clean up Gotham’s streets… it’s a fun universe to visit regularly. When Christopher Nolan took over the movie franchise, I was only familiar with his work on Memento, but I knew he had a reputation for twisty, dark crazy plots that never went where you expected them to go. I was excited. It was going to be fun.

And it was. Batman Begins was a handy introduction to the Bat universe without the cheese of the 90s movies that I grew up with. It was comprehensive without dragging and, despite a miscasting or two, it was a really enjoyable spin on cannon. Plus Christian Bale… I mean, yes, please. Despite his seriously goofy Batman voice, he was a perfect choice to play the self-involved billionaire Bruce Wayne while still managing to be a convincing vigilante. And Matt Bomer’s evil twin Cillian Murphy as the Scarecrow was some nice casting too.

As for The Dark Knight Rises, well, does much else need to be said other than Heath Ledger was brilliant? And that despite putting in multiple villains and several storylines, everything fit together without seeming bloated or rushed? It was a great movie.

So I was incredibly excited about The Dark Knight Rises. It was going to be the last twisty piece of Nolan’s Batman puzzle. It was going to be exciting and unexpected and an edge-of-my-seat thrill ride, right?

Sadly, no. I think I’m the only person in the universe right now who has horribly let down by The Dark Knight Rises. I knew all the “twists” at the beginning and I was never surprised. Not once. How is that possible with a Christopher Nolan film? I knew characters’ real identities far before they were revealed and it all was just horribly predictable. It also didn’t help that I felt like I’d seen nearly the entire movie – or at least all the important plot points – via trailers (and I’ve been avoiding all the clips they’d been releasing) and stills released in the press. It wasn’t excited and that made me very sad.

But I didn’t hate the movie. It was a decent action flick and only sort of fell into the third superhero movie trap. Yes, it felt like Nolan had a long list of “things to tie up” and “toys I haven’t gotten to play with” and then threw them all together so that, from beginning to end, the movie was one big stream of plot. There was no nuance or room for the story to stretch out and find some depth. Bane was a one-dimensional thug with a semi-compelling backstory shoved on him at the end and other bad guys were just as easy to see through. Though I have to admit that the sudden and unexpected (at least to me) appearance of a character from a previous film delighted me, but I wanted more.

The Dark Knight Rises, as much as it attempts to be about Bruce Wayne, feels like it’s about Joseph Gordon Levitt’s junior cop John Blake becoming disillusioned with the world around him while Wayne just sort of cavorts in the background being broody. Levitt, Michael Caine and Gary Oldman (despite the slim screen time) were the only characters I felt had any real dimension to them. Of course Bale was great with the material he was given, but his story felt nearly like an afterthought. And Anne Hathaway was a good Catwoman as long as you didn’t want anything other than a little bit of snark and flirting.

Why is it when I review movies I can only focus on the bad? That isn’t fair. These are great actors doing great work in a gritty action movie that, had it not followed The Dark Knight, probably would have gotten a far more positive reaction from me. It just felt very paint by numbers, this material, after the very complex and dreary second installment.

To avoid spoilers, I really wish Blake’s story hadn’t ended with such an on-the-nose shout out to obvious fans. There were far more subtle ways to get the point across without it.

Overall it’s an okay movie. Nothing spectacular. I just wish the movie I’ve been super excited about seeing for months (Brave, The Amazing Spider-Man, Prometheus) would stop leaving me feeling so “meh” when I finally see them and walk out of the theatre.

 

 

Though what do I know? I have Suckerpunch playing in the background and that movie is awful (except for the steampunk zombie Nazis, of course).

A Week of Random: Random Tuesday - Superhero Videogames, Superhero Art, Superhero Cartoons, Superhero Cupcakes

Five minutes ago, I was unaware this even existed. Now I desperately want this more than anything else in the world and it's my new favorite videogame.

Look! I can be Robin! Or Nightwing! Or Superman! Or the Flash! Or Catwoman! Or or or... I really hope Batgirl is an option. As far as I know, none of the Lego games have been completely open world (Harry Potter is kind of close), but I have loved every single one of them that I've played.  I am so excited about this game and I want it right now.

And now I've just checked on Amazon and it comes out in FOUR WEEKS! If I go missing around June 19, you guys will know why.

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