The Day of the Doctor

Like most of Moffat’s run, the trailer for “Day of the Doctor” presents more questions than answers. It seems that “Day of the Doctor” isn’t just the name of the episode but the name of a specific event in the Doctor’s timeline.

So let’s speculate!

I think John Hurt is playing the Doctor during the Time War.  I think he changed his name to something else when he fought in the war.  10 said something to the effect that what John Hurt did, he didn’t do in the name of the Doctor.  I think that’s literal.  So the Day of the Doctor is either when he changed his name before the Time War or when he reclaimed his name after the Time War.

Or Moffat can be pulling a fast one on us and make up some new shit that no one ever heard about.

I definitely like the trailer and the shots of previous Doctors.  But I think I’m a little on the fence with Moffat at the helm.

There Can Be Only About a Dozen Or So

Highlander. By Faberge.

Highlander. By Faberge.

This book cover has nothing to do with the Highlander reboot. I just couldn’t resist!

I had no idea this was in the pipeline, but apparently it’s time for a Highlander reboot.  It sounds like we’ll be reintroduced to Conor McLeod and Ramirez.  At one point, Ryan Rynolds was attached to play the lead (WHY DO PEOPLE KEEP PUTTING HIM IN MOVIES?), but that idea got chopped.

One of the visual effects supervisors for Snow White and Thor (that would have been more interesting) has been tapped by Summit to direct the feature.  Story wise, it sounds like it could be pretty faithful to the original.

I gotta say, I love me some Highlander. But it doesn’t really hold up.  I tried watching the original a few years back and couldn’t contain my laughter. Soooo I suppose a fresh take on it wouldn’t be so bad.  There’s a lot that can be done with the concept and although the TV series kinda took it to places that sometimes didn’t really work, I think a new start could be good.  However, if it’s just a rehash of the original, why bother.  We’ll see how this develops.

From: Slash Film

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Here’s how good the team of Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin was.  They did the original two-issue “Days of Future Past” arc in Uncanny X-Men #141 and #142 back in 1980.  It was so popular that the X-Men would regularly encounter enemies and allies from that dark future.  It was adapted in the original animated series.  Versions of it have showed up in video games.  Besides “Dark Phoenix,” it is the only other X-Men story that people who aren’t regular comic book readers recognize.  And now, it’s being adapted into film.

We won’t really know how faithful Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past will be until the film comes out.  The way the trailer is cut, it seems like it’s another Wolverine sequel feature Logan and his X-Friends.  The cast is sprawling with pretty much everyone who’s ever starred in an X-Film.  I’m a little worried that it’s going to be kind of a mess.  The trailer is all over the place.

Still, the fact that it’s happening stands as a testament to how freaking awesome those original two issues really were.  This was before the whole decompressed writing for the trade trend, before annual universe crossover events, before foil covers, before renumberings, before #0 issues, before alternate covers.

Watch Day of the Doctor in THEATERS!!!!!!

Now With More Explosions!

Everything is more ominous with explosions.

Day of the Doctor will premier on November 23 and to celebrate, BBC America is simulcasting the premier in theaters across the US!  Tickets are on sale from Cinemark and Fandago at the following theaters:

  • Los Angeles
    Cinemark Rave 18 + IMAX (Los Angeles, CA)
    Century Huntington Beach Bella Terra + XD (Huntington Beach, CA)
  • New York
    AMC Loews Village 7 (New York, NY)
    Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 & RPX (New York, NY)
  • Chicago
    Century Evanston + XD (Evanston, IL)
    Cinemark at Seven Bridges + IMAX (Woodridge, IL)
  • Philadelphia
    Cinemark Rave University City Penn (Philadelphia, PA)
    Cinemark 16 (Somerdale, NJ)
  • Dallas-Ft. Worth
    Cinemark West Plano + XD (Plano, TX)
  • San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose
    Century San Francisco Centre 9 (San Francisco, CA)
  • Washington, DC (Hagrstwn)
    Cinemark Rave Fairfax Corner + XD (Fairfax, VA)
  • Houston
    Cinemark Tinseltown + XD (The Woodlands, TX)
  • Atlanta
    Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville, GA)
  • Seattle-Tacoma
    Cinemark Lincoln Square Cinema (Bellevue, WA)
  • MinneapolisAMC Southdale 16 (Edina, MN)

And if you miss it in theaters on Saturday, Fathom Events will be rebroadcasting Day of the Doctor in select theaters.

I imagine tickets will be selling out so if you live anywhere near these cities, get to clickin’!

From: BBC America

Our First Look at the Winter Soldier!!!

“I got red, white, and blue on your ledger.”

“That’s not my ledger.”

Awwwww riiiiiiiiight!

So holy hell, Captain America: The Winter Soldier looks like a lot of fun.  The interpretation of Falcon is pretty cool.  I like seeing Natasha back in action.  Steve looks amazing.  And man, Winter Soldier looks fucking fierce.  It looks like it’s going to be S.H.I.E.L.D. vs S.H.I.E.L.D., fear vs freedom, that sort of thing. Can’t wait!!

Oh Fine, Here’s a S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode Review

Melinda May continues to be unimpressed with Agent Boring MC Strong Chin.

Melinda May continues to be unimpressed with Agent Boring MC Strong Chin.

I’m still watching the show because despite how terribly boring it is, the mysteries they’ve set up have me curious.  Each episode has had a little tidbit about Coulson that reinforces the point that he’s not the same person that we saw in the movies.  It’s a little on-the-nose maybe, but it’s at least interesting.  Also, I’m kind of curious as to the timing of the series.  We know it takes place after The Avengers, but I’m also thinking it takes place before Iron Man 3 because Extremis seems to be wildly unstable.  Will we get an Aldrich Killian cameo?

Thus far, S.H.I.E.L.D. episodes have fallen into one of two categories, hunting for an artifact, hunting for a powered human.  Episode 5, “Girl in the Flower Dress,” falls into the powered human one.  There will be spoilers aplenty, but no ones watching the show so who cares!


That’s a dumb fuck of a codename.  Chan Ho Yin is our baddy of the week.  He can fire bend which is pretty neat, but he’s got a major chip on his shoulder.  He’s all pouty face because his S.H.I.E.L.D. handler won’t let him show off his pro bending skills.  So he makes a living as a street magician which goes about as well as you’d expect.  Things turn around for him when a pretty girl in a flower dress, Raina, asks him to show her his fire power.  So of course, she’s evil and kidnaps him.

He wakes up in a secret facility and is like “What the fuck bro.” But Raina appeals to his ego promising him that she’ll help him harness his strength and boost his abilities.  So of course, he’s doomed.  She gives him the dumb fuck codename and his fate is sealed.

Chan turned out to be kind of an asshole.  It’s possible that the strain of Extremis he got amplifies a person’s inner shithead.  All I know is that when he got his booster shot, he became completely unsympathetic.  Skye constantly berated her hacker fuck toy for possibly endangering Chan, but I didn’t really care at that point.  It’s like as soon as Raina gave him the name Scorch, his secondary mutation was asshole.

The part that really surprised me was the torching of the doctor.  I thought that she would be the big bad for this season or at least a major player in the big bad organization’s plans.  Nope.  Chan torched her.  Leaving Raina as our only connection to the big bad organization.  I’m guessing it’s AIM, but that goes with my theory that this show takes places before Iron Man 3.

So yeah, I kinda wanted to like Chan because he seemed like a victim of circumstance.  But he was a little too much of asshole for me to give a shit about him.


The real reason for this episode was to reveal more about Skye and her motivations for joining the Rising Tide.  The Rising Tide hacked a S.H.I.E.L.D. database and leaked the information online which lead to Chan’s kidnapping.  The hackers responsible for the leak is Miles who’s totes L337 #eyeroll.  The dude who plays Miles comes off more as a burned out hippie than an L337 H@XXORZ but since Skye is this show’s idea of a girl-in-a-van-haxxor, I shouldn’t have been surprised.  Miles is Skye’s fuck buddy who apparently helped her out when she was in a low place.  So they fuck.  And then Melinda May finds them together and Skye’s cover is totally blown.

Except that EVERYONE KNEW SHE WAS LYING!  I guess that also goes along with Coulson being a different person because absolutely no on the show trusted her except for him.


Whatever.  Turns out that Skye became an L337 H@XXORZ to find out more about her parents.  All she could find was a redacted S.H.I.E.L.D. document.  So she tried to infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D. to find out more.  And now that she’s on the inside, she decided to fuck everything up by lying to everyone.

This is an interesting feature in a lot of Joss Whedon shows.  The good guys always lie to each other.  They hide things from each other.  The villains usually tell things straight up, although Raina completely lied to Chan so that bit doesn’t hold up.  Good guy lying leads to a lot of conflict and misunderstanding and general awfulness.

If you’re a Skye fan, this episode had a lot of stuff for you.  Oh, you also get to see her in her underwear which honestly, kind of dragged the episode down.


The short version, episode 5 gave us more questions about the “Scorpion” organization and more answers about Skye.  I suspect a lot of this will all come together at the end, but we’re halfway through Season 1 and I feel like it’s still dragging its feet a bit.

Tony Jaa Teaches Vin Diesel Kickboxing for F7

There’s nothing guilty about the pleasure I get from sitting in a theater and watching a Fast and Furious movie.  I’ve seen ’em all and I love them all and not in a hispter ironic way.  Love the series.  But I’ve always felt in need more knees to the face.

Fortunately, Tony Jaa is here to deliver.  He’s been cast for the seventh movie playing some guy who kicks cars and elbows gear shifts.  I have no idea who he’s playing.  I don’t care.  I love him and I want to see him in more things.

So here he is teaching Vin Diesel how to knee things in the face!

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