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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) S1:E11 *SPOILERS*

After the recap we open on some sneaky Chitauri metal transactions and it turns out that they are smack dab in the middle of a S.H.I.E.L.D. bust May and Handsomeface come in punching and managing to beat the crap out of everyone. Holy crap… the companions just sad “Embrace the change…” Bad guy gets hustled into [...]

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The Wolf of Wall Street Movie Review

A big, loud, overblown, hilarious, disturbing and excessive film about the big, loud, overblown, hilarious, disturbing and excessive life of a douche bag stock broker who fleeced people of their hard earned dollars while filling his own pockets, The Wolf of Wall Street is a sobering look at the effects of excess and greed without [...]

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Magrunner: Dark Pulse (Xbox 360) Review

Summary [9 out of 10] Magrunner is an FPS puzzle solving game with a unique story for the genre, borrowing from H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Cycle, there is a sinister nature in this futuristic backdrop that hearkens back to Innsmouth and the 1920s. If you’ll recall we got to check this game out at E3. What [...]

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American Hustle Movie Review

As intricate as it is hilarious, American Hustle features tremendous performances, an engaging story and fantastic direction making it an easy front runner for best film of the year. Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) is a con man who runs a simple scam and keeps things tight. He has several legit businesses for cover and laundering [...]

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Movie Review

A more exciting and cohesive film, the second Hobbit film holds itself together much better than the first but is much lighter on weight and substance. Telling the next chapter in a journey that probably should have been contained in one movie, the Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug follows the hobbit Bilbo (Martin Freeman), Gandalf [...]

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Saving Mr. Banks Movie Review

An emotional, funny and ultimately heartfelt movie, Saving Mr. Banks may be taking some creative license with history but it is a magnificent film that compels and satisfies. Telling the story of the pre-production of Mary Poppins as Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) tries to convince author PL Travers (Emma Thompson) to sign over the rights [...]

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The Blacklist (NBC) S1:E10 *SPOILERS*

Mid-series finale and it looks like The Blacklist will be back for a Second Season next year. Huzzah. Agent IT Helpdesk was able to perform the System Reboot on a completely fake looking user-interface, but hey who am I to judge? At least that was more impressive than getting punched in the face. Lizzy is [...]

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) S1:E10 *SPOILERS*

Open at Havenworth penitentiary on our potentially psychic guy, probably not Mentallo, from last time. Super soldiers bust in and go for extraction, all business and punching. Ouch, wasn’t good to have pulled lunch duty that day as a prison guard. Phil talks about the 90s and has a grunge look in his eyes and a [...]

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Batman Arkham Origins (Xbox 360) Review

Summary [6.5 out of 10] A prequel to the awesome Batman Arkham series, Origins tries hard to match the glory of previous titles but falls short in all the wrong ways. A compelling story cannot make up for a game that feels rushed, off balance and incomplete. That It’s Like: Batman Arkham City: While it [...]

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XBox One 1st Impressions

While it is still too early for a formal system review, I spent all of the first  weekend with the Xbox One (aside for some diversions to sort out a major cable issue) and have some initial thoughts. Over the course of the weekend I put it through its paces with four retail games and [...]

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Paperboy Returns in Paperboy 3: The Hard Way

How can you not have a sense of nostalgia when you think back about the 80s, the sharp edged 8-bit graphics of NES and scanned line smoothness of VHS? Close your eyes and drift back dear reader and imagine a simpler time, when paperboys braved neighborhoods full of weird crap and dangers… Well, he’s back [...]

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) S1:E9 *SPOILERS*

Before we begin, I like this latest theory on I found on Tahiti. Open in a gas station and this dude doesn’t take took kindly to young ladies making purchasing in his story. He probably wasn’t even suppose to be there today and she telekinetically drops a shelf on his punkass. Looks like our friends at [...]

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The Blacklist (NBC) S1:E9 *SPOILERS*

Spader throws a drinking party in a Munich beer hall. Handsomeface crashes the party. Lizzy is dealing with the fall out of the death of her adopted father and having creepy burning baby doll dreams after seeing a stuffed bunny with poop stains. Handsomeface tricked Spader into coming into the post office and to protect [...]

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The Blacklist (NBC) S1:E8 *SPOILERS*

Welcome back to another Play by Play summary of NBC’s The Blacklist! We’re off with a game of father and son catch. Hopefully the kid is not named Carl. At least his Dad isn’t Tommy Wiseau. So it looks like the plane from Breaking Bad finally broke apart over the skies of Washington D.C. or [...]

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) S1 E7 *SPOILERS*

Prison sewer to the Arctic? Hope they don’t run into The Thing. Phil is always a dapper gentleman. Man, S.H.I.E.L.D. has info mules. But at least all that data didn’t explode in his nose. Skye tries to lecture everyone on information and the companions shut her down. Now we find ourselves at The Hub and Skye [...]

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The Blacklist (NBC) S1:E7 *SPOILERS*

Looks like we’re on the subway with Dr. Wilson from House and it looks like he doesn’t care about Hugh popping Vicodin this time around. Funny he doesn’t seem like much of a church going fella, dropped that ball there mistaken redhead and ouch it’s a smoke bomb. Good lord it’s a stink bomb! Or is [...]

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The Blacklist (NBC) S1:E5 *SPOILERS*

We open with Lizzy and Hipster Husband in bed, she apparently is into kinky shit like David Carradine. Huzzah, they are getting a baby from a stork. Nope it’s an adoption agency, good thing their marriage has a solid foundation and its not being filmed like in Lost Highway. This episode is all about creepy [...]

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Diablo III (Xbox 360) Review

  Summary [9 out of 10] The long awaited next chapter of the Diablo series ported over and optimized for consoles, Diablo III delivers on the core experience of the series and with it brings along the rising tide of near fanaticism for ‘just five more minutes to see if I can get some better [...]

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Escape Plan Movie Review

  Movies like this make me wish I was a hack film critic so I could make lots of turns of phrase and puns about how bad this movie is and relating it back to the title and plot but I am not a hack and therefore take the highroad. I wish this movie could [...]

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The Blacklist (NBC) S1:E4 *SPOILERS*

We open up on what appears to be Turner and Hooch checking into a hotel. But it is apparently a professional swimmer and probably Dexter’s biological father. Who really hates body hair. Lizzy is in the evidence room and is a sneaky Dewey Decimal user and manages to gives the file clerk the slip. Her [...]

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Don Jon Movie Review

  Written, directed and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Don Jon is a funny, irreverent and surprisingly deep and poignant film that looks at the nature of relationships and addiction and how often the two intertwine.  Jon (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a fairly simple man with a simple set of priorities. He cares about his body, his family, his pad, [...]

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Machete Kills Movie Review

  Another trip into the exploitation genre, Robert Rodriguez brings the goods with over the top craziness but there are some diminishing returns here and Machete Kills is not quite as awesome as the first. When things go pear shaped on a routine mission to stop the military from selling weapons to the Cartel, Machete (Danny [...]

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC) S1:E3 *SPOILERS*

  Return Special Guest, Patrick! Patrick will be in Red and I’ll be in Blue. Preair thoughts Episode 3, hopefully this episode let’s this show get some traction. First episode was good world building, second was heavy on the team building and they both have a perfect amount of Phil and cameos. Fingers crossed for a [...]

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The Blacklist (NBC) S1:E3 *SPOILERS*

Welcome to another installment of Play by Play Network TV. Does that sound cool? Special Guest this week, Pat! Pat is RED and Charles is BLUE He kicks things off with Sierra Nevada Pale ale doesn’t taste great after two bowls of Frankenberry.  Pudong is down in China, with some old school Filter. Spader reminds us he ruled [...]

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