Daily Archives: October 21, 2015

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S03 E04: Devils You Know


Any television series with its roots in the espionage genre should be about trust. And let’s face it, even though “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is set in a superhero universe, it is at its heart about espionage. All the clichés apply, like the enemy of my enemy is my friend and better the devils you know than the ones you don’t. That last one hits hard this episode with S.H.I.E.L.D.’s new alliance with the A.C.T.U. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on “Devils You Know.”

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31 Days of Horror 2015: Goosebumps the Film


This was a week of horror films for me; one for adults and the other, kid friendly. Unlike Crimson Peak, which I reviewed and considered too frightening for the PG13 crowd, Goosebumps was perfect for both children and adults. My grandsons grew up on R.L. Stine‘s stories with the Goosebumps series being their favorite, but would this film do justice to the books? Stay close, my little ones. It’s going to be a wild ride. Read the rest of this entry

It Floats Back To You: The Love Boat Chronicles, Episodes 13 & 14


In 1977, when other kids were discovering The Sex Pistols, I was discovering The Love Boat. I stayed at my grandparents’ house on most weekends, so on Saturday nights at 8 p.m., I’d settle down on the sofa with the two of them to watch Aaron Spelling’s marine masterpiece. This column is my attempt to reclaim the wonder of those weekends.

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We’re Finally Outatime With BACK TO THE FUTURE #1 On The Wednesday Run

OutatimeOctober 21, 2015.

We still have roads for our cars. We don’t have hover boards. I’m still forever tying knots in my shoelaces. I do believe the Cubs are still looking to win a World Series. And, thankfully, the Jaws series of films have yet to reach their nineteenth installment. (But there’s still time.)

These are all things that keen-eyes futurists caught in the second installment of the Back to the Future trilogy of films. But it was that original movie starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd thirty years ago that captured our imaginations in 1985.

Still October 21, 2015 plays a large part in BTTF lore. It was the day in the future that Marty McFly had to get to in order to save his kids. And what better way to celebrate that incident, and the anniversary of the first film, then with a comic book tie-in event.

Follow me after the jump for 1.21 gigawatts of pure childhood pleasure with the scoop on Back to the Future #1!

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31 Days of Horror 2015: The Music of JG Thirlwell


JG Thirlwell, 2011: photo by Tony Visconti

The first piece of music I remember hearing by JG Thirlwell was “DI1-9026” from 1985’s Nail album, which deliriously skewers the Charles Manson mythology. I found it hilarious. “Throne of Agony” and “Descent into the Inferno” were the next tracks from Nail that grabbed me, two bleakly comic tales about depraved protagonists relentlessly resigned to their infernal fates. The music, a mixture of 1940s big band sounds punctuated by explosive and percussive synthesizers, was catchy as hell and further enhanced by Thirlwell’s deep growls and swoonworthy crooning.

WTUL, Tulane University’s college radio station in New Orleans, is definitely responsible for what happened next. After they played these songs on the radio on repeat throughout the year, I went to Toxic Shock records and bought my own vinyl copy of Nail. The purchase of this album, credited to Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel (one of Thirlwell’s innumerably clever plays on words), did not sit well with my mother, who warned me not to play it on the living room stereo. So I stayed in my room and devoured it. Read the rest of this entry

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