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10/31/2017

IMAX CEO Regrets Putting Marvel's 'Inhumans' In Theaters


When I saw footage of Marvel's Inhumans at Comic-Con, I said that it was baffling to me that they decided to debut it in IMAX theaters. Not only did it look terrible and like just another episode of a TV series, but the director they hired had no experience with major productions of ANY kind. So it was no surprise that early buzz on the debut was terrible, and that IMAX would come to regret their investment. Well, that's where we are now.

IMAX Ceo Rich Gelfond admitted to investors that the Marvel gamble did not pay off, and that the two-part premiere failed to meet anybody's expectations...

"Customers expected a production akin to a mega-budget blockbuster movie, rather than pilots for a television show. Moreover, the fact that this was Marvel IP set the bar at a level you wouldn’t see from other pieces of content or IP because of the reputation and the high production value of Marvel movies."

So how bad was it? Well, IMAX invested $11M and the episodes only earned $3.5M at the box office. Ouch. Suffice it to say, we won't be seeing many more deals of this kind, not even with Marvel...

"Going forward, we intend to take a more conservative approach consistent with the Game of Thrones approach to capital investments and content. We will be more conservative when considering whether to invest our own capital; and if so, to what extent."

Don't worry, Inhumans may not be around next season anyway.[io9]

Lily Collins Joins Zac Efron In Ted Bundy Film 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile'


I kept thinking Lily Collins and Zac Efron had been in a movie together before, but it may have just been all of those reports of them dating a few years ago. Hopefully that won't make for any awkardness because they're about to star in the same movie together, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile, about serial killer Ted Bundy.

Efron boarded the project earlier this summer, playing Bundy as he hid his multiple murders from live-in girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer, who will be played by Collins. Bundy was executed in 1989, having admitted to 30 murders.

Directing the project is Joe Berlinger, a terrific documentary filmmaker behind the Paradise Lost trilogy and Whitey, but is unfortunately best-known for Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, which nobody has forgiven him for.

Collins has had a busy year, starring in Netflix's Okja and To The Bone. She'll be seen next year as Edith Tolkien in Dome Kurokoski's film on J.R.R. Tolkien. [Variety]

Netflix Suspends Production On 'House Of Cards' Season 6


"My turn", said Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) at the end of House of Cards' fifth season, as she ascendended to the presidency and left her husband, Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) in the lurch.  But is it possible we'll never get to see Claire's turn at all? Since sexual misconduct allegations were made against Spacey, Netflix has decided to cancel the long-running political drama after its sixth season, while hinting that spinoffs could be in the works.  Well, right now all of that is being kept in limbo.

Netflix has put a halt to production on season six, with the streaming service and MRC releasing a joint statement about their concerns that led to the decision...

MRC and Netflix have decided to suspend production on House of Cards season six, until further notice, to give us time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew.

This certainly sounds like the first step towards doing away with the show completely, and that would be an unfortunate end to a game-changing series. But with Spacey not even on set at this time, and the media firestorm still raging, it may be the best move to make.

Win Passes To A Free DC Screening Of 'Last Flag Flying'


We're happy to offer our DC readers the chance to attend a free advance screening of Richard Linklater's Last Flag Flying starring Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, and Laurence Fishburne.

SYNOPSIS: In 2003, three decades after a tour of duty in Vietnam, soft-spoken New Hampshire family man Larry “Doc” Shepherd (Steve Carell) surprises alcoholic Former Marine Sal Nealon (Bryan Cranston) when he shows up at his bar in Norfolk, Virginia. Together they visit their formerly wild comrade-in-arms Richard Mueller (Laurence Fishburne) at the church where he now serves as pastor. Soon after, Doc reveals that his son, a Marine, has been killed in Iraq. He asks his two friends to accompany him on a road trip to attend the young man’s burial at Arlington Cemetery.

The screening takes place on Monday, November 6th at 7:00pm at Landmark E Street. If you'd like to enter, simply complete the required steps in the Rafflecopter contest form below. Winners will be selected on Friday, November 3rd and notified by email. Good luck!

Last Flag Flying opens in DC on November 10th.



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New Teaser For Chance The Rapper's Pizza-Themed Horror, 'Slice'


If seeing those Chance the Rapper commercials for Kit-Kat a million times has made you want to break off more than a Kit-Kat bar, then tough times may be ahead. Not only will Chance be hosting SNL on November 18th, but he's also got a new horror movie on the way titled Slice. And since it hails from taste-making distributor A24 it's one we should be keeping an eye on.

After teasing the film about a year ago, Halloween is the perfect day to drop a new peek.  Using simple animation and a spooky synth score, the teaser reveals Chance's co-stars: Deadpool 2 and Atlanta's Zazie Beetz, along with comedian Paul Scheer. Behind the camera is music video director Austin Vesely, who shot the film quietly in Chicago.  The story stars Chance as an outlaw framed for a killing spree that targets pizza delivery boys. That explains the "Line Rider"-esque teaser, doesn't it?

Slice should arrive in theaters next year.

First Look At Steven Spielberg's 'The Post' With Tom Hanks & Meryl Streep


The importance of journalism and a free press in a functioning democratic society can't be understated, and Hollywood paid tribute to it a couple of years ago when Spotlight won Best Picture. Well, it may be about to happen again. We've been waiting to see something, anything, from Steven Spielberg's The Post, seeing as it how looks like the last legitimate Oscar contender. And now today we have the first image.

It comes to us from Fotogramas, and it features stars Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Bradley Whitford, Carrie Coon, and more. The film centers on the release of the Pentagon Papers, which helped sway public opinion about the Vietnam War.  The rest of the cast includes Michael Stuhlbarg, Zach Woods, Alison Brie, Sarah Paulson, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Jesse Plemons, and Bob Odenkirk. Yep, I'd call that an Oscar-worthy group.

The Post opens December 22nd. Expect a trailer to arrive soon. 

Kevin Feige Teases Future For The Grandmaster, Mark Ruffalo Hypes 'Avengers: Infinity War'


Even if you didn't already know they were siblings, it should be clear that Benicio Del Toro's The Collector and Jeff Goldblum's The Grandmaster are related. Even by Marvel standards they're both a little bit weird, strangely superior for appearing so harmless, and are into using their power to collect things, whether they be artifacts or fighters. While their relation isn't really alluded to in Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel's Kevin Feige teases to Fandango an encounter somewhere down the road, and reveals the one place where you can see them together right now...

"It would be awesome man. It would be great. We love the idea that they’re brothers. If you go on the Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout attraction at California Adventure in Anaheim, you will see a picture on Collector’s wall of he and the Grandmaster playing some sort of a space chess game, which right now is the only place you can see the two of them in a frame together, but let’s hope that changes someday."

Avengers: Infinity War would be an appropriate place for such a meeting of the immortal minds. Here's hoping we can see it happen, as if there isn't enough going on in that film already. Guaranteed to have a huge role, just as he does in Thor: Ragnarok, is Mark Ruffalo's Hulk. Speaking with Collider, Ruffalo talks had nothing but praise for how much the screenwriters were able to cram into Infinity War and Avengers 4 without them feeling crowded.

"It’s crazy. And it’s huge. And everyone’s in it. And it’s like this epic opera that spans time and space, with all of the Marvel characters in it. All nine franchises. I mean, it’s mind-boggling. Everyone has their moment to shine. Everyone is still their characters. Nobody feels like they’re doing any kind of exposition or having to push the story. It’s so well crafted. [Writers Christopher] Markus and [Stephen] McFeely smashed the script. And it has it all: it’s funny, moving… it’s epic. It’s a Russo brothers classic, like, balls to the wall, you know? It’s gonna be amazing. They’re so talented, and they’re great guys too."

There are practically two dozen heroes (maybe more?) that will be part of the fight against Thanos and I have no clue how it couldn't be overcrowded. That said, the Russo Brothers have moved mountains so far, becoming I think Marvel's most reliable directors. If anybody can make it happen, it's them.

Thor: Ragnarok opens this weekend. Avengers: Infinity War on May 4th 2018.

Zoe Saldana Out, Olivia Munn In For Action-Thriller 'Hummingbird'


Olivia Munn is about to get her own action movie and possible franchise. Deadline reports Munn will star in the action-thriller Hummingbird, replacing Zoe Saldana who dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.

The storyline is pretty basic, at least on paper, but should give Munn a chance to show what she can do with the spotlight totally on her.  She would play a black ops assassin whose latest target forces her to confront her true identity.  Marcus Kryler and Fredrik Akerström will direct from a script by John McClain.

Munn has a couple of action flicks ahead of her already. She'll reprise her role as Psylocke in X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and will star in Shane Black's The Predator.

'House Of Cards' To End After Sixth Season, Spinoffs May Be In The Works


It doesn't take much to see the calculus on this one. Over the weekend House of Cards star Kevin Spacey was hit with allegations from actor Anthony Rapp about sexual overtures made when he was just 14 years old.  Spacey's "apology", which included him coming out as gay (In one of Hollywood's worst kept secrets), has been met with criticism for its lack of sincerity, and for seeming as a means of deflection. And now today comes word that Netflix has canceled House of Cards. Hey, how about that.

Netflix has confirmed that the next season of House of Cards, its sixth, will be its last. To be fair, it's possible Netflix was just ready to wrap things up, anyway. The show was one of the first to really put Netflix on the map, but with series creator and showrunner Beau Willimon leaving after the fifth season this may have always been the plan. In fact, that's exactly what THR says is the case, although the timing with Spacey's current scandal can't be ignored.

The sixth season is expected some time in 2018 with Melissa James Gibson and Frank Pugliese as the new showrunners. Check out the joint statement on recent events from Netflix and Media Rights Capital...

So while Spacey has yet to show up on set, House of Cards' future is already being planned. Variety reports that spinoffs are in the works for the political thriller, including one that would follow Frank Underwood's loyal right-hand man Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly) that has former series exec-producer Eli Roth attached as writer. Two other ideas are being floated around as possibilities, as well.

So while House of Cards will be pulling out of the race next year, it may still live on in some form. I wouldn't expect to see any Kevin Spacey cameos, though.

‘The Gifted’ S1E4 Recap: “BoXed In”


Last week on The Gifted, Reed, and Polaris were able to escape the custody of Sentinel Services, thanks to the efforts of Reed Family and the Mutant Underground.  However, the prison break didn’t go 100% as planned.  Sure, they got out to safety by the skin of their teeth, but they also learned that Sentinel Services are also employing mutants to fight other mutants, as John’s former best friend Pulse was now working with them, using his scrambling power to temporarily depower them.  Because he lost custody of Polaris and Reed, Agent Turner promised fire a fury against all mutants as a result.

This week continues the troupe of opening with flashbacks.  This time we peer into the Agent Turner’s past.  Long before he was a cutthroat agent of Sentinel Services, he was a simple cop who enjoyed days at the park with his wife and young daughter.  Then, of course, July 15th happened.  Thanks to Turner’s flashback and a little bit of exposition in this week’s events, a peaceful mutant rights protest turned deadly and powers were unleashed, which causes Turner’s poor girl to get caught in a blast.  You can see why he has a problem with mutants and would volunteer to chase them down.


An in this week’s episode, boy does he chase them down.  When everyone makes it to the Mutant Underground headquarters, it’s overrun with fellow mutant fugitives.  It looks like he’s cracking down on all mutants who have been in hiding.  Any suspected safehouse was getting overturned by Sentinel Services, overworking the Mutant Underground.  Not only are Eclipse and Polaris away trying to avoid drones, but the mutant who was shot in last week’s escape in badly in need of medical help.


One off the mutants that have come to the headquarters is the bartender who can turn invisible, Fade.  Last time he saw Reed, Reed was about to betray him and the poor mutants he was trying to coyote away.  Fade doesn’t trust him, which is also sowing discontent within the ranks there.  Reed knows he has to prove his loyalty and his prosecutor instincts kick in.  he first is able to break through the police scanner code to know that the authorities are still hunting for their headquarters, but he also decides that he has to volunteer his services to steer the police away.  Ade is skeptical, but since John has built up a rapport with the family, he trusts him.  But what happens if he gets caught?  Well, Dreamer can remove his memory of having been there.  This is something that Blink overhears and picks up on immediately.


In the meantime, Caitlin, Laura, and Andy tend to the injured mutant.  Caitlin being a nurse does her thing to help stabilize the patient while her children play as her assistants.  Any being a universal blood donor then helps out.  After removing the bullet, Lauren uses her powers to help stop internal bleeding while Caitlin sows him up.  Yay for the Struckers helping out.

The bulk of the episode focuses on Eclipse, Polaris, and agent Turner.  Turner set up a roadblock which Polaris uses her magnetism to overpower the guards and takes Turner hostage.  They head to a nearby abandoned building where they interrogate him as to how Pulse came into working for the Sentinel Services.  What do they have that would make a mutant betray his or her own kind?  Not wanting to stoop to Turner’s level of torture, they go for the next best thing: Dreamer.  After Blink teleports Dreamer to the warehouse, she uses her powers to view Turner’s memories.  Blink sees this and is able to put two and two together that her memories of loving John were a result of Dreamer invading her memories, something she will not forgive or forget.  While inside Turner’s mind, Dreamer learns about a new government building as well as a special brand, the same one Pulse was wearing.  However, before she was able to dig deeper into Turner’s mind, his fellow Sentinel Service agents break into the building to rescue him.


This is where it gets heartbreaking…

Just as Dreamer was getting ready to find out more information, they have to go and her connection to his thoughts are cut short.  When Turner comes home to his wife after what she knows was a tough day, he tells her he wants to tuck their daughter in for bed, the same daughter that died in the July 15th attack.  Dreamer erased his memory of his daughter dying.  His distraught wife has to tell him that his daughter has been dead for four years.  He, not having any memory of it, is like the first time she dies all over again.  The episode ends with him embracing his wife in their shared pain.

Next week, the Mutant Underground has to become the new X-Men, and that means training.  Without a Danger Room, the headquarters will do.



10/30/2017

C3PO Is Back In New 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' International Trailer


When it comes to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, only a couple of moments of new footage is worth talking about.  A new international trailer has arrived, and it features new looks at C-3PO and Rey (Daisy Ridley), one who is better than ever and the other in desperate need of help.

The golden droid is now without the red arm he was sporting in The Force Awakens, and appears to be back to normal. Sad, I kinda dug him that way.  What's most interesting is Rey and her pleas for help, which she's hopefully directing at Luke Skywalker and not someone from the Dark Side...although, to be honest, it's kinda up in the air. I continue to think Rey ends up a villain by the time this whole thing is over, while Kylo Ren finds the redemption he so murderously denied in the previous movie.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens December 15th. Can it just get here already?

Hayao Miyazaki Reveals Title For His Final Film


If The Wind Rises had truly been the end of Hayao Miyazaki's famed career, it would have been the perfect swansong. It's a miraculous, glorious movie that ruminates on a life of creation and innovation, much like Miyazaki himself. But alas, the animator came out of retirement to work on the Studio Ghibli short, Kemushi no Boro, for the Ghibli Museum, with the expectation that he would have one more feature film in him. And now we know it will be titled Kimi-tachi wa Dō Ikiru ka (How Do You Live?).

What will the film be about? It's not entirely clear, but the title does come from the book by author Genzaburō Yoshino, which centers on “a man named Koperu and his uncle, and through Koperu’s spiritual growth, it discusses how to live as human beings.”

Now, that doesn't mean the movie will follow that storyline at all. It also looks like we'll be waiting a while to see it, as Miyazaki is very early in the storyboard process which could make hitting the 2019 release date tough. So just chill out and hope everything goes according to plan. Go rewatch The Wind Rises in the meantime. [ANN]

Zombie Rom-Com 'Little Monsters' To Star Lupita Nyong'o And Josh Gad


You take The Jungle Book, Black Panther, and Star Wars' Lupita Nyong'o with Frozen and Beauty and the Beast's Josh Gad and you'd expect their next project to be for Disney. But instead they are coming together on something a little different. The two will star in the zombie comedy Little Monsters, from Australian writer/director Abe Forsythe. 

Nyong'o and Gad will be joined by Alexander England, who previously starred in Forsythe's black comedy, Down Under. The film follows "Dave (England), a washed-up musician who volunteers to chaperone his nephew’s kindergarten class field trip after taking a shine to the plucky schoolteacher, Miss Caroline (Nyong’o). Dave’s intentions are complicated by the presence of the world’s most famous kids show personality, and competition for Miss Caroline’s affections, Teddy McGiggle (Gad). One thing none of them bargained for however, is a sudden zombie outbreak, from which Dave and Miss Caroline must protect the children."

This is apparently going to be a major project, and landing Nyong'o and Gad is a good place to start. Production has already begun in Sydney. 

Christoph Waltz Won't Return For The Next James Bond Film


There was never any doubt that another James Bond movie would happen; the only question was whether Daniel Craig would return as 007. That was finally confirmed a couple of months ago, and while there is still no director attached, attention has begun to turn towards the movie's villain. One guy it won't be is Christoph Waltz, who says he won't be coming back.

During a brief interview on the red carpet, captured by Italian site Talky Movie, Waltz was pretty firm that Spectre was at for him...

“No, I’m sorry. I’m really sad, but that’s the tradition, that there is a new…name. Sorry. I would’ve liked to.” 

Tradition? "New name"? What's he talking about? Well, he's referring to the tradition that a different actor take on the role of classic Bond villain, Ernst Blofeld. The character has been played by five actors since first appearing on screen in 1967's You Only Live Twice (He had a couple of films where he was kept off screen) with Waltz being the most recent.

Does this mean we've seen the last of Blofeld? That's hard to say. Another actor could be cast in the role, which would be keeping with tradition, or he may not appear at all. It seems, at least to me, that if the next film is Daniel Craig's last then it should be against Blofeld, the mastermind of the SPECTRE organization. 

Of course, Waltz could be lying and he's signed and ready to return. We likely won't know for sure for quite some time. The next Bond film is set to open on November 8th 2019.

Attend A Free DC Screening Of Best Picture Hopeful, 'Mudbound'


We're happy to offer our DC readers the chance to attend a free advance screening of Mudbound, Dee Rees' southern drama that is considered a frontrunner for Best Picture. The film stars Jason Mitchell, Garrett Hedlund, Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Mary J. Blige, and Rob Morgan.

SYNOPSIS: Set in the rural American South during World War II, Dee Rees ' MUDBOUND is an epic story of two families pitted against one another by a ruthless social hierarchy, yet bound together by the shared farmland of the Mississippi Delta.

MUDBOUND follows the McAllan family, newly transplanted from the quiet civility of Memphis and unprepared for the harsh demands of farming. Despite the grandiose dreams of Henry (Jason Clarke), his wife Laura (Carey Mulligan) struggles to keep the faith in her husband's losing venture. Meanwhile, Hap and Florence Jackson (Rob Morgan, Mary J. Blige) — sharecroppers who have worked the land for generations — struggle bravely to build a small dream of their own despite the rigidly enforced social barriers they face.

The war upends both families' plans as their returning loved ones, Jamie McAllan (Garrett Hedlund) and Ronsel Jackson (Jason Mitchell), forge a fast but uneasy friendship that challenges the brutal realities of the Jim Crow South in which they live.

The screening takes place on Wednesday, November 1st at 7:00pm at Landmark E Street. If you'd like to attend, simply register at the Gofobo ticketing site here.  Please remember that having tickets does not guarantee entry. You will need to arrive early to ensure receiving a seat. Enjoy the show!

Mudbound hits Netflix on November 17th.

Welcome To Muay Thai Hell In First Trailer For 'A Prayer Before Dawn'


You may not have heard of the drama A Prayer Before Dawn, or its star Joe Cole, but this is a good time to start paying attention. First of all, it hails from distributor A24, and here are just a few of the movies they've got rolling this awards season: The Killing of a Sacred Deer, The Florida Project, Lady Bird, and The Disaster Artist. So...yeah, they know their stuff. Second, Joe Cole is hot right now having just played a pivotal role in Thank You For Your Service. And finally, the film tells the true story of English boxer Billy Moore, whose life and career take an unexpected stop in Thailand.

Directed by  Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire and formerly set to star Charlie Hunnam, the film follows Moore as he's incarcerated in Bangkok's Klong Prem prison, aka the Bangkok Hilton, where he learns Muay Thai fighting. Yep, it's some real-life Bloodsport shit, ya'll. Even though Bloodsport was real, too. Just watch the trailer and checking out the synopsis:

A Prayer Before Dawn is the remarkable true story of Billy Moore, a young English boxer incarcerated in two of Thailand’s most notorious prisons. He is quickly thrown into a terrifying world of drugs and gang violence, but when the prison authorities allow him to take part in the Muay Thai boxing tournaments, he realizes this might be his chance to get out.  Billy embarks on a relentless, action-packed journey from one savage fight to the next, stopping at nothing to do whatever he must to preserve his life and regain his freedom.  Shot in a an actual Thai prison with a cast of primarily real inmates, A Prayer Before Dawn is a visceral, thrilling journey through an unforgettable hell on earth.

A Prayer Before Dawn opens May 19th 2018.   

Review: 'Thor: Ragnarok', Finally A Thor Movie Worth Remembering


Check it out, why isn't Thor the most enjoyable of Marvel's franchises? It should be, but for some reason it's been the most bland and forgettable. I mean, aren't we talking all-powerful space gods engaged in a Game of Thrones-esque family squabble while throwing lightning bolts in-between saving the Earth? It could be argued that Thor, despite being one of the most popular members of The Avengers, has had the worst movies to call his own. Well that changes with Thor: Ragnarok, which turns out to be not only one of the best of Marvel's movies but also one of the funniest buddy comedies of the year.


Who do we have to thank for this? Taika Waititi, the New Zealand director best known for quirky oddities like Eagle vs. Shark, What We Do In The Shadows, and Hunt for the Wilderpeople. I kept looking around for Jemaine Clement to show up, but no dice. Waititi and screenwriters Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, and Chris Yost basically rebuilt the entire Thor mythos from the ground up, figured out what works about it, ditched all the stuffy Shakespearean crap, and dialed the self-awareness up to Asgardian levels.  It'll make you wish there were more Thor movies coming, even though there probably won't be.


Even the opening sequence is fun when it shouldn't be. I mean, it starts with Thor, still played by hunky, blond-haired Aussie Chris Hemsworth, imprisoned by the fiery demon Surtur. Thor's always had a flippant attitude towards his enemies, it's part of his luggish charm, but he really lays it on thick. Waititi's gift for sight gags comes in handy during Thor and Surtur's face-to-face (chains have a tendency to unwind slowly), even as the demon teases the arrival of Ragnarok, the prophesied death of Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and destruction of Asgard.


That's a lot for one Avenger to handle in a single movie, but it's actually only the B plot which is pretty incredible. It looks like the worst will indeed befall Thor's home with the arrival of Hela, the goddess of death played by Cate Blanchett in regal black horns and heavy makeup. She's got a very personal score to settle thanks to one of Odin's many secrets, and she basically rips everyone and everything to shreds. Not even Thor and his duplicitous brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) can stop her, and they wind up hurled onto another planet, the junk-filled gladiator world of Sakaar, ruled by the garishly-dressed Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum). While Loki worms his way into the Grandmaster's inner circle, Thor is captured by Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), a drunken warrior whose zest for battle is very closely mingled with Thor's. He's forced to become a fighter, which is where he encounters Sakaar's champion, his old pal Hulk.


While the film is certainly overstuffed to bursting, there are little details that Marvel has mixed in that could have long-reaching ramifications. The biggest actually involves Hulk, played once again by Mark Ruffalo. This is not your typical, lumbering, monosyllabic Hulk. In the comics we see Hulk evolve into different versions of himself all of the time (Remember the weak, grey Hulk? Boooo.), but it hasn't happened in the Marvel Cinematic Universe until now. This Hulk is smarter, talks more, jokes more, and seems to have locked his alter ego Bruce Banner away completely. But it makes for a banter between Thor and Hulk that borders on Dumb and Dumber levels of idiocy. Some might think it's a bit too much having them be so goofy, but Waititi is smart enough to see there's a limit to how much you can pick these characters apart. At some point you have to make them heroes, and much like how Iron Man 3 really solidified Tony Stark as a hero not just a selfish billionaire with expensive toys, Thor: Ragnarok completes the god of thunder's evolution from bull in a china shop to protector of the helpless. Sure, he still loves a good scrap (He has a pretty good one with Hulk), a tall flagon of mead, and a pretty lady (Although he's still a bit scarred by the Jane Foster thing), Thor has figured out that with great power  comes...oh wait, that's another Marvel movie. Well, you get the point.


Part of my rationale for thinking this is the final Thor movie is that no other solo Marvel franchise has gone past three (No, you ain't getting Iron Man 4), and because Thor: Ragnarok has two stories that should have movies to themselves. Instead they are jammed together in a mish-mash of the popular "Planet Hulk" and "Ragnarok" storylines from the comics, and while it's amazing to be so successful there are a few bumps in the road. A lot of great characters don't get the attention they deserve, even as many of them undergo startling changes in personality. Idris Elba's Heimdall has gone from Asgard's gatekeeper to a lone wolf hero saving the people from Hela's wrath; Odin is revealed to be quite a bit more than he previously let on; and Blanchett's Hela has a terrific motive for revenge that could have used a full movie to explore. Waititi himself voices one of the film's breakout characters, Korg, a Kronan with a wit so dry it matches his rocky skin. The character you'll be dying to see more of is Valkyrie, with the always great Tessa Thompson giving us the female Marvel hero who needs her own movie next. While there's been some "controversy" lately about Valkyrie's sexuality, it's only more reason her story should be fast-tracked to the screen. Personally I'm far more interested in seeing Valkyrie's proud warrior past revisited. of  Fortunately, Thompson is already working her magic to make sure it happens. As for Goldblum, he's perfect as the haughty, dismissive Grandmaster, but again you just wish there was more.


You don't need to be told that Hemsworth and Hiddleston are great together, but this time they get to tackle Thor and Loki's sibling rivalry from a less serious angle. Wait until you get a load of what "Get Help" means. Despite all of the jokes, this proves to be the most enlightening film about their relationship and growing up under the iron rule of Odin, who is called the "All-Father" for a reason.


Are there connections to the rest of the MCU? Of course. Easter Eggs? You bet. Look closely and Marvel heads may spot Beta Ray Bill. Thor: Ragnarok has everything fans of what these movies want: big superheroics, colorful characters, and now it has laughs, too. It's about time.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

The Walking Dead Recap: 'The Damned'




They promised an all-out war, and this week on The Walking Dead that’s exactly what we got. The episode follows four battles targeting the Saviors at their remote bases., the first a frontal assault on the Saviors led by Aaron, the second led by Ezekial and Carol, the third a more covert action led by Daryl and Rick and finally a party led by Jesus and Tara with Morgan as terminator support (more on that later). It’s never made fully clear what the objectives of these battles are with a few clues dropping here and there. Rick and Daryl are constantly asking about the guns, so I’m assuming they were after the armory. Jesus and Tara make a few mentions of medical supplies but that’s about it…I don’t think they were really talking about logical objectives in their production meetings it seems those meetings were more along the lines of “Just how many bullets CAN we fire in one episode?”. Don’t get me wrong, after sitting through multiple episode arcs where not a single violent thing happens I relish the action and though the entire episode seemed more like an extended second act of a premier or finale and episode like this was inevitable to really spell out the escalating tensions between these groups.

Let’s get the bad stuff out of the way first. As a self-described action junkie I’m used to suspending disbelief when, say, Ahhnold fires 300 bullets without reloading or when James Bond kills 7 bad guys with 7 perfectly placed shots, that being said this episode really put those 80’s action films to shame…either that or it was a very cleaver homage. The biggest offender was the attack led by Aaron. They drive up in their Mad Max cars and immediately start firing, this goes on the entire episode. The two groups are not more than 25 yards from each other launching volley after volley of hot lead in all directions and only a handful of people go down…so much so that the battle is ultimately decided when the dead saviors start to turn Zombie and attack their former comrades. It becomes apparent that Aaron’s husband Eric is not going to make it through this battle sans holes and that ended up being true but not until the very end of the episode and even then, it was a single gut shot. I mean, this guy is running back and forth across this active war zone and it takes him 45 minutes to get hit. I get it, that’s the way Hollywood war works, but the thing is when you have a battle THIS BIG, you expect a certain percentage of casualties. I’m not saying a bunch of people have to die but they damn sure can’t walk out in as good a shape as they walked in!

There is a LOT going on in this episode, so much so that I’m just going to focus on my two favorite aspects. Which, by the way, don’t include the random return of a 4th level character from season 1 (That’s Morales by the way…he was part of the group for a little while back in Atlanta just in case you were as confused as I was). First and foremost the diversity of action was just awesome. From Jerry’s surprising efficiency with a battle axe, to the covert ops and silenced pistols of Jesus (now there’s a line I never thought I’d write), right up to the full-on traditional gun battle in front of the armory. Under this action heading I have to mention the Morganator. That zen master of “All Life is Precious” is long gone, in his place is a cold killing machine who seems just a wee bit off. Morgan’s baddassery culminates in a heart dropping shot where it appears he was shot and killed. The he opens his eyes, gets up, and proceeds to calmly walk through the place headshot-ing every Savior that’s unlucky enough to cross his path. Next up is the zombies, as odd as it is to say I’m really glad the showrunners don’t skimp on the zombies even when their storylines veer so far away from the ghouls as the primary antagonist. You can REALLY tell the ones that turned at 0 hour. The level of decay is something past disgusting to the point that, even though it’s only TV, you can almost smell the gag-inducing aroma that must come along with something like that. The variance of the different zombies is another high-point…it’s not just your standard dried up walking dead, there are zombies that have obviously spent a lot of time submerged, or hanging from trees. When you think about the design and practical effect time it takes to create these monsters it becomes more surprising that they still spend so much time and effort on them when they are not at the forefront of the episode or even season.


No word from Father Gabriel of Negan this epsidoe, if I had to guess I’d say we won’t see them for another 1 to 2 weeks. Believe it or not even after 55 minutes of straight up action we still didn’t have everything wrapped up. It’s totally possible we jump right back into these battles next week. Until then!

Long-Delayed 'Amityville: The Awakening' Opened To Just $742


It should be like printing money for horror movies to come out on Halloween weekend, but for the long-delayed Amityville: The Awakening it turned out to be a horror story of a different kind. The Weinstein Company release opened in 10 theaters and earned just $742, for an average of $74.

A lot of sites are actually trying to connect the disastrous opening to the Harvey Weinstein scandal, but it probably has nothing to do with it. The bigger issues were the multiple delays and zero marketing it received. The film, which is yet another sequel to the classic 1979 film The Amityville Horror, stars Bella Thorne and Jennifer Jason Leigh. It was originally a totally different movie, titled Amityville: The Lost Tapes, and would have come out in 2012 (!!!), but was ultimately scrapped with a completely new story written. Director Franck Khalfoun stuck around to direct the new project, which shot in 2014 was due to be released in 2015 (!!!) but was delayed multiple times over the next few years.

Just two weeks ago Weinstein made the film available for FREE on Google Play up until November 8th. Gee, I wonder why nobody paid for it then???  It opened in theaters for only a single night, October 28th, so it won't be making anymore loot until it hits home release in a few days.

Interestingly, I guess, is that Bella Thorne will now have two horrors this season opening for a single night, the other being Keep Watching, which has 10pm showings on Halloween only.

There are a couple of plus sides to this. One is that Amityville: The Awakening opened overseas in July and has made $7.2M. The other is that this may finally bring the Amityville curse to an end.

This Week In DC TV: Diggle Has To Wear The “Big Hood”


As this season of the DC CW shows within the Arrowverse continues, things are all heating up.  Last week on Supergirl, Kara had to deal with her own demons, thanks to having to fight a psychic villain who shows anyone their greatest fears.  On The Flash, Barry and Wally faced off against a new metahuman, who it turns out wasn’t created by the particle accelerator explosion.  Legends of Tomorrow last week continues their fun streak as the Legends had to travel to the circus, only to find themselves become attractions.  On Arrow, Oliver found the juggling of the mayor, vigilante, and now dedicated father to be too much to handle.  He now has passed the title of Green Arrow to his trusted confidante, Diggle.

So how did the Arrowverse go this week?

Supergirl: “Far from the Tree”


This week of Supergirl was all about dealing with your father.  While Maggie and her father’s resolution did not go as well as it could have, J’onn and his father’s interactions made me even want to give my pops a call.  Yeah, it was one of those types of episodes.  It’s no surprise that the episode is titled “Far From the Tree,” a novel about parents and children.

Last week J’onn received a telepathic message from M'gann needing him to come to Mars to help him and her rebel White Martians.  So this week he is going to answer the call and help her out.  As he’s getting ready to leave, he tells Kara where he’s going.  Because of the close nature, he has with the Danvers girls thanks to working together at the DEO, Kara tells him that she’s coming to help him if he wants her help or not.  J’onn gets in his “spaceship,” a flying old school convertible that “shape-shifts” into a ship once they breach Earth’s orbit.

Meanwhile, on earth, Maggie and Maggie are preparing for their bridal shower.  The two are putting together a bridal board complete with pictures of the two.  Alex notices that there aren’t any pictures of Maggie as a child.  Here, we find out a little bit of Maggie’s backstory.  While Alex was a late bloomer in discovering her sexuality, Maggie has known about her's since she was a child.  When she was 14, she told a girl that she liked her, and once the news got back to her parents, her father moved her out of the house to live with an aunt.  After being told that she was a shame to her family, they cut her off and pretended that she didn’t even exist.  So what does Alex do?  Tell her to invite her father to the bridal shower.  Nothing bad could come of it, right?


As Kara and J’onn arrive on Mars, they are greeted by M’gann.  While I thought that the J’onn and M’gann would continue their relationship, but that takes a back burner this episode as we instead focus on a new person on Mars.  The White Martian rebels need to obtain a special weapon of religious significance.  They also have the person who knows where it is in their custody: J’onn’s father, M’yrnn.  Turns out J’onn’s not the last living Green Martain.  It’s cool they got actor Carl Lumbly to play J’onn’s father, since he has voiced J’onn for many Justice League cartoons including Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, as well as other DC animated films and video games.  

Needing to find out where the staff is, the rebels ask J’onn to help convince his father to tell them where it is.  However, M’yrnn has been tortured now for centuries, so it’s not impossible that a shape-shifting White Martian would use the image of his son as a means of psychologically torturing him.  He doesn’t buy that J’onn is genuine and that he son is dead.  Even after saying that he’s been hidden on Earth, M’yrnn then says his son would not have fled like a coward.


Maggie picks her father up from the bus station.  She was expecting both of her parents, but her mother couldn’t come because she “doesn’t like to fly.”  Her father is at least trying after all these years, not so much for the mother.  Even though Maggie’s sexuality was a problem for her father, he never stopped loving her.  He’s followed all her cases from afar and watched her climb and succeed with pride.  Later on, at the bridal shower, her father notices no pictures on her bridal board, so he pulls out a picture he has kept in his wallet since she was a child and places it on there.  So it looks like everything’s working out. 


It then takes a major c-change when he actually sees his daughter and Alex kiss.  It’s a bridal shower for your gay child, did you not expect her not to kiss?  He then walks away, leaving the party.  Maggie walks outside to confront her father.  Oscar uses the same old trope of doing it “in his face.”  Oscar then goes off on a rant not only about his past, but also throws in a little contemporary politics into the show (gotta throw shade at Trump).  Oscar reveals that he came to America and was treated with prejudice and racism as a result of their Latino heritage and he had to overcome a lot.  Maggie natively tries to tell him that currently, things are different.  Her father laughs at her and references Trump's wall and that Mexicans are “rapists and murderers.”  He then says to his daughter that the only thing they hate more than a Latino, is someone who’s gay.  Sorry, but that’s a really dumb reason to dislike your own flesh and blood.  Maggie finally has some closure as she is the one who distances herself from her father.


On Mars, J’onn isn’t having much luck with his father either.  It’s only when he shows his father one of his memories when they were younger and M’yrnn threw his son a surprise visit for J’onn’s birthday.  Now he knows that J’onn is the real deal and the two have a tearful reunion.  At least one of tonight’s relationships ended on a happy note.  He reveals to J’onn and Kara where the staff is just in time for the rebel White Martians to defeat the regular ones.  The rebels see the staff in action and decide it’s too powerful and should be kept off world so J’onn and Kara take it to Earth for safekeeping.   On Earth, J’onn and M’yrnn walk down the street catching up on two centuries worth of familial bonding.

The Flash: “Luck Be A Lady”
 

The Flash continues its charm offensive and making a season with new more humorous episodes, and this week was no different.  This week focuses on the new meta of the week, this one’s power is good luck.  Now as ridiculous as that sounds, it can be devastating.  If she had good luck, that means you have bad luck.

Here we meet “Subject Number 2” that The Thinker has just placed into action.  Before she was gifted with new powers, she was the “unluckiest person” in the world.  She’s been rear-ended four times, had her identity stolen twice, had a cat burglar actually steal her cat.  She observed her boyfriend cheat her in their home, but couldn’t even confront him because the coffee she got at Jitters caused her to get the runs.  She then got fired from her job for accidentally spilling a customer’s drink, to then find her car had been booted.  Talk about bad luck!  She then gets on the same bus that Kilg%re (last week’s metahuman) was on.  Then there’s a blinding light.

Team Flash starts this week’s adventure with Wally expecting a reunion with Jessie Quick as the portal from Earth 2 opens up.  However, Harry Wells show up with a “break up cube,” an Earth 2 custom of breaking up with someone by giving a cube with a holographic message instead of doing the hard work of breaking up with someone yourself.  At least it wasn’t a text!


That moment is interrupted by a crime alert as someone is robbing a bank.  Here comes Becky, who literally just walks in and we see bad luck just start affecting everyone around her as they try to stop her.  She casually walks in and takes the money right out of a vault.  As Barry shows up to stop her, events were put in motion that he slips on a case of marbles spilled onto the street.  Team Flash realizes that this new metahuman has the ability to gain good luck for herself, and make it bad luck for everyone else.  In addition to Jessie and Wally’s breakup, Joe’s house starts to fall apart, and a venue for Barry and Iris’ wedding had to back out.  

As Team Flash tries to discover the mystery surrounding new metahumans, they determine that Dark Matter is responsible for creating these new powers.  As they trace back to the point of origin, Barry realizes it’s the exact place that he exited the Speed Force from.  Bringing Barry back has created new metahumans.  Harry yells at Cisco for opening the Speed Force without talking to him and the two are continuing their usual bickering.  

Barry realizes that Becky is not out for revenge or doing anything overtly evil (except bank robberies of course), Barry opts to confront her and appeal to her better angels.  Revealing to her that he knows she has powers and they are hurting people, he appeals to her sense of congeniality.  Becky has been on the receiving end of bad luck and simply wants to take advantage of all this good luck coming her way.  Her thought process is that the universe is balancing out and it’s her turn.  Whoever is affected by her good luck, it’s “their turn” for bad luck in her mind.


Next is a pretty funny scene as Barry and Iris try to “press their luck” and just go ahead and get married.  The crash the end of a funeral and convince a priest to marry them impromptu.  Actress Candice Patton surprisingly has great comedic tone and works very well off of Grant Gustin during their moments this season, and this weeks’ episode is no different.  Just as the reluctant priest is about to marry the two, that bad luck starts kicking in and he gets cinnamon poisoning, thanks to an altar boy burning incense (that was for the funeral), and has an allergic reaction.


Becky’s good luck keeps on coming, creating a vortex of bad luck for the people of Central City.  She heads to a local casino, which increases her luck exponentially.  Barry tries to stop her, only for her good luck to cause him clip on quarters and then handcuff himself.  Now the bad luck vortex is uncontrollable.  A plane had two geese get stuck in engines and is about to crash (a great Captain Sully nod) as well as Joe’s house about to fall apart.  Cisco and Harry instead to decide to turn on the particle accelerator, which counteracts Becky’s powers.  Finally powerless, Barry is able to take her into custody.

As Team Flash celebrates yet another disaster avoided (of their own making), Wally shows up.  Oh, yeah, Wally’s been missing almost the entire episode.  We the audience didn’t notice his absence, and neither did anyone on the show.  Wally has officially become “extra.”  Wally spent his time on Earth 2 to talk with Jessie about their breakup as she told him she needed to find herself.  Wally realizes that he has to do the same thing and tells the team that he’s leaving Central City to find his own way.  Harry talks with the team about why all these metahumans are now appearing and thinks it may be connected to the samurai robot.  Team Flash kept its head in their lap, which the Thinker has been using as an eavesdropping device.  

Oh yeah, 


Joe has the best reaction that only Jessie L. Martin could do!


Legends of Tomorrow: “Zari”
 

One thing that continues to make Legends of Tomorrow so great (besides that the show absolutely knows it’s a campy, fun comic book show) is that every week, it’s a new adventure throughout space and time.  Like I’ve said before, this is Doctor Who but with DC comics characters.  This week, it’s to Seattle in 2042.


The Time Bureau discovers a time anachronism, which turned out to be the mater-based metahuman we saw at the end of last week’s episode.  After a decent display of the show’s CGI budget showing the meta take on soldiers, they reveal that she’s there to kill a prisoner who was being transported.  Even though this is a case for the Time Bureau, the Legends overhear about it, spring into action, and head to that location.

However, not every future is all nice and good.  In this timeline, ARGUS, the clandestine organization that Diggle’s wife Lyla is now the head of, has become an evil military organization that is ruling with a fascist thumb.  In fact, Zari who we meet is a metahuman who is Muslim, something that this version of ARGUS will lock you up for being them.  Metahumans are in detention camps and drones monitor all of the city, not a great place to be. 


As the Legends locate Zari’s hideout, only for her to get the slip on them when ARGUS agents show up.  Being a hacker Zari can avoid being scanned by their drones.  When the soldiers round them up, only for the Legends to spring into action taking them out.  There’s a fun scene where Mick keeps trying to take out one of the soldiers only for someone else to do it before he gets his chance.

Realizing that Zari needs to lay low, so the Legends head to a seedy bar where they think she’ll show up, of course, she’s there.  As soon as they confront Zari, the metahuman Kuasa shows up.  However, fighting a being that can turn into water at will is not as easy as it sounds.  To help escape, Mick instigates a bar brawl and they all dip out in the chaos that ensues.

Meanwhile, Amaya’s still having problems controlling her animal side of her totem.  Stein and Nate do their best to try and help her.  Stein being a scientist, opts to do scientific testing on her, even though her problem is of a mystical nature.  Nate thinks of another option.  The people of her village take a hallucinogen to go on vision quests, so he has Gideon replicate some of it so she can go tripping.  Nate opts to do the same to make sure it works, as well as for mental support.  For the test of the episode, Nate’s high as a kite. 


After escaping from the bar, they reveal to Zari that they are time travelers and need to stop Kuasa who is also time traveling.  She agrees to help the Legends, only if they help he break her brother out of an ARGUS detention center for metahumans.  Mick then asks if they are going to do a “Prison Break,” in a tongue in cheek reference to the show Prison Break which actor Dominic Purcell is famous for.  They head off to one of the facilities.


However, it’s not really her brother she’s after, it’s a totem that’s in lockup.  When she dons it and then it begins to glow.  When she does this, Amaya’s totem starts to glow on the Wave Rider as well.  The team notices that at the detention facility, ARGUS is experimenting on metahumans.  They open all the doors to facilitate a prison riot and help the metahuman prisoners escape.  This allows them all to escape.  As Zari heads to a rendezvous point for her family, she sees it in ruins.  Just then Kuasa shows up to once again try and kill her.  The only one there is Ray, and he’s proving not to be a match for Kusa, even with his Atom suit.  

While Amaya is going on her vision quest, she speaks with an older woman who tells her that she’s her “kin.”  The older woman tells her that she has to find “the girl” who needs her protection.  Now and fully in control of her power, Amaya show ups to help Zari take on Kusa.  In defeat, Kusa warns that she could easily kill Amaya but then says, “but I’d just be killing myself.”  It seems that this season will center around Amaya, her totem, and her kin as Kusa may be a time-traveling descendent.

Because both Zuri and Amaya have amulets that give super powers, the two are now connected.  The Legends invite her to join the time-traveling team to continue her adventures with them.  She gladly accepts.

Arrow: “Next of Kin”
 

Last week ended with Oliver passing the reins of the Green Arrow to Diggle.  Little does he know that some shrapnel from Lian Yu is causing John to have tremors to where he cannot shoot his gun, much less shoot an arrow for which he has no training.  Needless to say, he’s gon a learning curve.

First thing different about the new direction of the show is the intro.  No longer is “My name is Oliver Queen, and I am the Green Arrow.”  Instead, it starts off with “His name is John Diggle, and he is the Green Arrow.”  At least for tonight, this is John’ show.  Oliver does no vigilantism this week, he just sticks to being a mayor and a dad.


The episode begins with Team Arrow in pursuit of some bad guys.  Right off the bat, you see the team doing something different.  Diggle (as the Green Arrow) launches off of a building.  Instead of using an arrow to zip line across from building to building like Oliver usually does, he has Dinah use her sonic scream to send him across.  While this looks cool as hell, it’s because Diggle is no archer.  Even the bad guys notice this and comment on it before they get beat up by Team Arrow.  John still has his tremors, but he assures that he’s fine to Dinah when she’s concerned.  At this point, Dinah seems more a wife to Diggle than Lyla, who we still haven’t seen this season.

Oliver is juggling things on the civilian side.  Last week’s FBI agent is still on the case as she’s convinced that Oliver is the Green Arrow and Diggle is just masquerading for the time being.  He also has another problem, one that he can’t tackle at the Green Arrow or Oliver Queen: math.  Oliver’s son William is having problems studying for a math exam and Oliver relents to his son saying that getting Cs are OK.  Bad parenting Oliver!  Another problem Oliver has is his fellow City Council.  Fed up with Team Arrow’s vigilante activities, there’s veto-proof vote to finally crack down on vigilantes.  Oliver has to learn how to flex his political muscle as well as he would with an arrow.


This week’s bad guys are a bunch of ex-CIA spies who are hell-bent on still doing their own thing, staging terrorist attacks to get rid of the perceived enemies.  Thanks to our favorite “guys in the chair,” Curtis and Felicity, Team Arrow knows where the bad guys are going to strike to get some nerve gas to launch their terrorist attack.  They opt to help out the truckers transporting the nerve gas and Diggle actually gets into the car with them and comments on their poor choice of roadside music.  The bad guys strike and even though Team Arrow is usually prepared, this is a badass CIA team, and Diggle is not 100% prepared for his new job.  They incapacitate Team Arrow and make away with the nerve gas.  As they escape Renee asks Diggle for advice as to what they should do next, and John freezes.  It’s clear he has to step up in his new leadership role.


Oliver knows he’s in over his head in regards to his son with studying for math.  He asks Felicity to help be William’s tutor.  Now, remember, Felicity called off her engagement with Oliver for keeping William a secret (something he was forced to do), so I was actually surprised that she was ready to step up to the plate.  Being a mentor to William would continue to dig the knife about Oliver’s perceived betrayal, but Felicity does it anyway for her friend and for William.

After Renee privately goes to Oliver saying that Diggle is not up for the job, Oliver pays his friend a visit.  Diggle confirms that his new job is tough and better served with Oliver back under the hood.  Oliver tells his friend that everything that he did was because of Diggle.  Without Diggle’s advice and friendship, there would be no Green Arrow.  He assures Diggle that he is more than capable of being the Green Arrow and he has complete faith in his friend.  

Oliver still has his political troubles at City Hall.  The anti-vigilante legislation is up on the floor and will probably pass.  Oliver flexes his political muscles and invokes a special clause within the city charter and makes the bill become a city-wide referendum.  He doesn’t want his colleagues voting on vigilantes, he wants it to be left up to the people to do it at the polls.  But what if the people don’t want Team Arrow?

The next time Team Arrow faces off against the ex-CIA folks, it’s way different.  As the bad guys prepare to unload nerve gas on a hotel where one of their former teammates was, Team Arrow comes in to take them on.  We now see an in-control Diggle with complete confidence, telling each of the team members what to do in order to ensure there are no casualties and help save the day.


Oliver comes by Felicity’s place to thank her for helping William with his work.  At this point, their off again/on again relationship moves into its next phase.  Oliver tells her that everything is better with her in his life and the two embrace once again in a passionate kiss.  How long is this going to last (again)?


Now that Diggle is ready to be the team leader, he still needs to be able to use arrows.  After all, he is the Green Arrow and hasn’t fired one yet.  Felicity and Curtis give Diggle his new weapon: the “Green Monster.”  A crossbow that is capable of launching arrows with the speed, accuracy, and ferocity worthy of the Green Arrow mantle.  Diggle takes it out for a test spin and handles some tennis balls.  Everything seems to have a happy ending, right?  Unfortunately, the episode ends with Diggle going to some drug dealer and purchasing some sort of drug that he injects into his hand to stop the tremors.  Turns out he’s not healed and this will surely be a problem later on.