Television

Jackass Reviews-TV Edition: Netflix’s Iron Fist

On this episode of Jackass Reviews, The Jackass BC is joined by Chris Lemchi, and it is a special TV edition! Thats right, The Jackass and the Blackass talk Netflix’s Iron First! Jackass Reviews is a spoiler heavy review of films, so if you have not seen the film, come back and check this episode out after you have!

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It Is What It Is, with The Jackass! Episode 61: Fall TV is What It Is!

This week on It Is What It Is, The Jackass recaps some of this years fall TV shows. The positives, and even the negatives. Also a small review for Loving, and as always, Box Office Predictions!

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It Is What It Is, with The Jackass! Episode 45: The SDCC Clip Show (Parental Advisory)

The Jackass Nation invaded San Diego for Comic Con 2016! On behalf of Cinelinx and SCNS Live, BC reported on and saw a whole lot of great things! Since he could not upload on thursday here is a special tuesday episode of It Is What It Is with The Jackass! In this episode he has many special guest, Writer/Director Tristan Baez, Actor Chris Lemchi, Power Lifter Clinton “Biggie” Derouen, BC’s good friend Austin “The Flash” Bellair, and ofcorse his partner in crime for #SDCCBC The Mad one himself, from the Dweeb Factory and Vidpow, Zack Marchand! Just a warning, there is a lot of language in this episode that Captain MAerica would not approve of, so there is a PARENTAL ADVISORY for episode 45! But sit back and enjoy this show of clips recorded on location in San Diego!

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Gotham Season 1 Blu Ray Review

First off Im sorry I have been slacking lately. Haven’t caught up on many films. Will be back with a review of Black Mass very soon. However, thanks to my position at Cinelinx.com, I am getting more opportunities. Recently I received a copy of Gotham Season 1 on Blu Ray from the good people over at Warner Bros. so that I can review it for all the good peeps out there. You can read my official review of Gotham on Blu Ray right here: http://www.cinelinx.com/reviews/home-entertainment/gotham-season-1.html

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The official synopsis of Fox’s newest superhero drama reads as “The story behind Commissioner James Gordon’s rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman’s arrival.” At first glance that sounds awesome. The initial set up and pilot was very fun and looked promising. However the story is much different than the official synopsis would have you think. Instead of focusing on its most interesting components, Gordon, Bullock, Penguin, and Edward Nygma, it tries to throw every possible Batman reference it can at you. Going so far as to become more centered on the young Bruce Wayne.

Gotham Season 1 stars Ben McKenzie, Donald Logue, David Mazouz, Robin Lord Taylor, Erin Richards, Zabryna Guevara, Sean Pertwee, Camren Bicondova, Cory Michael Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Victoria Cartagena, Andrew Stewart-Jones, John Doman, Morena Baccarin, and Nicholas D’Agosto. It was developed by Bruno Heller and distributed by Warner Bros Television.

Now it’s not to say Gotham is all bad. It has some very shining moments that keep me hanging on for dear life. In hopes that more of these moments will come through. The relationship and story behind young Detective Gordon and his hardened somewhat corrupt but good hearted partner Harvey Bullock is what the show needs to stay focused on. A crime drama in vain of Law & Order with these two at its center. That’s what we all thought we were getting. Season one has its ups and downs, with nearly every other episode alternating with awesome content to “hey look we have Batman and his villains!”

The story of season one follows Gordon and his rise in the ranks of the GCP fighting corruption. Corruption that includes the Commissioner in cahoots with a Mayor that works between local crime bosses Falcone and Maroni. As the war grows between these two, a young underboss Fish Mooney attempts to take control of the streets of Gotham, all while Oswald “Penguin” Cobblepot attempts to put himself in position to control Gotham. Meanwhile young Bruce Wayne tries to learn to be a man under the guidance of his legal guardian and butler Alfred Pennywise. While trying to learn the truth about the death of his parents he joins with Selina Kyle, damaged girl who lives on the streets. She tries to help Bruce all while not getting to close.

More focus needs to be placed on the characters that carry the show. Not just Gordon and Bullock. I would like to see more focus on Penguin, which they did early on, but trailed off as the season progressed. Nygma, who was used sparingly, but perfectly in the beginning, might have gotten a little over used toward the end. He is great as a minor supporting role if they keep that up. Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle is the break out star of the show. She is so good, and probably my favorite part of the series.

Sound quality on the Blu ray is great. It is very crisp and clear, weather you are watching one or all of the 22 episodes, or the special features. Even on my rather out dated and not so state of the art sound system it was beautifully done. The score is very Batman-esq and matches the season perfectly. To get technical for you, Gotham Season 1 Blu Ray has a DTS-HS Master Audio 5.1 surround track. Basically perfect for any system. The city is brought to life through the scattered sounds and scores of the background that enthrall the listener as you watch.

The visuals are just as stunning as well. Gotham has a unique palette of color to it. It is very bold and cold, and makes the brighter moments really pop. In a stunning 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 video presentation, the entire series is beautifully shot and colored. It makes the city come to life; it makes the characters pop as if you were looking through your own front window watching these events unfold in front of your very own home.

The season is full of ups and downs, along with cameos from many many characters from Batman lure. As the DVD and Blu Ray of season 1 has hit the shelves now, and we gear up for Season 2 on September 21st. The DVD/Blu-ray is chocked full of extras that add to the viewing of Gotham. They include character development pieces, set designs, and how they truly brought the city of Gotham to life. The bulk of these extras are set in 4 featurettes that each breaks down into separate viewing chapters:

-Gotham Invented

-Gotham: Designing the Fiction

-The Game of Cobblepot

-Gotham: A Legend Reborn

Another extra we are privileged to is presenting not only Gotham, but CWs the Flash and Arrow, as well as the now cancelled/possibly Arrow Resurrected Constantine, DC Comics Night at Comic Con is the entire Hall H panel from San Diego Comic Con 2014. See the stars of these shows express their excitement for their shows, and a look at what was set to come.

All in all, the Blu-ray/DVD of Gotham Season 1 is a fun experience given all these extras. They definitely add to the viewing of the show over all. However, given the shaky run of the show, and its story lines, and the not so exciting look at the season to come, you might hold off on this one. Let’s see how the series pans out before we decide this is a must have for the collectors of the world. Gotham gets a TV Jeebus Score of 3.5 with a bonus of .4 for Carmen Bicondova as Selina Kyle, and for the characters of Edward Nygma and Penguin.

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.

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Entourage

LET’S HUG IT OUT BITCH! Because Vinnie Chase and the boys are back in town! Entourage is back and this time we are taking it to the big screen ladies and gentlemen. For those that don’t know, Entourage was a series on HBO that revolved around an actor who made me big and brought his friends from New York with him out to Hollywood. Loosely based on Mark Wahlberg’s adventures and life in Hollywood, It ran for 8 seasons, some say 2 seasons 2 long, and was kind of defined as Sex in the City for men. John Campea, formally of AMC Movie Talk, called it Lifestyle porn which I think is a very accurate explanation of what we love about this franchise. Yes I said franchise, because I hope that we get Entourage 2, because this one is that good.

Entourage pretty much picks up a week or two after the series’ ends. Now I won’t spoil anything, but it follows the efforts of Ari Gold, played by Jeremy Piven, as he tries to secure more money for star client Vinnie Chase, played by Adrian Grenier, for his over budgeted directorial debut film. The entire cast returns from the show including Kevin Dillon, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Perrey Reeves, Rex Lee, Debi Mazar, Constance Zimmer, and Emmanuelle Chriqui. Among them new comers include Billy Bob Thornton, Haley Joel Osment, Kid Cudi, Emily Ratajkowski, Ronda Rousey, and Mark Cuban (Cuban is just a brief cameo, but it’s Cuban, I’m mentioning him.) Among them, you also get numerous cameos that I will not spoil here, but believe me, there are too many to count.

The film is a lot of fun. It really goes back to the basics of the show, and just puts you in the lives of these characters. I’ve recently been rewatching the series’ in anticipation for the film, and it really reminded me of the first and second season, which I think was best. The cameos, the party’s, the one liners. They are all there, and all fun. It also does a really good job of both hinting at minor details from the show, while also giving you a lot of through backs. It even takes the time to use small but effective dialog to tie up all loose ends and questions a true fan of the show would have while watching

That said, you don’t have to be someone who watched the show to enjoy this film. It definitely helps, but it isn’t a complete necessity. Through clever dialog and plot devices they catch up and give you everything you need to know, and it helps in making the film very enjoyable, even for the casual movie going audience.

As far as negatives go, I can honestly say I do not have too many. And the ones I do have are a little nitpicky. There is not a real underlining threat in the film. Throughout the show Vinnie is always faced with a good amount of drama that he must overcome and deal with, I never felt worried for him throughout this. There is a minor storyline with E that really gets invested and into it, but is wrapped up very quickly. The film is rated R, as should be, but the show had its use of language. However, I didn’t feel we lived up to the vulgarity of the show. As far as naked girls go though, they definitely lived up. There is also one minor continuity issue that being a crazy fan that I am I picked up on, but it’s not that big of a deal. I won’t tell you, I’ll let you see if you picked it up.

Other than that, Entourage is a great freaking movie. It was so much fun. I was literally smiling from ear to ear the entire film. I got to see it early for a press screening, and I enjoyed it so much that I will be going back to give the film my hard earned cash to support it. And I suggest you do to. You will not be disappointed. I’m giving Entourage and full .5 bonus for doing such a wonderful job taking me back into that world. With a score of 4.2 plus its bonus, that is going to be a 4.7 on the Jeebus Scale. So what say you Jackass Nation? Are you excited for Entourage? Where you a fan of the show? Who is your favorite character? Mine is of course, Ari Gold.

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.

The show without Fear: Marvel’s DareDevil

Marvel is pretty much running the show right now. Their cinematic universe is on the top of its game ready to roll out Phase III. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have improved incredibly since Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Agent Carter was an amazing miniseries. They just seem to know what they are doing. We have been waiting for the Netflix phase to get off the ground, and they have done it. The first of, what I will call, The Defenders Series’ has hit the ground running. Marvel’s DareDevil is here. DareDevil stars Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Toby Leonard Moore, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Bob Gunton, Rosario Dawson, and Vincent D’Onofrio as The Kingpin Wilson Fisk. Produced by Steven S. DeKnight and Drew Goodard and is based on the Marvel superhero of the same name. Word of warning, this review will not really have many actual Spoilers, but there may be minor details of the shows plot. SO if you want to know nothing about it before you see it, then stop reading. There will be a spoiler at the end that pertains to how a character is written, but I will mark it appropriately so you can skip that paragraph.

Marvel’s DareDevil tells the story of Marvel’s superhero by the same name. Matt Murdock is a lawyer who as a child was in an accident that causes him to lose his sight, but causes his remaining senses to function with near superhuman peak ability. Tired of seeing his city, Hell’s Kitchen, fall to criminals and dirt bags has decided to take up a quest as a vigilante. On the flip side. A near practical ghost of a business man, Wilson Fisk, has decided to rebuild the city, though while Murdock’s tactics are morally right, Fisk believes the means will justify the ends. Thus pitting the two on a collision course of mass repercussions.

I was very pleased with the casting. I was weary of Charlie Cox going in because I was not very familiar with his work. 2 episodes in and I realized he was perfect for the role. So perfect that I expect to see him in the films. I want to see Cox reprise this role in Civil War, and Infinity Gauntlet. I also would mind a S.H.I.E.L.D. cameo. Ann Woll is very functional and she grows as the series drives forward. I didn’t really like her at first but her character arc and her portrayal is great. A stand out star is Henson as Murdock’s law partner Foggy Nelson. Not just comic relief, but brings a lot of heart to the show. D’Onofrio is good in his roll. I have issues but I will get into that a little later.

Let’s talk positives. DareDevil is not like anything you have seen in the MCU. This is kind of a staple for Marvel. Each film has its own feel to it; this show takes its own identity too. It is dark, and gritty and violent. You haven’t ever seen this much violence from a Marvel property since the Blade series. It is the perfect change of pace. And speaking of, the pacing is great. It flows very well with right amount of vigilante/lawyering percentages. The story is very fluid. Filming for Netflix and being able to run everything at once lets them eliminate the “monster of the week” format that a lot of these shows can have, and lets them tell a more fluid singular story.

But I’m not just going to turn a blind eye. Remember, being a fan means being able to recognize problems. One of my issues is the character of Wilson Fisk. Kingpin is one of my all-time favorite villains. I have always enjoyed him. But to me he needed to be more intimidating then this makes him out to be. Again I don’t want to get too much into it right here, I will in a moment. Another issue I had was the lack of tie-ins to the MCU. There are a few references to New York, and The Avengers, but nothing that really made the connection strong. And honestly, that’s just about all I have for complaints. So I’m going to delve into the one thing I really found to be the main issue with show. This might have some SPOILERS! So if you don’t wish to know plot details you might want to skip the next paragraph.

SPOILERS! You have been warned. So I mentioned my issues with Wilson Fisk. That is nothing against Vincent D’Onofrio’s performance. He is great, he disappears into the role. The problem is the character himself. He is written nearly as a whiny little bitch. Through flashbacks, he is shown to have an abusive father and a poor childhood. I understand that the character along with DareDevil are two sides of the same coin. He is meant to be portrayed almost as an antihero. He wants what Murdoch wants, he just has questionable methods. Now as the season came to an end, I realized this something I hadn’t thought of. I had been thinking of this not as an origin story, but just jumping into this world. By the end you see this season is an origin. An origin of DareDevil, and for Kingpin. There is a scene when Fisk breaks out of police custody, and in that scene I saw the Kingpin I know and fear. My hopes are that in season 2, we get more of this Kingpin.

NO MORE SPOILERS! IT IS SAFE TO CONTINUE READING!

So in closing, I found DareDevil to be a great show. One that I hope will continue and mix in with the MCU for years to come. It has made me excited to see the rest of The Defenders series’ that will be coming out later this year and next. I gave Marvel’s DareDevil a score of 4.6, with a .4 bonus for its grounded, gritty dark undertones and fun action. Giving us a Jeebus Score of 5.0. So what say you Jackass Nation? Did you enjoy DareDevil? Have you binged on it like me? what else are you looking forward to from Marvel? Sound off in the comments.

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.

Agent Carter

Marvel’s Agent Carter in review.

Now that Agent Carter has ended, and I say ended because it has. Agent Carter was classified as a mini-series that ran for 8 episodes. They never called it its own series, it was planned and ran as a mini-series. Now where was I, oh yes, now that Agent Carter has ended I thought I’d give my opinions on it. Not that any of you care, but hey, maybe someone does, and I have a computer so I’m going to write about it. I like my opinions. You should be warned also, SPOILERS ARE AHEAD! I AM GOING TO TALK ABOUT A SHOW THAT RECENTLY AIRED AND HAS RAN ITS COURSE AND ENDED! SPOILERS! DON’T COMPLAIN IF YOU KEEP READING AND ARE SPOILED! Ok.

So from start to finish Agent Carter was 8 episodes. I think that was right amount for them to run. It maybe could have stood to air 1 or 2 more, but it did not hurt it to stop at 8. With a lot of shows, Superhero shows especially, they get to running 22, 23 episodes a season. With that many you run the risk of not having a story that can really be drawn out in each episode. Especially in the beginning. You have to filter in “monster of the week” or “lesson of the week” type of episodes. Not that it is a bad thing. It can just sometimes distract from the overall arch of the show. With this mini-series format, they knew their story, and executed it perfectly.

The cast was strong in my opinion. It starred Hayley Atwell, James D’Arcy, Chad Michael Murry, Enver Gjokaj, Shea Whigham, Ralph Brown, Dominic Cooper, Bridget Regan, and a cameo appearance by Neal McDonough as Dum Dum Dugan. The series took place within the Marvel Cinematic Universe and held tie in’s to the films, mostly toward Captain America: The First Avenger, but held connections like characters mentioned in other films.

Agent Carter followed Agent Peggy Carter (Atwell) of the S.S.R. where she is often treated as nothing more than a glorified secretary. Missing her days of the war where she had purpose, she finds herself in middle of a scandal involving an old friend, Howard Start (Cooper). Allied by only Stark’s loyal butler Jarvis (D’Arcy) Peggy must find a way to clear his name, before it is too late, and many innocents are lost in a catastrophic disaster.

Right from the start I was entertained. It immediately become one of my favorite shows to watch. Seeing Agent Carter have to work around her time and being over looked for being a woman was a very welcomed plot device. Plus I am a sucker noir type films. I loved this era. The roaring 40s. The show kept you guessing on where it was going, who was behind the curtain, and what the plan was. In the end it wasn’t Hydra that I thought it would be, but Leviathan, and the can only be assumed to be as The Black Widow Project. The character Dottie (Regan) presumably the first Black Widow. Hinting toward the past of our own MCU hottie, Agent Romanoff, The Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson).

In the end Leviathans plan was simple revenge. Stark had created a gas by mistake that caused the death of many Russian soldiers, including Johann Fennoffs (Brown) brother. Luckily Agent Carter and Jarvis are able to foil his plan in the end, with only Dottie escaping. Fennoff is placed in prison with a cell mate, hinting to what can only be assumed as the beginnings of HYDRA. Toby Jones reprises his role in the final scene of the series as Arnim Zola, ex hydra scientist, now prisoner of the S.S.R. and cell mate of Fennoff. Leading us to believe that it is here where HYDRA began to its plan to grow within the S.S.R. and eventual S.H.I.E.L.D.

Do I think this show doesn’t need to continue? Not necessarily. Another short mini-series could benefit the history of S.H.I.E.L.D. and give us more adventures. I’d like them to jump a little time. I’d like to think with how the series ended Agent Carter is still where she was in the beginning. Knowing her worth, and how important she is the agency, but still being over looked. That is her superpower. Constantly being underestimated. This spot leaves us to believe the Marvel one shot Agent Carter that accompanied the Iron Man 3 Blu Ray release takes place after this series. If they were to jump time for the next installment, Peggy and Stark could have begun building S.H.I.E.L.D. We could see her leading the agency. Building it from the ground up. See HYDRA begin to form in the under belly. I think there is a lot to go on there.

All in all, I was very impressed with Agent Carter. Given the slow start to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this could’ve ended up bad. Normally my Jeebus Score is reserved for film, but if I were to give it Agent Carter I would give it a 4.2. I can tell you this is a mini-series I will be purchasing on Blu Ray.

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.