Friday, May 6, 2016

After The Bell: WWE Cutting Dead Weight

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The WWE did something it hasn't done in a long time... cleared out dead-weight on the main roster. It was a long time coming with the influc of guys brought up from NXT... So let's run down those who were wished the best in their future endeavors.

El Torito - With the repacking of Los Matadores back to being the 'Colon Cousins', El Torito's role in the WWE as a mascot for the two bullfighters was made pointless. Since the WWE doesn't have a minis-division, this was just a matter of time.

Hornswoggle - Let's be honest kids, this one was probably long over-due, they tried him with a few different roles, but he hasn't been seen on TV in quite a while. Like with El Torito, the lack of an minis-division limited what they could do with him unless he was being a mascot

Zeb Colter - This one surprises me a great deal, as they could use him as an instructor at the Performance Center, he was great as the voice piece for Jack Swagger and the stupidity to pair him with Del Rio last fall still baffles me. Probably his age was a factor, and the fact they had him on scooter limited what they could do with him creatively.

Santino Marella - I was surprised he was still under contract, but he retired from in-ring competition a while ago and only made sporadic appearances, he'll probably pop up from time to time.

Damian Sandow - A bit surprising, but this is truly a case of creative having nothing for him, and he can work the indies and make his way back to the WWE for a third time. (For those of you who may not know, he made it to the main roster year prior as Idol Stevens, was released, and got re-signed)

King Barrett - This one is not surprising at all, since he was leaving next month anyway when his contract expired. Injuries limited what the WWE could do with him.

Alex Riley - Not really all that surprising, he was in the WWE dog-house for a while, but I thought he was doing great as broadcaster before getting back in the ring last year. A recent twitter meltdown was probably a factor here.

Cameron: nah nah nah nah nah hey hey good bye... I've been calling for this release for a while now, as Cameron is one of those Divas hired out right for looks and with out a single clue or desire to improve in the ring... want proof? Just look at her match with Asuka from NXT earlier this year, and you'll see Asuka doing every single thing herself.

So basically... the one two releases that surprise me, are Colter and Sandow...but otherwise, to quote Jay Sherman... 'Nothing of Value Was Lost'.

This Week With The SuperHeroes: Captain America Civil War, Power Rangers & More!

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Hello and Welcome To The Basement... And This Week With The Superheroes... 

Captain America: Civil War hit theaters in the United States today, and thanks to some circumstances falling into the place, I saw it today on 3D earlier today... and this was a lot of fun, you had a logical (well close to logical) reason for Captain America and Iron Man to be on opposite sides of the accords put in place to keep the Avengers in-check, we saw the big screen debuts of new Spider-Man and Black Panther, and resolution (more or less) with the Winter Soldier.

But the big thing to take away from this movie is that it's actually FUN... there was quipy remarks, comedy to show that these characters are 'human' even with the gravity of the issues and problems at hand... and it also helps that the movie HAD MORE THAN THREE COLORS... and things were seen in DAYLIGHT... what a huge difference that makes. The action sequences were well done... and I loved the fact that week after seeing The Atom go giant sized on Legends of Tomorrow last week, we saw Ant Man going giant size on the big screen.

The one things about this movie that caught off guard was a MILFy Aunt May... the fan fic shippers  are going to have a field day with her... and the fact there was not a 'big bad' to deal with, but there was certainly a lot of misdirection involved. Also since i saw this in 3D... this was better than Batman V Superman, cause the effects and blend of colors certainly worked, and only a handful of instances was it distracting namely with text on the screen.

Now, switching gears... Let's talk about Power Rangers... or rather the suits that look like they were designed by a drunken Tony Stark... yes the 1995 movie had armor suits... but they actually looked like things you'd see in original Sentai and it's American Adaption, plus look like they would be logical in a fight... however what these new suits look like as if they were designed by Rob Liefield, boob-socks and unnecessary heel footwear for the Yellow and Pink Rangers just makes me roll my eyes. What was wrong with using the suits similar in designed to the 1995 film? Oh wait... it's because they look like Iron Man knock offs... oy vey.

Anyway, on to this weeks shows

Gotham: Wrath of the Villains: Azrael
Plot: Professor Strange is questioned by Gordon and Bruce, then sends a resurrected Galavan to confront Gordon; Nygma tries to learn more about Strange.
Rating: 3 out of 5 - This was an episode of two halves, the first half was rather slow and plodding, but the second Galavan arrived at the GCPD and went nuts, it kicked ass... and there was some obvious Batman imagery used with Azrael.

The Flash: Rupture
Plot: Back on Earth-1, Zoom is intent on taking over Central City; Barry and Wells devise a dangerous plan to stop Zoom for good; Barry reaches out to both fathers for advice
Rating: 1 out 5 - Oh frogging hell... The Flash is limping badly to the end of his season, with Barry coming across like a total idiot...there was nothing positive about this episode, which saw yet another Earth-2 Counterpart killed off (this time the one of Vibe's brother) and the rest of the supporting cast feeding into the stupidity of Barry left a bad taste in my mouth.

Arrow: Genesis  
Plot: Oliver and Felicity seek a magical solution to defeat Darhk; Diggle seeks revenge and heads out to confront Andy; Alex takes Thea on a vacation, which turns into a nightmare.
Rating: 4 out of 5 - Unlike with Flash, we got some forward progression with the characters being very much aware, Oliver and Felicity seem to be getting back on track, Diggle did what had to be done, Thea realizes something is wrong with the vacation destination...this was solid.

Agents of SHIELD: Failed Experiments
Plot: As the threat of Hive looms, loyalties are put to the test and the team must come up with a decisive resolution
Rating: 3 out of 5 - Kind of meh... we don't see much forward progression, but the showdown with Mack and Daisy was pretty cool, and the call back to Kree blood being in her and her willingness to be the source for Hive's plan to InHumanize the world was a nice cliff hanger

Legends of Tomorrow: River of Time
Plot- The team successfully captures Vandal Savage; Savage tells Kendra he can reunite her with Carter, causing her to struggle with whether or not she should kill him; Rip decides to deliver Savage to the Time Masters.
Rating: 4 out of 5 - For an episode that looked like it was going down the path Flash did with everyone being a total idiot, it certainly changed course in a hurry and for the better. Savage manipulating members of the team was clever, and the revelation that Savage is in league with the Time Masters was a nice twist. With two episodes left, everything is clicking on all cylinders, hopefully the momentum carries through.

Tomorrow If Free Comic Book Day... so I'll be out and about searching for a comic book shop, and of course tomorrow will also be the latest Tales From The TARDIS

Walt Before Mickey - Basement Matinee

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Let's talk about 'Walt Before Mickey'

This was a 2015 Bio-Pick, covering Walt Disney's early years in show business, such as his time running Laugh-O-Gram Studio and up to the first Mickey Mouse short, "Plane Crazy"

The thing that brought my attention to this film, was actually a friend's post on Facebook regarding how 'bad' it was... and while it wasn't great, I found it to be a bit serviceable as a bio-pick.

It was paid adequate lip service to Walt's youth, but focuses on his struggles in Kansas City with previously mentioned Laugh-O-Gram Studio, where his poor way of doing business, and his eventual move to California where along with his brother Roy, founded Disney Brothers Studio (later renamed Walt Disney Studios) with work on the Alice Comedies, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and dealing Charles Mintz, and obviously closing out with how Mickey was created.

With a running time of an hour and fifty minutes, it does feel every bit of it, but the tone is pretty light and easy going, so I didn't mind the length as much, and some things probably could've been cut out for pacing (the showing of the production of several Alice comedies was a bit much) and some of the things built up for the sake of drama do feel a bit forced. 

The cast was serviceable, but nothing outstanding and you won't go out of your way to learn who these people are... outside of Jon Heder, who is pretty well known.

If I had a major complaint, is that... everything felt a bit... sterilized, since the film wasn't endorsed by Disney Studios, probably great effort was taken to not get sued by the Disney Estate or the company itself.  

All in all, it's a decent enough movie to watch if you can't find anything else, and does draw some attention to the pre-Mickey Walt Disney. So it it worth checking out you're having trouble finding something to watch.

Tomorrow (or rather later today) Will Be This Week With The Superheroes... and there a couple of topics I'm kicking around along with the go-over of this weeks shows. Catch ya later!

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