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Avengers: Endgame (Big Spoilers!)

“We’re in the Endgame now….”

I mean, that’s for sure!  And we’re in it for a looong time, because this movie is nearly three hours in length.

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Box Office Blockbuster Tourney: Odd-Numbered Years Conference, Round One

So as explained last time, we are playing a seeded tournament-style elimination game amongst each of the US domestic box office champion movies from the last 32 years.  Seeding was done via Rotten Tomatoes scores, with ties broken with Metacritic scores.  Three of our six judges will vote on each match-up of two films, with the winner advancing to the next round and the loser skulking off into obscurity, until we have our overall Champion!

The Last Jedi

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Box Office Blockbuster Tourney: Introduction

Movies, being the big business that they are, are often all about the money.  If you follow the movie news, you hear all the time about which movie won the weekend box office, or which big budget bonanza earned enough to score a sequel, or how fast Captain Marvel made more than The Dark Knight.

So I decided to take the biggest money making movies…and pit them against each other in a tournament to the death!

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Doctor Who: Time Reaver [Big Finish – Tenth Doctor Adventures]

Time Reaver is the second story of the first season of Big Finish’s Tenth Doctor adventures, their initial batch of episodes inspired primarily by the revival of the series.  David Tennant co-stars again with Catherine Tate as Donna Noble.  The cast also includes Terry Molloy (Davros in a couple of the old TV episodes) and Dan Starkey (Strax the Sontaran in a whole bunch of the modern series).

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Quantum Leap – All-Americans [2.14]

Sam leaps into Eddie Vega, a high school football star, shortly before a championship game which his friend Chuey is fated to purposely lose.  He discovers that this is because Chuey’s landlord is pressuring his family for money.  Sam has to figure out how to help Chuey do the right thing and avoid throwing away his future.

Written by Paul Brown and Donald P. Bellisario. Directed by John Cullum.

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Quantum Leap – Another Mother [2.13]

Sam leaps into the divorced Linda Bruckner, and has to save her teenaged son from a random murder while also navigating the demands of motherhood.  Complicating things is the fact that Linda’s youngest child can see and hear Al, and can see Sam for who he really is.

Written by Deborah Pratt. Directed by Joseph L. Scanlon

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Doctor Who: Technophobia [Big Finish–Tenth Doctor]

For years, Big Finish license to produce original audio material based on Doctor Who excluded them from including elements of the revival series which began in 2005.  But then a few years ago, that all changed, and now we have audio dramas coming out all the time featuring River Song, Missy, Jenny, Strax, and most significantly, the Tenth Doctor as played by David Tennant.  The company debuted his audio adventures a few years ago, with a series of three episodes co-starring Catherine Tate as his television companion, Donna Noble.  The first of these was Technophobia by Matt Fitton.

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Say My Name…Shazam!

There are at least three moments in Shazam! that made my inner-nerd do a little leap of delight.

We’ll get to them in a moment.  First though, I want to reflect upon the film’s general strengths and weaknesses, beyond it’s obscure comic book appeal.

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Shazam! is the latest film based on a DC Comics character to hit the big screen.  It’s arrived with much critical and financial success, and carries with it the reputation of being the kind of light-hearted whimsical escapist superhero fantasy film that the DC Extended Universe has thus far been famous for not making.

And this reputation is sort of deserved.  Sort of, but not quite.

Incidentally, there are spoilers ahead.  Big spoilers. Big Big Spoilers!

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Quantum Leap – Animal Frat [2.12]

Sam leaps into a college party-loving frat boy named Knut “Wild Thing” Wileton, shortly before some of his anti-war classmates get in trouble for going too far with their protests.  Sam must overcome prejudices against him from one in particular, an attractive girl named Elisabeth, in order to convince her that her actions are misguided.

Written by Chris Ruppenthal. Directed by Gilbert Shilton

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Quantum Leap – Portrait for Troian [2.11]

Sam leaps into Dr. Timothy Mintz, a parapsychologist hired by Troian Claridge to prove that her home is haunted by the ghost of her dead husband Julian.  Sam of course does not believe in ghosts or supernatural phenomenon, while Al is more easily spooked.  Eventually, Sam discovers that the culprit is Troian’s brother Jimmy, who is attempting to goad his sister into suicide for financial reasons.  But even with his malicious intent exposed, a final twist reveals that a ghost has played a role in the story after all.

Story by John Hill & Scott Shepherd.  Teleplay by Scott Shepherd & Donald P. Bellisario. Directed by Michael Zinberg

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