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Review: WWE Battleground 2014 (Blu-ray)

27 September 2014 9:54 AM, PDT

Leading the final charge towards SummerSlam, Battleground has become the PPV where WWE lines up all of its ducks going into the third of its big four presentations (after Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania and prior to Survivor Series).

This year they managed to not only put together a great card, but in terms of match quality they damn near knocked it out of the park.

As regular readers know, I love me a bit of a Battle Royale (the Rumble being my favourite flavour) so the standing room only clash for the vacant WWE Intercontinental Championship belt had me at hello. Man of the match, as per usual, was Kofi Kingston who performed his now requisite elimination save with aplomb, but the end of the bout caught me completely by surprise proving that Creative are still capable of pulling a fast one when they need to.

Another surprise was that the »

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Marvel's Agents of Shield S2 character speculation Part 2

24 September 2014

In the first part of this article, we looked at the idea of "What will they become?" and what it represents in terms of the show's commitment to arc-based, character-driven storytelling, as well as applying the question to the character of Coulson. We'll now go on to ask "What will they become?" about each of the show's other five main characters. As before, spoilers for Season 1 follow.

May (Ming-Na Wen)

Season 1 showed us three different sides to Melinda May. The first is Ninja May, an awesome, highly capable Shield operative, who's so concise, efficient, and just plain cool that she's basically a ninja. She's essentially Mulan meets Chuck Norris (because she's played by the same actress as the former, and has a meme-generating quality to rival the latter), and is easily the show's most comic-book character not derived from the comics.

The second is Angsty May (not to be confused »

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Review: Killer Klowns From Outer Space (Blu-ray)

23 September 2014 12:01 PM, PDT

As something of a connoisseur of horror films I’ve seen many, many of them over the years. Some have been good, some great, some downright terrible and then there are those that just defy definition. They’re so bad that they’re good, and there are few finer examples of these kinds of movies than 1988’s Killer Klowns From Outer Space.

The title alone should let you know what you’re in for, and it doesn’t disappoint, delivering exactly what it says on the tin. The plot, such as it is, has a race of aliens that happen to resemble the titular funny folk touching down in the sleepy town of Crescent Cove and proceeding to kill the townsfolk. Why here? We’re not really sure, but it’s suggested that they’ve made the equivalent of a pit stop at an intergalactic fast food joint for a »

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Marvel's Agents of Shield S2 character speculation Part 1

22 September 2014 9:32 AM, PDT

Marvel's Agents of Shield returns at 9/8c on Tuesday 23 September 2014 in the Us, and hopefully soon after in the UK. For fans of the first season, it's highly anticipated, particularly in terms of how the show will continue the gripping storylines established in the later part of the first season. So if you haven't seen the first season yet, be aware that spoilers follow.

Some of the show's marketing for Season 2 has been in the form of character posters, featuring each character's face along with “What will [he or she] become?”, and then telling us that we can find out on Tuesday 23 September.

Presumably this doesn't mean that the conclusion of each character's arc will be more or less instantaneous, happening simply in that one episode, but rather that, starting from the Season 2 premiere, these long-term character arcs that we've been following so closely will continue to unfurl.

Going by early to mid-Season »

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