Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Fine for Kids But Lacking Depth for Adults

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Wikipedia) television show ties into the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, starting after the events of The Avengers (Wikipedia/IMDB).

I’ve watched up to episode 11 on Youku (神盾局特工 第一季), and I’m not sure I can continue giving the show any more of my attention.

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New York Style Pizza: Good Pizza, Poor Dine-In Service

New York Style Pizza in Shanghai, Jing'an location.
Source Dianping

This is a review of the original Jing’an district location by the Jing’an Temple Line 2 stop in Shanghai.

New York Style Pizza (SmartShanghai/City Weekend/Dianping) has been around for a long time and for the longest time, it has been a go-to for pizza that many would consider better than what you could get through the larger American franchises like Pizza Hut, Papa John’s, and more recently Domino’s, as well as the Japanese casual Italian restaurant chain Saizeriya. Without making this a comparison and ignoring the many other one-off Italian restaurants in Shanghai where a pizza can be ordered, let’s just say NYSP has bigger, thinner, and cheesier pies. Chicago-style deep-dish pan pizza loyalists can stop reading now.

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The Colony: Paul Walker, Bill Paxton, and Morpheus in Ice Age

The Colony movie poster.Overall The Colony (Wikipedia/IMDB) isn’t bad, but it has a sort of “TV movie” or “B movie” sort of feel. The computer generated special effects are decent but just short of convincing, especially in scenes where the camera pans, zooming in or out and over the snowy landscapes.

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R.I.P.D.: Derivative Slapstick Comedy Without Any Pretense

R.I.P.D. Rest in Peace Department movie poster.I remember seeing a preview for R.I.P.D. (Wikipedia/IMDB) while at the theaters on a visit to the States and immediately concluding it was M.I.B. (Wikipedia/IMDB) with dead people (“deados”) instead of aliens. Granted, everyone in the theater probably thought the same thing, to the point where me mentioning this at all makes me feel embarrassingly like Captain Obvious.

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