Arrow Season 3, Episode 3 – “Corto Maltese”

By Matthew Cafaro
PSDC Writer

Aside from possibly interesting foreshadowing with Ray Palmer and why he really wanted to buy Queen Consolidated (which we’ll touch on in a minute), or as he’s calling it, “QC,” this was yet another episode that dealt with a lot of set-up for the season. Over the first three episodes, the Arrow writers have been maneuvering our characters into place, to what end? We don’t yet know. But there are some hints.

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The first hint is that John Barrowman is a fully-fledged cast member, so the odds are he’s going to be a very big part of this season outside of his training Thea to be a secret ninja (more on that in a minute). [Read more…]

Arrow Season 3, Episode 2 – “Sara”

By Matthew Cafaro
PSDC Writer

How will Oliver & Co. handle the fallout of last week’s staggering ending?

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We begin with Felicity, Roy, and Ollie descending into the “Arrow Cave” (I hate that name, but for lack of a better one, there go I) and having meaningless chit-chat only to find Sara’s broken body on a table, and Laurel, covered in her sister’s blood, in a state of shock. [Read more…]

Arrow Season 3, Episode 1 – “The Calm”

By Matthew Cafaro
PSDC Writer

The premier episode in the third season of Arrow quickly fills the audience in with the obligatory, “Last time on Arrow…” montage, followed by an in media res beginning of the well-oiled machine that is Oliver & Co. doing what they do best: taking down the bad guys who have, “Failed this city!”

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It’s a whip-crack beginning to a solid, if only slightly disappointing, episode of Arrow. The direction, camera work, and above all, the stunts and fight choreography are still as good as we remember them, which is what separates this show from the other comic book shows also currently on television. I read an interview with Marc Guggenheim (one of the creators) on TV Line and he mentioned that they want to create one-hour movies every week, which is an excellent way to describe episodes of Arrow. Even in those weeks when the plot or character development may not be up to Arrow’s usual par, the technical aspects are always top notch and better than anything on TV not named Justified or Mad Men. [Read more…]

On Robin Williams and Depression

By Matthew Cafaro
PSDC Alumni

In discussions about film, about the commercialism or about the business or about the money involving film-making, it becomes very easy to be cynical. I believe I have become more than a bit cynical about commercialism vs. art in film. I ask myself questions about when is a movie only a commercial endeavor, or if film-making can ever truly be “pure” art in the modern age.

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Then I think about Robin Williams, who in some projects actively went out of his way to receive little to no credit. Who demanded a film like Aladdin stand on its own without the ability to market “ROBIN WILLIAMS!!!” to the masses. [Read more…]

2014 MLB Team Preview: New York Mets

By Matthew Cafaro
PSDC Writer

New York Mets
Founded: 1962
Division Titles: 5
National League Pennants: 4
World Series Titles: 2 (1969, 1986) 

2013 Record: 74-88, 3rd Place in the NL East 
Key Losses: Johan Santana, Shaun Marcum, LaTroy Hawkins, Matt Harvey*
Key Additions: Curtis Granderson, Bartolo Colon, Chris Young

I want to point out that last year I predicted the Mets would finish with a record of 74-88. Which they did. Exactly so. So we now know something about me: I’m good at guessing how this particular baseball team would finish the 2013 season. Why couldn’t I have this power with guessing lottery numbers? Or NCAA brackets? Oh well. On to this year’s preview!

The 2013 New York Mets were a revelation in starting pitching talent. From some of their young pitchers, like Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler, greatness was expected and delivered. Speaking as a Braves fan, I was not expecting Dillon Gee’s ascension, which was a not-so-nice surprise for New York’s division rivals. Alas, the Mets’ pitching success was undone by a spate of injuries, the hardest to swallow being Harvey’s need for Tommy John surgery with the feared prognosis that he would not pitch at all in 2014.** [Read more…]

Harold Ramis, Dead at 69

By Matthew Cafaro
PSDC Writer

Today’s news of Harold Ramis’ passing hit me like a ton of bricks. I didn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe it. I prayed that it would be one of those internet hoaxes like the ones that proclaim Terry Bradshaw’s death every year. Even after reading The Chicago Tribune’s obituary, I didn’t want to believe it.

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Now I just want to leave work and go watch movies.

Harold Ramis made me laugh. A lot. That’s why I cried for a man I’ve never met, and for his family and friends who lost who I am sure was a sweet, devoted husband, father and friend. He brought us nothing but laughter and happiness. Ramis never made us cry (unless from laughing too hard). He never made us feel bad. His work was pure, unfiltered joy. [Read more…]