Monday, January 22, 2018

Atomic Robo and the Spectre of Tomorrow #3


Things continue to be hectic at the site of the new offices of Tesladyne Industries. Lang and Abasi are trying to get the halted construction of the new Tesladyne back on schedule (realizing their boss stealing the private jet of the neighbor who forced the stoppage isn't likely to help), while Abasi is doing his best to make sure Lang doesn't kill anyone.

Powerpuff Girls: The Bureau of Bad #2


The second issue of Powerpuff Girls: The Bureau of Bad, in which various villains present their closest call to defeating the Powerpuff Girls, rolls out some C-List villains as Bianca Bikini takes center stage to describe the closest the Fashionistas have come to defeating the Powerpuff Girls. Oh, and Garbage Gary gets a turn, too. Yeah... he didn't come very close.

The Good Place - Rhonda, Diana, Jake, and Trent


Disguising his escaped humans as low-level demon workers, Michael (Ted Danson) works out the second-half of his plan while leaving the group in the Hall Of Low-Grade Crappiness not realizing the hall is about to get a new exhibit (joining the likes of the first white person with dreadlocks), this one starring animatronic versions of all four humans. And then things go to hell, in this case literally. While Chidi (William Jackson Harper) doesn't ever fit in anywhere, it's interesting to see just how easily Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Tahani (Jameela Jamil), and especially Jason (Manny Jacinto) take to their new surroundings and get along with their ball-punching, torture-loving, evil new acquaintances (which include Bell's real-life husband Dax Shepard).

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Beyond - Two Zero One / Cheers, Bitch


Beyond returns for a Second Season with Holden (Burkely Duffield) attempting to live a normal life by taking a job in his father's factory and date Willa (Dilan Gwyn) - despite how her family used him and the nightmares that continue to plague him. It's nice to see Charlie (Eden Brolin) return, although it seems like her current path on digging up dirt for Yellow Jacket (Peter Kelamis) will be keeping her away from Holden for the time being. Instead we get Willa attending an awkward family dinner and still showing more chemistry with Holden's brother than her actual boyfriend.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Hostiles

Hostiles is a wagon train movie, without the wagon train. Christian Bale stars as Capt. Joseph J. Blocker, a career solider who has spent the better part of two decades fighting Native Americans in the late 19th Century. A reluctant Blocker is ordered to escort an old enemy (Wes Studi) and his family (Adam Beach, Xavier Horsechief, Q'orianka Kilcher, and Tanaya Beatty) from New Mexico to Montana and deliver them safely home after years of being prisoners of the Union Army. Along the way, the group will pick-up a woman (Rosamund Pike) whose family was brutally killed in the film's opening scene and a prisoner (Ben Foster) with a connection to Blocker's past.

After the initial attack on the Quaid farm, Hostiles falls back into a slow burn of a film as former enemies and strangers will have to rely on each other to make the dangerous trek across country. Writer/director Scott Cooper's adapted screenplay doesn't reinvent the wheel and relies mostly on strong performances to carry a rather straightforward plot that never quite succeeds in presenting Blocker and his prisoners as equals due to the vastly superior amount of time the camera spends on the former compared to the later.