Monday, February 20, 2017

Anime Los Angeles 2017 Cosplay Showcase

Powerless - Sinking Day


"Sinking Day" plays on the incompetence of Van Wayne (Alan Tudyk). After her boss costs Wayne Securities their oldest client, raising the ire of Van's father (Corbin Bernsen), Emily (Vanessa Hudgens) rallies the team to land an even bigger client in Atlantis. Despite his obvious ineptitude, Van shows surprising skill in helping to schmooze the Atlantians and help close the biggest deal the company has ever seen. Directed by Broken Lizard's Jay Chandrasekhar, the latest episode has a goofy energy that is highlighted by Tudyk's comic timing while showing us that Van Wayne does have some game, even if I'm not sure anyone knows what that game might be. Bernsen is unexpectedly terrific as Van's far more successful father; here's hoping we see more of him this season.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Logan


Finally learning that bigger isn't always better (see X-Men: Apocalypse and X-Men: The Last Stand), 20th Century Fox has moved away from the super-sized team film. With both Logan and Legion (FX's new series based around the X-Men character of the same name), the X-Men universe is taking some interesting turns with a darker tone and smaller character-driven stories. Logan may not be as entertaining as Deadpool, but it definitely ranks as one of the better X-Men films (and easily the best of the Wolverine standalone movies).

Legion - Chapter 2


On his own outside of the mental institution, David (Dan Stevens) accepts the invitation to go with Syd (Rachel Keller) to a sort of summer camp for mutants run by Dr. Melanie Bird (Jean Smart) who hopes to repair David's mind and teach him that his delusions are actually manifestations of his powers. With the help of Ptonomy (Jeremie Harris), David begins reliving memories from his past, but it soon becomes clear there's more going on in David's mind than Bird or Ptonomy bargained for. The folks at Summerland also discover David's willingness to cooperate has its limits as his time in a MRI ends with another impressive use of his powers, while also showing David's ability to touch his sister's mind from miles away.

The Accountant

The Accountant is your basic action-thriller with the twist being our main character is an autistic accountant who turns out o be a genius both with math and guns. Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is targeted not by any one of his any number of dangerous clients but by a robotics company for confirming embezzling found by one of the firm's junior accountants (Anna Kendrick). The story also features a subplot involving a retiring agent (J.K. Simmons) of the Treasury Department and his protege of sorts (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) who are hunting the forensic accountant whose client list includes some of the world most dangerous criminal organizations.

The script by Bill Dubuque gets a little too cute for its own good tying in Christian's past, but the movie works better than I expected. Affleck is put to good use here as the autistic character I wouldn't mind seeing more of, and the pairing with Kendrick is refreshingly not by-the-book.