Wednesday, March 20, 2019

London Fields

London Fields is a flawed but ambitious film that struggles mightily with adapting the 1989 novel of the same name for the big screen. The film's biggest strength is Amber Heard, cast in the role femme fatale Nicola Six who toys with men's affections for her own selfish gratification and amusement. Despite the film's many failings, Heard's performance isn't one of them nor is the cinematography of Guillermo Navarro (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, and Pacific Rim) who so lovingly frames the beautiful star on-screen. Semi-clairvoyant, Nicola knows the time and place of her death (but not the identity of her killer).

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Transformers #1

For their latest Transformers comic, IDW enlists writer Brian Ruckley and artist Angel Hernandez to wind back the clock before the Transformers ever came to Earth and before the birth of the Decepticons. Transformers #1 offers two plot threads. The first involves Bumblebee and the newly-created Rumble traveling across the surface of Cybertron to a transmission station. Along the way they are joined by Windblade who is the first to notice something seriously wrong when they trio reach their destination.

Supergirl - O Brother, Where Art Thou?

As one villain exits another enters. Believing Manchester Black (David Ajala) to be behind the shooting of James "Don't Call Me Jimmy" Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), J'onn (David Harewood) redoubles his efforts to stop his schemes which are now aided by a Martian staff that makes him even more dangerous. While Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) works to keep the carnage at bay, J'onn will have to put aside his peaceful vows. Manchester exits in relatively forgettable fashion, considering all the trouble he has caused, but J'onn's actions in permanently subduing him foreshadow new problems for the Martian. This leaves Jimmy at the hands of doctors who can't save him and Alex (Chyler Leigh) alone to convince Kelly Olsen (Azie Tesfai) to consider a dangerous experimental cure. Alex forgetting her sister's secret identity has allowed the show to play on the old Superman trope of why the hero's alter ego missing important moments. Will these unexplained absences eventually lead Alex into doing a little snooping?

Domino: Hotshots #1

The first issue of Domino: Hotshots introduces us to the team put together by Black Widow to recover some dangerous alien tech. Fans of Domino's current ongoing comic (also written by Gail Simone) will recognize her two BFFs Outlaw and Diamondback. Rounding out the team are the Widow, Korean spy White Fox, and Wakanda exile Atlas Bear. The mission is obviously related an alien artifact which crashes in the Antarctic, but what is it? Why does Black Widow want it? And why does she need all the luck she can get to retrieve it?

Monday, March 18, 2019

Hawaii Five-0 - Pupuhi ka he'e o kai uli

The death of a fake window washer who it turns out was one of the world's most famous graffiti artists allows for the return of Gerard Hirsch (Willie Garson) when Five-0 reaches out to the former art forger for help in identifying the victim. I'm always happy to see Garson, although his return is a sad reminder that White Collar is no longer on the air. While false leads initially point to motives tied to the victim's art, Five-0 uncovers the real target to be the woman (Patricia Velasquez) the artist was harboring. Her outspoken nature about the evils of her government has branded her a traitor they would go to any lengths to see silenced (including killing the artist and torturing his agent for information).