Sunday, July 22, 2018

The Wild Storm #15


With The Wild Storm #15 the tensions between I.O. and Skywatch continue to escalate and Henry Bendix attacks the Earth from space in retaliation with of one of his little sticks. While a temporary ceasefire is put into place between the two agencies following Bendix's latest move, it is unlikely to last (especially as both sides continue to plan for the destruction of the other).

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Both sequel and prequel to 2008's Mamma Mia!, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again returns most of the core cast for another romcom plot set to the music of ABBA. Since we saw her last, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) has managed to breathe new life in the dream of her recently departed mother (Meryl Streep) and is working towards the grand opening of the hotel. The return of her mother's best friends (Christine Baranski and Julie Walters) helps lessen the pressure of her estranged relationship to Sky (Dominic Cooper) and the absences of two of her three fathers on the eve of the big day.

There are some improvements here as co-writer and director Ol Parker limits the singing roles for some actors who struggled in the first film while allowing other actors to carry the bulk of the musical numbers. The flashback plot to Donna's original trip to Greece allows the casting of younger versions of all the characters in actors who are a bit more comfortable belting out the songs when called upon. Lily James is the stand-out as the younger Donna as the other actors look to have been primarily cast first for their physical likeness, second for their singing ability, and (unfortuantely) last for their ability to act.

Domino #4


Abandoned by their bestie, Domino's gal pals go in search of the villains targeting their friend. Unfortunately they find them. While the flashbacks suggest there might be a familial relationship between the two, Domino #4 reveals that there is indeed a connection between the powers of both Prototype and Domino. Domino's luck is derived from Prototype while making Domino hurt makes Prototype... well, honestly, I'm not exactly sure what his powers are yet.

Reagan Kathryn's Anime Expo 2018 Vlog

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Superman #1


Following up the pair's six-issue mini-series The Man of Steel, writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Ivan Reis begin their run on the new ongoing Superman title. Superman #1 re-introduces readers to Superman's world, offers the creation of a new Fortress of Solitude, and includes cameos of Justice League members checking in after recent events.

Hendo Art's How-To: Prince Zuko's Burn Scar

Elementary - You've Come a Long Way, Baby


Although she doesn't appear in the episode, Jaime Moriarty's (Natalie Dormer) shadow looms large over "You've Come a Long Way, Baby" as Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) mulls over his father's (John Noble) plea for Sherlock to help him kill the only woman his son has ever loved before she kills his father. Of course there's also a case of the week to solve, this one involving murder, cigarette smuggling, and an ATF undercover operation that has spiraled out of control, but it's Sherlock's dilemma which carries the episode.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

LEGO Voltron Defender of the Universe Designer Video Review

Game Night

Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams star in this forgettable comedy as competitive couple Max and Annie who host a weekly game night for their friends Kevin (Lamorne Morris) and Michelle (Kylie Bunbury), and Gary (Jesse Plemons) and his girl of the moment. When Max's more successful brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler) hijacks game night with an elaborate murder mystery trouble ensues as "coincidentally" Brooks just happens to be kidnapped for real on the same night he hired actors to kidnap him as part of the game. And no one realizes it isn't a game.

The script by Mark Perez (Accepted, Herbie Fully Loaded) offers some cheap laughs and chuckles, if you can swallow the absurd pretense. Lots of time is given to the relationships of the various couples, but it's really only when all are involved and the crazy is turned up to 11 (such as throwing a priceless piece of art around a gangster's mansion) that things get interesting.

Rolyat as Link (Legends of Zelda Cosplay)

Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #21


Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #21 offers two separate storylines for Ben Reilly and Kaine, while leading each down a path which should bring both Scarlet Spiders back together in the next issue. Reilly's search for the doctor who can cure Abigail Mercury ends in a fight with Sauron, and a cryptic message from the dying scientist about the Diogenes Initiative.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Take Two - Ex's and Oh's


The latest case hits close to home when Sam's (Rachel Bilson) ex-fiance (Greyston Holt), the one who dumped her on the red carpet, shows up after his home was burglarized. One of the items stolen from the apartment was the actor's laptop which just happens to include a sex tape of the pair of them he never got around to deleting. Sam and Eddie's (Eddie Cibrian) search into the burglary turns up the laptop but also draws the attention of some very bad people and the DEA who believe Sam's ex may be into heroin smuggling and money laundering. While there's still plenty of room for improvement,"Ex's and Oh's" is the best episode of the series so far offering a rationale for Sam's overreactions and more enjoyable moments between Berto (Xavier de Guzman) and Monica (Alice Lee).

The Amazing Spider-Man #1


Although I like the character, the are a couple of reasons I haven't been a regular reader on one of his titles for quite some time. The character's convoluted, and often retconned, history (which has been patched so often you can't see what it was originally supposed to look like) and writers who focus on making Peter Parker's life a struggle without capturing the joy of being Spider-Man, have too often made Spidey comics a chore to read.

The New Legends of Monkey - Hope Must Never Die


Although the set-up in the first episode of The New Legends of Monkey is a bit awkward, there is some fun to be had. In "Hope Must Never Die" we are introduced to a young monk (Luciane Buchanan) who, after the death of her master and a group of four warriors at the hand of a demon (Jarred Blakiston), it will fall on to bring back the Monkey King who can help restore order to the demon infested lands. Initially our heroine has the crown of the Monkey King in her position but doesn't know his location and is preparing a long quest to find him, and then all of the sudden she lacks the crown but knows exactly where the trapped body of the Monkey King resides. Like I said, a bit awkward. The episode spends quite a bit of time introducing us to characters irrelevant to our monk or her champion, who she does free at the end of the episode and takes on the name Tripitaka to help fulfill her master's quest.

ANIME EXPO 2018 COSPLAY

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Voltron - Monsters & Mana


Okay, that was awesome! With their down time, the Paladins of Voltron sit down with Coran (Rhys Darby) for an Altean roleplaying game known as "Monsters & Mana." Almost completely separate from the other storylines of the season, the Dungeons & Dragons style episode proves to be the best of the series. Given the opportunity to play as different characters, we get Pidge (Bex Taylor-Klaus) as a Dwarf, Allura (Kimberly Brooks) as an archer, Hunk (Tyler Labine) as a mage, Lance (Jeremy Shada) as a thief, and (to the disappointment of all) Shiro (Josh Keaton) as a Paladin, as they work together to complete their quest and leave the larger issues of the galaxy to be solved for another day.

FanimeCon 2018 Cosplay Music Video (Part 6)

Friday, July 13, 2018

Star Wars #50


Issue #50 kicks off a new arc that shows the culmination of the Rebellion's hard work. The Rebel Fleet has finally been assembled. It's an impressive sight to behold. Finally, the Rebellion has a weapon to fight back against the Empire. While showing it off new toys and new level of unity to their closest allies, however, things begin to go horribly wrong.

The Outpost - One Is the Loneliest Number


Even with accomplished actors, a substantial budget, and intelligent writing, it's difficult to make fantasy work on-screen. The Outpost has none of these things. A cross between a fan film and a larping expedition, the opening episode of The Outpost introduces us to an elfish young woman named Talon (Jessica Green) who has lived in hiding as a human since her family was butchered by human soldiers 13 years ago. Working as a barmaid has its privileges it seems, as it has somehow also given her great abilities with a sword (enough to kill several fully-armed soldiers). After waiting for years, Talon is off to find and murder the men responsible for the death of her family which leads her to an outpost on the frontier where she comes face-to-face with her first intended victim.

Star Wars Card Trader Awesome Pack 17


Also check out Pack 1, Pack 2, Pack 3, Pack 4, Pack 5, Pack 6, Pack 7, Pack 8, Pack 9, Pack 10, Pack 11, Pack 12, Pack 13, Pack 14, Pack 15, Pack 16, Star Wars Day Pack 1, and the Star Wars Disney Princess Pack.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Man of Steel #6


The Man of Steel #6 wraps up the six-issue mini-series with one more confrontation between Superman and Rogol Zaar who battle from inside the Earth's core all the way to outer space and back to Earth. With Supergirl making the smart play and stepping in to end the conflict by trapping the villain in the Phantom Zone, neither Zaar nor Superman actually wins the fight and several questions remain about the alien, his hatred of Kryptonians, and Krypton's destruction.

Anime Expo 2018 Cosplay Gallery


Here's some cosplay from this year's Anime Expo.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Preacher - Gonna Hurt


Despite their wishes to leave, Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) and his friends remain trapped in Angelville for another episode as Jesse begins to work off the cost of Tulip's (Ruth Negga) resurrection. Despite warnings to Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) about hiding his true nature, the vampire is discovered by Jesse's family leading to the re-opening of the Tombs (yet another comprise Jesse promised never to make). Tulip's attempts to find a way out for Jesse lead her to make a dangerous choice with an unlikely new frenemy. While it's likely best for everyone if Madam Boyd (Prema Cruz) helps Tulip, it looks like she's going to need a little convincing

Catwoman #1


After the wedding to a certain Dark Knight Detective which didn't happen, Selena Kyle slinks off attempting to run away from her pain in the gambling dens and casinos. However, when Catwoman is framed for murder by an impostor, an exhausted Selina reclaims her role and hits the streets once more.

Elementary - The Adventure of Ersatz Sobekneferu


With Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) preoccupied with the arrival of his father (John Noble) in New York and the discovery that a potential assassin is trailing him, Watson (Lucy Liu) takes the lead in an odd case where a woman was murdered and had begun to be mummified by one of the world's most famous forgers (Stephen Spinella). The investigation leads to another forger (Julian Sands), and the father of the murdered young girl, but the real culprit is closer than the NYPD realizes.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Overwatch Cosplay Music Video

Take Two - Taken


Sam (Rachel Bilson) and Eddie's (Eddie Cibrian) vastly different histories with a night club owner create conflict when they accept the case to find the club's missing DJ (who turns out to be the mobster's illegitimate son). The case includes your usual amount of twist and turns, giving mystery a very Castle-esque feel (even if the dialogue and character interactions fail to measure up), before the pair recover the missing DJ and uncover the identity and motive of the kidnapper. The episode also offers more interaction between the assistants as Berto (Xavier de Guzman) and Monica (Alice Lee) try unsuccessfully to pump each other for information about their bosses' secrets. I think there's something worth tapping here, but it's still a bit unclear just big a part of the show these two will be. There's also some team building between the partners and Bilson in a ridiculous pizza costume in a subplot that would only make sense pre-Internet.

Captain America #1


If my math is right, this is the eighth relaunch of a Captain America title in the last 10 years. The latest finds a country broken and divided thanks to Hydra's recent takeover. It's not spelled out here exactly how Steve Rogers isn't responsible for being a Hydra agent, etc. (but, as no evidence is presented to the contrary, I'm just going to assume that some Web-Head made another deal with Mephisto). While setting up a new threat in Russia, most of the comic deals with Captain America and the Winter Soldier fighting the tail end of a battle in Washington D.C. by taking down some shitty wannabes idolizing an evil shittier original character.

GACC Cosplay Music Video Vlog

Monday, July 9, 2018

The Top Ten Movies of 2018 (so far)


With the year now half over, it's time to look back on 2018 to find the best movies released so far this year. This year's list includes super-heroes, animation, bold new worlds, nostalgic looks back, death, dark comedy, longing, and more. Here's a look at The Top Ten Movies of 2018 (so far).

The Death of Stalin

Very often, comedy comes from tragedy. The Death of Stalin is an unusual film. The political satire set during the days immediately before and after Joseph Stalin's (Adrian McLoughlin) death in Russia, the film follows the infighting and backstabbing among Stalin's most loyal subordinates who maneuver to control Russia following the party leader's death.

Rather than assemble a Russian cast, director Armando Iannucci brings together a group of primarily English and American actors (including Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, and Michael Palin), allowing each to perform in his natural accent. The result only increases the absurdity of the proceedings which is counter-balanced by the darkness of Stalin's policies.

FanimeCon 2018 Cosplay Music Video (Part 4)

Friday, July 6, 2018

Batman #50


The wedding day finally arrives in the over-sized Batman #50. While the main story features the bride and groom to be getting ready for the big event, the comic is a standout for a series of full-page art by various DC artist capturing Batman and Catwoman over the years. My favorites of these are the classic 70s and 80s pages from José Luis García-López and Jason Fabok, the classic 50s look from Andy Kubert, the fun Spidey pose from Rafael Albuquerque, and the longing in Becky Cloonan's page. My only real complaint is that Bruce Timm isn't included (although Ty Templeton's take harkens back to that style).

Charlie's Angels #1



The classic TV-show Charlie's Angels gets new life as a comic. Dynamite Entertainment's new series keeps the Angels in the 1970s, and opens with the trio working undercover in the Limbo Lounge to overhear a meeting between a skeezy crook forcing his way into the profitable night club and his equally sleazy guest.

Luke Cage - Soul Brother #1


You know, it would be easier to take Luke Cage seriously if the all the villains on the show didn't appear to have been transplanted from a Steven Seagal movie. A bad Steven Seagal movie. Since we last saw Luke Cage (Mike Colter) his celebrity around Harlem has only grown stronger (his appearances are even the subject of a new phone app). Of course there are still threats, such as a new street drug being sold under his name and Shades (Theo Rossi) and Mariah (Alfre Woodard) are still around with a score to settle and plans to sell off their business and go legit. Misty (Simone Missick) is still around as well. Despite her handicap, she decides to return to the job.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

This is A-KON 2018 Cosplay Music Video VLOG

Mary and the Witch's Flower

Based on The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart, the Japanese anime Mary and the Witch's Flower begins in fire prior to settling down and introducing us to the precocious Mary (Hana Sugisaki/Ruby Barnhill) living in the lonely countryside with her Great-Aunt Charlotte (Shinobu Otake/Lynda Baron). Despite her best efforts and sunny attitude, Mary struggles with the lack of other children to play with and still not quite fitting in with the adults.

Over the course of a handful of days, Mary will make several discoveries which will change her life beginning with meeting a neighbor boy and discovering the rarest of flowers deep in the woods. While not initially connected, both will be part of Mary's introduction to a larger world of witches and magic which will amaze and frighten her as the flower and a broomstick, both left abandoned in the woods long, long ago, lead her to the gates of Endor College for witches.

Astro City #52


The longest continuous run of Astro City comes to a close in issue 52. Writer Kurt Busiek and artist Brent Anderson aren't going away as they still have several projects in mind to continue and explore a world where heroes are observed by, and often interact with, the city's locals. Even knowing that there are other graphic novels, mini-series, and one-shots still to come, it will be missed.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Ant-Man and the Wasp


2015's Ant-Man was a fun and lighthearted entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe that, while mostly enjoyable, would certainly rank among the weaker (and more forgettable) entries to the MCU. Ant-Man and the Wasp brings back former thief turned super-hero Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), the original Ant-Man Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly), and most of the supporting cast and characters from the first film including Scott's former prison buddies and family. As in Ant-Man, several people are after Pym and his work. And given Scott's improbable return from the Quantum Realm at the end of the first movie, Hank Pym plans of his own.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay

Obviously inspired by the "Unhinged" story arc from Gail Simone's Secret Six, Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay offers us the Suicide Squad after a mystical artifact in a grunge house style animated straight-to-video movie. Lacking the broader personalities of the Secret Six, the film does offer appearances of half their number with Deadshot (Christian Slater) working for the Suicide Squad and both Scandal Savage (Dania Ramirez) and Knockout (Cissy Jones) working for a competing interest that wants a mystical Get Out of Hell Free Card which will offer one lucky villain a trip to Heaven.
Opening with an unrelated mission featuring team members turning on each other, strippers, and a bloody body count, the tone for the film is set early on. Vandal Savage (Jim Pirri) and the Reverse-Flash (C. Thomas Howell) both seems an odd choices to be interested in the card, and I'm guessing they were used more as villains of convenience (which ties in the previous films and also allowed for Scandal's inclusion). Taking it on its own, it works as a sleazy B-movie. But comparing it to Simone's original tale, it's hard not to be disappointed.

Reagan Kathryn - How to Make Cammy's Bracers from Street Fighter

Monday, July 2, 2018

Take Two - Smoking Gun


After catching a Hollywood director (Jonathan Silverman) over a dead body with the murder weapon in his hand, Sam (Rachel Bilson) still isn't convinced of his guilt. Over Eddie's (Eddie Cibrian) objections, the pair take the case and begin to uncover clues that suggest Sam's gut (despite the obvious evidence against the murder suspect) may be right. When they uncover the fact that the producer's mistress was actually a grifter and blackmailer, an entire new pool of suspects is discovered. However, the real motive for the case turns out to be tied the producer's latest project involving a federal witness and those who want her dead before she shares more of her story.

LEGO Awesome Pack


Friday, June 29, 2018

Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #20


With the battle with Mysterio and his daughter behind them, both Scarlet Spiders attempt to move on. For Ben Reilly that means continuing to try and save Abigail Mercury from the incurable Crooks' disease. Tracking down the expert who has illuded him, the Scarlet Spider discovers why the willing scientist hasn't been more responsive to his pleas: he's unknowingly been a captive of Sauron.

Voltron - Razor's Edge



While Allura (Kimberly Brooks) and Lotor (A.J. LoCascio) begin creating new ships infused with Altaen alchemy, Keith (Steven Yeun) and his mother (Ana Gasteyer) head off into unstable space known as the Quantum Abyss in search of a batch of super-duper magical quintessence that went missing years before. Although it's a pretty convenient plot device, the timeflashes caused by the unstable space provide a way for the show to cram in flashbacks to Keith and his mother's pasts, while the relative time of the anomaly gives them years together to get to know each other, and the flashes of the future also continuing to foreshadow trouble with Shiro (Josh Keaton). I'm guessing the relative time difference will shoot the pair back out not far from when they entered. The pair's adoption of a cosmic wolf is an interesting touch, as is their surprising discovery in the middle of the abyss. Just what does this mean for Allura's alliance with Lotor?

Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden #4


Happy Usagi is one of my favorite things. There's a moment in Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden #4, during a lull in the case, where Inspector Ishida invites the rabbit ronin home with him and Miyamoto Usagi enjoys the hospitality of his friend, wife, and son. While there's still plenty of work to be done in the remaining three issues of the series, it is nice to see Usagi get a respite (however short it turns out to be).

Harry Potter Awesome Pack 3


Another set celebrating some awesome Harry Potter cosplay. Also check out Pack 1 and Pack 2.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Twelve #1


The end begins. Joss Whedon returns to write the final season arc of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with Christos Gage that kicks off with Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Twelve #1. There's fun, there's fightin', and there are feels.

Elementary - Nobody Lives Forever


With Holmes' (Jonny Lee Miller) mental issues seemingly behind him and his new adversary still laying low. "Nobody Lives Forever" offers the opportunity for the return of Sherlock's former sponsor Alfredo (Ato Essandoh) who hopes to enlist him in a criminal endeavor. In an episode where the B-story proves more interesting than the crime of the week, Alfredo teaches the detective an important lesson about forgiveness (oddly enough while attempting to coerce Holmes into helping rob a business owner of money he stiffed the security expert on) as Holmes not only helps Alfredo's older brother, whom he loathes, but also makes an attempt to mend fences with his own. This leads to both a humorous wisecrack about his brother and his partner as well as a touching final scene where the Holmes and Watson (Lucy Liu) bonding over the loss of a mutual loved one.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Sicario: Day of the Soldado

Screenwriter Taylor Sheridan reunites Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin for the sequel to 2015's Sicario. When the United States realize that terrorists are being smuggled across the Mexican border along with illegal immigrants, Matt Graver's (Brolin) team is brought in to deal with the problem. Wanting to start a war between the cartels, Graver decides to bring back Alejandro Gillick (del Toro) who a personal grudge against one of the cartel leaders.

Stefano Sollima steps in for Denis Villeneuve (who directed the first Sicario) this time around. Since Sicario is easily my favorite of Villeneuve's films, I was sorry to not see him return. The biggest difference between Sicario: Day of the Soldado and the original is the lack of female lead. Filling that spot is the side story featuring Elijah Rodriguez a young wannabe on the Mexican border (which is never as compelling as it should be). The sequel definitely misses Blunt as the only female characters of import are Catherine Keener as Graver's boss and Isabela Moner as a cartel princess whose abduction becomes part of Graver's larger plan. While both are important to the plot, it's really del Toro's movie this time around.

The Wild Storm #14


Fourteen issues into the series, writer Warren Ellis continues to build on the universe of The Wild Storm. The latest issue introduces us to another human transformed in Project Thunderbird when John Lynch visits his old friend Alexandra Fairchild. Although we don't get an appearance by Abigail's daughter, Catilin is mentioned as it appears at least Gen13 character will make an appearance in the series (but, as yet, still no mention of Planetary).

Preacher - Angelville


Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) returns home in a season premiere that doesn't feature, or even mention Genesis (and what Jesse can do with it). Instead "Angelville" is mainly concerned with Jesse's return home, the introduction of his witchy grandmother (Betty Buckley) and creepy extended family, and the resurrection of his girlfriend. Even from the limited flashbacks we get here, and Jesse's current interactions with his family, it's obvious he had good reason to leave Angelville. There will be a cost for Tulip's (Ruth Negga) life, but just what might that be (and can Jesse find a way to weasel out of it)? It's a creepy and stylish season opener that spends the entire episode on a single plot point (raising my concerns once again about the show dragging out storylines more than necessary). Suggesting that Jesse and company may be forced to stay in Angelville for more episodes leaves me a bit cold as well since the last season began to stall once the road trip halted for too long in New Orleans.

Domino #3


While much of Domino #3 continues the comic's opening arc of our heroine being fucked with by a mutant who can alter the effects of her powers, for me the most interesting parts of the comic deal with the flashbacks to the character's childhood. Experimented on as a young mutant in a secret facility, we're given glimpses to just what kinds of methods were used to bring out Domino's unique power set. We also learn how she got that permanent black eye.

Rolyat - Day in the Life of Deku

Monday, June 25, 2018

Stellar #1


As with old sci-fi paperbacks, sometimes a cool cover and an intriguing title is all you need. Stellar #1 from writer Joe Keatinge and artist Bret Blevins fits into sci-fi fantasy with space-bound bounty hunters and soldiers dropping from the sky like kamikaze comets. Transformed as a weapon in intergalactic war but now working as a bounty hunter, the first issue introduces us the formidable Stellar who mirrors the broken landscape which she drags her reluctant bounty across.

Take Two - Pilot


The first episode of Andrew W. Marlowe's Take Two feels more like Castle's troubled final seasons that the glory days of his previous series. Basically swapping the two main roles, Take Two casts Rachel Bilson as an actress recently out of rehab who enlists the help of private investigator Eddie Valetik (Eddie Cibrian) to help her land a role. Tagging along with Eddie, Sam (Bilson) proves useful to the case of a missing person on multiple occasions (and even eventually earns Eddie's grudging respect).

A-KON 2018 Cosplay Music Video

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Tomb Raider: Inferno #1


The first issue of Tomb Raider: Inferno takes Lara Croft's search for answers about the mysterious organization known as Trinity into the frozen unknown where Trinity has uncovered the legendary Tomb of Eden. This time, however, not only is Trinity prepared for Lara's interference but they've been patiently awaiting it.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Jurassic World Has Fallen (and it can't get up)


This franchise is officially out of ideas. Again. The latest entry in the Jurassic Park franchise is a mishmash of plot from the previous entries without much of anything original or surprising to offer. This is the film where you know what's going to happen every step of the way including when a dinosaur is about to jump out of the water or break through a window. And the film, of course, finds a way to shoehorn the trademark T-Rex shot in an attempt to remind you of better times. If it held any of the wonder of the first Jurassic Park the script's lack of brains might be tolerable. However, it just feels tired. And dumb. Damn, this movie is dumb.

Won't You Be My Neighbor?


For decades Mister Rogers' Neighborhood filled the public airwaves with television aimed at young children and a focus on allowing children to be themselves and a core belief that each of us is unique and special. It was created and designed by a seminary student named Fred Rogers who was looking to for a way to use television to teach an audience with a slow-paced show concerned with connecting individually with his core audience in a way which was very much the antithesis of your average children's program focused on slapstick, action, and (often blatant) consumerism. The documentary from Morgan Neville takes a look at the man's life and legacy which had a profound impact on generations who grew up in Mr. Rogers' neighborhood.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Supergirl - Battles Lost and Won


Suck it David Goyer and Zack Snyder. In the show's Third Season finale Supergirl makes a Man of Steel level mistake, immediately owns up to it, and reestablishes the core themes of the show heading into next season. A true hero, especially one gifted with near omnipotent powers, always finds a better way. Kara's (Melissa Benoist) better way also offers a sly reference to a far better Superman film than Snyder's clusterfuck when she flies backward in time to fix a mistake. Despite the hard truth others attempt to force Supergirl to accept, for someone like her, there is always another way. Not only is Supergirl able to save Sam (Odette Annable) and defeat Reign, her actions also allow the Maid of Might to continue to hold to her ideals and fight the good fight.

Darth Vader #17


What does it mean to be a Jedi? Darth Vader #17 finally brings the Jedi Barr and Darth Vader face-to-face. While Vader is serving his own murderous impulses and the interests of the Emperor and Barr is pushing a Rebellion on Mon Cala that definitely isn't in the population's best short-term interests, the comic shows that neither is actually serving the Force.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Nancy Drew #1


After solving yet another mystery in the sleepy town of River Heights, and retrieving the stolen high school mascot from someone with some serious goat envy, 17 year-old Nancy Drew is lured back to her childhood home of Bayport by a mysterious message. Reconnecting with old friends including the Hardy Boys, Nancy has an old mystery to solve.