Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Atomic Robo & the Dawn of a New Era #1

Atomic Robo & the Dawn of a New Era begins with no great catastrophe but simply with Atomic Robo getting the new Tesladyne up and running. This includes welcoming the new recruits who are anxious for some science-adventuring, Bernard taking the opportunity to examine the local dormant volcano (yep, nothing dangerous there), Vikram and Lang leaving on a trip (surely no trouble they could get into), and Robo secretly hiding his new creation Alan in the basement away from prying eyes (nope, nothing could go wrong here either).

Young Justice #1

DC Comics relaunches Young Justice as part of their new teen-focused Wonder Comics line. The first issue follows the basic formula of a threat large enough it causes a group of heroes to converge and become a team. Issue #1's threat are invaders from Gemworld, a threat met head-on by new character Jinny Hex only recently arrived to Metropolis who is joined by Young Justice staples Robin, Impulse, and a reluctant Wonder Girl who all arrive separately to the scene. They are also joined by a new Teen Lantern.

Monday, January 14, 2019

The Kid Who Would Be King

Far more successful than 2017's dreary King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, there may be a lesson for Hollywood to adapt a lighter touch when embracing the legend of King Arthur. The Kid Who Would Be King is a family movie that kids are likely to enjoy more than adults, but what surprised me was how smart the film turned out to be and how earnest its themes which will help adults get onboard as well.

Ya Ya Han - Cosplay Cinematic

Cosplayer of the Week - kitKath

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Friday, January 11, 2019

On the Basis of Sex

On the Basis of Sex examines Ruth Bader Ginsburg's (Felicity Jones) road from one of only a handful of women granted entry into Harvard to arguing a landmark decision in front of the US Court of Appeals, while fighting sexual discrimination in some form or another every step of the way.

Broken into two parts, the film examines the discrimination and struggles Ruth went through both in college and as a graduate unable to find any firm interested in hiring a female litigator. While there's plenty about the woman's life left untold, such as the span and scope of her career following these events, the film spends quite a bit of time on Ginsburg's family life and personal struggles which dovetails into the larger themes of the script allowing for the plot to climax in Ginsbrug's argument before the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in the first case of her career. Jones proves to be the movie's greatest strength, handling a complex range of emotions over the course of the film leading to Ginsburg's big moment and, as the film frames it, finding her purpose.

Buffalo Boys

Although only the first scene of Buffalo Boys takes place in the Old West, there's never a doubt that Singapore's entry for the Best Foreign Language Film in the 91st Academy Awards is a western through and through. The film tells the story of two brothers (Yoshi Sudarso and Ario Bayu) raised in exile in America who return home to Java with their uncle (Tio Pakusadewo) to avenge their father's death and bestow some justice to the Dutch oppressors led by the villainous Van Trach (Reinout Bussemaker).

While far from the most polished or original tale, Buffalo Boys proves to be an entertaining mix of marital arts and western themes. On the return home, the family comes across a village whose rebellious daughter (Pevita Pearce) will get wrapped up in their plans leading to the brothers standing against an army of Van Trach's men in the middle of town.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Action Comics #1006

There's a moment in Action Comics #1006, a single page of panels from artist Ryan Sook, that gets to the heart of Superman by elegantly showcasing his compassion, nobility, and gravitas. On a single page writer Brian Michael Bendis delivers what was lacking in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel (and the subsequent DC movies) - Superman's humanity. This is a hero.


It's IKKiCON 2019 New Years Celebration

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Hawaii Five-0 - Hala I Ke Ala O'i'ole Mai

Hawaii Five-0 returns from winter hiatus with McGarrett's (Alex O'Loughlin) and Catherine (Michelle Borth) in Montana torturing a prisoner for information about the location of the man (Ben Youcef) responsible for the death of Joe White (Terry O'Quinn) and four other SEALs. With Danny (Scott Caan), Junior (Beulah Koale), and Wade (David Keith) in tow, the pair head off to Laos to rendezvous with super-spy Harry Langford (Chris Vance) to infiltrate a highly-secure skyscraper, find their target, and get some justice for their fallen friend.

Scooby-Doo! Team-Up #45

While entertaining, Scooby-Doo! Team-Up #45 doesn't offer much for Mystery, Inc. to do. Opening with the gang attending a show featuring Mister Miracle showcasing the escape artist's talents, the showman's wife (along with Daphne and Velma) are captured by monsters from Apokolips forcing the rest of the gang to head after them (van and all).

Dragon Con 2018 Cosplay Video

Monday, January 7, 2019

Mary Poppins for Adults

The Blacklist - Dr. Hans Koehler

The Blacklist returns for a Sixth Season with Elizabeth (Megan Boone) and her half-sister (Fiona Dourif) looking for answers about the true identity of the man who has been calling himself Raymond Reddington (James Spader) for decades. Of course there is also a case of the week, this one involves a plastic surgeon (Kenneth Tigar) who specializes in dangerous clientele (including Reddington). While after important information of his own, Reddington helps the FBI track down the surgeon but not before the doctor meets a gruesome end thanks to his latest client (Christopher Lambert) who alludes FBI custody and disappears with plans of his own.

Cosplayer of the Week - Hendo Art

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The Top Ten Movies of 2018

2018 has come to a close. This means it's time to look back at the best films the year had to offer. This year's list includes animation, documentaries, super-heroes, biopics, betrayal, a hidden gem unearthed, and a return to form by one of America's greatest living directors. Honorable mentions include Widows, Eighth Grade, First Reformed, The Old Man and the Gun, the return of The Incredibles, and the surprisingly entertaining Teen Titans! Go to the Movies. Now, here are the best movies of 2018.

James Bond 007 #2

After his encounter with the new Oddjob (an enemy agent named John Lee), Bond gets a brief history lesson from MI6 (which infers that this version of 007 never lived through the events of Goldfinger) before being sent back into the field to complete his mission to track down the Russian and retrieve the briefcase before it falls into the clutches of the terrorist of ORU (with strict orders not to get preoccupied with Lee again).


Tuesday, January 1, 2019

COSPLAY REWIND 2018 Cosplay Music Video

This is Louisville Supercon 2018 Anime Cosplay Vlog

X-Force #1

As has become Marvel Comics' custom, X-Force is the latest team title where a new group of familiar faces (and a few new ones) is thrown together under the rebrand of a popular preexisting title. X-Force #1 opens with Domino, Cannonball, Shatterstar, Boom Boom, and Warpath on the trail of the mysterious Teen Cable. With the help of an anti-mutant terrorist group, the team is able to finally catch up to Cable when he rescues Deathlok and escapes a secret Transian facility filled with weapons that shouldn't exist for at least another 2,000 years.