Friday, February 26, 2021

The Father

The Father offers a view at the world through the eyes of an 83 year-old man (Anthony Hopkins) fighting Alzheimer's and dementia. Events and characters are jumbled due to Anthony's (Hopkins) confusion about where he is living, and even the identity of the the people around him who are only sometimes recognizable. Events are often incomplete and shown out of order, to allow the audience to stumble through Anthony's reality with him before enough is finally revealed to piece together more of his reality than he seems capable of fully understanding.

Olivia Colman, Olivia Williams, Mark Gatiss, Rufus Sewell, and Imogen Poots all come and go throughout the film as Anthony struggles to remember who each is as his frustration leads to anger and resentment. Hopkins is the glue which holds the film together, but each actor adds another level to the Anthony's distorted world. Director Florian Zeller adapts his own award-winning play Le Père for the screen offering a heartbreaking account of one slowly loosing their grip on reality that is often soul crushing in its honest and bleak examination of dementia and how it affects an individual as well as those around him.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

The Mauritanian

Based on the true experiences of Mohamedou Ould Salahi (Tahar Rahim) being held by the United States Government for years for suspected ties to 9/11, director Kevin Macdonald's film chronicles his stay in Guantanamo Bay and the work of his lawyers (Jodie Foster and Shailene Woodley) to earn his release, not because they believe he is innocent but they believe what happened to Salahi was unconstitutional.

The cast is stellar. We also get Benedict Cumberbatch as the prosecutor with personal ties to the case and Zachary Levi as a sort of shady government agent who doesn't want the methods for extracting information revealed. Much of the film examine how hard it is to go up against the United States Government in court, especially when Federal Agencies have the power to redact and deny information. The film chooses to make Salahi's innocence, and in some ways the character himself, of secondary importance over a legal argument that almost never sees the inside of a courtroom. It also relies on big shocking emotional reveals not unlike screenwriters call-out both the Government and the people of the United States for their frenzied reaction to 9/11.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Superman & Lois - Pilot

Set after the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths on a rebooted Earth, the "Pilot" of Superman & Lois introduces Clark Kent (Tyler Hoechlin), Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch), and their twin teenage sons Jonathan (Jordan Elsass) and Jordan (Alex Garfin). After a montage reintroducing Superman (complete with several callbacks and nods to various versions of the character over the years), the story starts in earnest with the death of Martha Kent (Michele Scarabelli) and a return to Smallville for the Kent family. While not shown on camera, it appears one of the major villains of the series will be Morgan Edge whose influence is destroying The Daily Planet and also has turned his attention to acquiring land in Smallville. There's also a more immeadiate threat in an armored villain looking to take down Superman who apparently has some ties to Lex Luthor.

A Nice Girl Like You

Lucy Hale stars as pornophobic violinist who attempts to become less inhibited following her break-up with her boyfriend (Stephen Friedrich). Adapted from Ayn Carrillo Gailey's book Pornology, the idea for the film is to follow the misadventures of a "good girl" investigating the world of pornography and sexual enlightenment with the help of her friends (Mindy Cohn, Jackie Cruz, and Adhir Kalyan) while also dating a new man (Leonidas Gulaptis) and struggling to earn a prestigious position with the New York Philharmonic.

While the book has received praise for being witty and hilarious, the film far is more luke-warm romcom than edgy sexcapade. Hale is likable enough in the role of the wide-eyed innocent entering a different world out of curiosity, and to prove something to herself, but the script doesn't offer much of interest despite the subject matter. And for a film presumably based on real-life experiences, A Nice Girl Like You too often feels cliched and over-the-top. Some of the "humor" involves a horse taking a huge crap during a wedding, a public humiliation from a sexual psychic (Nadia Quinn), and a "cute" pregnancy scare.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The Equalizer - Judgment Day

"Judgment Day" offers a convoluted storyline involving Team Equalizer hired by the defense attorney of an escaped convict (Joe Perrino) who was unjustly put in prison by a District Attorney who is now a judge (Amy Hohn) who has hired thugs out to kill anyone who might reveal her secret. Keeping an innocent man out of prison, and getting justice for the crimes he's accused of, means working with both Detective Marcus Dante (Tory Kittles) and an Assistant District Attorney (Jennifer Ferrin). The episode's B-story involves some teenage drama between Delilah (Laya DeLeon Hayes) and a friend drifting apart which means more to Robyn (Queen Latifah) than her daughter. The B-story feels mostly like filler pulled from a afterschool special, albeit one without a point, while the main story proves to be the weakest of the show so far.

Once and Future #16

Things get event more tumultuous for our heroes as Merlin and Zombie Arthur continue their plans. Trapped in the Otherworld, Duncan and Bridgette have to deal with a crazed Lancelot as well as the sudden experience of a dragon (you have to love a comic that can just throw in a dragon at the last minute and it not seem out of place).

The New WWE Champion is Awesome

Congratulations to the Miz.

Monday, February 22, 2021

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MacGyver - Rails + Pitons + Pulley + Pipe + Salt

In Kazakhstan, MacGyver (Lucas Till), Desi , and Riley (Tristin Mays) race to prevent the new version of Codex from getting their hands on Department of Defense secrets. The episode is notable for Mac continuing to try and take larger risks to shield anyone else from harm. However, while he's scaling a cliff to prevent the intel from being broadcast back to Codex home base, Desi and Riley do just fine on their own taking down the mercenaries thanks to Riley using her own version of MacGyver magic in turning a warehouse against the soldiers. As for Codex, Team MacGyver is left with more questions than answers as it seems the new variation has different motives than the Codex they fought in the past.

Legacies - This is What it Takes

After the defeat of the Necromancer (Ben Geurens), Hope (Danielle Rose Russell) returns without Landon (Aria Shahghasemi) as the school rallies behind her to find a way to bring him back. While Alaric (Matthew Davis) searches high and low for a mystical solution, he sends Hope inside the Therapy Box which recreates the school as the as setting of an old school slasher flick. While the episode is predominantly about Hope's refusal to admit her loss, the episode ends on a cliffhanger suggesting that there may be a bit of magic left in the world. Elsewhere, Josie's (Kaylee Bryant) desire for a magic-free life makes her contemplate a move to Mystic Falls High which doesn't initially sit well with Lizzie (Jenny Boyd).

Friday, February 19, 2021

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #114

The Turtles get some unexpected visitors. A helicopter going down leaves an injured Karai, Koya, and Bludgeon in the Turtles' care, and two extremely large mutants Rahzar and Tokka are set loose within the city. The pair are much like the weasels being very childlike, but far more vicious and dangerous as the Turtles discover firsthand. Oh, and Bebop and Rocksteady are also wandering around looking for Karai and the missing mutants.

The History of the Gobots

Toy Galaxy takes a look back at Gobots.

Prodigal Son - Head Case

"Head Case" offers the opportunity for Malcom (Tom Payne) to dream up a better life after being thrown down an elevator shaft while investigating a new murder and a derelict hotel. While living in a brighter world with a far happier Whitley family, the truth of Malcolm's life creeps in forcing him to work on solving the case and breaking out of his concussed stupor. The set-up allows for the show to play with the idea of pairing Malcolm with Dani (Aurora Perrineau) romantically, an idea it has lightly teased but mostly stayed away from, without actually pulling the trigger (except in Malcolm's mind). While the dream sequences are the most important aspect of the episode, it's the conclusion which is likely to have far more impact on the season arc as Malcolm tells Ainsley (Halston Sage) the truth about the death of Nicholas Endicott only to learn she may have killed again.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Thursday with Keira Knightley

A throwback to Keira Knightley's photoshoot for Saturday Times Magazine back in 2005.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Red Sonja Valentine's Special

A witch's separate encounters with both Red Sonja and Kulan Gath leads the misadventures of the 2021 Red Sonja Valentine's Special. The first encounter, Sonja attempting to take the witch's head ends up poorly for the She-Devil with a Sword as she leaves with a head (just the one that was connected to the witch's body). It's an interesting stand-off that allows Sonja to keep to the letter of her word.

How Wonder Woman 1984 Should Have Ended

Every LEGO Scooby-Doo Minifigure Ever Made!!!

Darth Vader #10

Darth Vader #10 continues the "Into the Fire" storyline of Darth Vader continuing to fight for his life. The end of the previous issue foreshadowed Vader's journey to Exegol, the Dark Lord of the Sith won't make it to the planet until the final panels as he faces a couple more challenges in a Summa-verminoth and a trio of Imperial Star Destroyers all intent on preventing Vader from reaching the planet.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021


The Equalizer - Glory

Team Equalizer gets its first case when a single mother answers Robyn McCall's (Queen Latifah) ad after her son is kidnapped by human traffickers looking for information in her boss' safe. It turns out her boss (Charlie Semine) is with the FBI and the safe contains the name of a confidential informant within the trafficking ring. Detective Marcus Dante (Tory Kittles) continues to seek the mystery woman, including tying her to a recent double-homicide (where she saved to kids from the traffickers), but Robyn's cause may have garnered a new friend in the FBI as her actions not only protect his witness but also lead to the discovery of a mole within his own team.

Monday, February 15, 2021

MacGyver - SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini

MacGyver introduces Robert Patrick as grizzled veteran spy, and mentor to Matty (Meredith Eaton), Ian Cain who Team MacGyver is sent in to rescue when the embassy goes dark. "SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini" offers an interesting puzzle as MacGyver (Lucas Till) struggles to discover what made the entire embassy sick before uncovering a group using a sonic weapon to empty the embassy and steal Cold War tech in the building's basement they hope to turn into a weapon of mass destruction. Patrick is well-cast here, in a role that he could do in his sleep, but he's not the only guest-star of note.

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #278

"Untold Tales" continues to focus on never-before-seen adventures from writer Larry Hama and a rotating stable of JOE artists. G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero #278 taps artist Dan Schoening for an icy tale featuring Snow Job, Blizzard, Iceberg, Frostbite, and more.

Clarice - The Silence is Over

Clarice attempts to tap into the legacy of The Silence of the Lambs with a new series centered around FBI Agent Clarice Starling. Set one year after the events of the film (which the show gives us glimpses of in its recreations), the once-promising career of Starling (now played by Rebecca Breeds) has stalled. Kept out of the field by a psychologist unable to understand what she went through and a paparazzi unwilling to offer her peace, Starling has spent last year tucked away in the Behavioral Science wing far from any action. All that changes when Senator Ruth Martin (Jayne Atkinson), the mother of the victim (Marnee Carpenter) Clarice saved, uses her political will to pull Clarice out of hiding to help in the investigation of a new killer.

Friday, February 12, 2021


Minari gives us a look at the American dream through the eyes of a Korean-American family relocating from California to rural Arkansas where Jacob (Steven Yeun) hopes to make his fortune growing and selling Korean vegetables across the region while he and his wife (Yeri Han) temporarily make due with jobs at a nearby hatchery. Although his wife is far from certain about his plan, or their new double-wide mobile home, the family works to put down roots and begin a new life. And life is what Minari is all about.

The semi-autobiographical film by writer/director Lee Isaac Chung showcases the family's ups and downs in 1980s Arkansas far from anything or anyone that remind them of home. At times amusing, such as dealing with the couple's rambunctious son David (Alan S. Kim), at times uncomfortable, such as the couple struggles over Jacob's priorities putting the farm above the family, and at times heartbreaking, as the family struggles with misfortune, Minari is a well-crafted slice of life from an unique perspective that feels lived-in and real. Chung's love of the time and place is palpable in every scene of the film as he wistfully peers back through the years for home.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Prodigal Son - Bad Manners

While Malcom (Tom Payne) and Jessica (Bellamy Young) both worry about Ainsley (Halston Sage), the murder of the week gives the daughter of the Surgeon (Michael Sheen) the inside track on a big story involving a killer targeting failed debutants from her old finishing school. "Bad Manners" is most notable for the creepy doll maker (Christopher Denham) and the manner in which the victims are displayed after death to hide perceived imperfections. The episode also ties back to JT's (Frank Harts) run in with a racist cop, which seems to conclude here (although it's possible there could be lingering consequences down the line). The experience, in which Ainsley almost dies by taking a huge chance and walking into a murderer's lair, gives Malcolm second thoughts on whether keeping the truth from his sister is the best thing for her. His parents, on the other hand, may have their own plans on how to best protect their daughter.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Hitman 3 Honest Game Trailer

Legacies - Salvatore: The Musical!

Legacies offers its version of a musical episode with "Salvatore: The Musical!" Unlike how several different shows have handled the concept, the characters don't suddenly burst into song. Instead, all the musical numbers are saved for the second-half of the episode in which the show puts on its first musical. The episode's events are caused by the release of a Sprite from Malivore, taking the form of the school's guidance counselor Robin Goodfellow (T.J. Ramini). The monster distracts the students for a time while playing with MG (Quincy Fouse) who keeps discovering the Sprite's secret only to forget before he can tell anyone else, which provides one of the best running gags of the series. Although Goodfellow's actions are initially cruel, pushing characters apart and causing conflict and anger, ultimately they are able to bring several characters closer together.

The Hardy Boys - The Drop

Finally working together, Joe (Alexander Elliot) and Frank's (Rohan Campbell) decipher the odd code left behind by JB Cox (Atticus Mitchell) and lay in wait, hoping to force answers out of whoever comes to pick up the idol. "The Drop" marks the first episode of the series with the pair teaming up to solve puzzles, lay in wait, and sleuthing. Once they discover it's the not-so-dead Tall Man (Stephen R. Hart) who is after the idol, the pair lay a larger trap with the help of Callie (Keana Lyn), Chet (Adam Swain), Phil (Cristian Perri), and a reluctant Biff (Riley O'Donnell).

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

The Equalizer - The Equalizer

Queen Latifah stars in this reimagining of the late 80s TV-show as a retired intelligence officer who decides to put their skills to new use by helping out the innocent people in need. The show's first episode introduces us to Robyn McCall (Latifah), her rebellious daughter (Laya DeLeon Hayes), and some old associates (Adam Goldberg, Liza Lapira, and Chris Noth) Robyn calls on to help a young girl (Lorna Courtney) framed for murder to an astonishingly degree (complete with instantaneous altered video footage). We're also introduced to Tory Kittles as Detective Marcus Dante who becomes aware of Robyn's activities and may prove to be an ally within the NYPD.

Sonjaversal #1

The first issue of Sonjaversal introduces the idea of a Red Sonja Multiverse made up of Sonjas of different colors and timelines, each of whom are their world's greatest warrior.

The History of Airwolf

Monday, February 8, 2021


Recently released on home video, Vicious is nearly unwatchable. The film, if it can be called that, answers the question of what a TBS attempt to recreate a Cinemax After Dark movie might look like. Written and directed by Jason Rosenblatt, Vicious stars Angela Nordeng as law student Belle White who pays her bills by stripping under the stage name of Roxy. The film primarily focuses on a pair of customers who frighten Belle, one overtly by stalking her, and the other passive-aggressively by consistently odd behavior hoping to convince Roxy to quit the business.

The film is presented as a thriller of our protagonist falling into despair and fighting back. The result is far less interesting. Troubled by low production cost, inconsistent cinematography, questionable acting and dialogue, and a meandering plot, Vicious is a mess. For a thriller, it's far from thrilling. For a film about strippers, it's far from titillating. For a drama, it's far from dramatic. Because the film is hyper-serious about its content, this dog of movie can't even make it into the realm of cheesy fun. About the only thing the film is good for is a cure for insomnia.

Monday Morning Montage - Mulan "I'll Make A Man Out Of You"

MacGyver - Golden Lancehead + Venom + Pole Vault + Blood + Baggage

Snakes, why did it have to be snakes? First Season guest-star Aly Michalka returns to reprise her role as Mac's (Lucas Till) nearly as smart college friend Frankie Mallory. Frankie has been working with Mac on an off-the-books project to develop cancer treatment from one of the world's most dangerous snake venoms. However, when others see the ability to weaponize Frankie's research she becomes a target. In an episode that really focuses on the situation, and the kidnapped guest-star, there isn't much for the regulars to do other than react, or in the case of Russ (Henry Ian Cusick) to overreact, based on his own guilt. Mac's lies to create another wedge in his relationship with Desi (Levy Tran), although his secret turning out to be an attempt to eradicate cancer (albeit through illegal means) does mitigate her anger.

Friday, February 5, 2021

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Adapted from August Wilson's play, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is most notable for the performance of Chadwick Boseman who earns the plum role of Levee, a dissatisfied horn player in Ma Rainey's (Viola Davis) band. The role was the last of Boseman's career, who died during postproduction, and it's one of his best as both of the script's most memorable scenes center around his character. The film definitely feels like a stage adaptation, even claustrophobic at times, with the band rehearsing in a small room prior to recording a new album.

Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman, and Michael Potts complete the remainder of the band with Jeremy Shamos and Jonny Coyne rounding out the cast as the white producers desperate to get the recordings who Ma continues to fuck with over the course of the film by arriving late, insisting on doing the songs her way, and even including her stuttering nephew (Dusan Brown) on the recordings. As with the play, the film touches on themes of racism, art, power struggle, and the exploitation of black recording artists (the last of which is never more clear than in the film's final scene).

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #22

In many ways Buffy the Vampire Slayer #22 feels like the calm before the storm as we're taken around Sunnydale on the eve of pending events. There are several pieces to the latest issue of the rebooted Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic, but the common thread seems to be characters seeming lost or out of place.

Prodigal Son - Take Your Father to Work Day

The humorously titled "Take Your Father to Work Day" brings the NYPD to Claremont Psychiatric Hospital where the Surgeon (Michael Sheen) witnesses the death of one of the other inmates. Writer Elizabeth Peterson has fun with Gil's (Lou Diamond Phillips) disdain at working with Martin to solve the case. A group therapy session, made up of the prime suspects for the murder, also reveals some pent-up frustration Malcom (Tom Payne) has for his father. Other than the setting, the murder of the week isn't terribly interesting, but it does clue Malcolm into the possibility that his father may be looking to break-out.

Far Sector #10

Sojourner Mullein has been sent to the edge of the known universe to a city built on the forced emotional suppression its people. A side-effect over time has been the creation of a dark underground to exploit emotional scarcity by relying on the slave labor of ordinary citizens. The slaves are addicted to Switchoff which stops the emotional exploit allowing them to feel and create a profitable commodity, but also has created loose canons and secrets desperately needing to be kept leading to disruption like that which brought Sojourner to the City Enduring. Putting the final pieces into place and seeing it in action creates an impressive emotional response in our Green Lantern.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Star Wars Adventures: Smuggler's Run #2

Set after the events of the Battle of Yavin, Han Solo and Chewbacca have been talked into a mission by Princess Leia by travelling to the Outer Rim world of Cyrkon in search of a Rebel on the run who has information that may spell the end of the Rebellion if it falls into Imperial hands. After duping Imperials to attack the bounty hunters after them in the last issue, Han and Chewie continue their search for Lieutenant Caluan Ematt.

Legacies - Goodbyes Sure Do Suck

Legacies says goodbye to a one of its core cast as Rafael (Peyton 'Alex' Smith) discovers he only has a single day to live. Although Hope (Danielle Rose Russell) finds a last-minute save by transporting Rafael to the prison world with his parents, theoretically allowing the character to return in limited fashion, much of the episode involves the various characters struggling to say farewell. The early season exit, following Josie (Kaylee Bryant) leaving school to spend time with her mother at the end of the season premiere, seems to suggest Season Three will shake things up a bit (although the episode was originally planned for the end of Season Two prior to the COVID truncated timeline). Lizzie (Jenny Boyd) continues to show some growth here as we see a glimpse of the possible relationship with Rafael which will now never happen.

Batman: Black and White #2

The second issue of Batman: Black and White #2 gives us five more stories of Batman. The best of the list comes from Sophie Campbell. "All Cats are Prey" is a silent story featuring Batman chasing Catwoman, once in a black costume and later once in a white costume which allows her to hide from him in the snow (an idea which she steals from seeing an all-white cat hide from her).

Monday, February 1, 2021

Star Trek: Discovery - Su'Kal

The final arc of Star Trek: Discovery's Third Season begins with an episode named after the character the ship finds on planet at the epicenter of the Burn. For more than a hundred years, Su'Kal (Bill Irwin) has lived inside a radioactive nebula surrounding an entire world of Dilithium. The sheltered character reacts poorly the arrival of strangers Michael (Sonequa Martin-Green), Saru (Doug Jones), and Dr. Culber (Wilson Cruz) who he takes for programs of the deteriorating holodeck which has been his entire world. Unable to understand the concept of "outside," his extraction becomes complicated. Circumstances aren't helped with the arrival of Osyraa (Janet Kidder) and the Emerald Chain.

Once and Future #15

While Duncan and Bridgette travel to Avon in search of answers to what latest craziness Mary has unleashed, Rose gets an unexpected visit from Duncan's mother who attempts to convince his son's girlfriend to change sides (at the point of a gun). Once and Future #15 shakes things up a bit by allowing half of the story to be told from Mary's point of view (although her holding a gun on Rose, and constantly threatening her life, doesn't do a lot to help with any possible reasonableness of her argument).

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MacGyver - Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance

Team MacGyver deals with the quarantine in "Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance" which offers a look at how Mac (Lucas Till), Bozer (Justin Hires), and Riley (Tristin Mays) have been spending their free time. In a not-so-subtle Rear Window homage, Bozer sees what he believes to be a murder of one of their neighbors. Initially it appears that he is mistaken, but there's more going on as the neighbors have been taken prisoner by a gang hoping to use the couple's son to steal from a mall that has been shutdown during the quarantine. The episode makes good use of quarantine conditions to further the plot and involves the unusual invention of a temporary invisibility cloak which allows Team MacGyver to get close to the criminals and rescue their hostage.