Monthly Archives: February 2020

Movie Review: The Invisible Man!

MOVIE REVIEW!

indexThe Invisible Man (2020)
Starring: Elizabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Storm Reid
Directed By: Leigh Whannell

Much has been made about Universal’s misguided attempt to launch “Dark Universe”, a series of films starring the studio’s classic monsters that started and abruptly ended with Tom Cruise’s The Mummy in 2017. After that failure to launch, the studio gave up on trying to combat the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and instead allowed other filmmakers and studios to use some of their classic monsters. The first of those partnerships is Blumhouse’s The Invisible Man, which updates the H.G. Wells classic tale for the modern day in both setting and theme. Whereas the original story and Claude Rains 1933 film detailed the slow descent into madness of the main character after he gains the power of invisibility, this new take from writer/director Leigh Whannell (Saw, Upgrade) instead puts the focus on Elizabeth Moss’ Cecilia, who believes that she’s being tormented by her abusive ex after his death. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Falcon and Winter Soldier and Amethyst!

COMIC REVIEWS!!!

21d08308-falcws2019001_preview-page-001-scaledFalcon & Winter Soldier #1 (Marvel Comics)

Seeing as how they have a shiny new Disney+ series on the way, Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes are due for new comic series. While not in the MCU, the Derek Landry and Federico Vincentini new series delves straight into the espionage side of the Marvel Comic universe, and the results are an engaging and thrilling new entry for the two former Captain Americas. Read the rest of this entry

A Sinister Scene

Sinister_SixNow that Morbius, the next Sony movie that’s a spin off that won’t feature Spider-Man, is finished and being released later this year we finally have an idea of what’s in store for us when it comes to the post- New Deal that Sony and Disney have made. As depicted in the first trailer for the film, Jared Leto’s Michael Morbius walks down a hallway, and we hear the sound of Michael Keaton, and then see Keaton himself address the living vampire in an obvious ploy to connect this film to the larger MCU. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Plunge and DCeased: Unkillables!

COMIC REVIEWS!!

indexPlunge #1 (DC Comics)

The Hill House imprint from DC keeps growing by the month, and we’ve finally got another title written by the imprint’s head Joe Hill with Plunge. A mix of The Abyss and classic John Carpenter tales like The Fog and The Thing, Plunge finds a marine biologist and a salvage crew investigating a distress signal from a survey ship. The only problem? That ship sank forty years ago, and shouldn’t be sending any kind of signal at all. Read the rest of this entry

The Batman Rises

rs_1024x544-200213153621-1024-robert-pattinson-as-batmanAt long last, we’ve finally got our first look at Robert Pattinson’s Batman outfit, and it looks…pretty sweet! Eschewing the more grounded take that Batman V Superman had (and I was a fan of), Pattinson’s new Batsuit is like a cool mix between the Arkham Games and a little bit of Sean Murphy’s White Knight look, and it’s definitely something that fits right into what director Matt Reeves described as “something Bruce Wayne would make for himself”. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Green Lantern Season Two and Gwen Stacy!

COMIC REVIEWS!!

STL146181Green Lantern Season Two #1 (DC Comics)

Grant Morrison’s run on Green Lantern hasn’t been the mega hit that his work is used to, and I’m not entirely sure why. It’s not like it’s any weirder than his run on Batman or Transmetropolitan, and it features stellar artwork from Liam Sharp. But for some reason, it’s not the surefire hit that DC was expecting. Despite that, the publisher is giving Green Lantern and Grant Morrison a shiny new #1 with Green Lantern Season Two, which hits the right balance between weird and accessible Grant Morrison. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: Birds of Prey!

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Starring: Margot Robie, Jurnee Smollet-Bell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ewan McGregor, Rose Perez, Chris Messina

Directed By: Cathy Yan

As the DCEU transitions from trying to copy Marvel Studios into a more “director-driven” studio, it’s opened up numerous directors to try new things with the DC stable of characters. Obviously we all know the results of Todd Phillips’ Joker, but what about a character that was already established fairly well in a previous mega successful (financially) film for the studio? Enter Birds of Prey, otherwise known by its much longer title, Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn. A movie that’s both kind of a sequel to Suicide Squad and also another turning point for the studio post-Synderverse, the Margot Robie starring vehicle from director Cathy Yan is a surprisingly fun ride that has plenty of charm, but not without some faults. Read the rest of this entry

Comic Reviews: Darth Vader and Justice League!

COMIC REVIEWS!!

cleanStar Wars: Darth Vader #1 (Marvel Comics)

Since Star Wars is back with a new volume, it only makes sense that big bad Darth Vader should get a new volume as well. The third volume in the Dark Lord of the Sith’s untold comic book story fills in the time between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back, and finds Vader attempting to discover how Luke Skywalker’s existence could have been hidden from him. After some truly stunning runs from creative teams Keiron Gillen and Salvador Larocca and Charles Soule and Giuseppe Camuncoli, there’s a high bar for any new series bearing the name Darth Vader. Luckily for us, new writer Greg Pak and artist Raffaele Lenco deliver a truly great opening issue that adds new layers to not only the original trilogy, but the Prequels as well. Read the rest of this entry

Arrow Remembered

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