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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

The Problem With Gotham

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We’re now eight episodes into Gotham, the “Gotham Begins” show that’s been airing on Fox, and I think I’ve realized that I’m not going to like this show. Granted it’s still pretty early to feel this way, but by now we’ve gotten a pretty good idea of where the show runners are taking this series, and it’s just not something I’m all that interested in.

These feeling comes after watching the episode “The Mask”, which features the Gotham spin on Batman rogue Black Mask. In that episode, we meet Richard Sionis, the father of Roman Sionis, who ALSO has an affinity for masks. Which means that in this universe, Roman’s fascination with masks is apparently genetic, and not tied with how he views his parents, who’s constant talking behind the backs of their friends warps his view of people. Read the rest of this entry