The Alfonso Cuaron One-Shot Sequence

by Alan Rapp on February 20, 2019

in Essays 

The Royal Ocean Film Society takes a look at how Alfonso Cuaron uses extended one-shots in his films.

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Atomic Robo & the Dawn of a New Era #2

by Alan Rapp on February 20, 2019

in Comics

Atomic Robo & the Dawn of a New Era #2 comic reviewWith the grown-ups gone, and Robo down in the basement with his secret project, it falls on Foley to get the new Action Scientist recruits up to speed. Atomic Robo & the Dawn of a New Era #2 jumps around a bit, keeping us up to date on the status of the various characters.

We see the newbies bonding and even carving out their own clubhouse (with an ominous basement that foreshadows trouble?). We also check in on Vikram and Lang‘s vacation which has taken a detour from the beach in favor of scientific study (which itself may have come to an end given what the pair unexpectedly run into). And we see Foley spend some time with the recruits, lecturing them on how much impossible is acceptable for a Tesladyne project. There are also more scenes between Robo and Alan as the second issue continues to push a father/son vibe (even having the pair play catch).

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Catwoman Returns Bishoujo Statue

by Alan Rapp on February 20, 2019

in Toys & Collectibles

Catwoman Returns Bishoujo Statue

You can now pre-order your own Catwoman Returns Bishoujo Statue for the low, low price of $105.

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Detective Comics #998

by Alan Rapp on February 19, 2019

in Comics

Detective Comics #998 comic reviewBatman‘s investigation into the recent attacks on the close allies of both Batman and Bruce Wayne leads him down another false path as the Dark Knight Detective confronts Dr. Hugo Strange (who is intrigued by, but innocent of, the accusation Batman lays at his feet). And when another friend is attacked by the bizarre monster, Batman will go to great lengths to make sure it doesn’t do any more harm.

Detective Comics #998 is most notable for Batman donning the Hellbat armor to save the Demon from an attack. The attack also seems to imply that there is some kind of mystical, and not just monstrous, force behind the recent attack on Batman’s friends.

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  • Title: Carmen Sandiego – The Duke of Vermeer Caper
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Carmen Sandiego - The Duke of Vermeer Caper TV review

Both Carmen (Gina Rodriguez) and A.C.M.E. begin investigating the theft of Vermeer paintings. For Carmen that means heading to Amsterdam to the Rijk Museum to steal the only remaining painting while disguised as The Duchess hoping to use the stolen painting to draw out V.I.L.E. and retrieve the other stolen artwork. Through a bit of bad timing and misfortune, however, it’s up to Zack (Michael Hawley) to step in as the Duke of Vermeer forcing Carmen to give her assistant the crash course version of My Fair Lady so he can complete the sale and provide a distraction long enough for Carmen to recover the rest of the paintings. The episode relies quite a bit on Zack, a little too much as there seem to be more than enough clues to give him away to V.I.L.E. Still, the stolen artwork and Carmen’s quick work and stealing them back before Zack blows his cover provides a fair amount of tension.

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