May 2017

Wonder Woman

by Alan Rapp on May 31, 2017

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Wonder Woman (2017)
  • IMDb: link

Wonder Woman movie reviewIt took four movies, but the DC Extended Universe has finally delivered a true super-hero movie. With Wonder Woman, for the first time, DC gives us a protagonist who is actually a hero (rather than one brought up to be selfish about his gifts, a group of killers brought together for a good cause, or one obsessed with murder and vengeance). I doubt the limited input of Zack Snyder or the lack of involvement from David Goyer is a coincidence. There’s a lesson to be learned there, if anyone at DC or Warner Bros. is paying attention.

Credit goes to director Patty Jenkins and screenwriter Allan Heinberg in taking the best aspects of Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor and merging them into a film better than either of the two. Wonder Woman isn’t without its flaws. It drags on (especially during its CGI-heavy final act) and it can’t quite shake free from Snyder’s hard-on for slow-motion action scenes (although Jenkins is mercifully more adept and not prolonging or overusing the technique). What it gets right is its choice of stars and, for the first time in the combined DC movie universe, a willingness to give the central character heart (something sorely lacking in DC’s previous films).

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kirstin – Break A Little

by Alan Rapp on May 31, 2017

in Music News & Reviews

  • Song: “Break A Little”
  • Artist: kirstin

Here’s American singer-songwriter kirstin with the official video for “Break A Little.”

Detective Comics #957

by Alan Rapp on May 31, 2017

in Comics

Detective Comics #957 comic reviewWith the extended arc surrounding the invasion of Gotham first by an army of Batmen an then by the League of Shadows, Detective Comics has let the actions of Spoiler fall through the cracks. Detective Comics #957 picks up this thread to let us in on what Stephanie Brown has been up to since the apparent death of Tim Drake.

Obviously still in mourning, the vigilante has come up with a plan to focus attention away from Batman and the Bat-Family by solving crimes and giving the GCPD all the credit. It’s an odd plan, but fits in with her role of “spoiler” I guess. It also gives her an outlet to use her pain for good rather than misguidedly taking on or harming any member of the Bat-Family directly. Of course there is glaring error in her plan: mostly Batman doesn’t take credit for what he does, meaning her actions might not amount to what she hopes. Also the lure of Batman, and the fear he causes the lesser-criminals of Gotham City, isn’t to be ignored.

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  • Title: Lucifer – The Good, the Bad and the Crispy
  • wiki: link

Lucifer - The Good, the Bad and the Crispy TV review

Lucifer‘s Second Season finale wraps up Mum‘s (Tricia Helfer) storyline which was first teased way back in the First Season finale. While Chloe (Lauren German) begins investigating a murder caused by Lucifer‘s (Tom Ellis) mother, the devil spends most of the episode trying to find and convince Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside) to restore the sword and push dear old Mum back into Heaven to be their father’s problem. Trouble is, now that Amenadiel knows Lucifer isn’t necessarily God’s favorite son he’s less inclined to help. While this is really just an excuse to draw out an important plot point, it does eventually serve a secondary purpose in the angel finding a way back to something he lost along the way.

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PVRIS – Heaven

by Alan Rapp on May 30, 2017

in Music News & Reviews

  • Song: “Heaven”
  • Artist: PVRIS

Here’s PVRIS with the official video for “Heaven.”