January 2019

Atomic Robo & the Dawn of a New Era #1

by Alan Rapp on January 15, 2019

in Comics

Atomic Robo & the Dawn of a New Era #1 comic reviewAtomic Robo & the Dawn of a New Era begins with no great catastrophe but simply with Atomic Robo getting the new Tesladyne up and running. This includes welcoming the new recruits who are anxious for some science-adventuring, Bernard taking the opportunity to examine the local dormant volcano (yep, nothing dangerous there), Vikram and Lang leaving on a trip (surely no trouble they could get into), and Robo secretly hiding his new creation Alan in the basement away from prying eyes (nope, nothing could go wrong here either).

So I guess we’re ready to sit back and enjoy a leisurely five-issue mini-series with no problems to solve. Oh, wait. This is an Atomic Robo comic! Okay, bring on the zany science craziness!

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Young Justice #1

by Alan Rapp on January 15, 2019

in Comics

Young Justice #1 comic reviewDC Comics relaunches Young Justice as part of their new teen-focused Wonder Comics line. The first issue follows the basic formula of a threat large enough it causes a group of heroes to converge and become a team. Issue #1’s threat are invaders from Gemworld, a threat met head-on by new character Jinny Hex only recently arrived to Metropolis who is joined by Young Justice staples Robin, Impulse, and a reluctant Wonder Girl who all arrive separately to the scene. They are also joined by a new Teen Lantern.

Mostly set-up, Young Justice #1 introduces us to most of the key characters of the team (including the final two members who won’t show up until the end) while setting up a threat large enough that it will require the heroes to stay together to fight. Having our heroes be separated and sucked into Gemworld to meet new threats and allies offers an interesting twist headed into the comic’s second issue.

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Charlie’s Angels – Target: Angels

by Alan Rapp on January 15, 2019

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Charlie’s Angels – Angels in Chains
  • wiki: link

Charlie's Angels - Target: Angels television review

Today’s Throwback Tuesday post takes us back to the tale of three beautiful former police detectives turned private detectives working for a faceless boss known as Charlie. John Horn guest-stars as a hitman sent after the Angels. After unsuccessful attempts on each of the women’s lives, the team decides to fake Sabrina‘s (Kate Jackson) death in hopes of luring out the killer. What the Angels learn, almost too late, is that the mercenary wasn’t hired to kill them but only to put them in enough danger that it might draw out his employer’s true target: Charlie himself. The ruse almost succeeds, but the Angels uncover the truth just in time to save Charlie (even if the makeshift plan invovles stealing an taxi that gets blown-up on Charlie’s driveway). Unfortunately for the Angels, success means barely missing their chance for the group’s first in-person meeting.

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The Kid Who Would Be King

by Alan Rapp on January 14, 2019

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: The Kid Who Would Be King
  • IMDb: link

The Kid Who Would Be King movie reviewFar more successful than 2017’s dreary King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, there may be a lesson for Hollywood to adapt a lighter touch when embracing the legend of King Arthur. The Kid Who Would Be King is a family movie that kids are likely to enjoy more than adults, but what surprised me was how smart the film turned out to be and how earnest its themes which will help adults get onboard as well.

After a brief recap of the Arthur legend, the film opens in modern day with a slightly pudgy Alex (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) attempting to save his best friend Bedders (Dean Chaumoo) from a pair of older bullies (Tom Taylor and Rhianna Dorris). While running away from the bullies, Alex stumbles on a sword in a stone which he removes allowing the legend to begin.

Initially discounting what he sees, Alex is forced to believe by the sudden appearance of Merlin (played interchangeably by Patrick Stewart and Angus Imrie) and undead riders from the underworld attempting to retake the sword and deliver it to the evil sorceress Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson), who after being imprisoned for centuries is about to break free.

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Here’s Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) getting in touch with her inner-princess in the character’s big musical number from Ralph Breaks the Internet.

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