June 2019

Batman & the Outsiders #2

by Alan Rapp on June 18, 2019

in Comics

Batman & the Outsiders #2 comic reviewWith Sofia Ramos under the temporary care of Kaliber, Batman sends the Outsiders to reach the girl before the minions of Ra’s al Ghul can find her. Even with the timely arrival of the Outsiders as back-up, Kaliber can’t keep Ra’s acolyte Ishmael from Sofia who, given the chance to run, decides to stand her ground.

Batman & the Outsiders #2 certainly sells Ishmael as a legitimate threat who makes short work of the Outsiders and Kaliber. Once again DC can’t quite decide just how skilled to make Orphan, who (despite being pronounced the best fighter in the DCU during the current Rebirth continuity), is thrown away easily by Ra’s minion.

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Sound Design: Lying To Your Ears

by Alan Rapp on June 18, 2019

in Essays 

Now You See It examines how sound design is used in film.

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Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #9

by Alan Rapp on June 18, 2019

in Comics

Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #9 #comicsSpider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #9 opens with our hero waking to deal with the fallout of last issue’s bombing. While Gwen’s quick thinking saved her band, the same can’t be said for the bomb’s effect on much of the audience. Spending time helping survivors get medical attention only increases Gwen’s anger to seek out the person responsible and inflict some justice.

The second-half of the action-heavy issue features Spider-Gwen versus the talkative Man-Wolf who wants to put the upstart hero in her place. Looking like a character that leapt out of Image Comics, Man-Wolf is certainly imposing, but (despite his rhetoric) not quite up to the challenge as big bad wolf bites off far more than he can chew.

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Hanna – City

by Alan Rapp on June 18, 2019

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Hanna – City
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Hanna - City television review

“City” offers the first major divergences of the series from the source material as Hanna (Esme Creed-Miles) and Erik (Joel Kinnaman) reconnect in Berlin and he brings in his old Army contacts to plan a hit on Marissa (Mireille Enos). Unlike in the film where both Hanna and Erik believe she killed the real Marissa, Hanna recognizes the deception from the show’s second episode allowing her father to gather support on a contingency plan to trap their foe. Despite Marissa being able to turn one of Erik’s old friends by offering to settle his substantial debts, the episode still concludes with Marissa staring down the barrel of Erik’s gun.

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  • Title: Elementary – Red Light, Green Light
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Elementary - Red Light, Green Light TV review

“Red Light, Green Light” offers a few twists as Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) investigate a traffic accident which initially appears to be an act of terrorism, then looks more like a gang attack, but after further investigation proves to be nothing more that the tragic result of some sophisticated corporate espionage. The main story is memorable for Captain Dwyer (Rob Bartlett) getting an upclose look at his consultants accusing a group of federal agents of being responsible for the accident as a way to further their own goals to take down a local gang as well as the return of Castle‘s Jon Huertas reprising his role as a (now former) member of the gang.

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