October 2019

Storytellers – The Price of Ambition

by Alan Rapp on October 30, 2019

in Essays 

Storytellers showcases the price of ambition in Whiplash, Black Swan, Vikings, and There Will be Blood.

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Ghost-Spider #3

by Alan Rapp on October 30, 2019

in Comics

Ghost-Spider #3 comic reviewThe third issue of Ghost-Spider could be called “The Jackal of Two Worlds” as it showcases not one but two versions of Miles Warren obsessed with young Miss Stacy. There’s not much action here, although we do see Gwen break-up a robbery at one point and we do get to see a little web-slinging as well. Instead writer Seanan McGuire and artist Takeshi Miyazawa focus more of our heroine fitting in on a new world and in a new school. In whatever world he exists, it appears the Jackal is obsessed with Gwen Stacy.

In her home dimension, the Man-Wolf and Miles Warren plot for their revenge against the super-hero. While in the proper Marvel Universe, Warren enlists the help of one of his students to spy (even going so far as to give her some of his super-villain juice) and help him determine just who this new Gwen Stacy is.

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The Secret Life of Pets 2

by Alan Rapp on October 29, 2019

in Home Video

  • Title: The Secret Life of Pets 2
  • IMDb: link

The Secret Life of Pets 2 Blu-ray reviewA sequel to the 2016 film that showcased what pets get up to when their owners aren’t around, The Secret Life of Pets 2 offers three separate storylines featuring the characters from the first film along with a few new faces. The neurotic Max (Patton Oswalt) learns to relax about the child of his owner, the would-be hero Snowball (Kevin Hart) goes on a mission to save a tiger from the circus, and the flighty Gidget (Jenny Slate) enlists the help of Chloe (Lake Bell) to recover a toy from a cat woman’s home. Each provides some humorous moments here and there, but the stories are only loosely connected (as if a trio of TV-specials were combined into a single film).

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Batwoman – Who Are You?

by Alan Rapp on October 29, 2019

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Batwoman – Who Are You?
  • wiki: link

Batwoman - Who Are You?

Kate (Ruby Rose) learns that vigilante work is Kryptonite to burgeoning relationship in “Who Are You?” This likely means we’ve seen the last of Reagan (Brianne Howey) as a love interest for Kate, which is too bad as Howey and Rose have good chemistry on-screen and the character’s bubbly optimism was a nice (albeit short) addition to the show. For the villain of the week, the show brings in Rachel Matthews as the jewel thief Magpie who steals, among other things, Martha Wayne’s pearl necklace. The pearls mark another instance where the show works twice as hard to set-up an over-complicated series of events rather than Kate simply choose to use the pearls and lure Magpie into a trap.

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Titans – Jericho

by Alan Rapp on October 29, 2019

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Titans – Jericho
  • wiki: link

Titans - Jericho television review

Another flashback episode, “Jericho” finally reveals the events surrounding the Titans befriending and using Jericho Wilson (Chella Man) in order to find Deathstroke (Esai Morales). Long alluded to, fans finally see the sequences of events which led to the end of the Titans. There does seem to be a disconnect between Dick‘s (Brenton Thwaites) admission to Jason Todd (Curran Walters) at the end of the previous episode (saying “non one” knows the truth) and the events shown here (where all of the Titans are aware of what happened). That rather clumsy inconsistency aside (which has shown up before, I’m guessing because the show’s writers didn’t make a definitive decision until this episode), “Jericho” does more than any other episode of the season to frame Deathstroke as a legitimate threat to the team as he is able to take down both Robin and Donna (Conor Leslie) separately.

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