|Posted on Friday, March 06, 2020 - 05:59 pm: ||
Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
One of the Best Comic Book Movies!
I'd like to thank all the internet trolls for lowering my expectations. If I thought this was the Best DC movie going in, I'd probably be more critical. But constant, whining, complaining about political/feminist manifestos had me walking in just hoping it would not suck.
It Did Not Suck.
Cinematography! The colors! The watercolor? Washes? on the big scenes ( alas my vocabulary fails ) Captured the Full Page spread from a comic, beautifully. Very little shaky cam stupidity. Colors... Watchmen used a different palette than regular comics, and the movie captured that well. Birds Of Prey uses the classic comic book colors where it counts, and stark city realism where that's appropriate, or often inappropriate, since, Harley!
Stunt work & fight scenes. The Stunt work is top notch. There's not a lot of "Super Powers" stuff obviously going on. Other than the relative indestructible heroines, who shake off hits that would turn actual humans into paste. Hey! Comic Book! Motorcycle and roller derby fans, rejoice! Practical effects and serious stunt work.
Fight scenes are Fracking Brutal! Dark Knight and beyond. If you liked the Darkness ( philosophical ) in DC movies, this captures it perfectly, without apology, without the brooding hero. Oh, Harley might brood, but it's manic, justified, and meaningful. It's not "What She Does" like the Batman movies.
Acting. Great! Even the Villain(s) are working it here. Black Mask ( Ewan McGregor ) is actually scary. Even main characters meant to be cliche' refuse to stay in their box. Sure, the disposable villains don't get any character development, they get beat up too quickly, but you don't care about minion 7's motivation anyway. Greed and violence, nuff said.
Finally! Someone gets it right! Birds Of Prey is the follow on to Suicide Squad. They don't change Harley Quinn at all. Consistent character, and character development! Plenty of fan candy references to the previous film, but done right, not overloaded.
Not a kiddie movie. That might be a negative. There is some serious adult hell going down here. Bad decisions, dire consequences, real villainy, blood and horror. Do Not Take Young Children. But for those who loved the Dark Knight Trilogy, this takes it to 11 and does it better.
Cons...that are internet troll b.s.
Feminist? It's an all girl team! Sure there's some "men suck" spin happening, but it's a Break up Movie in part. ( It's in the trailers ) Very much the one sided view. On purpose. Plus, most of the men are bad guys or victims, and it's a seedy, dirty Gotham City crime underbelly here. Everyone sucks.
Flashbacks in flashbacks. There's some justification for complaints on frentic, irregular pacing. But this is Harley's story, and she's insane, remember? Bright, educated, but twisted. It fits even when it jars your expectations.
I still think Wonder Woman is the best DC film, but this is a close second.
It's hitting second run theaters, and I highly recommend you ignore everything you hear or read about it, and go. ( including my rant ) Don't anticipate, just enjoy.
Adults only! If you've got a 13 year old, see it first and decide, before taking them.
|Posted on Friday, March 13, 2020 - 05:01 pm: ||
A Million Ways To Die In The West.
Picked up in the $3.79 bargain bin at Wal-Mart. That's the right price.
It's horrible! Nearly Every Western cliche is crammed in. It's offensive. Rude. Racist. The humor is crude, offensive, racist. The pacing is occasionally glacial.
The cinematography is outstanding. Monument Valley. The town built near Santa Fe for Gunsmoke. Spectacular.
Sets, costumes, and settings are nigh perfect.
There's a LOT of pop culture and movie references, and cameos.
Acting is excellent for a cheap comedy. Charlise is both talented and gorgeous.
Funny as hell. I almost stopped watching a few minutes in as it sucked so bad, but then laughed hard through most of the movie, when I wasn't cringing.
Is it the Blazing Saddles of the 21st century?
No. But if you can see it for free, or better yet, get the DVD really cheap, you will want this one for your collection.
So bad, it's good.
I'm informed it's even funnier on recreational drugs.
|Posted on Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 01:37 am: ||
Watched the new Blade Runner again the other night. I liked it the first time, a second viewing allowed me to catch more nuances, great stuff. It goes from almost whispers to the big noises, so it's hard to watch when my honey's in bed already. Don't want the subwoofer to get busy.
|Posted on Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 02:28 am: ||
Mean Dad trick.
When you leave the internet connected entertainment TV or PC thing that you use, crank the volume up. Porn videos played by the kids typically cause panic as the opening moans or bad music boom out.
Warning, damage to property and kids during startle reactions may ( nay, Will ) occur.
|Posted on Monday, March 16, 2020 - 12:30 pm: ||
The US Navy has stolen Captain America away from the Army, well, at least the House Flag on the newest Amphibious, the USS America LHA-6
|Posted on Monday, April 27, 2020 - 10:16 am: ||
So I'm FINALLY watching this series on Netflix now that I've finished all of the individual character arcs. I quickly figured out this takes place after Daredevil season 2 and before Season 3. So far, so good. I've enjoyed all of them, but Iron Fist was the sole disappointment. WTF was that ending all about??? I see Daredevil was setting up for a fourth season too, before it was canceled. Agent Dex looked like a prototype "Bullseye" that never got off the ground.