Wednesday, November 25, 2015

AKA A Blog Post

I was on a blogging break when Netflix dropped the awesome Daredevil TV series but I will briefly say that was 1000 times better than the movie version of the character starring Ben Affleck and his future, and now past, wife, Jennifer Garner.

Recently, Marvel Comics and Netflix released another series: Jessica Jones.  Unlike the former and upcoming series based on the characters of Luke Cage and Iron Fist, Jessica debuted in a comic, coincidentally called Alias which is the name of her detective agency, in my lifetime. Like Luke Cage, X-Men Jean Grey and Kitty Pryde and others, she has superpowers but doesn't have a super identity. In the comic, she has super strength and can fly. In the TV series, the second ability is greatly downplayed but could easily appear in future appearances.

Krysten Ritter pulls off the darkly comic role spectacularly. (Watching her on The Talk this afternoon I also realize she's incredibly tall...) David Tennant is deliciously creepy as the villain Kilgrave (It's like The Doctor under the influence of red kryptonite) and Mike Colter brings Luke Cage to the screen ahead of his own series. (Given his background and tough but sensitive persona, even I wondered why he didn't have tattoos then I remembered he has unbreakable skin...)

Though the series was great, overall, I feel I enjoyed Daredevil more. It's partially due to being more familiar with those characters but I think the supporting cast was better in that series.  Aside from the characters mentioned above, Rachael Taylor (best friend and foster sister Trish Walker) and Carrie-Anne Moss (shark lawyer Jeryn Hogarth) were awesome but the other 4 major characters annoying as hell to the kid from Shane proportions.

If a second season is greenlit, the plan seems to be to explore her origins, as in how she got her powers. Knowing nothing of the comic, I'm curious where they'd go...             

Saturday, November 14, 2015

SPECTRE Of A Blog Post

Looking back at old review posts, I at one time apparently considered Casino Royale "the best Bond movie ever" because it didn't focus on gadgets. I even commented it wasn't slow moving.  Interestingly, all I really said about the next film, Quantum of Solace, was that I loved how they let M, played at the time by Judy Dench, actually do something. I didn't actually do an official review of Skyfall but that surpassed Casino Royale  as the best Bond film ever.  Casino was a needed reset after Die Another Day (Has any "final" Bond film ever been the actor's best? Diamonds Are Forever isn't my favorite Connery, View to a Kill isn't in my top 2 my favorite Moore, etc...) but Skyfall  made me realize "Lactose Intolerant Bond" just doesn't work long term.  You need a mix. The Serious And The Cheese. It also made me realize that letting M, Q and Moneypenny actually leave the damn office is awesome! In SPECTRE, M, and to a certain extent Moneypenny and Q, got even more to do. Of course, M and Q are no longer played by octogenarians... (Seeing Ralph Fiennes here and Bond's distant relative Man From UNCLE makes me want another albeit slightly more serious Avengers movie...)  

Those who know me know how continuity obsessed I am. The new SPECTRE forced a conflict in me in this area.  Connecting every villain Bond encountered in "The Craig Years" was cool but felt forced. In the first two movies, there was a lawsuit going on that prevented the return of the organization known as SPECTRE to the films so Quantum was created to fill the void. The lawsuit was settled.  I loved the use of Mr. White to advance the plot, however...

I'm curious what they'll do for the 25th film.  The plot of this felt like an "milestone" movie. The reference to CIA agent Felix Leiter and the other Easter eggs were better than in Die Another Day.) It's like voting at 17 or having your first alcoholic drink at 20... (Not that I know anything about that...)          
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