written by Dayna Abel
It wouldn’t be incorrect to say that a lot of my sense of right and wrong came from superheroes. Specifically, they came from Spider-Man (power and responsibility), Supergirl (hope, help and compassion)…
…and Wonder Woman.
While Supergirl has always been my favorite superhero, there is also a special place in my heart for Diana of Themyscira, daughter of Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons. My dad, from whom I inherited my love of comics, was a Marvel fan as well as a guy, so I didn’t have much access to Wonder Woman’s earlier adventures. I came to her via the epic Crisis On Infinite Earths, and then in the 1986 reboot so lovingly guided by George Pérez. When I began collecting comics on my own, I began with Phil Jimenez’s run, and later Greg Rucka and Gail Simone. Between those four, they shaped Wonder Woman into the premiere superheroine. Not even Marvel has a female hero so iconic and emblematic.
Now, under the direction of the amazingly talented Patty Jenkins, we have a film which truly, completely captures the purest essence of the character. When I finally got out to the theater Thursday night to see the movie, I wasn’t watching an incredible actress or excellent cinematography.
I was watching Wonder Woman.
SPOILER WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT
written by Kate Spencer
I keep forgetting the name of the tree guy.
written by Laura Martinelli
When VIZ Media announced in 2014 that they acquired the rights to finally redistribute and redub Sailor Moon, to say the Western fan reaction was elated is a massive understatement. My friends joke that they could hear the screaming when I learned the news. They might not be wrong.
written by George Hatch
EDITOR’S NOTE: This review was written and published before Carrie Fisher’s death on December 27th. May the Force be with you, Carrie.
SPOILER WARNINGS ARE IN EFFECT
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the first Star Wars property to hit the big screen that doesn’t follow the Skywalker bloodline, instead focusing on the age-old question: how did the Rebels get the Death Star plans? It’s a topic that’s been covered multiple times in the pre-Disney Expanded Universe, so much so that each one contradicts the other. We’ve had Kyle Katarn steal them from a secret Imperial base (Dark Troopers), Rebel dissidents on the Death Star transmitting the plans to Polis Massa (Battlefront II), Han Solo’s ex-girlfriend lead a suicide squad to get the plans off Toprawa (X-Wing, Rebel Dawn )…it’s a confusing slog, and that’s not counting the other continuity gaffes that make Disney’s jettisoning of the old EU look reasonable.
Oh wow. I finally did it! Just in time to be another year older. It’s been a long run. I blacked out for a while there, what did I miss?
Wait, who is running for president?!
There are no original ideas left. Every story that can be conceived already has been. Take heart in knowing that no matter what great narrative you’ve dreamed up, someone has already done it, and better. Time is cyclical, the snake is eating its tail, nothing changes ’cause it’s all the same, the world you get’s the one you give away, it all just happens again way down the line.
But hey, no pressure, creators!
Yesterday saw the release of the new Power Rangers movie trailer, which is worth taking a look at here on YouTube.
While a lot of people are focusing on how they grimdarked it down (that’s a verb now, shut up), I noted something a bit more troubling.
“Hey, guys, my sister and her friends disappeared and probably died horribly when they went camping in those cursed woods. Despite the massive search for them and it being twenty years later, this blurry YouTube video makes me think she may somehow still be alive in there! Wanna go camping with me to try and find them?”
A young boy must go on a quest to retrieve three magical golden items, each one requiring the defeat of a great foe to acquire. He’ll meet mystical characters, use unconventional weapons, and discover new powers to help him along the way. Only once he has all three golden objects will he be able to defeat the magical inhuman being threatening his existence.
BUT ENOUGH ABOUT THE LEGEND OF ZELDA! BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE!
The Nice Guys features hard-boiled detectives in 1977 Los Angeles exposing a conspiracy that has resulted in the murders of several young people in the porn industry. And it’s a comedy!