“Aquaman” – DC does fine but could have done better

“Hurry up – I’m missing happy hour for this.”

Story: Arthur Curry has a lighthouse keeper for a dad and the Queen of Atlantis for a mom. Sure, he can put away a pint or twelve with the best of ’em, but can he step up when Atlantis needs a hero? What do you think?

Genre I’d Put It In: Fun But Clunky Superhero Flicks

Remake, Sequel, Based-On, or Original: Based on the DC superhero, part of the DC Cinematic Universe.

Gotta say: I want to like Aquaman more than I do. It’s absolutely gorgeous, and I’m not just talking about Mera (Amber Heard) and Aquaman/Arthur (Jason Momoa). The cinematography and CGI are absolutely astounding; think Avatar underwater. Even when the plot takes us to the Sahara, there’s a beautiful vastness to the shots that took my breath away. Sure, the costumes look a bit Inhumans, and the final superhero gold & green looks absolutely silly on Momoa (seriously – a more antiqued color scheme would have done wonders), but the attention to detail made my heart go pitter-pat. Continue reading

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Con News: BronyCon’s final year announces vendor applications and (In) Spirit Badges!

I don’t know about you, but I’m teary at the prospect of 2019 being the last year of BronyCon. Yeah, I know; end on a high note, leave ’em aching for more. But y’all, I just can’t take it. That said, I can’t wait to be there.

If you’re headed to BronyCon and want to sell some merch, get to it – applications for the Blank Canvas’ Marketplace is open, dahlings! And if you’re dying to come but can’t? BronyCon’s got you covered with Spirit Badges. Badges (and more!) that’ll be mailed to you’re there in spirit. Aww, sweet, right? Even Pinkie is getting a bit misty…who’s chopping the onions?

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Elsewhere Review: Pat Cadigan and Paul Dini’s DC Comics Novels – Harley Quinn: Mad Love

Originally published on December 9th, 2018, at The Green Man Review!

“If resistance to Batman was a crime, then crime was a revolutionary act.”

Everybody loves Harley Quinn. Well maybe Batman thinks she’s kind of a pain, but let’s not talk about him right now, shall we? Harley’s today’s star, and for fans who’ve always wanted to know how Harley got her start, DC Comics got you covered with “Mad Love”. First published as a one-shot comic book in 1994, it became arguably the best known episode of The New Batman Adventures in 1999. The story of Dr. Harleen Quinzel’s transformation into villain/anti-hero Harley Quinn is well known nowadays; the good doctor treats psychotic supervillain the Joker, and through his manipulation, she falls in love with him and joins his gang. Good story, right? Right. Continue reading

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Rapid Review: “Mary Queen of Scots”

(Because really; award season means you’re trying to winnow down the musts from the must-pass.)

“I know your heart has more in it than the men who counsel you.”

An epic true story gets a intimate imagining in this beautiful biopic based on Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth I. Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie deliver award-worthy performances as the two queens, while David Tennant gives great skeevy religious fanatic. Queer representation as well as POC at court portrays a more realistic look at 16th Century England (even if not exactly historically correct in terms of actual members of court.) But Scots is best at painting a picture of two women used as chess pieces by the machinations of men in their service. Oh, what might have been, if these leaders had been left to rule as they saw fit. Grade: A-

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The Overlook Film Festival announces its 2019 dates!

Horror movies. New Orleans. A match made in heaven, no? YES. The Overlook Film Festival lets you sink into horror with fellow hounds, and gives you an excuse to eat just one more beignet. (Okay, maybe two. Call it fortification for the tour of Saint Louis Cemetery no. 1.)

Held at the gorgeous Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, this is sure to be a good time. I can’t wait to see the films that are selected! (Psst – wanna submit something? They’re taking applications; I hope I get to see your film next year!) Read on for the full 411!

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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza: “If Beale Street Could Talk”!

I’m stoked about this film, as it’s been getting a whole lot of great buzz, and the trailer is absolutely wonderful. So, synopsis!

Set in early-1970s Harlem, If Beale Street Could Talk is a timeless and moving love story of both a couple’s unbreakable bond and the African-American family’s empowering embrace, as told through the eyes of 19-year-old Tish Rivers (screen newcomer KiKi Layne). A daughter and wife-to-be, Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny (Stephan James). Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit.

Ready? Let’s go!

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Rapid Review: “Once Upon a Deadpool”

“I see myself as more of an east coast Hufflepuff.”

Less than the original D2, but also more. Subtract some gore and baby junk, and add more banter between the cast. Come for the fun (but not overused) Princess Bride-esque wraparound riffs, stay for the touching hat-tip to Stan Lee after the end credits. Excelsior! Grade: B+

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