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By alicebg, Oct 28 2017 03:22PM

In this episode: Guardians of the Galaxy, vol. 2 (2017)

I'll admit, I wasn't a big fan of the first Guardians of the Galaxy. To be frank, I'm not a big fan of the modern Guardians at all - I'm decrepit enough to remember the original team, with Vance Astro, Nikki and the first Star Lord, who randomly turned into a woman (hey, it was the seventies). I also remember when Drax the Destroyer was a thoroughly nasty piece of work, not muscled-up comic relief. To be even franker, the only reason I hinged onto vol. 2 was the appearance of Mantis (Pom Klementieff ) - I was intrigued that Marvel would dust off one of their most obscure properties and give her a starring role. Anyway, I'm pleased to report that vol. 2 is a distinct improvement on its decidedly lumpy prototype, even if it's a long way from being a classic.

By alicebg, Oct 19 2017 07:09PM

2017 is shaping up as a good year for Milk Morinaga acolytes, of which I am definitely one. Hot on the heels of the one-shot Secret of the Princess (q.v.) comes an ongoing series, Hana & Hina After School [And if you think that title sounds a mite salacious, let me point out that the 'after school' activity referred to is a part-time job, so calm down]. The usual Morinaga hallmarks are present and correct, and this can only be a good thing.

By alicebg, Oct 12 2017 07:23AM

In this episode: Suicide Squad (2016)

Amid the current avalanche of superhero movies, it was inevitable that somebody would attempt to turn the genre on its ear. Such was David Ayer's threat when he set about adapting DC's 80s hit comic Suicide Squad to the screen. Suicide Squad was by no means the first DC title to showcase villains as the lead characters, but it was hugely influential on the fast-emerging 'adult' comics genre, with its mix of amorality, paranoia and hard-core violence. The question was, could Ayer successfully translate this material into a watchable film? Sadly, we never really got the chance to find out.

By alicebg, Sep 20 2017 07:23PM

These two yuri mangas were released in the same week here in the UK, and they have an awful lot more in common than that. In fact, both share an identical premise: shy schoolgirl falls for athletic, vaguely butch superstar, with potentially devastating emotional consequences. The big difference, however, is that one of these titles is by the great Milk Morinaga, and the other isn't.

By alicebg, Jul 19 2017 07:18PM

I recently had the misfortune to catch part of the dreadful recent Peanuts Movie (couldn’t sit through the whole thing) – it reminded me how often we take Charles Schultz’s epic gentle satire on American values for granted, and how, by coating it in an unnecessary layer of schmaltz, we detract from its undoubted greatness.

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