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By alicebg, Nov 15 2017 08:41PM

In this episode: Logan (2017)

The third and evidently final solo outing for Hugh Jackman's Wolverine (and his ninth incarnation of the part) is a distinct curiosity. Bloodthirsty and hyper-violent (way beyond anything seen in Wolverine or X-Men movies so far), it also rather lacks the critical human dimension that makes X-Men, and indeed other superhero films, so compelling. The other thing it lacks, fatally, is any kind of plot.

By alicebg, Aug 19 2017 02:24PM

Squid Girl is the type of conceit that could only exist in anime. Indeed, it is as close to 'pure' anime as you could possibly get. Boiled down to its essential components, it's a simple beach-cabin sitcom involving a young girl. Who is also a squid.

By alicebg, Apr 13 2017 07:04PM

In this episode: X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut (2014)

Deja-vu, all over again. Bryan Singer's original vision for Days of Future Past (q.v.) featured an extended cameo from the lovely Anna Paquin as Rogue (a key player in the first X-Men movies). Cut primarily for pacing reasons (the film was already long and over-plotted), it was reinstated for hard-core fans on a direct-to-DVD/Blu-Ray release. Guess this means I'm a hard-core fan, at least as far as Anna paquin is concerned, 'cause I went and bought it.

By alicebg, Mar 20 2017 08:01PM

The rural Australian town of Parkes made an unlikely contribution to the 1969 moon landing, courtesy of its adjacent radio-astronomy installation, which served as the Southern Hemisphere communications relay. That rather banal factoid is the basis for the charming and surprisingly powerful comedy-drama, The Dish.

By alicebg, Mar 16 2017 08:00PM

In this episode - X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

The original Days of Future Past was a 2-issue X-Men story by Chris Claremont, that started a tradition for time-hopping X-Men stories - of varying quality - that would endure for decades (Grant Morrison's Here Comes Tomorrow in New X-Men was a direct homage). The film adaptation of this comic book classic saw the return of Bryan Singer to the X-franchise, and also offered to bridge the gap between the original and later X-Men casts. That turned out to be rather more expectations than than the movie could actually fulfil.

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