By now, you know that Marvel’s Inhumans was the most-widely panned MCU project since Netflix’s Iron Fist. Many critics say that it is worse than the maligned Iron Fist project. The audience—those non-professional critics—gave the show a 51% Fresh rating over on Rotten Tomatoes, just slightly better than average. A solid grade of C, […]Read more "Marvel’s Inhumans: Season 1 (And Only?): a review"
00:45:01 – 01:00:00 Without any further mucking about, we’ll pick up where we left off in Chapter Three: Galen Erso’s holographic message to Saw Gerrera, which Jyn is now seeing for the first time. “Saw. If you are watching this then perhaps there’s a chance to save the Alliance. Perhaps there’s a chance to […]Read more "Rogue One: a Star Wars story (a 15-Minute Force production): Chapter Four: Help Me, Saw Gerrera. You’re My Only Hope."
At some point, far, far into the future, I’ll write an annotated synopsis of Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi in my 15-Minute Force project. That will have to wait until I get past Rogue One, the original Star Wars trilogy, and Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens. At fifteen minutes a […]Read more "Star Wars: The Last Jedi – a movie review [SPOILER FREE]"
Stephen King was at least partially responsible for my purchase of this album (which was in cassette form the first time, I’ll admit). I read King’s novel The Stand not long after it came out in 1978, and, as I recall, it had at least one epigraph quoting the song “Shelter from […]Read more "It’s A Good Record, Man: “Blood on the Tracks,” by Bob Dylan"
So, everyone already knows that Disney is now the proud owner of the Star Wars and Marvel Cinematic Universe franchises, along with their own vault of Disney and Pixar animation and live-action creations. And, you probably knew that Sony had the rights to Spider-Man, which they decided to share with Marvel Studios for what […]Read more "Disney Purchases 20th Century Fox: What This Corporate Deal Means to Me (Hint: It’s Fantastic!)"
The double-episode premiere got my attention a few weeks ago. Interesting premise: SHIELD in space, in the future; Earth destroyed. But, the premise began to get tired for me during episodes 3 and 4, at least until Fitz showed up at the very end of Episode #4, “A Life Earned.” Leopold Fitz (Iain de Caestecker) […]Read more "Agents of SHIELD: Season 5: Episode 5.5 “Rewind”"
00:30:01 – 00:45:00 Now that we are fully one-half hour into Rogue One, we are beginning to sense the shape of the story. Not having watched this before, I am going to assume that we are nearing the end of the first act and most of our main characters are on-stage. Let’s take a […]Read more "Rogue One: a Star Wars story (a 15-Minute Force production): Chapter Three: The Strongest Stars Have Hearts of Kyber (Or: Chirrut Imwe is This Movie’s Yoda)"
It will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me that I loved the first season of The Punisher. You might have assumed that I would like it since I am an admitted former comic book geek, even though I’m a couple of decades out of the continuity. While this is true, I was […]Read more "Marvel’s The Punisher: Season 1: a review"
00:15:01 – 00:30:00 At the end of the first chapter of the Rogue Edition of 15-Minute Force, Captain Cassian Andor, the head of Rebel Intelligence famous during the first fifteen minutes for shooting an informant in the back, had just asked our new friend and strong female role model Jyn Erso when she had […]Read more "Rogue One: a Star Wars story (a 15-Minute Force production): Chapter Two: Kyber Crystals–This Year’s Midichlorians"
Finally. After writing three midseason reviews in a row about shows that have disappointed me this year, I get to write about the first season of The Orville, which was a series—frankly—that I didn’t expect to like before I began watching it. I’m not burying the lead here: I actually love this series, and am […]Read more "The Orville: Season 1: a review"