August 31, 2018

My Tribute to Tom Hanks – On TV

August 28, 2018

Five Things I Hated in “The Dark Knight”

It’s time to show my love for another great movie by nitpicking its faults. The Dark Knight came out ten years ago and as much as I hate this phrase, was a true game changer. Chris Nolan gave us a superhero movie that could be taken seriously but still had good action and great performances. And it was amazing, but was it perfect?

August 25, 2018

Five Superhero Replacements Who Rocked

Comic books like to shake up the status quo, and will often have another character step in and take up the mantle of a hero from the traditional character. For example, when Bruce Wayne was believed dead Nightwing became Batman for a time. Of course Azrael became Batman when Bruce’s back was broken. When Superman was dead, there were four others out trying to take the Man of Steel’s place. Two were spun off into permanent heroes. And there’s Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown who were both Batgirl for a time while Barbara Gordon was paralyzed. Course the fact the two were popular, and Barbara was awesome as Oracle, didn’t stop DC from finally restoring Barbara to the Batgirl role. But still.

Usually the replacement is temporary, if not an all out failure (Artemis as Wonder Woman anyone?) and the status quo is returned. Sometimes however the new character really clicks, and becomes just as popular if not more popular than the original. Here are five examples of what I mean :

Dove Dawn Granger

Hawk and Dove were created by the late, great Steve Ditko and never really took off. They had their own series, and appeared in Teen Titans, but were always B list. Hank Hall as Hawk was angry and his brother Don Hall as Dove was the pacifist. There was brother vs brother stuff but that was all. When Don was killed in Crisis, Dawn Granger would pick up the mantle and was just such a better character. I really liked the book before it was cancelled and DC screwed the two characters over for Armageddon 2001.

August 22, 2018

Top 5 Favorite Friends Episodes

August 18, 2018

Top 5 TV and Movie Finger Snappers

I talked awhile back about how certain clothing can actually remind you of a TV show or character. Course, sometimes actions we take can have the same effect. For example, snapping the fingers. Yeah it seems like a simple thing, everyone does it, and yet some characters manage to make it their own. When done correctly snapping fingers can convey confidence and power, and in the case of Thanos can even wipe out an entire universe!

August 14, 2018

Top 10 Favorite Seinfeld Episodes (20 Years Later)

August 12, 2018

My 15 Favorite Batman Comics

When I talked about “The Killing Joke”, which I love, I teased that it was time to discuss other Batman stories I love.

August 8, 2018

Underrated Trek:Violations (TNG)

Welcome back to Underrated Trek,where I take a special look at Star Trek episodes that I love…which may not be the most popular or even liked by most. Today we have an episode that really fits that. I love it even though lots may not, because it tackles a sensitive issue but to be fair it doesn’t do it as well as it could. It seems to be playing it to safe at times. This is :

August 5, 2018

Batman:The Killing Joke-Two Years Later

So I had a chance to catch up on a few DC Universe animated movies. And the results have been, mixed. Ok I HATED Superman:Doomsday. But I also checked out Superman/Batman:Public Enemies and Superman:The Elite. I was impressed with how close to the comics they were. But one thing that irks me is that in both DC tweaked the story and usually in a lame way. I can’t explain why without spoiling but let’s just say that in both endings the movies are not identical to the one in their original stories. And that isn’t the worst thing. You have to make changes in an adaptation, especially when you realize you audience may not be familiar with a certain character or situation. But it does seem to be a thing with DC, making stupid and unnecessary changes. Which leads us the crown jewel of examples for this:

August 1, 2018

A Look at TV Closing Credits

I’ve talked about opening credits which are memorable., Of course, they have to be since the idea is to make you want to keep watching. They have tell you about the show, tell who’s in it, and give you incentive to stay tuned. Some TV openings are so well done they are as popular as the show. But what about when the show is over?