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The Flash: All Doll'd Up (2018)
I was entertained
Has some nice character beats. The villain is delightfully freaky.
South Park: Time to Get Cereal (2018)
Things get even more cereal
Continues the hilarity from the last episode. It does repeat some things, but it also includes one of their best segments in terms of pure animation.
Doctor Who: Demons of the Punjab (2018)
Really strong episode
As an American, I've never put that much thought into into the partition of India. I've known the generalities but haven't really thought that much about the actual violent unrest at the time. This was a really effective and informative episode, and the second second historical one to hit it out of the park. Story was emotional and the characters were compelling. Not to mention, this has the best looking aliens this season.
A nostalgic trip
We get to see past exploits in the Good Place, and though I'm liking the new path, I was nostalgic for the place.
Another really funny episode. Eleanor and Michael's excellent chemistry continues. Loved the last scene.
Solid character work
Again, Jaimie Alexander does a great and nuanced job as Remi. The Zapata story-line finally reaches its full potential as things get tense between her and Reade.
The Three Caballeros
Nice to see them bring back the Three Caballeros and the camaraderie between them and Donald really works. You even get their classic done in a nice revamp. You get to see the old Donald and Scrooge being a little selfish and comically sparring with each other dynamic from the comics.
The plant monster was appropriately threatening.
Overlord is about a group of WWII soldiers who encounter evil Nazi zombie experiments in an occupied French town. I walked into this having already heard positive reviews, but I was still surprised at how much I liked this. The thing is that the basic story is predictable. Everything happens like you'd think it would happen. However, the thing is so well done, the simplicity didn't matter.
The action is appropriately violent and nicely executed. There is one scene in particular that is wonderfully shot and may be near the top of my list. This is kind of a genre mix as this is much a war film as a horror one. You have to wait for the zombies, but there is enough violence and the basic fear of who could go next that it probably won't be an issue for you.
I liked that they the zombies aren't uniform. They're distinctive and freaky looking creatures.
There was a rumor that this was being considered for part of the Cloverfield series. I can see why. Overlord has a similar quality. Solid action horror is combined with tight dialogue and characterization. (There are even a few funny lines.) Also has a good cast all around.
The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018)
Weakest Millennium film, but not a write-off
After the American "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" did just okay at the box office, I'm guessing that the studio got worried about how they'd handle another one. This film is clearly made to be more American audience friendly and switched from a semi-down-to-Earth thriller to more traditional action film. This is far from a pure adaptation and the events and characters of the book have become simplified. I feel that this is a poor Millennium movie but as an action movie its not half-bad.
I gave "The Girl in the Spider's Web" this rating based on the intellectual side of me that wants to give others an honest appraisal and recognizes the fault in the script. The movie jumps from plot point to point too quickly without much substance, and Blomkvist, one of the two main characters in the books, is treated as an afterthought here. Though, I must admit I didn't mind at all the change to Lisbeth's past and her dynamic with her sister. I rather felt it worked here.
The fun side of me, would've bumped this up a point. The visual presentation is pretty darn good. Director Fede Alvarez, who did the Evil Dead remake and Don't Breathe has honed his skills in dark action visuals. I found there to be some pretty impressive and at times freaky imagery in this. The fight scenes, though often brief, are well executed. As a whole, the movie looks good in general with a couple really nice shots.
Though Claire Foy does an admirable job as a decent job as Lisbeth Salander, she doesn't compare to Noomi Rapace or Mara Rooney. (Same can be said for the guy who played Blomkvist.) In fairness to Foy, the film pulls more punches as Lisbeth's anti-social/on-the-spectrum traits are toned down and the character feels a bit more average. Props should be give to Sylvia Hoeks as the villain. She is effectively unsettling.
This movie will probably infuriate some fans. It's impure. I would actually recommend this more to casual viewers.
Family Guy: Regarding Carter (2018)
Nothing exceptional about the plot, but it's really funny. Haven't laughed out loud at something in a while.
Nice introduction for Charlie
Ray is the highlight of humor and humanity here. I liked his sadness and acceptance over the group's changing.
Charlie seems interesting. However, I liked the actress who played her here so much I was a little disappointed we won't get to see her again.
Nate and Gary were great together.
For a humorous episode, Constantine trying to prevent his own birth was a bold, serious move that I congratulate.
Supergirl: Ahimsa (2018)
Nice character work and plot developments
Liked Supergirl's protective suit. Yeah, it was a plot device to cover for Melissa Benoist's schedule conflicts, but it is pretty cool looking.
Thought this episode had some nice character interactions. I like Manchester Black and his tragic origin story. Yeah, he doesn't have powers like in the comics, but you never know. They may come later.
The Graves are dead, and I couldn't be happier. They were just poorly written. Nice to see the return of a couple alien villains. The show doesn't reuse characters as much as it can.
I'm interested in seeing how James deals with his exploits being used as pro-human propaganda.
The threat of the First Order
Although there wasn't much of a physical conflict, I thought this episode did a good job of advancing the plot and building on the threat of the First Order. Also, Neeku remains amusingly upbeat.
Friend Request (2016)
I liked this, but I don't know if I can recommend it to everyone. This is kind of a brain-off/past the time type film.
Although I think Unfriended is better, I thought this horror flick did a decent job of tackling today's obsession with social media. Basic plot works with both a relatable protagonist and antagonist and a an effective ending. The kills are freaky enough.
Like I said, the plot works, but there are moments where the dialogue can be better. The authorities are frustratingly dumb and illogical in reaction to the killings.
I was surprised by the visuals. There are some pretty effective images.
The acting isn't the best, which might be due to the director as there are cast members with experience on this.
This was a pretty funny episode. Homer's lovable cluelessness is really on point here.
Nice bottle episode
Solid episode. Again this season does a great job of focusing on the people. Solid supporting cast for this episode. Whittaker is excelling as a more human Doctor, and there is a really nice scene where she grapples with a situation being out of her control. Again Walsh and the Doctor remain the funniest of the main cast.
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Best of the Thor movies
Thor: Ragnarok decided to make a switch from the previous films to comedy after Thor 2 dropped the ball, and it pays off wonderfully. Hemsworth has a natural comic touch and he really drives the whole thing.
Not to say that the film feels completely disconnected from the last two films. The dramatic and human moments really work here as the film is still about the characters. The relationship between Thor and Loki reaches a natural evolution as Thor has given up on trying to save his brother and Loki has run out of ways to manipulate and deflect from him. Only downside is that since this is a soft reboot, there are a few characters that are written out too quickly, jarringly and disrespectfully. (They could've had more scenes).
All the new characters work really well here. This may be Tessa Thomson's best performance as Valkyrie who's likable from the get-go. Cate Blanchett is a good villain here, both intimidating and dry-witted when need be, but it's actually Jeff Goldblum who steals the show as the supporting villain The Grandmaster, a wacky Caligula-esque character.
In costumes, sets, and special effects, this is one of the best looking films I've ever seen. I've heard this movie was inspired by seventies sci-fi and it really shows. The whole thing has this very colorful, flashy and retro style.
I highly recommend this.
South Park: The Scoots (2018)
This season is finally finding its legs. After the last good episode, we get another one that's funny.
The leads are Mr. Mackey and Kenny, which is nice because we on't get that much of them. We also get the rare occurrence of Mr. Mackey being upset. The best part is that yet again we get to see the the residents of South Park wildly overreact to a town crisis.
Great Glomgold episode!
Now the whole villain gets amnesia and we get to see the good side of them story has been done before, However, this goes above and beyond. We learn about the origins of Flintheart Glomgold, which may surprise some viewers, and though you can't forgive him for his actions, you kind of pity him.
Great animation and design in this episode. The highlight being a wildly creative dream sequence.
Great moments between Eleanor and Michael. Loved how Michael bonded with a fellow architect. Andrew Daly does his same schtick he's known for, but he's so fun. Bittersweet little ending.
The Tahani plot was also pretty good, but I think a little more time could have been spent on her relationship with her sister.
Blindspot: Sous-Vide (2018)
Some good stuff with Patterson and Rich. Get to see Jane be cunning and improvise. Plus it's nice to see a good old fashioned quarantine episode. The only downside is that the villain's plan is forced and illogical.
Not perfect, but entertaining
Reviews seem really divided on this. Though I admit the film could've been stronger in parts, I was still entertained.
The whole thing looks great with deeply detailed sets, costumes, and makeup that evoke a classic fantasy feel. There are some clever design ideas, especially in the Land of Amusements.
Acting's pretty good. Admittedly the fantasy characters are more interesting. Keira Knightly is fun in a quirky over-the-top performance. There are a couple of fairly funny guards and the Nutcracker himself is likable. Unfortunately, those three are not as well-utilized as they could be, especially considering that the Nutcracker is one of the main characters.
Admittedly, the film is a little weak in the plot department. The main character Clara experiences a by-the-numbers getting over the death of a parent and learning to believe in them-self story-line. The Four Realms and its current threat could've been a lot clearer. Also, we could've spent more time exploring and experiencing the Realms. A little too much time is spent on throwing Clara from plot point to plot point. Her struggles are solidly delivered, but they spend so much time on it at expense of the world-building.
The movie's not perfect, but it's all about the experience. The Nutcracker is fun and looks good. And though the story is flawed, it isn't bad. I think kids will like it and parents will like it or be indifferent.
Charmed: Sweet Tooth (2018)
In the grand scheme, I was entertained. It's funny but every other line switches from good to bad.
We meet the commander
Finally, some plot development happens. We get to learn what the First Order is up to and we enter see the commander and tower for the first time.
The Death of Superman (2018)
I liked this basically as much as the previous attempt at this storyline, not better or worse.
Since this film splits the death and rebirth of Superman into two parts, it manages to spend more time on Superman and Lois' relationship and it feels more fleshed out. In fact most of the characterization is pretty good. Although, I felt the introduction of one character who is being set up for the next film was handled a little awkwardly.
I felt the fight with the destructive alien Doomsday was well-handled since they had more time to focus on it, and we get to see him fight the Justice League. He's definitely violent and looks better than the BvS or previous simplified animated versions being the most faithful to the character's look.
On the other hand, the script could've gone through one more revision. A lot of the dialogue works, but there are a few clunky lines.
I wished this film was stand-alone instead of trying to fit into the current continuity. Though Superman does well interacting with the likes of Batman and the Flash, the team history moments weren't necessary, including an awkwardly executed scene with Cyborg's father and the reminder that Wonder Woman and Superman dated. In the the Aquaman and first Teen Titans movie they'd established Lex Luthor as being a traditional criminal setting up a Legion of Doom, but here they decided to go back to him being the owner of a company, which he was during the original comic, which results in him flimsily being under house arrested. (To be honest we didn't NEED Luthor in this. He was only a supporting player in the original comic story.)
Rainn Wilson might be the weakest Luthor performance I've heard. He doesn't sound clever or a threat, which is too bad because dialogue-wise I think he's one of the best written Luthors.
The animation is choppy. It never quite flows. Also, I'm still not a fan of the animated DC universe's Superman's look what with his pointy cheeks and uber-blue outfit.
The film isn't perfect, but overall I was entertained and I was moved enough by Superman in the end.
Doctor Who: Arachnids in the UK (2018)
Well, I liked it.
I know a lot of people didn't like this, but I had fun. The 13th Doctor has some good lines, and again I'm appreciating her more human touch. The group dynamic remains strong. Liked the supporting characters, Yaz's family and the spider lady. Thought Chris Noth was fun in his Trump-esque parody.