This is a classic book on which opinions have already been formed. The moments that are slow are almost slow enough to set the book down permanently, saved by the knowledge that in a few pages you’ll get back to the story proper. But that proper story is such an awesome trip that’s it’s worth those stops.
People jump around and on things, and it is not unexciting.
Gotham Central – a police procedural with a great huge cast and a background of superheroes, giving us, as human readers, a place in the big world of Superman and Batman. It stumbled to find its direction at first but would have a good solid 30 issues of amazing crime / noir with a great twist of the fantastic.
Attempting to straddle many aspects of film in one is not new to Chan’s film history, but here all those aspects – drama, comedy, romance, martial arts, action – don’t hit any real high notes, keeping it a mixed-up, mundane affair.
Old folks who don’t read comics might find it interesting.
Well, you watched the film. Let’s say that you enjoyed it. Then you’re probably looking forward to watching it again, to reap the rewards of repeated, detail-soaked viewings. To your rescue, then, in the limbo before a blu ray, is the Cabin in the Woods Visual Companion, an over-sized collection of production photos, interviews, and the screenplay. Is it worth the price of admission? Well, I read it cover to cover, including the screenplay. It slaked my thirst. Will it remain on my shelf once I have a physical copy of the movie? Probably not.
But Avengers is such an awesome triumph of intent and is so impressively balanced with its big screen personas that it deserves some extra notice. It helps that it’s also a pretty fun movie.
Dark Shadows plays like a less clever older brother, thematically, to Edward Scissorhands. You can feel Burton reconnecting with something in select moments of the movie, especially the intro, but the lack of definition to what follows drags the film down into industry-line fare, well made and well acted but not much more than a temporary distraction.
“Spider” packs a perfect punch to make you eager for more.
If you’re not used to the self-narrative-thought-bubble style of 60s and 70s comics, you won’t enjoy these wacky sci-fi tales, but they are a surprisingly timely find and show off Conway’s ability to straddle the dialogue line between cheeky and serious.