Monday, December 31, 2018

Justice League 1.08


A face from Wonder Woman's past comes to man's world. She organizes a team of supervillains and proceeds to wreck havoc in a way that shock's her sister. In the end it falls on the women of the Justice League to save the day with a little bit of help from Queen Hippolyta of Themyscira, Diana's mother.

Genesis - In Their Own Words (2007)

I found this on Amazon Prime. It is also available as a DVD. It feels like a half or partially finished project at best. It is made up of concert footage and interviews (some for radio) that were done years before this movie was released. Most of the interviews are with members of the band but a few of them are with music journalists. The project only covers through the the second album that they did as a trio, Duke. It starts with their early days and seems to cover most of their albums through 1980. The aspect ratio of the movie seems off. I'm not sure exactly why. It was distracting.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Luke Cage 2.12

Can't Front on Me

Someone is selling drugs with Bushmaster's name on them. This is similar to what was happening at the opening of the season when someone was selling drugs with Luke's name on them. Luke tails Bushmaster and finds him about to attack a production or distribution warehouse for the drugs. He helps Bushmaster to tear the place apart and fight off the Asian gangsters that are guarding the place.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Duckman 1.01

I, Duckman

Duckman is under attack. Someone is trying to kill him, with explosives. He has a hunch about who it might be but then that person gets bumped off by an explosive package. Duckman watches old home movies hoping to find a clue as to who it might be that wants him dead. The visuals of the old home movies are patterned after other cartoons: Steamboat Willie, Popeye, Yogi Bear, the Simpsons. In the end it turns out to be a case of mistaken identity. The bomber had the wrong guy. The episode ends on a sentimental note as Duckman shares a moment with Ajax, his eldest son.

Iron Man 2 (2010)

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Mickey, Rourke
Directed by Jon Favreau

Tony Stark (Downey Jr.) and company are back for the second Iron Man movie in what eventually became known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tony's solution for his heart problems is starting to fail him. Ivan Vanko (Rourke), a villain whose father was done wrong by Howard Stark (John Slattery), Tony's father, comes looking for revenge. Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. continue to try talking Tony into working with them. Col. James Rhodes (Cheadle), takes one of the suits that Tony has designed and turns it over to US Government.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

UnReal 3.09


Serena spends time in a sweat lodge with each of the three remaining men. Not much happens with Jasper. August strips naked and she follows suit. Owen talks to her about a horrible memory he has from his time in Iraq.

Rachel desperately tries to connect with someone after Dr. Simon questions whether she has any friends or a life outside of her job. Serena suggests that Rachel should come and work for her after the season is over. It sounds very tempting but by the end of the episode Rachel has pulled some tricks that probably sank any chance there was of Serena following through on that offer.

Atypical 2.05

The Egg Is Pipping

Sam wants his own bank account. This arises after he gets into an argument in his support group with another member of the group who teases him because he doesn't have one. Elsa thinks it is a bad idea. Doug supports it and takes Sam to the bank.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Casual 4.06


Alex and Val embark on a trip to see their mother. Laura comes with them even though she is still hung over. They travel in John's car, which he loaned to Val. Along the way things get a little weird. Laura throws up in the car. Alex puts unleaded gasoline in the car, which only takes diesel. They get stranded in a small town at least a hundred miles from home.

Alex keeps seeing a beautiful woman. He wants to commit himself to Rae but the vision of this woman drives him a little nuts. He is distracted by her when he is filling up the car. He spotted her before that in a diner where they stopped for a bite to eat. She is also staying at the motel where they are staying while they wait for John's car to get repaired. Alex runs into her at a bar and freaks out. He blames her. She sprays him with pepper spray.

Justice League 1.07

The Brave and the Bold

Flash and Green Lantern team up to battle Gorilla Grodd. The two heroes are not the best of friends. Flash is very informal and immature. Green Lantern is very serious and disciplined. Flash is constantly angering GL with his quips. Most of the other heroes, with the exception of Superman, show up in the second part of this story but for the most part the spotlight is on Flash and Green Lantern.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Aquaman (2018)

starring Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
directed by James Wan

I enjoyed this movie more than I thought I would. My hopes were not high. I was expecting a train or a shipwreck. In a sense that's what I got but there were some fun moments along the way. I even shed a tear or two at a couple pivotal moments towards the end of the movie. I thought some of the sea creatures were cool but there was a little too much exposition through monologue and dialogue to satisfy my tastes.

Aquaman (Momoa), aka Arthur, leaves the surface world, where he has spent most of his life, and travels to Atlantis to challenge Orm (Wilson), his half-brother. It was Mera (Heard) who convinced him to return to Atlantis. She fails to mention that she is engaged to Orm, who is getting ready to launch at attack on the surface world. Orm proves to be a little more difficult to defeat than Aquaman expected him to be.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Luke Cage 2.11

The Creator

A decent episode. Things continue to build toward the inevitable end which I am fairly certain will include a showdown between Mariah and McIver. The events of this episode are mostly followup on what happened at the end of last episode, the massacre at Gwen's.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

The Phil Silvers Show 1.05


Bilko goes to Chicago to retrieve Nagy, one of his men who has gone absent without leave (AWOL). The plan is to go there and get back within 24 hours but it doesn't work out that way. Nagy's sister is getting married and Bilko winds up staying longer than he had planned

This one opens a bit slow. The opening scene felt like filler and had little to nothing to do with the rest of the episode. Once Bilko gets to Chicago it picks up and has some nice moments, including one (involving a card game) that my father used to tell me about. On the whole I don't love it but I like some of the moments including the ending.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Atypical 2.04

Pants on Fire

Sam needs to write an essay for his college application. His counselor tells him that he needs to work on it. He asks Casey about it and she tells him that he needs to lie a little. He goes Elsa because in his eyes she is the biggest liar he knows. She tries to talk him out of learning how to lie. She isn't successful but he gives up on getting her help and turns to Zahid who proceeds to teach him the Pants on Fire technique of lying.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Casual 4.05

The Last Super Bowl

Leon agrees to host a Super Bowl party. He and Leia still aren't okay. He winds up canceling the party but after talking to Alex he agrees to move the party to his place.

Not much happens with Valerie and John, well nothing monumental. They are a couple. They spend time together in bed, later they go to the Super Bowl party. Even though they are in the episode they seem to be in cruise control or autopilot.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

UnReal 3.08


Quinn tries to enjoy a day away from Everlasting but Chet finds out where she is and comes after her. Fiona tries to shoo him away but she has to leave. At the same time Chet encourages Madison to create some chaos on the set.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Star Trek: Enterprise 3.01

The Xindi

Captain Archer decides to head the Enterprise for a mining colony. He is looking for information about the Xindi. He has heard from another ship that the Enterprise encountered that there is a Xindi working at the mine. Captain Archer and Lieutenant Reed travel to the surface and cut a bargain with the alien who runs the mine.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Luke Cage 2.10

The Main Ingredient

Danny shows at Pop's Barber Shop. He and Luke hang out and then go looking for Bushmaster. They pay a visit to Turk along the way. They find him running an underground shop selling drug paraphernalia. He tells them enough to find one of Bushmaster's grow houses, where he had his people working on growing Nightshade. They beat up his people and then burn it to the ground.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Power of Grayskull (2017)

The Definitive History of the Masters of the Universe

directed by Randall Lobb

This documentary examines the development of the Masters of the Universe toy line and its associated interpretations in comic books, cartoons, and movies. About 2/3 of the movie focuses on the original line of toys, comic books, and cartoons. The focus shifts in the last half hour to focus on the Masters of the Universe movie and the efforts to bring back the toy line, cartoon, and comic books.

The movie starts by focusing on He-Man and his friends but somewhere around the midway point there is a segment about She-Ra. They talk about how and why she and her circle of characters were created and their popularity.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

UnReal 3.07


The show, Everlasting that is, takes center stage for what feels like the first time this season. Serena has to go on a hometown date with one of the guys. Rachel and Quinn want her to pick Owen. She's cool with that but Owen questions her sincerity. Serena takes a moment, thinks about what happened, and then asks Owen again. This time she is more open and honest about what they've been through up to this point. This time Owen says yes and takes her home to Colorado with him.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Luke Cage 2.09

For Pete's Sake

Luke doesn't call Danny. Instead he leads the small group (Mariah, his father, Misty, and D) that just escaped the shootout at Mother's Touch to a building owned by Danny's company. The building is still under construction but mostly complete. Luke gets them in the door and then they hunker down. On second thought, maybe he did contact Danny. How else would he have known the pass code to get in the building? Hmmm...

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Atypical 2.03

Little Dude and the Lion

Sam starts to have problems in school. He gets weirded out in class and runs out. Doug wants him to try a group therapy group for autistic teens. Elsa wants him to try a new therapist. Doug takes him to the group therapy instead of the therapist that Elsa signed him up for. Doug gets kind of familiar with the mother of one of the other teens in the group therapy.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Justice League Unlimited 2.06

Double Date

Huntress gets kicked out of the League by J'onn J'onzz after she attempts to assassinate, Mandragora, a villain who is in federal custody. Huntress, visits the Question before she leaves the Watchtower. She hopes that he can help her locate Mandragora.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Casual 4.04

Dreams Stay With You

Valerie runs into some obstructions on her way to opening a wine shop. John, the owner or manager of the restaurant where Laura works, tries to help out but he is also interested in Valerie. He takes a look at the space which she has started to fix up, for her shop. He points out one problem and then invites her to a social event which will include some important people in the local wine industry. Before going to the event Val gets a notice that her liquor license is being held up.

Leia finds out that she is not pregnant. She has mixed feelings. She admits to Leon that she felt relieved when she found out she wasn't. Leon has a hard time hearing that.

The Phil Silvers Show 1.04

The Horse

Carter, one of Bilko's men, talks him into buying Bell Boy, an injured race horse. Carter convinces Bilko that he knows what's wrong with Bell Boy and can fix it very easily. Bilko sees dollar signs but things don't work out exactly as planned. It takes considerably more effort than they originally anticipated to get the horse what it needs.

This one was fun. I don't think I liked it quite as much as the last one but it still gets a thumb's up from me.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Delirious (1991)

Starring John Candy, Mariel Hemingway, Emma Sams
Directed by Lawrence J. Cohen, Fred Freeman

Jack Gable (Candy) is a writer for a popular soap opera. He gets knocked in the head and wakes up in the world of the soap opera. He discovers that his typewriter is magical. Anything he types happens. The plot gets fairly convoluted beyond that description. I don't feel like going into all the twists and turns.

I thought some of the gags were fun. I liked the weird plot twists. The movie brought some smiles to my face but on the whole I can't see myself recommending it to most people. It is a bit of a hot mess that feels like it was slapped together either by committee or too quickly.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Luke Cage 2.08

If It Ain't Rough, It Ain't Right

Things pick up right where they left off at the end of the last episode. The viewers know everything but it quickly becomes clear that not all of the characters on the show do.