Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman teaser poster

I’ll admit it. I wasn’t impressed with the casting of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. All I’d seen her in was the “Fast and Furious” movies, and she wasn’t more than eye candy.

One could argue that’s all women do in those movies, but that’s a hollow argument. Look at the meaty role Michelle Rodriguez forced her way into. And why would the likes of Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron want to dive into the series if the women parts were flat?

No, Gadot didn’t seem credible for a part as important culturally as Wonder Woman.

Important, you ask?

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Celebrate the 4th with the “Captain America: Winter Soldier” comic

In honor of the celebration of America’s independence from the United Kingdom, I’m reviewing a tale about America’s favorite Marvel comic book patriot, Captain America.

In 2005, writer Ed Brubaker and artist Steve Epting relaunched the “Captain America” series with a story arc called “Out of Time.” This was a prelude to the following arc, the one that would ultimately rock the Captain’s history to its core and gives us one of the best Marvel Cinematic Universe movies.

That story arc was the “The Winter Soldier.”

AUTHOR NOTE: Article originally posted on the old “Shadowdance” blog back in 2013. Continue Reading →

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Prep for “The Purge: Election Year” with a look at “Anarchy”

With “The Purge: Election Year” out this weekend, I felt it appropriate to take a look back at my review for the first “Purge” sequel, “The Purge: Anarchy.” It feels particularly appropriate in an age of Donald Drumpf, the rise of income inequality and Brexit.

Though I hear Jon Bernthal did well as the Punisher in the Netflix “Daredevil” series, I still wish Frank Grillo wore the skull. He was great as Crossbones, but truly a waste of his grit. Continue Reading →

A Reason to Live Progress Update

Going over the edits to “A Reason to Live,” the short story prequel to “By Virtue Fall.” You’ll meet some familiar faces, as well as some new ones who’ll play major roles in future “Shadowdance” Saga songs and variations. Looking to have the story posted for free on the “Shadowdance” saga webpage for the July 4th weekend!
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Netflix comings and goings for July

It’s the time of month again where you have to go down your Netflix list and see if you’re losing something due to Netflix contract expirations.  Here’s a handy list from Digital Trends that’ll help. It also tells you what to look forward to viewing next month.

Big wins are “Big Trouble in Little China,” The “Back to the Future” Trilogy; the two good “Beverly Hills Cop” movies, just in time for talks on a fourth (?). We’re also getting “Blade 2” by Guillermo Del Toro and the pre-Marvel Cinematic Universe example of how a non-Batman/ Superman/ Spider-Man/ X-Men character can rock their own movie.

And then there’s “Catwoman.”

We’re also getting the entire “Lethal Weapon” franchise, so you can see what worked compared to the upcoming TV series starring Damon Wayans as Murtaugh.

Bad news for “Star Trek” and “Firefly” fans. All the “ST” movies are gone, as is “Serenity,” the movie of the “Firefly” series. At least you’ve got until July 16th for that.

Fans of director Stanley Kubrick are losing “A Clockwork Orange” and “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Then again, if you’re a true Kubrickian, you already own those on blu-ray.

If you get the chance, catch “Bulworth,” Warren Beatty’s satire in which he plays a blowhard politically incorrect politician — pretty damned relevant in the era of Drumpf.

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For help in ordering your Netflix “My List,” check out my post. Continue Reading →