April 2015 Blind Spot – 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Have to share this excellent review on one of my favorite films ever!

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2001_bannerAs far as film blind spot goes, this is perhaps one of the most glaring for me given its iconic status. Well, better late than never right? Forty seven years after its release, I finally get what the fuss is about. Now, I’m not saying I *get* the movie, mind you. In fact, it’s the kind of movie that is fun to read about afterwards. According to IMDb trivia, the film apparently prompted a large number of people to walk out from its premiere, including star Rock Hudson who said “Will someone tell me what the hell this is about?” Ahah, I can totally relate. Per IMDb, the film’s co-screenwriter Arthur C. Clarke once said, “If you understand ‘2001’ completely, we failed. We wanted to raise far more questions than we answered.” So I guess I don’t have to feel bad that the movie left me scratching my head.

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Daredevil Vol. 1 Review (Brian Michael Bendis-Alex Maleev)

  

Collects Daredevil #16-19 & #26-40

I don’t have a load of experience reading Daredevil. I read a few stories around when the movie came out in 2003, but that pretty much was he extent of my familiarity. Surprisingly enough, I became attached to the character of Elektra but still, not totally informed of Hornhead’s adventures.

With the recent release of the Netflix series (which is awesome by the way) coupled with sales on the Marvel Comics digital app, I purchased this collection to read alongside my viewing. 

This was a fantastic collection of stories that focus not to much on Matt Murdock’s adventures as Daredevil, but Matt’s identity as Daredevil. 

The first arc covers reporter Ben Urich’s attempts to get a story out about a little boy who may or may not know about the disappearance of his father, a supervillian. I found this to be a very compelling story as Urich is doing everything in his power to get this story out against all odds. I now see why he is considered a major supporting character. He is as old school as they come. He just wants to report a story.

The bulk of the collection covers the fallout of a federal agent who discloses that Matt is Daredevil. His hand his forced and he must keep his appearances limited while dealing with the fallout. In the meantime he has to defend a costumed hero accused of murder. The last few issues in this volume make for great court drama that I hope we get to see more of in the series.

It was great to see Matt caught between a rock and a hard place, as well as seeing some of those close to him try to guide him through this period, Foggy, Black Widow, Elektra. Interesting how Matt has such support even though he feel he may not.

The writing and artwork are spot on. Bendis and Maleev and Daredevil honestly were a perfect mixture. There is such realism to New York that reminds me in ways of Chrisopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy as opposed to say a Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man.

Upon completion I would whole heartedly recommend this collection to comic readers and new Daredevil fans once they become familiar with the characters in his world.

The One, The Leader and The Law

The Den grows with more Funko Pops!

First up is Neo of the Matrix or Mr. Anderson if you ask Agent Smith

  
Next is the leader of the X-Men, Scott Summers better known as Cyclops

  
Lastly, you better stop or there will be trouble. Officer Murphy or Robocop will take you dead or alive. 

 

Beauty and Death 

I recently purchased a Bishoujo statue of Elektra. After reading many stories featuring her, I think I can say she is my favorite Marvel character. Her quest and wavering morals make her an intriguing character to follow. This statue has great coloring and I love the pose and detail of the costume.

  The Elektra Saga is a 4 part reprinting of Elektra’s first appearance in Daredevil. Her origins are explained and her connection to Matt Murdock is written and drawn so well by Frank Miller
  Elektra #1 from 1996 is the 1st monthly series featuring Elektra. I have only read a couple of issues so far in this series but it seems to be more action focused. Hopefully some character development can come about in later issues. This is certainly an 1990s era comic in artwork at the very least
  Elektra #1 from 2001. The second monthly series lasted 35 issues. I read every issues and loved it. As the series went on you discover a few nuggets of Elektra’s character and more about the lines she may or may not cross.
  Ultimate Elektra is the sequel to Ultimate Daredevil & Elektra. This miniseries had more of a crime element to it.
  Elektra #1 from 2014. This series just wrapped up with 11 issues. Here we follow Elektra in the actual world of assassins and we get to see her more on her own. Not as Daredevil’s girlfriend or Bullseye’s victim.
   
 

Netflix Streaming Alert / Latest Additions for Late March and April, 2015

From Vic’s Movie Den, the newest streaming alerts for April. And by the way no matter what your interests are, if you like superheroes, comics or crime drama, or even just good character drama you owe it to yourself to check out Marvel’s Daredevil!

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Hey Gang! Vic here with some new titles that are available to stream on Netflix.

Most titles are in High Definition which will require an HDTV and High Speed Internet.

You can also stream on Laptops, Apple TV, Western Digital Media Players, Roku boxes and of course, IOS and Android devices with the appropriate apps.

Hope you all find some titles you many want to check out. Enjoy the trailers!

-Vic

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Vic’s Spotlight of the Month:

Marvel’s “Daredevil”

Season One / 13 Episodes

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Crank

The Code

Starry Eyes

Unbreakable

The November Man

The Quiet Ones

The Big Lebowski

Preservation

The World Made Straight

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Atari: Game Over

The Punisher

Bloodline

Life Itself

Turn

Cujo

Godzilla

Mommie Dearest

Snake Eyes

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Underworld

American Psycho

Braveheart

Three Kings

Space Cowboys

Thanks for checking in, everyone. Hope you enjoyed the Trailers.

Happy Streaming!

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Mad Scientists, madmen, mutants and Spacemen

It’s that time again. New additions to the Pop Vinyl collection. 

First up is Back to the Future part II. I already had Marty McFly, and here we have the creator of the DeLorean time machine, Dr. Emmett L. Brown

  

The mysterious mutant Mystique, from Marvel’s X-Men

  

Crowley has joined the Supernatural crew with Sam and Dean Winchester

  

Let us never forget to Live Long and Prosper, as Mr. Spock reminds us. 

 

Don’t have this man over for dinner. Or else you will be dinner. Hannibal Lecter of Silance of the Lambs. 

 

 There are no strings on him. Getting ready for his big screen debut is Ultron from Avengers: Age of Ultron

  

My first time going Fast and Furious

 

I will admit to everyone, while I love action movies, The Fast and the Furious series never caught on with me. The racing aspect is one I never particularly cared for. I saw the first movie on when it was released on DVD and didn’t even see the second until about 2 years ago. My family actually owns all of the series on DVD or Blu-Ray, but as the newer films came out, I just never got around to seeing them. With the recent release of Furious 7 marking the final film appearance of series star Paul Walker who was killed in a car crash back in 2013, I decided to at last binge and catch up with the series. It took me a week and I watch both the fifth and sixth installments back to back, then got up went to the theaters at 11:30am on Good Friday to see Furious 7. 

 Now that I have seen all 7, allow me to present my rankings of the series. No worries about spoilers, I’ll try to keep things brief. This is from least to most favorite.


7. 2 Fast 2 Furious

  Other than Brian O’ Connor returning and introducing us to the characters of Roman and Tej, this is just a standard sun-soaked movie that involves federal agencies and drug lords. Fast cars and nothing really special stands out.

6. Fast and Furious 

 The 4th film brings back most the original cast of the first, but it’s just a very grim and dour affair. It’s just a bore with the main focus being a revenge story. It also has dark cinematography throughout most of it. Probably not a good example of the “dark and gritty” trend.

5. The Fast and The Furious 

 The first film in the series is not a bad movie at all. It’s just pretty dated. We have good introductions to the characters who will be with us during this ride and the racing scenes are top notch.

4. Furious 7 

 The most recent movie, (and first I actually saw in theaters) is funny with great action set pieces and gives Paul Walker’s character a proper send off. That being said it is about 15 minutes too long, with most of that being part of the climatic action scene. Still pretty fun.

3. Fast and Furious 6 

 

This one ups the action from its predecessor Fast Five and sets up the threads that we will see in Furious 7. Our core cast of characters returns and continue to shine in their roles. Like 7 it’s a tad longer than need be.

2. The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift

  

The third film is probably my favorite. It’s a fish out of water story which sees a young man sent to Japan to live with his father after getting his last strike in the U.S. It’s a new world for him and us as viewers. It actually was refreshing to see a character not be an automatic wiz at racing and as he grows as a person, his racing skills grow as well. This is the most character driven film of the series.

1. Fast Five

  

Here is where the series reboots itself internally from a racing series to an action series. Fast Five’s plot involves our crew planning and executing a heist for $100 Million. It balances the seriousness of the fourth film with the lighter elements of others. This is a boatload of fun. Plus we are introduced to Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs who is just a really cool character in the series.

There you have it. This is how I rank the Fast and the Furious franchise having seen them all now. It’s a good series. It’s not my favorite series ever, but it is fun and I am glad that I finally was able to catch up with the story.