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Sunday, November 5, 2017



Long before the onslaught of superheroes over the past decade, these characters had been making their way onto the small screen through adaptations of comic books as far back as the 1950's. Many of these television shows did not give us lasting substance to hang on to. A few of the good ones became hits ("The Incredible Hulk" and "Batman") and remain part of our pop culture. For example, the 90's classic "Lois and Clark" allowed us to get to know real people and connect with them. 

But unfolding now, the new superheroes have brought us their human side and we can enjoy them even more. They are real people and are sensitive as well as interested in relationships with normal humans.

MARVEL made a deal with Netflix in 2015. Netflix announced at the Television Critics Association summer meeting that it would be rolling out a new Marvel superhero series every six months. The first to be released was 13 episodes of  "Daredevil."


Daredevil is played by Boardwalk Empire's Charlie Cox. The character first appeared on Marvel pages in 1964. After being blinded by a radioactive substance as a child.  Matt Murdock's other senses became enhanced. He takes to the streets at night to serve justice for "Hell's Kitchen" in New York. His day job is being a lawyer with his old college friend, Foggy, played by Elden Henson. Rosario Dawson plays a nurse friend who tries to patch him up after his fighting bouts and is a love interest.

 "Foggy" (photo below)


Vincent D'Onofrio makes a shocking appearance as Wilson Fisk, a bald business man from Hell's Kitchen. He captures the sensitive side of this character who has a very aggressive and bullish personality. I did not recognize him! 

Of course, Daredevil has to be a daredevil and mess with him....well you have to watch the show to see what happens! The first few episodes of Daredevil are slow and show us his world of isolation and darkness with night scenes and displays of his skills as a fighter. Be patient because it pays off to keep watching  and things get rolling. Deborah Ann Woll  (Karen Page) is the blonde secretary for the law office and is a daredevil herself as she tries to get to the bottom of things in Hells Kitchen!


 Jon Bernthal joins the "Daredevil" series as The Punisher. He is one of our favorites from "The Walking Dead." He is perfect for the character. A violent, intense superhero who has lost everything. Matt Murdock and "Foggy" take his case and defend him with Karen helping them. It gets interesting!

"Daredevil" was nominated for 5 Prime Time Emmy's and had 5 wins and 24 nominations.

"LUKE CAGE"  surprised me with an elaborate style of filming. 

A cross between Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee with beautiful set designs and lighting keeping the shots in a surreal comic book style.  It starts out in a barber shop with Luke Cage and his friends. He is sweeping the floor and keeping a low profile. I was immediately drawn in by the colorful setting and natural dialogue. 

The Harlem nightclub where the Kingpin has his office is a set designers perfection with blue and yellow lighting and great music in the background. This first episode maintains this high standard of set design, lighting, music and acting revealing this world to us at a steady pace and sets everything up for a great series! First Class. . .two thumbs up from me.

Luke Cage is played by Mike Colter.  When a sabotaged experiment gives him super strength and unbreakable skin, he is attempts to rebuild his life in Harlem and fight for his city. 

 "IRON FIST" played by Finn Jones is a martial artist and the most foreign of Netflix's heroes, coming from the extradimensional city of K'unLun. Full of superhuman energy and impeccable training Iron Fist is Danny Rand by day and uses his chi to control his own strength and those of others.

This series starts out with Danny returning to New York after being missing for 14 years. There was an airplane crash and only he survived to be raised by monks Kinda like a Cinderella story, Danny has two evil brothers who run the family enterprise and don't believe this barefoot street person is their brother! Met by rejection and snobs Danny hangs out in the park and keeps trying to connect with his old life as a child. I was impressed by Finn Jones acting and the way the story and awesome acting and writing kept me watching. It was dramatic and I was concerned when he was admitted to a mental institution because the brothers thought he wanted their business empire and their money. Just when I was getting depressed, the story takes a turn toward the end of the second episode and things start looking up. . .thank goodness! No spoilers! Go watch this one. 

  "JESSICA JONES" is played by Krysten Ritter of Breaking Bad.  Like Daredevil, Jessica became superhuman as the result of a childhood mishap; having been exposed to chemicals in a car accident, she gained extraordinary strength and near invincibility, as well as the ability to fly.

Jones has a fairly uneventful superhero career until she intervenes in a disturbance at a restaurant involving Zebediah Killgrave, the Purple Man, played by David Tennant. He uses his power of mind control to place Jones under his command, psychologically torturing her and forcing her to aid his criminal schemes. David Tennant gives an impressive performance acting as Killgrave!

She has given up her life as a super hero saving the world and has become a private investigator.


Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist join forces to take on common enemies as a sinister conspiracy threatens New York City as their paths cross in the series called "The Defenders." 

As you will notice on Netflix, there are other superheroes who have series. Some of these series, such as Flash, were canceled and some of the others are still streaming. I just decided to share the Defender heroes with you because they are a hit with me and I feel they are top notch quality!   Nelda

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017



spook - EEEEE!

  sometimes it's fun to be scared. . .

following are some of my favorite scares. . .

"The Mist" (2007) Director: Frank Darabont  Writers: Darabont and Stephen King  

A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives as the fog and creepy things settle in! A good interpretation of Stephen King. A great cast! Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden

"Children of the Corn" (1984) Director: Fritz Kiersch; Writers:  Stephen King and George Goldsmith; Starring: Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, R.G. Armstrong

Peter Horton and Linda Hamilton play a young couple who get trapped in a remote town where a cult of children who believe everyone over the age of 18 must be killed. The couple are driving around and around on these country roads as someone is changing the direction signs? They end up getting lost and they are running out of gas. The incidents that happen draw them into a group of killer kids. Great late night flick with the laid back atmosphere of a spook- EEEEE adventure.

REMEMBER "The Cable Guy" (1996) Directed by: Ben Stiller  Starring Jim Carrey, Matthew Broderick, Leslie Mann, Jack Black

A lonely and disturbed cable guy who was raised on television just wants a new friend, but his target, a designer (Matthew Broderick) rejects him, with bad consequences.  Jim Carrey took this character to another level! The critics did not like this film. They were used to Carrey being the happy-go-lucky dumb guy in his other films. It had an initial short-term negative affect on his career. However "The Cable Guy" was a great financial success worldwide grossing $102 million worldwide! 

 CHUCKY MOVIES -Chucky is the antagonist of the Child's Play horror film series.  Chucky is a doll inhabited by a notorious serial killer. He constantly tries to transfer his soul from the doll to a human body.  The character has become one of the most recognizable horror icons often mentioned alongside Freddy Krueger. In 1999, the Chucky character was nominated for the MTV award for Best Villian for the film "Bride of Chucky." He was created by writer-director Tom Holland and is portrayed and voiced by Brad Dourif in both live-action and voice-over. The Chucky films are now available from Universal in a complete 7-movie Collection Blue-Ray. You might also find these streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon or other live streams. Look for:  "Curse of Chucky"; "Seed of Chucky"; "Bride of Chucky"; Cult of Chucky" 


"IT" (2017)  Released Sept. 2017 - In theaters Now!  Directed by: Andy Muschietti  Starring: Bill Skarsgard, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard 

A group of bullied kids band together when a demon, taking the appearance of a clown, begins hunting children.  This demon emerges from the sewer every 27 years to prey on the town's children. If you are not scared of clowns, watch this movie and you will be!


"Creep Show" (1982) An anthology which tells five terrifying tales based on the E.C. and D.C. horror comic books of the 1950's. Director:  George A. Romero Writer:  Stephen King (screen play)

Starring:  Hal Holbrook, Leslie Nielsen, Adrienne Barbeau, Ted Danson, Fritz Weaver, E.G. Marshall and Stephen King as his first film acting debut

The five stories are "Father's Day" "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill" "Something to Tide You Over" "The Crate"  "They're creeping up on you."

The film was shot in Pittsburg and Monroeville, a suburb of Pittsburg where Romero leased an old boys academy (Penn Hall) to build extensive sets for the film. This fill earned $21,028,755 in the US.


"THE DEAD ZONE" (1983) Director:  David Cronenburg  Starring:  Christopher Walken, Brook Adams, Tom Skerritt, Martin Sheen, Herbert Lom

Christopher Walken gives one of his best performances as Johnny Smith, a school teacher who gains the ability to touch someone and see their future as a result of a car accident indused coma.  This ability leads him to a senatorial candidate, Martin Sheen (who will be elected president and blow the whole world up.) 


 There are many types of horror movies and monsters such as ghosts, aliens, vampires, zombies, psycho humans and the list goes on. Sometimes these genres cross over and a film could be listed for example as (horror-science fiction-alien invasion) or a (horror-dark comedy) film. 

 Since these monsters and aliens are included in several genres, I have added a few links you might find interesting:

Dark Comedy

Walkers, Zombies, Z's

Alien Movies 

Science Fiction 


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1.  HALLOWEEN (1978) Director:  John Carpenter

2.  Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) Director: ToBe Hooper

3.  A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) Director:  Wes Craven

4.  Friday the 13th (1980) Shawn S. Cunningham

5.  Night of the Living Dead (1968) Director:  George A Romero

6.  Scream (1996) Director:  Wes Craven

7.  An American Werewolf in London (1981) Director:  John Landis

8.  The Exorcist (1973) Director:  William Friedkin 

9.  The Evil Dead (1981) Director:  San Raimi

10. Psycho (1960) Director:  Alfred Hitchcock













Monday, October 9, 2017

Alien Movies

  Do you believe in Aliens?  Some individuals claim they have been abducted by them. Do you believe them? Would you be friendly to them? Do you perceive them as being mean? The following writers and directors take us on a journey into worlds unknown and use their skill to spark our imagination and materialize our dreams.

K-PAX (2001)

Directed by: Ian Softley (2001) Starring:  Kevin Spacey, Jeff Bridges, Mary McCormack

Writers:  Gene Brewer (novel) Charles Leavitt (screenplay)

Prot (Kevin Spacey) believes that he is from another planet called K-PAX.  He has all the credentials and is very convincing! Tested by the scientists, he has all the right answers that only a genius would know. Jeff Bridges, who plays his doctor, tries to help him connect with Earth; so to speak. I was drawn in immediately and was totally entertained by this Alien - or is he?  This film is a drama rated PG-13 (streaming on Netflix)


"Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977) Director: Steven Spielberg

 Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr, Bob Balaban, Cary Guffey and Francois Truffaut.  It tells the story of Roy Neary, an everyday blue-collar worker in Indiana, whose life changes after an encounter with unidentified flying object (UFO.) Roger Ebert gave this movie 4 stars and the updated version by Spielberg 4 stars. This year was the 40th anniversary for this film and a special anniversary edition was released.



"PAUL" (2011) Director:  Greg Mottola; Writers:  Simon Pegg, Nick Frost; Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen (as voice of Paul), Mia Stallard -  This movie is rated R because of some of the language and conversations.

Two British comic book geeks traveling across the U.S. specifically Area 51 pick up a hitchhiker named Paul.  A true to life Alien joins them on their roadtrip! This little guy makes the road trip an adventure to remember! He has an attitude and enjoys being one of the guys. I was so impressed by Paul that I made one for our vendor shows (see green alien below.) Customers loved taking their photo with Paul. Note:  I have never seen a Simon Pegg movie that I did not like.  Check out "Shaun of the Dead" (streaming on Showtime) and "Hot Fuzz" (streaming on Netflix.) These two also starred in another science fiction movie "The World's End."











"The Thing" (1982) directed by: John Carpenter

In remote Antarctica, a group of American research scientists are disturbed by a helicopter shooting at a sled dog. When they take in the dog, it brutally attacks both humans and canines in the camp. They discover that the dog can take take the shape of its victims. Kurt Russell and Richard Dysart lead the camp crew in a desperate battle against the vicious creature before it picks them off, one by one. Note:  This movie was not a hit; but over the last 30 years has become a respected classic. It is on every science fiction list that I come across. This remake remains faithful to the original film.  The last time I looked, it is streaming on Netflix.  




Director:  James Gunn  (2006) Starring: Nathan Fillian, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Rooker.

a small town is taken over by an alien parasite that turns residents into zombies and all forms of mutant monsters or giant blobs of gunk or hordes of alien slugs. This film is entertaining and utterly disgusting!   (Rated "R")

"Slither is old-school gooey, slimy, silly B-movie fun," Claudia Puig, USA Today 



"Men in Black"  (1987) Director:  Barry Sonnenfeld  

Who says fighting aliens can't be fun?   When a giant cockroach from another world arrives on Earth and threatens the entire planet, it's up to agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) and a new recruit Agent J (Will Smith) to stop him.  Vincent D'Onofrio gives a bizarre performance in the film. "Men in Black" was a huge hit spawning a cartoon TV show, a sequel in 2002 and a third film in 2012. 

"This is a snappy, clever, often funny motion picture that provides the perfect blend of science fiction style action with comic dialogue."  James Berardinelli, Reel Views




"The Blob" (1958) Directors: Irvin Yeaworth and Russell S Doughten  Starring: Steve McQueen, Aneta Corseaut

A drive-in favorite, this science fiction classic follows teenagers Steve McQueen and his girl (Aneta Corseaut) as they try to protect their hometown from a gelatin alien that engulfs. This film helped launch the careers of McQueen and composer Burt Bacharach, whose title song is just on the film's nice surprises.

"The Blob is yet another terrific 1950's Sci Fi monster flick that is among the best in the genre.  This is a genre classic that is a memorable and fun film to watch."  Rotten Tomatoes  




Did you know Tom Cruise was in an alien sci-fy?

"War of the Worlds" (2005) Directed by:  Steven Spielberg  Starring: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Justin Chatwin  and Miranda Otto

Tom Cruise is a dock worker who tries to build a positive relationship with his children when his ex-wife drops them off. 

"The War of the Worlds" is a science fiction novel by H.G. Wells written around 1898. This novel spawned a half dozen feature films, radio dramas, a record album, comic books, and a television series.


 "Dr. Who" is a world of aliens. We all have our favorite Dr. Who as he regenerates into a new body instead of dying when his time is up. Over 36 seasons there have been many of them.  Matt Smith is one of my favorites. Dr. Who, a time traveling alien, travels through time and space in a blue tardis. He is probably the most famous Alien of all time.

This is the most non-lazy space show I have sever seen. It is worth taking the time to get to know the Dr. Who world. 

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 Here are some more great films:

1. "Predator" (1987) Directed by: John Carpenter  Starring Arnold Schwarzeneggar   Action-Alien-Science Fiction

2."The Faculty" (1998)  Directed by:  Robert Rodriguez  teen movie-science fiction-horror

3. "Dreamcatcher" (2003) Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan   starring:  Morgan Freeman, Timothy Olyphant   

4. "Independence Day" (1996) Directed by: Roland Emmerich starring:  Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell     Alien invasion-action

5. "Sphere" (1998) Directed by Barry Levinson; Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, Samuel L Jackson  Adventure-Alien Invasion-Science Fiction

6. "Village of the Damned" (1960) British film - Directed by: John Carpenter Starring:  Christopher Reeve, Kirstie Alley, Linda Kozlowski 

7."Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (1978) Directed by:  Philip Kaufman  Starring: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Veronica Cartwright, Jeff Goldblum  Sci-fy-Horror-Thriller-Alien Invasion

8. "Cowboy & Aliens" (2011) Directed by:  Jon Favreau  Starring: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde   Action-Alien invasion-based on comics










Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Comics in Film

What is the definition of a comic book?

A comic book or comic is a publication that consists of comic art
in the form of sequential juxtaposed panels that represent individual scenes. The dialog is contained in word balloons emblematic of the comics art form. 
Comics has some origins in the 18th century Japan and 1830's Europe and were first popular in the United States during the 1930's. 

Comic film has a vast world of followers and has flooded our movie screens. I will talk about a few of my favorites in this blog. 

 "Superman" (1978) with Christoper Reeve 
was the first modern comic book movie adaption. A ground-breaker! Great acting and will always be a favorite.
Director:  Richard Donner and actors Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder along with Christopher Reeve 

"Spider-Man" (2002) Tobey Maguire starred in "Spider-Man", Director: Sam Raimi. . .based on the popular Marvel comics superhero. The film was a major success and made him into a star.  He reprised the role in the sequels "Spider-Man II" (2004) and "Spider-Man III" (2007), and has also provided the voice of spider man for the video game adaptations of the films. All three movies went on to part of the highest-grossing movies each year. One of my favorites! I think Tobey is the perfect Spider Man!


 "Batman" (1989) Director: Tim Burton. Stars; Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger. This artsy film gave Jack Nicholson the chance to be an awesome Joker! He added his own twist with sounds and laughter from another world. Michael Keaton and the rest of the cast did a sensational job putting this story over the top! Thumbs up to Tim Burton!  


"Comi-Con" conventions originally showcased comic books and science fiction related film. But the menu has broadened to include horror, animation, anime, manga, toys, collectible card games, video games, web comics and graphic novels. Here are a few familiar faces who were at this years convention in August at Palm Springs, CA.

          Max Charles, Richard Sammel, Kevin Durand, Corey Stoll, David Bradley



                  Chris Hardwick and Lydia Hearst

                             Yvette Nicole Brown  (a favorite Talking Dead guest)

                                                             Stan Lee

Stan Lee also attended the Comi-Con in Palm Springs. . . an American comic -book writer, editor, and publisher, who was formerly executive vice president and publisher of Marvel Comics. He created Spider-Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Daredevil, Thor, the X-Men, and many other characters.

On July16, 2017, Lee (born December 28, 1922 in New York City) was named a Disney Legend, a hall of fame program that recognizes individuals who have made an extraordinary and integral contribution the The Walt Disney Company.  


 Okay, I can't leave out (as a favorite) Iron Man (2008) a Marvel/Paramount film. Directed by: Jon Favreau, Starring Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Bridges and Gwyneth Paltrow     

Favreau took risks by changing the looks of the characters and filmed this in a way so it appealed to   all readers whether new to comics or experienced comic book readers. He also appealed to the Science Fiction crowd and every age of viewers.





"The Avengers" (2012) I have to add to my favorites. Directed by Joss Whedon.  Stars Robert Downey Jr. Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner. This film has many characters and elements to blend together and Joss does a seamless job of co-ordinating all of this.


  Have you seen Dr. Strange?

From Marvel studies comes "Dr. Strange," (2016) Directed by Scott Derrickson;  the story of world- famous neuro surgeon, Dr. Stephen Strange, whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him the use of his hands.

starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejio, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton

I recommend Dr. Strange; which last time I checked is streaming on NetFlix. Special effects are pushed to the limit and the story and acting are top notch!

  "Wonder Woman", and now "Spider-Man: Homecoming" plus "Logan" getting our attention this year, 2017 is shaping up to be one of the greatest superhero movie years of all sure and pay attention this fall to the comic book movie line-ups!


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