The Babadook – Review

The Babadook

“The terror of The Babadook starts innocently, with a children’s book, though it will grow to possess you.”

Every since I saw 2009’s Triangle, I knew that Australia was and up-and-comer as far as interesting and innovative horror goes, though Jennifer Kent‘s The Babadook certifies their arrival.

It’s a pretty impressive movie, because–unlike many of its brethren, domestic or otherwise–it weaves its spell gradually, taking its time to introduce us to its main characters, so that what they feel, be it joy or terror, you do as well.

We soon meet Amelia (Essie Davis), who’s been having a difficult time since the death of her husband.  Her work at a nursing home leaves her numb while her son, Robbie (Noah Wiseman) is an imaginative, rambunctious boy who’s misbehavior has her at wits’ end.

Amelia is doing her damnedest to keep mind and soul together, with very little in the way of support; in some instances due to her son’s behavior.

One day Robbie finds a book, Mister Babadook, that neither he nor his mother was aware of owning.  He finds the book terrifying, though what’s more interesting is that despite this, Amelia continues to read to him.

The book is creepy in and of itself.

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Wolfcop – Review

Wolf cop movie poster

“Here Comes The Fuzz” and There I Go! Far Away!

“If you can make it through the entirely of Wolfcop, you’re a much better person than I am.”

I tried, I really tried but I just couldn’t do it.

What I failed so pointedly to do was to be able to watch Lowell Dean‘s Wolfcop from beginning to end, and tapped out after about 30-40 minutes.

So many things bothered me, like Leo Fatard, who played a sheriff called Lou Garou (Really?  Loup-garou is French for ‘werewolf,” so learning that was his character’s name meant that was a sign of either a very clever, or very lame, movie.

Unfortunately, the occasionally interesting happening didn’t stop if from being the latter.

Where to start?  The first thing I noticed was that Fatard looks like a younger, less lanky, less of a hipster doofus version of Michael Richards.

And it distracted the Hell out of me the entire time.  And if that weren’t bad enough, it lead to a lot of pointless speculations on my part, such as: The producers of Wolfcop had to have had Richards in mind when they cast the movie–or at least noticed Fatard’s strong resemblance. otherwise why hire an actor that looked so much like him?

And that being the case, did they really want Richards in the first place?  And if so, did he prove too expensive, too hoity-toity?

Who knows.

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Daredevil (2015) Ep. 11: The Path of the Righteous

Fisk's ArmorerIn an attempt by an unseen enemy to get to Fisk, Vanessa Marianna (Ayelet Zurer) is injured.

And it’s finally sinking into Murdock’s thick skull that he needs armor.  This is the second episode that mentions it, so–considering that there are only two remaining in the first season–it’s highly likely that he’s either getting it in episode 12 or 13.

Here’s hoping for the former.

We also meet Melvin Potter (Matt Gerald), who actually appeared last episode, though I didn’t realize his significance at the time.  He exists in the Marvel Universe, and is known as Gladiator, though this version appears to be a bit of a savant (he attacked the Devil with a saw blade, which was one of Gladiator’s main weapons, so maybe that was a bit of foreshadowing?).

It’s a nice shout-out to the comic character, though I would have wished that he were more in line with that version.

Daredevil (2015) Ep. 10: Nelson v. Murdock

"What did you expect me to say, Foggy?  Hi, I'm Matt.  I got some chemicals splashed into my eyes as a kid that gave me heightened senses."

“What did you expect me to say, Foggy? Hi, I’m Matt. I got some chemicals splashed into my eyes as a kid that gave me heightened senses?”

Barely escaping Wilson Fisk with his life, the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen is discovered by Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), as is his secret identity as Matt Murdock!

It goes without saying that Foggy is a bit pissed because he believes that everything he knows about Matt–who he’s known since college–is a lie.

While Madame Gao informs Fisk that Nobu’s clan will not forget his death, though they are for the moment distracted.

Sounds like a perfect way to introduce The Hand in later seasons, though Roxxon is name-dropped.

And interestingly enough, a new player enters the game, and they’re powerful enough to threaten Fisk himself!

Daredevil (2015) Ep. 8: Shadows in the Glass

"It's people like this that want to keep you down, keep you afraid."

“It’s people like this that want to keep you down, keep you afraid.”

Shadows in the Glass is a very Wilson Fisk-centered episode, as Wesley (Toby Leonard Moore) thinks Nobu (Peter Shinkoda) is becoming a problem, while Det. Blake (Chris Tardio) is recovering from the gunshot that everyone thinks was done by Daredevil, though was actually initiated by Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio).

Fisk wants Blake killed, and enlists his partner, Det.Hoffman (Daryl Edwards) to do the job.

There’re flashbacks-a-plenty to Fisk’s childhood, that show how he came to be the man that he is.

Though is the man he’s become enough to stand against Madame Gao (Wai Ching Ho), Nobu and Leyland Owlsley (Bob Gunton), who have grown tired of Fisk’s lack of results.

Daredevil is at times a remarkably brutal series–that’s not a criticism.  It fits the subject matter–though Shadow in the Glass is probably the most difficult to watch episode yet, though what’s most fascinating is that you also see the building of Daredevil, and how he would eventually come to be known by that name.

Daredevil (2015) Ep. 7: Stick

"If you'd focus beyond your crybaby feelings..."

“If you’d focus beyond your crybaby feelings…”

This episode we meet Stick (Scott Glenn) in flashback–he’s the man who taught Matt Murdock/Daredevil his formidable fighting skills–and in the modern day.  He’s in New York to attempt to enlist Matt’s aid in stopping Nobu (Peter Shinkoda), the right hand of Madame Gao (Wai Ching Ho) from bringing a mysterious shipment, known only as Black Sky, into the city.

While Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) and Ben Urich (Vondie Curtis-Hall) work together to connect various shell companies and the violence that’s wracking the city to one mysterious source.

Daredevil (2015) Ep. 6: Condemned

Daredevil moving through a tunnelHell’s Kitchen is burning as Fisk works to get the Russians out of the way, while Daredevil tries to save Vladmir Ranskahov (Nikolai Nikolaeff) from Wilson Fisk’s minions in the New York Police Department.

Throughout the world of Daredevil he’s dealing with all sorts of corruption, especially the aforementioned NYPD.  I’d say that this this angle was overused if it weren’t for the recent shooting of Michael Scott by Officer Michael Slager.

At this point, it’s art imitating life.