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. 13: Daredevil

New York Bulletin - Daredevil editionRed costume, red costume, red costume.  Did I mention that I REALLY want to see the red costume?  Curse you, DeKnight!  Curse you!  And the worse thing is, I have already partially seen it–Curse you, Internet!  Curse you to Hell!–but I can tell that they don’t do it justice.

I thought that I should mention that Fisk is tough!–as if we didn’t know–the man takes a prolonged tase to the neck and just keeps on  killing.

Though apparently not tough enough because this is the penultimate episode, and in it we witness what looks to me like the start of the fall of Wilson Fisk’s organization, though with Vanessa free I get the feeling that we will be seeing the Kingpin of Crime again soon enough.

Red costumeBy the way, the new costume is AWESOME!  My only issue is the placement of the eyes, which look like they’re situated a bit too low on his face.

Other than that, it’s actually better than the costume in Ben Affleck’s version, which is saying something because that was pretty good.

Daredevil (2015) Ep. 12: The Ones We Leave Behind

Last episode, Melvin Potter went to work designing a costume for the Devil, because he told him that he would save whoever Fisk was threatening to keep him in thrall.

And speaking of Fisk, he’s getting shit from all sides.  Vanessa is poisoned in an attempt to get to him, and Karen Page ends up shooting (and seemingly killing) Wesley.

But to more important matters:  It’s going to happen this episode!  There is no way show runner Steven DeKnight would be so incredibly lame as to reveal the red costume in the last, especially considering that her groundwork has been laid for it for the last three or four episodes prior.

AtlasThis is an interesting little Easter egg.  The sign on the office opposite Nelson & Murdock: Attorneys at Law is Atlas Investments.  The point being that the company that became Marvel Comics was known as Atlas Comics.

Take a look at the Atlas Investments logo, followed by that for Atlas Comics.  It’s pretty damn close.

Atlas Investments logo

Atlas Investments logo

Atlas logo

Atlas Comics logo

And I also get the feeling that I am not going to see that damn red costume till episode 13.  I’ve come this far, so it goes without saying that I am going all the way, though I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t a bit impatient.

That being said.  HOLY CRAP!  Wait till you see the end of this episode.  It’s not the red suit, but it hits just as hard.

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.