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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Sources For Daredevil’s (2015) New Suit

Daredevil (comics)

Daredevil’s original costume

I have learned reading various blogs that most people love Netflix’s interpretation of Daredevil, though they aren’t too crazy about the fact that his suit isn’t closer to the one that appears in the comics.

And that’s perfectly valid, though think about it for a moment:  If the Netflix series was aiming for anything, it was realism.  Sure, a heightened realism, but realism nonetheless.

And that being the case, there’s no way that he would be wearing such a thin–you can literally see every muscle on his body–suit.

Why not?  Body armor.  There’s no way that you could include effective body armor in a suit so thin.  Even it if were composed of kevlar, it’s thinness would limit its effectiveness.

In numerous episodes Matt Murdock mentions that he’s going to need body armor–and considering the way he fights it makes sense!–but seeing that the series is aiming for a more realistic tone, there’s no way that he would go with his traditional costume from the comics.

Daredevil from Daredevil 321 (Fall From Grace)

This is also Daredevil, his blue suit from the Fall From Grace storyline (Daredevil No. 321).  It’s didn’t go over too well with his fans, and was quickly retired.

The thing is, it’s on the right track and makes a little more sense than his traditional red costume–it at least provides something in the way of armor.

But, like most armor drawn in comics, it’s not exactly practical (there’s nothing to absorb impact beyond the armor itself), which means that any force will be transferred to the wearer.

Daredevil Netflix

Daredevil (2015) – Netflix

If you look at his costume from the Netflix series it takes design features from both the red and blue suits, though thematically I would argue that it’s closer to the blue costume in that it tries to approach the character from a more realistic angle, which means that there’s going to be signfincantly more padding than most fans of the character are accustomed to.

But if you ask me, what is most important is that the makers of the series remain faithful to the way the character looks, will treating the costume with more logic.

And I think that they did really well.

Daredevil Hallway Fight Scene

When I saw the Daredevil hallway fight scene–from the Netflix series not the 2003 movie–I was amazed at how fluid the action was, though once I got over my shock, I realized that I have seen it, in a sense, before.

Here’s the fight scene from Oldboy, which also takes place in a corridor.   The Daredevil scene is in tighter confides, so appears more intimate, and there are less individuals involved, but it has the same visceral feel as the scene from Park Chan-wook‘s movie.

Daredevil Opening Credit Sequence

At this point you’d probably think that I’ve had a enough of Marvel’s Daredevil after my marathon session ended sometime around midnight yesterday.

Well, you’d be wrong!  I’ve already started re-watching it, though this time I think I’l do so in a slightly more leisurely fashion, with an emphasis on tracking down any Easter eggs that I haven’t already seen.

Here’s the opening credit sequence for the series.  By the way, have you noticed that television shows these days seem to be neglecting opening sequences?

I am glad that Netflix is bringing it back.

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. 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.