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Thursday, November 30, 2017

#Critics Cinema

#Critics Cinema


Astro City #49

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 12:00 PM PST


Astro City #49 takes a look at the unusual hero Registor as shown through the eyes of a reporter who catches the wiff (literally) of a story with ties to her childhood when she witnesses the hero appear to stop an attack by Earthpride white supremacists during a protest. With ties to old school civil disobedience, civil rights protests and rallies, I'd be curious to know the origins of this story which tie our protagonist's current search back to her missing father.

There are several layers here. We have the reporter searching for the truth, a daughter looking for her father, a woman realizing how her father's abandonment of her is mirrored in her relationship to her husband, and the (highly-speculative) origins of one of the more unusual heroes in Astro City who manifests through different hosts to protect and defend those in danger. While I think ultimately that might be a bit too much to tackle and fully develop in a single issue, writer Kurt Busiek and artist Brent Anderson definitely provide an intriguing story that leaves the reader something to think about. Worth a look.

[Vertigo, $3.99]

The Librarians - The Complete Third Season

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 09:00 AM PST

The Third Season brought new challenges for the Librarians in the form of D.O.S.A. (the Department of Statistical Anomalies, a secret Unites States Government organization tasked with dealing with similar phenomena and who view the Librarians as potential threats) and Apep, the Egyptian God of Chaos, attempting to release Pure Evil on the world.

Highlights from the season include Stone (Christian Kane) and Cassandra (Lindy Booth) stumbling on a lodge full of Norse Frost Giants, Eve (Rebecca Romijn) targeted for death by the unstoppable Reaper, a mystical carnival run by Sean Astin, the search for the Eye of Ra inside the Bermuda Triangle, the discovery of a vampire retreat, and the return of Jane Curtin as the Librarians head to Shangri-La in the penultimate episode of the season.

All 10 episodes are collected on DVD and include commentaries and VLOG for every episode featuring cast and crew.

[Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, $30.99]

Doomsday Clock #1

Posted: 30 Nov 2017 06:00 AM PST


DC Comics' next big event begins here. Born out the the Rebirth reboot, which introduced that idea that Dr. Manhattan was responsible for the shitstorm that was The New 52, Doomsday Clock #1 returns us to the world of Watchmen. Despite his plan initially succeeding, Ozymandias has seen the truth exposed by the Rorschach journal and his world fall back into chaos.

The first issue of the twelve-issue maxi-series re-introduces us to the world of Watchmen along with a new, but apparently no less disturbed, Rorschach. After freeing the Mime and the Marionette, Rorschach and Ozymandias will begin their search for Dr. Manhattan who is now their last hope to save their world. However, he's been busy playing in a different reality.

Honestly, I had little interest in this series going in, but the first issue is a strong set-up and I am now a little curious to see how events may unfold. I am surprised that almost the entirety of the issue takes place in the Watchmen reality, and I wonder just how Ozymandias and company plan on getting to the DCU. Worth a look.

[DC, $4.99]

A Ghost Story

Posted: 29 Nov 2017 12:00 PM PST

Writer/director David Lowery offers up an unusual ghost story focused on loss and longing. We open with Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara as a loving couple never referred to by name. After tragedy strikes, he returns from the grave in the form of a traditional ghost (complete with a white sheet from the morgue and two black eye-holes). Silent and unseen, our ghost watches life move on without him as he can only occasionally have minimal effect on his environment.

The film is mostly silent, other than for a few flashback scenes where the actors attempt to out-mumble each other and later dialogue by other occupants of the house. We never get a sense of just how much the ghost knows or understands. He is searching for something, but how much of his life does he remember? Is it a feeling? A distinct memory? Or more? Presented from the ghost's point-of-view, A Ghost Story is far more than a traditional haunted house tale. That alone makes it worth a look, although I can see it annoying some viewers.

[Lionsgate, Blu-ray $24.99 / DVD $12.96]