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Return to Batman: The Brave & The Bold

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Return to Batman: The Brave & The Bold

While nothing can ever touch Batman: the Animated Series, this is a legitimate version of Batman and lots of fun. There are often nods of and echoes to Batman's lighter side, such as the Batman camp TV series from 1966 (and some of sillier Batman & Detective Comics from 1950's and 60's), as well as Batman's darker side, from his beginnings in the 1940's to even hints of things like Frank Miller's Dark Knight (a lot less of that, as this show was meant to be kid-friendly, even though there's plenty there for adult comic book geeks.

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Logan: A Tale of Disillusionment and Redemption

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Logan: A Tale of Disillusionment and Redemption

The tone of this movie, is darker and very different from all of the other X-Men movies, including the two other Wolverine movies. As I said, this is almost like a film noir. Yes, there is action and some of that very brutal (which also makes it somewhat different from all of the other X-Men movies). But the center of the film is on the people, the characters, and their relationships. It also deals with issues like Alzheimer's, aging, and caring for the aged, losing one's vision (both literally and figuratively), and family.

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The Modern Prince of Analog Synths

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The Modern Prince of Analog Synths

This guy, Tatsuya Takehshi, is "The Man", in terms of re-opening "The Gate" (pun intended. Synth nerds will get it) of analog synths to the average gal & guy (his first one for Korg, the Monotron, of which I've purchased four, and given two of those as gifts, cost less than most concert tickets!).

His making these analog synthesizers both affordable and hackable: Korg began making the schematics online, *and* actually labeling modifiable patch-points on the circuit boards! Unheard of in the modern commercial electronic instruments marketplace before this. Now, many (including industry leader, Moog!) have done this.

He recently stepped down from his position heading up the development team for these everyman's synths, and into the role of advisor only.

He created a huge legacy and big shoes for his successor to fill.

His work changed my life and re-immersed me into the addictive world of analog synthesis, for which I'm eternally grateful to him. 

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Suicide Squad: Pleased this Comic Book Fan

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Suicide Squad: Pleased this Comic Book Fan

It's very flawed, but enjoyable. But not for the squeamish nor for people turned off by gun-fu. There are a *lot* rounds fired in this film. It's a bit gratuitous, but due to the nature of the characters and the setting, it didn't bother me.

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A Welcome Shot of 80's Horror Sci-Fi with a Spielberg Sparkle

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A Welcome Shot of 80's Horror Sci-Fi with a Spielberg Sparkle

 I put this spanking brand new Netflix Original series in my Watch List as soon as I watched the two trailers early last week, and I think they were only released last month. I mean, they had me at Winona Ryder, but the trailer seemed to promise something creepily scary. Horror, but of the more subtle variety.

That promise seemed to harken back to things like the Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone but with an over-arching show length story arc, with a strong Dean Koontz or Stephen King science fiction/horror feel, and yet also a kind of Steven Spielberg glow or ambience. Or at least a sparkle.

Also has a whiff of shows like the X-Files, or Eerie, Indiana (maybe more of the latter).

As soon as it dropped, the entire series was in my queue and I just watched the cold opening of episode 1, until the opening theme finished. And a great theme it is too. It also harkens back to themes of yesteryear, but more like 70's through 80's electronica - think Tangerine Dream or Jean Michel Jarre.

Which is appropriate, because the show is a "period piece", set in the 1980's. And I think it's the early 80's. We see someone use a dial phone! And something about that just feels so long ago and far away now.

And so far, it is keeping the promise of the trailers.

I'm going back to watch more of this first episode, which has been calling to me since the entire first season dropped on Friday.

Stay tuned: to be continued...

More About Dread and Mystery Than Jump Scares

More About Dread and Mystery Than Jump Scares

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