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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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Rewatching Angels with Dirty Faces

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Rewatching Angels with Dirty Faces

Yeah, AwDF is corny, but also classy, beautifully shot by Sol Polito and directed by Michael Curtiz (The Adventures of Robin Hood, White Christmas, Captain Blood, Casablanca ), with some great performances from  Cagney, Bogie, The Dead End Kids, Ann Sheridan and Pat O'Brien.  Also awesome musical score from the legendary Max Steiner (King Kong, Casablanca and Gone With the Wind among many others).

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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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Netflix & AMC SHOW "The Killing": A Deceptive Theme of Deception.

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Netflix & AMC SHOW "The Killing": A Deceptive Theme of Deception.

The Killing on Netflix: Deceptive Theme About Deception

This show has such a tortured production and "broadcast" history. I *almost* shy from watching it for fear of the massive disappointment so many critics and viewers reported.

But I think that I won't be due to the almost certain persistence of what is to me, the most important element of this show:

 

Not the plot.

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D & D: Daredevil and Deadpool

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D & D: Daredevil and Deadpool

Daredevil & his armorer, Melvin Potter (no relation to a certain boy wizard), among the interesting and secondary characters and relationships in this series.

Daredevil & his armorer, Melvin Potter (no relation to a certain boy wizard), among the interesting and secondary characters and relationships in this series.

D's  guys (see what I did there?) Daredevil and Deadpool are two of my favorite characters in media right now.

And interestingly, I come at them from two very different directions:  Daredevil is a character I have been following since I was a kid. And I have loved the character in many different incarnations, written and drawn by many different hands, over a period of almost 50 years. 

Deadpool, is a character I just discovered by watching the new movie, released only about a month ago. For various reasons, I never read any of the comic books featuring this character until after I already saw the movie three times. 

But both of these D's, have crushed it recently: Daredevil, in the first season on Netflix last year, and now again in the second season which just dropped today. And Deadpool, released in movie theaters just a little over a month ago today. 

The differences in the approaches to these characters in the two different mediums could not be greater. Where Daredevil is dark and gritty, rooted in very realistic world, yet with shades of film noir, Deadpool's world and characters are absurd, Fantastical, Bigger than life, almost like a cartoon.

Yet, these two characters and the two works that feature them, have more in common than merely their red suits.

The thing that stands out for me right now, which they definitely share in common, is the sheer chutzpah, the nerve of the filmmakers (and in the case of Daredevil, the production company and means of presentation, Netflix itself) in bringing these creations to life. 

In so many ways, the odds of either of these creations coming to life at all, let alone as artistically and brilliantly as they have, were weighed heavily against them. 

Yet, both the Daredevil series on Netflix, and the recent Deadpool movie, not only exist now, but they both are crushing it in every way possible: artistically, financially, critically, and what maybe even more surprising, in the way they're pleasing the diehard fans of these characters in their source material (i.e. the comic books). 

I'll have more to say on this in future posts, and I will review the Daredevil series and the Deadpool movie on the review page, and in The Rabbi Geek Show podcast. 

Stay tuned and don't touch that dial!

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