#TBT @ THE MOVIES: Dick Tracy (1990) is a fun, aesthetic noir romp

#TBT @ THE MOVIES: Dick Tracy (1990) is a fun, aesthetic noir romp

So, due to some personal reasons and election anxiety, it took me two weeks to watch Dick Tracy.  That said, I had a great time with the film, which diverges from the usual superhero fare for comics movies.  The titular Dick Tracy works as a detective, hot on the trail of mobsters all over his town. The star-studded cast includes Warren Beatty as Tracy, Madonna as femme fatale Breathless Mahoney, and others such as Al Pacino,…

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SUPERGIRL 2×05: “Crossfire” brings Major Plot Developments

SUPERGIRL 2×05: “Crossfire” brings Major Plot Developments

I don’t know if anyone here really knows just how invested I get in the Luthor family.  But boy oh boy, this episode of Supergirl basically feels as if made specifically with me in time.  Development for Alex and Maggie’s romantic arc!  Lena Luthor being more than she lets on!  Huge, plot-shaking revelations! Honestly, if not for Mon-El, this would rank as my favorite episode of the season so far. Unfortunately, I personally cannot stand Mon-El, and…

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GRUDGE MATCH: A Challenge for Benedict Cumberbatch

GRUDGE MATCH: A Challenge for Benedict Cumberbatch

In this feature, GRUDGE MATCH, I or another writer on the Capeless Team will issue a satirical challenge to duel someone in the comics/adaptations industry.  The challenge is delivered in old-school epistolary format.  Basically, this is “Your Obedient Servant” meets the comics industry. This week, I challenge Benedict Cumberbatch. My Dear Mr. Benedict Cumberbatch: No one in my life has ever bothered to call me ‘slow to anger’ or some such nonsense.  However, this grievance…

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REVIEW: Midnighter and Apollo #2 Continues Bringing Great Pulp Drama

REVIEW: Midnighter and Apollo #2 Continues Bringing Great Pulp Drama

It’s that time of the month again!  Midnighter and Apollo #2 hit stands and screens today, and man, I loved it!  Monologuing villains, civillian friends not realizing that Death’s Cheap in superhero comics, a gay guy literally trapped in literal Hell — Yep.  They went there.  And it was awesome. I have to say, I really love hyperviolent pulp.  Sex and violence as catharsis and escapism always have a place in my heart.  Midnighter provided a lot…

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DISCOURSE DISH: #IStandWithChelseaCain and Mockingbird

DISCOURSE DISH: #IStandWithChelseaCain and Mockingbird

Whoo, we had a week this week in the grand halls of Discourse, that’s all I can say.  From the lingering fallout of the Midtown Comics Invincible Iron Man variant cover to discussions of whether casting a white woman as an Asian man is better or worse than the Mystical Asian trope, it’s been wild.  But I want to focus, today, on Chelsea Cain and the associated hashtag, #IStandWithChelseaCain. Chelsea Cain co-wrote the Mockingbird solo series, which just…

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#TBT @ THE MOVIES: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

#TBT @ THE MOVIES: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

I’ll admit it: I put this one off ’til the last minute.  I don’t know why, but something about the idea of watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles this week felt childish and weird.  But I watched it, and lo and behold!  It’s actually pretty good. The film focuses, obviously, on the four titular turtle mutants.  They, and their mentor, the rat Splinter, all mutated from a chemical spill.  Splinter then proceeded to teach them the…

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RECAP/REVIEW Legends of Tomorrow 2×03 “Shogun”

RECAP/REVIEW Legends of Tomorrow 2×03 “Shogun”

This week’s episode of Legends of Tomorrow, set in feudal Japan and titled “Shogun,” could have been a disaster.  Instead, it has some of the most interesting character drama so far this season, and included an inoffensive heterosexual subplot to boot. The episode opens with Vixen beating up the entire Legends team in order to get to Mick, who she believes murdered Rex Tyler.  Obviously, we know that was Reverse Flash, but she doesn’t know…

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REVIEW/RECAP: Supergirl 2.03 “Welcome to Earth” Brings A-Game

REVIEW/RECAP: Supergirl 2.03 “Welcome to Earth” Brings A-Game

“Welcome to Earth” turns out to be a very apropos title for this week’s episode of Supergirl.  The episode focuses on pretty heavy themes: prejudice, ostracization, and immigration and xenophobia. And man, does it ever do them justice. The episode opens with a direct continuation from last week’s cliffhanger ending.  The mysterious man who fell to Earth strangles Kara before fighting his way out of the DEO and speeding away.  As Kara, J’onn, and Alex discuss…

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DISCOURSE DISH: DCEU v Supergirl – Tale of Two Supermen

DISCOURSE DISH: DCEU v Supergirl – Tale of Two Supermen

This week, true to form, I return to the DC side of the fence to talk a conflict that’s been brewing for months.  I mean, of course, the conflict between fans of the DCEU and fans of Supergirl over whose Superman is superior. Fans of Tyler Hoechlin‘s portrayal claim that Hoechlin’s Superman is ‘the right’ one.  Meanwhile, Henry Cavill fans claim that Hoechlin just does a Reeve impression instead of bringing anything new to the table….

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#WithWonderWoman: Wonder Woman Named Honorary UN Ambassador

#WithWonderWoman: Wonder Woman Named Honorary UN Ambassador

The biggest news in Wonder Woman right now is, surprisingly, not her 75th anniversary.  Something much better takes the honor:  The UN has named her an Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls.  Guests at the ceremony Lynda Carter, Gal Gadot, DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson, and Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins. At the ceremony, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, Cristina Gallach, stated: “While the world has achieved progress towards gender equality,…

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