Donomark

Member
  • Content Count

    3,016
  • Joined

  • Last visited

1 Follower

About Donomark

  • Rank
    You can beg better than that.
  • Birthday 04/21/1989

Contact Methods

  • Website URL
    http://cbfrevue.libsyn.com/ http://www.hoodedutilitarian.com/author/donovan-grant/
  • Skype
    donomark1

Profile Information

  • Location
    Nashville, TN

Recent Profile Visitors

7,016 profile views
  1. 35 seconds in and I thought of Adham Fisher. I'm liking the insistence that the Craig era isn't just an anthology of done-in-one Bond stories, but an evolving, sequential story about one guy. Especially with this being the final Craig film, it's that which has got me most interested as opposed to anything in the trailer, really. But the masked villain looked really cool.
  2. It's by far and away the most hit or miss run I've possibly ever read of any comic. It's also genuinely pretentious. People give Grant Morrison that stamp, but at least there was always joy detectable in his work.
  3. I'm planning on re-watching it soon, but I've always been a defender of the very first Thor. This was back at a time when we were still expecting CBMs to cop out and compromise some of the more intensely OTT characters, and I was delighted that Thor's power level was kept in tact. I thought, even back then, that Loki was an excellent antagonist (the scene where he confronts Odin about his origins was wonderfully Shakespearean) with excellent acting. Hiddleston never played him more outraged. Hemsworth was awesome as the arrogant, angry Thor but his character development was strong. Then scene where he slams the cup down and Jane tells him that's not okay to do, he just gets over it. I always thought that was a great scene of anti-toxic masculinity. I also really liked the score. Again, I've not seen it in a while, but as someone who's never ever read a Thor comic, I was so supremely impressed with the very first one that the subsequent two never affected me on the same level. Knives Out: I'd been yearning to see this since first seeing the trailer and finally did last night. It's very solid, with a terrific cast and a clever eye on every whodunit trope in the genre. I've decided I'll see Lakeith Stanfield in anything, as he's never not awesome even in a supporting role like this. Daniel Craig is wild as Det. Benoit Blanc, and I hope we see that character again in future adventures. Armas, Evans, Shannon, Curtis and all the others are equally superb. Rian Johnson has been described as someone who takes genre expectations and flips them on their heads, and he does that here in spades. That served as both a pro and a con, because you're being led one way which was so against the lead-in with the trailers that it was actually a little disappointing for the most part in how it wasn't a "traditional" mystery. Without spoiling anything, things turn around in the third act. The bulk of the second act had really affected my engagement, but all the way through it's an enjoyable watch that I'd totally see again.
  4. The politics of superheroes is uniquely interesting at this moment and time, not only because of the current television series but of Moore's recently regurgitated statement on modern superhero fiction. Specifically this line comparing them to the Klan, showing that he's long held the thought that the hooded violence comic fiction portrays has a progenitor in Birth of the Nation. A lot of people rallied their pitchforks at this and never like it when Moore drags modern comic books, but that line of logic I've always found perfectly sound and up for further discussion for those who engage with it. Additionally, the New Frontiersmen parts in the book I seem to remember were completely omitted from the film adaptation of Watchmen, even the Ultimate Cut. Basically all of the points where crimefighting was pretty openly condemned by Moore were either ignored, unrecognized or outright dismissed by Snyder.
  5. Yeah Spider-Man: Life Story is the truest Spidey tale I've read since the JMS era. I've said before on this forum, but I see Spider-Man more as a tragic figure than he's been majorly portrayed in the past decade. Any two of his personal tragedies would've ruined most heroes, but this guy has seen more death and torment before the age of 25 than arguably any other Marvel hero. But Marvel currently wants to pitch him as the goofy squeaky-voiced teen who trips over himself.
  6. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Lost Chronicles Volume One: This only appeals to anyone who was a fan of MMPR as a kid, or at least had a general familiarity with them at one time. I've read a few of the Kyle Higgins issues here or there, but this collects anthology short-stories that vary from character-driven, insightful tidbits, to comedy stories, to straightforward Ranger stories akin to the show with a modern twist. I greatly enjoyed this. The original series was cheesy, often unbearably so, but the love and affection from the writers and artists poured through on every page. There isn't a single story in the volume that I didn't like. Now and then there are some fun in-jokes just at the machine-like process of the old episodes (commentary on how the Rangers were squeaky-clean to the point of being boring, or how Rita would come up with any monster tangentially related to whatever the Rangers were doing that week just to fuck with them), but some of the character focused ones were stunningly effective without betraying the vibe of the series. The best story, by Tom Taylor and Frazer Irving, involved Finster and how he came to work for Rita Repulsa and hit like a brick to the face. I'd recommend the trade purely for that entry alone, but even without it there's so much positivity and fun nostalgia that it's an instant must-buy for any 90s kid. You owe it to your past-child self to read this, it's terrific.
  7. Frozen 2: The reviews I've seen so far were pretty free with their hate boners, but I enjoyed this. I only saw the first film once, and I liked it well enough. Same here, and it's the characters investing me. The plot was ehhh and I had more than a few questions, but I really wasn't pinning all my hopes and dreams for this movie to change my life. For what it's worth, I dug it. Olaf is annoying tho.
  8. Love it. Some people are like "HE DOESN'T LOOK LIKE BATMAN" but I'm fanboying too hard to care.
  9. Oh Jesus... Get on that Happy Harry!
  10. ^Oh yeah, I'm pretty sure that scene is recalled in the final issue.
  11. Cheeriest way to open a Saturday Morning! I had the SATam Watchmen theme in my head the entire time when re-reading the issue. Not really.
  12. This part I definitely glomped onto in my own reading, as well as the related themes of impending doom, but I never connected that A) dude wasn't a pirate, and 2) how he connects to Rorschach. Very nice!
  13. It's irritatingly vague. The last issue revealed that much of Bruce's downfall was pre-planned, so everything including him hitting Tim and his defeat was to throw Bane off. Even Damian's capture. But they've been completely cagey on the Alfred situation.