My Quick Takes

Just some humble opinions about Movies, TV Shows and Comics

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Ted Lasso – Season 1 (2020)

A fun, easy watch

I’d heard about Ted Lasso in a video from a famous YouTube reviewer. She made it sound like an easy watch with a lovable lead so I thought I’d give it a shot. Watching an American football coach move to England to train a soccer team sounded like fun. Her description was spot-on. Unfortunately, there’s not much else to the show beyond that.

Hawkeye: Freefall (2020)

Had no idea about Hawkeye

I’m relatively new to the comic book world. Most of my reading has been limited to DC because I find that they have a fair amount of self-contained stories that are easy for newbies to get into. So when I saw a 6-issue 2020 Hawkeye comic, I decided it was a good opportunity to read something current from Marvel without getting too invested. I’m glad I made that decision because Hawkeye: Freefall was well worth the read.

The White Tiger (2021)

A raw look at class and culture

I knew very little about and had low expectations for Netflix’s The White Tiger, so I was pleasantly surprised when everything seemed to work on screen. While the story beats feel familiar, the dominant cultural themes make the movie feel entirely original. There’s an underlying message to the audience about today’s ‘third world’ becoming tomorrow’s ‘first world’. When the main character says “It’s the century of the brown man and the yellow man, and God save everybody else”, it’s hard not to pay attention to him.

Batman: Three Jokers (2020)

Big potential, little impact

I have to admit that Batman: Three Jokers did not stay with me the way I hoped it would. It was a decent enough story with really good art, but by the end of the third issue I felt like the comic might have taken away from the Batman legacy more than it added to it. DC was always going to have a hit on their hands with this project including famous/infamous names like Batman, Joker, Batgirl, Red Hood and writer, Geoff Johns. Too bad there wasn’t more of a lasting impact to go along with the big names.

Watchmen (Mini-series) (2019)

A very well-constructed mini-series

Released on HBO in 2019, the Watchmen mini-series is like a jigsaw puzzle being revealed piece by piece without knowing what the picture is until the very last moment. There isn’t a single wasted scene. If you’re a fan of good writing, you’ll appreciate the effort that went into intentionally fracturing the story. The end result is a show that handsomely rewards viewers who’ve been paying attention.

Promising Young Woman (2020)

Powerful storytelling in a digestible format

I have to admit that when I first saw the trailer for Promising Young Woman, I thought I had the whole movie figured out in advance. My guess was: Woman goes on a rampage of revenge against all the men who wronged her in the past. And on a very surface level, I was somewhat right. But below my broad assumption, there’s a lot more to this film than a one sentence summary.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)

When a movie feels like a play

Like many people, my interest in Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom revolved around good critical reviews and seeing Chadwick Boseman’s final film appearance. In fact, before watching the movie, I knew nothing about the 1984 August Wilson play that it’s based on. And that’s really where this review should start.

All-Star Superman (TPB) (2018)

Superman meets mortality

If you’re like me, you probably find keeping up with continuity in DC and Marvel comics difficult. You feel like you’re constantly asked to refer to other comics in order to understand seemingly random events. Story arcs also feel abrupt or sometimes abandoned completely which means you’ve invested yourself in arcs…

Pulp (Graphic Novel) (2020)

A big story in a small package

I wasn’t sure what to think when I decided to read Pulp. The cover seemed like I was in for a good old fashioned Western. Except…I’m not a big fan of westerns. They make me feel like I need a shower after all the dust and dry heat and tumbleweeds. Still, Pulp made a few ‘best of’ lists for 2020 so I decided to give the graphic novel a shot.

Harley Quinn (Seasons 1-2) (2019-2020)

Harley done right!

I’ve loved Harley Quinn ever since she was first introduced as the hopeless love interest and sidekick to the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series from the 1990’s. Since then, she’s become a headlining antihero at DC Comics and has had a number of animated and live action interpretations. The most popular of those is Margot Robbie’s adaptation of the character in the DCEU (2016-Present). And while Robbie’s take is admirable, it pales in comparison to Kaley Cuoco’s version in the Harley Quinn animated series.