Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Review of "Avengers #10 Vol 3" Comics – 1998

Review of
Avengers #10 Vol 3 Comics – 1998 

Five out of five stars
 This comic will appeal to all with an interest in the Avengers superhero group as well as anyone interested in the history of Marvel Comics in general and the story of the Avengers in particular. Unlike most other teams in the world of comic books, the membership of the Avengers has dramatically changed over time. Most of the Marvel heroes have been a member for at least a short time, as is pointed out in the story, Daredevil is one of the few that has never been in the group. Only longtime fans will know that the Hulk was a founding member of the Avengers.
 One of the most attractive forms of stories are the origins, where the reader learns the circumstances that led to the creation of a hero. A subplot of this story features the origin of the Scarlet Witch. Given the rotating membership rolls, the Avengers is a group that has produced more history than nearly all others. Some of that history is restated in one of the most interesting recapitulations.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Review of "The Devil Wears Prada: Hell on Wheels," a movie starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway

Review of
The Devil Wears Prada: Hell on Wheels, a movie starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway, DVD version

Five out of five stars
 In a film world dominated recently by long runs of what are often successive remakes as well as massive action superhero movies, this one is original, entertaining and refreshing. It demonstrates that there is still room in the genre for movies about humans dealing with complex personal and professional situations.
 Anne Hathaway is Andy Sachs, an aspiring journalist fresh out of college that is hired as an assistant to the extremely demanding fashion magazine editor Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep.) To say that Priestly is difficult is to say the sun is a bit hot, she goes through assistants at a regular rate and her demands are on the edge of impossible tasks.
 Yet, the movie is more about ambition, a drive to succeed, what it takes to make it in a very demanding profession as well as the personal cost. When Sachs changes her wardrobe and starts rising in the assistant hierarchy to Priestly, she begins losing her friends. Her job becomes her life, she is on call nearly 24/7 and she now dresses very elegantly and her friends point out the changes in her personality. It is a very common problem that many successful people face, as they rise to positions of influence and power, the people that were once their inseparable companions are left behind.
 The choice then becomes to continue in the glamorous world of fashion with the incredible stress of working for the most demanding of bosses or to go back to your roots. It is a choice that many people have to make at some point in their life and it is not an easy one.
 The performances of Streep and Hathaway are excellent, Priestly is very unemotional, yet demonstrates her anger in obvious ways. Streep demonstrates once again that great emotion can be expressed by simply altering your tone of voice as well as your cadence. It is an enjoyable film about difficult circumstances that many people face.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Review of "Rio Grande," starring John Wayne VHS version

Review of
Rio Grande, starring John Wayne VHS version

Four out of five stars
 While this is in many ways a standard John Wayne western movie, there are many attempts to inject humor and in this case he has a wife and son. Wayne is an officer (Kirby Yorke) in the U. S. Cavalry stationed in the west near the Rio Grande River where it forms the border between the United States and Mexico. The local Native American tribes have united to form a formidable fighting force and Wayne must find a way to take control of the situation.
 Yorke was a Union officer in the Civil War and his wife was born in the south and retained her roots, the combination split their marriage. Their son was accepted at West Point, but was expelled after failing mathematics. At that point he enlisted in the Army and has now been stationed to Yorke’s command. Yorke’s estranged wife has traveled to that post in an attempt to buy their son’s exit from the army.
 There are still deep feelings between Yorke and his wife and even though Yorke has not seen his son for many years, it is clear that he also has feelings for him. It is difficult for Yorke to issue orders that have the potential to put his son in danger, even though he personally is wedded to the Army. This expression of feelings for his wife and son humanizes the character and gives Wayne the opportunity to do some real acting rather than simply punching and shooting.
 The humor is at times a bit silly, yet manages to be amusing, the viewer has to remember that it was made in 1950. There is also a great deal of singing by the best voices in the western movie genre, The Sons of the Pioneers. While it is often predictable, this movie delivers entertainment in many different forms.