I wasn’t sure I going to review this and then I thought “What the hell, it’s Friday, and this was a great episode”. For those of you who don’t know, I am originally from the Maritime on the east coast of Canada. Many of you may only know Pop culture and the Maritimes in one specific context……..The Trailer Park Boys. Now this is a fine , classy show, but there is one other icon of that particular geographical location that also has a rich history in TV and cinema. Her name is Anne……of Green Gables.
I’m not going to delve too much into the 107 year history of Anne of Green Gables which has included, first, world renowned and beloved books, and later much loved TV series and movies which made a star(In Canadian terms anyway) of Megan Follows.
This review will focus on the new Show which premiered last Sunday night called “Anne”. To me, it’s a re-imagining of “Anne of Green Gables”. Showing a much more realistic look at life in those days and how life as a child in an orphanage was sometimes very dark. The actress who plays Anne(played brilliantly by young actress Amybeth McNulty) brings both a sense of innocence and intense personal pain to the character .I realized 20 minutes in she was going to be one of the main reasons this show was going to be a success.
The brother and sister who Anne is placed with (through an unfortunate series of errors that turned out to be a blessing in disguise) are played by actors Geraldine James(Marilla Cuthbert) and R.H Thomson(Matthew Cuthbert).These decorated actors of screen and stage(R.H Thomson received the Governor Generals Performing Arts Award for Lifetime artistic Achievement in 2015)played these characters wonderfully.
Matthew Cuthbert, the soft spoken , quiet, wise farmer within minutes endears you (My wife said the character reminded her of her dad, which is high praise in of itself)and brings a strong sense of warmth and country living to the show. Marilla Cuthbert is the stern head of the household who has no time for sentiment but I think sees a bit of Anne in herself and slowly begins to see the potential of the child if someone will simply care for her.
I suppose I am a bit biased on this show. The scenery and cinematography showcases Prince Edward Island beautifully even though due to cost logistics a bulk of the show was in fact shot in Ontario. HOWEVER, much of footage of the coastline and of Anne and Matthews horse buggy ride is in fact P.E.I. Some things you cannot replicate. If a continued success, I suspect this will be a boon for P.E.I tourism.
I’ll be watching the second episode to see where this story goes next. It airs Sundays on the CBC. Starts May 12th on NETFLIX.Trailer Below.
Last night, I watched what was probably the best episode of Arrow since Deathstroke killed Oliver Queens mother. I’d go so far as to say it was the best acting job I had seen Steven Amell ever do and he and Josh Segerra(Prometheus)really created some of the most intense scenes I had ever seen on the show.
I had never seen Josh Segerra act anywhere other than Arrow but with each episode he more and more defines and crafts this character so well that he’s pushing with each episode into being the 2nd best villain to be featured in the series(Not sure if anything could top Deathstroke).
Obviously if you have not seen this weeks episode there are spoilers contained within.
I have to admit , even though she’s been around for almost 10 years now, this is my first Batwoman book that I’ve actually read. By “She” I mean of course this incarnation of Batwoman in the form of Kate Kane. The book itself is not a bad jumping on point for new readers. The story does focus on some events from a previous series, but they don’t overly impact where the story goes in its 1rst issue.
James T Tynion IV & Marguerite Bennett have plotted and written a pretty good first chapter that has very much a globe trotting feel to it with just a tinge of James Bond .The interaction between the characters and the characters own inner dialogue flows well and they even manage to bring in a bit of domesticated banter concerning the dishes that worked in the moment.
I was left with more questions than answers with this book and I’m not sure if that was by design, or not having access to back history of the character. If by design it was well done, if not,” meh”, that’s my fault for not getting here earlier.
The art by Steven Epting was fantastic. I have a soft spot for his work, as I really loved his run on the Avengers in the early 90’s.His run with Ed Brubaker on Captain America also stands out as a fav of mine. He knows how to draw the world of shadowy espionage and his style was well suited to this book .
I’ll probably end up picking the 2nd issue up off the shelf as I have to many books in my pull list now, but if the 2nd issue is as well done I’ll probably end up adding the series.
I did find it a bit odd that the series was listed as “Teen plus”….there’s no blood letting or cursing. Is this due to her being………a badass? A Lesbian Badass? Either way, if you’re previous fan this series seems off to a good start, or if you’re looking for a book with a strong female lead this might be for you. Cheers.
Writers- Marguerite Bennett & James Tynion IV
Art – Steve Epting
Colors – Jeremy Cox
The real one is dropping this Saturday. This is to only tease you. Are you teased yet? I actually find these more annoying than teasing but it’s content so here we go.
1rst one shows some decent shots of Aquaman with trident in hand. He looks every bit the part of Aquaman. I say he LOOKS the part. I haven’t heard him really channel any dialogue just yet
The 2nd one is Batman taking center stage and has some pretty good shots too. The first one has kind of a “300” look to it and the other is of the Batmobile in a retreating stance, guns blazing(That was worth your 20 seconds right there).
And there you have it
I enjoyed the first book in this series, and had been looking forward to reading the follow -up. Matthew Rosenberg(writer) continues to flesh out the characters at a steady enough pace to move the story along, while giving the readers a chance to see a side of the Kingpin that we may not have seen yet. We know he had a strong emotional attachment to his wife Vanessa, but we may not have seen his sense of almost “Robin Hood’ like charity to those less fortunate, and his connection to them. We all have a wounded child inside of us…..even the Kingpin.
We’re reminded that even though the Kingpin may want to present himself in a different light , many vestiges of his past may not want the world to forget exactly who he is. They come in 3 forms in this 2 nd chapter. The underworld around him, the politics around him and the hook for the next issue. This hook comes in the form of an appearance I was hoping would be held off for a few more issues. I suspect this may have been a corporate decision to go in this direction so soon and I was looking forward to this book having a more “solo” feel to it for just a bit longer.
One of the main characters of this book “Sarah” is showing more depth in 2 issues then some other Marvel characters have been receiving in 10 issues thanks to Rosenberg’s attention to character building.It seems she’ll be playing a lead role for quite some time, so the fact she is being fleshed out so well is good building on Rosenberg’s part.
Ben Torres art once again helped convey a well written story .Subtle changes in facial expressions from panel to panel can say so much. Especially where more complex emotions have to be conveyed instead of, for example, just a simple toned battle scene. When you can feel emotions changing panel to panel that to me is a sign of good work.
I noticed Colorist Johnathan Boyd used more Black and whites and fleshier tones when colouring the panels this time. Gave it kind of “Sin City” vibe to it which matched the story subject and surrounding subplots.
If there was one small critique of the book I could find it would have been the use of the “Underworld” figures that they did use, and in the context that they used them. Would have liked to have seen that confrontation on a more private level.
Still, a very good outing and I’m enjoying the series very much so far. Looking forward to the next issue.
Writer: Matthew Rosenberg
Artist: Ben Torres
Color Artist: Johnathan Boyd
Letterer: Travis Lanham
This trailer , I think, was actually done better then the first two. The first two were well done, but seemed much more action orientated where this one slowed it down a bit and delved into Wonder Woman’s origin story and alluded more to who she really is and the bloodline she has running through her veins.
At a few points during the trailer I even felt it had a bit of a Gladiator vibe to it which didn’t hurt it. As she introduced herself at the 2 minute mark, I even saw a sly “homage” to Maximus Decimus Meridius and his famous introduction to villain Commodus in Gladiator.
I hope Chris Pines character in this movie is not that of a “sidekick cuck” but we’ll see. It certainly seems that way so far. Hopefully they flesh(see the trailer) his character out a bit more .
Movie is out June 2nd ,2017
This one seems more personal. Jack Sparrow may have pissed off the wrong guy this time around. I like that. Also seems they are going a bit darker which I also approve of. Seems to be a more focused conflict then the last time around.
I didn’t see Keira Knightley or Orlando Bloom in the trailer so guessing they are not in this one. It does state that is the “beginning of an adventure” so this may be a two parter. Great to see Geoffery Rush back either way. I’ll probably regret saying this but as of right now I’m looking forward to seeing this.
Opens Memorial May 29th