Ijiwaru Sensei

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  1. Mrs. Sensei and I just returned from watching the Gosnell movie. We both left the theater thinking the same thing: The movie was like a competent made-for-television movie. It wasn't great, but not quite bad either. The fact that what was portrayed in the movie actually happened is what made the film somewhat interesting. The characters are under-developed, the performances uneven, the writing and directing pedestrian. Gosnell's rationalizations are mentioned but not examined. But the film doesn't let the viewer escape the horror of what Gosnell was doing. This subject matter could make a great film in the hands of more seasoned writers and directors. Gosnell packs a slap rather than a punch unfortunately.
  2. Saw it yesterday with Mrs. Sensei and Sensei Jr. #1. It is great. If I had to rank this one with the first, I'd put the first one ahead by a little more than a nose. It is entertaining start to finish. Very good job by Pixar. The short film before the main film 2 is quite well done, too. One scene had the people in our theater laughing a good 15 seconds.
  3. Doug Jones was pretty good. The rest of the cast? Stiff. The story is trying to go big. The visuals seemed much too busy. It didn't grab me. Certainly not paying to watch another episode.
  4. I'm heading to San Francisco tomorrow. Any comic shops I should definitely visit?
  5. There simply have to be better young actresses out there. McAvoy and Fassbender are great. Nicholas Hoult, Evan Peters, and Jennifer Lawrence were good. But Sophie Turner was, for me, distractingly bad. I know a lot of people watch Game of Thrones, and maybe that's why she was chosen, but casting a good unknown actress would have made more sense to me.
  6. Am I the only one who thinks Sophie Turner has incredibly limited acting chops? I thought her performance in X-Men: Apocalypse was flat and distant.
  7. Mrs. Sensei and I watched it over the weekend. She liked it. I felt it dragged quite a bit. Some of the dialog was painful. Irrelevant observation: No Asian Amazons? I did like the concluding battle though.
  8. This place is huge and takes a while to figure out all the various forums, but I think you would have better success posting your question here: Original Comic Art Marketplace. Oh, and welcome to the boards.
  9. I love the character of Iron Fist, but the Netflix show turned him into this naive child-like character. It wasn't fun, but I made it through. I gave up on Jessica Jones and Power Man.
  10. Just watched it. Great zombie action, but man, the film oozes sentimentality and overacting.
  11. I'm not so sure. The ship in Prometheus had been lying dormant for nearly 2000 years. It had planned to kill off humanity before weapons of mass destruction were invented, unless you count catapults, flaming arrows, and scorpion bombs as WMDs.
  12. Agreed. This was like Alien 3 in how it just jettisons a major character from the previous film, and so unceremoniously.
  13. Agreed. There were some subtle hat tips to these points with the Crudup character complaining about being overlooked for the captaincy because he was a person of faith (though his complaint seems unjustified given his lack of leadership skills) and his final question to David, but nothing was fleshed out. Crudup's character is an underdeveloped disappointment. At one point his character says that when he was a child he saw the devil and could recognize him, but again that point simply dangles in the air without any context. I would have very much liked to have seen the Engineers' culture developed and some of the bigger questions addressed. Prometheus, at least, had moments of brilliance that allowed me to marvel even when it was embarrassingly stupid. Covenant, in comparison, remains in a steady state of mediocrity.
  14. Yesterday, I received an e-mail from Stephen Robson, publisher at Ponent Mon that Jiro Taniguchi had died on Saturday. Very sad news. I'm not a big manga reader; in fact, I have a bit of distaste for most manga, but Taniguchi was in a different class. He drew some really clear and intricate stuff all by hand. He also wrote some manga targeted for adults. His A Distant Neighborhood deals with a question a lot of us old timers have wondered about--knowing what we know now, how might we, if given the chance, re-live our childhood days differently. His best work, in my estimation, is the now out of print The Walking Man, which on the surface is little more than a man walking around his neighborhood. The work, however, is loaded with subtle hat tips to traditional Japanese aesthetic values. I am saddened by his passing.