On these July weeks in Red-Headed Mule history:
- Dark Knight Rises movie reviewed
- Fox Animation Domination Hi Def block debuts
- Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Seconds graphic novel reviewed
The Dark Knight Shall Rise Again
Ah, the arbitrary anniversary bug recently bit The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan’s conclusion to his Batman movie trilogy. I reviewed Rises ten year ago and I really liked it at the time. However, I haven’t watched Rises in many years. My enthusiasm for it withered, the Marvel Cinematic Universe became a big event for me to look forward to.
Thinking about it, my review was probably made the movie better than it was. I was happy to see a proper conclusion to a superhero trilogy (sorry Spider-Man 3 and X3). Rises premiered in many midnight showing across the country. I had a good time at mine, but the morning after I was saddened after reading about the tragic shooting at a Colorado theater.
Shortly after Rises’ wide theater release, a friend strongly disagreed with me over Facebook, but I can understand his point of view. The Dark Knight Rises is a solid movie with a memorable performance from Tom Hardy as Bane but doesn’t match the excellence of The Dark Knight. As a UGA fan, I’m pleased Hines Ward got a brief moment in the spotlight.
The Dark Knight Rises may not hold “greatest ever” acclaim, but it’s still highly favorable and may be better received than most superhero films. As I write this, Rotten Tomatoes has a 87% Fresh rating and 90% user approval. IMDb User Rating is 8.4 out of 10.
When Fox Didn’t Dominate Late Night Animation
Remember Fox’s Animation Domination High Def? It was the Saturday night mature cartoon block aiming to win over Adult Swim fans but failed on two channels in about three years.
Memories of Fox ADHD are coming back to me. AD Hi Def was Fox trying to find a hit not long after the dismissal of MadTV. The debut shows were Axe Cop and High School, USA along with various shorts. I recall Scientifically Accurate DuckTales and Scientifically Accurate Ninja Turtles featured.
Oh, seeing the first ADHD intro images from 2013 reminds me how dated humor can be even less than a decade ago. Wait, was Hillary Clinton writing a book? Obama versus Putin in a tug of war? (No and no.) Oh, great, seeing what I observed made me remember how much of blue the mid 2010s were.
I was only just a little amused at Animation Domination Hi Def starters Axe Cop and High School, USA; I think the dozens of viewers who found this Adult Swim alternative wasn’t too keen either. ADHD would move to FXX in 2015, but went kaput the next year. The ADHD YouTube is still around.
That said, my fave show on ADHD was The Lucas Bros. Moving Company partly because of Jake the Snake Roberts’ appearances and it was a rare cartoon coming from black creators.
Going Back For Seconds
I reviewed Seconds, O’Malley’s follow-up to Scott Pilgrim. I don’t recall much of it now. Somehow, I didn’t feel it as cool and mind-blowing as Scott Pilgrim. Really, Seconds shouldn’t be. Seconds not being the phenomenon Scott Pilgrim became doesn’t make it bad.
I’m glad that an adaptation is finally in development with Blake Lively set to direct and Pilgrim movie scribe Edgar Wright set to direct.