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Dumbo (2019)
2/10
Loved TIm Burton once, but he's lost his mojo.
30 March 2019
Producers need to quit giving him money. He not only plays it safe (he even waters down the original) , but there's no real energy . Unlike the original, this is no classic.
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Supergirl: The Fanatical (2018)
Season 3, Episode 19
9/10
Why are so many fanboys (and girls) racist?
24 May 2018
This is a solid episode that gives Olsen a strong hour. His Guardian is much in the spirt of when Jack Kirby took over the Superman's Pal series, albeit updated.

Yet, from a couple of posted reviews, this is what we gleam from racist fanboys: Let's play ostrich with our heads in the sand and pretend racism has never existed and is completely a thing of the past. It can't even be breathed. If it is, then it's slapped with the old yawn-inducing pretentious standby label of "liberal propaganda." Despite the fact that social issues have been part of comics since the 1940s.

Too, said reviewers are too obtuse to grasp that their spews go the distance in proving racism is alive and well, especially among fanboys.

The commentary, by Olsen, is brief, subtle and referring to a childhood trauma, but oh my God, he mentioned it and so the fanboys have their superhero jockey shorts in a wad.

In plot and themes, Supergirl is growing up (unlike some of the crybaby fans who want Leave it to Beaver girl) and the third season easily surpasses the previous two. There's a reason it's CW's second highest series (only behind Flash).

Reign is proving to be one of Supergirl's better antagonists (Livewire was probably her best). Supergirl is different from Superman in that she has a colorful rogue's gallery (Superman, unlike Flash, Batman, and Spiderman, never really had a strong stable of villains).

Hopefully, writer's won't do another "bad guys sees the light and converts" finale for Reign.

The continuing saga of MM's father is also compelling and touching.
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Supergirl (2015–2021)
10/10
A Classic in the grand Superman tradition and a breath of fresh air (but not for Trumpette geeks)
13 March 2018
A series that stays true to Superman's origins. After all, for those of us old enough to remember, we first saw George Reeves' Superman playing gun-control man Wyatt Earp, disarming mobs of bigots along with his feminist girlfriend Lois Lane (Phyllis Coates) and a clearly gay Jimmy Olsen (the late Jack Larson).

That's because Superman was essentially a fatherly-like moderate Rockefeller Republican. Now, in a post-Strom Thurmond/Dixiecrat perverted extremist GOP, they're called RINOS by Trump and his ilk (AKA phony conservatives).

Unfortunately, there's plenty of these either/or Trumpettes who approach various entertainment genres with the same kind of "protective" zeal that dyed-in-the-will fundamentalists "guard" the bible they worship , er, I mean, God (but then, their God is merely a book, but that's another topic).

Among the most recent favorite targets of Trumpette geeks are Star Wars, Black Panther, and... Supergirl.

All three shows commit the same "sin" in that they depict non-WASP heterosexual males and/or depict heroes who actually earn their status (i.e. Rey) as opposed to being "fathered" in (kinda like Trump) and when these shows do "dare" to depict people of color, women, gays in their narratives then the Trumpettes will sophomorically label the show "political." In other words, the Trumpette geeks protect their visions of deities who wear underwear outside of their pants, childishly confuse ethics with patristic morality, and will zoom in for the kill like white-robed fellas armed with burning crosses.

At the center of Supergirl is a ... gasp... girl who has the same peers as SuperMAN. Worse, she has a gay sister, and ...(drum roll roll please) an African-American Jimmy Olsen (that's a heart attack waiting to happen).

Shoo these cavemen Trumpette geeks back into their caves and enjoy Supergirl for what it is -a breath of fresh air.

The cast is uniformly superb, most especially Ms. Benoist who is as quintessential a Supergirl as Christopher Reeve was Superman. Her rapport with Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart AKA Ally McBeal) in Season 1 is gold. After all the somber gray Zack Snyder Batman we've been inundated with as of late, Supergirl is fun escapism-right up there with "The Adventures of Superman" and "Lois and Clark." Like those, Supergirl is destined to become a classic.

Tyler Hoechlin makes for an unconventional Superman in Season 2 (in much the same way that both George Reeves and Dean Cain (Kara's adoptive father here) are now considered somewhat unorthodox and that's all for the better)..

Former Super-heroines Lynda Carter and Helen Slater also make appearances. The cliff-hangers, white-hot pacing, and character development are enticing. Despite not having a consistently great villain until Season 3 (Morgan Edge as played by Adrian Pasdar), Supergirl, like Spiderman, is made the more interesting by struggling with her job, identity crisis, and relationship problems.

She's the perfect superhero for millennials who (generally and thankfully) aren't saddled with my generation's too many to count hangups.
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10/10
Simply put...
27 December 2017
A film about letting go of the past and embracing the future for an audience who can't let go of the past and is fearful of the future.
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