Rest in Peace, Yvonne Craig

Well, I guess I have reached the age where all of my childhood actors are passing away. Boy does it make me feel old.

Yvonne Craig

Actress Yvonne Craig passed away August 17, 2015 at the age of 78. She has 86 imdb credits, although she doesn’t show up on streaming Netflix’ search list. Admittedly most of her parts were rather small. She got a boost to her career when she started dating Elvis Presley.

Her big claim to fame, of course, is that she starred as Batgirl in the third season of 60s Batman. Earlier this year, we showed our granddaughter all of the Batman episodes as well as the three movies (which did not feature Craig). She enjoyed the show but was enthralled when Craig showed up in season 3. There sure aren’t enough female superheroes.

Yvonne Craig

I don’t know about other shots because of Netflix’ search fails but Craig can be seen in the original Star Trek episode “Whom Gods Destroy” as Marta.

Rest in peace, Yvonne Craig, you will be missed.

July Comes in with a Bang! New Netflix Streaming Titles

Well okay, it’s just the usual dump of catalog titles (aka Attack of the 80s and 90s) but this is July 4th weekend.

The Warriors

Action/Adventure: Batman, Rocky 1-5, The Delta Force, The Warriors, Uncommon Valor, Bandits, Hombre, Road House, Alive, In Enemy Hands, Hostage, Kung Fu Hustle, Renaissance, Hell is for Heroes, House of the Rising Sun, Captive

Anime: Black Butler

The Day the Earth Stood Still

Classic: State Fair, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, How to Marry a Millionaire, From Here to Eternity, The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

Comedy: 48 Hrs., Mr. Mom, Shooting Fish, Bulworth, Big Daddy, Drive Me Crazy, Scary Movie, Almost Famous, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, The Beverly Hillbillies, Dutch, Grandma’s Boy, The Concert, Love and Other Catastrophes, Dancer and the Dame, Dave Atell: Road Work

Documentary: The Pope from the End of the World, Born to Fly, Sirius, Next Goal Wins, An Honest Liar, The Immortalists, Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist, Plot for Peace, Love & Engineering, How I Got Over

Drama: If You Don’t I Will, Hard to Be a God, Rob Roy, Flashdance, The Turning Point, You Got Served, Below Dreams, The Father’s Love

Family: Toobys, The Secret of Roan Inish, Piglet’s Big Movie, Thumbelina, Unstable Fables: Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, Foreign Letters, Worms, Dancing in the Light: The Janet Collins Story, Sweet Blackberry Presents: Henry Box Brown, Bad Hair Day

Fantasy & Science Fiction: Conan the Barbarian (1982), The Terminator, WarGames, Star Trek Insurrection, Bionicle: The Legend Reborn

Foreign: Chocolat, When Day Breaks, Mary Kom, El Crimen del Cacaro Gumaro

Underworld

Horror: Underworld, Underworld Evolution, Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, Teeth, Saw V

Television: NCIS, La Reina del Sur, El Senor de los Cielos, La Patrona, Camelia la Texana, The Day My Butt Went Psycho, La Usurpadora, Rubi, Para Volver a Amar, Inami, Yakari, Chicken Town, El Cartel 1-3, Operacion Jaque, El Secretario, Made in Cartagena, La Promesa, Las Munecas de la Mafia, La Ruta Blanca, Xiaolin Chronicles, Velvet, and new episodes of Octonauts and Death in Paradise

Thriller: The Net, Pi, Silence of the Lambs

No post today – taking care of wife

Selfie

Well, no post today. I’ll be spending the whole day at the hospital as my wonderful wife goes under the knife. I plan to keep posting but it will likely be sporadic for the first two weeks as the love of my life recovers at home.

DragonCon

 

We’re going to watch the old Batman TV series while our granddaughter is with us. I’ve saved the final season of How I Met Your Mother for her recuperation and we might finally give Sons of Anarchy a spin. My selling point will be to tell her that it is a retelling of Hamlet.

Selfie

 

Get well soon, honey! I love you!

New Netflix Streaming Movies for the Week of 11/11/14

A little bit of this, a little bit of that – I’m afraid that there won’t be much posted this coming week as I’m on a much deserved vacation.

Dumb and Dumber

Comedy: Dumb and Dumber, You’ve Got Mail, Fading Gigolo

Documentary: Altman

Phenomenon

Drama: Phenomenon, Decoding Annie Parker, Archipelago, Exhibition, Unrelated

Family: The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie (1990)

Fantasy & Science Fiction: Batman, Batman Returns

Foreign: Dormant Beauty, Inkaar

Television: Blue Bloods and new episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and The Bletchley Circle

Seven

Thriller: Seven

Dorothy’s Superheroes

Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Batman: The Brave & The Bold, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited are all currently on streaming Netflix. My granddaughter Dorothy and I have sat through all of them.

Green Lantern

 

Green Lantern: The Animated Series (2011) – Rated TV-PG

In deep space, Earth’s Green Lantern, Hal Jordan, patrols the Guardian Frontier, where he must face invasions from the evil Red Lantern Corps.”

Dorothy’s chant: “No man escapes the manhunters!”

In the age old question of Marvel vs. DC, you have to give movies to Marvel. Sure, Christopher Nolan’s Batman series was great but then you have drivel such as Man of Steel, Jonah Hex, and, of course, Green Lantern.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series was made at the same time as the movie but is actually quite engaging, even though it didn’t find enough of an audience to last more than a season. The writers did a great job of having individual stories while at the same time having multi-episode arcs as well as a steady progression to the series finale.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold

 

Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008-11) – Rated TV-Y7

Batman travels both time and space to fight crime in this animated series, which finds the Caped Crusader teaming up with his fellow superheroes.

This is definitely a very kiddie oriented version of Batman. Rather than the dour Kevin Conroy Batman, this one has Diedrich Bader doing the growly yet much lighter in tone Batman. As befits The Brave and The Bold moniker, each episode features at least one guest hero, sometimes many.

Dorothy likes this version best because it is very light, often reminiscent of Adam West’s Batman. I enjoyed it for the never-ending roster of DC guest heroes and villains. Aquaman is an absolute hoot in this series and appears many times. Bat Mite I could do without but thankfully he doesn’t infest too many episodes.

Justice League

 

Justice League (2001-3) – Rated TV-Y7

Anything’s possible in this animated series when world-famous superheroes band together to fight crime as the Justice League of America.”

Justice League relates the story of the core Justice Leaguers: Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Wonder Woman, J’onn J’onzz, and Hawk Girl. I enjoyed the series more than Dorothy. There wasn’t enough humor to hold her interest I expect and that facet was not improved upon with Unlimited.

Kevin Conroy returns as Batman and the rest of the voice cast is quite good. The guest villains are also quite well-voiced with Lex Luthor (Clancy Brown) dominating though Mark Hamill steals scenes as Solomon Grundy.

Justice League Unlimited (2004-5) – Rated TV-Y7

As humanity faces new villains, Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman and dozens of other animated superheroes create a league to combat each menace.”

Justice League Unlimited picks up right where Justice League left off, including the relationship between Green Lantern and Hawkgirl. The difference is that our core members are joined by a cavalcade of other DC heroes. The best of the bunch is The Question (expertly voiced by Jeffrey Combs) who appears in five episodes.

I expect that we will be trying Young Justice next before moving on to the Marvel animated canon.

Amazon Prime has four volumes of Kevin Conroy’s Batman: The Animated Series as well as three volumes of Superman: The Animated Series streaming.

The Dark Knight, Punisher, Luke Cage and YouTube

Lately I’ve been watching a lot of fan-made stuff on YouTube.

* Try The Dark Knight & 60s Robin for a funnier approach to The Dark Knight Rises. The same people also put out a mumblemouth version of Bane but since that’s what we get in The Dark Knight Rises, it isn’t much of a parody. Yes they cleared up a lot of Bane’s dialogue (in The Dark Knight Rises) but I missed quite a bit of what he said on my first viewing. Maybe it was all a plan for repeat business.

* Try Batman: Dead End for a much more serious fan film. This was released at ComiCon in 2003 and was so well received that the creator (Sandy Collora) created another fan short, World’s Finest as well as directing an interesting feature film, Hunter Prey.

* So you say you enjoyed Thomas Jane as The Punisher but liked the grittiness of Punisher: War Zone? Try the short Dirty Laundry on Youtube.

* Isaiah Mustafa (The Old Spice guy) cut a serious albeit fake trailer for Luke Cage. I think he looks good in it but I’d really like to see Michael Jai White as Luke Cage (or T’Challa).

* I do have to give Isaiah props though for he also cut this silly video combining his Luke Cage persona with his Old Spice commercials.

* I also got to enjoy watching an old Christopher Lee/Peter Cushing film that I hadn’t seen since I was a child. Night of the Big Heat (Island of the Burning Damned here in the U.S.) turned out to be nowhere near as good as I remembered it being but was still fun.

I noticed Youtube had a number of other ‘abandoned’ films (Island of Terror, The Legend of the Werewolf, The Uncanny, Blood Beach, etc.). I cannot imagine that they are out of copyright or Mill Creek and all the other public domain moviehouses would have cranked out DVDs but no one appears to be defending the rights and there has never been a U.S. DVD release for any of those films.