The new Fall show with the most hype has undoubtedly been Gotham, which aired last night. So does it live up to the hype?
Gotham is filled with lots of close-ups and saturated colors which suggest its comic book origins without being too overt an homage. Show creator Bruno Heller (Rome, The Mentalist) is definitely going for a more noir than Comic-con vibe. It was stylish and held my interest. It was fun seeing characters I grew up with (mostly the villains, of course — Catwoman (Camren Bicondova), The Riddler (Cory Michael Smith), Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), and Poison Ivy (Clare Foley) — before they became famous. Jada Pinkett Smith played a new character, Fish Mooney, the local (and incredibly stylish and violent) gang boss.
The first episode opened with a young pickpocket Catwoman scaling a tenement fire escape and witnessing the murder of Bruce Wayne's parents, as well as Gotham's newest detective, James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and his slightly shady partner Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) at the crime scene. As in other interpretations, Gotham is a city you might not want to visit and definitely never live there. The mostly dark episode did have a few humorous moments and was intriguing enough to make me try it again next week. I guess that's all any television show can ask.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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Friday, September 19, 2014
It's impossible not to love Mary Lambert's new song, "Secrets." I'm so glad my daughter is having as much fun singing along to it as I am. Great message, funny lyrics, and the music video is as fun and infectious as the song.
— Mary Lambert, Eric Rosse, Benny Cassette, MoZella
"I've got bi-polar disorderMy shit's not in orderI'm overweightI'm always lateI've got too many things to sayI rock mom jeans, cat earringsExtrapolate my feelingsMy family is dysfunctionalBut we have a good time killing each otherThey tell us from the time we're youngTo hide the things that we don't like about ourselvesInside ourselvesI know I'm not the only one who spent so long attempting to be someone elseWell I'm over itI don't care if the world knows what my secrets are (secrets are)I don't care if the world knows what my secrets are (secrets are) So-o-o-o-o what ..."
Thursday, September 18, 2014
It was just a few short years ago that we attended the Hatsume Festival at the Morikami ...
Posing in the garden
Checking out some cool vendors
Child and mother both look suspiciously at the photographer. Hmmm ...
Cute toothless smile