Daredevil – TV Review

As a child, Matt Murdock was blinded by chemicals as he saved a man in a car accident. Then he was trained by a mysterious old blind man who taught him superhuman gifts to make up for his lack of sight and turned him into an amazing fighter and superhero.

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the superhero genre – but now it is getting ridiculous. There is just so much Marvel going on, I don’t know what I want to watch. Like Daredevil. See, I started with Jessica Jones and then moved to Luke Cage and reluctantly returned to Daredevil because I see that in the future, this ties in with the other two. But I didn’t really like it. And this despite the wonderful Vincent D’Onofrio as bad guy (and extremely tragic character in so many ways) Wilson Fisk and Deborah Ann Woll who was wonderful in True Blood but is in this playing a tedious character who, I suspect, will get better in future seasons, but do I have to wait until then? I didn’t like it because I find it hard to engage with Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Daredevil. He just has an annoying arrogance mixed with far too much brooding – and maybe all the Marvel fans out there are screaming that this is exactly what his character is supposed to be, but it just didn’t work for me. I can only hope that I grow to like him when The Defenders starts.

Full Metal Jacket (1987) – Film Review


From the opening shot with the actors playing the Marine recruits having their heads roughly shaved at the start of the training, Kubrick captures the life in US service during the Vietnam War. It follows the recruits being relentlessly tormented by Gny. Sgt, Hartman (R. Lee Ermer) through their training then following them to Vietnam; to the impatience of life on base to the horrors of life in the field.

There really can be no denying that Kubrick was a master filmmaker. I wonder if a film now could be made with the long, drawn out establishing shots like this. Kubrick captures so many stages of life as a Marine. The destruction of the spirit of less capable recruits like Private Leonard (Vincent D’Onofrio); the anger and bloodlust of some in the field like Animal Mother (Adam Baldwin); the speculation and curiosity of the observer journalist/soldier like Joker (Matthew Modine). It’s a beautiful and horrible yet magnificent film.

Full Metal Jacket was nominated for an Oscar for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium.