TV SERIES Review: Harley Quinn S1E8 – L.O.D.R.S.V.P ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Season 1
DC Universe exclusive
January 17, 2019

Episode 8 – “L.O.D.R.S.V.P”

Harley & crew of King Shark, Clayface and Dr. Psycho rob the Atlantian jewels only to have Aquaman appear and try and foil their thieving plot.

Aquaman and his dolphin sidekick are introduced in S1:E8 – “L.O.D.R.S.V.P”

Aquaman almost succeeds in getting the jewels back, only to have the arrival of Poison Ivy ensnare him in poisonous kelp (“Did somebody ask for kelp?” — lol!).

Ivy snares Aquaman in the opening sequence

The successful heist draws an invite from the Legion Of Doom (L.O.D) and Harley’s crew. Harley is ecstatic and they visit the L.O.D lair in hopes of Harley getting invited.

You’ll have to watch the episode to see if Harley and her crew make it into L.O.D officially or this is just another tease, whether or not there is an advance in the Kite Man and Ivy subplot, if Aquaman reclaims the stolen jewels and more in this 22 minutes of adult animated goodness.

This episode introduces a couple of new conflicts involving the main characters. With next week being episode #9, we’re closing in on the third act of the first season. The stakes are appropriately getting raised.

This episode wasn’t as funny as some of the others, sort of a middle of the road view for me. Enjoyable and entertaining, yes, but likely not to be in the top 5 episodes by the end of the first season. I do like the twisted Aquaman portrayal.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Season 1 Episode Ranking (through 8 episodes)

  1. S1:E1 – Til Death Do Us Part ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. S1:E7 – The Line ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  3. S1:E2 – A High Bar ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  4. S1:E4 – Being Harley Quinn ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  5. S1:E8 – L.O.D.R.S.V.P ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ (current episode)
  6. S1:E5 – Finding Mr. Right ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  7. S1:E3 – So You Need a Crew ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  8. S1:E6 – You’re a Damn Good Cop, Jim Gordon ⭐️⭐️½

Future season one episode anticipated release dates (these are not confirmed dates as of this posting):

  • S1E9 – 1/24/2020
  • S1E10 – 1/31/2020
  • S1E11 – 2/7/2020 also the release of Birds of Prey live action movie.
  • S1E12 – 2/14/2020
  • S1E13 – 2/21/2020 — the season one finale

FIRST LOOK: The Call Of The Wild (2020)

Very nice poster art!

Harrison Ford and (sort of) a dog companion.

Excess CGI dog is what seems to be the early concern/reaction to the official trailer. Some of the comments I’ve read have made me laugh out loud. Call me crazy, but the internet has some really funny people commenting on movies on Youtube, Twitter, and so on. People who get all lathered up over all sorts of things, some of which you wouldn’t think matter that much. Too much CGI dog in a movie about a man and his dog?

This is the era of PETA where you have to be real careful with what is done with animals. Heaven help you if it appears any live animals are put in danger in a movie and, let’s be real, this movie has some potentially dog dangerous scenes like the dog jumping into that freezing water.

Have you watched the trailer?

Senior Citizen Indiana Bones: Raiders of the Lost Bark … er, no, it’s The Call Of The Wild!

This is based of the famous 1903 novel by Jack London and, like Little Women, it has had numerous adaptations through the years. The director is Chris Sanders who is best known for writing and directing Lilo and Stitch.

My concern with this movie isn’t the CGI dog. I’ll let others on the internet police trailer effects. I do think that’s a worthy concern, as evidenced by what happen to the Sonic The Hedgehog movie, so god bless the CGI cops.

I’m worried about Harrison Ford’s age. Less so here, because it isn’t an action film, moreso in the upcoming Indiana Jones 5 due out (maybe) in 2021. Also, this movie has $109 million budget, so it joins that $100+ million budget club. How much of that is going to the dog? Don’t know.

This could be a dry run of what Indy might be like in his senior years.

Look, we all get old. I’ve been gray for years, but it saddens me to think of an 77 year old Harrison Ford in a movie with a CGI dog dubbed “the adventure of the lifetime.” When the dramatic line from Ford to the dog is “you’ve been sleeping in … my bed.” LOL, seriously, who can make this stuff up?

Are you looking forward to see this movie?

The Call of the Wild opens in theaters on February 21, 2020.

Now Featuring FIRST LOOK Fridays

Every Friday here at this blog, at least two new FIRST LOOK at coming soon movies starting … today 1/17/2020

TGIF!

In my ongoing quest to better organize and deliver more of what readers and myself are finding interesting, announcing something new on Fridays called: FIRST LOOK Fridays.

Every Friday starting today, 1/17/2020, there will be at least two new FIRST LOOK posts featuring movies coming to theaters in the future. Some movies might be only a week or two away, some as much as six months or longer into the future.

If you’re new to reading this blog, you can read our past first look posts by following the FIRST LOOK tag, so the type of post isn’t new, it’s simply a designated day where readers can reliably turn in each week and find some of these posts.

If you look at the image at the top of this post there is a hint at (likely) FIRST LOOK coming to theater movies that will be showing up in posts throughout today and Fridays beyond. My usual workflow has me loading these into the drafts and watching and rewatching the trailers, riffing thoughts off that as well as any news articles and blog posts.

The FIRST LOOK: Doolittle (2020) is the most read of these type posts to date here, so I’m guessing this movie starring Robert Downey, Jr. was of great interest and curiosity to moviegoers, even though the early reviews are not good. I’ll be seeing Doolittle at some point today.

Will still be posting FIRST LOOK posts on other days of the week as has been the case since this blog started and there will be non-FIRST LOOK posts some Fridays too to go along with the 2+ posts mentioned above.

There are links to FIRST LOOK posts in the coming soon section as well. These coming soon posts are also popular here, so I’m working on those behind the scenes too. You can follow the coming soon link at the top of the page.

Thank you for reading and happy movie watching to you!

Silence of the Lambs 'Clarice' Starling TV Show Coming Soon to CBS

CBS announced that they have greenlit a TV series based on the character Clarice Starling, the FBI agent from Silence of the Lambs ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

From executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet and based on the character created by Thomas Harris, the show is set in 1993, the year after the events in the Oscar-winning film and will follow Clarice Starling as she returns to the field to pursue serial murderers and sexual predators while navigating Washington, D.C.

Gold Derby

No, the new series will not be starring Jodie Foster, but an interesting sidenote that Anthony Hopkins actually scared Foster during the movie filming.

The actress said, ‘The movie didn’t scare me, but Anthony Hopkins scared me.’ 

Jodie Foster reveals she was ‘scared’ of Anthony Hopkins while filming The Silence Of The Lambs  | Daily Mail Online

Even Hopkins breathing was spooky as that character. Totally get what weirded out Jodie Foster.

This TV series could be promising. A different serial killer of the week type show. Will it be a little bit CSI crossed with Bones crossed with …? We already had Hannibal, so not sure how much, if any, Lecter will be involved.

Will DC Universe merge with HBO Max or Cinemax?

Cinemax.com homepage on January 16, 2020

Cinemax, which has long been sort of known as the brother of HBO for movies, may not be getting any more original content.

“I think you can expect there will not be any more Cinemax originals being produced going forward,” HBO Max boss Kevin Reilly said during the Television Critics Association press tour. Michael Quigley, executive vice president of content acquisitions for the streaming service, said that Cinemax original content will not be the on service either, though the channel is not going away the same way Audience Network will.

Cinemax Programming Won’t Be On HBO Max, No More Original Content

Conversely, DC Universe, a streaming service is losing live action movies to licensing and HBO Max which launches in May 2020, but offering new original content like Harley Quinn adult animated series, which this blog is currently reviewing new episodes as released every Friday (6am PST, GMT-8).

DC Universe currently offers the original adult animated series Harley Quinn

This month in particular some DC Universe members have been complaining over the small library that currently exists of live action movies. This has led to some believing that DC Universe might be merged with HBO Max to make the whole $15/month price tag more appealing.

DCU to merge with Cinemax = Perfect Match?

I think a more logical move — assuming DCU even wants to merge with another streaming service at all — would be for DC Universe to merge with Cinemax. Think about it. Cinemax already has a good library of live action movies and DCU has a ton of great animated content, including a ton of comic books, some cool original animated programming like Harley Quinn and some classic animated DC series.

This seems like a good matchup of forces and could lead to another strong streaming service, vs. a mega streamer like HBO Max gobbling everything (Cinemax, DCU and HBO).

Just to be clear, I know absolutely nothing official. Pure speculation on my part.

Any thoughts on this being a possibility? Does it make sense for all parties involved?

15+ Like A Boss Reviews – That Odd Vagina Cake Is Real Baby Shower Trend

Like A Boss ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Vagina cakes at baby showers? Thought that was one of the more odd scenes in Like A Boss, but apparently true life is stranger than fiction.

Clearly these cakes are kind of a thing, especially among those looking to give their pregnant friends a laugh. Now that we all know, we can begin mentally preparing for the next baby shower we attend just in case a slice of an iced, bloody, pube-covered labia cake is passed our way. Don’t hesitate, just grab a fork.

Like A Boss Vagina Cake Is Actually A Baby Shower Trend

Before we cut deeper into the comedy cake of this film, you should know this critique contains SPOILERS, so if you haven’t seen it yet and don’t want anything spoiled, bookmark and stop back after seeing.

… you’ve been warned, SPOILERS beyond here …

Tiffany Haddish only semi-annoying

Not a fan of her yelling nasally voice. It’s like fingernails on the chalkboard, but to her credit, she is a little more subdued in this role, which I appreciated. Her role as the creative partner in the cosmetics business was not very credible but I’m blaming that more on the script than her. She would have been more believable in a creative marketing role.

Rose Byrne dancing was best part

My favorite part of the movie was Rose Byrne trying to dance. That almost made me laugh. I’m smiling thinking about her doing that weird shuffle with her outstretched hands. She clearly is portraying a very, very bad dancer. Haddish by comparison looked like she could have been teaching a dancing class. Byrne just didn’t have the moves!

What was with the weed smoking?

The weed smoking for the two female friends seemed forced, awkward and out of place. The baby weed scene especially tried way too hard to be funny — and wasn’t. Now, if Snoop Dogg had been in the movie and crashed the wedding party and then smoked a joint with the women that would have made sense.

I don’t have any problems with depictions of drug use in films, bring it on, but it didn’t make much sense in this film.

Summary

The number of blogs I’m reading barely covering — most not even reviewing — this movie indicates the film’s general popularity. Sure, it’s a micro scale and probably a flawed metric, but it gives me an idea of what movies are being watched the most by movie bloggers.

With that said, I’m sticking by my three star, barely recommended to see vote for this film. I could have gone down to two stars and said skip it, but I think the basic story framework is different enough to warrant watching. Is it a great movie? No. But I didn’t think it was a terrible one either. It’s just kind of … there. Better and worse movies are playing right now.

Reviews by Others

What are other movie reviewers saying about Like A Boss?

Recommended

  1. Citizen for Equal Opportunity: “speaking financially woke as Dr. Boyce Watkins would say however this movie displayed far from progressive I would go as far as saying it was very cliche of the black stereotype and white savior.”
  2. Cookies and Koko (3/5): “I would say check it out if you have the money, if not it can wait.”
  3. filmfanstake: “I just loved watching them go back and forth. The laughs here are memorable and make Like a Boss a January film actually worth checking out.”
  4. Jill Florio / Runpee (Grade: C+): “The audience had fun, so I think it hit the target of being pleasant, fluffy, amusing fare. There are a ton of female friendship comedies just like this out there, and there will undoubtedly be more of them.”
  5. Neil Pond / The Media Tourist: “…isn’t great, and sometimes isn’t even very good, but like a lot of movies in January, it suffers by comparison—to all the big, Oscar-bait films that just got unloaded into theaters in November and December”
  6. Spillin Cocoa Films (7/10): “I think it’s a good “girls night out” movie to enjoy with moms, sisters, and friends. It will keep you laughing and probably change your attitude toward most people. I do recommend it.”

Not Recommended

  1. Bringing The Juice: “Not much else to say than this was one of the lazier efforts I have seen in awhile. Some of the performances are funny but overall not enough to save this one.”
  2. Critics Notebook / Will Bjarnar (Grade: D): “The cast and, yes, premise screams a hard-R, femcentric mess that at least promises for some bit of entertainment. The end result comes out whimpering.”
  3. Jacob Throneberry (1/10): “No laughs, no heart, and no risks. Let women direct these films, let women write these films. Stop giving projects to all male crew if you know the film is going to be about women.”
  4. Jonathon Wilson / Ready Steady Cut: “The result is an imitative and often illogical time-waster than is too deliberately apolitical and unchallenging to be offensive. It’s just a bad movie in almost every way that counts, and in all the ways that you’d think.”
  5. Let’s Talk About Movies (1/5): “I honestly can’t remember the last time I witnessed a comedy as bad as this one.”
  6. nathanzoebl (Grade: C-): “a limp and flailing comedy that just made me sad.”
  7. RockAtTheMovies (4.5/10): “I haven’t cared much about the work of Miguel Arteta but he did a terrible job with this film. The cast try their best, Salma Hayek and Jennifer Coolidge included but this one was a stinker.”
  8. Screen Zealots (2/5): “…is still just barely good enough if you are a fan of the two leads or if you’re looking for easy-to-swallow entertainment.”
  9. Society Reviews: “Everything here is an abject failure that can even dust up enough material to fit an 80-minute runtime. Trying to take the heat away from the film’s leads is exactly how another stinker like this gets made 2-3 years from now by creators who simply don’t get the picture.”
  10. Tom Moore / Moore Reviews (1/5): “…is another comedy misfire that’s easily forgettable and probably only make for a halfway decent girls’ night out. I can only hope that Haddish and the rest of the cast can find better material to work with in the future”

Attention other movie bloggers: If I’m not following your blog, please let me know in the comments below with a link to your movie review site. If you write and share detailed reviews of new movies in theater on/around opening week, I’ll pull quote and link reviews I see, read and enjoy. Whether you know it or not, the “us” part of our domain name includes other movie bloggers like you, so please tell me about your movie review blog.

Is @Lionsgate Run (2020) screening WIDE January 24, 2020 – if not, when?

No, Run (2020) is not coming January 24, 2020

(UPDATE 1/18/2020 @18:15 PST (GMT-8): The release date for RUN has been moved further away again to May 8, 2020. Still, no trailer exists as of this update.)

We need Sherlock Holmes to figure out what’s going on with this Run movie.

Information on Lionsgate’s Run starring Sarah Paulson is scant at best. See if you can Google it and find out more .The last update at the beginning of January said it would open wide in theaters on January 24, 2020. Less than two weeks away there has been no trailer released — at least that I can locate anywhere. IMDB, still shows this movie as opening WIDE 9 days from now.

Lionsgate’s Run (2020) is one gigantic mystery on when or if it will actually open in theaters

Rotten Tomatoes as of 1/15/2020 looks like this:

When is Lionsgate’s RUN starring Sarah Paulson coming in 2020? Not January 24, it seems

Movieinsider noted that production closed on it in December 2019.

The last time it was mentioned in the press that I could find was almost a year ago. Is this movie stuck in the Twilight Zone or what?

Maybe somebody from Lionsgate knows what’s happening with this movie. Very strange, but maybe a very unique marketing strategy for this film?