Cashing in on the success of Glee, Pitch Perfect takes viewers on the wacky ride of competitive a capella competition. Based on the book by Mickey Rapkin which examined the real-life underground subculture of competitive collegiate a cappella groups at three separate universities, Pitch Perfect desperately wants a to be a celebratory parody for college choirs in the same way Bring It On was for cheerleading. Sadly, nowhere near as clever, Pitch Perfect plays much more like one of Bring It On‘s straight-to-video sequels.
Rian Johnson has only made three movies, but already he’s built quite a reputation for himself. His debut, 2006’s Brick, blended Film Noir into contemporary cinema so seamlessly as to feel like a trick. His follow-up, 2009’s The Brothers Bloom didn’t reach the same highs, but that was more a consequence of his unrestrained ambition and meta-statements than any shortcoming.
Today we get his third movie, Looper, an action film that, like his previous films is doing a lot more than its synopsis suggests. Looper synthesizes time travel, chases, super powers, drug addiction, parenting and big guns into an action movie so full of ideas, it absolutely should have fallen apart long before the movie hit the third act. But Looper never self-destructs, which alone says plenty about its quality.
While stranded on the island of the Flying She-Devils of the Pacific, Atomic Robo and the rag-tag band of fearless jet-pack-strapped female pilots come under attack by Japanese bombers, submarines, and killer robots.
I’m not gonna lie, I kinda want a Star Wars Chewbacca Messenger Bag. No Wookiees were harmed in this faux leather 15in. x 9in. complete with Star Wars logo and an adjustable 36-inch Chewie Bandoleer strap. It can all be yours for the low, low price of $90.
Captain Atom isn’t the first of the New 52 titles to get the ax, but it is the first one I’ve really enjoyed to go away. Captain Atom #0 provides a rebooted origin for the soldier turned super-powered hero, and while it works well enough, like most of the New 52, it’s not nearly as good as the origin the character already had.