Mini-Review Monday: The Legend of Korra – Season One

My reviews of seasons two, three, and four.

WARNING: Huge series finale spoilers for Avatar: The Last Airbender lay ahead. You have been warned.

The Legend Of KorraRelease: April 14 – June 23, 2012

Story: There are four nations: water, earth, air, and fire. Some in those nations are born with the ability to bend and control one of those elements. In the events of Avatar: The Last Airbender, a long war between the Fire Nation and the other three nations finally ended thanks to the help of the Avatar (the only person who can use all four elements), his friends, and the eventual ruler of the Fire Nation. Many decades have past and the old Avatar, an airbender named Aang, has died. He, like the many Avatars before, has been reincarnated into someone else. This time it is a water bender named Korra (voiced by Janet Varney). Korra is headstrong and impatient, but after many years of training, from childhood into her teenage years, she become proficient in water, earth, and fire. She is unable to get a grasp of air and the spiritual side of bending. Her training for mastering the element takes place in Republic City, formed long ago by Aang as a city representing the renewed alliance between the four nations. Unfortunately, Korra’s training by Aang’s youngest son, Tenzin (J.K. Simmons), is interrupted when a mysterious man named Amon (Steve Blum) launches a campaign against all benders. Amon is the head of The Equalists, a group which seeks to eliminate all the bending in the world so everyone can be “equal.” Amon’s ways are violent and crazy, however. It is up to Korra; her new friends, who are brothers and fellow benders voiced by David Faustino and P.J. Byrne; her teacher; and the head of local police (voiced by Mindy Sterling) to stop this madman before he takes away the bending of everyone in the world. But with Amon always being one step ahead of our heroes and opposition around every corner, can Korra and her friends stop Amon in time?

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Queued in Fridays: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)

Welcome to Queued in Fridays. Here I will make my way through my ever growing Netflix queue, talking about each film as I go. I will start at the beginning and go through the movies in the order they’re in. By doing this, I’ll be able to watch a lot of pictures I’ve been meaning to see for a while and you, kind reader, will get more content and more variety. To start us off, we have the 1920 silent version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde starring John Barrymore.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeI wouldn’t say we have a story but a series of strange occurrences that lead to a tragic conclusion, probably appropriate considering the book is called The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Jekyll (John Barrymore) is an upstanding doctor. He’s generous, kind, and puts others needs before his, even giving medical care to the poor of London. One night, Jekyll is having dinner with a few men. One of them is Sir George Carew (Brandon Hearst), the father of Jekyll’s fiancée Millicent (Martha Mansfield). Sir George is an awful man. He’s the type of person you meet and wonder “how did you grow up to be such a terrible human being.” Sir George begins to berate Jekyll for his wholesome and good nature. “No man could be as good as he looks,” he tells Jekyll and the others. The guests all stand-up for Jekyll and his honorable reputation. Jekyll denies that he’s neglecting himself because it is by serving others that one develops himself. Jekyll is then horrified by this line from Sir George.

“Which self? Man has two – as he has two hands. Because I use my right hand, should I never use my left? Your really strong man fears nothing. It is the weak one who is afraid of experience. A man cannot destroy the savage in him by denying its impulses. The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. With your youth, you should live – as I have lived. I have memories. What will you have at my age?”

Jekyll can’t get it out of his mind. He devises a potion that will let out the darker half of himself. Thus yielding to his evil side but leaving “the soul untouched.” From this scientific discovery comes Mr. Hyde.

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And the Oscar Goes to…: Casablanca

Here is the long awaited new entry in my Best Picture Oscar series (the last really new entry was Mrs. Miniver, and up until now I’ve been playing catch up and producing video reviews for my first six entries, which were text reviews only). With this addition comes a change. From now on, the Best Picture reviews will only be available as a video review. Most other reviews on the site will still be in text form but this series won’t. Well, I say that, but if enough people say they want a text review as well, I’ll start providing them again. Let me know. I really want to know your thoughts. Anyway, here’s my review of Casablanca (1942) starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Peter Lorre, and Sidney Greenstreet. It also won Best Director for Michael Curtiz and Best Screenplay for Julius J. Epstein, Phillip G. Epstein, and Howard E. Koch.