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They’re not standing around the watercooler, but Cheryl Sadler, Mark Meszoros, Mark Podolski and Nicole Franz are talking about what they’ve been watching, listening to and playing during their free time.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

What I've been watching

Summer isn't usually a hot time for TV, and the summer movie season has a been a downright disappointment. (That means you Man of Steel).

Still, there's plenty out there to watch and be entertained, if you look hard enough. Here's what caught my eye lately:

"BEWARE THE BATMAN": The newest take on the Dark Knight debuted on Cartoon Network last week, and it didn't disappoint. The TV show is computer generated, which had many fans outraged, but the look is something different and sleek. Two things I really liked: Alfred is a former MI-6 agent and a tough guy, and this Batman takes a beating, like he's learning on the fly to a superhero. It's been reported the normal line of villains won't be in this Batman universe, which is refreshing. Let's see if these new baddies hold a candle to the Joker, Catwoman and the Riddler.

TRAILER FOR "SAVING MR. BANKS": I stumbled across this, mostly because I'm a big Tom Hanks fans. "Saving Mr. Banks" is set for a Dec. 13 release, and the film is the back story of how Walt Disney's "Mary Poppins" came to the big screen. Hanks looks magical as Walt Disney and the film looks like a possible Oscar favorite. Check out the trailer below:

"THE IMPOSSIBLE": This gut-wreching film starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor tells the story of a family caught in the 2004 tsunami in Thailand. If you have children this one might be tough to get through but the pay-off comes at the end.

"THE INTOUCHABLES": No, not "The Untouchables" with Kevin Costner and Sean Connery. "The Intouchables" is a heart-warming French film about two lost souls who forge an unlikely friendship. The 2011 film stars Francois Cluzet and Omar Sy, and reminds me a lot of "Rain Man." You won't be disappointed.

- Mark Podolski | @mpodo


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