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Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice

In action, comic books, Fantasy on March 25, 2016 at 1:23 pm

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Well, first of all, it’s been nearly two years since I have posted to the blog, here. And the reason that I’ve come back is I saw a movie today that the whole world is crapping on, and while I’m not the one to stand up and defend it completely; I am here to explain why I enjoyed it.

It’s been nearly three years since MAN OF STEEL, the first film in the burgeoning DC Cinematic Universe, appeared and while my review of that movie was fairly positive, in the time since, I have grown to have major issues with the portrayal of Superman in this new form. I still hold it’s not the destruction or even the fact that Superman kills which bothers me. It’s instead the personification of the character. His principles and the choices he’s made growing up – and from that, the principles that his adoptive (human) parents instilled within him. I think it’s a legitimate concern about an alien child falling into the Kansas top-soil, and fear of what our governments, and sects of fanaticism would do with that knowledge. But, the issue comes from how Pa Kent (as played by Kevin Costner) instilled Clark with the perspective that in order to keep his secret, he should be willing to let people die. He shouldn’t try to save everyone. In fact, in Man of Steel, there’s a continued idea of Kal-El being a god. His Kryptonian father says as much, Pa Kent thinks so. And it becomes one of the repeated, basic tenets of BATMAN v. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. Is there actually a god if aliens, and specifically Superman, exists; and if so, is Superman god? It’s a good question, and I feel like it works as a plot-thread throughout Batman v. Superman.

Just a warning, there aren’t any major spoilers in the rest of the review, but I do discuss aspects containing the plot. So, if you want to remain untainted, tread carefully.

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Bring Me The Bone Saw | ELYSIUM

In action, sci-fi on August 12, 2013 at 8:50 am

ElysiumDamonBigPosterNew590JuneNeill Blomkamp made the best sci-fi movie of 2009. A year not wanting for sci-fi fare. AVATAR, STAR TREK, MOON, and THE BOX, having all made waves in one way or another.  But, for me, DISTRICT 9 gave us a new face, and model in science-fiction. So, it was with much anticipation I looked forward to the new movie starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, and Sharlto Copley.

Overall, I definitely feel Elysium is a lesser movie than District 9. There was a rawness, and an acceptance to using their limited resources to the absolute limit. And the one thing that makes it stand above Elysium is the fact that it’s set in a “real world,” where characters aren’t predetermined to be heroes. Read the rest of this entry »

MAN OF STEEL

In action, comic books, sci-fi on June 16, 2013 at 3:33 pm

New Man of Steel PosterHey all, I’ve been working on posts for movies that I wanted to review, but honestly, nothing has really inspired me to press the “publish” button. Let alone go back through everything to edit and clean it all up. So, you’ll probably never see my reviews of IRON MAN 3 (liked it), FAST 6 (eh..major issues), or AFTER EARTH (liked OBLIVION better, but thought it was Shyamalan’s best in a while).

But, today brings the movie that (hopefully) has inspired such confidence. MAN OF STEEL, the reinterpretation of Superman by the guys (and gals) that brought us the newest BATMAN movies. Added to the mix is Zack Snyder, the man behind such comic book adaptations like WATCHMEN and 300. Whatever you may think of them. I like them, for the most part… And that really leads straight into Man of Steel. I liked it for the most part. Didn’t love it. Didn’t think it was great. There were some fun moments that I really liked, and then there were others that were really dumb.  Read the rest of this entry »

AVENGERS Assemble!

In action on May 2, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Let’s just get this out of the way, right now. I loved THE AVENGERS. I’d put it right up there with the first IRON MAN movie, the second SPIDER-MAN and X-MEN movies. It packed everything into it that this kid who grew up as a Marvel Comics fan could hope for. And just like any of you that are intimately familiar with the source material, you’re bound to walk in looking to love what Joss Whedon has done with these characters, and walk back out gushing about all the brilliant things he did right. Read the rest of this entry »

ACT OF VALOR | Damn Few

In action on February 14, 2012 at 6:21 am

There are two things that I don’t like or pay much attention to in this world. One is video games (other than Angry Birds and Words With Friends), and the other is jingoistic fervor. So, despite the fact that the new movie, ACT OF VALOR, seemed like it might be brimming with the opportunity for both; I was really excited to see it. Perhaps it was because I bought into the “hook” of the movie from the opening moments of the trailer. REAL LIFE, ACTIVE DUTY NAVY SEALS?! In a fictional movie that would allow them to show their skills? Sold.

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HUMPING TRAILERS: The Fairest of Them All

In action, comedy, Fantasy, trailers on November 30, 2011 at 8:26 am

One of these is definitely fairer than the other...

Bet you didn’t expect to see another post so soon, did you? Well, welcome to the beginning of the new features. Humping Trailers is a pun… I’ll wait to see if you get it. Okay, here’s a hint, they’ll be posted on Wednesdays. Get it yet? No. Well, nevermind then…

So, there’s this amazing thing Hollywood does, sometimes. They’ll release two movies that focus on similar subjects around the same time, causing people to have to choose which is their favorites, and usually one is pretty great, while the other sucks balls. (That’s not a pun.) Some examples? DANTE’S PEAK vs. VOLCANO (the latter for me); ARMAGEDDON vs. DEEP IMPACT (gotta go with Armageddon on this one); THE ILLUSIONIST (2006) vs. THE PRESTIGE (not even a contest for me…Prestige).  Read the rest of this entry »

13 ASSASSINS

In action on May 22, 2011 at 12:52 am

I’ll admit, over the past few weeks I’ve found myself less and less interested in writing reviews. I have a post started that was meant to be a “one and done” of all the schlocky, genre movies I’ve seen lately. The beginning of the Summer reviews I’ve done for THOR and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN were nearly torturous. Even the four-hour “masterpiece” I just watched called LOVE EXPLOSION, hasn’t made me want to bust out the blogging software.

But that all just changed with 13 ASSASSINS, the new samurai epic from Takashi Miike. A movie that has been trumpeted by many others as a masterpiece, and I’d say it goes beyond even that to being a perfect film.  Read the rest of this entry »

There Should Be A Captain In There Somewhere | PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES

In action, comedy, Family, Fantasy on May 19, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Captain Jack Sparrow has become one of the most iconic movie characters of this new millennium; right beside Jason Bourne, The Joker, and Bumblebee (in his current Michael Bay envisioned form – there’s even a guy on Hollywood Blvd dressed like him all the time). So, while the original trilogy of Pirates ended on an up-note for just about everyone, there was quickly word that a new adventure with Johnny Depp’s pirate would be back.

And back he is, though not quite as swashbuckling as before. Part of the charm of the original movies were we had no idea who this guy was, whose side he was on (though usually on his own, he tended to vacillate between allies), and what crazy concoction he’d come up with next. Unfortunately, three movies tends to give you a good grasp on what the character’ll do. And that’s this movie’s main problem. Read the rest of this entry »

By Odin’s Beard | THOR

In action, comic books on May 5, 2011 at 11:23 am

Prepare to runneth over with geeky words and not a lot of praise for the God of Thunder’s new movie. While it does it’s best to earnestly create multiple worlds, there just isn’t enough of any one of them to bring the Marvel Comics character to full-fledged life. But, it’s still fun.

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Mission Friggin Insanity | FAST FIVE

In action on April 27, 2011 at 12:08 pm

My history with the FAST & FURIOUS franchise is thus; I liked the first a lot, based on it’s cheesy updating of POINT BREAK and my undying love for Vin Diesel. I’ve never seen the second or third movies; and I thought that the fourth movie was pretty good too. Did I really see a need for another addition to the franchise? No, but then I’m also not living with the much-dwindled career of Diesel and his lesser co-stars.

But I’ll say this, FAST FIVE is better than SCRE4M. Read the rest of this entry »