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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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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 »

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.

Welcome to Summer! Read the rest of this entry »

Shut Up Crime | SUPER

In action, comedy, comic books, cult film on March 23, 2011 at 12:48 am

James Gunn’s twisted take on the superhero genre does pretty much everything KICKASS meant to do last year, without losing the focus of it’s message. Adhering more to the ideal that a person who actually might take up being a crime-fighter – in a complex costume – would not only have to have some deeply-entrenched ideals on right and wrong, but that they’d also have to be pretty messed up in the head. (Possibly some, fundamentalist Christian beliefs as well.) Read the rest of this entry »

Something to leave you RED in the face

In action, comic books on October 6, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Let’s say, that there were movies that came out in the summer; they had groups of ex-military or elite spies that were wronged and sought revenge on their betrayers. Let’s say these movies were big and loud, but overall shot themselves in the foot because they tried to hard to PLAY cool, as opposed to just letting their characters and actors BE cool. Take note movies like THE LOSERS and THE A-TEAM (which I still haven’t seen, so I’m judging you solely on performance and reviews I’ve seen.), RED is what you all should have been aiming for. We all know that Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Chris Evans, Idris Elba and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, can all be cool and kick ass. But as this movie and it’s plot proves, “they just don’t make ’em like they used to.” Read the rest of this entry »

Die Hipster Die | Scott Pilgrim VS. The World

In action, comedy, comic books, romance on August 9, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Wow, so I don’t even know where to start. SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD starts with an 8-bit bang and doesn’t really stop for it’s entire running time. I don’t know if the comic book material is this good, or if it was just tailor made for Edgar Wright (HOT FUZZ, SHAUN OF THE DEAD), but he kicked lots of ass with this movie; and we got to see a number of hipsters explode into Canadian money.

I feel like saying, “I love this movie” and have that be all for this. But, I won’t. The story here is about Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) is a normal, slacker hipster that is now dating a seventeen year old. He’s taunted by his friends, roommate, sister and everyone else. The seventeen year old, named Knives  Chau (Ellen Wong), is curiously and innocently in love with Scott and his band, The Sex Bob-Ombs. Soon, Scott meets Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead – DEATH PROOF), and he falls madly in love with her. Or as in love as a semi-regular guy who looks like Michael Cera, that manages to get all kinds of girls, can fall in love with a woman. Soon, we find out that Scott Pilgrim will have to defeat seven of Ramona’s (evil) exes. (I’m not sure if she has other exes that weren’t evil…but we’re only focusing on those seven for this movie.) Read the rest of this entry »

Sometimes A Horse Is Just A Horse

In action, comic books, western on June 18, 2010 at 12:45 am

I don’t know, this Summer has been up and down, but for the most part; pretty disappointing. PRINCE OF PERSIA was no good; I’ve heard lackluster things about THE A-TEAM (don’t worry, I’ll probably be seeing it soon. Though it’s a toss up on whether I want to see that or the lukewarmly-reviewed KARATE KID, at this point.) and just about only SPLICE and CYRUS have managed to provide some level of true entertainment.

But, now comes JONAH HEX. A sci-fi, supernatural western, based off a comic book. It stars Josh Brolin, Megan Fox, John Malkovich, Michael Fassbender and Aidan Quinn as President Ulysses S. Grant. Heck, there’s even appearances by Will Arnett, Lance Reddick, Michael Shannon (literally, if you blink you’ll miss him), Wes Bentley and even, Tom Wopat (you know, Luke Duke…get it?). Written by the likes of Neveldine & Taylor, the movie certainly has a bit of the freneticness that you’d expect from the creators of the CRANK franchise. Read the rest of this entry »

I Am IRON MAN 2

In action, comic books on May 8, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Since this blog started a while after the original IRON MAN movie was released, I don’t know that I’ve given my opinion on it much – other than I guess the two posts I’ve dedicated to the trailers of the sequel, where I probably expounded on my love of the first movie in this franchise.

Okay, well, I guess that covers that. Now on to the sequel.

There are things about this movie that make it leaps and bounds above the original, but then there are also things that seem like they might have been forced in to add spectacle – or in some places asses. Overall though, I have to say I really enjoyed the movie. I thought that the action was spectacular and in most situations tension-filled and realistic (y’know, for having a metal-suited guy or two punching each other). The actors were all spectacular, from the moments of Director Jon Favreau in his small role as “Happy” Hogan; the few scenes that Clark Gregg (as SHIELD Agent Colson) has are funny just like in the original; and even John Slattery (MAD MEN), playing Tony Stark’s father in some “archived footage” was pretty great. Read the rest of this entry »

Hey, LOSERS! (When good guys go bad, Part 1)

In action, comic books on April 20, 2010 at 1:51 am

This year is going to see at least three movies featuring renegade soldiers/men of action fighting back against corrupt governments (ours or others) and villainous villains with henchmen that are like one of the heroes, only less “cuddly” (hint: the hero they usually refer to isn’t that cuddly). In the next few months, hopefully I’ll get to talk about each one, but for now… Read the rest of this entry »

They Should Call Him ‘Ass-Kick’…

In action, comic books on April 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Why is it that everything people love, someone has to come along and try and kill it? There’s the iPhone killers, the puppy killers, and for a long time now there’ve been people trying to kill super-heroes. First came the Alan Moore/Frank Miller comics – Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns; then there was THE DARK KNIGHT, a movie which seemed to want to be the ultimate superhero movie (and well, it kind of was – but not genre killing); then the live-action version of WATCHMEN. But, the problem is, while each of these things might have upped the stakes a little bit, none of them are quite able to be the “end all, be all” of the genre. If nothing else, a couple of them just helped to raise the genre out of the ghetto of people thinking super-heroes are just for kids.

Then along comes Mark Millar. With his work on The Ultimates, to WANTED, and now we get KICK ASS. The movie adapted from the comic by Millar and iconic super-hero artist John Romita, Jr. I have to admit that I’ve not read any of the comic – or honestly more than an issue or two of any of Millar’s work. But with the new story, brought to life by co-writer/director Matthew Vaughn (STARDUST, LAYER CAKE); we get another attempt and I have to say it’s probably the closest we’ve come yet to a movie where after I raise my hands and say, “that’s it. We’re done.” Read the rest of this entry »