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Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice

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


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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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 »

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 »

Quick Lesson, Never Walk Through Mirrors Or Fall Down Rabbit Holes

In Fantasy on November 28, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Had to catch up on the fantasy movies that have neither a Potter or a Hobbit in them, which meant I had to see Tim Burton’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND and Terry Gilliam’s THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS. One I felt was a clever take on a classic story, with over the top visuals and performances (especially of the Johnny Depp variety); the other was a confusing take on retreads that the visual director has taken before and was shot like a bad TV movie.

And I just realized those descriptions won’t help you figure out which is which… Read the rest of this entry »