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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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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 »

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 »

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 »