Kiddies Carnival 2K12 Toronto

Well, Toronto’s “Kiddies Carnival” has passed and TSM was on hand to DJ, MC and take photo’s of the event. You can see them here and even more on our Facebook fan page. Be sure to tell your friends and like the fan page while you’re there.

The Dark Knight Rises Review

Cast overview:
Christian Bale
Gary Oldman
Tom Hardy
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Anne Hathaway
Marion Cotillard
Morgan Freeman
Michael Caine
Matthew Modine
Foley
Alon Aboutboul
Dr. Pavel (as Alon Moni Aboutboul)
Ben Mendelsohn
Daggett

Eight years on, a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham’s finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy. – imdb.com
Runtime: 164 min

Director: Christopher Nolan

Writers: Jonathan Nolan (screenplay), Christopher Nolan (story/screenplay) David S. Goyer (story)

Well its over folks. The “greatest” batman movie run is over (though, lets be honest, as long as he didn’t have bat-nipples and ass shots as he got into costume it would have been better). This is the longest running of any batman movie, and the longest of the 3..It even feels longer due to the story. They dragged the HELL out of this movie. You can’t blame them entirely since, they put this movie 8 years to the day (in the movie world) into the future from the previous “The Dark Knight” movie (Stupid idea in my opinion).

[Spoilers start here]

I get that the story had to explain what happened in the 8 years that followed, but there were things I felt could have been left out, and or introduced to set up “potential” future instalments or as I said in my Amazing Spider-Man review, nods to the fans of the comics from a picture, right down to someone obviously saying something (like Tony Stark’s life model decoy joke in the Avengers). The story, however, did give you a solid send off as it progresses. There’s homage moments, and a sense of nostalgia seeing the rebuilt “Wayne Manor”. The best moments are from Bane and Batman as the will in both of them is cool. I will add, they ruined his origin story to make it all come full circle to the first movie in my opinion. Because of that it felt like the writers and the powers who made this movie didn’t actually have a real idea in mind to make this movie. Recently there was what felt like a global, if not just a North American “occupy” movement that if I’m not mistaken, was started on New York’s “Wall Street” and it was basically saying lessen the gap from the those who have and those who have not. This kind of plays into the movie’s first half and is what kind of makes the movie drag on. There aren’t many questions you’re left with but maybe three at the end which is a part of good movie making, but can also ruin a movie as well.

The acting… Michael Caine.. He is so damn talented, sadly his role was limited. But he has such a charm as a 78 year old man that during the movie, you kind of wish he had more screen time. Morgan Freeman… Well..he was Morgan Freeman. The best actor/ess this time around was the addition of Anne Hathaway. She had the best take on Selina Kyle/Catwoman there has ever been. If you remember “the Batman Animated Series” (which to most comic fans is regarded as the best ever cartoon series based off comic books) then you will see that similar take here. She was introduced the best in all 3 movies. Tom Hardy is hard to say if he really acted, because he has a mask. Acting is so much facial expressions as it is, vocal performance. On top of his natural accent (which is, I believe, is a U.K. one) he put a variant of an irish one. Where this becomes a bad role for him is the part where he can’t be understood. He can for the most part, but I feel like at times, he was totally inaudible more than once which makes this a major short fall for the movie. Chris Bale as Batman felt as he looked as Bruce felt (method acting), but still braver beyond his limitations. I know many don’t like the voice he puts for Batman, but its so needed as to have a difference between the two ego’s Bruce has. On top of that, the range in which he’s able to carry that is impressive, he yells, whispers, intimidates, etc all with this growl like voice which I can only imagine how hard that is. Marion Cotillard’s performance seemed flat and her last moment is the worse thing I’ve seen in a movie since…. well since bat nipples.

The music was fantastic but some of it did seem like it was borrowed from the last film. I won’t lie, a lot of Hans Zimmer’s music kind of has the same tone, but its sick when its needed, and the one time they don’t have music in the film is probably my most favourite moment in the movie.

In terms of the effects and audio, I have to seriously question how the people got the job. The flying “bat” glitches like crazy (yes… I noticed it) then, again, BANE’S VOICE… how do you have a movie of this magnitude, with such a villain and then have it come across as bother-some that his voice couldn’t be heard in every scene? There wasn’t a single WOW moment in this movie. You remember THE DARK KNIGHT? That entire movie felt like a WOW moment (mostly the Jokers truck attack scene where an 18 wheeler is FLIPPED OVER). Or even the first time we see Batman in that film. The only wow moment here, is catwoman’s performance, and the brute style of Bane.

Come the end of this movie, Wayne’s story is complete. Which is a very good thing. It is a perfect send off , and if WB does want to continue this version of Batman to do their pending Justice league movie then this is where they could pick it up from. I felt that Nolan tried to do something grand. He NEVER WANTED A TRILOGY, but for one reason or another he made one. Even though its a good movie, they didn’t get Batman right from the first movie (Batman doesn’t fail to save someone if even by not directly saving them, he saved the Joker all the time). Batman in this movie is challenged beyond what we’ve seen so that’s new, but I felt they tried too much for the Oscar than to make a TOTALLY satisfying movie (not that I won’t add this to my collection but I’m in no rush).

I shall leave you with this.. after seeing the teaser for the new Superman movie (dubbed “Man of Steel”) all I kept saying was this would have been solved in 3 minutes had Superman been contacted and, even better, Brian Michael Bendis (a Marvel Comics writer) said the next honest truth I said at the end of this movie:

“everyone is thinking it, so i’m just going to say it: the problem with the dark knight rises is that the Avengers could have had that shit wrapped up in under 10 minutes. including shwarma break!”

If you were expecting a review where this movie is praised, look at friend and fellow bloggers review @Mr_STiXX’s review

If you were wondering which comics inspired this movie: “Knightfall” and “No Man’s Land”.

  • Overall rating of the movie: 3.7 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 3 out of 5,
  • Editing: 3 out of 5,
  • Audio: 2.5 out of 5,
  • Acting: 3.7 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? The movie theatres on a cheap day in Imax. Blu-ray to complete the trilogy only.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

*Feel free to discuss the movie in the comments*

 

TWENTY-TWELVE GROOVY SOCA MIX

Good day folks,
We told you we’d give you 2 mixes by the end of the month. Here is the first one, this one is strictly Groovy Soca, so I hope you all enjoy it :).

Courtesy of yours truly,
Mr STARKMaDD & the TSM fam

TWENTY-TWELVE GROOVY SOCA

1. YOU GOT IT – TIAN WINTER
2. OVER YOU – KIMBA SORZANO
3. TOATING FEELINGS – BENJAI
4. GAL A BUBBLE – KONSHENS
5. 4D RIDDIM – 1ST KLASE
6. 4D GYAL – SWAPPI
7. STRESS AWAY – KES
8. MAKE YUH ROCK – MACHEL MONTANO
9. WEDDING RING – BUNJI GARLIN
10. GYAL RUN OUT – FAY-ANN LYONS
11. BRING IT ON – NADIA BATSON
12. HOW YA SO – PETER ROSS & BUNJI GARLIN
13. WINE FOR YOUR LOVER – ZIGGY RANKIN
14. DRINKIN PARTNER – KLASSY ft. DEV
15. BONANZA RIDDIM – DJ FUTURE
16. DE WUK – DJ FUTURE
17. WUK THAT TING – ORLANDO OCTAVE
18. AFTER PARTY – LYRIKAL
19. ME NEVER LAPS – MR. KILLA
20. GYAL BAWLING – LUTA
21. ANGELA – SKINNY FABULOUS
22. ALL I ASK – TIAN WINTER
23. SUGA – RICHARDO DRUE
24. SOMETHING ON THE SIDE – ADRIAN DUTCHIN
25. TOUCH IT – CHUCKY
26. GALS WANT MORE IRON – ALISON HINDS
27. PUSHING IT – EDWIN YEARWOOD
28. BOOST HER UP – KONSHENS
29. CONTEST – LIL RICK
30. CRANK – PETER ROSS
31. BACK ON MEH – STAR GEORGE
32. SOUND DE HORN – BLAXX
33. CARNIVAL CHILDREN – DESTRA GARCIA
34. NEIGHBOUR WAYS – BROTHER B
35. HIT THE DANCE FLOOR – SHAL MARSHAL
36. INNA BED – PROBLEM CHILD
37. AH EN LYIN – SHELDON DOUGLAS
38. MISTA WUKKA – NEKOYAN ft. KEISHA
39. WINING ADDICTION – SHERWAYNE WINCHESTER
40. BADDER DAN WE – SHERWAYNE WINCHESTER
41. BADDER DAN WE [REMIX] SHERWAYNE WINCHESTER ft. POPCAAN
42. SLOW WINE – PATRICE ROBERTS
43. WHINE – THE iZ ft. MACHEL MONTANO
44. BRUK IT DOWN [758 REMIX] – MR VEGAS
45. BRUK IT DOWN [SOCA REMIX] – MR VEGAS ft. ALISON HINDS
46. FREAK – PATRICE ROBERTS
47. GIH ME – PATRICE ROBERTS & SWAPPI
48. GO DOWN – ORLANDO OCTAVE
49. WORK – NEBULA868
50. POOR CONDUCT – NEBULA868
51. INSIDE DE PARTY – CASSI
52. ALL OVER – FAY-ANN LYONS & BARON
53. IT HURTIN – MEGAN W.SASS
54. EXTRAORDINARY – MR RENZO ft. SWAPPI
55. CYAH STOP MOVING – TERRY LYONS
56. CYAH STOP MOVING [REMIX] – TERRY LYONS ft. BEENIE MAN
57. READY – NADIA BATSON
58. SAW MILL – ORLANDO OCTAVE
59. BARTENDER – MAKAMILLION W. YANKEY BOY & JESSE
60. JOHNNY WALKER [REMIX] – RIKKI JAI ft. LADY SAW
61. SINGLE FOREVER [REMIX] – KI ft. MACHEL MONTANO HD
62. NOTHING LESS [RDMIX] – K RICH
63. CAH STOP – K RICH
64. TIME FOR WORK – MACHEL MONTANO
65. BAD – NEBULA868 ft. SWAPPI
66. ON D SPOT – ERPHAAN ALVES
67. WINE YUH BODY – SHAL MARSHAL
68. BUBBLE ON A DJ – SWAPPI
69. BOSSING – MX PRIME
70. BREAKING AWAY – DESTRA GARCIA
71. REPRESENT – MACHEL MONTANO
72. BACCHANALIST [REMIX] – KERWIN DU BOIS
73. HEAD BAD [ON D ROAD] – KES & MICHELLE XAVIER
74. COME PLAY A MAS – KES
75. COME PLAY A MAS [RDMIX] – KES

SEIV.II [100% POWER SOCA]

Here is the 2nd mix we are releasing, SEIV.II. We decided to make this one 100% Power Soca because…well…because we wanted to lol. With Toronto Carnival just over a week away, what better way to get you pumped for the parade with a mix that is 100% MaDDNESS.

Don’t waste time, get it now.

SEIV.II: 100% POWER SOCA

1. P.Y.F PUMP YUH FLAG [758 RMX/PRECISION ROADMIX] – MACHEL MONTANO
2. MAKE IT WHEEL – MX PRIME
3. MAKE ROOM – KERWIN DU BOIS
4. MASH UP EVERYTHING – TREVLYN & SHURWAYNE WINCHESTER
5. WE LOVE – SHURWAYNE WINCHESTER
6. LINK UP [RAZORSHOP RDMIX] – DESTRA GARCIA
7. MAKING UP – NADIA BATSON
8. SOLUTION – PATRICE ROBERTS
9. PRETTY GYAL [NO CONTROL] – KES THE BAND
10. THROW WINE – PROPHET BENJAMIN
11. ALIEN – VOICE
12. REVELING – MACHEL MONTANO
13. REVELING [CHAMPION SOUNDS HITZ MIX] – MACHEL MONTANO
14. EXLODE [KING BUBBA & BIG RED RDMIX] – ALISON HINDS
15. OUT ON DE ROAD – LYSICAL
16. INNA BAND – BLAXX
17. INNA BAND [RDMIX] BLAXX
18. JAB ALL OVER [JUST JAB] – TALLPREE
19. JAB [NO PAIN] – IWER GEORGE
20. MISS BEHAVE – FAY-ANNN LYONS
21. MISS BEHAVE [PRECISION RDMIX] – FAY-ANN LYONS
22. BORN READY – BUNJI GARLIN
23. BORN READY [RECISION RDMIX] BUNJI GARLIN
24. BUCKET [SCRATCHMASTER ROADMIX] – SWAPPI
25. BUCKET – SWAPPI
26. BUCKET [PRECISION & 1ST KLASE RDMIX] – SWAPPI
27. ANIMAL – FIREMAN HOOPER
28. RAVERS – LIL RICK
29. DON’T PLAY WID ME – GORG
30. SHELL DOWN DAT –SKINNY FABULOUS
31. UNCONTROLLABLE – BLAXX
32. TERRIBLE [THREEKS OFFICIAL RDMIX] – ERPHAAN ALVES ft. MACHEL MONTANO
33. HORN PASS – PATRICE ROBERTS
34. PULLIN BULL – SCREWS & CHINEE
35. HARD CONCRETE – HOLLYWOOD SACHY
36. HARD CONCRETE [M.MARFAN RDMIX] – HOLLYWOOD SACHY
37. DOWN TO THE GROUND – PELF
38. BURNOUT [REMIX] – MXPRIME

Daredevil #8 (2012) Review

Well, since I’m trying to catch up on Spider-Man comics, there was a two part tie-in issue, Amazing Spider-Man (ASM) #677, and Daredevil (DD) #8 written by Mark Waid and art by Kano (that is such a wicked name by the way). The Story for the two books is simple. Black Cat (Felicia) is the Marvel version of “Catwoman” found in “DC” comics. This Means she’s the cat burglar who is an on /off hero when she sees fit. She has the hots for Spider-Man and has been framed for stealing a hologram. Daredevil is one of Marvel’s go to lawyers, so Spidey enlists DD’s help to try and get her out of jail or any kind of legal trouble in general (which she didn’t need since she escaped and found Spidey and DD anyway and is persuaded by Spidey to investigate further).

The three manage to find the man who invented the hologram device in inside a hidden room in his apartment, where they interrogate him and he reveals that his kidnapping was forced by members of Terra-One in order to co-operate. Spidey and Felicia believe that he might be lying but Daredevil’s acute senses reveals that, not only is he telling the truth, but he’s also been poisoned and has very few minutes remaining to live, so Spider-Man rushes with him to the hospital while DD and Felicia head to investigate.

They both manage to find the location of the Holographic Projector, safeguarded by members of Black Spectre and an ambush is at place. After defeating the initial assault, DD and Felicia head to the high security levels to search for the device, all of this while Felicia flirts with DD. They both split and DD manages to find the device and easily defeat the guards, since they ignore the fact that DD is blind and therefore can’t be fooled by the holograms.

Easily one of my favourite moments

After finding the device and reuniting with Felicia, she comments that Daredevil is not satisfied with the job done so she decides to compensate him with a long, passionate kiss. Daredevil tries to think who might’ve set up Felicia and in a flashback is revealed that Felicia bumped with the mastermind of the theft who reveals to her that the entire ordeal starting with Felicia being set up, was part of his plan to get her attention and “test her” in order to offer her a huge reward in exchange of a device in possession of Matt Murdock (DD) himself.

Meanwhile, in the distance, Spidey sees DD and Black cat kissing with pain and anger. Afterwards, Felicia and Matt go to his apartment to continue the passionate exchange but just when things start to heat up, Foggy Nelson calls Matt to tell him that the body of his father has suddenly disappeared.

The story, as you can see isn’t for much, but the MAIN part to this story (to me anyway) is the new “love triangle” that’s established. As you can see in the end, it sets up a next story arc thats solely in the pages of DD. I don’t often read DD (blame the Daredevil movie) but this take seemed refreshing. He recently had this whole dictator like arc going (see “Shadowland”) and from what I’ve heard about it, it seemed pretty stupid (Maybe one day I’ll review it). The flirting moments are very comedic to the story/character its so welcomed and easily the best part about this book. I’m curious to see how this plays out later.

The art (in both books if not just in this one) is outstanding. I prefer this kind of art (that I’ve called “loose anime style”). The cover is done by one of my favourite artist by the name Paolo Rivera with interior art by Kano (I believe I’ve seen his art work before just can’t remember where exactly). The art is a good transition from the issue previous. In terms of the art to story, with Daredevil as the main guy here, I felt it was a calm approach and very “down to earth”. Which, with DD you kind of need that because he isn’t like Spider-Man, he mostly deals with gang crime and lawyer stuff. More so stuff thats grounded in reality as a blind superhero can be in.

Mark Waid writing was solid, I don’t know if this was a creative story or a story told because of Marvel but either way as i said before it isn’t for much. Maybe because I don’t read DD comics often or at all, but it just seemed like there was a bit too much going on (yet still not enough) it is a good jump on point story however.

Mark Waid’s writing was solid. I don’t know if this was a creative story or a story told because of Marvel, but either way, as I said before, it isn’t for much. Maybe because I don’t read DD comics often or at all, but it just seemed like there was a bit too much going on (yet still not enough) it is a good jump on point story however.
******** FOR SINGLE ISSUE COMIC BOOKS, RATINGS WILL BE OUT OF 5********
  • Overall rating of the comic: 3 out of 5,
  • Art:  4.7 out of 5,
  • layout*: 4 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 4 out of 5,
  • Story: 2 out of ,
  • Continuity? It has yet to be seen (by me) how good this story connects. I doubt i’ll be reading another Daredevil comic book though for some time. I do hope that Black Cat toes get DD tho. they have good chemistry.

*layout for anyone wondering is just how each frame is set up, from singles to full/double page spreads to word placement bubbles to the art.

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Batman Vs Wolverine

Good day folks, I believe last month I had posted a “Darth Vader vs Gandalf” fan made fight. This is as the title says is Batman vs Wolverine. Its again a no brainer, but still worth watching, so enjoy. Feel free to discuss the matter at length in the comment section.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Who is Miles Morales???

Brian Michael Bendis had tweeted this the other day, i clicked on it and wondered what the hey lets give it a go and see what happens. i was madly impressed. so for your viewing pleasure

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Death of Spider-Man

I hope you enjoyed the first review as well as Amazing Spider-Man review. I promise they won’t all be Spider-Man. Well, as the title says, this comic book review will be about the “death” of Spider-Man. Well not the death of Spider-Man but of Peter Parker. The Rejuvenation of the Marvel’s “Earth-616” universe, is that of the entire brand of “Ultimate comics”, and has had a big part in shaping many of the Marvel brand of movies (& some of the ones produced under Fox & Sony), with a more modern “genetic” hidden point of origin. In  the normal Earth 616 everything basically came from some kind of radiation. So, 1, 2, skip to my lou & we have Ultimate Spider-Man still in highschool, living with Aunt May & just trying to do good by his aunt, Nyc-Manhattan, and honor his Uncle’s words of great power & great responsibility. By chapters end, you’ll see that this too, like I said in Spidey Blue, is about girl.

Chapter 1: Cut to a dinner of MJ & Peter enjoying each others company like it was nothing. Pete gets a phone call from a number that he doesn’t recognize, only to find out that it’s Captain Friggin America to take him on a one on one training, spider-man still being a teen, goes full steam ahead, without ever making a plan of attack (lol). Just as Cap is about to give him some good advice, S.H.I.E.L.D calls upon Cap to take care of a situation. At the S.H.I.E.L.D. hq, Norman Osborn » Green Goblin, Max Dillion » Electro, Otto octavious » Dr. Octopus, Sergei Kravinoff Kraven the Hunter, Sandman, Vulture have all just escaped–Peter thought Osborn was dead.

Chapter 2: Osborn & his entourage just break and enter some NYC apartment, they then try assess the situation that they are in. After turning on the tv, we see that it’s crazy right now for shield. As they are having some fight with Nick Fury & his newly formed Ultimates (In the Ult. Universe, he left shield one way or another, for a one reason or another). Dr Octopus is now having a change of heart, & maybe the only one in the gang to have some common sense, tells Osborn to stop his revenge crusade. We see just how pissed off Norman is & at that, as well as how determined he is to finish off Peter once and for all. After Peter makes a stop at his house to warn Aunt May, Gwen and whomever else is at home, May & Gwen take the car & leave. On his way back to trying to help the situation at the Queensborough Bridge, he spots The Punisher. He sees Captain America, and he puts two & two together. Peter/Spier-Man has been shot saving Captain Friggin America.

Chapter 3: The Self Banter narration has been a consistent thing since the first issue and this issue is no different. After the shocking end to the last issue/chapter we see five panels of black, and Peter struggling to regain consciousness to at least to get himself to the hospital. As he struggles to find himself  the strength, energy and will to do so, he sees the sinister 5 (it would have been six had Norman not killed one of them). Realizing that great responsibility is being asked of him this one last time, he swings off. Cut to Johnny Storm and Bobby Drake (who live with Peter due to the events of Ultimatum) who arrive to the Parker residence to find a note from Gwen to leave the house and call when they’re safe. Moments later, the Sinister five show up asking for Peter. Unbeknownst to them, Storm and Drake are the Human Torch, and Iceman (respectively). A fight ensues, and the two tried their best, but in comes the man everyone is looking for, Peter– in a very grand way.

chapter 4: Peter tries to stall, Electro calls him on it, he’s right, they notice he’s been injured. Spidey physically tells him to shut up. An onslaught falls upon Peter, an on-looking neighbour calls Aunt May, hearing how bad it’s getting, she returns to try and aid him. As Pete is about to get the “final blow” from Sandman, Electro zaps him, he wants him, so again just as he is about to do it, Aunt May in the nick of time puts three bullets into Electro, who then short circuits and knocks out most of the remaining evil doers, EXCEPT FOR NORMAN OSBORN

Chapter 5: Mary Jane, who for most of this arc has been M.I.A., is desperately trying to call her boyfriend with no success. She sees lightning flares and tries to dart outside, but is stopped by her mom who insists she will see him at school tomorrow. Pete tries to get Gwen and Aunt May out of harms way, and says to Gwen: “Gwen listen to me, I don’t care what Aunt May says– I don’t care what Aunt May does… You get her as far away from here as you possibly can. I don’t care if you have to hit her on the head with a hammer and carry her over your shoulder!! you get her out of here!!!” that moment is where Peter becomes the most courageous hero. but I’ll get into that in a moment. peter tries to take on Norman who beats him and as he now tries to give Peter the final blow, ENTERS MJ WITH A VERY BIG TRUCK! (gotta love the women in Peters life) After Peter kissed Mary Jane, he literally threw her out of harms way and lifted the truck and smashed it onto Osborn. The truck exploded in front of Peter’s face, further wounding him.

Mary Jane, Johnny, Gwen, and Aunt May all gathered around a mortally wounded Peter, who told May that while he couldn’t save Uncle Ben, he was able to save her.Peter then finally closed his eyes and died. Mary Jane cradled his lifeless body while Johnny, Gwen, and May all cried uncontrollably. Norman Osborn died with a smirk, knowing he had succeeded in killing Spider-Man.

This is the best death story I’ve read since the Death Of Superman (maybe I’ll review that soon). This story,if you’ve ever read a Spider-Man story, shows exactly why he so special as a hero. This version of Spidey is often times better than the 616 version, mostly because he has been a teenager since 2000, and because maybe only a year has passed in this continuity. Case and point, this arc took place in maybe 6 hours, not even a day. Bendis has written this character for so long, and originally started out with Bagley so the meshing of the words to visual art is at its best here.

The art work here is incredible. Bagley really out did himself this entire arc than he’s done for most of his time on this ultimate character. I’m not a big fan of his work, but everything he did here was outstanding. I believe this was the most appropriate send off for the character. If you’ve seen The Amazing Spider-Man, then you know there’s a moment there where he’s defending being Spider-Man and how he knows this is his responsibility, blah blah blah, the picture that’s up there is kinda the same thing, this is why he’s doing it. He has MASSIVE guilt over not being smart enough to save Uncle Ben from being shot by a mugger he could have stopped. As I said, this version is the closest to the recent movie.

  • Overall rating of the comic: 9.5 out of 10,
  • Art:  8.7 out of 10,
  • layout*: 10 out of 10,
  • True to character dialogue: 10 out of 10,
  • Story: 9.5 out of 10,
  • Continuity? well this was the end end chapter to 10+ years of work, so join backwards, its riddled with continuity.

*layout for anyone wondering is just how each frame is set up, from singles to full/double page spreads to word placement bubbles to the art.

(I recently just found this, its a little random, but here, hope you enjoy!)

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

The Amazing Spider-Man Review

Andrew Garfield
Emma Stone
Rhys Ifans
Denis Leary
Martin Sheen
Sally Field
Irrfan Khan
Rajit Ratha
Campbell Scott
Embeth Davidtz
Chris Zylka

running tine: 136 min

“Peter Parker finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young. His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, his father’s former partner.”- IMDB.com

So, if you read my first of many comic book reviews, then thank you. If you didn’t, well go READ IT HERE if you were looking for a story that had dealt with the “joining” of Peter & Gwen, then just stick to the comics. If you were looking for anything that Sam Rami did in the first two spider-man movies (Most Spider-Man fans pretend that third one never happened), then you won’t get that. This movie didn’t enhance those movies, it didn’t get deeper. WHY?! From when Andrew Garfield was even announced to be the new Peter,(Andrew Garfield was announced for the lead role in early July 2010 ) this movie was claimed to “Not be a reboot, but more so a story that was never told within the previous 3 films”. Yeah.. ITS A REBOOT!

*[SPOILERS START HERE]*

The tone of this movie is 1000% more emotional than anything else. Which makes it its own right off the bat. So for that, I won’t compare the two franchises much. The plot is the “driving” force, which of course is “what happened to peter’s parents?” Though, as much on the surface as it was, it also wasn’t. That’s a real film makers skill. To be able to have a moral story, & not have it bombard you like it did in WRATH OF THE TITANS. The recurring philosophy in Spider-Man, is “With great power comes GREAT responsibility”. Uncle Ben (Peters Uncle who later becomes the guardian of Peter), teaches him that in the comics, sadly with his death that could have been averted had Peter stopped a robber–the first spider-man movie did it right. The sad part here, is I don’t even think Uncle Ben said those words in this film. Moving on, when Peter finally gets his powers, is when the story stops dragging on because to that point, it kinda just felt like a long boring origin story, though I think they did too much with that, the made it too connected to something that in all honesty kinda goes against the Marvel way of being in a bad place at the wrong time and with some determination making that experience, a good thing. As I said, the death of Uncle Ben is why Spider-Man even exists, so I felt almost all of the things in this movie, it was the most poorly handled scene (That may be an editing thing, but that’s much later and not an excuse). When we are finally introduced to the lizard– I felt for the first time, in most super hero movies, that finally we have an actual villain–one who isn’t totally into stopping the hero, but one that the entire city fears, one that wants to cause others (citizens) harm, & doesn’t care how its done. In The Avengers ending, it depicts how the public reacts via news reports & such, this is what Spider-Man needed. We need more “reactions” from the citizens to see the scope of how bad this villain really I feel. To skip through a bit so not to ruin the entire spectacle (feel free to ask me a question though), the school scene (you’ll know it when it happens) is the best scene. The final moments of the film at the building are quite good, well, on Spidey’s way there. Book the cliché american flag. The death spidey deals with at the end seemed a bit “forced” to me, as was the guilt trip.

Acting in this movie isn’t note worthy from anyone other than Aunt May, Andrew Garfield, and Emma Stone. Everyone else., wasn’t all that great. I think the role of Doctor Connor played by Rhys Ifans, wasn’t all that well done. He didn’t seem flat, just not believable in that role. Uncle Ben’s (Martin Sheen) scene where he tells Peter about the power/responsibility ruined everything that he was supposed to be in that movie to me, because the words weren’t said. I get if you can’t deliver the line, then you obviously take it out, but as great actors do, you analyze a script, and bring the words from the page to screen in a way that you the actor, are capable of doing. Andrew was the person I looked at the “hardest” though. I didn’t go in there with any biases or anything, other than he’s playing my favourite super hero. I think for the tone of this film he does a great job. As for Spider-Man as a whole, not so much. I don’t think his portrayal is close to anything that has been written, but if I HAD TO COMPARE, it would be Ultimate Comics Spider-Man. Not only cause of him being a teenager in this movie, but because that particular franchise of spider-man comics has a lot more emotion than the main stream “Amazing Spider-Man” comic books, maybe because he is a teen in those books, and so his emotions are just everywhere, but they are still more present there than other Spidey titles–His performance may have been the one saving grace for the film.

The Editing & special f/x was fairly decent, there were some scenes that were seen in the trailers, that weren’t’ fully used in the movie (its a pov shot), and even still, it’s not that bad. The web swinging needed to be reinvented from the side scrolling of the previous spider-man films & it very much so was. It’s a joy to watch especially in 3-D (there was a CGI glitch with the Oscorp building), The Lizard, was done in the best way. I’ve always felt that, in the comics, he looks too much like a lizard that can walk which is sort of comical (depending on the artist). This take, he seemed more of what makes sense with Dr. Curt Connors being a human battling a within himself with which gene takes over. As terrifying as a walking lizard may be for some, this version makes more sense. The web swinging seemed more practical, and yet still very fantasy. They didn’t crap out on showing us the swinging. There’s random slow-motion moments, which I felt was just odd, but very cool at the same time, I think they were memorable poses seen in the comics. There weren’t too many shots I noticed that had meaning, not to say it wasn’t there but on the first watch, there just wasn’t any I noticed. The 3-D was pretty decent, it wasn’t the best that was out there but it wasn’t the worst. Any complaint I could make, could very well be that I was on a bad angle. The costume I still think is the WORST SUIT EVER FOR SPIDER-MAN PERIOD.

This isn’t a perfect movie, it isn’t the best movie of the summer, it sure isn’t the best of any spider-man film. I don’t think we’re gonna have a good film for spider-man again, until sony gives up the rights. This film is supposed to be the untold story, but when you get to the end, & see the post credit scene, you realize this is a movie to be told in two parts. There are many things in this film that show us why he dons the infamous red & blue suit. I just don’t think this is the smartest take on this character, for they skipped over things, that as a fan of the hero, was needed. If it’s one thing that’s been a delight to see in most comic book movies is the hidden nods to characters/events, this movie didn’t have much of that. Just a picture of Donald Glover from community who auditioned. As I said, this is a movie that is meant to be told in two parts, because we sure as hell didn’t get the answers they claimed to want to give us.

  • Overall rating of the movie: 3.2 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 4 out of 5,
  • Editing: 3.5 out of 5,
  • Audio: 4 out of 5,
  • Acting: 3 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Theatres on a cheap day

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW