Batman: The Dark knight Returns Part 1 Review

Dark_knight_returnsSo a little while ago, I had tweeted that I was going to review all the animated movies from both Marvel and DC. Since this is the latest one I figured I’d start here.

Now, I will say that I roughly remember the events of the famed (and I mean really famed) graphic novel, but from what I do remember, this animated feature is pretty dead on in terms of how it is depicted. I do believe that the opening race car scene was added however, but I could be wrong. The first 15 minutes is really a catch up to the moment where Bruce realizes that he cant take the city destroying itself anymore. The iconic cover of the series (Above) happens at 17m43s in, and it’s beautifully done. It’s also another one of those moments where I don’t remember if it was done in the comics or not. From there on to the climatic, cliffhanging ending, it does feel a little rushed which is sometimes a fault to these stories I feel.

There are a lot of interesting concepts and themes introduced to the character, which gives the movie depth in terms of relatability. One being: Does the Batman create his adversaries? In a way yes, he does. BATMAN IS JUST AS CRAZY as his villains, just with a better moral compass. He wears a bat costume and fights crime against impossible odds. As cool as that is, it’s crazy. If Bruce had gotten the psychiatric therapy he needed after his parents murder, we wouldn’t have Batman (as a comic nerd/geek, lets just all be happy he didn’t). I did enjoy the fact that Miller used the death of Jason Todd as part of the reason he stopped being Batman. I never understood how you become the legal guardian of this child, he gets killed, and seemingly, you do nothing. Didn’t try to avenge him, nothing. Just replaced him with Tim Drake and then Damian, his son. Those and many other elements are present in the book, and translate well here to make the cartoon accessible to adults and children alike.

Two of the BEST things about DC’s direct to dvd animated features, is how they try to recreate the artists work from the source material to screen, and how faithful to the book the movie is. Outside of cutting things down to fit time constraints or expanding the story to really give you the scope of the story, if memory serves right, it is about 98% accurate to the book (I’ve said above where I think it deviates). The original limited series was “coloured” by/with water colours by Lynn Varley  (Inked by Klaus Janson, Penciled by Writer: Frank Miller). Why that style was chosen, I don’t know, but for whatever reason, it works and it works in this movie. Though I’m sure it wasn’t water colour they used, vs just using “lighter colours, hues, and contrasts”. The overall animation is great, since Superman: Doomsday, the animation has just been getting progressively better.

The rating system is as follows. The 1st rating is what you really want, the rest is just what I thought of each other category as it’s listed (art/animation is how the movie translates the art from the book in animation).

  • Overall: 4.8
  • Art/Animation: 4.8
  • Voiceover Work: 5
  • True to the Source Material: 5

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Happy Birthday Michael Jordan

Today is MJ’s birthday. Now I may not have been able to see every game as many others did due to age, but I remember playing basketball in my house (yes in my house… my mom hated it) with my older brother and fighting him to be Jordan, as we watched his games and countless others. Skip a few years, I met the man and the rest is history. The video below is just the opinion of the creator, theres really no definitive list that can’t be argued. Case-in-point, #14 should be closer to number one in my opinion.

The first song is Mark Willott – Champagne bath

The last song is Mark Willot – Chess

Smallville season 11 #24

The final chapter the “Detective” story arc comes to a close in this issue.

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As Batman stops Mr. Freeze,t Superman dashes towards the Leviathan ship that has just been hit with missiles. Inside the ship, Nightwing and Lois are saving their would be killers, from drowning. Hitting a road block they plan a way out but just as they cost to three, does Superman come and save them all by picking up the ship out of the water. Later Lois makes a call to Clark, as he makes his way to Gotham. When there he discovers where batman lost his parents. Meanwhile back in Metropolis, Chloe finally tells Oliver, she’s expecting. Lex tells Tess she may be the key his real question: who is Superman and he is going to find out everything she knows. The end of “Detective”.

The creative art team of Kevin West, Marc Deering, Wendy Broome and Carrie Strachan who did the pencils, inks and colours respectively. Wendy and Carrie sharing the last one. Their combined work really doesn’t shine until the final pages, if this book is used as a form of showing off new artist, then it’s fine, if it’s not, then dc really needs to look at what their putting out. It’s not in anyway the worst out, but it’s not even really meeting expectations of making classic word to picture classic moments to be seen in the near future as anything.

Mr. Miller kind of let this one run off a bit longer than it should, it’s one of the reasons I stopped reviewing it for so long. It was cool to see Batman, but this wasn’t the story it should have been. I did enjoy moments of it, and it did have a fair bit of the flare the T.V. show had, but it didn’t entirely work for me when it’s all said and done. The next arc seems more promising.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 2.9 out of 5,
  • Art: 2 out of 5,
  • layout: 3 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 3 out of 5,
  • Story: 3 out of 5.

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful. Enjoy your Week!

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Shady President Says “We fully expect to be releasing a new Eminem album in 2013”

Shady president says Yelawolf, Slaughterhouse sophomore albums are on the way while 50’s ‘Street King Immortal’ is due first-half of 2013.

best-bets-albums-eminem-650-430Shady Records is gearing up for a busy 2013. Following the release of Slaughterhouse’s “welcome to: OUR HOUSE” last year, the imprint is plotting several new releases from label
honcho Eminem, Yelawolf and 50 Cent.

According to Shady president Paul Rosenberg, Eminem, who last Bad Meets Evil’s “Hell: The Sequel” with Royce Da 5’9 in 2011, is “far into the process” of recording his untitled eighth studio album, due after Memorial Day. “We fully expect to be releasing a new Eminem album in 2013. He’s been working on it for some time,” Rosenberg tells Billboard, who was included on this year’s Billboard Power 100 list. “It’s safe to say that it will be post-Memorial Day at some point, but we’re not exactly sure when. We’ve got some dates locked in for him to perform live in Europe in August, so we’re trying to see what else lines up.”

You can read the full article Here via Billboard

Smallville Season 11 #23

Sorry about the hiatus.
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Pandemonium strikes at an American military air base, as the Prankster’s evil plot that started in last issue, continues. As Batman and Superman arrive at his underground hideout, they notice that his accomplice, Mr Freeze may have gotten into a fight. And just moments later, Prankster revels his own suit of armour and begins to combat the two heroes. While fighting, Prankster tells them what happened to Mr Freeze, and how he is using him to freeze all of Metropolis. Batman goes after him alone. Back at the Leviathan, both Nightwing and Lois are there and the intruders from last issue begin their assault. In the city, Green Arrow does what he can to stop Mr. Freeze, but it’s not enough. Nightwing and Lois however pull through, and Superman narrowly beats Loomis, who reveals to the last son of Krypton, how he used the air base to commandeer two unmanned planes to bomb the Leviathan….. To be continued…

Smallville-Zone-001This issue has yet again another new artist, who doesn’t really help the book, and his best drawn page is the last one. I feel for a book with Batman, the overall feel of the book should be darker, and typically not as bright even if we’re in Metropolis. But trust me guys, the art gets better in the next arc.

The story is very reflective of something The Joker would do to the order Batman goes out to create. I think the Prankster was used just because they/he couldn’t use The Joker. None of Superman’s villains are utilized but it’s not a bad thing, it’s just for this story. It seems like it would be better suited had The Joker been used where another version of Superman’s rouges were used. Or a super type like Clayface to give everyone a chance to really use their strengths…

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 2.9 out of 5,
  • Art: 2 out of 5,
  • layout: 3 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 3 out of 5,
  • Story: 3 out of 5.

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful. Enjoy your Week!

Marvel Comics App Code
MTML43CM40IN –> THOSE ARE ZEROS.

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Fantastic Friday Results

imagesFantastic Friday has come and gone and even though many don’t agree (I amongst them), the judges made their choice. My commentary is at the bottom.

Results are in! For the International Groovy Soca Monarch 2013: 4th: Ravi B 3rd: Blaxx 2nd: Iwer George 1st: Machel Montano

For the International Power Soca Monarch 2013: 1. Machel Montano and Superblue (tie) 3. Benjai 4. Destra

Machel Power Performance (video)

As I sat watching this from the comfort of my house, I appreciated the fact he is used music from the upcoming Man Of Steel trailer. Last year, he used music from “Tron Legacy”, and even wore the costume from the movie. I dont know if he is into comic books, but if I ever get to interview him, I’ll be sure to ask. Simply put, this performance consisted of A LOT of gimmicks, which is something he can do being that he is the reigning champ. The crowd response was good and when he started to “Float” like Superman, (p.s, Superman doesn’t float) is when I knew, he may have just beaten Super Blue/Supa Blue, regardless of what Supa did (however this did came to me after hearing the news of the tie *RT @CoolyoNgeLEW “This is how Machel, could get robbed literally. He goes to jail and pays back 90% of his winnings to TNT”*).

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Superblue Power Performance (video)

The King of Fantastic Friday made his return to the grand stage and, as you can see, he destroyed all expectations. One of the commentators said it best, and I’m paraphrasing, something along the lines of “he could have been like MJ and just stood there and the crowd could have gone crazy and performed for him until he was ready to start the show”. I don’t know the theme he had going in to this performance, if any, but being who he is, he didn’t need one. Yes, he is old, but his legacy is very clear as to what he brought to the genre of Soca. His absence has been clearly felt for some time and with this we can only hope he continues whenever possible to bring back the fond memories of the proverbial “Good Old Days” that so many know of. How the prize money is divided up, is beyond me. Personally, I think Super Blue won because his performance was more of culture vs Machel’s gimmicky performance that you would typically see in “North America” which Machel has done a lot of work to bring Soca to a new level in.

Destra Power Performance (video)
Another tweet I made was “You know, for an event as “prestigious” as #Socamonarch you’d think there would be less mistakes…” I have watched countless videos of past Soca Monarch’s and every year it’s the same thing. The Director of the programme is HORRIBLE. For those who are about to/currently saying “Well why don’ t you go do it then if its so easy”, I WOULD LOVE TO. The highlight of Destra’s performance  was her scaffolding wine which is great, BUT THEN THE CAMERA PULLS AWAY TO A LONG SHOT OF THE CROWD?!?! For the viewer at home, or elsewhere watching the video… it’s pretty annoying. Let’s be honest for a second. Destra IS a sex symbol for many in the caribbean/West Indian community. WHY THE HELL WOULD WE WANT TO SEE THE CROWD AT THAT MOMENT? Now aside from that, I think above all she was misplaced (even more so than Blaxx, but he too got robbed) and Benjai was apparently very drunk. His performance bombed, in my opinion. I was lacklustre to say the least. Nice costumes, but just horrible. Destra should have easily come third. Why she didn’t, I do not know.

I didn’t see the entire event. I tuned in from Blaxx’s performance for Groovy onward, and again, his performance was more culture and legacy. He brought his daughter on stage who was beating pan (How more Trini could you get?). Everyone thought he was going to win on my twitter timeline and, to be honest, that would have made the most sense. Machel’s performance was, again, very gimmicky. I’m sure from an audience stand point, I would have been more entertained actually being there than I have been while sitting at home watching these things. Which, in a way, is the fault of the show’s director. What s/he should have done was work with each artist to figure out a camera movement plan so as to deliver the best possible viewing experience for those watching from home. Its the same thing when watching a sporting event. 75% of the time it’s better to watch it at home or at a bar because you can get all the recaps and replays you miss by seeing it live due to phone calls, hot girls or what have you. Lastly, I think for 2014, there needs to be a CLEAR CUT judging scheme, so the artist can bring out more for their performance and the audience can “judge” for themselves. Destra said she wanted to bring more to the stage but the fire marshall denied her, for whatever reason, so her opening was bad during her power performance.

Here’s a list of all the (past) winners:

Trinidad/International Soca Monarch
1993 – Superblue – Bacchaanal Time
1994 – SuperBlue – Flag Party
1995 – Ronnie McIntosh – On The Road
1996 – Superblue – Bounce
1997 – Ronnie McIntosh – Ent + Superblue – Barbara (Tie)
1998 – Super Blue – Ato Party
1999 – Kurt Allen – Dus Dem
2000 – Super Blue – Pump Up
2001 – Mighty Shadow – Stranger
2002 – Bunji Garlin – We From de Ghetto + Iwer George – Gimme Ah Bligh (Tie)
2003 – Iwer George – Ah Home
2004 – Bunji Garlin – Warrior Cry
2005 – Bunji Garlin – Blaze de Fire
2006 – Shurwayne Winchester – Ah Can’t Wait
2007 – Iwer George – Fete After Fete
2008 – Bunji Garlin – Fiery
2009 – Fay-Ann Lyons-Alvarez – Meet Superblue (First female winner)
2010 – JW & Blaze – Palance [2]
2011 – Machel Montano – Advantage
2012 – Machel Montano – Pump Yuh Flag
2013 – Machel Montano – Float + Superblue – Fantastic Friday (Tie)

International Groovy Soca Monarch
2004 – Michelle Sylvester – Hone
2005 – Michelle Sylvester – Sleeping In Your Bed
2006 – Shurwayne Winchester – Don’t Stop
2007 – Biggie Irie – Nah Goin’ Home
2008 – Shurwayne Winchester – Carnival Please Stay
2009 – Fay Ann Lyons-Alvarez – Heavy T Bumper
2010 – Shurwayne Winchester – Murdah
2011 – Kes The Band – Wotless
2012 – Machel Montano – Mr.Fete
2013 – Machel Montano – The Fog

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Review

 Director: Tommy Wirkola Written by: Tommy Wirkola & Dante Harper, run time: 88 mins.

Well, going into this movie, I kind of went against my usual plan and expected something. I don’t know why, but I did. As you can see in the trailer, it seems action packed, but sadly, it’s not. I expected to see Crank 3 (there’s already two crank movies) with quite a bit of gore. Not to say that there isn’t any gore, I just hoped for more.

The plot starts off with the well known story (I remember having a book as a child and the drawings scared the crap outta me…. I was like 3, let me be) of a boy and a girl being taken in by a witch, who wanted to fatten up the children on candy and then cook them and have them as a meal. I’m pretty sure they ended up being eaten, but for the sake of this movie, the little boy and girl OBVIOUSLY survive and then seem to seek revenge/retribution on all witches. To me, I’ve seen almost every twist, except for one, very early in the movie. There’s really only so much you can be surprised by, to be honest, with the expanding of a childhood (German) classic.

The movie’s biggest flaw, is (*SPOILER*), they introduced a likely ailment to Hanzel, but then totally abandon the idea in the 2nd act right up to the end fight. Which in doing so, loses all emotional tie to what they were trying to achieve.

What I did enjoy was the artistic look of Edward. I’ve recently seen this show called “Face Off” where they show how prosthetic costumes are made and what not. Cool show, if I must say. But anyway, the character could have been completely CGI, but for the most part, it was all suit and “robotics” and if it wasn’t, then that’s pretty damn good CGI (though it could be argued that it’s not). Making this character a prosthetic one, along with practically all of the witches, helped ground the movie and separate it from a lot of movies made now that heavily use CGI.

RATING: 2.5

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the movie: 2.5 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 3 out of 5,
  • Editing: 3.5 out of 5,
  • Audio: 3 out of 5,
  • Acting: 2.5 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray?  Rental unless this becomes a franchise or you really love this thing.

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Marvel Now: New Avengers #1

The Illuminati has been a force for some time in the marvel universe, aka, Earth-616.

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Ever since the Kree-Skrull war, smartest men of the Marvel universe have been behind a lot of the major events in the brand’s history, most notably, the Skrull Invasion, and Civil War. Now, with the aftermath of AVX, comes a change of writers from @BRIANMBENDIS (Brian M.. Bendis) to Jonathan Hickman (Hickman is currently writing both “New Avengers” and “Avengers”)

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The story starts off with a contest in Wakanda, only to be interrupted by a raging rhino who seems to come from no where, which leads to a parallel universe and the introduction of a lady by the name of: Black Swan. Her powers and importance have yet to be determined, but whatever Black Panther walked in to, he needs the help of Reed Richards, Tony Stark, Namor, Black Bolt, Dr. Stephen Strange…. And Captain America?

I didn’t read any of the side Avx stories, so seeing Captain America was shocking… Not as shocking, however, to see Namor after the events of Avx#8.. Since it’s the first issue, it’s really just to feel out the agenda. This issue works best if you just read what’s in front of you, and don’t try to figure anything out. I have never once read a single issue of anything Black Panther (well, his solo stories) so the first few pages were confusing to me, but, I let it happen. This story feels very much like what Hickman is doing with his run on Avengers. It’s not bad, but one reason I feel Bendis’ run works, is because it all felt grounded or tethered to something going on in each and everyone’s solo story. Much less, that if you were reading a crossover event, it was almost paramount that you checked out one of the ‘Avengers’ books (regular, new, or even dark after secret invasion) to get the full scope of it all.

Steve Epting draws this book and does some inking (Rick Magyar possibly does the bulk, with Frank D’Armata the colour artist) . He is a delight to see in person actually. He really takes the time to get in a lot of detail into his pencil work. I believe this is the first pairing between Hickman and Epting, and so far, it’s pretty decent stuff.

Overall, the pacing was decent and the art is beyond impressive. I’m curious to see how Black Panther can tolerate Namor over his childhood love, Storm, post Avx. Only time will tell.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 3 out of 5,
  • Art: 4 out of 5,
  • layout: 3.5 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 3 out of 5,
  • Story: 3 out of 5.

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful. Enjoy your Week!

Marvel Comics App Code (FOR THIS ISSUE)

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW