Suicide Squad:Film Review

It’s okay. Definitely not a bad film.


Writer & Director: David AyerFull cast, Run time:2h3m

Let’s first shout out the cinematographer, Roman Vasyanov, involved with making Toronto look nothing like Toronto. As I watched I tried to look for where the CN Tower was much less any other well known spot was and outside from the obvious, it was rather hard to tell.  Mixed in with some post shots of Chicago, it was very well shot. It was hard to tell, at times between studio and city locations. thats always a good thing artistically.

If I’m applauding the cinematic look first that may be a sign.

But it’s not a bad one.

Now for my analysis. Now, when Bruce Timm and crew made the character “Harleen Quinzel”  I don’t believe they had ever intended to be the characterization of what all holloween costumes are for girls these days. Some skimpy clad caricature of something. And the wardrobe head on the film dropped the ball here. Now with things like Hot Topic, she’s all you seemingly see ladies in geekdom dress as. It’s as common as you see black spots on a pavement on a busy city street. The more she has revealed skin, the higher her popularity rose. In a way, she is like many females on social media who show skin to get a lil fame. Now this aside, there are great moments from Margot Robbie that brings the famed and loved take of Harlequin from the animated series. They just come much later in the film than one hopes for. What is most interesting is how well she plays off everyone graciously. The physical contrast to standing next to Killer Croc, Deadshot and the villian witch, while inna some bhatty ridas, and heels, allowed for her character to feel as authentic as she could possibly be at being a bad ass. By the end of the film I was so pleased with how well she acted. But still only for the second half.

The elephant in the room should be seen and spoken about. When he was casted as…….. Deadshot. Nah, The Joker. Jared Leto. Everyone thought he was a great choice, as he’s a sound actor. He has a quality method acting ability. If you doubted the casting, you were always reminded about Heath’s casting for TDK. THEN Mr. Leto’s look as the Joker was released and all geekdom hell broke loose. Needless to say, you either accepted it, or hated it and moved on. I’m definitely the latter. However, is mannerisms as Mr. J were all right. If Mark Hamil is the definitive Joker, then Leto may be the best on screen, (but I still think Heath is best Joker as his take is much deeper and darker a character). But his performance(Leto) in the role he was given was excellent. I don’t like the story’s portrayal, but it is similar to stories of past takes on the Joker being more of a gangster versus just a mad clown. But there is a mad clown for sure. I don’t think he matches up with how we saw Batman, in BVS, but the Batman we see in S.Squad, seems more plausible. But more on that later. The one thing I think people will dislike is his look, and feeling of being too much of a gangster. Mr.Ayer said he

writes with his own life’s diversity in mind.

And that he

“was the only white kid in his neighbourhood.”(-comingsoon.net, S.Squad presser)

so maybe how Joker was written had something to do with that.

Viola Davis. She can act man. SHE CAN REALLY ACT. She was probably the most bad ass of them all. Her screen time is logistically limited but with every frame, she gracefully commands and shares the screen well(Also shout to to the editor(s) who worked on her stuff).
At the younger age of 50(Her birthday is tomorrow) and probably her first ever huge blockbuster, she did an amazing job. I was very proud of her performance. She could quite possibly have the best take of Amanda Waller. She held her own in many ways and seemed is the most authentic to the source material. Apparently she drew from her 8 year old bad-assself.

Smith. He was the one I didn’t think would ever do “another” superhero movie, but alas, here we are. He is just an acting beast. Aside from the Joker, he just almost captivates the screen. Where the Joker shows up and everyone is intrigued, the face and name of Smith does the same, but he has such a character arc, that just makes you appreciate the fact he’s in the film. He has a particular moment when the mission starts and he is essentially a one man army. They all kind of get a moment, but really as the odd man out, he rather owns his the most. All the elements of his character arc are well crafted. Nothing ground breaking, but his arc is definitely a stand out.

Jai Courtney is someone I have a love/hate relationship with. I loved his role in Spartacus, but since, he’s done nothing that has won me over as he did in his Spartacus role. This however, is as close as he’s come since. He comes in as Captain Boomerang. Which was first portrayed by another one of his Spartacus Co-stars on the CW Network’s Arrow/Flash shows. The two are strikingly different. Which isn’t a bad thing but I just couldn’t help but feel his portrayal was just there for comic relief.  Seriously, what was up with that pink unicorn? Mr. Boomerang seemed to have a story that we will see in later movies. Which was cool, but they need to stake a page from Marvel and make their movies a bit more self contained. I wish i could say more about this character but he was one of the under used ones.

The rest f the cast seems to just be skimmed over. Which is logical as it is unfortunate. With all the flashbacks already in the film anymore and it may as well have been Arrow the movie. But I imagine with all the characters who do have a flash back, you’re more than likely going to see them pip uo again in future films.

What I found to be a great addition to the movie was Ben Affleck’s Batman being a hero again. I’m all for Batman being a seasoned hero with a chip on his shoulder, but I want to see why that happens. I want to see some real ground work as to what would make that guy as pissed off as ever. But with the events of BvS now part of the DCEU canon, the only way to go from here is up.  He is just a background character. People will whine about not seeing more of him but I think he was used perfectly. It’s not about him. It’s about (his) villains.

My issues with this movie are these. Whenever they have text on the screen be it for a brief description or a means of letting you know where the story is taking place, it comes across the screen so fast that I heard more than one person say what did that one say? Two people I sat beside even asked me what the very first one said as it was black text over a shadowy area of a screen. That’s just poor editing work.

The seeming disappointing use of characters. Example: Slipknot is in the movie but there really wasn’t a need for it. He was literally there just to prove an unnecessary point so early on. i also feel that the handling of Kitana was a cheap gimmick to wrap up the story. I do like that they tried to give El Diablo some back story but again, came off cheap. His origin is unique to the film, but he is really just Ghost Rider.

The disconnect is there but it’s there to add a layer of perspective. It’s cool and adds to the character of Enchantress, but it was again not necessary.

My biggest issue was it felt too much like X-men: Age of Apocalypse. Centuries old being hates the planet, has to create some stupid metal thing that’s pretty obvious how to take down even tho its the first time anyone has ever seen them.

Lastly, I hated the way the made Killer Croc look. his scales looked more like mini eyeballs than it did scales. but I do applaud them for going practical versus cgi. but maybe if there is a sequel, that will happen. I hope it does. That said, he did as fine a job as one could hope. I will give credit to the application of his costume, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje didn’t look anything like himself on screen.

Bottom Line: It’s a summer popcorn flick that was made to entertain and it does that. there are clear problems; but it’s nothing as bad as the theatrical release of Batman v Superman. There is loads of action sometimes its unnecessary, other times you wish it went on a bit longer. you leave the theatre wishing they included just a wee bit more of the Joker.

I’m proud this was Filmed mostly if not entirely in Toronto.

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  • Overall rating of the movie: 5.5 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 8 out of 10,
  • Editing: 6 out of 10,
  • Audio: 5 out of 10,
  • Acting: 8 out of 10,

Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? See it on a cheap day, but you really could just wait for the blu ray.

 

 

 

Captain America: Civil War: Film Review

Shall we begin?


Writer: Christopher Markus,  Stephen McFeely Director: Anthony Russo,  Joe Russo Runtime: 2h27m

Full credits  

There’s really only two ways this film could go down. Good or bad. But right from the start, it was great. But this film had to happen in the manner in which it did. It eventually became an amazing ride regardless of where you stand on the core conflict. The solo cap stories are arguably the better solo films in the Marvel franchise films. This was another great entry and a good way to start phase 3.

It was announced some years ago that this movie would be coming out around this time. Then BvS said it was gonna come out on the same day.. Then the date got moved for BvS to March. And it that was a good thing for BvS. Though the nerd in me wished it happened. two versus movies at the same time.. it would have been awesome to see the tallies. This is a great story because it blatantly shows the moral of the story but in such a woven, multilayered way. Those stories are great… well sometimes. Other times they can end up like Wrath of The Titans.

The moral of this film is that friends, true friends who share a genuine friendship, need to stick together. That’s why it’s important to actually talk and learn who you’re friends are. On one side, Steve’s childhood friend is brought into his crazy world of aliens and double crosses. On the other side you have a billionaire, playboy, philanthropist, who honestly just wants to protect the world… and the few people who made him remember he too can have a heart. The film keeps in mind that the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron had to be answered.

The story is a wee bit cliche at times but they do a good job of tying elements together. And a lot of what was shown in the trailers isn’t exactly what you see in the film (love that).

I really like the position they put Rogers in. His emotional values were called into question like never before(on screen). His best friend who in all honesty, is a crook by any means of the word. While he himself is basically a cop. That’s something that gets checked and is essentially the driving story . But Rogers is who he is, and he doesn’t quit. He believes in people. It doesn’t matter what the opinion of others are. He’s gonna do what he feels is right every time. It’s part of the freedom he stands and fights for. This wasn’t so much of an arc like in the comic of the same name for the character. But more a story about who he is. and not a rebirth to a new realization/ideal like in the comics. This was the story of how he saved his friend… plain and simple. Mr. Evans steals the show every time he’s on screen. His acting is only getting better in this role.

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The Stark difference was that, Tony just wanted to save the world he really feels guilty about the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Which is great as this allows the events in the film to reflect the comic Civil War with regard to Stark. Mr. Downy Jr. Plays a much more compassionate Stark. There’s a lot more of a need to have the team of (new) Avengers become accountable. Stark sees the problem with the team and he hopes… he genuinely honestly hopes that the dream he sees in AoU is something he can prevent.  This new regulation seems like the gateway to such a ambitious goal. By far his standout scene is the forth wall breaking introduction to Spider-man as a character. as an actor however, I was rather moved by how he plays his first scene, and most of the third act. I felt his position in the same way as I didn’t while reading comic version to this story.

The new comer. Your friendly neighbourhood Spider-man. Marvel shocked fans when they announced he was gonna be in his teens. It paid off. There was a great dynamic in him being the younger one. It a works for a better and more complete perspective for both the audience and story. I don’t want to ruin anything but he is most definitely gonna be seen as the best spider-man/Peter parker to date. His voice alone gets you as a guy who would sound like spider-man at that age. my only issue, was how much cgi they seemingly used on the Spidey half of the character. say what you will about the Raimi, Webb directed films, but they used as much practical as they could in their films. and they were better for it.

My man, Black Panther.  My only issue with his portrayal was how his accent sounded. I didn’t entirely believe it. He sounded more like as middle eastern man than one from Africa. Black Panthers as a character beyond bad ass. Chadwick Boseman acted that very well in my personal opinion. He is an “under the radarcharacter but I’m 100% positive he just elevated him with his portrayal. It almost brought a tear to my eye.

The best thing about this film was how they handled each character. Everyone gets screen time. And everyone gets a moment to shine. As much as AoU did this…. it really didn’t.  That said, getting rid of some of the additional characters in the manner they did was a misstep. But it gels nicely with the over all story. The introduction to the teams was well handled and felt somewhat similar to the way bit happens in the comics.

Where I would like to praise this movie, is for constantly pushing the boundaries of what choreographed fight and action sequences should look like. The stuff in this film was jaw dropping.

My issues were the obvious. It’s a little long. At some point you forget it’s a movie that features heroes and then you’re wondering just why are they still fighting like this. They  sorta skimmed over the point of the Civil War (the registration act) within reason to the main story where the secondary tale took more precedence (the fight with Cap, Bucky, Stark). I hope it gets further addressed in subsequent films in phase 3. Also the manner in which they tied it all together felt like a “Martha moment (December, 16th 1991 anyone?). Lastly the post credit scenes weren’t as fun as they have been. My core issue is this is a war. You can’t just NOT have people get killed or harmed severely during a war. I want to say the sole reason why this s the way this film plays out is because of the introduction of Spidey. But who knows why.

This story was going to be ambitious no matter what. The Marvel Cinematic Universe doesn’t have the years of history, or characters that the publication has the rights too, at its disposal. various story beats have to be altered but theres still a lot there from the comic… and it has to be recognized as an accomplishment that they create team wrote and directed this gem of a film. it just hurts itself that the risks weren’t as far as they could have been.

This film isn’t flawless. But it’s again a great way to start phase 3. With the Russo Bro’s taking over, The sky is the limit with how far they can go.

Bottom Line: It’s a great film, has a few missteps but for anyone who is a fan of the characters, the story or the brand named Marvel, you won’t talk away disappointed like anyone did who sadly saw BvS. but what it was really missing, what made The comic so great was this: “We’re not fighting for the people anymore…we’re just fighting.” For Cap to say that.. as both a soldier and a guy from a relatively simpler time, was huge. it speaks to the way society is these days with our memes, rallies and slogans that can often seem like they aren’t going anywhere but to a new fight.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the movie: 7.9 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 8 out of 10,
  • Editing: 10 out of 10,
  • Audio: 7.5 out of 10,
  • Acting: 8 out of 10,

Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Definitely worth it to see in theatres, IMAX if possible. I already can’t wait to own the movie.

Transformers 4: Age of Extinction Movie Review.

I’m not really sure what happened…. for 2 plus hours

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Director: Michael Bay Writer: Ehren Kruger run time 165mins

For a franchise you either hate all together, have select favs or, love in general or for aspects; This movie doesn’t change that for anyone.
There’s A LOT wrong with this movie. And a seldom many things that are favourable. I’m not really sure on what level this movie fails, but it does in a sum of its parts. The movie opens up well, but seems to lose its focus right after the first cut of movie footage.

To help revive new energy into this franchise, “Marky Mark” Whalburg was brought in to this movie as a happy father/inventor who just so happens to find Optimus Prime. Basically a copy of Shia Labeouf’s Sam Witwickey story had he grown up a bit and been a father/inventor. With him come a slew of new Transformers who just randomly show up. That was problem one. Having a bunch of new characters massively distract you. I think the yearning to know how they came to be or where there were for 3 other movies was distracting. For the robots anyway. As for the human’s, being invested in Shia’ Sam character from the ground running was what helped those movies be slightly enjoyable (as far as “the human aspect” is concerned). With the rush of issues and problems these humans had, though however natural/plausible, it was all forced and rushed so that you care. Not to say you don’t believe they have these issues it was just kinda one after another in a short period of time. I did enjoy the single father perspective which isn’t always seen both in a fictional story or in reality. That was an aspect that probably saved this movie. But not by much. Beyond that theres a slew of new actors in this movie that more or less hurt the franchise than anything. in different movies /roles these actors are tremendous. Under TF4 helmer Bay they might as well been rookie actors so not to have this smear their “legacies”. I think many down play just how good Shia was and is, as an actor, the flair that comes from Tyrese in the previous instalments and so one and so forth. As good as Kelsey Grammar is (if you doubt it, watch the tv show Boss), his role was for not, since most of his character is essentially a background character. Personally I feel he was the reimagined Patrick Dempsey character from Tf3. As a whole the acting is as bad as sour milk after pouring your favorite cereal into a big bowl on a Saturday morning…. or night.

t4poster2Writing throughout was so bad, it made this an undeniably bad movie. There were so many scenes that I noticed that just basically stalled the movie. Like that elevator scene. Worst thing I seen in a big budget movie since Toby McGuire’s Peter Parker danced in Spider-Man 3. With the amount of bad scenes and terrible writing I was surprised this was green lit. The fact that they keep going further and further back in time to suggest these transformers were some how a key to our history,  just screws with the existing franchise continuity so much it hurts to think about. A lot of the typical stylistic jokes that Bay uses in his movies feel flatter than a paper tied to a brick. A lot of the dialogue for characters new and old felt very off. The fact I can say that for new actors, says something. the undertones were weak. so much was wrong that if I listed them all I would bore you just as the movie did me.

Its hard to really say what failed this movie exactly on what level. As with most movies, a movie isn’t really a movie until it has been edited, and if I had to pick an aspect as the the biggest failure, I would pick editing. As crappy as everything else is, it isn’t as bad as the overall tone being slow and boring. 3hours of action seems like my cup of tea, but what I got was 3 hours of mellow drama and spotty action scenes. Beyond that I couldn’t understand half of what was being said due to the intensity of the action and the voice acting of the transformers. for which I blame audio mixing.

It does have its positives but really not much. I like seeing new Transformers but I would love even more so to know exactly where they come from. Every movie we get four new ones that seem to have some investment in terms of the chronological order of stories. Aside from that, don’t allow what the tv show did to dictate these movies. Its ruins them even further.

Bottomline: Its in no way the worst movie ever, its far from a good movie… especially in this spotty franchise. it might be >/=/< than TF2:Revenge of the Fallen, but I will let you determine that one. Its overall tone is a such a drag it bores you. Its like a car driving forward in reverse, with a 1000pound brick wall that’s 10 stories high, a football field wide (or a cfl end zone wide and deep/thick) only getting a half kilometer per gallon. (Lol you Americans might have fun with figuring that out).

Rating 4/10 (strictly for the action.  I was enjoyed with it. But it wasn’t bay’s best so far with that.

Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten

  • Overall rating of the movie: 4 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 3 out of 10,
  • Editing: 0.002 out of 10,
  • Audio: -15 out of 10 (Score was lacking, couldn’t hear things),
  • Acting: 2 out of 10,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? SKIP!! or just download it.  or borrow it from a friend.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: the “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Riddick: Movie Review

This may end up being my shortest review.

Dir: David Twohy Writers: David Twohy, Oliver Butcher, Stephen Cornwel
Run Time: 118m

You ever watch something and say you know the story may suck but you might still be entertained? Yes that didn’t happen here. When I saw the trailer all I could think was this man is going to kill people with cups and what not. Had it not been for my best friend I would have skipped this entirely. But as always I expected nothing from it and got exactly what I expected. How movies like this get produced, but a sequel to Dredd can’t be made, is beyond me.

First let’s touch the acting. TERRIBLE. JUST DOWN RIGHT DISRESPECTFUL. Vinny isn’t the world’s greatest actor in any way. He’s an action star that can be (very) believable in an emotional dramatic scene. I will give him credit that he tried. You can tell early on he tried. Out of the three movies (this one being the longest one I’ve watched) I’d say this might be his best outing but don’t quote me. But in terms of quality… It stops there. This isn’t fast and furious, he can’t help keep this film alive if he tried, solo anyway. He does try though. Then you have Keri Hilson. Most useless pretty face of all time in any movie ever made. Then you have, what I’d assume is the main antagonist in Jordi Mollà. Worst acting I’ve seen all year, and that includes the efforts in Kick-Ass 2. Maybe it was his accent but every word he said came off dryer than Ashy Larry’s lips. Honestly as far as acting goes, expect nothing if you don’t want to heed my warnings and see this garbage.

Technically, it’s a darn good looking movie. The mix use of set, possible on location filming and green screen was pretty seamless. That is a saving grace for the motion picture but not enough to enjoy it. What it makes up in the cinematography, it lacks in rendered CGI. As far as big budget movies go that require CGI, I didn’t expect to see so much glitches in rendered motion. As a whole it came off as a poorly done big budget student film… Sort of like “In Time” with Justin Timberlake.

I hate this movie.

The story never seemed to get going, and early on it was such a drag. Literally. It put me to sleep about mid way and it felt like an episode of Passions. Nothing happened. They were in the same predicament for the longest time. The story crawls so slowly that you just want to cry. The person snoring behind me had money well spent if you asked me vs me tying to be awake.

Bottom line: it’s the worst movie of the fall season or end of summer season. Why this movie was made I don’t know. If you happen to see it please slap yourself for wasting your time and hard earned money/scene points. Though this is a great make out film, if you’re into that during movies. Oh, and if your Howard Walowitz. You might get a little happy at one point.

Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten

  • Overall rating of the movie: 1 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 3 out of 10,
  • Editing: 2 out of 10,
  • Audio: 7 out of 10,
  • Acting: 1 out of 10 (1 being that vin Diesel did all he could),
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? SKIP IT

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Smallville Season 11 #42

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In Antarctica, five researchers are frantically running away from what appears to be some kind of monster.  Out of thin air, arrives Skeets in a fully developed sphere form (season 10 had it as just a voice… budgets are a hell of a thing) informing the researchers that Booster Gold is coming to save them. The researchers insist on having Ted Kord’s “Kid with the bug on his back” a.k.a Blue Beetle, to save them. Suddenly the monster’s presence is upon the group and Booster is off to the rescue. As Booster begins his assault on the monster, his Legion Ring begins to alert him about “Legion Protocol six” before shutting down by noticing he isn’t a Legion member. As he falls, he’s quickly swept into a more hands-on fight with the creature, luckily for him; Blue Beetle arrives and saves the day. As the researchers thank BB, BG talks with Skeets who suggests he sees someone more understanding of this protocol. In the apartment of Clark and Lois, the two are showering and discussing her trip to Africa for her article on the “Angel of the Plateau”. As his protective side begins to take over, Lois reminds him of how Franklin Stern won’t allow him to leave for extended periods of time. She asks if he will be okay though given the most recent loss, he says he’ll hold up. Clark gets an alert about a fire, gives a kiss to Lois and darts off. Sometime later, at the Daily Planet, Cat Grant beckons at the arrival of Clark and shows him to the guest in her office, none other than, BG. The two go to the rooftop where BG hands him the ring and transports them to the 31st century, where a statue of Superman is destroyed and air/space ships own the skies. Clark definitely isn’t in (his) Kansas anymore… To be continued.

I enjoy that they, or just Bryan, are keeping up with the series’ side stories. Even to the minor detail. Having the researchers from Ted Kord, WayneTech and Michael Holt’s companies was a nice nod to ongoing readers. This issue definitely felt like a “next chapter” or phase was really starting. To what end obviously remains to be seen, but Miller seems to really be good at writing the first chapter of arcs. All of them to date have a great balance of character introductions and cliff hanging endings. The manner in which Lois and Clark make up for lost time and push the PG boundary is greatly appreciated to acknowledge the children who might read this and the adults.

jk0002NEW ARTIST ALERT Daniel HDR sounds like a media file name but either way it’s not bad as far as art work goes. It’s still early but it seems pretty dope. I was intrigued by the HDR part, mostly because I love the technique and try to use it when I can. The HDR style is evident as best as one could hope for I’d think for a comic book. It’s not crazy strong but it is there. Given that we’re headed to the 31st century, it’s a nice touch to have a bit of a up to the times style. Its no Steve McNiven or Jim Lee, but given everything it’s a nice step forward in quality, let’s see how long this lasts.

Rating 4.7/5

  • Overall rating of the comic: 4.7 out of 5,
  • Art: 3.3 out of 5,
  • layout: 4 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 4 out of 5,
  • Story: 3.8 out of 5.

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful. Enjoy your Week! THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: The “LEW System” – Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Pacific Rim: Movie Review

Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Travis Beacham

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Charlie Hunnam as Raleigh Becket
Idris Elba as Stacker Pentecost
Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori
Charlie Day as Dr. Newton Geiszler
Burn Gorman as Dr. Hermann Gottlieb
Max Martini as Herc Hansen
Robert Kazinsky as Chuck Hansen

This movie isn’t really just for anyone. It’s hard to say I like it. But I know for a fact I like and respect the originality.

This movie honestly reminded me of Escaflowne or even Gundam wing. The same premise of the two mentioned anime’s. Humans piloting giant mech suits to save the freedoms of earth or respective country. And it’s not any different here.

For a movie that looks like it belonged being an independent Asian movie that some North American film industry person came across and decided to release it in N.A., which I think I would have enjoyed more, its still rather impressive in terms of style and the theme of teamwork. The problem with this movie is that it is one of those movies that wanted to have a lot of back story so that you care. I personally didn’t nor really see anything that made me want to. The trailers showed me giant robots… Fighting giant, vicious monsters that reflected creatures here on earth. That’s probably the most stereotypical summer blockbuster movie plot one could ask for. But the writing was so obvious in its approach to the pay off during each individual scene it was just hard to appreciate what was happening. Much less what the writer and director had hoped to accomplish.

(Spoiler at the bottom)

The reason I feel this movie should have been an Asian movie, was because when you get into the Hong Kong dominated scenes I’m kind of just like where are all the Asians. That and the fact this is a movie very close to being a live action Gundum Wing movie. There’s only really one lead Asian in the movie that gets a terrible character to play. Basically… And I’m not making this about race; I just have a problem with making (white) “Americans” the saviours of everyone. Are we still so far removed that we believe unless it’s an Asian-culture-heavy movie (like Ip Man or some Jackie Chan movie) that we can’t have any lead Asian actors?

That being said, everyone but Idris Elba, gave a terrible performance as far as I’m concerned. It was all very stiff. Charlie Hunnam has a cool voice. I could easily see him doing some voice over work. The raspy nature of it just kind of helped to add to his character and acting ability. If ever this was an anime and it came over to North America, I could easily see the voice being similar.

The camera work was pretty decent, given the IMAX scope and 3D effect. I wished that this movie utilized both styles of 3D (depth and popping out). It may have come off poorly in terms of quality, but I’m 98% sure no one walked in expecting anything Oscar worthy. I feel this movie needed a Zack Snyder touch for capturing the action (he’s the single greatest action director out and popular right now… Period) and the talents of ILM (INDUSTRIAL LIGHT AND MAGIC) to really pull off the suits and monsters. Most of the fights happen at night and it just comes off poorly.

Bottom line, All in all it’s a decent film just not sure we got what we intended. For a movie that was giant monsters vs giant robots, we didn’t get that. One of those times where character development wasn’t essential. This movie is a love story that never fully gets there and a movie about trust. You just have to see past the monsters and the kind of poor script.

(SPOILER ALERT: USE YOUR MOUSE TO HIGHLIGHT RIGHT AFTER THIS END BRACKET) Ok.. So at the end it says to travel through the temporal link, you need to have one of the kaiju’s DNA to pass through. Well can someone please explain to me how not one, but two escape pod’s made it back to the surface of our world much less through the portal while a nuclear blast goes off WITH NO KNOWN Kaiju?

Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten

  • Overall rating of the movie: 4.5 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 6.7 out of 10,
  • Editing: 8 out of 10,
  • Audio: 2 out of 10,
  • Acting: 4.5 out of 10,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? if you see it in Theaters, go on a cheap day. if you wanna buy it get it on blu ray but its probably better you rent this unless you’re a huge anime kind of fan. its great for the kids. Though I would caution real parental guidance.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Smallville Season 11 #35

Smallville - Season 11 035 (2013) (Digital) (K6 of Ultron-Empire) 00 Smallville - Season 11 033 (Digital) (K6 of Ultron-Empire) 01Haunted: at a Metropolis bar, Otis is  greeted with the presence of Lois Lane, who just finished talking Psimon in his cell. The reporter, begins to ask Otis questions about his now former boss, Lex and what he knows about Tess being in his head. Met with a unhelpful answer, she leaves to find someone who is more comfortable to him to speak with. Barbara Gordon in Gotham, is now up and about since her alien attack, (click link for more details) and is willing to help Lois with her investigation but not as Nightwing, but as herself, who just so happens to be Bruce Wayne’s assistant. Barbara rushes off to Metropolis by bat-plane to meet Otis, in Las Vegas, Clark is gradually getting faster and faster, which he needs to, in order to get the attention of the “Black Flash”. In doing so, he’s preventing the “Speed storms” from claiming any more lives.
In a “hail Mary” move, the Black Racer, tries to weaken the fake Eifle Tower to fall from its foundations and on top of the innocent bystanders, but that was a job for Superman to take care of. The two begin battle as the story moves back to Jay Garrick & Bart Allen who have a mini, if you will, a Flash to Flash moment.
Then Bart races off to finish the fight he never asked for… to be continued

Wow. That was a terrible scene between the two Flashes. Bart feels like he’s always alone and then Jay starts saying the speed force, “isn’t just what fuels us, it’s what binds us”? Really?! That’s so out of the blue. Why does Bart feel like that is my first question. He has no need to. Granted, I don’t know the man’s story but come on. I think that’s where this arc gets me annoyed. That one scene. For the most part, this one has been the series best (so far), but that scene ruined a lot of the hope for that. Otherwise a just below average written issue by Bryan Q. Miller. And I mean below average of the size equal to the space between the stem, and the dot of a lower case i. I mean that in terms of the words on paper mind you, because the look of each scene is pretty incredible.Smallville - Season 11 035 (2013) (Digital) (K6 of Ultron-Empire) 05 Smallville - Season 11 035 (2013)

My favourite moment that Jorge designed is when Superman saves this dude and gives him a list of instructions. Just a well designed look to the character. This wasn’t his own best showing, but it’s far from his worst. I also very much enjoyed the look of the Barbra Gordon scene. The style was very appropriate.

Disclaimer:… I know I’m late… I’m sorry, but I will be caught up by Aug 22nd

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 2 out of 5,
  • Art: 4.2 out of 5,
  • layout: 4.2 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 4 out of 5,
  • Story: 3.9 out of 5.

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

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Man Of Steel: Movie Review

Man of steel

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Were you not entertained?

Henry Cavill
Amy Adams
Michael Shannon
Diane Lane
Russell Crowe
Antje Traue
Harry Lennix
Richard Schiff
Christopher Meloni
Kevin Costner
Ayelet Zurer
Laurence Fishburne
Dylan Sprayberry
Cooper Timberline
Richard Cetrone
Tor-An

(There’s actually a lot of actors and characters from Smallville which Zack is a major fan of.)
The last time we saw Superman it was on “Smallville” on tv, then before that in “Superman Returns” Now he is the Man of steel brought to you by Zack Snyder and Executively produced by Chris “The Dark Knight” Nolan.

Superman represents many things and those elements are very well explored here. He’s the ultimate immigrant, hero/saviour, “American” and the greatest symbol of hope (to be better) we humans can create. From the early stages on Krypton the “Hope” is the focus of this movie, but not the Theme.  It’s actually a little hard to say EXACTLY what the theme is.  The tone and feel of the movie is much like the show Arrow. If you watch Arrow then you kinda understand. It’s actually surprised me how engaging it was for a movie that was 2.5 hours in length.

Only three colours used
Only three colours used

Art direction isn’t something I touch too much on for my reviews. But this movie had GREAT art direction. In past Superman movies it was very much about ice and crystals but now with M.O.S. they legit took on the steel aspect. From homes, to technology, even the suits of Kryptonians (I still don’t like the look of Superman’s costume, invulnerable people don’t need armour). It lends to the point that this isn’t anything related to the Reeves/Routh Era of Superman Movies.

Michael Shannon as Zod was amazing. I loved his character right to the bitter end. Zod was a calm Nazi in Reeves’ Superman 2, here he’s very much a man on a mission to save what he loves. He has a real conflict and has only one absolute solution. Conflicts and hardships always make characters interesting, and hero’s are apparently defined by who they face.

This brings me to Henry’s Cavali’s portrayal of Clark Superman. The Story of his character aside (I have mixed feelings with it) he does superman justice. In Smallville we watched Superman become Superman and as well as the disguise of Clark.

This was kind of the same idea. IT’S NOT THE SAME STORY AS SMALLVILLE but just the idea. It’s kind of more like how “Superman: Earth One” makes Superman become Superman via forceful desperation.

There’s an inherited value/moral of doing and being good from Jor-El – who by the way, Russel Crowe, did an amazing job as well. The story allowed for a more explained fall of Krypton, Jor-El and Zod’s relationship and just how much like Clark, Jor-El is and vice versa (the son becomes the father, and the father the son).  Amy Adams playing Lois was very much a strong woman through and through. Her look was solid, and she didn’t entirely come off as just a damsel in distress. She got the essence of the character down minus the red hair.

Hans Zimmer does an incredible job. He’s no John Williams but that’s OK. This is the new era of Superman movies. So there SHOULD be a new sound. Hans Zimmer does just that. Personally I didn’t hear a catchy Superman song like in past motion media depictions. But thanks to the new sound, it carried the movie along nicely. It added more desperation to scenes that were dire to the story as conflicts arose. It sounds amazing and just made all the action scenes epic… and there are a lot of them. Hans is the man.

Zack Snyder does WICKED ACTION SEQUENCES look at all his previous work. All badass. He may not get the greatest from his actors but honestly, he had a great cast with experience to do anything. The fight scenes were nothing we’ve seen before. They were creative, they had a lot of the different powers Kryptonians have under our yellow sun, and they were more realistic than what was in Superman 2, in terms of exposing a weakness. The angles are great and even though it’s in 3D, in IMAX, and all intense, it was easy and clear to watch. You see everything, which is SO GREAT! The latter half of the movie is basically strictly action and it’s all just as beautiful. The action is what makes it worth watching in IMAX.

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Bottom line: This is now my favourite superman movie. It’s hard to say that it’s better than Superman: The Movie but it’s not meant to be. The freedom of creating a new reality is promising. Rumour has it this is the seed to a Justice League movie. The ending fight is the strongest point. the only issue I didn’t like is that there wasn’t entirely a complete reason as to why he became Superman or no real lesson taught prior getting his costume. Lastly DONT BE THAT PERSON to say this is better or worse than Avengers  They’re TOTALLY different (but Avengers is a more complete movie). There  – not really spoiled.

(MAN OF STEEL Easter Eggs and DC Comics References You May Have Missed)RATINGS!!!!

Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten

  • Overall rating of the movie: 9.8 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 10 out of 10,
  • Editing: 10 out of 10,
  • Audio: 10 out of 10,
  • Acting: 9.5 out of 10,

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Superman III: Throwback Movie Review

Superman wasn’t feeling too super this time around.

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Directed by Richard Lester
Written by David Newman, Leslie Newman
Music by Ken Thorne
Duration 125 min

To any who have seen it, all agree it’s stupid and the worst of all the Superman movies, if not all live-action depictions of the character. Clearly showing age, Christopher Reeves’ 3rd outing as the title character, it’s not his fault, but at the same time, that’s because of the story. When you look at the story, it’s messed up because of what happens in Superman two. If you do happen to watch it, somehow Lois forgets that Clark is Superman. Lex is never mentioned (not that he’s missed to be but still). Back to Christopher Reeves, he does an okay job of delivering his lines and continuing to have us believe that a man could fly. This movie is more about Superman’s (out of the blue) demons. A lot of why this movie works is because of the talents from Reeves.

images  Smallville fans may remember the lovely face that is Lana Lang, wait… I mean Martha Kent, who plays Lana in this movie. There’s an interesting dynamic between Clark and Lana here. As much as a bumbling fool Christopher plays as Clark, he randomly had a bit more confidence here than when dealing with Lois. The highlight of the movie is when Clark fights Superman thanks to imperfect, man made piece of Kryptonite. The worst actor was Richard Pryor.

I remember seeing this movie as a kid and being mad that you could see all the lines and wires holding up Reeves. The blu-ray copy has gotten rid of those errors and which made this slightly more enjoyable. The coolest thing here was the flying in the movie. Reeves had quite a bit of practice now and having shot the movie noticeably away from New York, (proabably still in the U.K. for principle Photography) allowed them to have  more in city stunts. There’s less use of blue/green screens and a lot more practical flight stunts especially with the Clark versus Superman sequence. Another cool thing about this movie was his powers were slightly more explored. Up until this movie he’s only shown using flight, agility (running) strength, heat vision and super breath. This one he adds cool/ice breath. The best parts of the movie are the stunts. There’s a much bigger improvement from the past two instalments.

But honestly I hate this movie. It’s the worst one. The copy cat Lex Luther, the dumb reason for the identity split, Richard Pryor, the 2 hour running joke, everything else. Shout out to Margot Kidder, she was basically written out because she disagreed with the firing of Richard Donner. Though she can be glad she wasn’t in this movie.

Superman 3Bottom line is when you look back at Superman, this is just a footnote of how bad his character is. But there’s not many good 3rd movie trilogies out there. This isn’t one of them. I blame the director and as I said in the first or second review that this series is a fault all on it’s own because of the realm that these movies exist in. Superman is loved like everyone is a child this depiction of metropolis is where the went wrong.

Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten

  • Overall rating of the movie: 2 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 5 out of 10,
  • Editing: 3 out of 10,
  • Audio: 5 out of 10,
  • Acting: 4 out of 10,

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Smallville Season 11 #33

Smallville - Season 11 033 COVERBack with the “Hunted” story arc where Superman and Impulse are teaming up to help deal with some form of speed demon. The story starts off in Mumbai where another speed storm, takes a child’s life, then a cop’s, in France. Chloe and Oliver, at Watchtower, inform the two heroes of the increasing rates of death due to speed storms in locations recently visited by Impulse. Meanwhile, the two have come to their destination, the home of Jay Garrick. Back at Watchtower, Chloe faints and seems to slip into a trance that sends her into the memories of E2 Chloe. In these memories, she sees Earth 2 Clark hunting the “Meteor Freaks” at their high school graduation and then how close she came to death by the hands of Clark. She comes out of the trance shaken up. Back in the home of Jay Garrick, who asks (one of the biggest questions to never get answered on the show) why he stole his identity. Bart explains that he didn’t intend to, the names were just in his head after getting his powers (I’m sure this is something that will be built upon later). Then the real reason why the two showed up at Jay’s house comes up, and he then explains why he stopped being the “Flash” since the JSA arrests. Impulse asks how he can survive it like Jay has, which isn’t an option for Bart, so Jay tells him… Then you have to die son the “speed demon” can collect. To be continued…

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This was one of those issues/episodes… (Segments?) that was missing in the weekly live action. There is quite a bit of back story given about Impulse and he was easily the shows best Co-starring hero, until Green Arrow made his debut. But Impulse was the only one who didn’t entirely make sense or get a real origin story. Don’t get me wrong, he still doesn’t have much of one, but it was a step in the right direction. The Jay Garrick scene feels much like a Smallville cameo. Meaning, it’s there, but then budget is too low to use this properly, which is unfortunate. I felt they could have done more for Garrick’s back story as well, but its good for what his purpose is. One thing, that I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, is how I love that there’s ton of flash backs in these comics and this arc, so far, is no different. I can only guess Bryan Q. Miller has bigger plans than he’s led us to believe for the cast. I’m actually kind of more curious to see the Chloe side of a story… I guess there’s a first time for everything.

Fave piece of artwork in this issue
Fave piece of artwork in this issue

As much as I’ve been praising Jorge Jimenez, this probably wasn’t his best issue. Towards the end of the book it looked very cheap, but I still have faith in his work. There isn’t much here that I can say that hasn’t already been said by me, so with that said,

Here’s your comic codes & ratings:

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  • Overall rating of the comic: 3.2 out of 5,
  • Art: 2.5 out of 5,
  • layout: 3 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 3 out of 5,
  • Story: 2.6 out of 5.

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

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” . Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Superman II: Throwback Movie Review

You made us believe a man can fly, now show us what he can do.Superman2

Writers: Mario PuzoDavid NewmanLeslie NewmanTom Mankiewicz Director: Richard Donner Run Time: 127 Mins
superman-2-560The second chapter and it’s pretty enjoyable. The first film dealt with the origin story but gave a side story intended to be told in Superman Two. One issue with this picture was that Richard Donner was fired and the new director had basically reshot everything Donner had intended to tell for his movie. But thanks to Ms. Kidder informing people via an interview that Donner had shot enough footage to basically edit a feature-length movie, fans encouraged WB to release his vision for Superman two.That’s all for another review.

Superman One is probably most loved for having an epic shooting style and being able to have audiences young and old alike, believe that a man could fly largely in part to the performance of Christopher Reeves. So the challenge here was how do we keep the movie fresh? With bringing on a new director, one of the first things he did, as I said, was reshoot the movie and even edited out Marlon Brando. Another key thing was he gave someone who Superman could punch (well the story did).supeszod

I’d like to believe until Superman 2, all other live-action iterations, were just Superman taking on regular Joes who he couldn’t really unleash on.  Having such a dictator like foe from his home planet, really gave Supes an opportunity to show Metropolis and the world, that he was on the side of Earth, and its freedoms. Zod is a character so much like Clark had he had terrible parents and there’s a good contrast in the movie but due to its very light nature it’s easily missed.

That’s one of the best things about the Chris Reeves Superman movies, they’re all very heart warming and easy. Many regard this as the best Superman movie due to that aspect as well as the Metropolis showdown. There’s a scene with Lois and Clark (that would later be used as the back bone of “Superman Returns”) where the two have coitus but because of the nature of the story, characters and the acting it’s only implied that it happens. Childish in a way, yes, but at the age of 6 would you really want to see Superman have sex? Probably not.

A questionable move by the director to avoid using the epic style of Superman One instead moving more towards the look and feel of a comic book – The best way to describe it is the scenes where the story takes place in Niagara Falls. In comic books a lot of the panels involve “tight shots” that have a lot of people and objects neatly woven for the story aspect or just artist choice, this comes off very well here. Ignoring the time period of this movie, the Metropolis battle scene is another type of comic book style cinematography. It’s edited a little quicker, has a bit more of a flat angle and the random dialogue during the fight is spot on for a comic book.

Bottom Line: Its fun to relive this Superman film. It’s regarded as the last best film (sadly… But in a good way) in the Superman franchise. It isn’t the best one, but for what it is, it does serve its purpose and is still fun to watch now and worthy to see. If looking for back story on Zod however, you’re better off watching season five and nine of Smallville

Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten

  • Overall rating of the movie: 8.5 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 5 out of 10,
  • Editing: 5 out of 10,
  • Audio: 8 out of 10,
  • Acting: 8 out of 10,

PS. there’s some weird powers used here, this may help you understand why. Got to love the silver age of comics.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW