Video Of The Day: Regarding Clark

“I Give a Fuck About Superman.” A brief discussion of Superman, Man Of Steel (there will be spoilers), and what Max Landis (he wrote “Chronicle“) sees as a problem with “superhero movies.” he makes note of the Avengers, Spider-Man and Batman which for all intents and purposes, he’s absolutely right in a way. The first 3 or so minutes I completely agree with, when he gets to the MOS bit, I kinda disagree with. The scene with Zod is the major part in question with this new movie and he talks about that. But I think he misses that as to why Superman deals with Zod the way he does. Max kind of misses why these superhero movies are filled with  such destruction. it adds a level of desperation a reason for the bad guy to be stopped. yes its terrible that it was so 9/11 looking but theres a reason for it that Zod even says. I posted this video just people can see:

  1. What Superman is really,
  2. Another look/opinion of the controversial scene
  3. and even though i agree with the film, i also agree with the video…

But anyway, just watch and enjoy

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

Video of the Day: Red Son

So its MAN OF STEEL DAY (JUNE 14) and I came across this video. Its one that I’ve always wanted to see. What if the Man of steel had been raised in a communist/socialist culture/economy? who know’s, I might do a review.

In Red Son, Superman’s rocket ship lands on a Ukrainian collective farm rather than in Kansas, an implied reason being a small time difference (a handful of hours) from the original timeline, meaning Earth’s rotation placed Ukraine in the ship’s path instead of Kansas. Instead of fighting for “…truth, justice, and the American Way”, Superman is described in Soviet radio broadcasts “…as the Champion of the common worker who fights a never-ending battle for Stalin, socialism, and the international expansion of the Warsaw Pact.” His “secret identity” (i.e. the name his adoptive parents gave him) is a state secret.

Video Of The Day: Zack On Man Of Steel

Director Zack Snyder talks about the making of Man Of Steel in this unedited interview with Toronto’s City News film critic Mohair Rajhans. Even gives us a brief update on the 300 prequel. No spoilers are given

Trailer Park: Week 2

I cant watch this but you can.

Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier unwittingly become humankind’s only hope for survival.

This Wolverine trailer that has additional footage.

Seems to be a little more on the silly side from its predecessor but I’m sure it will still be funny with a great message.

Superman Earth One: Vol.Two

Power.

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003-004Everyone has some. Some more than others. To a degree, everyone wants it. Be it the power to run the world, a country, state/province/territory, a city, or power to conquer their enemies, or even will power to simply stand up in the face of any form of adversity. It’s something the human condition strives to have. Some of us find power in controlling our “loved” ones, others, in more financial conditions. So what happens when a being short of being a God, decides to use his unlimited power to help humanity? Well, you get Superman, and you get this story.002

Power is clearly the theme for the second volume, which very much feels like it’s going to be a 3 volume part story (hopefully). A lot of the ideas introduced in Vol. 1 are brought back to carry the story. It’s done in such a grounded way, yet again, J.M.S. continues to question the moral code of Superman. I don’t know if it was initially introduced through the original movie (“Superman: The Movie” with Chris Reeves), but one of the things instilled in Clark is that he shouldn’t impose his will on to the people. He should walk among them, and seem like them, even though he clearly isn’t. There’s actually 2 great moments to reflect that and you get into Clark’s mind and you see that he thinks just like us. You know when you see something stupid or “unjust” and you just want to slap them? Well, the difference is Superman has heat vision.

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The villain chosen for this volume, is none other than Parasite, and let me just say, he’s by far the scariest thing I’ve ever seen in this medium.061Everything about his look just freaks you out. I think I even read a bit faster so I could turn the page a bit faster when he was on. His back story is a bit intriguing. Sadly it did sort of come off a bit typical, but it does play a part that I will comment on later. If I’m not mistaken, there are two alternate identities to the character “Parasite” and do believe this to be the “original” one, Raymond Jensen, who gets his powers almost the same way, minus a few details from the original source. He teaches Clark that if even for a moment he forgets how strong he is, there can be dire consequences.

Which brings me to probably the highlight of this book. For a moment he *SPOILER * loses his powers and goes on this whole “rant”, for lack of a better term, and he just realizes how strong as a race we really are when you boil down how dangerous our everyday life is. I think in that moment, which is beautifully crafted, you could really see how and why he is Earth’s greatest champion. Then, there’s a part later when he takes the accident of him losing powers and Parasite’s strength. How fragile he has to be when dealing with “us”, and the overall sacrifice of him being so strong. How being intimate with someone else is really risky for him… well, her when a her is relevant. In addition to that, there is a moment that really defines the character, if not, then the character J.M.S has chosen to write/create. Superman is an immigrant who, at the end of the day, doesn’t judge people for their life choices. He saves all, good and bad, and is willing to befriend the same way. On the surface, he doesn’t care. Internally, he may have formed an opinion, but that’s only assuming. It’s a good way to live… Accept those for who they are, and read the actions directed to you in the favour of your well being and or, against.

Parasite finds himself

Love seeing these in books. Minus the first choice, all of these still creep me out.
Love seeing these in books. Minus the first choice, all of these still creep me out.

Bottom Line: Fantastic, easy read with more things that should be in a Superman book now with todays way of life. I’d love to see this be the sequel to Man Of steel but I’m sure most, if not all, of the concepts in this book will be brought up in the Man Of Steel film. Definitely worth picking up.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 8 out of 10,
  • Art:  8.8 out of 10,
  • layout*: 10 out of 10,
  • True to character dialogue: 8.5 out of 10,
  • Story: 8 out of 10,
  • Continuity? Well its out of normal continuity, so it works, but in general, from panel to panel, it is pretty solid.

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful.

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

Listen to the Sounds of Man Of Steel

Amazon has released 30-second samples from Hans Zimmer’s upcoming score for Man of Steel. You can listen to them by clicking here, but be warned there are potential spoilers in the track listing.

man_of_steel_deluxe_editionThe album will be available in two editions: a regular version with 18 tracks and a deluxe editionthat includes six additional tracks.

Smallville Season 11 #29

Smallville Season 11 029 (2013)Ollie and Chloe spend time at the “Watchtower” in what seems to be  reversed roles. Chloe is practicing her aim with Ollie’s bow, while Ollie is reading baby books. She claims her reason is so she can be ready for the “Crisis” that she was warned about by her doppelganger. Ollie then has a “Fringe” idea; why not ask her what she meant, even though her earth two counterpart is dead. Meanwhile, over the Atlantic, headed West, Superman and Impulse discuss the speed demon (or black racer) that’s been haunting him. They discuss how it basically started when Lex “tortured” him by making him run continuously for stealing Lexcorp secrets. Impulse figures since he’s the only one who sees it, he is crazy. Clark assures him, he’s not. Meanwhile, Lois is at the same place the speed demon first emerged, and begins to investigate why Lex is now trying to “demolish” the site. Inside, we see workers are collecting meteor rock (kryptonite, green) when suddenly, some kind of “Speed storm” surrounded a worker and threw him at a wall. Lois, rushes over, and when she digs him up from under loose debris, she finds the man has aged to be a very old man…. To continued.

Smallville Season 11 029 (2013) (Digital) (K6DVR-Empire) 01First and foremost, even though I have my problems with Bryan Q. Miller, he does know the show well. He makes two references to previous Smallville seasons, and it’s one I think many fans questioned, but never bothered to ask. I won’t spoil it. But it’s actually pretty funny if you’re a major fan of the show. Right now every character is getting a fair chance to shine. Each has his or her moment, which I think is largely in part to not having a restrictive budget as the show did. We can see more characters at once, also, largely due to the fact that you don’t need to worry about call times and weather conditions, so on and so forth. Miller is just really creating an interesting interwoven story. These are clearly his episodes when it comes down to it, and maybe besides Steven S. DeKnight (who is on Spartacus) I doubt I’d want anyone else to write this book truthfully.

That said, Jorge is still knocking off my socks. His anime-like style is just so fitting. I may not get Tom Welling’s face, but the facial expressions are great regardless. The start with Chloe and Oliver are the best in terms of true to likeness of the actor/actress in this issue.


(but wait, theres still more)

Rating 3.7

  • Overall rating of the comic: 3.7 out of 5,
  • Art: 4 out of 5,
  • layout: 4 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 4 out of 5,
  • Story: 2.7 out of 5.

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

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Superman: Earth One Review

At some point in life, you were either a teenager, or a young adult or maybe you currently are, and you’ve questioned everything before you as teachers & parents would tell you is a normal thing. Who you are, who you are meant to be, why you are, even why you don’t fit in, for example. Now for a moment, picture yourself as a child. You look like every other person around you…. Normal. You have every possible ability any other child born of this earth has. Now, keep with me, you are one day playing a little catch or stick ball with your dad/mom, brother etc, or you see a beautiful girl, or you try to run for the first time as a child, a bus with all your friends falls into a lake… And suddenly, you throw/hit that ball 20 miles away, you shoot intense heat from your eyes, you run as fast as you could and you are in China in 5 seconds (if you are reading this in China, then you’re in Brazil in three seconds) and you can pick up the bus with all your friends in it with ease. I’m sure you just pictured yourself not of this earth with the same questions. But they now have a greater weight to it don’t they?
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I love how this looks like a billboard
I love how this looks like a billboard

That’s the main premise of “Superman Earth One”. You aren’t just a mere mortal, you’re an alien from a distant planet. Sent as a child to earth for what? To be the master of mortals? For protection? TO PROTECT Earth from harms way (which is the actual answer, by the way)? All these are great questions for a man who can literally do anything which is very evident in the early pages of this J. M. Straczynski written, Shane Davis drawn book. The artwork reminded me kind of a hard hitting, anime that has a serious film grain like in the movie 300. The costume choice is very much like the one seen in the early pages of Smallville season 11. It’s a great design (much better than the current Superman comics book design, and the Man of Steel one as well). The entire comic is drawn perfectly. I don’t think there’s really any bad page, panel. Though, I do question the look of Jonathan Kent. He looks much like William Dafoe. As well, and this is a contradiction, but the only page that’s a little confusing, was when they show the villain’s home world in the same orbit as Superman’s. Another thing that I really enjoyed, artistically, was they gave Lois a mole. It’s easy to miss; I’ve maybe read this book 3 times and I just now caught it. The only character design I didn’t like at all, was “Jimmy Olsen”. He looked like a very poorly drawn Wolverine. Shane was a great choice for this book, and one of the best creative collaborators to work with J.M.S since J.M.S’s run on Amazing Spider-man with John Romita Jr.

(But wait,Theres still more)

The work of J.M.S is brilliant. He took the story almost any comic reading being can recite to some degree, and built around it. He did it in a very interesting way that was very compelling. He made the origin feel organic to the story, and not just, “oh ye, we need to have this, so let’s just toss this in here.” There was almost like “we’re only telling you this so you understand how its all related to the story of the bad guy”. Yes, the initial origin of Superman ties directly to the past of bad guy here, and the bad guy here is an incredible one. He is very plausible and I have to wonder why no one honestly thought of it before to this degree in the regular comics.
Moving a bit a way from the character’s, J.M.S crafts a story that is short and sweet. It could be argued that it’s not worth the money asked for the book, but it is worth it if you so happen to find it for cheap at a “used” book store (B.M.V, for example for people in Toronto). It’s an easy read and gives you a lot of options that many of today’s young adults face when finishing school or still undecided in terms of career options. He used this medium to even bring valid debatable issues on a global scale through the villain, which I sort of agree with. But we don’t live in a world, sadly, to have it ever happen. He even took a page from Watchmen with the “end game” move towards the end.

J.M.S was one of the major reasons I got back into comics. He did a story called Sins Past, which, I’m probably the only one who enjoyed that story (deals with Gwen, having relations with Norman Osborn.. Ye, it’s sickening, but it happened). Then I followed the entire run of spider-man done by J.M.S and loved it, minus the ending (one more day, wasn’t his idea, but still). Then he left Marvel for the Definitive Competition and here we are. The cover drew me to the book. I loved how mysterious and bad ass he seemed (Superman). Then I found out it was a J.M.S story, and I only said “take my money”. One thing that does annoy me with this is that THIS is called Earth One, which means it’s the main Superman. Yet, some how, for some reason, it didn’t go to become the origin of the “New 52” Superman. Why? I don’t know. It was much better of a story than what was produced early from both “Action Comics” & “Superman” books.

Bottom line if your into Superman this is probably the best origin story your gonna get for a while, that pays homage to a lot other incarnations of the Man of Steel. It’s a great out of continuity read and it’s fast as well. It’s definitely worthy of a pick up.128

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 8.7 out of 10,
  • Art:  8 out of 10,
  • layout*: 10 out of 10,
  • True to character dialogue: 7 out of 10,
  • Story: 8.8 out of 10,
  • Continuity? Well its out of normal continuity, so it works, but in general, from panel to panel, it is pretty solid.

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful.

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

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*