Fences: Film Review


Writer:August Wilson, Director: Denzel Washington, Runtime: 2h19m Full Cast & Crew
“How come you ain’t ever like me?”. What a thing to ask your father, I said to myself. Later, I caught wind of James Earl Jones doing the same scene. As he was in the play version many years ago. Then another video appeared with Leading Male, Denzel Washington, doing his version of the same play. What made it more interesting, was the audience was laughing. I couldn’t help but feel extremely perplexed by how such a scene could come off as comedic. So, I went and what I got was a film so distant to any film I’ve seen like it. Through the guise of spectacular acting, this motion picture felt more like a play than 24 frames rushing past your eyes.

What good editors will tell you, and I’m even sure this a quote from the Godfather’s editor, a cut should feel like a person blinking, more so than a cut for cuts sake. (Post Edit, its from Walter Murch). This was achieved here. The dialogue is so quick and cohesive that you don’t get to notice when the edits actually happen. That’s beautiful work in my eyes.

Denzel, Davis and co. Give such outstanding performances Watching the leads had me in such awe. The first half of the film belongs to Denzel. While the second is a humble share, if not impeccably dominated, by Viola. She steals scenes and she is the best in the business at doing so. I doubt she means to. But her hard work and talent that she’s has had over the years is simply being manifested into her performances. It’s hot actually.. My pick for best supporting actress at this year’s Oscars is without doubt,Stephen Henderson! (Jim Bono Character) He didn’t miss a beat and he had all the right emotion to match with the provided story. His first few scenes with Denzel, made Denzel better by providing someone grounded yet as crazy as Denzel’s character is.

The title is meant as an allegory that both works and doesn’t. Less the latter than the former. There’s so much happening with the people in the story, that the fence is benign. His Wife asks him to build it, however, it’s occurs so quickly, I nearly missed it. Each time it’s mentioned later, I barely cared as there was so much more going on(namely with his brother which had some of Denzel’s best acting for me, it added nothing to the story since there’s so much more happening that he can’t even build the fence. The fence is the least interesting part of the story.  Then you get to The confession and Viola Davis’ third, well-written act & tremendous performance. By that part, you have lost all interest in the fence. Maybe in the play it holds more of a meaningful presence. It then can be argued the cinematography or rather, the medium as a whole caused the fence to fall so far into the background. But that’s neither here nor there. Needless to say, the story being central to the fence is very misleading (even if it is apparent). Allegories shouldn’t be verbal in cinema, they should either be purely visible (through set pieces to cinematography) or simply acted out in body language/ actual deeds. Denzel and co dropped the ball on that in my eyes.

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Denzel deserves a nod for direction I feel as well. His choices with bringing the production to life were spectacular.

Bottomline: If you want to see a film that has tremendous acting and editing, see this one. It deserves all the nominations for those sort of categories. But it certainly doesn’t deserve a win for best picture(the nomination is fair). It should be nominated for set design or production coordination editing and of course any and all for acting.

 

  • Overall rating of the movie: 7 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 8 out of 10,
  • Editing: 8.7 out of 10,
  • Audio: 7 out of 10,
  • Acting: 10 out of 10,

Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Not a bad pick up if you wish to buy it, but this is more a Netflix stream than anything.

Smallville Season 11 #40

Haunted: Smallville - Season 11 039 coverHigh above the skies of Metropolis Clark calls Lois and tells her his plans to honour the memory of the Late Impulse. As he heads to the destination, Clark asks if she uncovered anything about Lex, she responds by saying when you fly by I’ll fill you in on what I’ve discovered. “I don’t think I’ll be doing that anymore” Knock, Knock, Knock, Knock “Honey… I’m home.” Clark surprises Lois and then briefly describes how he’s been fixed. But there’s always a job for Superman. At Lexcorp, Lex enters his office to be met by Superman & Green Arrow who confront him. Lex tries to figure out how Supes got so close and as he checks his app, he realizes that he, Superman, has been washed clean of the radiation. As Lex tires of their presence, he asks why the heroes have made his acquaintance, the pair address the fact that Lex has taken something… rather someone in the form of one Tess Mercer. Trying to avoid them, Superman walks away, only to be stopped by Lois. As Green Arrow begins to pull up a taser dart, Lois hits Lex with a knockout blow. Smallville - Season 11 038 As he comes to, the next morning, Otis finds him. As he fully comes too, Lex asks where the hell his sister is. As he begins to look around, he sees an envelope that Supes left for him “Thanks for the memories”. At Watchtower, Dr. Hamilton programs some kind of hard light hologram. As that excitement dies down Clark and Chloe finally catch up. Chloe, understandably, is unnerved by the memories from her doppelgänger and the pending crisis. As she explains, she lets slip that she’s pregnant. Clarks reaction is very much a Super(man) reaction. As she continues to explain why she and Ollie need to leave Metropolis Clark interrupts her saying he fully understands a parents need and want to go to great lengths to protect their kin to ensure a safe upbringing. Referencing Jor-El and Johnathan Kent in that way, she has his blessing to do what needed to be done. The End of Haunted.

Jorge Jimenez does a lot of good again. Even though, his faces are a tad inconsistent, he does great work with capturing emotions, both from the characters and from the tone of the scene. If there were ever to be a go to artist I’d seriously choose this guy. From the opening page to the final moment it’s framed and flows very nicely. Noteworthy scene is in Lexcorp. The style is very dark due to lack of lights and it added more to that scene. The added grain at the start of the scene was dope. Loved the facial expression on Lex’s face as Lois boxed him in it. It would seem the only character in this comic book so far, that is drawn closer to the character’s actor is Chloe (Allison Mack) and it’s not a bad thing just sometimes I’d like to see Tom Welling more often. Not since Guardian have I seen a total likeness. But for the most part, we do still see the actors and I’m OK with that.

Miller does a nice job of finishing this episode. Helps to tie it back into the series finale where Chloe retells a story to her son (spoiler alert?). Having the contrast of Chloe taking on the sacrifices similar to the two sets of parents Clark has was a nice send off. Not that she’s gone but it’s nice to see how much her character has matured from that nosey little reporter to the keeper of secrets and standing up for what’s right and now a mother. I’m curious to see where he takes her next. Bringing back Tess is even more interesting because she’s a computer program. Kind of taking up where she left off in the show. She’s back working at Watchtower and helping the team. I’m interested in seeing if she has any new powers as a result of her current form. Smallville - Season 11 #40 004 Rating : 4.5 Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 4.5 out of 5,
  • Art: 4 out of 5,
  • layout: 5 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 4 out of 5,
  • Story: 5 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

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

Now You See Me: Movie Review

Now you don’t (I had too).

Director: Louis Leterrier
Runtime: 115mins
Screenplay: Edward RicourtBoaz Yakin

now_you_see_me_xlgThis movie I awesome, I honestly wanted to see it for two reasons, it was the first true movie since the Avengers movie for Mark Ruffalo and I really like the pace of the director (note that this director, helmed “The Incredible Hulk” and is now working with the current hulk for this one)

This movie deals with a lot of magic yes, but oddly enough it’s not entirely on the forefront of the movie. It’s very much based on the story and the cat and mouse game all while making the viewer guess just what the hell is going to happen next. My best friend and Essenex co-founder saw this movie and did a review as well so peep that. [be nice to link him here

He tweeted and said it was the best movie of the month (May) and I didn’t believe him, but after seeing it I was easily swayed to agreement.

The movie relies heavily on the viewers’ suspension of disbelief to be really effective in executing its magic. But it also has the “viewer’s” angle in the movie in the form of Morgan Freeman. He’s the truest skeptic in the movie. Mark Ruffalo is the guy who is assigned to bring the magicians to face justice, and he honestly gets really into his character I felt. Then you have Jesse Eisenburg, who is much like the guy in Facebook. I wouldn’t say it is a typecast but I wouldn’t say he isn’t either. Going back to my acting class, the best actors play themselves my teacher told me so if it works for him, by all means continue. Oddly enough, it’s very fitting for his role.

The director, Louis Leterrier has a characteristically noticeable  way to change between acts and it’s no different here. Each major magic show is the cue for each act. and it helps to pace the movie. if you remember the incredible Hulk (with Ed Norton) each fight scene was the closing of the act and helped to pace it. It’s great when a movie has a good flow between dialogue and action.

And here is where I complain… It is a movie of course that the magic works. Being a film student, I had a bit of a hard time believing what was on the big screen. But the story was so strong I let the story kind of take over. Towards the end of the second act and even the explanation ending I was a bit confused so that alone had me really liking the movie… I couldn’t guess what was about to happen. Everyone always complains that there’s no originality in Hollywood anymore. Which may be true because a lot of how this movie started felt like Ocean’s Eleven.

Bottom line you’re probably going to have to watch this movie twice to fully understand where the twists came from.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the movie:  9 out of 10
  • Cinematography: 8 out of 10 (camera stunt work is decent),
  • Editing: 9 out of 10
  • Special effects: 7 out of 10
  • Audio: 8 out of 10
  • Acting: 10 out of 10
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Much better to watch at home so you can really understand it. Worthy of a rental, in my eyes. But it would look nice on a shelf if you have friends over.

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

Superman: The Movie (1978) Throwback Review

Distant planet called Krypton… Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound…..

It’s Superman

Director: Richard Donner Writers: Mario PuzoDavid NewmanLeslie NewmanRobert Benton Run Time: 143

Jor-El… Marlon Brando
Lex Luthor Gene Hackman
Superman-Clark Kent… Christopher Reeve
Jonathan Kent… Glenn Ford
Lois Lane… Margot Kidder
Perry White… Jackie Cooper
Jimmy Olsen… Marc McClure
Otis… Ned Beatty
Eve Tessmacher… Valerie Perrine

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Some of the best things about the movie are how it is shot, the props, the sets and of course having audiences believing a man could fly. From the opening scene, to the trial of Zod, to Clark racing a train right up to the Superman movie send off, it’s all kind of majestic in its delivery. As kids, most of us have seen this film and we probably thought this was real. As I re-watched this movie I couldn’t help but feel like the four-year old me again singing the songs. Honestly, John Williams deserves all the awards in the world. His influence in cinema may be underappreciated but the truth (proof) is in his work.

This movie is a classic.

superman the movieNow you may have wondered why I didn’t say a “timeless classic”, that’s because it is dated. Superman these days isn’t dating Lois. He’s shagging Wonder Woman, has armor, has two confusing comics and is currently being played by Henry Cavalli In Man Of Steel. The sets, style of cinematography and even how Mr. Reeves portrayed Clark is a bit out dated. It’s not the worst, but now it sort of doesn’t hold up. I understand the exact reason why, and it’s clear when one gets to the part where Superman is interviewed by Lois Lane at her apartment. To that point you should understand the importance of Clark’s mannerisms versus when he’s Superman. There’s even a nice contrast between Margot Kidder’s choices of character mannerisms when dealing with clark and dealing with Superman. That is probably the best acting for those two together. The best acted scene however is when Lois dies.superman--the-movie

It’s actually my all time favourite movie moment of all time. The noticeable silence, the cinematography, the greatest reaction to a death (I’ve ever seen) in a movie. The entire movie’s cast kind of has a theatrical feel to it. Even Chris Reeves has a strong theatre background. So when he got pissed that he couldn’t save Lois, and he says the “no’s” without any sound, only to have him yell at the heavens.

Yeah that’s epic (with today’s effects we may have seen him accidentally cause a shockwave of some sort). Add the fact that while he was still living on the farm, he couldn’t save his father it just has a nice added weight to it by the time that scene comes. Then the reversal of time via reverse globe spinning and all that confusion happens.

Honestly as far as origin stories go, this may have been one of the best – especially with the passing of time to the point where Clark goes to train with Jor-El (Smallville fans, Season 5). From early infant, to man, we don’t see Superman for the first hour. And then, when see Superman in action it’s pretty accurate to almost every origin of Superman I’ve seen, outside of “Earth One”. Superman is always first seen saving a plane or some kind of air craft.

The reason to fault this movie is in its own greatness. This story would basically be a Superman Earth 2 story from before “Crisis on Infinite Earths” got rid of that realm to smooth out their continuity. What that means to everyone else is that, the world of this Superman is yes, set in New York City, but it’s not a realistic NYC. It’s a world where he’s loved with no reason. He only saved Lois because well, it’s Lois. Towards the end, it does make sense but it’s hard to entirely accept.

Christopher_Reeve_TributeBottom line: this is one of those movies all kids should see or anyone really. But I know not everyone will. The movie is very light and kid friendly but still has a lot that adults can take from it, cinema students included.

Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten

  • Overall rating of the movie: 8 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 7 out of 10,
  • Editing: 5 out of 10,
  • Audio: 8 out of 10,
  • Acting: 8 out of 10,

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

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

Olympus Has Fallen: Movie Review.

The start of the blockbuster movies is early this year. With the release of Olympus Has Fallen, it’s the worst day in American fictional history.


Director: Antoine Fuqua, Writers: Creighton RothenbergerKatrin Benedikt Run Time: 120 mins

I saw this trailer and the title a few weeks back and loved the idea. Olympus being the golden jewel of Roman/Greek mythology, the place where gods would sit and control mortals fates and destinies–which happens to be sort of what any and all governments are. But, this isn’t in any way a brain teasing movie. This is Gerald Butler kicking ass, short of kicking a man down and instead saying this is the White House! /this is America!

I thought the idea of this was crazy, and from the trailer above, the action would be too. And it is. This is bringing back solo, gun-toting heroes to the forefront once again, like back in the 80’s-90’s; A one man army goes and saves the day, the way action movies should be. But it’s not only great with action, everything seemed very plausible. The stunts weren’t crazy and over the top, nor were they under performed. In all honesty, if you’re a gamer and have played Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, this is the movie you wanna see. It really has a drastic effect from the minute the crisis starts until the end credits.

Not only is it heavy in action, but the two-hour long (on the dot) story is well written too. Some time passes in the movie, and the way they catch you up is beyond natural. Seamless even. Oh, and there are one liners. What’s an action movie without one liners? Morgan Freeman has a very bad ass moment, one you wouldn’t expect. But again, it’s very logical and evident of the times. The cast was very believable in each role.

The  flaws I noticed, was a minor use of CGI. The place setting for this movie is in Washington D.C., and I can only imagine the hardships faced to film a story like this there. That being said, for one scene there’s a CGI modelled scene and it’s honestly lazily done. Also, given the clear holidays of in the movie, I wonder if releasing it now was the best choice.

Bottom line: This is one of the movies that wrap you in and make you wanna clap in the climatic battle. Is it a movie that leaves you guessing? Of course not. You’re not gonna have the white house under siege and have the bad guy win. But for the story, the potential to relate to characters, and the action/entertainment value, this movie is well done. Probably the best of its class (class being terrorism in America type action movie).

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the movie: 4.3 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 3 out of 5,
  • Editing: 3.7 out of 5,
  • Audio: 5 out of 5,
  • Acting: 4.3 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray?  Worthy of every penny for entertainment value. would suggest adding to any action movie lover’s dvd/blu-ray collection.
I just found this trailer looks like well be seeing more horrific White House stories this year.

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

21 and Over Movie Review

What happens when you combine Project X, The Hangover, and Old School? You get a young adult Hangover/Project X/Old School movie.

Directors: Jon LucasScott Moore  (also wrote the film.) Runtime: 93mins

Cast:

I didn’t know a thing about this movie, other than it sounded boring, and for the most part it is. Largely because it was unrelated to me, nor did I have any reason to really care about these characters. These movies are so typical. I believe that this film is made by the same people who brought you The Hangover and Old School, which if so, they’re becoming like the writer of Training Day, and Tyler Perry. Very one dimensional with what they’re producing.

Maybe it’s the stage of my life right now, but I’m not really into these movies anymore. But, I still gave it a chance, which I shouldn’t have. I may have laughed maybe 10 times. That may seem like a lot, but for a movie that runs just under two hours, it’s not.

This movie has poor acting that I thought I would only see in an American Pie “direct to dvd”. Miles Teller was basically acting like Vince Vaughan, so unless that’s a certain acting skill, then by all means. Skip a few oddly funny/typical pranks and scenarios, you get a slightly forced moral of the story at the end, and then you get something very similar to the last Lord of the Rings movie. It just doesn’t want to end.

Bottom line, it’s funny but, I don’t encourage anyone to watch to watch it. Unless however you’re a wacky tabacy smoker or in the same age group as the title implies, otherwise this just isn’t for you.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the movie: 2 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 0 out of 5,
  • Editing: 3 out of 5,
  • Audio: 3 out of 5,
  • Acting: 1.5 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray?  SKIP IT ENTIRELY.

For your viewing pleasure Hangover III

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

IRON MAN 6

The God Killer.

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Tony killed… Destroyed…. Fragmented the all powerful Phoenix Force  and now he has to deal with this on an intergalactic level. He travels to “The Voldi Tear” where he defends an ancient artificial world from “Mechanoid Pirate fleet”. Afterwards, Tony meets an attractive female alien whom he seductively convinces to take him back to her palace for some one on one time. But things go south and he is kicked out of the woman of the night’s room. He is, no sooner caught by the “police” of this foreign land for “Decide”.

Have you ever watched the original Star Trek with William Shatner? Well one of the things about that show, was that he could seduce any woman on any planet. And somehow these women all had the right working parts for people of earth… Yeah odd. So this issue even mentions it. It’s nice because of all the Marvel heroes, Tony is the most like Captain Kirk. He is the Marvel male whore. Clearly his libido  knows no boundaries… In this world or the next. I was gonna drop this book book the issue before, because I felt Matt Fraction’s run was a lot better and closer to the movie version which is the definitive version of Tony since his inception (arguably). His had company espionage, huge stories which lead to a big payoff, sex, Pepper, sex with Pepper and Maria Hill…. I could go on. Just know it had a lot. The first arc of Kieron Gillen was based off a previous story. (extremis) But it just didn’t really work for me. I decided to read this because it deals with the aftermath of AVX… Which kinda seemed to be swept under the rug so to speak. (unless you’re reading an ‘X’ book. The first issue is cool and that’s what I’m sticking with in terms of writing. I do fear what the outcome will be, seeing as how it’s a short arc (three issues)

Greg Land is a new artist that I’ve never heard of. Well maybe not new new…. But I haven’t heard of him. (maybe due to the books I was reading before the creative switch). But he can draw an amazing book. A lot of great detail to not just the characters in the book, but the background. Which is often lost in the medium I find (often I see characters on plain backgrounds). Even though their purple, the females are very elegant in terms of style and appearance. Just the lever of work is worthy to make Greg Land an artist to follow regardless of what he’s attached to. The work of” Guru efx and Jay Leisten, colourist and inner respectively, are great addition to the penciler.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 4.3 out of 5,
  • Art: 5 out of 5,
  • layout: 4.3 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 3 out of 5,
  • Story: 3.9 out of 5.01

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

Amazing Spider-Man #700 review

This final chapter in the “Dying Wish” also brings the culmination of the hero Peter Parker has become (that’s not a spoiler, that’s been out there folks). For the best way to describe it, I give you this Newsarama link.
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Now, I’ve said this from time, Spider-Man is the best hero, and my favourite. So after talking to @DanSlott at this years fanexpo,

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he reassured everyone everything was going to be fine. This was not the fine I was expecting.

SPOILERS

(don’t want em, scroll down to the bottom where the rating is, and enjoy your day)

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Long story short, thanks to the mind switch, Peter and Otto Octavius have some kind of co-working mind, and will be in next months all new “Superior Spider-Man”.

Here’s my issue with this. PETER HAS SAVED THE WORD COUNTLESS TIMES OVER, and he ends up dying in the old dying body of one of his greatest villains (Green Goblin is his greatest villain, which puts Venom as his most famous). That to me is unfair. After all he’s done and all he’s been through, which Otto Octavius sees and stirs in him the reason to live like Peter, and become Spider-Man. A good Spider-Man. In Ultimate Spider-Man, Spider-Man saves the day, he really stops the green goblin, and there was a weight to it all. IT MAKES SENSE there. Here, even though it’s a well crafted story, and I didn’t see it coming (more on this later) I just couldn’t. I can’t accept this end to the story of Peter Parker.

Now, to move on to a happy thought. This isn’t what I expected. I enjoyed reading this and knowing what may happen, but I really like to be wrong sometimes. I’m slightly curious to see what happens. But, knowing the character is really Dr. Octopus, I don’t know if I can totally accept this. I know that no life is greater than another, but Otto Octavius could’ve died and I’d be happy. Every Earth 616 resident could’ve been. It boils my blood as a fan, that in a way, the evil guy gets to keep the body and the original passes on. Then there’s the fact that he is now getting back with Mary Jane.

See children, this is why you don’t make deals with the devil. You end up losing anyway.

But if you didn’t click the link, you can still have hope that one day Peter will come back. Here’s why:

SPOLIER:

“Of course, seasoned comic book readers will note that while Peter Parker sure seemed to die in the body of Otto Octavius, the mind-swap nature of the entire storyline, as well as Peter’s lingering memories in his own body, certainly gives Marvel an “out” to return to the original status quo at some point in the story. It wouldn’t even entirely be the first time such a thing happened at Marvel Comics, let alone in the comic book world. When the X-Men character Rogue had absorbed Carol Danvers, Ms. Marvel’s powers, memories, and personality, Danvers came with it, fighting Rogue for control of her own body before eventually being transfered back into her own.” -Newsarama

Whether a scenario like that is in the future for the Superior Spider-Man remains to be done (heres hoping) but, for the time being, Peter Parker is dead and Otto Octavius is now the web-slinger.

Happy New year.

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 2.5 out of 5,
  • Art: 4 out of 5,
  • layout: 4 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 4 out of 5,
  • Story: 3 out of 5.

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

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW