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

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

Missy Elliot – The Rain [Supa Dupa Fly] — MUSIC VIDEO [Throwback]

Greetings folks,
Figured this was an appropriate video to post for the day considering the rain outside. For my Toronto folks…be cautious while around Union lol…with a down pour like this it may flood again 🙂

Courtesy of yours truly
Mr STARKMaDD

“STAY UP, STAY GOOD & STAY BLESSED”

The Next Three Days Throwback Review

DirectorPaul Haggis

Writer: Paul Haggis (screenplay), Fred Cavayé

Russell Crowe
Elizabeth Banks
Michael Buie
Moran Atias
Erit
Remy Nozik
Jenna
Toby Green
Tyler Green
Jason Beghe
Aisha Hinds
Ty Simpkins
Veronica Brown
Female Guard #1
Olivia Wilde
Leslie Merrill
Alissa Haggis
Junkie
Daniel Stern
Meyer Fisk

In Pittsburgh,overwhelming evidence convicts Lara Brennan of killing her despised boss. For three years while she’s in county jail, her husband John cares for their young son and pursues appeals. When she loses, John decides to break her out. He consults a successful escape artist turned author, and he starts planning. He’ll need to disrupt jail routine, get IDs and passports, know how to evade a dragnet, find a destination, and squirrel away cash. Then, he gets word that Lara will be transferred to prison within the next three days– he’s out of time.

This was a movie I had wanted to see in theaters, but for one reason or another, I just didn’t get to it. so here’s my review.

The story is paced well I felt, with some moments here and there in the editing that gets this movie losing some points, but I shall get to that later. The movie starts off with a moment that is later played out in the film, and then back tracks (I’m not often a fan of those scenes but meh, it didn’t bother me too much). When we finally return to the main cast of the film, it’s at some bar and it’s a weird set of dialogue from the four characters about men and women and the work place. Then we cut to the next day, and kind of the ‘starting point’ to all the drama. Then it flicks to 3 years later, and then around the 20 min mark is when the ‘shit just got real’ moment happens. Russel Crowe’s character asks the question. ‘What if we choose to exist in a reality of our own making, does that render us insane?’ It’s at this moment I like to put myself into the story like ‘What would i do if that were me?’ That’s when you start to feel all the emotions really start to flow from Crowe (I’ll get to the acting next, bare with me). Once we get to the part where we learn he only has 3 days left, the story gets to be a lil more than one would believe, but still Hollywood enough for the audience to believe it is plausible. the story has an odd ending, but I’m going to leave that alone so you can watch it yourself.

RUSSEL CROWE CAN ACT! Since I saw him in Gladiator he has been in all these movies, and almost all have him acting at his best. He is so good at using words, facial expressions and body language to convey what he’s thinking, doing, and saying. Yes, the camera helps to emphasize these things, but it has to come from the actor first. The acting he gives us is nothing short of great like most of his other roles. I think it’s so hard to show believable affection to a kid that isn’t yours, but I would’ve sworn this kid was his they way he and the child acted with each other. Elizabeth Banks May be a good actor, but some of her moments weren’t all that. They just didn’t have the same emotion or any really emotion for that matter. She does have one moment that makes the audience really wonder what the hell? It’s when she “confesses” to killing her boss.. or was it just her insanity? The best actor besides Crowe, was Liam Neeson. Though only a cameo, it just had this essence of realism. The best acted moment is when John Brennan’s father discovers this will be the last time he says goodbye. John doesn’t know how or what his father knows, but he has the idea his dad knows this is “goodbye” and not “see you later, son”

The biggest problem I had in terms of editing and was, the time jumps. They weren’t bad, they just didn’t seem to fit well. It does give you a sympathy for John, but I feel that it could have been in terms of time jumps. There was a few random city shots that I felt weren’t needed in anyway. There wasn’t any shaky camera work that I noticed. There wasn’t any real noticeable meaningful camera shot. Yes, there were a few but nothing that was note worthy.

I don’t know how everyone else sees love, nor am I going to use this paragraph to explain my point of view on it totally. (Maybe I will in a rant or something) Love is shown in many various forms for each and every single one of us, but one thing we can all agree on, is that we know how much a person loves us by the lengths they go to, to prove it to us. Be it by simple loyalty, or by material things and everything in-between. But as I said, in these kind of movies, (drama movies really) I tend to put myself in the lead role to see if I’m actually willing to go those lengths depicted in the film for whatever the lead is chasing. It helps me connect to the film better. Its cool, I think, to see movies in that manner because then we, as the  audience, can realize our flaws as a person and where we could possibly improve. That didn’t happen so much for me because I know I’m pretty crazy when it comes something like this that I might actually do this. (Of course Might be screwed with that 72 hour curve ball.) Thats basically what this movie’s moral is. Just how far are we willing to go for our loved ones?  So if you watch this movie listen carefully to what Liam Neeson’s character says.

  • Overall rating of the movie: 3.6 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 3 out of 5,
  • Editing: 3.5 out of 5,
  • Audio: 4 out of 5,
  • Acting: 4 out of 5,
  • Rent or Own? This one is tough but I think for the acting alone its worth an own.

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Tupac – Do For Love [Throwback Music Video]

I don’t know how many of you may remember this song, or even this video. If you do…then kudos to you. If not, get familliar.

Enjoy folks,

Courtesy of yours truly
Mr STARKMaDD

2010 Clash Of the Titans Throwback Movie review

As I said this was going to happen. First I’d like to say this: If you are a religious wo/man and have ever faced a time where your faith was really being tested to the point of giving up whatever  faith, in whatever God you believe in seemed like a great idea, you may have a stronger connection to this movie. As a friend of mine said, “Its hard to believe in God, when he takes away everything you found him in”

Now that statement is basically the driving force to this movie in comparison to the 1981 version where it was basically a game between gods and Perseus’ love for Andromeda (that, now that I think about it, was random as ever.)

Princess Andromeda is the daughter of King Cepheus, who has gained a victory against the gods. The vengeful god of the underworld, Hades, demands that Andromeda is offered as a sacrifice or he will unleash the Kraken against Argos. A desperate King Cepheus asks demi-god Perseus to find a way to defeat the Kraken. Perseus accepts the challenge because Hades was responsible for his family’s death. He discovers that the way to kill the Kraken lies with getting the head of the gorgon Medusa.

Sam Worthington Sam Worthington
Liam Neeson Liam Neeson
Ralph Fiennes Ralph Fiennes
Jason Flemyng Jason Flemyng
Gemma Arterton Gemma Arterton
Alexa Davalos Alexa Davalos
Tine Stapelfeldt Tine Stapelfeldt
Mads Mikkelsen Mads Mikkelsen
Luke Evans Luke Evans
Izabella Miko Izabella Miko
Liam Cunningham Liam Cunningham
Hans Matheson Hans Matheson
Ashraf Barhom Ashraf Barhom
Mouloud Achour Mouloud Achour
Ian Whyte Ian Whyte
Bubo
Forever alone since 1981

The plot is basically the same as the 1981 version with a few changes here and there. No bubo this time. In my personal opinion I like most of the updates to this version. The plot is simple, though, its also a flaw when you watch it in comparison, all I kept asking was why is Poseidon just chilling as his brothers are join at each other. plus why aren’t any of the other gods saying anything but just standing there looking pretty? I’m glad they got rid of the “laid out gifts” for Perseus and had him wanting to get revenge for his fallen family and so doing it as a man. The two worst changes may be the introduction of “Io”, SHE DID NOTHING FOR THE MOVIE BUT DIE AND COME BACK BY THE GRACE OF ZEUS?! The other is the use of Calibos. They changed who he was from the original and he just became a none factor really.

Calibos - 1981 (left)
Calibos - 2010(right)

As I said, this movie is more a man who has prayed, lived a decent life, and showed the gods great devotion, only to have the only family he has ever known, killed for sport. That alone is reason to argue this movie is better from the original. Plus I would argue that this movie, even though set in ancient Greek times, is reflective of the times we live in today. Because of the slimmed plot/script/screenplay the adventure to a mystical time is lost. the 80’s were a greatly DIFFERENT time from what we have now.

I really enjoyed the action sequences and the use of CGI. The Kraken is much more intimidating than the miniature one for the 81.

The acting for the most part is okay at best. Felt Hades (Fiennes) seemed too much like Voldemort In my opinion.
The two-disc DVD/Blu-ray combo pack features a digital copy (located on the DVD).

The special features available on the Blu-ray include:

  • Maximum Movie Mode (length of the movie, plays in a “picture in picture”)
  • Focus Points 35:02
  • Sam Worthington: An Action Hero for the Ages 7:56
  • Alternate Ending (SEEN BELOW)
  • Deleted Scenes 18:10

For your viewing pleasure, the alternate ending to this movie

Overall rating of the movie: 3.1 out of 5, cinematography: 3 out of 5, editing: 3.3 out of 5, Audio: 4 out of 5,: Acting 3 out of 5 Rent-Own? RENT

Look out for the Wrath of the Titans review COMING SOON.

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Remember Those Riddimz Vol.2: Dancehall Edition

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RTRVol.2: Dancehall Edition [Track list]

1.INTRO
2.Funny Guy – Professor Nuts [ARAB ATTACK RIDDIM]
3.Only Man – Buju Banton
4.Certain Gal – Beenie Man
5.Wicked Ride – Beenie Man
6.Please Me – Nadine Sutherland & Spragga Benz
7.Honey’s Fine – Wayne Wonder
8.Loving In Excess – Wayne Wonder & Don Yute [PEPPER SEED RIDDIM]
9.Big Tings A Gwan – Daddy Screw
10.Tings A Gwan – Spragga Benz
11.Wifey – Dugsy Ranks
12.No Gal – Louie Culture
13.Wifey – Josey Stepper [MAMA RIDDIM]
14.Cocoa Cola Bottle – Simpleton
15.When I See You Smile – Singing Sweet
16.Mama – Baby Wayne
17.Shot No Talk – Mad Cobra
18.Ting A Ling – Shabba Ranks
19.Caan Dun – Shabba Ranks [PUNANNY RIDDIM]
20.Dedicated – Spragga Benz & Wayne Wonder
21.Sonie Come Back – Cocoa Tea
22.Missing You So Much – Wayne Wonder [DICKIE RIDDIM]
23.No More Pain – Beres Hammond
24.Wicked Dickie – Nadine Sutherland & Buju Bandton
25.Dickie – Buju Banton
26.Whosoever Will May Come – Terry Ganzie
27.No Retreat – Terror Fabulous
28.Action – Terror Fabulous & Nadine Sutherland [ACTION RIDDIM]
29.Mr Do It Nice – General Degree
30.No Second Class Love – Buju Banton & Carol Gonzales
31.Love How The Gal Flex – Buju Banton
32.Model Pon Yuh Man – Daddy Screw
33.Live & Learn – Wayne Wonder & Louie Culture
34.Sweet & Sour – Wayne Wonder [MEDICINE RIDDIM]
35.Little & Cute – Frisco Kid
36.Goodas Girl – Baby Cham
37.Teenie Weenie – Beenie Man
38.Machine Gun Kelly – Spragga Benz
39.Big & Bold – Louie Culture
40.Gangalee – Louie Culture [CORDUROY RIDDIM]
41.Foul Affair – Silver Cat
42.World Dance – Beenie Man
43.Woman Nuh Worry – [HEARTBEAT RIDDIM]
44.Yeah Yeah – Don Yute
45.Heartbreaker – Daddy Screw & Maxi Priest
46.Nuh Borrow Man – Terror Fabulous
47.Malfunction – Louie Culture
48.Bam Bam – Pliers [BAM BAM RIDDIM]
49.Dem A Bleach – Nardo Ranks
50.A Who Say Mi Done – Cutty Ranks
51.Punny Printer – Panhead
52.Murder She Wrote – Chaka Demus & Pliers
53.Sentinel – Delly Ranks [SKETTEL RIDDIM]
54.No She Wrong – Spragga Benz
55.When I Hold You Tonight – General Degree
56.Call The Hearse – Bushman
57.Call Di Hearse – Terror Fabulous [XX RATED RIDDIM]
58.I Wish You Were Here – Ghost
59.Man From When – Harry Todler [FROG RIDDIM]
60.Gal Yuh Hold Yuh Man – Fondon Irie
61.Gi Wi Di Nanny – Don Yute & Spragga Benz
62.Dorothy – Terror Fabulous [BATTY RIDER RIDDIM]
63.Batty Rider – Buju Banton
64.Bogle Dance – Buju Banton [BOGLE RIDDIM]
65.Big It Up – Buju Banton [BIG IT UP RIDDIM]
66.Have Fi Get Yuh – Buju Banton
67.Big Man – Terror Fabulous