Batman V Suprman: Dawn of Justice Film Review

***WARNING: SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW ***

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Comic book fans have finally seen the holy comic trinity on the big screen – Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman together fighting Lex Luthor and his demon creation. But as people viewed the film in early showings, there was a strong divide in whether the movie was great or terrible, loved or hated, a success or a failure. I for one will go into just about any movie with no pre-judgement but I will have some expectations. Batman V Superman met my expectations. But by no means was this a bad film in the channels of Fantastic Four, Catwoman, Iron Man 3, or Superman Returns . . . nor was it a fantastic film in the likes of The Dark Knight, Iron Man, Avengers, The Winter Soldier, or Superman. BvS is in the clouded grey area of having the potential to be the best, but lacked the punch for being the best. As usual, I will follow my review by analyzing each of the main characters and the performance of the actors, then follow with a general review of the story, effects, etc.
First up, Ben Affleck, the one who faced the casting criticism similar to Heath Ledger when announced he would be The Joker. Affleck was an exceptional choice. He portrayed the fears, paranoia, brute strength, will, and just a sense of lostness and powerlessness as Alfred spoke of in one line. As both Batman and Bruce Wayne, Affleck did a great job filling the role, but due to the writing and story, we did not get a chance to see Affleck as a Bruce Wayne outside of the “Batman” role. To clear up that statement, let’s use the example from The Dark Knight Trilogy – We saw Bruce Wayne as a part of Wayne Enterprises, we see him in relationships, we see Bruce Wayne being Bruce Wayne while also seeing him have some parts as the “Im not Batman but really am Batman”. In BvS we only ever see Bruce Wayne in a few scenes without being the brute-grunt-detective-Batman-in-hiding. The rest of the time we see Bruce doing detective work, and always acting as Batman.
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Next up, Gal Gadot. Though she had very few scenes leading up to the final battle, Gal Gadot proved all the haters wrong. You know, the haters saying “she is too thin, doesn’t have enough in the breast and buttox regions, is a bad actress”, yada yada just useless complaints. We see Gadot give the proper elegance to Diana Prince, the beauty and strong will, the grace and fierceness we have only really seen in comics. We finally see her as Wonder Woman in a “stolen” photo from her past, and then she makes the badass entrance we see in the trailers blocking Doomsday’s attack on Batman. Her war cry, her use of the sword, shield, and lasso of truth, the smirk and laugh she gives when she is knocked down and gets right back up, the comment she makes saying she has killed things from many worlds, Gal Gadot is quite frankly a and the perfect Wonder Woman.
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Henry Cavill, the holiest of the trinity, has definitely upped his portrayal as Superman. We again see more moral fight in Superman, with Cavill showing the intensified fears, sadness, strength, brutality, and god-like powers succumbed to the human elements of emotions. But again, similar to Affleck, we did not see Cavill have the chance to portray a “Clark Kent outside of Superman” role. The few times we see Kent at the offices of the Daily Planet, he is arguing for articles to be written against Batman, but we also do not see Kent in the typical clumsy, goofy style that distinguishes “Clark Kent” from “Superman”. Because the glasses are not the only disguise to hide who Superman really is. One scene I absolutely loved however was a moment after Superman saves Lois Lane in the start of the film, Clark Kent returns home with a bag of groceries and says to Lois he wanted to surprise her with dinner. Lois is confused whether they can be together due to Superman’s powers, but Clark assures her they can. It was a simple “love” scene that showed the best of “Clark Kent” without being “Superman”.
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Jesse Eisenberg seems to be facing the most criticism after the film, but quite honestly, he was superb. It was speculated that Eisenberg would be a “Lex Jr” in BvS, and after seeing the film, and without direct statements, I do believe that is the case. On few instances Lex mentioned his father build this company, “LexCorp has the name from my father” etc. So, without difficult interoperation, Jesse Eisenberg is “Lex Jr”. I viewed Eisenberg as combining his many roles into this one, showing his psychoticness, his fears, insanity, strengths, weaknesses, manipulation, his freaky-power hungry-insecurities. Lex even mentions during a speech how one can have all the knowledge without power, which is what he is stuck with thus pursuing the “power” of controlling Superman and Batman.
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The last person I will discuss is Amy Adams as Lois Lane. For some reason I did not enjoy Adams whatsoever in Man of Steel. I could never really put my finger on it, but I believe the script and role direction given to Adams made me less of a fan of Lois Lane. But BvS gave Adams an exceptional role. We see more of the love from Lois to Superman/Clark, we see her as the “go-getter” journalist for The Daily Planet, and we see her in the proper moments in between the epic battles of the Son of Krypton and the Bat of Gotham.
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Now, let’s take a look at the movie as a whole. The first two acts of the film were somewhat slow. The opening scene was strong, vivid, and one of the best Batman-related sequences we have seen yet. Throughout the film we had constant and somewhat quick jump scenes between characters, seeing Lois in one situation to Batman over here then Superman doing this and all of a sudden Clark and Lois are together but wait we need to see Bruce do this but not before we sneak in Diana Prince here then go back to Lex doing this and that while Superman does this . . . I was mixed, as with other aspects of the story, as it was not hard to follow but there was not enough time for each moment. A few could have been combined to have extended scenes with just Supes, or just Batman. With that for the story, this is a film literally perfect for comic book fans because unless you have read such stories or have been involved with the games and other films, you may miss many references to The Dark Knight Returns, Death of Superman, Doomsday, Injustice, Justice League, and many more.
In regards to the use of CGI and special effects, the fight scenes were very similar to Man of Steel having the strong comic-book styles which I thoroughly enjoyed. But one scene was just terrible . . . the sequence of having Batman in his Batmboile chasing Lex Luthor’s goons transporting the kryptonite, this was just an ugly moment in the computer generated scenery and actions. This looked far from anything comic-book style and really, really looked fake (I know it’s fake but you know what I mean!)
The choreography was superb for all the battles except in one. The nightmare sequence where Batman is expecting the shipment of kryptonite and is then faced with a backstab/secret plot by Superman’s army, Bats engages in mostly hand-to-hand combat with the soldiers. And sheesh was this ugly too! I first assumed because it was a dream that that is how it was intended, but after seeing it twice it is just too ugly to ignore or come up with a reason for. Both parties, Batman and whoever he would be fighting, constantly seemed set-up with poor movements, sudden stops to wait for one party to hit the other, or one to make a move and respond etc it did not sit well with me.
I also heard some complaints that this movie was too jam-packed but in two ways: one with having too many characters such as the Justice League cameos, or just too busy with the stories and references. I disagree with the first and somewhat agree with the latter argument. In terms of too many cameos, they were done very well, smoothly placed into the story and film, and it was a great touch to the film. Was it necessarily needed? I say yes but also because it is followed up at the end when Batman and Wonder Woman discuss finding these meta-humans. In regards to the multitude of stories and references, I will bring in a thought my friend and I discussed after seeing the film: why not make it a trilogy arc? As in, Man of Steel, some other film (some sort of in between story), THEN BvS or having BvS in the middle and then the death of Superman story as the third film in this arc. I believe another film in this area of the DCCU would allow more comprehensive developments for each character while expanding on some backgrounds or previous instances with Batman, Lex, Wonder Woman, and maybe even the other JL members.
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Overall, I have seen the film twice and throughly enjoyed it both times, more during my second viewing actually. I initially gave it a soft 8.5/10, but after the second viewing I give BvS a soft 9/10. The flaws do not outweigh the film enough for me to bash trash or hate this film, let alone give it a score low enough to discourage others from seeing it. I see comparisons to Marvel and previous DC/WB films, and it is entirely difficult to compare to any. BvS is a purely comic-book take for a super-hero film, as opposed to The Dark Knight Trilogy which was the realistic approach with comic-book influences. In terms of Marvel films, they have been a hit-or-miss just with DC, and actually have plenty more films to allow these hit-or-misses. Case in point, both Thor and Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The First Avengers, Iron Man 3, Avengers: Age of Ultron, were some of the biggest disappointments in the MCU. Again, I won’t compare BvS to others just as I won’t compare them to one another unless they are in a consistent story and timeline, but just wanted to throw out that example for everyone.
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Gentle Giant Darth Vader Scale Collectors Gallery Statue

 From Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Q4 2016
$159.99
From Gentle Giant:
Anakin Skywalker was a great Jedi Knight who fought for the Republic before the Dark Times. His descent into darkness was brought on by the evil Darth Sidious who would go on to convert Skywalker over to the Dark Side. When that happened, Darth Sidious crowned himself Emperor and named Skywalker “Darth Vader, Lord of the Sith”. Sculpted by Gentle Giant’s master artisans, this Darth Vader statue recreates the scene from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back of Lord Vader bowing in devotion to his master, Emperor Palpatine. Each limited edition, hand-painted piece is cast in high quality polyresin with crisp details. This statue also comes individually numbered with a matching certificate of authenticity. This Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Darth Vader Collectors Gallery statue will be the first figure in our new series of 1:8 scaled statues, celebrating the last 36 years of the Star Wars universe.

Gentle Giant First Order Flame Trooper Mini Bust

Gentle Giant First Order Flame Trooper Mini Bust from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

 

Available: Q4 2016

Price: $120.00

 

The story that began a long time ago returns giving us the next chapter in the saga from a galaxy far, far away. Gentle Giant Ltd. is honored in bringing collectors all-new characters from Star Wars: Episode 7, The Force Awakens. Gentle Giant Ltd. announces the next of our amazing mini busts from Star Wars: Episode 7, The Force Awakens with the First Order Flametrooper! These foot soldiers of the New Order have one purpose: Turn anything related to The Resistance into ashes! Designed, modeled and prototyped using top of the line 3D technology, this 1:6 scale mini bust represents the next of our new collection from the ongoing Star Wars saga. Each mini bust is hand cast, hand painted and hand numbered with a limited edition certificate of authenticity. May the Force be with you!

 

 

The Walking Dead Comes to Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios – Hollywood has just announced a year-round attraction for one of the hottest television shows by AMC: The Walking Dead!
Check out the press release and video below!

 

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Universal City, California, March 14, 2016 – Universal Studios Hollywood brings the most popular show in cable television history to life in Summer 2016 when AMC’s Golden Globe award-nominated television series, “The Walking Dead,” sets up permanent residency at The Entertainment Capital of L.A. in an all-new immersive, cutting-edge attraction.

Universal Studios Hollywood has worked collaboratively with AMC’s “The Walking Dead” for years as a signature “Halloween Horror Nights” maze.  This newly enhanced venture will take the highly sought-after experience from a seasonal, limited time offering to an authentic 365 day opportunity, raising the bar for themed walk-through attractions. For a look at what to expect when the attraction opens this summer, please click here.

To further elevate the authenticity of this new attraction, Universal Studios Hollywood is partnering with “The Walking Dead’s” creative team, including visionary executive producer and director, Greg Nicotero and his special effects company, KNB Efx. Greg’s team, responsible for masterfully creating the show’s realistic decaying walkers, will construct prosthetics, utilize original molds and painstakingly apply paint and detailing to the attraction walkers.  The integral involvement of the creative team will not only inspire the emotional connection fans experience, it will be among the attraction’s key distinguishing characteristics that will define it as a living version of the show.

“The Walking Dead” attraction will create a no-holds-barred experience that significantly intensifies any other iteration previously developed within the theme park. Coupled with authentic walker make-up effects, sophisticated animatronic walkers, substantially more detailed set design and costuming, and highly recognizable props replicated from the series, the attraction will deliver an uncompromised realistic environment that brings guests even further into the most watched show in cable television history.

“’The Walking Dead’ is a phenomenon that has successfully and consistently affected the psyche of viewers on a global basis, since its debut,” said Larry Kurzweil, President of Universal Studios Hollywood.  “We’re taking its intensity to the next level by collaborating with the show’s award-winning production team to create an authentic living representation of the series that can only be experienced at Universal Studios Hollywood.”

“We’re so grateful for our longstanding partnership with the talented team at Universal Studios Hollywood.  We’ve shared a successful three-year partnership at Halloween Horror Nights and now this permanent ‘The Walking Dead’ walk- through attraction takes the relationship and the fan experience to the next level,” said Charlie Collier, President of AMC and SundanceTV.  “Along with our great partners at Universal, it means a great deal to us to continue entertaining — and frightening — passionate, loyal fans of ‘The Walking Dead’ for years to come.”

The “The Walking Dead” attraction will be located within an entirely new, custom built structure, situated within an expansive building complex just inside the theme park’s main entry.

The past five years have been a remarkable time for Universal Studios Hollywood as the destination embarked on an unprecedented revitalization that has substantially altered over 75 percent of its familiar footprint to effectively characterize it as an entirely new theme park experience. The introduction of the all-new “The Walking Dead” attraction continues the theme park’s unparalleled investment in an ambitious epic transformation.

AMC’s “The Walking Dead” depicts the story of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by hordes of terrifying flesh-eating walkers. It is the #1 show on television among adults 18-49 for the last four years and in its sixth season, the most highly-rated show in cable television history.

 

DEADPOOL Movie Review

Here is my spoiler free review for DEADPOOL!!
 
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DEADPOOL is the comic-book film we comic-book fans have wanted, have needed, and the film we deserve. It offers the raunchy humor, the bloody action, and the stories we can not necessarily have in other comic-book films.
The film, being Rated-R, actually offers less sex, blood, and language than one would expect from a DEADPOOL film – considering the way Hollywood tends to push these aspects with over-exaggeration.
Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) is an exceptional casting for Mr. Pool, offering mild yet hysterical attacks to his previous roles, while bringing us the “Deadpool” that was utterly ruined in X-MEN ORIGINS. Reynolds brings life to the screen, (and to a film which, quite honestly, should have plenty of “life” to it) in ways which no other actor could contribute with enthusiasm and going with the extra effort we should of all expected anyway.
 
Morena Baccarin (Vanessa) although having a minor role compared to the rest of the major cast members, added both the beauty and characteristics to match that of Wade Wilson. The writing and acting showed no “forced love”, giving Reynolds and Baccarin the on-screen chemistry we are sometimes unable to see.
 
Ed Skrein (Ajax) was . . . in my opinion the low point of the cast. Granted I know very little of Ajax in the Deadpool universe, after reading up on this character, Skrein just did not offer the “villain” type for a Deadpool movie. He did not seem as menacing or fierce as one would, or myself, to expect.
 
Brianna Hildebrand (Negasonic Teenage Warhead) was portrayed with a very different power than what she is given in the comics. I won’t spoil what those powers are, but what the writers brought to DEADPOOL was an entirely new Negasonic Teenage Warhead (known as Ellie Phimister in the X-Men comics). As I mentioned earlier, there was no over-exaggeration of powers and abilities; we did not suddenly have a teen mutant with the powers of Phoenix, Professor X, and Magneto – rather, just a teenage trainee under Colossus with typical teen attitudes and a power ability which kicks ass in the few moments we see them used.
 
Gina Carano plays the super-strong Angel Dust. Carano gave us a better performance as Angel than in her time during Fast and Furious 6. The character is slightly altered in the film than from comics (longer super strength, no changes to appearance from prolonged use of abilities) but nothing major to dismay us from the true Angel Dust.
 
And the last major character, Colossus, has been given to us in the size and speaking-accent we did not get to see in previous X-Men films. Played mostly by Stefan Kapičić, (along with multiple stuntmen, voice actor, and animators) Kapičić gives us the Russian Tank we deserved yet again, with an added moral value to counter the metallic menace.
 
The story slightly jumps back and forth in the first half of the film showing us Deadpool in one moment of time, then past moments leading up to that “current” moment. Some would even say it can compare to the style of Man of Steel’s flashbacks, but no one would complain about the Deadpool flashback sequences, right?
 
After seeing it just once, I could not identify any plot-holes or continuity erros, let alone any mistakes at all. This has been one of the top-notch comic-book films by FOX which have missed the mark over the years. Seeing many reviews, both professional and amateur, this movie brought us the perfect balance and quintessential film adaptation for Deadpool. There was no over use of language, just one sex scene, one other scene with nudity, no more blood and gore than an episode of The Walking Dead, humor which was neither forced or overplayed, and language which was consistent yet not overused.
 
In regards to whether you should take your kids to this film, I was first against any “children” seeing this film . . . however, not only is it up the parents’ decision, it really depends on both the relationship between parents and their children, and how open or how much those children may know about . . . certain things. As mentioned, there is not that much “sex”, but plenty of sexual references; language, violence, and the adulterated aspects are pretty much a given of any video game, television show, or typical Rated-R film.
 
This hilarious, action-packed, merc-with-a-mouth character has finally been brought to the big screen, combining what all comic-book films could not even consider prior to this. My final verdict is a 9.5/10

Deadpool Gifts for that special gal this Valentines Day

Fellas, still need something for that special gal in your life?
Ladies, do you want something to show off for your man? Or just buy something for yourself?

Castle Corsetry is gearing up for the new Deadpool movie, and in honor, they’re celebrating with a coupon code for 20% off everything in their Etsy store. Use code DEADPOOLVD through Saturday, February 13th to spread the Valentine’s Day love, Merc-style.

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We’ve seen Castle Corsetry’s Merc Gym Gear before, but she’s got corsets and dresses to really round out your closet now!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/castlecorsetry

 

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All of these designs were seen at Le Geek So Chic’s first fashion show of 2016 at Anime Impulse. Le Geek So Chic is a traveling fashion show brand run by Lauren alongside geek goddesses Miss Chrissy Lynn and Bernadette Bentley.

An award-winning designer from the internationally renowned Castle Corsetry, Lauren has designed and built hundreds of corsets in all varieties as well as many custom costume orders specializing in impeccable cosplay recreations. Seen all over the world in the convention circuit, web content left and right, and celebrity clientele, you have assuredly seen Lauren’s handiwork. As a geeky girl herself, Lauren’s enthusiasm is what sets her apart, with dedication and attention to detail making her designs truly exceptional. There isn’t a finer, quirkier costumer around.

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MonsterPalooza 2016

The ULTIMATE monster show STOMPS in to Pasadena April 22-24, 2016

The Pasadena Convention Center
300 E. Green Street
Pasadena, California
91101

Complete with celebrity guests from the genre!,
Presentations all weekend long!
Eye popping exhibits through out the 85,000 square foot convention center!
Over 250 unique artists, vendors selling memorabilia and hard to find merchandise!
Experience the walk through Monsterpalooza Museum!

Special Guests
Doug Bradley – Pinhead from Hellraiser
Haruo Nakajima – Godzilla suit actor from inception to 1972
Alex Winter – Lost Boys, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
David Naughton- American Werewolf in London
Tom Savini – Master Makeup Artist, Actor and Director
Julie Adams – The Creature from the Black Lagoon
Nick Castle- Writer and Director, Original Halloween Michael Meyers
More to be announced

Official website
http://www.monsterpalooza.com/spring/index.html

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/MONSTERPALOOZA

Tickets in advance
Friday – $30
Saturday – $30
Sunday – $30
$70 –three day

For more information

therubberroom101@aol

 

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