[Review] THE WOLVERINE: It HAS to be better than the last one…..DOESN’T IT?

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Release Date: July 26th 2013

Rating: PG-13

Starring: Hugh Jackman

 

 

 

 

 

 

OVERVIEW:

So, I went to go see THE WOLVERINE tonight. Over the last couple of weeks, i’ve been subjecting myself to the X-Men Cinematic Universe (Origins, X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, and First Class). Tonight, I capped it off with the latest installment of Fox’s X-Men Franchise, “THE WOLVERINE”. What did I think of this? Find out after the jump.

 

I will try to keep this relatively spoiler free.

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REVIEW: “Man Of Steel” (2013)

mosMAN OF STEEL (2013 – Warner Brothers)

DIRECTOR: Zack Snyder (Watchmen, 300, SuckerPunch)

PRODUCER: Christopher Nolan (Memento, Insomnia, The Prestige, Inception, Intersteller, The Dark Knight Trilogy)

WRITTEN BY: David Goyer (The Dark Knight Trilogy, one of the Blade movies)

US RELEASE: June 14th 2013

RUN TIME: 2:32

MPAA RATING: PG-13

Hey, I don’t know if you guys knew this..but I LOVE Comic Books! Right? Gasp, shock and awe! You may have also noticed I really enjoy superhero movies (..well except Iron Man 3..).

Now, most of you who know me know my absolute favorite superhero is Batman. I’m A DC guy, I’ll admit it. I also really enjoy Superman, depending on the creative force behind it. I’ve spoken at length about The Symbol of Superman is as iconic as Mickey Mouse, and serves as a symbol of American pride, hope and strength-so I do have very strong feelings for the character. Hell, this will make my THIRD Superman movie review in just over a year (vs The Elite and Unbound from DC Animation). I’m also LOVING the new “Superman: Unchained” comic being put out by DC, written by Scott Snyder (Batman, American Vampire) and the art by Jim Lee (..its Jim fucking Lee..). So…lets get to why you’re all here.

“Man of Steel”, the first Superman live action FEATURE since 2006’s “Superman Returns” has FINALLY hit the big screen today, and I went to go see it at midnight. What did I think about it? Well, click the jump to find out!

BE WARNED. THERE WILL BE SPOILERS. THIS IS YOUR ONE AND ONLY WARNING.

kneel before zod….

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Superman Unbound (2013) – A Review

product_wide_supermanunbound_uji876t5re_“Superman Unbound” is the second DC Universe Animated Film to be released in 2013. Following January’s “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2”, and preceeding July’s “Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox”.

The story is based on Geoff John’s “Superman: Brainiac”-which retells the first encounter between Superman and the Alien Cyborg entity known as Brainiac. We also get a teenage Supergirl, who is still adjusting to life on Earth, and a firey Lois Lane-who flips Brainiac off.

The voice cast is actually really good. Call me old fashioned, but I prefer when WB uses the voices of the DC Animated Universe for these projects. I like Tim Daly or George Newburn as Superman. I like Kevin Conroy as Batman, i like Dana Delaney as Lois Lane, I like Loren Lester as Dick Grayson-so I havent been really psyched for movies when they dont involve my ideal voice casts.

However, Matt Bommer (White Collar) does a fantastic job as Superman. Much the same way I felt about Bruce Greenwood’s Batman in “Under The Red Hood”-I feel he’s doing as adequate of a job as Tim Daly or George Newburn would of done. The rest of the voice cast is really good, and the voices fit the characters.

The animation is tight, and the movie moves along at a nice pace. Not to fast, not to slow. The scene where Superman travels to an Alien world to get a glimpse of Brainiac in action COULD of been shortened a hair..but its not too terrible.

They tie in a subplot with Clark being very controlling of Lois in their relationship. It’s done as an analogy of how Brainiac bottles cities like Kandor (and eventually Metropolis). It was a fun parallel to explore.

 

The script kept the amount of profanity down this time. I find it odd when Lois calls the bad guy a “son of a bitch”-although I’m not OPPOSED to such words, it feels weird for an animated Superman movie.

 

Overall, I enjoyed the film. I actually have no complaints about it. It was an entertaining 90 minutes. The bonus features are interested. We get a pair of 30ish minute documentaries. One about Superman and one about Brainiac. We get FOUR DCAU episodes, two from “Superman: TAS” and 2 from “Justice League”. Audio Commentary (Blu Ray only), and a preview of “Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox”.

 

My son watched it with me-and the attached “Man Of Steel” trailer made him lose his shit. He’s pumped up. I’m usually more of a Batman fan (yes, I realize I didn’t review Dark Knight Returns, what else could I of said though that wasn’t said. Best. Batman film. Ever.)

 

All in all, check it out! It’s available on Blu Ray for around $20 from all your favorite brick and mortar stores, or online retailers like Amazon! Also, you can buy it digitally via iTunes, Playstation Store, Xbox Live, Google Play! Check it out, and check back in July-when we unravel the Flashpoint Paradox!

 

4 out of 5

 

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Iron Man 3 – A Review

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Iron Man 3…

..wow…okay..where do I begin here?

I went to the 9:40 PM showing on Thursday, May 2nd 2013 at the Goodrich Portage 16 theatre, in Portage, IN. I paid roughly $45.

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That $45 went to the two tickets you see above…plus a large popcorn, 2 large Pepsis, a box of Snow Caps, a box of Buncha Crunch, and a pretzel with cheese. We hadnt ate all day.

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So…im not going to give you a synopsis of Iron Man 3. It directly follows last years “Avengers”. It’s the first film in “Phase 2” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It will be followed by Thor: The Dark World. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Gaurdians of the Galaxy and end capped with Avengers 2.

Oh and Ant Man is getting a movie too…because yeah.

Overall I liked the movie. It was a fun popcorn flick. The laughs were there….the fun was there. the action was there. There was just so many…..I dont know. Gripes I had with it.

First off, I’m not a big Marvel fan. I’m a DC Guy. That has absolutely nothing to do with my reaction to this, as I loved Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and Avengers. I’m going to number these issues I had…but bare in mind-they are not actually in ORDER. Alot of this is Nitpicky…

There will be spoilers….you have been warned….

so JARVIS, set a course for Iron Man 3…..and punch it!

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

 

Alternate Title: Fuck “The Avengers”

2012 has been one FUCK of a year for comic book fans. First, we all jizzed our pants over “The Avengers”, and now, we can gather around the table and give thanks to our Savior…to quote Kevin Smith. “Our father, who art in Gotham. Cowled by thy name.”

That’s right kids. Let’s all RISE, and take a look at THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. Also known as “The Greatest Movie of 2012”

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REVIEW: Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (2011-2012)

And there came a day unlike any other

Where Earth’s Mightiest Heroes found themselves united a common threat

On that day, they became…THE AVENGERS!

So I’m going to start this by saying: I’m a DC guy. DC overall has had better television, better animation, better toys, and just more interesting characters to me. That said, I do enjoy some Marvel characters. Spiderman, Gambit, Deadpool, Venom….characters that in no way are involved in this show (well, Spiderman…). However, I enjoyed the Marvel movies-and decided to give “Avengers: Earths Mightiest Heroes” a try, since Season 1 was available to me on Netflix. I made this descison after getting swept up in “Avengermania” leading up to seeing the movie in May (which may or may not be reviewed a few posts below).

Since than, Avengers; EMH has become a regular watch for me, to the point that I’ve gone as far as finding rips from episodes that have not aired in the US yet (on Disney XD)-because America is the only country that stops shows in the middle for no apparent reason.

So how did it stack up? Did it become the first Marvel series to be put in my top animated comic book films of all time? Find out, as we Assemble….after the jump!

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