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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TOKU REVIEW: Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War MegaMax!

Ah yes, the 2011 Rider team up movie is FINALLY subtitled, courtesy of Over-Time….and to sum it up: HOLY SHIT!

Join us now as we count up our sins, where anything goes and we tackle this one on one..and we dive into KAMEN RIDER x KAMEN RIDER: FOURZE & OOO: MOVIE WAR MEGAMAX!  SWITCH ON!

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TOKU REVIEW DOUBLE FEATURE: Gokaiger vs Gavan on a Flying Ghost Ship: THE MOVIE!


This is a first for us here at Creative Commons. Our first DOUBLE FEATURE REVIEW! The reason I’m doing it this way, is that despite my undying love for all things Gokaiger…I don’t really feel either of these movies deserve their own single review post. Today, we’re going to look at the second and third films from 2011 that feature everybody favorite Pirate Rangers, the GOKAIGERS! First up is the summer film, “Gokaiger The Movie: The Flying Ghost Ship”-which was double billed with the Kamen Rider OOOs movie, which may or may not of been previously reviewd right here on this site.

The second part of the review is the annual Sentai Versus movie, Gokaiger vs Space Sheriff Gavan of the Metal Heroes franchise (whose source material was used for not only VR Troopers, but Big Bad Bettle Borgs as well!)

So, since this is a double feature, let’s dive into Gokaiger and the Flying Ghost Ship……and remember-let’s make it extra showy!

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THEATER REVIEW: “Crazy For You” (Lowell High School 2012)

“Crazy For You” is a production put on by the Lowell High School Theater Department. I ran the weekend of March 8th at Lowell High School. This musical drama was a barrell of laughs, and a suprisingly grown up production-compared to your typical high school drama club fare.

The production was an upbeat musical, about a banker from New York-who is dreams of being in the theater. He tries and auditions for the biggest producer in town-and fails. Repeatedly. His well, horrible mother forces him to walk in his families footsteps and take over the bank, so she sends him to the middle of nowhere in Nevada, to collect a defaulted mortage on an old theater turned post office. Naturally-he falls in love with Smurfette (the only woman in the town…this get referenced later) and tries his damndest to save the theater and fullfill his dreams of being on stage-AND get the girl. Twofer for the win!

The plot rolls around nicely, and our hero-Mr. Bobby Childs, brings an army of dancers out from New York, and impersonates the biggest theater producer in New York, Mr. Bela Zaggler. Hillarity ensues in this musical romp. Identies are mistaken, and a fun time is had by all.

The humor in this play is great. Its irreverent and funny. Theres a slew of one liners that I honestly expected would anger parents in the crowd. Examples of such include:

 

Polly: “I am the only girl in town!”

Irene: “That’s why you look so tired!”

 

Polly: “I dont know..he just makes me feel so…tingly…in my basement”

 

Theres also a scene toward the end, where the Irene character falls in love with the inn keeper, and she just oozes sexuallity. Its a complete 180 from her character the entire play prior. 

 

Everyone put in 1000% into this production. Everyone from the lead, to the backup dancers, to people like my cousin Zach Rickert, who only had 1 or 2 lines….but he stood out extremely well, and I definitly hope he persues this in the future. Between he and his brother, so is so much talent there-the entertainment industry would be missing alot with out them.

 

Overall, the show was great. I will be watching again when the DVDs get mailed out.

100TH POST!!!!! INDY MOVIE REVIEW: “SPIRIT: The Documentry”

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It’s the 100th post people, let’s give a huge round of applause to that right!!!

*crickets*

Seriously though, thank you guys so much. I know I don’t get a lot of comments on this site, but we do average about 115-125 hits a day-which for a one man blog with he most insanely sporadic posting schedule on the planet-I feel is pretty damn good. So thank you 115-125 mystery viewers a day, thank you so much!

With that said, it’s time to get on with this 100th post, a review of the independent film, “SPIRIT The Documentary”- as always, after the break!

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When The Eagle Cries – #Remembering911 | #NeverForget

I’ll be honest. I didn’t even really want to WRITE this blog. After spending most of the day ignoring Twitter and Facebook in regards to the Anniversary of September 11th-I decided to see if there was a second attack today-because you know, our ever knowing always right government said there would be.

 

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