Friday, November 21, 2014

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY - PART 1: MOVIE REVIEW


When I heard that the third chapter of the Hunger Games trilogy of books was going to be split into two parts I was concerned by that. My thoughts on that decision was that it’s not done because the final book is so long that it needed to have its source material honored. No, it’s all about the economics. The two previous Hunger Games films have earned over 830 million in the domestic box office. That's too many mockingjays to be had or ignored. Speaking of which, how does Mockingjay, Part 1 fair? Warning spoilers ahead…

Friday, November 14, 2014

BIRDMAN: MOVIE REVIEW



When does art imitate life? When it does so in a very constructive and wonderfully acted way in a movie called Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance. Birdman is a black comedy about an actor Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) whose claim to fame was his portrayal of a superhero called as you would guess, Birdman and his struggle to be relevant again beyond his iconic alter ego. Sound somewhat familiar? Think of Keaton’s post-Batman career. Warning spoilers ahead…

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

BIG HERO 6: MOVIE REVIEW


Big Hero 6 marks the first animated film collaboration for Disney and Marvel and it doesn’t disappoint. With the exception of The LEGO Movie and How to Train Your Dragon 2, 2014 has been a lackluster year for animation. Some films barely broke a 100 million, while others haven’t even come close to it. Big Hero 6 will not only blow past a 100 million, it will probably rival LEGO for the number one spot.

Disney, with the help of Marvel this time around, has always been known for creating memorable characters that tug at the hearts of its audience. These characters are usually not human (think Olaf in Frozen) but possess all the selflessness that is all to often a missing human trait. Such a character exists in an irresistible blob of vinyl robot named Baymax. Warning spoilers ahead…

Sunday, November 9, 2014

INTERSTELLAR: MOVIE REVIEW


Interstellar is Christopher Nolan’s latest thought-provoking, visually stunning and slightly confusing film venture to date. The simplest way to explain Interstellar is that humanities time here on Earth is drawing to an end as our crops are being destroyed by what is called Blight, a very little explained plague of dust. The hope of humanity rests on the shoulders of a team of explorers who must travel beyond our own galaxy to find a safe haven and secure a future for the human race. That’s the long and the short of it. The concept is simple to understand, it’s the rest that will be a challenge. Warning spoilers ahead…  

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

MAKING A CASE FOR GOTHAM!


The one thing that DC Comics has been getting right is in their television programming. The CW’s Arrow is a bonafide hit and adding The Flash this fall has already created an even bigger buzz. If only the powers that be at Warner turned over the reins of their Cinematic Universe to the TV people who seem to get it. But I digress. Over on FOX, there is Gotham, a Batman inspired show without the caped crusader. That fact alone has soured many who have a hard time dealing with a show taking place in Gotham City and no Batman to be found. I’m not one of them. You would be hard pressed to find a bigger fan of Batman than I am. The reality is, Batman is in every episode. He just happens to be a pre-teen. So yes, I was skeptical too but seeing the people (good and mostly bad) and the events that would shape young Bruce Wayne’s life and his view on his beloved city has become compelling television. And with its latest episode titled Penguin's Umbrella, it has only furthered my interest.

Monday, October 20, 2014

THE WALKING DEAD RECAP: STRANGERS


Last night’s The Walking Dead episode titled; Strangers was a fairly calm episode with the occasional walker kill here and there until those final scenes. So much of Strangers focused on the reunion of the survivors. Whether it was Rick and Carl with Judith or Tyreese and Sasha, Glenn and Maggie and of course Daryl with Carol. They have all left a destroyed Terminus behind for a still unknown future ahead of them. But anything would be better than what they left behind. Or will it? Warning Spoilers ahead…

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WARNER BROS AND THE DC CINEMATIC UNIVERSE

Yesterday #WarnerBros announced their plans for a DC Cinematic Universe. While it may be exciting to see such a commitment their approach leaves much to be desired by me. The fact that there is no tie in whatsoever to their successful television properties like #Arrow and now #TheFlash, makes no sense. Even Gotham with the right amount of writing could be worked in there and be plausible. You have a built in following with Arrow and the actor who plays him in #StephenAmell. Why not tap into that obvious goldmine? Do the opposite of Marvel by using your TV property as the launching point for the cinematic universe.

Why recast The Flash with someone else when #GrantGustin has already established himself in that role? The fanpage on FB has over 1.4 million likes and Arrow 5.5. Aren’t you undermining your own product by changing things? How cool would it have been if say Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen reads about the destruction of Metropolis and sees a picture of #BenAffleck as Bruce Wayne regarding Wayne Enterprises in that same article and decides to call his friend. It’s subtle yet effective. Or do a name drop that Bruce Wayne is on the line. I guarantee that the public as a whole will be more accepting and equally more excited about this ambitious project that Warner has laid out if they tie it all together. What’s a shame is that you have actors like Amell who want to be part of and be committed to this bigger universe but seem to be shutout. There’s an old saying, if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. That’s my two cents. Your thoughts? #FixingDCCinematicUniverse

May the Dork be with you,
JPB
The Dork Knight