Monday, July 21, 2014

RANKING THE BATMAN CINEMATIC UNIVERSE (PART 2)


Last week I started ranking all the Batman films that have been released theatrically. Today, I'll look at numbers seven and six. Here we go...  

Friday, July 18, 2014

RANKING THE BATMAN CINEMATIC UNIVERSE (PART 1)



As 2014 marks the 75th Anniversary of Batman, July 23rd will be celebrated as Batman Day. In honor of that, over the next few days leading up to the 23rd, I will be looking at and ranking (from worst to best) the nine cinematic films of the Caped Crusader. Let’s start with numbers 9 and 8.

Friday, July 11, 2014

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (MOVIE REVIEW)



When Rise of the Planet of the Apes hit theaters in 2011 I was cautiously optimistic about how good it could be. As much as I’ve been a huge fan of the series, I was very disappointed by Tim Burton’s attempt at revitalizing the franchise back in 2001 that starred Mark Wahlberg. As it would turn out, my cautious optimism would be rewarded when director Rupert Wyatt brought to life an intelligent screenplay that audiences could appreciate and indulge in. Very seldom do sequels outshine its predecessors. Dawn is one of those sequels. Warning, spoilers ahead…

Friday, July 4, 2014

AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N.



If you ever find yourself visiting New York City and in particular Times Square between now and January 2015, may I suggest going to Discovery Times Square Exhibition Hall and seeing Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N., (Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network). This 10,000 square foot exhibit tells the story of the battle of New York that took place during The Avengers film. It showcases props and costumes from your favorite Avenger as well as villains like Loki, Red Skull, Hydra officers and Chitauri warriors. The experience is totally interactive. As you enter, visitors are recruited as probationary agents by S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, Felix Blake (Titus Welliver). You’re even given your own ID card, which is pretty cool for the adults as much as it is for the kids.

Friday, June 27, 2014

TRANSFORMERS 4: AGE OF EXTINCTION (MOVIE REVIEW)


Let me first confess that I actually like Michael Bay’s films. I know he is not everyone’s cup of tea. His movies are loud, destructive and the storyline, if you can find one, is choppy at best. Movies are as much about entertainment as they are about being thought provoking discussion pieces among film aficionados. I look at films like I do any other form of art, some love abstract paintings while others can only appreciate paintings from the renaissance. Because you may not paint within the lines doesn’t make it any less of a painting, it’s all subjective. Warning, spoilers ahead...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

SPECIAL EDITION: NYC


This past weekend I had the privilege of attending Special Edition: NYC from the people who bring us New York Comic Con. It was very different compared to the big one coming this October. Not too many vendors, but enough to lighten your wallet. Also, not too many cosplayers but enough to appreciate the time and effort they spent getting into character. And finally, a handful of panels to get a taste of what’s to come in the foreseeable future.

Friday, June 13, 2014

EDGE OF TOMORROW (MOVIE REVIEW)


The tagline for Edge of Tomorrow reads: Live, Die, Repeat. This is basically a sci-fi version of Groundhog Day minus Bill Murray and the groundhog. This latest Tom Cruise film has him playing Major William Cage, a military public relations guy who's job is to sell to the public the war that's being waged in Europe against an alien invasion. What Cage doesn't know, was that part of "selling" this war would be him fighting on the front line. When he refuses, he is arrested, apparently drugged and wakes up on the front line. When he and his entire squad get massacred, he wakes up relives the day over and over again. Sound familiar? Warning, spoilers ahead...