Wednesday, May 20, 2015

MOVIE REVIEW: MAD MAX: FURY ROAD


What a Rush!! That was the catchphrase of a very popular Wrestling Tag Team aptly named, The Road Warriors. It’s the perfect way to describe Mad Max: Fury Road. Pure adrenaline rush with one mega action scene after another including some that could take your breath away. What makes it even more impressive is how little CGI was actually used. Warning spoilers ahead…

Monday, May 18, 2015

DVD REVIEW: BATMAN UNLIMITED: ANIMAL INSTINCTS


As a fan of DC’s Animated Film Universe, the only issue I’ve had in recent years was it’s adult nature. It’s been harder to share some of these with children. This is what makes Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts a departure from the recent New 52 wave of films, a welcome addition. When Gotham City is terrorized by a quartet of animal-inspired villains (Cheetah, Killer Croc, Man-Bat & Silverback), Batman along with Nightwing, Red Robin, Green Arrow and The Flash investigate who is the puppet-master behind these crimes. The Caped Crusaders investigation leads him to Oswald Cobblepot AKA The Penguin.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

IN DEFENSE OF JOSS WHEDON

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I usually reserve this blog for reviews and breaking news. But lately I've been reading a lot of chatter regarding Joss Whedon and Avengers: Age of Ultron and the portrayal of women. First of all anyone who has ever looked at Joss' work, could clearly see that he has been and will always be a champion of creating strong female characters. He is one of the few creators in Hollywood that believes in a strong female character. So that discussion ends there. Remember, years ago he wrote a Wonder Woman screenplay that the powers that be over at Warner Bros at the time nixed. They nixed it apparently not because it was bad but because female leads in their opinion don’t sell tickets or merchandise. I think that’s utter nonsense.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

GOTHAM: SEASON ONE FINALE RECAP


I’ve been a Gotham supporter since the first episode. I thought the casting was quite strong led by Ben Mackenzie as Jim Gordon and Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock. Seeing the early origins of not only the future commissioner of Gotham City but also the rise of Batman’s most infamous rogue gallery of Penguin, Riddler and Catwoman. Maybe even perhaps seeing a glimpse of the Clown Prince of Crime, The Joker. With that said, last night’s season one finale left a lot to be desired. Warning spoilers ahead…

Friday, May 1, 2015

MOVIE REVIEW: AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON


The Marvel/Disney money train just keeps on rolling. Avengers: Age of Ultron represents the eleventh film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is a very satisfying sequel to writer-director, Joss Whedon’s 2012 Marvel’s Avengers. The story this time centers on Tony Stark’s (Downey Jr.) ambitious yet well-intended peacekeeping initiative that goes array and threatens that very peace. Warning spoilers ahead… 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

MOVIE REVIEW: EX MACHINA


So when does the test subject become the tester? When that test subject’s artificial intelligence adapts and develops its own consciousness and self-awareness. Such is the premise behind first time director, Alex Garland’s Ex Machina. For all its discussion about the visuals behind Ex Machina, and they are quite impressive to say the least, it’s fairly minimal in the overall context of the film. Warning spoilers ahead…

Friday, April 17, 2015

DVD REVIEW: BATMAN VS. ROBIN


Batman vs. Robin is the 23rd animated feature from the DC Universe of original movies. Generally speaking this where DC outshines Marvel. This latest installment is partially based on the Batman: The Court of Owls story arc written by Scott Snyder. It serves as a sequel to 2014's Son of Batman. This 80-minute feature centers around the father-son relationship between Damian as Robin and Bruce as Batman. As you may recall from Son of Batman, Damian was raised by his grandfather, Ra’s Al Ghul. He was raised as an assassin with no mercy for the weak. This is a far cry from the way Batman conducts business. Warning spoilers ahead…

Saturday, April 11, 2015

MARVEL'S DAREDEVIL: SEASON 1 RECAP


Back in October at New York Comic Con I attended a panel and had the pleasure of getting a special look into the new Netflix series Marvel’s Daredevil. It was great to see the actors and actresses that will bring this somewhat underrated Marvel hero to life. I was pleased with what I saw then and couldn’t wait for April to arrive. After binge watching the series as it made its premiere last night, my eagerness was greatly rewarded and then some. Warning spoilers ahead…

Friday, April 3, 2015

FURIOUS 7 - (MOVIE REVIEW)


Who would have thought that 14 years after the first ride, this seventh installment of The Fast & The Furious franchise could still be as fresh and enjoyable as it ever has been? I have to say this latest chapter may be the most satisfying and most emotional one yet. It’s satisfying because it delivers what all popcorn films should, unrelenting action and over the top stunts.  It’s also quite emotional given the real life tragic death of star Paul Walker. In between the bullets and high octane driving, there were moments where you couldn’t help but pause and reflect on the character of Brian O’Connor and the man who portrayed him. Every near death scene for Brian was met with a gasp from the audience. Is this where it happens? Is this where he dies? Warning spoilers ahead…

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

THE WALKING DEAD: CONQUER RECAP


Simply put, the Season 5 finale of The Walking Dead may be the best one yet. There were so many intense moments packed into a 90-minute episode that it makes many big feature films that try to do the same, pale in comparison. Warning spoilers ahead…