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Titan Fans GO! And Watch This Movie! 0

Based on the recent anime-inspired Teen Titans series, this movie was a suitable grand finale for the Titans as I felt that the final season didn’t really focus on the five core Titans as much as it was a guest star Titan-poolza where they tried to stick in every single character that made even a minor appearance in the television series. While it was a decent end to the series, I felt they had overdone it and left the original five Titans as though they were guest starring in their own se...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Not Too Long, Not Too Short, Just Right 0

Another of DC’s forays into animation shorts of their lesser known characters, this fast and furious film was perfectly paced and doesn’t leave us feeling it was over too soon or that it needs to be extended. It’s not that surprisingly since Green Arrow is a one gimmick hero with a fancy archery set. Much like the previous short films of DC Showcase, this is not an origin story but rather “a day in the life” of Green Arrow as he finds himself embroiled in an assassi...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Must See Super Film! 0

The whole Versus part of the title itself made me frown considering how often movie makers have used it to offer up worthless junk—Aliens Vs. Predator; Freddy Vs. Jason; Aliens Vs. Cowboys—you get the idea. But don’t be fooled by the title, it’s far from a mere brainless action brawl but a look into the question of Superman’s validity as an icon.Is Superman relevant anymore? Or is he simply a tired old joke? He’s been trivialized, satirized, belittled, mocked,...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Green With Envy 0

This is another movie that received a fairly poor rating so I was pleasantly surprised when I actually bothered to see it on DVD. I'm only vaguely familiar with the Green Hornet, mainly because of Bruce Lee but I found myself actually liking it. It's not like traditional superhero films.Seth Rogen (Green Hornet) comes off as vaguely directionless and somewhat obnoxious slacker who only works hard at partying. The sudden death of his father has left him in charge of a newspaper company he has no ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Great Concept & Actors, Mediocre Story & Everything Else 0

Hancock is a movie with a great concept and actors. What makes it falter and stumble is the lack of a credible storyline, a strong villain, and some mediocre special effects.All too often superheroes are portrayed as clean shaven, moralistic, and perfect. They had a brilliant idea in showing a real-world superhero who uses his powers in a drunken haze, often causing more damage than actual help. I laughed quite a bit at some of his more amusing antics from his impalement of an SUV on top of a bu...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Supernatural Buddy Cop Film 0

R.I.P.D is not the most original summer film out there. In fact, it’s pretty formulaic with the weary and hardboiled veteran who is partnered with a know-nothing rookie who find themselves embroiled in the biggest case of their career. They try, fail, and get reprimanded by their superiors only to ignore orders and go on a rampage of mass destruction to succeed despite the odds. If the plot seems rather familiar, then you’ve undoubtedly seen 48 Hours, Men in Black, Lethal Weapon, Red...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Vividly Violent and Viciously Vivacious! 0

While some might decry it is not identical or that they have altered the concept of Alan Moore’s vision, I have to honestly say that I was not a particular fan of the graphic novel. But I found the movie adaptation to be immensely enjoyable as I found some of the subplots to be confusing and tiresome as well as not really contributing very much to the rest of the story.The basics are still the same but it is slightly different as V is portrayed as a more heroic and idealistic light. His ba...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Watch This Movie or You’re Punishing Yourself 0

There are times when I wonder why do I do this to myself? After the first two movies which were horrible, why did I rent this third outing of Frank Castle? Why do I bother to rent these movies and watch them? Am I some sort of masochist? Thankfully, Punisher: War Zone reminds me of why I enjoy superhero movies. It contains everything that was lacking in the previous 1989 or 2004 Punisher movies and you should watch this movie, otherwise you’re just punishing yourself.First, the director ma...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Big Action, Laughs, and Even Bigger Fun! 1

This movie is a spectacular and underrated hit and remains one of my favorite films that I have to watch at least once a year. Just because.I think that Big Trouble in Little China was simply a decade or so ahead of it’s time with foreign martial arts movies and Japanese anime and manga that are just now beginning to be tapped by receptive American audiences.Big Trouble is one of those movies that don’t really slot neatly into a singular category; it’s got some wonderful comed...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Limited by a Lack of a Decent Plot 0

When I first saw the DVD cover, I had a bad feeling about this movie. My instincts started tingling even worse when I read the blurb on the back. But my younger cousin was adamant and I indulged her in agreeing to watch. But frankly, I should have listened to my initial instincts.What can I say about this lackluster disappointment to the Batman franchise? It’s not the utter shame of the Batman series, but I will say it’s not going to win awards either. My cousin found it decent but m...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Ugly Character, Ugly Film 0

Jonah Hex may be an excellent example of how to make a flop of a movie. It was simply that bad. I’m only passingly familiar with the character but I do know that he is not supposed to be able to raise the dead even though they got most of the rest right. I thought that bit just simply didn’t make that much sense and was a vain attempt to throw in a supernatural element to the film. Why? I don’t know and apparently neither did the filmmakers.The storyline is barely comprehensibl...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Not At All Cartoony 9

One of the best adaptations of Hal Jordan aka Green Lantern to the silver screen. The animation is crisp and interesting and this is what Green Lantern should have been doing in the live action film; flying in space, using planets as billiard balls/make-shift weapons, and everything else.What I particularly liked about this one is unlike the live action piece of crap, this animated feature actually had a storyline in it that was fairly compelling. This isn't so much as an origin story but showin...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Doomed for Watching 0

Bleah. This could have been something. They were adapting the “Tower of Babel” to the animated screen, which was one of the bigger and one of the most stunning JLA storylines by Mark Waid, who I unabashedly claim as one of the very best comic book writers of this generation. Unfortunately they fell short in copying his masterpiece, and they did it badly too.First, it was over too damn quick. Like so many of these adaptations, they compress way too much in order to fit the movie in ba...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Better Cartoon than Movie 0

Unlike the big budget, live action monstrosity which let me down immensely, DC Showcase: Jonah Hex is an example of what a really good gritty Western flick is all about, even if it is a 12-minute animation short.Hex is the bad@$$ bounty hunter who is hunting down a criminal and stumbles across some even worse fellas. And despite his brutality and mercilessness, he’s got a sense of justice lurking beneath that scarred exterior.My favorite part was at the end where Hex and the brothel madam ...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Best of the Bixby Hulk Movies 1

Another made-for-television movies that continues the trials of the Incredible Hulk. As I have mentioned before, I don’t particularly care for the Bill Bixby’s version of the character as it didn’t really feel too much like the Hulk that I was familiar with in the comic books. This Hulk was way underpowered and he never fought any extraordinary villains or opponents plus he even lacked the ability to speak. I also found the lack of a real supporting cast to be a turn off with h...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Superior Spider-Man, Less Than Amazing Sequel 0

Suffering from dreaded sequel-itis, Amazing Spider-Man 2 is not quite as good as it’s predecessor in my opinion—not that it’s predecessor was all that amazing either.One of the truly bright spots in this film was Andrew Garfield (Spider-Man) who truly made this role his own. With increased acrobatic and superhuman dexterity than his previous outing, his comedic wit and irreverent bantering has enabled him to supplant Tobey Maguire as the meterstick that every past and future Sp...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Galactically Great Guardians! 0

Marvel did a superb job on this film; it’s clear that they’re world building and expanding for the future and it shows. I found Guardians of the Galaxy to be entirely fun and entertaining movie. One of it’s few weaknesses, like so many team movies is that we have very little when it comes to the background of the characters and they try to give everybody some screen time, and disappointingly not everybody gets enough—even major characters such as Gamora and Drax don&rsquo...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Not A Lame Duck 0

Widely considered to be one of the worst films ever made, Howard the Duck frequently gets mocked and derided as well as George Lucas' greatest missteps; but I personally thought it wasn't as horrible as some of the critics made it out to be. Yes it is stupid, but that's what made me chuckle at it. Perhaps it remains as one of the on-going jokes of the entertainment industry so that even to this day; they can poke fun of Lucas' bomb so that they can forget the stunning success that his Star Wars ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Disappointing Anime-mate 0

I am continually disappointed with the Japanese’s attempt to anime-mate Iron Man and this animated feature follows in the pathetic footsteps of Madhouse’s previous 2011 Iron Man series.As far as the animation goes, America could definitely learn a few things about CGI from Madhouse as visually, this is one of the most impressive animated films that I have seen. The backgrounds are exquisite works of art, the character designs are incredibly believably and fantastically detailed, and ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Dredd-fully Mindless, but Judgment is it’s Good Entertainment 0

This movie is not going to win Oscars but it is a perfectly excellent mindless action movie that is based on the immensely popular Judge Dredd comic strip from the 2000 AD British anthology comic series. Unlike the previous 1995 film starring Sylvester Stallone, Dredd is a much more faithful adaptation to the series although they did away with some trivial cosmetics to the uniforms to make it more workable and so they didn’t stab themselves while walking.Taking place in a post-apocalyptic ...

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Oozing in Bad Taste 0

Life often imitates art. Basically if there is anything, remotely successful—someone will try and rip it off sooner or later. There are those who proclaim that Marvel based this muck monster off of DC’s Swamp Thing and vice versa but the truth of the matter is that it’s an example of strange synchronicity that both companies published stories about shambling swamp monsters created from a man killed in a swamp and rising as a mass of vengeance obsessed vegetation within a month ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Hauntingly Disturbing, Ghoulishly Entertaining 0

One of the very best animation shorts that DC has produced in recent years; I have to admit that I am honestly surprised that the Spectre has remained a relatively obscure and underutilized character in the DC-verse. Or that Hollywood hasn’t jumped on the idea of a movie or series about him; he’s sort of like a supernatural equivalent of Superman who could give lessons to Batman on dealing vengeance on criminal scum. In essence, Batman is a lightweight pansy compared to the Grim Ghos...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Disjointed & Uneven 0

This is a collection of animated stories featuring Batman with a rather strong anime influence, which makes sense considering that each story segment was done by a separate Japanese anime production company. But there is an appalling lack of cohesion and we get so many different and disjointed interpretations of Batman himself.The first (and in my opinion, the best) story segment was “Have I Got a Story For You” was an interesting look at how a group of kids saw Gotham City’s e...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

But They Really Shouldn’t Have 0

Marvel screwed up with this particular animated movie. It’s not that surprising, although their live action stuff is usually well done, but a lot of their animation projects aren’t that spectacular and leave much to desired. They did come up with a great idea of combining these two very distinct and different heroes together but they failed abysmally on the execution of the animation and storyline.Overall, this felt like a cartoon that they created for kids aged 5 and under and packe...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Great X-Pectations 0

Based on the legendary ‘Days of Future Past’ saga which is and probably remains one of the most iconic and influential bits of X-Men mythology, I had many expectations of this film. Mainly that it would not be up to par and the movie makers would flub it. It was to my shock and pleasant surprise—that Bryan Singer proved me wrong.Normally, time travel movies are a real mess but Bryan Singer managed to keep the plotline or timeline straight and totally believable. It’s comp...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

First Class Film 0

I have to say that this movie was one of the best reboots that I have seen and probably helped save the X-Men franchise considering the bomb that they had X3: The Last Stand and the so-so X-Men Origins: Wolverine.What truly impressed me was that they chose to focus on Professor Xavier and Magneto. These two major characters barely get any screen time in the previous films and thus, we’re left with a question mark to their past. I also personally enjoyed the fact that they interwove the eve...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Must See Bat Movie 0

They did it. They really did it. I was worried that they wouldn’t be able to do it, but they did. They made the sequel and it didn’t stink.Adapting Frank Miller’s comic epic “The Dark Knight Returns” to animation form was one of DC’s more challenging animation projects but they succeeded by choosing to make it as faithful adaptation as they could. And more importantly, they chose not to compact the storyline as much as they often do. Personally, I thought tha...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

A True Dark Knight 0

Bringing the Dark Knight Returns to animation form was not a totally unexpected move on DC’s part. I think that Frank Miller’s definitive final chapter of an aging Batman was one of the greatest stories out there and DC seems to be on this kick to try and animate most of their more popular comic book stories, it was a logical choice. Unfortunately, a lot of these adaptations are well—not quite as good as they could be. DC appeared to recognize this by addressing one of my most ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Galloping Good Time! 0

I heard all of the naysayers and critics complain and foretell that this movie is going to be an utter failure, it’s a financial blackhole and it’s the next John Carter movie, how it’s horrible and terrible, it’s the worst performance by Johnny Depp, it’s unbearably racist, and so on and so on. So much so that I was genuinely worried about going in and considering if I shouldn’t sneak out and enter another movie theater—er, not that I would. Because that...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Campy but Tolerable 0

Based upon the campy 60's Batman series, I had to admit that this movie had it all. Aside from Adam West and Burt Ward reprising their roles as Batman and Robin, the producers decided for a full on bonanza of super-villains; throwing in the Joker, the Penguin, Catwoman, and the Riddler into the mix as well as use of the infamous Batmobile but the Batchopper and the Batboat. That was huge to me when I was a kid! The only thing that could possibly have added to the appeal of this movie would have ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

THIS is How They Need to Do It! 0

Superhero team movies are often muddled and mixed up. I think it’s because they have not one but multiple stars and trying to satisfy the demands of fans to give everybody a bit of screen time is hard and instead, often one character rises above them all and is the focal point of the whole movie.What was brilliant about The Avengers was that it uses the previous Marvel films from Iron Man 1, Iron Man 2, the Incredible Hulk, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger as building blocks. W...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Still Amusing After All These Years 1

I have fond memories of this movie as a kid. As an adult, I can readily see it’s flaws as it doesn’t take itself too seriously. The entire movie is a family friendly and lighthearted comedy.The plot itself is a rather interesting take. Instead of a superhero with real superpowers, it’s about a goofy and clumsy comic book writer Woody Wilkins (Michael Crawford) who is fiercely determined to 'write well' about his greatest creation, the comic book character “CondorMan&rdquo...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Fantastic Revelation 0

The 1989 Batman movie was a huge and fantastic revelation for me. After the Superman movies that I had watched as a kid, there hadn’t been that many superhero movies or shows that seized my attention like this movie did. Batman totally blew me away as technology and special effects had finally caught up with the movie industry that they could finally start bringing superheroes to life and actually make them look cool. What truly amazed me was the Batman Suit—he looked like a pure cre...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

The Series That Should Have Been 0

Do you remember Aquaman? Don’t be too surprised if you can’t. He’s not one of the more popular superheroes, he hasn’t really made many waves, even if he was created back in 1941.At best, he’s been a supporting character to the really big guns like Superman and Batman. If you’re old enough (like me), you probably remember him as the guy in the orange shirt from Super Friends. But you probably don’t remember him doing much of anything. Heck, he often had ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Entertaining, But Not Too Amazing 0

I will freely admit that I was a bit uncertain about going to see The Amazing Spider-Man movie. First off, the costume wasn’t impressing me. I’m not so much a purist that I demand every single detail in a comic book-based movie has to be perfect, but if they do effect a change—I do demand that it has a good reason; say aesthetically. And frankly, it wasn’t. The costume looked stupid in my opinion. Clearly one of Spider-Man's superpowers is not fashion design or the abilit...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Modernistic Take on Classic Heroes 0

I’m not personally too much of a fan of the New 52 Continuity that the Powers-That-Be at DC came up to reboot themselves with. I think it’s probably because I had to endure two of them already with the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” and then “Zero Hour” and I found these reboots are far from flawless. Rather, they tended to be riddled with continuity gaps, inconsistencies, and glitches that left me confused and characters’ histories completely muddled or ma...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Too Predictable 0

Batman vs. Dracula sounds like it should be the movie of the century. Like King Kong vs. Godzilla, Star Wars vs. Star Trek, and what not. They got the Dark Knight—a normal guy who dresses like a bat up against the actual living (or unliving) bloodsucking legend who actually is a bat. However this movie is far from the epic battle that I went in expecting to see.The animation was based on the recent “The Batman” series and is top notch with its heavily anime-based influence. The...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Far From All Star 0

It was an attempt to adapt Grant Morrison's "All Star Superman" comic book series and it sorta worked. The movie is extremely faithful to the original source material but I think the main reason why I didn't like it was because it tried too hard. It compacted as much of the storyline into a little over an hour movie and as a result, it’s a mishmash of the best parts of Morrison’s vision. Basically, it was simply glossed over too much and the movie was over too quickly.The strength o...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.