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CW's Legends of Tomorrow Will Not Include Flash or Green Arrow

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Sat 16 May 2015 11:32 AM EST
Category: Articles | 1588 Views
(DL) – May 16, 2105 Good artist copy, great artist steal. Picasso said that. Examining Legends of Tomorrow and it seems like Suicide Squad meets the Justice League but without a name. 

CW's Legends of Tomorrow

Super hero team-ups abound. The Fantastic Four, Avengers, The Justice League, the list can go on and on. Yet with the success of DC’s CW shows Arrow and The Flash, an unlikely superhero team up is on the horizon. One that is oddly named at best, Legends of Tomorrow.

CW will soon launch a 13 episode season of Legends of Tomorrow. Early word the series itself will begin in January or February of 2016. Trailers beg loads of excitement but what most people have not noticed is who is absent from the team. Arrow and Flash. Look at the promotional artwork, Legends of Tomorrow won’t include Flash or Arrow. They will of course guest star but CW producers believe they won’t need The Flash or Arrow. What smells here is the usual greed of networks. They are milking a cash cow and striking while the iron is hot. The Arrow and The Flash fans may be in for a poor surprise....Read more...

Gotham on Fox – Review: Faithful and Good Storytelling

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Thu 25 Sep 2014 12:38 PM EST
Category: Film Reviews | 2375 Views
Four Dangers

(DL) – DC has been incessantly getting it wrong convoluting their universes. Just look at the *New52 in print. Fans are appalled that DC won’t revert to the original origins. Then you have the film Green Lantern, and reboots of Superman. Only Chris Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy made for a great superhero franchise while itself not staying true to canon. It’s frustrating to those that read comics and know the original back stories.

Gotham

Yes, print and cinema are uniquely different but then we get many DC shows all part of the same TV universe that don’t connect (except Arrow and Flash – different timeline saves DC on this one) they will confuse the casual DC viewer....Read more...

Guardians of the Galaxy - Film Review: Marvel's Best Movie Yet

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Fri 1 Aug 2014 4:51 PM EST
Category: Film Reviews | 2974 Views
Five Dangers

(DL) – Guardians of the Galaxy is the most advertised Marvel movie to date. It’s the strongest effort produced by Marvel studious yet. Guardian’s is more of a science fiction romp than a superhero flick, scoring a five out of five. More than just a film worth seeing, it’s worth owning in your media library with strong replay value.

Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy is quirky, hilarious at times, balanced in action, character oriented, with a sensational blend of Marvel personalities that do not come off as Star Wars cantina oddballs.

Voiced by Bradley Cooper Characters such as Rocket Raccoon will keep you in stitches and at no time do you hear Bradley in the character. Without knowing he is the voice, you could never pick him out. On the trivia front, Bradley cites Rocket’s voice based on Joe Pesci’s character Tommy DeVito in Goodfellas (1990).

Vin Diesel as Groot is nothing short of adorable. Unimaginable but true. Zoe Saldana as Gamora is another actress that despite any prejudices you may have for her due to her disdain for comic books, she is fantastic in her part. Only pro wrestler Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer is soft on acting. Dave becomes an acceptable Drax due in part to well defined mannerisms and humor.

It’s a story that carefully brings together these group of space misfits. They have hardly anything in common except distrust and fighting ability. ...Read more...

Interview with Jarrett Heather – Designer & Animator of the Weird Al Video Word Crimes

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Wed 23 Jul 2014 4:41 PM EST
Category: Celebrity Interviews | 2932 Views

(DL) – Jarrett Heather has been a dedicated lifelong "Weird Al" Yankovic fan, but when Al contacted Jarrett in November of 2014, the only back-story Al had on Jarrett was his own admiration of Jarrett's work.

Jarrett Heather Word Crimes Weird Al Yankovic

Jarrett had previously produced a music video in 2010 called Shop-Vac using a form of design called kinetic typography. Al had his own vision for a music video and believed Jarrett was a fit.

Over the course of almost a year the two then collaborated on that music video exclusively for “Weird Al” to be a part of his new album Mandatory Fun.

Unless you've been living under a virtual rock, you should be one of the ten million viewers (and still climbing) that has watched Word Crimes, a parody music video of 2013's summer hit Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke.



This interview with Jarrett reveals some great trivia related to the Word Crimes video and of course Jarrett's experience with “Weird Al”.

(Lars) How did you meet “Weird Al”?

(Jarrett) Al contacted me by email last November (2013). I was just minding my own business, and then "New message from Al Yankovic" was on my screen.

(Lars) Did you doubt it was him at first?...Read more...







X-Men Days of Future Past – Film Review: X-Men Franchise Has a Great New Future

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Mon 26 May 2014 1:10 AM EST
Category: Film Reviews | 3263 Views
Four Dangers

(DL) – This is a detailed spoiler-free review of X-Men Days of Future Past.

X-Men Days of Future Past is far from canon depicted in the original Marvel comic two part series The Uncanny X-Men #141 & #142. Unlike Spider-Man's convolution of canon, the changes in the celluloid X-Men universe work on many levels. Perhaps most intriguing is that it changes the outcome of past X-Men movies without making them obsolete. In comic books this is called re-birth, in this film franchise it's brilliant.
X-Men Covers #141 and #142
This is the seventh film in the X-Men franchise since 2000. (X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last StandX-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: First Class and The Wolverine). After 14 years the franchise has made the most of all the preceding good and bad X-Men films. With Bryan Singer back at the helm, great care and regard for the X-Men characters has resulted in movie magic on par with 2012's Avenger's.

It can be hard for any true believer to watch any X-Men movie as they will have to accept the source material is being obliterated on film. A glaring example is protagonist time traveler Kitty Pryde is replaced by Wolverine. Forget that some hard core skeptics reject nuances such as Wolverine is much taller in film than his print counterpart. ...Read more...


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