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Gotham on Fox – Review: Faithful and Good Storytelling

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Thu 25 Sep 2014 12:38 PM EST
Category: Film Reviews | 2257 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.


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 | 2839 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 | 2790 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?...

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 | 3147 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...

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - Film Review: The Amazing Truth, See It But It's Not Canon

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Tue 29 Apr 2014 11:10 AM EST
Category: Film Reviews | 3146 Views
Three Dangers

(DL) – This is a detailed spoiler-free review of Spider-Man 2.

Spider-Man is now The Amazing Spider-Man with Andrew Garfield as the hero Peter Parker. In the first reboot we were encouraged by what appeared to be a more accurate retelling of Spider-Man in the Marvel universe. In this second episode we find many elements such as Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jamison are missing and while it has not entirely diverged from canon, The Amazing Spider-Man reboot is falling apart as a faithful representation. There are homage's to the comic book series such as the iconic time of (1:21 am) for those in the know. There is also Gwen Stacy dressed in film and standing in settings exactly as drawn in the 1973 issue (#121) comic book panels giving the impression director Marc Webb wants to deliver a Spider-Man that true believers will accept. Purist will debate that homages are not canon. A great deal of concerns exist in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Largely due in part from the 2002-2007 Tobey Maquire Spider-Man trilogy. In it key plot points belonging to Gwen Stacy were applied to Mary Jane Watson making it awkward and not good business for film makers to more accurately retell in this relaunch of the franchise.  
Homage to Gwen Stacy's dress style set in 1973Spider-Man 2 released in 2004 where Spider-Man took on Doctor Octopus is considered the best Spider-Man story on film yet. The bar was set high.  Now in 2014 Spider-Man faces off with... Electro? Or is it Green Goblin - and which one? This sophomore installment of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 does fall short of the 2004 Doc Ock masterpiece, yet it is still a fun ride. Just don't expect too much, more changes hold it back than advance it.

What works? Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacey. Their off screen relationship may be the cause of such an acceptable screen pairing. Andrew Garfield is better as the witty wise-cracking web slinger, complete with body motions that convey a humor going beyond static text bubbles explaining what actions can't. Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn even before he takes the helm as a future Green Goblin is both truly menacing and endearing all in the same breath. Just to look at him you hope he doesn't have an evil thought or you're doomed. Another reason this Spider-Man is well worth seeing is that it was filmed entirely on location in New York City. New York is as much a live character as any animate object. It's energy is authentic with little CGI (computer generated graphics) necessary.

What doesn't work? Electro. Not Jamie Foxx, but the design of the character and the manner in which his interpretation isn't in line with the original creation of Electro's persona. A smart change was avoiding the dated green and yellow suit with lightning bolts crossing his face. That would have camped up the film. Jamie Foxx executes Max Dillon effortlessly, if Max was ever written as a self-pitying soul. Max makes an understandable character change in the story, but limits in strength are not easily conveyed.
Spider-Man meets Max DillonThe Amazing Spider-Man 2 continues Sony and director Marc Webb's reboot of Spider-Man with more respect to the authenticity the original stories found in 1 through 700 run of Amazing Spider-Man than the early 2000's branding by director Sam Raimi. After all, one key give-away is the addition of the word, 'Amazing'. That one word tells us this Spider-Man on film will be modeled after the comic book, The Amazing Spider-Man. Does this make the reboot 'Superior'?...Read more...

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