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Man of Steel - Film Review: Deliberately Harder

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Thu 13 Jun 2013 1:54 PM EST
Category: Film Reviews | 3934 Views
Four Dangers

The once all-American fictional superhero of Detective Comics (Then Action Comics) created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in 1938 is once again rebooted in the most modern effort yet. With comic book movies shifting from all action to dramatic character dynamics, storytelling mastery in a darker style similar to Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy is the vehicle delivering the goods in Man of Steel. If there is any challenge to a Superman movie it is making a dry character like Superman relatable. Can a change be done without going too far?

It's hard to provide any spoilers as this story has been told many times in print, radio and celluloid of all forms. Familiarity is what makes sitting through Superman Man of Steel  potentially a bit underwhelming. The good news – casting Henry Cavill against animation and print type as Superman is part of what makes this new character relatable.  He's not the Superman you'd expect. Visually, the slicked black hair is all that remains. He's a deliberate new definition of dashing, not-in-tights. To anyone who knows the name Superman you ask yourself what surprises can be offered in yet another reboot? What is the message or story to be told if it's the same story being told? Director Zach Snyder is careful to not give us another version of Batman. No one wants to see one more brooding superhero. What we get is the soul of Superman.
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After Earth - Film Review: Avoid Earth It's Bad

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Wed 5 Jun 2013 9:45 PM EST
Category: Film Reviews | 1992 Views
One Danger

(DL) –  After Earth is a failed attempt at a father son bonding experience. Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and father Cypher (Will Smith) are the only two survivors aboard a crashed space vessel which just so happens to return to Earth 1000 years after its abandoned, for inexplicable reasons. The father son re-connect theme makes up the bulk of the story in a convoluted sci-fi that yearns to be huge visual blockbuster.

If you've seen the posters they sum up the entire film's premise. Danger is real, fear is choice.  Suppressing emotions can be a great message, but inside twenty minutes the theme is exhausted and we are left with a worn out plot, overcoming a challenge coupled with a father son re-connect theme.  Throw in a bit of overcoming guilt and that is it. That's all you got.  Oh, and that Danger is real, fear is a choice message – that is an L.Ron Hubbard teaching. If you don't know what that is, it's Dianetics (Scientolgy).  Through Scientology you are supposed to rid yourself of all your fears.
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Star Trek Into Darkness - Film Review: Better than the first but not as good

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Thu 16 May 2013 6:23 PM EST
Category: Film Reviews | 1688 Views
Three Dangers

(DL) – Star Trek or Star Wars?  Remember when that mattered?   The line became blurred once again with the latest 2009 reboot of the Star Trek universe which actually kept a continuity intact as it relates to the movie franchise.  It's not as if this modern behemoth isn't in the hands of a unworthy story teller.  That's important to know because JJ Abrams second installment of Star Trek Into Darkness re-introduces us once again to Khan.  As in The Wrath of Khan.  We even get another cameo of Leonard Nimoy reprising the older Spock.  Sound interesting?  If the answer is slightly, that's how you should respond....Read more...

IronMan 3 - Film Review: Actionless Convoluted Let Down

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Fri 3 May 2013 1:17 AM EST
Category: Film Reviews | 2705 Views
Two Dangers

(DL) – Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) opens Iron Man 3 narrating with an analogy to summarize the entire story before we experience it. It's not good. And that sums up what you can expect of the entire movie experience. It's not good. It doesn't suck, but as Iron Man 3 continues with characters quoting forgettable analogies meant to be memorable, they fail even in the category of cliché.

The producers of Iron Man 3 had a host of good stories to pull out from the Iron Man cannon. Extremis being a great choice as Iron Man ( 2008) essentially features the new desert origin with the modern armor design. Both Iron Man ( 2008) and Iron Man 3 (2013) borrow heavily from the Extremis storyline, a six part comic book series written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Adi Granov.  

With such a great start to Marvel's film version of Iron Man, you'd expect any more of Extremis to be a big hit on film. It misses. I blame director Shane Black. He makes great use of Robert Downey Jr's interpretation of Tony Stark by way of Tony's selfish humor, but everything else about Iron Man is watered down.  Many will argue that Iron Man 3 is filled with action. If you constitute Iron Man parts flying around by themselves or attaching them to Tony as action, then I stand corrected. Watching Tony drag it around, sit on the couch in it and fly out of a bar using it as his ride home is not action. Continuity comes into question numerous times. What is with the sudden power concern? Didn't he resolve that issue with the arc reactor in the previous two installments?  Another question you'll need to ask yourself is why do the Iron Man suits suddenly show weakness to heat? I'm all for suspending disbelief, don't mess with continuity or movie goers struggle to stay on board.
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Oblivion - Film Review: Predictable Eye Candy

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Tue 23 Apr 2013 5:04 PM EST
Category: Film Reviews | 1960 Views
Two Dangers

(DL) – Science Fiction asks us to accept a false reality based on plausible possibility. Great stories are best when each turn comes as a surprise. Neither takes place in Oblivion. We enter Earth in the year 2077. Earth won a war against an alien race called Scavs. In winning the war 60 years prior, humans lost the planet. Our protagonist Jak Harper (Tom Cruise) tells us he is working on drones that protect giant mechanical beasts harvesting water for Earthlings now living on the Saturn moon Titan. The drones fight remaing Scavs that fight on against humans despite losing the war. Now the story begins. Jak is part of a two man team about to finish a tour of duty and join other Earthlings on Titan but his human nature and fragmented memories push him to get answers. His curiousity and love for Earth is not shared by his assigned romantic team mate Victoria yet he accepts her affections....Read more...

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