The 1966 Batman series starring Adam West and Burt Ward is FINALLY coming out on DVD! It’s not clear if it’s going to be out on blu-ray format also, but Conan O’Brian has tweeted that the long awaited series will hit shelves sometime this year.
As a fan of the character, I’m eager to buy this series. I remember watching the series as a kid, and as I grew older I still appreciate the series for what it was at it’s time. It sure did do a better job at a campy Batman than the George Clooney “Batman & Robin” did.
Who’s excited about this?!?!
Just a little short film I made. It’s not amazing, but it’s my first, so give me time to improve. Hope you enjoy it for what it is.
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When it was originally announced that “The Amazing Spider-Man” would be a reboot from the Sam Raimi Spider-Man films, I remember being a bit optimistic about along with everyone else. Did Spider-Man really need a reboot? The first 2 films were great and despite negative criticism, Spider-Man 3 wasn’t really all the bad, in the sense that “Batman & Robin” was for the Batman franchise. Thankfully, the film was actually a stronger and better take on the origins of Spider-Man than the original film instead of something not as good.
Andrew Garfield plays the new Peter Parker/Spider-Man and makes the character feel more like an up-to-date “lone wolf”, compared to Tobey Maguire's take. Emma Stone as Gwen Stacey plays a much more interesting love interest who isn’t as annoying as Kirsten Dunst's Mary Jane Watson. Rhys Ifans plays Dr. Curt Conners who transforms himself into the Lizard. The character is probably my 2nd favourite villain from the Spidey films, right next to Doc Ock from Spider-Man 2. There’s a lot of great depth and emotion in his performance, and it’s a character you know has no control in what he’s doing. The rest of the cast is great too, especially Denis Leary as Captain Stacey and Sally Field as the new Aunt May.I thought Martin Sheen was good as Uncle Ben, but I felt he wasn’t up to par with Cliff Robertson from the original Spider-Man trilogy who I felt had more warmth to the character.
The story is practically the same as the original Spider-Man, the big difference is the villain and his plot on wrecking havoc on New York. I will give the film credit though, I enjoyed this take on how Peter Parker became Spider-Man over the original because I felt the emotional scenes of the movie a lot more. Maybe because the original movie had more of a campiness to it. For example, I really enjoyed the scene where Peter comes home late after he forgot to pick up his Aunt. I really felt this was one of the many scenes Andrew Garfield’s performance was great to watch. He makes you feel the anger and emotional state the character is going through.
Another interesting note the movie takes, it sort of touches upon the absence of Peter’s parents. This was something that was missing from the original trilogy entirely. The never even spoke of Peter’s parents at all. Obviously this film doesn’t answer what happened to them, as it’s laying down the groundwork for future films and to keep the audience coming back for more.
Aside from a story we’ve already seen before, and that should be just as recognized as Batman and Superman’s origin, the film has enough differences to make it feel fresh and different. Loved this film and can’t wait for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in May 2014!
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My final movie in my “X-Men” marathon ends with the most recetly released to blu-ray “The Wolverine”.
Hugh Jackman returns in the title role as the mutant Logan… better known to most people as Wolverine. It’s been some years since “X-Men: The Last Stand” and Wolverine has been traveling the world for a little soul searching after the death of Jean Grey (Famke Janssen). I young mutant from japan named Yukio comes looking for Logan in America to bring him to Japan to meet a man named Yashida (played by both Hal Yamanouchi and Ken Yamamura) who wants to thank Logan for saving him a long time ago by taking away his immortality. Unfortunately, after his powers are taken away, someone tries to kill Yashida’s granddaughter, Mariko (Tao Okamoto) which has Loagn fighting for her life and his.
Unlike the last 2 previous X-Men films (X-Men Origins: Wolverine and X-Men: First Class), this film takes place after the events of the 3rd X-Men film “X-Men: The Last Stand”, which is actually a nice thing, since it’s always great to see what the characters are doing AFTER the events of the previous films. Also, this film is on a much smaller scale then all the previous films. Unlike the others where the world or city is at stake, this film makes it a more personal battle with Wolverine and his past. Which is actually a nice change of pace from all these superhero films.
Hugh Jackman returns for his 6th outing. He once again proves he IS the Wolverine and proves that it will be very difficult to replace him when the time comes… Is there any other actor who has committed 14 years to one character?
The rest of the cast is nicely cast too. I actually enjoyed Rila Fukushima's Yukio as Logan’s little sidekick. And the Japanese culture fit really nice with the film and allowed it to separate itself from the past X-Men films as something very different. I also enjoyed Jean Grey’s appearance in the film as a part of Wolverine’s conscious. Though, a part of me felt that Kalya Silverfox from “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” should’ve somehow played into this.
The ending gets a little silly with the ninja’s shooting arrows into Logan as he’s running as well as the final battle with the main villain. But other then that, it’s a solid film. And Hugh Jackman always makes it enjoyable to watch.
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When it came to “X-Men: The Last Stand”, Bryan Singer was originally supposed to direct it. But he jumped off ship to direct “Superman Returns”, which in my opinion was the better film between the 2. Unfortunately, we got Brett Ratner to direct this picture. He’s not a horrible director. He was responsible for the Rush Hour trilogy and Red Dragon, but his style on X-Men just doesn’t meet up to the standards of the first 2 films.
Most of the cast from the first 2 films return. Hugh Jackman continues to shine as the Wolverine. Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen are still great as both Professor Xavier and Magneto. The other returning cast members are great too, but nothing that really stands out. Famke Janssen's Jean Grey, I suppose was suppose to stand out more, but the character doesn't do much besides standing around looking mopey while CGI visual effects do most of the work.
New cast members include Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde and Ben Foster as Angel. Both do a fine job in their roles but I feel it was Kelsey Grammer who really stood out the most as the long awaited X-Men character, Beast.
Some things that I was kind of let down with was the non-explainable absence of Nightcrawler, who was played by Alan Cumming in the previous film. His character played a very important part the last film, and they brush him off as if he never existed. The character of Cyclops (James Marsden) is even more underused in this film than he was in the last, despite the fact that the writers could’ve easily made him a much more important character in this film. The movie also crams so many characters into the film, it’s hard to really care for many of the new ones, when there’s not enough focus. The movie also feels a bit rushed at times and a little campy, which the first 2 films didn’t do.
On a good note, the characters we do know and love are still there. I actually enjoyed Halle Berry as Storm a lot more here then the first 2 films. Professor Xavier’s “end” was very dramatic and unexpected. And seeing the mutants (good and bad) use their different powers is a lot of fun.
It might not be the best X-Men film, but that doesn’t make it a horrible film. Just a film with some flaws here and there. 6.5/10
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"X2: X-Men United" was the first sequel ever to X-Men and to this day, I still consider it far superior to the original.
The film reunites many of the original cast members as well as some new ones such as Brian Cox as William Stryker and Alan Cumming as Nightcrawler. The new additions are great. Cumming’s interpretation of Nightcrawler is fun and something new we haven’t see in the first film. Brian Cox plays a very interesting villain who’s kinda like a human Magneto.
The returning cast is probably even better then they were since the first X-Men film. The score for the film is a huge improvement as I felt it really made the film more emotional. The action scenes are taken to the next level. And I also felt the story was on a much grander scale as the X-Men are forced to team-up with Magneto against the new threat.
Surprisingly enough, many of my favourite films in the movie have nothing to do with action sequences. Rather, I really enjoyed the more quite character moments and conversations such as Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) just chilling having a drink and chatting about their love lives. Or anytime Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) share screen time together.
On a down note, i’m kinda disappointed with how the character of Cyclops (James Marsden) is misused in the film. The character who is supposed to be the leader of the team is mostly used as an obstacle to foil Wolverine’s interest in Jean Grey (Famke Janssen). As Many people who read the comics or watch the cartoons know, Cyclops has more potential to be a great character, rather then just a 3rd rate wheel in a love triangle. But I suppose, most of it has to do with Hugh Jackman’s rising star and the character of Wolverine’s popularity, which for that, I won’t make it a big issue.
The films has a really solid cast and pace. It keeps you interested in the characters from beginning to end. Compare it to other superhero films of today, I feel X2 really still stands out as one of the best superhero films. Sure, other might’ve improved the way superhero films are made, but X2 really holds the test of time. Hopefully for years to come for many future generations to enjoy.
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The first X-Men film that started it all… This is the film many comic book fans and superhero film fans should thank. Firstly, it was the film that helped Marvel out of bankruptcy. It was also the first film to spark a renewed interest in films based on a comic book superhero. Also, if X-Men wasn’t a success, Marvel wouldn’t have made Spider-Man.
I remember when the film first came out, not knowing much about the comics. I was never much into the 90s animated series ever, so going into the films with a clear conscious was going to be a lot of fun and surprises… In some ways, I was learning about the X-Men from scratch. And the movie gives you enough information on the story and characters to understand and care for them in a 1 hour and 40 minute film…. A film that should’ve really been 2 hours or more with these many characters. But Bryan Singer does what he can and gives us what we need.
The cast is great. Most notable performances are Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen as Professor Xavier and Magneto. Especially when on screen together. Their chemistry feels like 2 old friends who have been at odds with each other for a long time. Hugh Jackman also makes a great entry to his very first American film making the highlight of his career.
The special effects (for its time) were good. Nothing spectacular, but it was a film that a lot were banking on. All the characters seem to have a good balance, which is something future X-Men films have more issues with, with some nice Easter eggs for the hard core X-Men fans.
X-men is fun, entertaining with some decent action sequences. It’s a great film that anyone can relate to, wether you’re human… Or mutant. ;)
The trailer for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is finally here! And I gotta say, i’m pretty impressed.
The trailer gives us some great insight on Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) and Electro (Jamie Foxx). We see that Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is still struggling being a superhero while balancing a social life with Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone)… despite the fact her father told him to keep her away from danger. Peter learns more secrets about his fathers past from Aunt May (Sally Field). We get to see a little bit of the Rhino (Paul Giamatti). And if you don’t blink, we even get little easter eggs to the Vulture and Doc Ock!
I gotta say, I really enjoyed this trailer. I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as the trailers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier or X-Men: Days Of Future Past, but the movie does look like the film will have a lot of fun. Can’t wait for this film!
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"X-Men: The Last Stand" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" are considered by critics and fans to be the worst of the X-Men franchise. But when it comes to me, I don’t think "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" is as bad as most people say. I actually find it pretty enjoyable.
The movie takes place before Logan aka Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) joins the X-Men and how the adamantium metal gets into him by William Stryker ( a villain who was originally seen in X2 played by Brian Cox, now played by Danny Huston). Stryker tricks Wolverine by having Sabretooth (Liev Schreiber) kill off members of their old team, including Wolverine’s love, Kalya Silverfox (played by Lynn Collins) just so Logan will agree to the experiment of putting the adamantium metal inside of him.
What can you say of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine that hasn’t already been said? The man has grown into this role and owns it on every level. Just as Robert Downey Jr. has won the title of Iron Man and Christopher Reeve will forever be Superman. Even if someone doesn’t like the film, no one can deny that Hugh Jackman is a highlight of the film.
The rest of the cast play off more like cameos. Probably Liev Schreiber as Sabretooth and Danny Huston as William Stryker play the real supporting roles of the film. Liev Schreiber’s Sabretooth is much more interesting than Tyler Mane, who played the character in the original X-Men film. The question of why doesn’t Sabretooth acknowledge Wolverine being his brother in the original film is never addressed, but we can just come up with theories that really don’t add up.
The rest of the cast do their jobs. Probably Will i Am as John Wraith and Taylor Kitsch as Gambit stick out the most. Lynn Collins as Kayla Silverfox is fine, but not really memorable enough to care. I also enjoyed Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson, who should’ve returned at the end as Deadpool, but for some reason the film decided to turn the character into something from Mortal Kombat.
To me, the film is kind of like a film from the 80’s and early 90’s. Just a fun, action, blow-up film. The film has over the top action, and the special effects aren’t that great at times. At one point, I thought Wolverine’s claws looks like it was animated as if it was something from “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”.
Despite some of the flaws, it’s not a terrible god awful film. Yes, there was some bad choices and some bad special effects work. But the story of how Wolverine gets has metal claws are there. If anything, the film really loses itself towards the end with it’s Mortal Kombat-esque battle. But if you know how to have fun with the film, it’s not as bad as you think. 7/10
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