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  • Joker vs. Bane

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    Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy has brought us the defining cinematic incarnations not only of Batman himself, but also of many of his supporting comic book characters.  Not the least of these is Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight.  After Ledger’s death, Nolan promised not to recast or use old footage or any other tricks to bring him back for the sequel, The Dark Knight Rises.  While no one doubts this was the right and respectful thing to do, people still wonder what might have been.  What if the Joker had met Bane during the months the League of Shadows held Gotham under threat of nuclear obliteration?  What if the Clown Prince of Crime went up against the Man Who Broke the Bat?  I have sort of an idea of how that meeting would go:

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  • Batman’s One Rule (That He Used to Break All the Time)

    So, yeah, Man of Steel gets a lot of flak for Superman killing Zod (spoilers, I guess).  Let’s forget, for now, that he’s already killed Zod in the movies and in comics.  He’s a young hero, just getting started, and has a lot to learn about stopping super-powered baddies without breaking their necks.  Surely, in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the Dark Knight can demonstrate that, if nothing else, true heroes always follow the “one rule” that you never, ever break.  Except, you know, when the villain killed your parents.  In that case, it’s totally cool; and Zod did kill Jor-El, so Supes is fine.

     

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    “My son will avenge me.”
    “What’s he gonna do, kill me?”

     

    What, you didn’t know that Batman was okay with revenge killing?  You must be one of those people who’s only ever seen the Christopher Nolan Batman movies.  Batman has a long cinematic history of offing the villains, either directly or by ensuring they kill themselves (the Spider-Man Method).  And I’m not talking about Joel Schumacher Batman, either.

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  • Earth to Echo…echo…echo.

    A group of kids living in suburbia are feeling down during what appears to be their last weekend together before contractors uproot all the families in the neighborhood.  I’m talking about The Goonies, right?  Nope.  That just happens to be the starting premise of Earth To Echo, too.  While this group of boys end up on an adventure to save their neighborhood, using maps to find clues, all the while riding their bikes, any further plot elements are a mere…echo…to what you’d find watching The Goonies.

     

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    Unfortunately…or fortunately, whichever you prefer…there is no Truffle Shuffle in this one.

     

    Three boys who are outcasts at school find themselves in the middle of something strange when their phones “barf” and they can’t seem to fix it.  They realize the “barf-like” image on the screen is a map and decide to head out into the desert to find out what it all means.  Much to their dismay, they only find a weirdly shaped metal thing caked in dirt.  This was not the excitement they thought it was.  Well, they didn’t have to wait long before realizing someone else was out in the desert looking for it, too.  The “metal thing” started making beeping sounds and eventually opened up for the boys to discover a teeny tiny living being inside.

     

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    He’s not a robot, just an adorable metal alien that looks like an owl.

     

    Seriously though.  I wish ET had looked that cute.

     

    Through one beep for yes and two beeps for no, the boys  learn the little guy is hurt and is trying to get home.  He mimics the sound of Alex’s (Teo Halm) ringtone.  They name him Echo.  With one setback after another, Alex, Tuck (Brian ‘Astro’ Bradley), and Munch (Reese Hartwig), travel all over to help Echo get the necessary pieces to fix his broken spaceship.  Circumstances bring them to Emma’s (Ella Wahlestedt) house where she finds out about Echo and joins them on their mission of  trying to escape the people out to destroy Echo and to get him to safety in time.  It’s a great bonding time for the boys as they strengthen their friendships and forge new ones.

     

    Perhaps one of the most unique things about this film is Tuck’s obsession with filming everything he does.  The entirety of the movie is filmed from the point of view of the kids.  They use a Go-Pro, a regular camcorder, and a sneaky pair of glasses, bearing a hidden camera.  As the long night and morning unfolds with the group, you start to wonder if they have the magic power capabilities that Jack Bauer’s cell phones tend to have.  Nevertheless, the story is captivating and leaves little room to focus on impossibilities.

     

    ECHO

    Such as…how did a group of good looking kids get classified as outcasts?

     

    It’s a charming film that is The Goonies for the modern age, hopefully turning the hearts of youngsters everywhere to exploration, space and a love of really good sci-fi.

     

    Mallory Douge would love the opportunity to find a map and go on an adventure.  Until then, she just writes about all the ones she goes on through book, film and tv. Check out her latest review of ABC Family’s Chasing Life here: http://yakidneycancer.wordpress.com/


  • DC Movies: The Brave and the Bold

    Last year at San Diego Comic-Con, Zack Snyder and David Goyer virtually won the weekend when they announced the sequel to Man of Steel would be a team up (or showdown) of Batman and Superman.  Now, if last week’s post on veteran entertainment reporter Nikki Finke’s new website is to be believed, it seems DC and Warner Bros. are all set to own the Internet itself.  The report gives us information not only on the upcoming Justice League movie, but on a full seven DC films from May 2016 to May 2018.  Seven is as many movies as DC has produced in the last six years, and far fewer than Marvel has produced in the same amount of time.  It seems, what with The Hobbit, Harry Potter, and various other franchises all but exhausted, that Warner Bros. is ready to get serious about their untapped wellspring of comic book characters.

     

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    Before I write any more, I just want to say, I hate phrases like “rumor has it”, “if you believe it”, and especially “take it with a grain of salt”.  For the purposes of this article, we’re just going to assume everything Ms. Finke’s source told her is DC’s actual planned announcement for Comic-Con; also one or two other “reports” that have emerged over the weekend.  Beyond that, I obviously have some speculating of my own I’ll be including.  If you can’t handle speculation, then what follows is not the article for you.

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  • 3 Horrifying Implications of “Edge of Tomorrow”

    Edge_of_Tomorrow_Poster (image credit - filmofilia.com)Let me start this review by saying you should go see Edge of Tomorrow, the latest sci-fi mind-bending thriller starring Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible, Vanilla Sky, Minority Report, War of the Worlds, Oblivion).  Don’t be fooled by its video game premise of “live, die, repeat”.  It’s as much Groundhog Day as it is Doom, which is to say the movie is as much about the characters and their relationships with each other as it is about shooting aliens over and over.

     

    Like Major Cage, Cruise’s character, EoT gets better at what it does as time passes.  It starts with sort of  a weak premise (how Cage got in the fighting, that is, not the dying and respawning), but as the movie progresses, Cage truly develops as a character.  I even like how the movie ends, even though it leaves us with some serious questions about what humanity will do next.  You need to see this movie, if only to not have it spoiled by what you’re going to read next:

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  • 10 Other Godzilla Films You Should See

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    Okay, I’m a bit late in posting this but, as the old saying goes, better late than never!  By this point, we’ve all probably seen the latest American remake of Godzilla.  And, whether you thought it was a worthy tribute or not, there’s no way that we can deny that everyone loves the big green guy.

    However, did you know that Godzilla has been a star since the 1950s?  Did you know that, in between his first appearance and this latest American incarnation, there have been over 30 Godzilla films?  So, with that in mind, here’s a chronological list of 10 other Godzilla films that you should see.

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    1) Godzilla (1954) — If you thought this latest version of Godzilla was surprisingly somber, you should have seen him in his film debut!  In his first film, Godzilla is a creature of pure apocalyptic evil.  Full of images of devastated cities and dying citizens, the first Godzilla film deliberately invokes images of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  The emphasis is on humanity reacting to the very real possibility of destruction and, for much of the movie, Godzilla remains a shadowy menace.  If you do see this film, make sure that you see the Japanese original.  Avoid at all costs the American version — that’s the one that has the awkwardly inserted scenes of Raymond Burr playing a reporter named Steve Martin.  Seriously, reading a few subtitles never killed anyone.

    2) King Kong Vs. Godzilla (1962) – It’s Godzilla vs. King Kong in a battle that proves that, when big monsters fight, only Tokyo suffers.  In many ways, this film set the template that all the subsequent Japanese Godzilla films would follow (i.e., Godzilla fights another big monster while a bunch of interchangeable humans watch).

    3) Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster (1965) — A three-headed dragon comes down to Earth and it’s up to Mothra, Rodan, and Godzilla to defeat him!  This is one of the best of the old school Godzilla films.  Ghidorah is a great villain (and would show up in several more films) and this film is historically significant as being the first time that Godzilla saved humanity as opposed to trying to destroy it.

    4) Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971) — Godzilla versus a monster that is made totally out of pollution!  This is probably one of the most controversial and critically reviled of all the Godzilla films but I like it because it’s just so strange.  There are a few moments where the film literally turns into a cartoon and you can’t go wrong when you combine Godzilla with hippies.  Plus, just try to get that theme song out of your head!

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    5) Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972) — Despite an appearance from Ghidorah, this is actually one of the weaker of the Godzilla films.  However, it’s worth seeing for a scene in which Godzilla and his ally, a giant armadillo, actually have a conversation.  In the Japanese version of the film, we see speech balloons that provide a translation for their roars.  In the English-language version, we actually hear the two monsters speak in human voices!  The armadillo is pretty surly but Godzilla knows how to deal with him.

    6) Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974) — In this one, Godzilla fights a gigantic robot version of himself.  Seriously, what more do you need?

    7) Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995) — After decades of causing wanton destruction and occasionally defending the Earth, Godzilla’s life is coming to an end.  His heart, which we learn is basically a huge nuclear reactor, is slowly melting down.  However, Godzilla still finds time to destroy Tokyo and fight Destoroyah a genuinely impressive crab-like monster.  This was originally meant to be the final Japanese Godzilla film and the end result is surprisingly poignant.

    8) Godzilla (1998) — Roland Emmerich’s version of Godzilla should be watched just so you can see how a Godzilla movie should never be.  If the film had been called Giant Lizard, it would have been more tolerable.  However, this is a Godzilla movie and, therefore, it has no right to be as boring as it actually is.

    9) Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001) — After being the villain in countless films, Ghidorah finally gets to be the hero in this film while Godzilla reverts back to his previous ways.  This one features some of the best monster fight scenes and, with Mothra spinning a web all through Tokyo, it’s one of the visually stunning of the Godzilla films.

    10) Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) — This, the last Japanese Godzilla film to date and the last entry in the series before the current American version, is a hyperkinetic feast for everyone who loves giant monster films.  The plot is familiar (aliens invade Earth and Godzilla fights them, along with every other monster in existence) but the film is still a lot of fun.  The film’s highlight?  Godzilla battles his counterpart from Roland Emmerich’s movie.  Needless to say, the two are not evenly matched.

    And, if you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to see the new version of Godzilla as well!  It may not be perfect (personally, I would have preferred for the film to be just a little less somber in its approach) but it’s still a worthy entry in the franchise!

    GodzillaLisa Marie Bowman dislikes lizards but loves Godzilla.  She also writes for Though the Shattered Lens, HorrorCritic, SyFyDesigns, and the Big Brother Blog.


  • The New Batman Movies (According to Fourth-day)

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    This year is the 75th anniversary of the Detective Comics debut of Bruce Wayne, aka the Dark Knight, aka the World’s Greatest Detective, aka the Caped Crusader, aka the Batman.  After hundreds of animated and live action iterations, dozens of video games, and countless comic books, you’d need to be the world’s greatest detective to find someone who’d never even heard of him.  For three-quarters of a century, he’s been one of the driving forces of both comics and culture.  And, in 2016, he’s going to join my other favorite superheroes, Superman and Wonder Woman, for the first time on the big screen.  The world may just end from the awesomeness.

     

    Okay, I’m probably exaggerating there about the “end”.  Still, it’s hard to overstate the excitement comic book fans feel at the prospect of Batman and Superman sharing space on the big screen for the first time.  These men have a ways to go before the world that was rocked to its foundations in Man of Steel will come to call them “the world’s finest”.  But, I’ve already written about what I’d like to see in the…interestingly titled Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  This article is about what Warner Bros. and DC should do with Batman outside of his appearances in this sequel and any future Justice League movies.

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  • The Return of a Very Different King

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    **SKREEONK**

     

    In his review of 1998′s infamous flop Godzilla, Roger Ebert noted quite passionately that there’s nothing wrong with creating a film solely to be pop entertainment, certainly nothing wrong with creating movies about giant monsters on rampage.  His objection (and, as it turns out, the objection of audiences worldwide) was that Roland Emmerich quite obviously had no passion, no desire to be a part of the genre he was assigned.

     

    Are the original rubber costume/marionette/women in space suits Toho Kaiju flicks shlocktastic entertainment?  Why, yes.  Yes they are.  But they accepted and reveled in this, managing in the process to produce monster movies early on that genuinely scared and thrilled audience world-wide…and later on made cheerful and affectionate as the beasties grew familiar and even occasionally heroic.  They accepted their limitations, but were quite serious about devotion to depicting a world where massive creatures of godlike power uneasily shared the globe with mankind.  Emmerich’s film was not even able to simulate interest in the purported star attraction.  As a result, audience just couldn’t care either.

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  • The War on Sci-fi Television

    While it seems science fiction is finally gaining some respect from the film community (even if Gravity isn’t sci-fi), there is a new front in the war on sci-fi:  television.  TV used to be sci-fi’s playground.  Between the Star Trek and Stargate and Battlestar Galactica franchises, not to mention Farscape, Babylon 5, Sliders, The X-Files, Buck Rogers, Land of the LostQuantum Leap, and many, many more, the late ’70s to the mid ’00s were the Golden Age of sci-fi.  But, that playground has turned into a battleground.

     

    We've come a long way, baby.

    We’ve come a long way, baby.

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  • Notes about “Notes from the Internet Apocalypse”

    (image credit - The Qwillery)We spent a lot of time in 2012 examining the many different types of apocalypses.  We didn’t even get halfway through before the “Year of the Apocalypse” ended.  You see, there are many different ways for the “end” to manifest.  Here’s one you may not have heard of before:  the Internet apocalypse.  This is one of what I like to call the “localized apocalypses”, ones that only affect a certain portion of society; in this case, that portion of society that has become dependent, to some degree or another, on the worldwide web.

     

    Wayne Gladstone, humorist and frequent contributor to both Comedy Central and Cracked.com, has provided us a chronicle of one man’s journey through such an ordeal, titled Notes from the Internet Apocalypse.  The book features Gladstone himself as a character keeping a detailed journal in the wake of the total loss of the Internet; not of technology or even other types of communication (i.e., telephones and faxes), but simply the Internet itself.  I don’t plan to write a full review of this book; I just have a few notes.

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