Comic Review: Batman: The Killing Joke — CINESPIRIA

Batman: The Killing Joke (written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Brian Bolland) is highly regarded as one of the best Batman stories ever written. It is hugely popular and fanboys the world over embrace it like it is some sort of geek bible. It tells the origin story of the Joker and gives us […]

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Wonder Woman(2017)

As my wife puts this movie, ” It was everything I wanted.”  With that being said, Wonder Woman is a damn good movie.  It was surly the best thing DC and Warner Bros has done together in the last ten or so years.  The only thing that bothered me a little was the cliche slow motion fight scenes,  I felt that it was a tad bit over done.  The movie did also feel a bit familiar, like Captain America: The Fist Avenger(2011).  Which isn’t a bad thing, since that movie was great in its own right.

Gal Gadot is great, not to mention that she’s very attractive as well.  Chris Pine plays Steve Trevor and these two fine actors have chemistry.  I feel that is something that helps get the view invested emotionally with what happens with their individual character arcs. Lucy Davis plays Etta, Steve’s secretary, and she is a joy in every scene she’s in.  She almost stole the show.

The setting is WWI, and I think that was a great way to go, since WWII always seems just a bit played out.  The scenes are great, the costumes are stunning, and the Lasso of Truth glows.  Part of the fun is seeing all the Easter Eggs that are in there.  They tie the DCEU all together in a nice pretty package.  I’m trying not to spoil anything here, because this movie is truly a pleasure to experience, just say that DC seems to have Marvel’s problem with under developed villains.

Now that I’ve given a spoiler free review….I hope, I have something that I feel needs to be addressed about the importance of this movie.  For all things about equality, this is a female superhero movie, directed by a female director.  See studios? Women can do it too.  Had this been a disaster, everyone would be bad mouthing DC even more, and probably blame Zack Snyder for ruining the DC brand.  Wonder Woman did exceedingly well, and I think that all the companies either doing, or considering doing movies benefits from this.  I’ve seen and heard people complain about the lack of female heroes in the movies.  Well, Jessica Jones(2016) did very well on Netflix, and Wonder Woman being a success means that the movie watchers are ready for the female superhero movies.  I think that studios should pay attention to this.  We could have a successful Black Widow movie, or a Spider-Gwen.  We could even do with a Black Canary movie.  I think the possibilities are exciting.

The only disappointment I have about what I heard was that males complained about an all-women showing of Wonder Woman.  I mean really?  It seems that most things tend to be geared towards the male population as it is, and somebody doesn’t have enough chill to be cool with something not geared towards the male ego?  I think it was a great publicity stunt, and there is a female section that has grown up with Wonder Woman as the only role model that they’ve had.

Parting words:  If you’ve seen it, I hoped you like it. If you haven’t I recommend seeing it, because it is good.  Have a good night, and until next time.

Projects=Experience

I’ve been looking at different jobs in the entertainment industry, and I’ve come to the conclusion that the things I’m working towards doing are going to help me gain the experience that I need to help me continue towards my future profession. Entertaining people has been a passion of mine since I was younger.  It started with me cracking jokes to help cheer my friends up.

I’ve been looking forward to getting a few of the podcasts projects off the ground.  I’ve been fascinated with the idea of doing a radio since I started listening to Mark and Brian, and I would love to bring out my thoughts on various subjects ranging from geek culture to politics. I even have ideas for a NSFW podcast that would allow me to discuss more adult content, and bring out my full force, uncensored, sense of humor.

As I move forward towards the end of school, I know that I’m going to be working on gaining a whole new level of experience.  Yes, I am starting my own production company, and yes, I would love to work with others.  As a person, I’ve learned that networking is key. I’ve been doing that for the last couple of years, and I think that it’s helped give me a chance to have better relationships with the people that I’ve gone on to network with.

Going through some life changing events of the last several years, I’ve grown quite a bit. I think that I’ve gotten my ego out of the way of my personal growth.  I used to think that I was going to do whatever it was to make it on my own, and I would let things get in my way of trying to succeed.  I’m now being a more positive person, not for anyone specifically, but myself.  Those who might benefit from the energy that I try to emit, I’m always glad that it helps.  Life it too short to dwell over the negative things, and we all need to enjoy life.

I just felt like I had to put something down tonight.

Skull Island(2017)

I’m going to admit that I’m more excited about what is coming next at Universal, but Skull Island  was a fun movie to watch. So let’s start off with time period, it starts during World War Two for a bit of Kong introduction, but the story focuses on the Vietnam war era, in which Samuel L. Jackson is the leader of a helicopter unit. This movie isn’t like most King Kong movies by the way as SPOILER ALERT: the movie never leaves the island once they get there.

Now back to the narrative at hand. John Goodman is a scientist who believes that there are monsters on Earth. Corey Hawkins plays his assistant, who helps test his own theories of what’s underground. They recruit Jackson’s team to help get them on the island, and they look for a guid in Tom Hiddleston, and Brie Larson is a photo journalist, who is anti-war.( Geek note: Loki and Captain Marvel in a movie with Nick Fury, did Marvel set this up?)

So with the crew in tow, the scientist travel to Skull Island to bomb the terrain, for “science discovery.” All they do is piss off the big monkey, which is the point of the plot. an abbreviated version goes like this- Money knocks down helicopters, some pilots die, big creatures besides Kong kills some of the scientists and soldiers. Jackson plays typical Jackson and tries to take on Kong for the death of one of his men, Toby Kebbell, who’s the most popular soldier the team has. Jackson stirs up big monsters while trying to draw out Kong, basic summary of the plot.

Now, I will SPOILER ALERT: the biggest part of the movie, there are easter eggs everywhere for Godzilla(2014), they hint at the next movie where the big lizard and the big monkey will go toe to toe. I’m fanboying out over this. A good 4 out of 5 from me.

Logan(0r Finally The Right Movie)

This review of Logan(2017) is going to be full of NSFW words and spoilers. As usual, I’ll try to contain the surprises with the warnings of SPOILER ALERT.

So to start out, the year for the movie is 2029. Logan is much older, and is a limo driver. With that being said, the within the first five minutes, Logan is found sleeping in the limo, and his car’s getting jacked by thugs. With that set-up, the first five minutes also reminds you that we got the Wolverine movie we wanted. Blood, dismemberment, and gratuitous use of the word fuck. This character always needed the R-rating to justify the aggressive nature from the comic books. We also get many uses of the word fuck from Charles Xavier as well.

Spoiler alert, mutants are all but dead, Xavier is in hiding across the Mexican border, he is old, and very sick. He suffers from seizures that cause problems to everyone around him. Logan does everything in his nature to take care of Charles, with the help of a pastey tracker named Caliban. Charles has been in contact with a young mutant named Laura, who we find out is also a genetic copy of Logan. That’s what happens when scientists take DNA from people, they create dangerous weapons.

With an arranged meeting, Logan becomes an unwilling father figure to save Laura from this said science organization. I found it entertaining to see Logan attempt to be a father figure to the young child, while also being caretaker to the aging Xavier. The conflicts between Logan, and the group of Reavers who want to take Laura back into position turns into several clashes that proves that Laura, aka X-23 is a badass little girl. I give Jackman props for playing the older version of Logan with a bit of a battle worn demeanor. He’s a few beats slower, and his healing factor as worn down to the point were his body now carries the scares of his fights. With that Logan is also sick with a virus that he can’t seem to shake. Logan’s done fighting and just wants his life to end, and that is where we see Logan at this stage in his life.

Logan is convinced by Charles to take a trip to North Dakota to deliver Laura to a sanctuary called Eden, where they run into conflicts along the way. They end up helping some farmers saver their horses, and stay the night as a reward for their good deeds. This is where two big SPOILER ALERTS happen, one-the clone of Wolverine, called X-24 and his introduction is by killing Charles Xavier. The fight between the young and old Wolverines is really kick ass. As they travel, Laura ends up saving Logan by jacking a car and taking him to a clinic to attempt to heal.

After that, they finally make their way to Eden where they’ve been tracked by the Reavers, and the escape to Canada ensues. With a final show down, the X-24 ends up SPOILER ALERT fatally injuring Logan, and before the final blow, Laura blows off X-24’s head with an adamantium bullet. Laura and the refugee kids from the Science facilities bury Logan, and escape. That’s the way to end a series-clean and emotional.

While I didn’t touch base on the villains of the film, I do have to say that keeping this movie more low-key was part of the success of this movie. I found the movie to be one of the better comic movies around, and better than anything Fox has ever produced. I hope that producers keep in mind that story ultimately wins over the glamour and sparkle of some of the bigger budget movies they produce. I’d give this a 5 out of 5.