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Son of Batman (2014)
Historically I'm a big fan of the DC animated series' and movies. There has been a trend in their movies lately that I haven't liked. This was one of my least favorite DC movies. It's not horrible, but it's incredibly sub-par for a number of reasons: 1) Damien is WAY to tough for any 10-year old kid, no matter how well trained. Plus he was just arrogant and annoying.
2) Deathstroke was pathetic in this! First, his voice actor. The guy from Dharma and Greg...seriously?? It was laughable. He was trying to sound all tough and menacing but failed badly. He is supposed to be one of Batman's deadliest enemies, and in fact Batman doesn't often beat him unless he gets lucky or outsmarts him. But in this movie, he's barely a match for a 10 year old kid. Plus, Batman beats him down one time, without even breaking a sweat. Like I said, pathetic.
3) There wasn't any of the classic dialogue we've all come to expect from the DC movies. It was all pretty forgettable.
I won't probably ever re-watch this and I hope they shake things up a bit in the future and stop trying to be so edgy and hard-core. Go back to the way these movies used to be.
Didn't live up to the hype
It took me a while to watch even Casino Royale, because I was annoyed they got rid of Pierce Brosnan. I finally watched Daniel Craig's movies and warmed up to him. I was excited about Skyfall because it was getting such crazy press, reviews, and success.
On the surface, it was a very solid movie. However, the entertainment comes at the cost of huge plot holes and contrived ideas. MI6 are portrayed as complete idiots and buffoons, and the main villain is smarter than all of them put together and is nearly omnipotent. Similar to the Joker in The Dark Knight.
If you can get passed the fact that the scenario involving the main villain couldn't possibly have happened, then you'll enjoy the movie. Unfortunately, every step of the way, the story is propelled by more plot holes and nonsense.
Dropped the ball after part 1
After I watched part 1 (which was perfect) I was excited for part 2. Now, I'd say about half of the movie was incredibly good, and I admit I had my mouth literally hanging open in disbelief a fair amount. However, there is a lot wrong with it, at the same time:
1) Whereas the first part highlighted Batman's age and the fact that he had to fight differently, the second one throws all that out the window. In part two Batman is portrayed as an inhuman fighting machine, who is tougher than he ever was when he was younger. The action in this one doesn't have the class and style of the first movie. It's just straight-up violent, frantic action.
2) The whole subplot with Superman seemed clumsy and tacked on. It really either didn't need to be there, or needed to be reworked. Also, Superman would NEVER have acted that way.
3) The whole Joker part had some serious flaws to it. Brutal violence ensues and greatly disrupts the feel of not only the first movie, but strays from every Batman movie or animation ever made.
4) The whole part about the new commissioner. Seriously?? It was laughably unrealistic. She is obsessed with stopping Batman even though the Joker is killing people left and right. Way over the top.
5) Lastly, there was just a lot of 80's comic goofiness in this one. Some of the plot stuff just didn't make any sense (the nuclear winter part) Batman riding around on a horse, etc etc.
As I said, this was a solid movie in some ways, even great in some ways. But everything about it was just way too over the top compared to part 1 and it had a completely different dynamic to it. Still, I'm giving it a pretty good rating.
Shadow on the Mesa (2013)
Disappointed in this one
First off, I love Kevin Sorbo. I love westerns. And I really liked his previous western, which I believe was also on the Hallmark channel. This movie had several problems that kept me from enjoying it:
1) The music and dialogue tracks were very poorly balanced. The music was overpowering and the dialogue was a little hard to hear many times.
2) The music in general was very generic, and the background music seemed to be almost the same, scene after scene. And what's worse is the music NEVER stops for more than a few seconds at a time. LITERALLY. It's in your face the whole movie, and I found it cloying and grating on my nerves.
3) Kevin Sorbo has a secondary role in this, and isn't in it nearly as much as I expected.
4) The main character carried the quiet, mysterious stranger type a little far, and it seemed pretty cheesy to me.
And just overall the movie didn't flow very well. It just kind of seemed like a bunch of scenes cobbled together. It never really pulled me in. I hope he does another western more similar to his previous one, but this one I could've done without.
Kung Fu Magoo (2010)
I was looking forward to this because I thought it might give me some ideas for a comic/animation I'm working on. I pretty much agree with everything the other reviewer said: this has the distinctive Flash animation look to it, which is OK in small amounts (commercials, etc) but in a full-length animation it just looks cheap and unprofessional. And the whole blind Mr. Magoo schtick gets old REALLY fast. He blindly keeps bumbling his way through the movie, somehow avoiding all trouble and beating the bad-guys. Keep in mind I'm a 40 year-old adult, so I'm rating this more harshly than a kid would. In all fairness, kids would probably love this, but it's not for adults.
Wow, pretty bad
I rarely write reviews of movies on here, but I had to in this case. First off, let me say that, as far as action movies are concerned, I'm one of the least picky people on Earth, especially when it comes to plot and story.
I actually heard there are some people who think this movie is a work of art. I about died laughing when I heard that. I suppose it could be considered that, in the same way that a random splotch of pain thrown down on a canvas would be considered art to someone, somewhere.
What's amazing about this movie is how quickly it turns you off. Within minutes of the movie you aren't really sure what's going on, and you simply don't care. NONE of the characters are interesting or likable. The fight scenes are decent at times and pretty bad at times. They often seem very staged and choreographed, and the lame camera work and extremely poor sound effects take away much of the impact the scenes could have.
I rarely notice people's bad acting, but the main character's (Carrano) acting is just bad. Lastly, the music is very strange through the whole movie. There are times when it doesn't have music for long stretches, and when it does have music it seems cheesy and out of place for the movie.
In short, this movie tries to be a slick spy-thriller like The Bourne Identity but fails laughably and miserably. Considering the number of big-name actors it had, this was a monumental failure.
Short But Sweet
First off, I'm a huge fan of all things DC and have loved all the animated series and movies they've done. Some of the newer ones have had a noticeably different look or feel to them, which is kind of nice sometimes.
I'm going to mention the negatives of this movie first, since that might be of particular interest to some fans. The main feature is actually only about a half hour long, with three additional "DC SPotlight" shorts, about 20 minutes each, featuring Green Arrow, Jonah Hex, and The Spectre.
The Spectre short was my least favorite, simply because he is more of a supernatural entity rather than a superhero, and you don't have the same kind of conflict in this one that you do with the others. He's not really fighting anyone, but rather acting as sort of a physical manifestation of "karma" and making sure three criminals get their just rewards.
I was particularly pleased with both the Green Arrow and Jonah Hex shorts. I thought the western setting for an animated movie seemed particularly cool and natural, and I hope someone follows up with some animated work in this setting, since it's quite rare. Both shorts have some particularly visceral action, and the Green Arrow one has one of the best fights I've seen in any animated movie before.
This movie was animated very well and the character models were very good. The overall appearance, especially the backgrounds, had a slightly hazy, washed-out look to them at times, giving it an almost anime-style look. They do some really cool animation during the fights between Superman/Cap. Marvel and Black Adam, such as some slow motion effects during a couple of the really hard hits, that really punctuate the impact. The voice acting and choices of the actors were quite good (especially Arnold Vosloo as Black Adam), but my only complaint is they didn't use Tim Daly for Superman, again. George Newbern isn't bad, actually, but Daly is the original Superman voice and I just prefer him. I've always thought Black Adam was a really cool bad guy, and his personality and voice were pretty much as I've always envisioned them to be, and I thought the ending was particularly interesting and surprising.
If you haven't seen the other shorts before, as I hadn't, then this is a definite must-see. The main feature was pretty short, but it was still very good and I hope they give us more Captain Marvel in the future.
The Wolfman (2010)
Good solid remake
I've been waiting for this movie to come out after having read about it for the last three or four years. I'm also a huge fan of the original, and all old monster movies. I'm happy to report they didn't screw up the movie. First off, I'll cover the good points. They didn't use a lot of CGI, and the make-up effects were great. Sound effects were awesome. All the actors did a great job, as you'd expect. It felt enough like a classic while being updated, too, and I thought it was a good balance. As far as the gore and violence went, it was treated just right. Some of the scenes were implied violence, for instance, you didn't actually see the person get killed, but maybe you saw them get dragged offscreen or maybe you saw blood spraying. In that respect it kind of had a more classic feel to it. But, there were some scenes where the violence was very direct and graphic, which I think you also need to illustrate just how savage and deadly a werewolf is. I didn't feel it was gratuitous, though, although some may disagree. Now, as far as the negative points, I'm not really sure I can say these things are negative. For instance, the color palette that was used was a little washed out and bland at times. In a way it helps create the atmosphere, but in a way it doesn't maybe pull you in as much as a fuller palette might have. Not sure. Also some people might disagree with the liberties taken in the story. I thought they did some interesting things with the story, talking more about the mom and brother, which were never really dealt with in the original. But it really worked here, and I'm not faulting them for putting their own spin on it. Overall this was a good solid remake of a classic. They didn't do anything to completely screw it up, and there weren't any glaring problems or complaints here. There are little things that maybe could've been improved on, but in the end, I say thumbs up for sure.
Epic Movie (2007)
Truly An Epic Failure
I'm all for (good) spoofs like the Leslie Nielson movies (Spy Hard, etc) or Hot Shotz, which focus around a main movie, then add little scenes referencing other movies, throughout. THIS, is not even a movie. It is a string of scenes pasted together, constantly going from one movie to the next, and TRYING to make it funny. It's not even trying to tell a story, it's just spoof for spoof's sake. I'm only fifteen minutes into it, and I think they've already tried to spoof seven or eight different movies. They try WAY TOO HARD, rather than make the spoofing more subtle, like it was meant to be. It's like they are trying to ram it down your throat and say "look, it's a spoof movie so that means its automatically funny. Don't worry about a plot or even a cohesive flow to the scenes!!" I am sooo forgiving when it comes to movies, but this is the most horrible piece of drivel I've honestly seen in a long time, if ever. Please don't watch this movie.
Monte Walsh (2003)
Top notch movie
Another top-notch movie for Selleck and the boys at TNT. I found myself smiling at so many of the genuinely silly and touching moments in here. Definitely more character driven than action-driven, but done perfectly. I have nothing bad to say about this movie, whatsoever. This is what movie-making is all about. As far as I'm concerned, Selleck should have a western in production all the time. I like him in other stuff, too, but since he's the main western actor right now, I'm really focused on them. Some favorite scenes were the section with the train workers and cowboys, and the fight in the bunk-house. Haha great stuff. As others have mentioned, there is a top-notch supporting cast here, which is just icing on the cake.