Monthly Archives: August 2013

Movie Review: Hugh Jackman…Errr The Wolverine


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Surprised about the title? Well, The Wolverine is a movie or better say whole X-Men franchise is all about Hugh Jackman. He adds his own flavor to the film and somehow has been a convincing Wolverine for a class of moviegoers, of-course people who have no idea of the source material.

Hugh Jackman is back in his sixth outing as every one’s favorite Canadian X-Man. Wolverine’s first solo adventure on the big screen turned out to be an absolute garbage. If you think about it, all of Fox’s X-Men projects are filled with flaws. The Wolverine is no exception, but it is much easier to overlook the flaws in this film than in any previous one. Is it the Wolverine that we all want? NO. It is however a good take on the character and an all around decent film.

Wolverine follows from X-Men: The Last Stand still going through the guilt that he killed Jean. He is living life of a Hermit in Canadian Rockies and then accompanies Yukio to Japan to meet an old friend. I wonder how come Wolverine still remembers him if he lost all memory in first Wolverine movie? In Japan he gets there and magically falls in love with Mariko – which didn’t come through on the big screen. Also, it was rather funny seeing a 6’2″ Jackman towering over the Japanese actors when Wolverine is really supposed to be their height or shorter.

Yuiko (Rila Fukoshima) might have been my favorite character in the film. She is hinted at being a mutant, but in the comic she isn’t. They give her this kind of precognition power, but never come right out and say she is a mutant. She does have the same epic martial arts skill as her comic counterpart and again they keep the basic essence of the character intact.

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The character that they truly screw up royally is the Silver Samurai. Screwed up, but not nearly as bad as you might think. Silver Samurai is supposed to be a frickin’ mutant who has the power to charge his sword and cut through anything – accept adamantium. The comic storyline saw Wolvie go over to Japan and learn – the frickin’ way – the way of the Samurai. Not “put two hands on the sword to form blazing sword”. It was absolutely terrible!

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There is absolute no use of rest of the supporting character in the film. Hugh Jackman stands above all and in process they absolutely ruin characters of Viper and Harada. Spoilers begin here so skip ahead if you still haven’t watch the film. I am irritated over his loss of adamantium claws. I feel like Fox wanted to show his bone claws, which I can understand in a movie about Logan’s vulnerability. I get it, but I don’t like it. My biggest flaw with Fox controlling the mutant franchise is the way the mess with all of the characters. Silver Samurai does not have a sword that can cut Wolverine’s claws. One of the most epic moments in Wolverine lore is when Magneto gets pissed at Logan and rips his adamantium through his pores. Wolverine without claws is like Harry Potter without his Magic Wand. And did they explain how Adamantium Robocop was going to take Wolverine’s healing power? Okay. Bore into Wolverine’s bone marrow, but does that give Yashida the mutant X-Gene which is actually the source of the power?

There is an EPIC after credit scene that sets up Days of Future Past and other than that there was nothing worth watching in the film.

My rating 2 out of 5

News: Ben Affleck signed to play Batman in multiple movies, may direct future DC movies


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Ben Affleck will star as Batman in “multiple movies” over the next few years according to the contract that he signed with Warner Bros with appearing first in Man of Steel sequel releasing on July 17, 2015

Affleck is set to star in numerous Batman movies as Bruce Wayne and it’s believed that if his first performance as the character is a success then he will be asked to direct the Justice League movie.
WB announced that “Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman,” added director Snyder. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him.”
“We are so thrilled that Ben is continuing Warner Bros.’ remarkable legacy with the character of Batman,” continued Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution President Sue Kroll. He is a tremendously gifted actor who will make this role his own in this already much-anticipated pairing of these two beloved heroes.”
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Man of Steel sequel’s production is expected to begin in 2014. The film is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, and Batman characters created by Bob Kane, published by DC Entertainment. The movie is currently being scripted by David S. Goyer. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan and Wesley Coller serving as executive producers.

Lemire’s “Trillium” goes mindblowing.


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I picked up Trillium when it came out mostly because it had Lemire’s name all over it and I’ve liked mostly everything I’ve seen his name on. I started reading it and realized the level of awesomeness the book has.

This comics contains everything that a sci-fi reader wants to read but haven’t read something breathtaking in ages. You should go for it without any second thoughts.

According to Lemire what this book offers is that

It’s two stories in the first issue. One follows the first character, who is a scientist working on a space station in the far future. The second story is a guy who’s fresh out of World War I and he’s kind of been traumatized by the experience and he’s searching for some kind of meaning in his life. He becomes an explorer in the golden age of British exploration, and he’s exploring the Amazon jungle. Those are the two different stories presented as a flip book, and in the end, in the middle of the book, those two characters meet. That’s sort of where the bigger story kicks off.

I have read first issue for like 5 times and can’t wait for the next that is said to be all about language.

Another plus point on this books is the art that is by Lemire himself. It is one of the best ever seen. The tiny and beautiful details blends in totally with two different landscapes.

Trillium is worth reading and spending your money on. Go check out the published issue now.

Movie Review: Pacific Rim



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Pacific Rim is an amzing movie, unlike shit like Transformers this movie doesn’t need need you to throw your brain at home and sit in theaters enjoying mindless explosions and half clad women. This movie will bring back your childhood in best way possible especially for those who grew up watching Mecha vs Kaiju movies. The film is strong on multiple levels that will make audience love it.

I was looking forward to Pacific Rim since the day Del Toro announced it. Guillermo Del Toro is one of the best directors currently working and seeing him just go all out in a robots v. monsters film just sounds amazing. Del Toro has made this movie as a tribute to all those Godzilla films. Unlike Transformers Pacific Rim is made with lots of heart and care. This is an element that rarely exists in the average Hollywood blockbuster and I am not sure if people will give the credit it deserves.

Set in a near future where attacks by giant sea-monsters (Kaiju) are fended off by equally giant two-seater robots (Jaegers), the film kicks off with Raliegh Beckett (Charlie Hunman, Lloyd from Undeclared) losing his brother Yancy (Diego Klattenhoff, Mike from Homeland) while fighting one of these monsters, and subsequently quitting the fight against the kaiju. Years later, he is approached by his old commanding officer, Idris Elba’s Stacker Pentecost (LoL) who tells him the Jaeger team is being shut down and offers him one last chance to drive a giant robot in order to punch monsters in the face…

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The most magnificent part of this movie is that every frame of the film is grand in every sense. Kaijus are embraced as characters and are designed to look both scary and magnificent. Every tiny detail with each of the monster is designed with is top notch and Guillermo Navaro who is the number one director of photography in all Del Toro films makes them look breathtaking with the color palettes chosen by him. He captures minute details in every battle let it be taking on streets of Hong Kong or somewhere in Alaska. Not only the monsters look well-made and convincing, it does not feel an overabundance of horribly designed computer graphics.

Again talking about storyline, rather than giving mindless explosions and useless battle scene this film also goes for character development. This is one movie that has a worthy set of actor list along with character development in every sense. There are no stupid jokes.

The acting is well done as well, mostly for Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori, with a strong character development and backstory she turns out to be the a powerful female character. She makes the role as her own and adds sould to it. Charlie Hunnam and Idris Elba were unexceptional in this movie, especially those big speeches Idris Elba kept giving in this movie. He is the man you want to hear give those big speeches. Ron Perlman also has a really funny small role in the movie. For rest you’ll have to see by yourself the levels of epicness this movie has.

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Pacific Rim knows what it wants to do and does it well. The monsters are distinct, clearly presented and cool. The robots are similarly cool and have enough special weapons/abilities to give all the fights separate moments, acts and twists. The characters are all broadly drawn and have arcs that can be solved by giant robots.An epic masterpiece, unlike Michael Bay’ “big-dumb action movie” label Transformers has always claimed.

 

My Rating 9 out of 10

Why You Should Pick Up The Deadpool Joe Kelly Omnibus.


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If you haven’t read Joe Kelly’s run on Deadpool, you are not a true Deadpool fan.”

This is something every hardcore Deadpool fan would tell you. There is a reason why it is so. Joe Kelly to Deadpool is like Garth Ennis to Punisher and Matt Fraction to Hawkeye. So you aren’t a true fan until you’ve read a character at his best, that way your standards are exactly where they should be.

Marvel has announced that in October, a collection of every piece of Deadpool literature written by Joe Kelly will be collected in one gigantic book. That includes his run on the Deadpool series (issues 1 to 33, -1, and 0), The Deadpool and Daredevil annual, The Deadpool and Death annual, Baby’s First Deadpool Book, Amazing Spider-man issues 47 and 611, and his short story for Deadpool 900. That’s over 1160 pages (must be costly too.)

 

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But then this book is worth whatever money you spend on it. Joe Kelly’s run on Deadpool is probably the most under-appreciated masterpiece of it’s time. It’s the holy bible for Deadpool fans. Even those who hate the character of Deadpool would probably have a hard time hating this run. It’s THAT good.

Joe Kelly’s Deadpool run is funny, it has action and the character storytelling is simply out of proportions. The series is so well written that one simply cannot read the entire collection just once and it was Joe Kelly who wrote a Deathstroke ripoff and evolved him in a character of his own.

While the series evolves Deadpool as a character it also has a great supporting cast. You get to meet Blind Al and Weasel who is funny in his own pathetic terms. The character development that follows through the series is on levels of how Batman and Spider-Man supporting cast grew up with time. Blind Al is beautifully written, she turns out to be one person who truly cares about Wade and is not afraid of him.

Joe Kelly’s run on Deadpool was a roller-coaster ride of emotions. Throughout the arc, For every one step that Deadpool takes, the world just seems to push him two steps backward. That’s probably what makes him such a lovable character. The world continues to push him down, but he refuses to let the world get the better of him.

So if you are a Deadpool fan you must check out this run, it is simply the best.