Man of Steel – (Superman 2013) review

supermanAs kids, me and my friend Chris would spend hours creating Superman “S”’s out of paper and taping them onto our t-shirts. Then awaiting my mother’s distraction, we would take towels from the closet and run off(errr… fly off) using the towels as capes. We were inspired to do such things by the Superman movies starring Christopher Reeve.

After the failure of the 2006 movie “Superman Returns” and soap opera TV series, I entered the theater with a glimmer of hope as Christopher Nolan’s nose was in on this project. A smart move by DC as I am not a Zack Snyder fan. I had never apologized for taking someone to a movie before ‘The Watchmen”,  happy to say no apologies needed here.

Note I always stay away from movies plot and details… T

The movie had a surprising strong sci-fi feel, and the villain and story made sense, it was fresh story, and not a repeat of stories told before. As in all superhero movies the villain casting/story is critical, and it was very well done. It took time to warm up to the actress playing Lois Lane, though the Superman casting was excellent and I am sure the ladies are fans. Henry Cavill was a strong Superman and arguably as good if not better suited for the role then Christopher Reeve was in his day. The movie had great special effects which is a trait of a Zack Snyder, but there were fight scenes where the effects were overwhelming. I have to say the costume looked modern and cool.

Overall I really enjoyed the movie but was not going out and buying a cape after the show ;-). I gave it 4 WhiteFire heads out of 5.

 

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Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012)

GhostRiderVillainsFinally I saw Ghost Rider II. After the first one I was really concerned how badly they could run this series into the ground. Once again they did a crap job. I am thinking Nicolas cage is poison to the movies and I really wonder about the directors.

The positives were the special effects and the introduction of TRUE Ghost Rider foes. This series need to go is to dark places, more of a horror style. I am guessing Disney will never let Marvel go there. Wolverine has already been robbed of ghostrider2his cigar.

 

PG-13, 1 hr. 35 min.
Directed By: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
Written By: David S. Goyer

 

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Green Lantern is out on DVD.

Green Lantern

I finally saw the Green Lantern movie. I knew little about this heroes story, other then it seems to have a degree of cult followers and he is cosmic. I went in with low expectations and was still disappointed. To its credit its hard to do cosmic heroes like this.

Maybe a younger generation would like it better. The special affects were good to reasonable. The acting was acceptable. The Story just seemed lame. The alien Corps leader with the mustache seemed pretty human looking to me(on top of Chezzy!).

It was the final confrontation that flushed this movie right down the toilet. What was truly odd is I did not realize the final fight was, the final fight of the movie. I sat there mid-confrontation thinking this can be it. I just expected more(I will not go into details as some may be planning to see it).

 

Green Lantern
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In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the (more…)
49% liked it

PG-13, 1 hr. 45 min.

Director: Martin Campbell

Box Office: $24.8k

Released: Jun 17, 2011

DVD: Oct 14, 2011

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Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance trailer – February 2012

Well they released a trailer. Unfortunately its not what I wanted to see once more. I think they need to take this movie back to square one and go a darker route. More darkness like the Underworld movie series.

Where are the villains? The villains so blew in the first one. I fear the same here. The animation looks better but still short of expectations. We need some demon vs. demon stuff that rocks. Or get the demon out of blaze and get him hunting it.

Hollywood call me ;-)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Priest another 2011 comic based movie.

Priest is/was a comic book series that is outside of the Marvel or DC universe. I find it interesting that Priest found its way to Hollywood. It has underground popularity much like The Crow or Judge Dredd did.
I knew little about the comic series and was looking forward to the movie but waited for the blueray release. At best the movie is a Lukewarm bottle of holy water. As it leaves itself open for a second movie.
I think the chance of a second movie is as dead as the vampires in it.
The acting had little to no flair. Which I am unsure is the actors or directors fault. Then the action scenes were ok at best. It seems like the story had the potential but the movie crew could not pull it off.
I gave it a 2 out of 5 WhiteFire comic heads as its failure is much like the Green Hornet movie. I would love to have Hollywood get somebody too do these characters and story lines justice.
Priest
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Priest, a western-fused post-apocalyptic thriller, is set in an alternate world — one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. The story (more…)
38% liked it

PG-13, 1 hr. 27 min.

Director: Scott Stewart

Box Office: $44.7k

Released: May 13, 2011

DVD: Aug 16, 2011

 

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Captain America: The First Avenger movie review

captain america posterI finally got out to the show to see mister Red White and Blue in action……
The movie concludes a great run of Comic book Super hero movies for the spring & summer. The Captain is in fine form as the movie leads well into the Avengers 2012 movie.
Though the movie had some great action. I did have a hard time getting over the Captain America padded armor and the cheezzzzzzzzzey looking helmet. But I was happy to finally understand the “beef” between the Red Skull and Cap where in the past movies etc…it was not such a big deal.
The Red Skull actually had a cool swagger to him and ended up stealing the show in my mind as Hydra actually gained some creditability as a villain organization. This bolds well as every good hero needs a equally strong villain.
Marvel has done a great job with all the Avenger solo hero movies. Can’t wait till they throw all them together, but I expect it to be tricky to make it work. Another thing that amazes me is the quality of actors now doing super hero movies. Where 10-15 years ago it was shunned.
Got to say seeing the Watt Disney logo in the credits seemed disturbing HEHE!
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X-Men: First Class 2011 movie review

X-Men: First ClassThis X-men movie was solid and story driven. In the end it was a good brain candy and fits well in the following Trilogy. There were a pile of scenes it maybe could have done without. But I give the director a big thumbs up in not following the same old format. 10min story 10min action.
 
As for the heroes in the movie past Professor X and Magneto the other heroes seemed weak. Mystique was really bad and the Beast was cheese. The villains though were well done. There were lots of women running around in lace not sure you want to bring your kids or you may have some explaining to do.
 
They show too much footage in the trailers of some of the action scenes. In the end the story was everything here not the action.
 
 
 
 
 
X-Men: First Class
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X-Men: First Class unveils the epic beginning of the X-Men saga – and a secret history of the Cold War and our world at the brink of nuclear (more…)
88% liked it

PG-13, 2 hr. 11 min.

Director: Matthew Vaughn

Box Office: $55.1M

Released: Jun 3, 2011