November 1

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders is the Batman we need!

Batman

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders is the light hearted comedically toned Batman from the Batman live action TV show of the 60s but animated! Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar reprise their roles as Batman, Robin, and Catwoman from the classic TV series. The Joker, Penguin, and the Riddler join the fray as well, all voiced excellently by Jeff Bergman, William Salyers, and Wally Wingert.

I won’t spoil the plot but it’s a fun yarn that would have fit in as an excellent two-part arc back in the live action days. Of course the advantage of animation is there isn’t any limitations to the wild scenes and locales the writers and animators dream up.

I wholeheartedly recommend Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders to all ages. Check it out now on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital.

Can’t get enough 1960s Batman? Never fear! William Shatner will be involved in the 2017 sequel as Two-Face!

For more info click here!

March 25

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in the last quarter of the movie.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Superman sequel, Batman revision, Wonder Woman kickoff and Justice League commercial

I guess there are spoilers in this review unless you’ve seen any of the marketing Warner Brothers spent $150 million showing most of the scenes from the film.

I’m Batman

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
I’m Batman

Wow! The movie starts off with the Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck) origin story but at least they do it over the opening credits so it’s pretty quick. Even a couple of my non-geeky friends commented that yes, we all get it, Bruce Wayne’s parents were murdered and he is mad for life. There are also lots of dream sequences in this movie. I was actually alright with the dream sequences because I love the Frank Miller graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns and most of the story elements and visuals that were lifted I enjoyed seeing brought to the big screen. Director of Photography Larry Fong deserves an Academy Award for his beautiful composition of this movie. You can make out what’s going on in the dark fight scenes, which is difficult to capture. He used a nice pallet and there are some vibrantly colorful scenes in this movie to contrast the dark elements.

Superman is in his sequel, too

Superman
Skinny Superman

Henry Cavill returns as Clark Kent/Superman. My friend Tiffany is obsessed with Henry Cavill and he was the main draw for her to see this movie. I have a confession…I have a bit of a man crush on Jeremy Irons as Alfred. Anyway, getting back to Superman. He seems cold in this movie and above society. The only glimpses of humanity I spotted were when he was Clark Kent and interacted with Lois and his mother at times. When he is Superman he is a complete detached scary dude. Except when he walks into a Congressional hearing as Superman. The costume looked ridiculous as he was surrounded by a room of professionally dressed adults. Henry Cavill could not work the costume in that scene, which is a shame because it needed to be dramatic and all I could think of is my first question would be, “have you ever heard of Men’s Warehouse?”

The Skinny Superman image I posted is directly from The Dark Knight Returns and was brought to life sort of for Batman v Superman. Superman does fight like crazy with Batman for part of the film before they become best buds. I won’t spoil why they stop fighting each other. Mainly because it is kind of a flimsy plot device.

Again, Superman/Clark Kent are in this film but I could not understand why Superman didn’t clean up/relocate all the Kryptonian killing devices/relics. Did he forget?

You’re Lex Luthor?

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
You’re Lex Luthor?

I like Jesse Eisenberg but his Lex Luthor is kind of like Mark Hamill playing the Trickster on The Flash TV show. Not nearly as scary or creepy as The Joker, so why bother? I didn’t care for Eisenberg’s interpretation of Lex Luthor. The performance was odd and a distraction to the story. He never displayed any of his brilliance and that is the definition of Lex Luthor.Lex Luthor = mad genius. Anyway, he’s not bald for most of the movie. Who knows what will happen? Bald wig?Stick around for the Superman sequel or Justice League movie or something. I don’t know.

She’s a Wonder Wonder Woman

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

I was dreading seeing Gal Gadot playing Wonder Woman/Diana Prince because I love Lynda Carter’s portrayal of the Amazon Warrior. I’m happy to report Gal Gadot pulls off the role in her brief screen time. I was pleasantly surprised at Gadot’s Diane Prince as a smart, confident and mysterious character. Relax, Wonder Woman the movie has wrapped production so we’ll be in for a treat next year when Gal Gadot hits the big screen.

So what did I think overall?

Most movie goers will probably give this a C-. I would give it a B or B- minus because I loved the first 3/4 of the movie and all the comic book references. What didn’t really fit were all the cameos. The last quarter of the film was an unnecessary cram fest of other large comic book epics reduced to throw away scenes that didn’t work well together. I know Warner Brothers wanted to launch the Justice League but it’s not done organically or well. This is director Zack Snyder’s best effort at adapting a comic book epic since The Watchmen, which I enjoyed.

Check out the Guardians of the Geekery podcast 10-minute review

Listen to the podcast review here: BvS

Need Batman v Superman info?

For the trailer, credits, tickets and more information check out the official Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice  website here: http://batmanvsuperman.dccomics.com/

March 11

10 Cloverfield Lane…there are monsters…

10 Cloverfield Lane

Here’s the skinny!

The new movie 10 Cloverfield Lane started out as spec script called The Cellar (or Valencia). Producer J.J. Abrams folded it into 10 Cloverfield Lane, and part of his Cloverfield universe. Make no mistake though the big monster in this film is John Goodman giving a beast of an acting performance that truly deserves an Oscar nod if there is any justice in this world. Continue reading

February 13

Deadpool, Holy Chimi-f*ck-ng-Changas!

Deadpool

Deadpool is a super-hero movie game-changer.

Right from the start Deadpool’s director, Tim Miller and writers’ Paul Wernick & Rhett Reese set the irreverent tone of their story with a hysterically inventive opening credits. We quickly move into the story of mercenary Wade Wilson who falls in love with Vanessa, Homeland’s Morena Baccarin in the most outrageous montage of holidays via sex scenes ever committed to film.

The basic story is boy meet girl and falls in love. Boy gets cancer. Boy subjects himself to experimental treatment by villain Ajax, which cures cancer and grants boy with enhanced healing powers and looking like an “avocado had sex with an older avocado.” Boy becomes Deadpool and hunts down Ajax who kidnaps girl.

Reynolds and the script writers are the stars of this flick as they treat the whole story like a live action Looney Tunes cartoon meets a shooter video game. The multiple fourth wall breaks match the tone of the Marvel‘s Deadpool comics although you don’t have to be familiar with them to enjoy this wild ride of a movie.

“Explosions attract the coveted 18 to 24 year old demographic.”

The beauty of this film is it’s not PC and watered down. The preview audience I was with could not stop laughing at the crude & clever jokes, sex, ultra-violence and lampooning of the superhero genre. A couple of X-Men aid Deadpool in the end against villains Ajax and Angel Dust but this is Deadpool’s movie as he is the ringmaster.

Negasonic Teenage Warhead!

Brianna Hildebrand’s bratty disinterested portrayal of Negasonic Teenage Warhead is on point although this is a fresh (and better) take on the minor comic book X-Men character. NTW has to finish writing a text message before she can fight the villains. CGI enhanced Colossus is used as a comedic boy scout stereotypical superhero who makes long do-gooder speeches.

Negasonic Teenage Warhead in Deadpool
Negasonic Teenage Warhead in Deadpool

Excelsior! ‘Nuff said!

Stan Lee’s cameo is his best to date. I can not spoil it for anyone. Deadpool roasts X-Men movies, Reynolds’ horrible Green Lantern turn, 20th Century Fox and even Deadpool co-creator Rob Liefeld.

Deadpool, five out of five no-prizes (and chimichangas)!

The brilliance of Deadpool is that it’s not like any other superhero movie. This is a great big rude hulking beast of an action, ultra-violent, comedic masterpiece. I can’t wait to see it a second time tomorrow and hear all the jokes I missed because the audience was laughing so hard. And of course stick around after the credits for an epic fourth wall breaking homage.

no-prize

Review by Matt Starnes

February 8

Hail, Caesar! Oh, My!

Hail, Caesar!

Hail, Yes!

Do yourself a favor and check out Hail, Caesar! Produced, written, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen (the Coen brothers), this all-star comedy is set during Hollywood’s Golden Age of the 1950’s. I admit when I heard about all the stars in this movie I was afraid. So many movies with large star-filled casts end up being complete duds. I was pleasantly surprised that Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, and Channing Tatum were used to fill their respected roles with purpose. Continue reading

August 30

First post on the revamped site!

Hello, everyone – thanks for stopping by!  Special thanks to my fiance Joey for motivating me to restart my site.

So what should I tell you about me?  Well, first of all, I’d probably tell you that I’m a poor boy from Savannah, Georgia.  Then I’d offer you a coca-cola.  I might also tell you that I’m 5’2″ but that’s clearly not true (six feet plus).

This page will be dedicated to anything that strikes my interest. I love to write, read, and host podcasts.

GoG High ResThe Lafsville AdventuresI’m an ex-DJ/radio guy. These days I’m also co-host and co-creator of a podcast called Guardians of the Geekery that you should check out.  And I also wrote a comic book series called The Lafsville Adventures featuring Leather Jacket Guy and The Team.  This and my other comic book work has been reprinted internationally.  And I’m also a member of The Charlotte Geeks and help out with their annual Geek Gala.