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Posts tagged ‘Superhero Movies’

12
Mar

On DVD/Blu-ray – Review: Rise of the Guardians (2012)

by NIR SHALEV

Rise of the Guardians (2012)

Here is a terrifically energetic superhero film that‘s disguised as a holiday themed family film. Our team of superheroes is composed of a Russian gangster version Santa Clause (voiced by Alec Baldwin); a six-foot tall Australian Easter Bunny (voiced by Hugh Jackman); a tiny, adorable version of the Tooth Fairy (voiced by Isla Fisher); and a mute, spiky-haired Sandman. They are known as Guardians and they protect every citizen on earth at all times. Read more »

25
Sep

On DVD/Blu-ray – Review: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 (2012)

by NIR SHALEV

When confronted with the name Frank Miller most people associate it with the ultra-violent, terrifically edgy and stylized, black and white noir-like comic book series Sin City (and its terrific film adaptation). True, hardcore comic book fans would always associate the name with the 1986 masterpiece The Dark Knight Returns. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 is a brilliant adaption of the first two books (out of four) in the 200+ page comic. Read more »

15
Feb

Movie Review – Chronicle (2012)

by NIR SHALEV

Chronicle, although shot entirely in Cape Town, South Africa is set in Seattle (it’s a mystery to me) and follows the daily lives of three teenage boys: Steve (Michael B. Jordan), the most popular guy in school who’s also running for school president; Matt (Alex Russell), a very friendly and likable jock; and Andrew (Dane DeHann), Matt’s cousin and a lonely teenager who’s periodically beaten by his alcoholic father and whose mother lies sick in bed all day. Read more »

19
Jun

Movie Review – Green Lantern (2011)

by HELEN GEIB

Does it always have to be an origins story? On the basis of Green Lantern, the filmmakers would have done better to have skipped the explanations and started with the sequel. Read more »

16
Jan

Movie Review – The Green Hornet (2011)

by HELEN GEIB

The Green Hornet is fun at first, but turns tedious in a long middle section. After the first act sets the stage, the movie flails around in search of a plot, merely marking off the minutes until the big action finale. Read more »

25
Apr

Movie Review – Kick-Ass (2010) [Helen Geib]

by HELEN GEIB

Kick-Ass (2010)

Kick-Ass is the “superhero” alter-ego of Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson). Dave is pretty much your average American teenager. His background is urban lower-middle class. He lives in an old city neighborhood with a troublingly high crime rate and goes to a typical big city public high school where security guards man metal detectors at the entrance. He’s a good kid who stays out of trouble. He has two close friends and the three of them hang out together a lot at the local comic book/snack shop. He’s a little bit geeky, but nothing out of the ordinary, and less so than his comic-relief buddies. He has the rail thinness of teenage boy growth spurt and exuberant curly brown hair. He has a crush on a beautiful, popular classmate named Katie. Read more »

24
Apr

Movie Review – Kick-Ass (2010) [Nir Shalev]

by NIR SHALEV

Kick-Ass (2010)

Kick-Ass plays like an inappropriately disgusting joke; some will like it and some will hate it. There’s no middle ground and that’s due to the fact that it partly takes place in an alternate, fantastic universe, is filled with pop-cultural pomp, has cartoonish characters and is filled with slightly realistically gory violence. It is being described as “Kill Bill meets Superbad” and that’s a very accurate description. That’s also where it mostly fails. Read more »

20
Apr

DVD of the Week – Review of Defendor (2009)

by NIR SHALEV

Woody Harrelson is an actor of many talents. Just a few months back I’d praised his powerful and naturalistic performance in my review for the film The Messenger (2009) and lo and behold, he was nominated for an Oscar for it. Here, he plays Arthur Poppington, construction worker by day and crime fighter by night. And let me get this off my chest right now: this is one of Harrelson’s most endearing and human performances. Read more »

28
Jul

DVD of the Week – Watchmen (2009)

by HELEN GEIB

If you want to own, or for that matter to rent Watchmen you have several options. If you’re simply looking for the movie you saw- or missed- in the theater, there’s a bare bones single disc DVD release of the theatrical cut. If you’re looking for the director’s cut or you like some special features with your movie, there’s a two disc DVD release. Read more »

12
Mar

Movie Review – Watchmen (2009)

by RISHI AGRAWAL

Zack Snyder’s follow-up to the tremendously popular 300 is an adaptation of the Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons graphic novel Watchmen. I think, in this particular instance, it would be helpful to give you some context for this review, because I think that opinions on this film will vary widely based on several factors. First of all, I am definitely on record in this very blog for hating 300. You can go through the archives if you want to know the specifics of my hate, as I don’t want to dwell on the subject. Also, I have read the graphic novel Watchmen and liked it. I would not call myself a fan, but I am an admirer of the original work. Finally, I strive to judge films and books on their own merits, rather than making comparisons. But, for Watchmen, especially since so much of the film is so faithful to the original, it will be difficult to avoid. I will try to talk about the film itself first, and then launch into a discussion of the merits of the film versus the comic. Read more »