Reviews / February 9, 2017

This is the Batman that we need and deserve right now. Following up on the unexpected success of The Lego Movie, Warner Bros. has combined the world of toy building blocks with one of the most popular and pervasive characters of fiction. This movie is exactly what DC and their fans needed. It is a fresh take on the Caped Crusader, has a lot of heart, features fun characters, and (unlike every other DC movie) is endlessly funny. Batman / Bruce Wayne (Will Arnett) once again saves Gotham city from a staggeringly broad rogues gallery, but soon learns that he needs more than just himself. He adopts Dick Greyson aka Robin (Michael Cera) and realizes that he is struggling with becoming part of a family again. Meanwhile the Joker (Zach Galifianakis) has another nefarious plan in his quest to defeat his archenemy. Plus, the new Gotham commissioner Barbara Gordon (Rosario Dawon) is working to make Gotham safer without relying on Batman. With all this going on, our hero certainly has a lot to deal with. Like following the instructions for a new Lego set, the plot does occasionally, feel rather safe and predictable. The casting is pretty spot on. The…

Uncategorized / October 18, 2016

2015 is the year of film series being given new life; from Fast & Furious to Jurassic Park, and later from Mission Impossible to Star Wars. Terminator Genisys is the most recent series to be back. This movie is parts reboot, sequel, prequel, and retcon (thank goodness it’s not a spin-off); Naturally, its place and importance in the series therefore are all the more difficult to pin-point. In this fifth installment the question arises; is Terminator as a franchise old and obsolete, or can it take on new life and become more than it’s been? Gradually, we return to the series’ classic characters: John Connor (Jason Clarke, ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’), Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke, ‘Game of Thrones’), Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney, ‘Divergent’), and of course the original T-800 Terminator Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger). Once again the heroes use time-travel, a good Terminator, and endless supplies of bullets and explosions to try to destroy Skynet and prevent the extinction of the human race before another version of the inevitable “Judgement Day”. At face value, the plot overall makes sense and is reiterated multiple times for those in the audience and on screen who may not have been paying enough…