Friday, February 21, 2014

Superman: Brainiac Attacks DC Animated Movie

So here is the thing. Is this really as bad as I make it out to be? Probably not. But I think this movie is an example of when directors try to do more that they are capable. I read this on WIKI

Notably, this depiction of Lex Luthor, rather than being the cold, calculating industrialist portrayed in Superman: The Animated Series, seems to incorporate elements of Gene Hackman's less serious portrayals of the character in live-action movies, making Luthor more light-hearted and darkly whimisical, going as far as to make jokes about the situations around him.

I really hated this Luthor. Not in a good way. The above explains why. I was a big Bruce Timm fan. This movie tries to be true to the Bruce Timms years, yet changes a few things. Later movies reinvented the franchise. Similarly the Live Action Superman Returns failed trying to copy Christopher Reeves. Man of Steel developed an all new arc. Otherwise we expect too much of the familiar. 

If you have not been a fan of the 1990 Adventures and 2000 Justice League TV series you will probably like it... Otherwise NOT FOR ME....

DO SEE the 2013 SUPERMAN UNBOUND also featuring Brainiac Wonderfully

Superman: Brainiac Attacks


Superman: Brainiac Attacks is a 2006 direct-to-video animated film with production designs based on Superman: The Animated Series from Warner Bros. Animation, on aired a part of the Toonami block on Saturday June 17, 2006, and the released on DVD Tuesday June 20, 2006. It also aired on Toon Disney on June 16, 2008, being the first Superman film to air on Toon Disney. The film features Superman battling the forces of Lex Luthor and Brainiac. It also focuses on the relationship between Superman andLois Lane.
Though the film's visual style is the same as Superman: The Animated Series (as are the majority of its returning voice cast), it is not in continuity with the DC animated universe.[1] Superman: TAS alumniTim Daly and Dana Delany are reunited to play the characters of Superman and Lois Lane. Also returning from the animated series are David Kaufman as Jimmy Olsenand George Dzundza as Perry White. This is the first time that Daly has returned to the Superman role since the 2002 video gameSuperman: Shadow of Apokolips, as he was not part of the cast of the Justice League animated series where the part of Superman was played by George NewbernClancy Brown and Corey Burton, who played Lex Luthor and Brainiac in the animated series, Justice League and Justice League Unlimited are absent in the cast of the movie. Powers Boothe and Lance Henriksen instead played Lex Luthor and Brainiac, respectively.

Superman Unbound: Best Superman w/o Bruce Timm

This is by far my favorite Superman w/o Bruce Timm at the helm. I was at first surprised to see another Brainiac story in the Animated Films after Brainiac Attacks - my personal least favorite DCU Animated feature of the past 20 years.

I always say if you are going to do the same thing over and over again, that is fine if done well... Well this rehashing the Brainiac origin for the 10th time in 20 years works for me. Unlike in Brainiac Attacks, the script is amazing. The voice acting is pitch perfect. This one left me wanting more....

Therefore I encourage you to watch right now... DCU: Superman: Unbound
Want more - SPOILER ALERT - read below...

Superman: Unbound is a 2013 animation superhero film, an adaptation of the 2008 comic bookstory arc "Superman: Brainiac" byGeoff Johns. It was directed by James Tucker and scripted by Bob Goodman. It is the 16th film in theDC Universe Animated Original Movies series. The film's sneak preview was included with Batman: The Dark Knight Returns: Part 2and Injustice: Gods Among Us

Offering herself as a hostage, Lois Lane is caught in an aerial confrontation between her terrorist captors and the unpredictableSupergirl before Superman arrives to save the day. Soon after, knowing Superman's civilian identity, Lois attempts to get Clark Kent to make their relationship public despite his fear of the consequences, but their argument is halted by a Daily Planet staff meeting before Kent leaves when they are being alerted to a meteor. Intercepting it, Superman learns the meteor to be a robot and that he promptly defeats before activating its beacon and taking it to theFortress of Solitude. With help from a fear-filled Supergirl, Superman learns the robot is actually a drone controlled by a being named Brainiac, a cyborg who was originally a Coluan scientist who subjected himself to extensive cybernetic and genetic enhancements. As Supergirl reveals from her experience with the monster, Brainiac seized and miniaturized Krypton's capital city of Kandor prior to the planet's destruction with her father and mother attempting to track him down before they mysteriously lost contact with Krypton.
Fearing more drones would come, Superman goes flying all through the galaxy in an attempt to track down Brainiac before finding his drones attacking a planet. Though he attempted to stop them, Superman witnesses Brainiac capture the planet's capital like he did with Kandor before firing a Solar Aggressor missile to have the planet be consumed by the exploding sun. The explosion knocks Superman unconscious and he is brought upon Brainiac’s ship, coming to in the examination room and fighting his way through the vessel before he discovers a room full of bottled cities prior to being attacked by Brainiac. At this point, confirming that he spared Krypton because of its eventual destruction, Brainiac reveals that he has been collecting information of all the planets he visited before destroying them. Using Superman's spacecraft, Brainiac decides to chart a course to Earth while sending Superman into Kandor. Inside Kandor, his strength waning due to the artificial red sun, Superman meets his uncle Zor-El and aunt Alura. After spending time with them, Superman formulates a plan and escapes Kandor using the subjugator robots. From there, Superman disables Brainiac's ship and spirits Kandor to Earth. At that time, Lois learns from Supergirl of why Superman left and alerts the Pentagon for a possible invasion by Brainiac as he eventually repaired his ship and arrives to Metropolis.
Despite everyone, including Supergirl, doing their best to fend his drones off, Metropolis is encased in a bottle and both Superman and Supergirl are captured. Having hooked Superman up to his ship, revealing that Earth offers nothing to him, Brainiac tortures Superman to obtain Kandor before destroying the planet. However, telling his captor what Earth means to him, Superman breaks free and then frees Supergirl and convinces her to stop the Solar-Aggressor from hitting the sun. Remembering Zor-El's words about Brainiac's ideals, Superman knocks him out of the ship and they crash into a swamp. As he fights Braniac, Superman forces the cyborg to experience bacteria and micro-organisms among the various chaoses outside his artificial environments he created. Eventually, the combined mental and physical strain reaches its toll on Brainiac as he combusts and is reduced to ash and molten machinery. After restoring Metropolis, taking Kandor to another planet to restore it to its normal size to establish a Kryptonian colony, Superman makes his love life with Lois as Kent public with a marriage proposal. However, placed in the Fortress of Solitude, Brainiac's remains are still active.

American Hustle - The Great Con of 2013

I still have not decided whether this u movie is simply overrated or bad. I went in expecting a great movie. Instead I got overacting drama, less than funny writing, and a movie that takes itself way to serious at the wrong times.

David O'Russell you are no Scorsese.... So here is what I wrote on Facebook the day after I saw the film... This should have been another great classic. After talking to dozens of folks, including fellow actors, this movie is going to die away after award season....

Great acting is a series of choices. Great film directing is showing the the results of those choices. Film students like to get artsy fartsy and show those choices. Film makers learned long ago that does not work.

Just to be clear, individual performances in this movie were amazing.... But the film should be thrown in the toilet, get the cast together and do this on Broadway. Or re edit without director's head up his ass.... I get so angry when great talent is poorly served by ego directors... Especially when that director feels the need to put down Hunger Games.... Sorry David, this maybe one of the few site call your steaming pile of crap as I see it, but the chatter outside of the kiss ass crowd of reviewers is on my side here....

Most times I would give this a higher rating but because of the extreme overrating of this movie, I am over compensating the other way....

American Hustle is a 2013 American crimecomedy-drama film directed by David O. Russell, from a screenplay written by Eric Warren Singer and Russell, loosely based on the FBI ABSCAM operation of the late 1970s and early '80s.[4] It stars Christian Bale andAmy Adams as two con artists who are forced by an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) to set up an elaborate sting operation on corrupt politicians, including the mayor ofCamden, New Jersey (Jeremy Renner).Jennifer Lawrence plays the unpredictable wife of Bale's character.
Principal photography on American Hustlebegan on March 8, 2013 in Boston andWorcester, Massachusetts, and New York City. The film had its nationwide release in the United States on December 20, 2013.[5]The film received critical acclaim and has been a box office success. It received tenAcademy Award nominations, including Best PictureBest Director, and Best Original Screenplay, and became the second film since 1981 to be nominated in the four acting categories, the first being Silver Linings Playbook, also directed by Russell and also starring Cooper and Lawrence. American Hustle won three Golden Globe Awards, theScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Pictureand three BAFTA Awards, among other achievements.

Broken City - Broken Movie Making

OK, Anything good about this movie was left on the editing floor. Actually the editor, director and writer should quit the business when you make such an all star talented cast look and sound so bad.

This should have been a great movie. I laughed at the mechanics of the film through out...

Have I seen worse? Sure, watching sci-fi / horror  movies made for $5-10K. But those movies are meant to be bad.  

Broken City is a 2013 American crime thriller film directed by Allen Hughes and written by Brian Tucker. Mark Wahlbergstars as a police officer turned private investigator and Russell Crowe as the mayor of New York City who hires the private detective to investigate his wife.
This is Hughes' first solo feature film directing effort; he has collaborated with his twin brother Albert previously. Allen in 2010 learned about Tucker's spec script, which had languished in development hell sinceMandate Pictures attempted to produce a film in 2008. Under a partnership between Emmett/Furla Films and Regency Enterprises, Hughes began production in 2011 in New York City and Louisiana. The film was released in theaters on January 18, 2013.

Last Stand. Arnold Schwarzenegger is Back - He said he would be....

I love Netflix. This is the kind of movie I love to watch for free. Full of great elements. A true POPCORN MOVIE. Complete with montage of nothing but loading guns. At times this feels like a less funny Mexican border version of I'm going to get you sucker. 

But no matter how bad the movie, we always prefer Arnold in Popcorn movies than government LOL

I will say, go into this movie expecting crap and you will have fun. Expect great and you will probably crap your pants for wasting time. I went with the first idea and really liked this. I watched while writing other reviews and emails, but good distraction for 2 hours...

PMC RATING Medium Bucket of Popcorn. Not Bad!!!

I think Johnny Knoxville was auditioning for Murdock in the next A Team movie. I usually can't stand him but Love him in these roles. Just enough. Keep in auxiliary mode and he is perfect.

FROM WIKI - The Last Stand is a 2013 American action film directed by South Korean film director Kim Ji-woon, making his American directorial debut, and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker, Johnny Knoxville and Rodrigo Santoro. This was Arnold Schwarzenegger's first lead acting role since 2003's Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. The film was released in the United States on January 18, 2013. The film focuses on a tough small town sheriff and his deputies who must stop a dangerous drug lord from escaping to Mexico in a modified sports car.