Saturday, 23 February 2019

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (2018)

I know in my update I said I wouldn't be giving out perfect scores to all the films I review, but this film deserves it. The best way to start this blog back up is to review a film based on my favourite comic book character, Spider-Man. The film is the first spidey flick that doesn't focus on Peter Parker. Instead, it focus on Miles Morales, the first black Spider-Man in the comics. (Recommended read) Miles is a normal kid from brooklyn struggling to fit in school, connect with his dad, and talk to a pretty girl. One night, he finds himself bitten by a spider, and granted abilites. Sound familar? The thing is, Peter Parker exists in his world, and he is already Spider-Man. When Peter is killed, Miles must rise to the occasion and protect the city from the Kingpin and his accomplices.

This is a dumbed down description because it is essential to see this movie for yourself. The film is much more complex and unique. For one, Miles and Peter aren't the only spider people in the film. There is another Peter Parker, a Gwen Stacy, A 1940s Peter, a Japenese school girl/robot, and a cartoon pig teaming up. This film is packed, and it easily could have sucked, but it balances all the heroes and the villains(There are a ton of villains. Shame on you The Amazing Spider-Man 2. You couldn't even handle 3) perfectly. Props go to Phil Lord for writing this script. For one, the filmmakers keep the focus of Miles. There is no doubt that this is Miles' story, even if each hero gets a cool moment to shine, either with an action scene or funny exchange of dialogue. Also, it is a refresing take on an origin story. The way Mile' special abilties work connect with his emotional journey that he goes on in the film, and by the end, each moment is earned. The relationships are fun to see, and has you praying that the film is as long as a Zack Sydner comic book film. Good thing its not tho. It is well paced.

The animation is breaktaking to way. It truly felt like a comic book came to life. It is a perfect blend of several types with each hero having their own distinct style. Behind the scenes, there were several 2D and 3D animators, and 3 directors alone for it. This film is clearly a collaboration between multiple visions. No way one person could do this. The vocal performances had to be great, and they are. The standouts to me are Shameik Moore, who had to carry this film with his character's emotional and casual beats, and John Mulaney as Spider-Ham, who deserves a tv spin off. This weird character is an abosulte joy to watch on screen. His looney tunes type voice is just perfect. Stan Lee's cameo is perfect. Made he rest in peace.

The music was a standout to me as well.(Biggie Smalls made it in a superhero film!) Hip-hop generally isn't used much for comic book movies. Even Black Panther(2018) was resistant to use songs from its hip hop centric album, but this film is proud to use the songs, as it should be. The songs were made with the notion that a kid like Miles would listen to them. The standout is of course, "What's Up Danger". The scene which it is used for is just so perfect, it'll probably be known as Miles theme, the same way "Vindicated" is used for Peter.

Finally, this film is obviously the start of a franchise, but it isn't made that way. It is for sure a standalone feature with its own story not worrying about setting up sequels, but it is the first film I've seen in a while that makes me go "I want to see more". Even the post-credits sequence doesn't tease a sequel, at least not per-se.

In Short: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is one of the greatest comic book/ animated movies ever made, and its influence will last for generations. 10/10 (Yup, I do out of 10 now)

I'm Back!

Yes sir, I am back. To anyone who still reads this(Which is no one, last post was 4 years ago), I am back to reviewing movies, tv shows, and short films. At first, the blog was a silly little thing to practice writing, now I will act like a legit critic. Sure, people hate critics, but I'm not afraid to like movies that a majority of critics hate. Me, I like Venom. Not that much tho, it was a dumpster fire, but still, I dug it. For another, my earlier reviews had me handing out 5/5 like candy. I mean, younger me enjoyed The Amazing Spider-Man(2012), callling it the best spidey film. Nope. I give that film an updated review of 3/5. Let's see how long this blog will last.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Supergirl (Pilot)

It is the age of superheroes on tv, the the Flash, Arrow, Gotham, and soon legends of tomorrow filling up the screens. One time they have in common: Male leads, and Supergirl is set to change that, a fact which I personally do not care about. Whoever is in the lead, male or female, must do some fine good acting to portray the characters I love and have good quality throughout, and luckily, Supergirl manages to do it: For the most part.

Which Glee cast member will don tights next? After Grant Gustin, Melissa Benoist is the second member of the Glee cast to play a superhero. As Marley Rose, I saw a sensitive gentle person, not a kick-ass superhero, but she gets the job done in a convincing way. The gentle side to Kara and her search for identity and desire to help people makes you root for her to win, so top grades to Melissa.

Despite the acting and visual effects in the episode, the pilot has nothing special about it. It is a pretty typical origin story that we have seen before. Not to say it's boring, just nothing special. As well, characters focus way too much on the fact that Supergirl is a girl, as if it is significant in a way. She is a person. Doesn't matter what her gender is.

In short, I hope this show does something different from what we have seen before on only shows. Only time will tell.

6/10


Thursday, 11 December 2014

Selfie (Imperfect Harmony)

Many of my readers will be shocked to see this. I mostly review only superhero stuff, but I have a soft spot of romantic comedies if they are done right, and selfie is done right. The pilot threw me off, but it got better over time. I am disappointed in abc for cancelling it. I hope another network picks it up and saves it.

In the last episode, Eliza realizes that she has feeling for Henry, and wants to be with him, breaking things off with her boyfriend Freddie, making him a hot mess, as he claims he can't live without her. Henry is conflicted, as he is with Julia, but knows he feels something for Eliza. The scene where he compared the two to the shows “Uptown girl” and “hollaback girl” was great comedic writing.

Of course, things get heated up as Henry believes Eliza doesn't really love him. He thinks because she was getting too serious with Freddie, she was scared, and just wants to win, which isn't a bad judgement, but Eliza truly feels this way. She loses it, claiming that Henry loves her, and is too chicken to admit it, or the fact that he doesn't really like his girlfriend. As she storms away from Henry, Julia heard the whole thing.

Eliza's rendition of Sia's “Chandelier” was great, but the scene itself was better. This woman just had her heart broken by the one guy that isn't superficial. You can clearly see that her attempts to make the pain go away make her who she was to begin with. Her drunk montage with a shaky camera was a good directing choice, as you see her party away, and then spends the night with Freddie.

Julia give Henry a chance, but when he failed to take it, she ends it. Henry sings a song while the credits play. I don”t know the title, but he kills it, with it really expressing how he feels. How Henry and Eliza interact in the next episode, if they do at all, will be interesting. This episode proved that change is really hard, and comes at a price. Karen Gillian and John Cho are knockouts in this episode. Not really shocked they can sing well too.

I recommend this show. The show may still have a chance for a second season though. Here's the petition.

 https://www.change.org/p/hulu-please-renew-selfie-for-a-second-season

5/5

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Arrow Season 3(The Clam)

Season 3. I proud to say I've been watching the show from the beginning. I praised the dark tone, far away from the campiness of Smallville, which aired on the same network. The first two seasons were intense for sure, but the premiere takes things to a whole other level. More on that later. What the audience first sees is Team Arrow as a well oiled machine. We got to see Roy as Arsenal with some sweet archery skills. Not too sure about the costume though. I'm glad that he wasn't involved too much with the other storyline going on here.

The whole relationship issues with Oliver and Felicity are interesting, as she is different from the other women Oliver has been invoked with. She's been part of the team almost from the start, and he knows that he needs her. Detective Lance/Captain has an interesting story too. As what happened to him in the finale, he can't go into the field anymore. His struggles with that is real, as he was very good at it. I'm excited to see where that goes. Ray Palmer, superman's twin, strikes me as a rich goofy nerd who is also going to be a tough threat in Oliver's personal life.

I like where Diggle's story is headed. The man is a father now, so he is going to have to be less involved on the team to take care of his family. It will be interesting to see a softer side of this guy. The flashbacks deserve praise as well. I like how the settings are not on the island. If Oliver just stayed on the island facing a different threat each time, the show would have gotten stale very quickly. I am curious to see more of the tough Amanda Waller. I really don't like her.

Of course, the stand out moment of the episode is the final cliffhanger scene that reintroduces the league of assassins. Sara Lance is back in town, which made me happy we would see more of her. Then, holy crap, she is murdered. Three arrows are shot into her chest. Then she falls off the roof, and the body lands on a garbage can, and hits the ground, right in front of Laurel. I didn't see that coming. Kill off a character in the finale, fine. Mid season, why not. But, in the season premiere, that was a risky and bold move made by the show runners as Sara is a fan favourite.

I like that little cameo of Barry Allen, from the episode of The Flash the night before. The huge crossover is going to be epic. I'm excited to watch next week's episode to see how the characters react to Sara's death, especially Laurel, who may finally become the canary. I guess Diggle isn't leaving the team just yet. This episode starts a new chapter for the show, and it does not fail. Filled with action, drama, and suspense, I am happy with the way things are going. And I have a feeling the best is yet to come.


5/5

Agents of Shield Season 2(Making Friends and Influencing People)

The dark turn agents of shield took after the events of the winter soldier has made the show better, and helped it find its footing. Coulson isn't the same, having to make tough choices for the better of the team. And now, he is keeping secrets from the team, something that he hated from the previous season, having not told anyone that Simmons was a double agent until they were in the field, and not telling Fitz that's why Simmons left.

Speaking of Fitz, he met the man who Skye get her information from: Ward. His former friend that is responsible for his brain damage. Fitz's revenge was coming, but is short lived as Ward has much more useful information. Ward as the bad guy has made the character better in a lot of ways. He became my favourite since his story is heartbreaking, proving not everyone is born evil. I want to see him try and redeem himself. Ward in a cage for a whole season will get boring quick. I doubt he has that much information about Hydra.

I'm not a fan of this new Skye though. She kills for the first time, and has almost no remorse. Ward has not hurt her that much that it is easy to kill people like that. I also hate the fact Triplett is being ignored. We still don't know that much about the character, and he sees interesting enough to have a sole episode or something. I'm not a fan of the whole mind control thing either. Even for Bucky Barnes, I wasn't really sold on the idea, even though that's what happened in the comics. But they could have done something different of the Ice cube character(I forgot his name). The villain isn't interesting, and seems like a real creep. I still don't know what his motivations are, and his power hasn't really been established.

Simmons on the inside is going to be interesting. She is not a field agent, and she is taking an awful risk doing this. I'm is curious what's up with Fitz now that he know Simmons is really gone, and the man who ruined his life is living with him. I want more work with the villain, not an agent carter flashback to explain stuff. (Excited for her show though)

3/5

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Guardians Of The Galaxy(2014)

Guardians of the galaxy was expected to be a huge flop with both the critics and audiences because of the fact that no one ever heard of them, except for a few weird nerds. The fact that was it was being made into a movie interested me, because I never heard of it until the cast appeared on the comic con panel last year. After many trailers and the soundtrack full of classic songs were released, I got excited.

The premise of the film is that  Peter Quill forms an uneasy alliance with a group of extraterrestrial misfits who are on the run after stealing a coveted orb.I was a little worried how the film would be like, because James Gunn, the writer and director of the film had not done many projects with positive reception, despite his very funny writing. My worries were unfounded. He does an incredible job, with his choice of style. The music is fantasic, and they were restored properly. Other filmmakers should take note to include good songs in their films. Chris Pratt impressed me with a great voice performance as Emmet in The LEGO Movie, and he continues to showcase his amazing acting chops. His portrayal of a rude confident Star Lord was spot on, with a sense of Han Solo and James Bond combined. 

The other stand out performance in my opinion is Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer. I found out that Dave is a professional fighter, and decided to go into acting because he sucked at it, and he wanted to get better. He has done a great job as Mr. Tough guy who makes sure nothing goes over his head. I love how that film isn't a typical sci fi film or superhero film. For example, the costumes the team wears in the comics look nothing like the costumes in the comics, but like the team look more like explorers than heroes. 

Finally, the special effects was top notch, as every marvel movie. The designs of the ships was just really cool. If you haven't already, watch this movie, go see it now and stay to see the post credits scene. All I can say is that a well loved marvel character makes a surprise cameo.

5/5