Movies

Justice League this weekend

Justice-League-Movie-Review-2017Ok..so I’m finally going to be seeing Justice League with The Geeky Mom this weekend (hooray for grandparents sleepover nights).  I’m doing this despite all the negative press I’ve seen.  This kind of got me thinking…WHY IS EVERYONE SO KEEN TO DUMP ON THE DCEU??  Like seriously…every single movie that comes out someone has something negative to say.  Don’t get me started on the negative nelly reviewers who complain and complain about the characters ..like this jackass’ post about Superman –>HERE<–  Seriously…this guy wouldn’t know character development if it bit him in his typing hand. I’m actually tempted to do a paragraph by paragraph rebuttal of his entire article.  Seriously…If you had powers and people were constantly crapping on you despite your efforts, I would think I would be a tad bit brooding too.  Not to mention how ol’ Clark was treated prior to his donning the Red Cape…Kind a leaves a bad taste in your mouth for the human race that you’re supposed to be protecting and saving all the time.  Conflicted much?

But I’m veering.  I guess I’m just wondering why everyone craps on DC but every single thing that Marvel puts out is gold in the world of reviews and fans.  Is it the fan base?  Is it the studios?

See..I liked Man of Steel, I liked Dawn of Justice, I liked the original Batman Movies, save maybe for Nipple Batsuit Clooney, and I Even liked all the Chris Nolan Batman movies.  Aside from the older Batman sequels, I thought all the DC movies were dark, developed the characters well and left you wanting more.  Were there moments in those movies that maybe were a little odd or a slightly less thought through..absolutely…but tell me what action/superhero movie doesn’t (I’m looking at you Spiderman 3).  I guess, with all the negativity out there it’s frustrating that movies full of great characters aren’t given their due just because of some reviewer’s shoulder chip.

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Best PERSON for the Job

Ok. Real quick rant here. I’m seeing a lot of hate being directed at Joss Whedon, especially on twitter, over information coming out that he is being tapped to write and direct a Batgirl movie. The fanboys/Buffy/angel crowd LOVE it. Then there’s the group of people, a vast many of them that all they’re saying is “why not a woman director” etc. How Hollywood is sexist etc etc.

Here’s my issue. Isn’t equality about being the best person for the job. Not man. Not woman. Person. Why would you offer a property worth millions to the owners and studio to a woman director just because they’re a woman.  What if they aren’t as good as, say the guy who created Dollhouse, Buffy, Angel and wrote/directed the Avengers. That’s equality. If a female wants the job, be as good as any of their male counterparts.

Having a job handed to you based solely on your sex is not equality. Just. Do. Better.

I’m a Gen Xer…Holy F#&*

I am a Gen Xer. 
 
Sometimes in the early mornings in my daily shower I get reflective about things.  This morning I found my mind wandering to the subject of my life, my generation and all the incredible things that have happened in just my short time on this planet.
 
First off…lets get the definition crap out of the way for those reading who have no idea.  I stole this from Wikipedia..read the entire article HERE
 
Gen X is the generation born after the Western post–World War II baby boom describing a generational change from the Baby Boomers.  In a 2012 article for the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, George Masnick wrote that the “Census counted 82.1 million” Gen Xers in the U.S. The Harvard Center uses 1965 to 1984 to define Gen X.

Gen Xers are often called the MTV Generation. They experienced the emergence of music videos, new wave music, electronic music, synthpop, glam rock, heavy metal and the spin-off glam metal, punk rock and the spin-off pop punk, alternative rock, grunge, and hip hop.

Compared with previous generations, Generation X represents a more apparently heterogeneous generation, openly acknowledging and embracing social diversity in terms of such characteristics as race, class, religion, ethnicity, culture, language, gender identity, and sexual orientation. 

You’re welcome.
 
So I was born in the mid 70s, smack dab in the middle of Gen X So I was thinking of some of the stuff that I’ve experienced and things that have changed in my short life..here’s a (perhaps not so) brief list

GEEKY TYPE THINGS

THE EVOLUTION OF PHONE TECH – In my life I’ve talked on a roatary dial phone, punched keys on a touch tone phone, owned early cell phones (motorola bag phone anyone?) late 90’s motorola flip phones, Palm Treo, Blackberry, to my current iPhone.  I’ve seen the invent of cell phone technology, text messaging and smart phones..all in less than 40 years.

VIDEO GAMES – So here’s the short list of consoles I have personally owned.  Atari 2600, NES, SNES, N64, Wii, Xbox, Xbox360, XboxOne.  Thats not to mention all the ones I haven’t owned, Playstation 1, 2 3 and 4, Sega Genesis, Turbografix 16, Atari Jaguar, and a whole bunch of others I’m not mentioning.  That’s not to mention the handheld consoles too, gameboy, gamegear, PSP, Nintendo DS, DSI, 3DS.  Graphics from simple squares to 8 bit Super Mario bouncing across my screen for hours on end to the hi res 3D graphics of the current consoles.  I also remember dropping quarters into arcade games as a kid, One game I can remember loving was Rampage.  Anyone else remember this one?

STAR WARS – There has literally not been a time that I can remember in my entire life that Star Wars didn’t exist.  I have always had a healthy obsession with this (see my other blog posts, you’ll figure it out quickly)  This movie changed the way movies are made and set the bar for visual effects and sound design.  Even today, ILM and Skywalker Sound (If you didn’t know are the result of the direct success of George Lucas and the Star Wars franchise)are the Hollywood standard for sound and CGI Effects in movies.

THE INTERNET – Could you imagine what the world would be like today if the internet didn’t exist.  I lived in that world..up until highschool.  I still remember a bunch of us being herded into the school library and shown this wonderful thing called the internet.  Back then it was all text based and dialup.  I went to a rural highschool so we had to dial into the most local University to get access to it.  After highschool I went to college and was introduced to the world wide web and Netscape Navigator.  After that it continued to evolve…websites for everything, social networking, blogging, twitter, Facebook, the list goes on and on.

WORLD EVENTS

 
Looking back there has been a lot of stuff happen in the world during my lifetime.  Here are a few highlights in no particular order…actually there is an order…of when I remember them
 
  • Princess Diana was married and then buried
  • Challenger space shuttle explosion
  • Fall of the Berlin Wall
  • Chernobyl Disaster (Same year as the Challenger, yay 1986)
  • The Gulf War
  • Collapse of the Soviet Union
  • OJ Simpson Murders and Trial
  • 9-11
  • 5 Catholic Popes
  • Hurricane Katrina
  • Death of Michael Jackson
  • Tiananmen Square
  • Hong Kong Handover
  • Y2K
  • San Francisco Earthquake
  • Toronto Blue Jays World Series Champions 2 years in a row
  • Toronto Maple Leafs Stanly Cup Champs not at all
I realize that there is so much more that I haven’t mentioned.  Comment below some of your favourite developments of the last 40 years or so

 

MAY THE FARCE BE WITH YOU

There Can Be Only One…GEEKY DAD That is

Click on the following Link to read about 19 Facts You May Not Have Known About the Star Wars Universe

Now I don’t know if I should be worried or not, but I knew every one of these before I read them. At very least, it’s Proof positive I am the one, the only
GEEKY DAD
I also Highly recommend Toy Story 3…but also, and possibly even more so,  the Pixar Short “Night & Day” before the feature.  Absolutely BRILLIANT!!  
 Happy Weekend Everyone!

Iron Man 2 – A Solid Sequel

Let me begin by saying this, in my life I am blessed with a really awesome wife.  Not only is she a wonderful cook, mother and house-keeper, she also enjoys movies based on comic books almost as much as I do.  When X-men Origins:Wolverine came out she was right there waiting in line with me.  The Dark Knight?….yep…she was waiting in that insanely long line at the Galaxy cinemas Guelph that wrapped all the way around the side of the building, almost as eager to see this movie as I was.  So when my birthday rolled around on May 11th, it was a no brainer that we were going to see Iron Man 2 as part of the celebration (after a really yummy steak dinner of course, a man has to eat right?)

I am going to keep spoilers to a minimum, but let me start by saying this, Iron Man 2 is an extremely solid second offering in the series.  I love comic book sequels because you don’t need all the back story and character development, just jump right in to the story. Buckle up, it’s going to be a good one.  Starring the always wonderful Robert Downey Jr as our hero, supported again by Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts and Director Jon Favreau pulling double duty as Stark’s driver Happy Hogan. New to the series this time around is Don Cheadle, replacing Terrance Howard as Rhodey, Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, Mickey Rourke as Ivan “Whiplash” Vanko, and Sam Rockwell as foil for RDJ, Justin Hammer.  

Now a lot of reviews I have read have been a little negative, citing too many characters and too many subplots as a detrement to the movie.  Obviously these reviewers have never been comic book readers.  The Marvel Universe is all about lots of characters, subplots, hidden agendas, etc.  That’s what make Marvel superior to DC (save for the Batman Franchise which is positively Marvel-esque in its depth of plot and Character library)  The use of secondary characters to build to something greater is a huge part of this movie and, in this humble reviewer’s opinion, totally awesome.  

You have the whole buildup to the upcoming Avengers Movie with appearance of Sam L Jackson reprising his role as Nick Fury, and the use of some clever imagery in one scene to foreshadow the upcoming Captain America Movie.  I’m not going to go into spoilers here but, fellow geeks, the scene is classic and you will all know what I’m talking about when you watch this movie.  But, back to the review of the actual movie.

Plot is Solid, showing Tony battling his own ego as well as blood poisoning from his chest implant.  Not to mention that he has basically failed to do what he always does, find the solution, when he is unable to find a replacement for the chest piece that is slowly killing him.  The introduction of fellow weapons designer Justin Hammer played by Sam Rockwell, who always plays the part of slimy arsehole to perfection, as a foil/wannabe to RDJ’s Tony Stark make the plot even thicker.  Top that off with Rourke’s Ivan Vanko, revenge-driven son to Stark Sr’s former partner, and brilliant mind in his own right as the newest “Super-Villian” and you have yourself a story worthy of any of the Marvel books.

Cast’s performances are again, up to snuff, with RDJ playing the lead to perfection, Cheadle is good as Rhodey, although I think I may have liked Terrance Howard’s version better.  Scarlett is awesome in her role (not to mention Drop Dead Gorgeous) And Paltrow is, well I’ve never really cared for her as an actress…but she’s fine I suppose.  The return of a lot of familiar faces from the first film used both as plot devices and as humor points are very well done.


To Sum Up…I loved this movie…an excellent sequel, but stands well on it’s own.  

A MUST-SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN