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alfred injustice

There are many instances of where video game universes are continued as comic books.  I’ve heard only good things from things like The Last of Us’s “American Dreams” and there are plenty of Halo, Assassin’s Creed, and Mass Effect ones that I know people enjoy.  Today I’m giving a special shout out to Injustice: Gods Among Us.  Here’s a comic book that’s based on a fighting video game that’s based on comic book characters who often fight each other.  How weird was that?

This article isn’t as much about the video game itself (which is free for Playstation Plus members this December), but rather a comic book that acts as the prequel to the events of one of the game’s timelines.  DC and comic books in general often operate in alternate realities and the basis of this comic book follows Superman’s descent into becoming the world’s dictator.  The DC universe prides Superman as being incorruptible.  But what happens when the Joker tricks him into murdering his own pregnant wife?

This is how the comic book starts out.  The initial story is lightly treaded on in the video game itself, but the game jumps ahead FIVE years after this event.  In the game all we learn is that Superman has established a dictatorship of the world under the guise of maintaining peace.  There is an underground war against Batman and his thin alliance of other insurgents.  But how did this happen?  How did the heroes line up on each side?  What happened to certain heroes and villains?  The comic book promises to cover all of these and more, making an entertaining and shockingly dark romp.

I’ve picked up only Year 1: Vol. 1 of Injustice.  I’m very excited to read Vol. 2 this January.  Here’s a review.

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katherine kane bs

Even further from mainstream then the string of Robins, Batgirls, and other obscure Bat villains is the recherché Batwoman.  When people hear Batwoman’s name, they think that maybe she’s a Batman copycat who is a possible love interest for the Dark Knight.  What they don’t know is that Katherine Kane aka Batwoman might be comic books’ most popular LGBT superhero, who kicks ass and doesn’t take questions from anyone, including Batman.  After hearing how awesome Batwoman is on the internets, I took it upon myself to look into Batwoman and her comic series.  After reading her first New 52 volume, Hydrology, I became instantly hooked and may have a new contender for favorite superheroine, [sorry Diana].  I took time out of my not so busy day to draw a new wallpaper as tribute to one of my new favorite characters and write a small review on Batwoman New 52 Vol. 1: Hydrology.    I really hoped to catch her edgy, gorgeous, but ‘don’t f*ck with me’ attitude.

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The Gang by Chubeto

The Gang by Chubeto

It’s no surprise that I’m a huge DC fanatic, and I enjoy soaking up just about any and all things DC related, whether they be their comics, video games, movies, and television shows.  I have dedicated today’s post to their much beloved animated series that they’ve been pumping out since 1992 (maybe even earlier, I’m note entirely sure).  They continue to produce quality television shows and animated movies to this day, although some for the wrong [but necessary] reasons.  My recent finishing of the television series Young Justice has prompted me to write this post and kind of cover all the great things about DC’s [or I guess Warner Bros.] animated divisions.  It’s very clear that a lot of these great shows and movies were created by comic book lovers who enjoy introducing legendary and fantastic characters in the DC universe as well as dropping hints, easter eggs, and callbacks to those who are engaged and already familiar with the DC Universe.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the recent and personally significant series and movies I’ve had the pleasure of viewing.

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the whole gang

Orange is the New Black aired on Netflix this past weekend and what a rush it has been binge watching the up and down roller coaster  that the second season was.  Following a similar structure as the first season, but mixing new elements such as new characters, an all-affecting conflict, and a different direction that shows that Litchfield has more problems than what Piper is directly dealing with.  The flashbacks return, showing welcome light on some of the older and lesser used character in the first season and we even get development on characters we really despised in the first season.  Orange is the New Black season 2 confirms that even the worst/best people have a shade of gray which makes us re-question our loyalty.  I know several times over my live-tweet marathon of the show that some of my tweets can be easily reversed based on some of the dynamic changes my favorite characters went through.

Anyways, today’s post is a further breakdown of what I thought of the season.

Spoilers ahead!  Watch this series if you haven’t!

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dark knight returns 1

Did you ever want to know what would happen to Batman when he would inevitably become aged?  In Frank Miller’s non-canonical but still incredibly relevant, “The Dark Knight Returns”,  follows Batman in his golden years, 10 years after retirement.  As Gotham is still in the dark shadows, a new generation of criminals who do not know fear try to take over Gotham.  Only so long can the Dark Knight sit idly as he watches the city he gave half of his life to burns.  But he isn’t the only one watching Gotham…When he inevitably comes back, an old foe’s spark is reignited to return as well.

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I got around to finally watching Prometheus having skipped out on it when it was out in theaters.  I didn’t really know what to expect as a whole although I did watch the trailer and was pleasantly surprised on how hair raising it was.  Therefore, I wasn’t too surprised and even disappointed when I saw the movie and thought it to be as hair raising and spine tingling as the trailer.  Ridley Scott sure knows how to make a pretty damn entertaining movie.  The cast is great, with special shout-out to Michael Fassbender’s David.  The writers however have another issue coming at them, while they did pen a great cast of personalities and create an interesting premise, they ultimately failed to deliver on the bringing the story to some descent closure.  First a short summary and then read on below for a SPOILER FILLED  critique and review as well as hopefully the beginning of a great discussion on a definite “love it/hate it” type movie.

Dr. Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Dr. Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) are archeologists/anthropologists [I’m not entirely sure on what their profession is, seeing as they’re pretty well versed in a lot of stuff regarding humanity] who have found an alien connection throughout human history.  They appeal to a research and development company to charter a 2 year journey to an obscure planet.  Joining them are a crew of geologists, biologists, pilots, an android and commanding officers.  When they arrive on the planet they find themselves far more over their heads than thought possible.

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I’ve lived to only have seen one great trilogy. The Lord of the Rings trilogy set the bar high and absolutely astounded me from start to finish. Meaning all three movies lived up to their titles and I wasn’t disappointed by any of it. This past weekend, I’m proud to admit to adding another trilogy to that list. Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises is quite possibly the only way to end such a great trilogy. There haven’t been many great trilogies in our lives, not any as influential and culturally relevant as this trilogy. In addition to the recent Colorado incident, this will not be a movie I will soon forget.

The follow up to the Dark Knight might’ve cost Christopher Nolan the biggest undertaking ever placed on a director. That movie was simply a masterpiece, large in part to the late Heath Ledger. By merely meeting the audiences expectations, he would’ve accomplished something only so few people can. But of course, Christopher Nolan, who’s directing track record is nearly flawless, delivered and soared as to what can be said as the perfect way to end a trilogy. Minor spoilers below. Nothing back breaking. Or should I say Bat breaking. HA.

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This is a really colorful image that pitches Aang, the master of the four elements [as stated in the popular Nickelodeon series Avatar: the Last Airbender] against the master of the periodic table of elements, Dmitri Mendeleev. It’s quite hilarious in the way when science and popular culture clashes. In truth, only nerds, engineers, and geeks will truly understand this. And since I fall under all three of those categories, this tickles me greatly.

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A long time ago, I wrote a very long article concerning my favorite comedy: Tropic Thunder.  It wasn’t soon after I published that article did I think of my favorite movies from other dramas.  It’s difficult to narrow them down, but I eventually settled on action movies.  I thought hard about which action movie is very much worth calling, ‘the best’.  But when you really come down to it, the most influential and generally awesome action movie of all time is “Die Hard”.  Almost every person can relate to the lovable John McClane, the idea of one man vs. a dozen is well displayed here, and the outside help elements are film staples we see in just about every action film these days.  It doesn’t take a movie critic or a film education to realize how elements from this movie have influenced the industry today, and I’ll try my best to break it down for you all.  But first, a summary.

John McClane, a New York police cop, is heading west to join his separated wife for Christmas and their children.  His wife is in the middle of a corporate Christmas party after a celebrated project wrap up, so he must make his way to the building itself.  Admist meeting her and her fellow co-workers, the building is suddenly taken hostage while John narrowly escapes.  In a game of cat and mouse between John McClane and the terrorists, led my Hans Gruber, he must shoot, trick, and explode his way back to his wife with the help of a local cop and a young limo driver.

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It might be out of taste because it’s totally so last year, but it doesn’t change the fact I stumbled into this amazingly well done RPG representation of one of the best dramas on television.  It beat out Game of Thrones last year in my opinion, and with filming occurring this year for it’s final season, it’s the only reason why Game of Thrones will probably nab my favorite spot.  I’m off topic, so let me circle back.  Today I give you two different adaptations of a Breaking Bad Video Game.  The one above was done by Johnny Utah who’s taken the Street Fighter Route to tastefully include small jokes made throughout the entire series, and the one below follows a more Japanese/Korean style RPG made by College Humor.  Enjoy them both.

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We’re really not a video gaming website, though it might be a direction I want to take it in the future.  But this is a rare case where television meets video games.  If you haven’t heard, South Park has returned with its 16th season and the jokes are absurd, crude, and hilarious as ever.  News says that creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker are now in the progress of making video game about the town of South Park, Colorado.  While there have been South Park games in the past, this is the first one including heavy involvement from Parker and Stone.  If this game has 10+ years of mythlore of the series in it and there is an RPG element that is rumored, then I’ll want these 9 favorites on my team to take down whatever darkness might incur on the streets of South Park.

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Spirited Away (2002)

There are a lot of lists that include the best movies ever.  Each list has its own personality and every movie on it has its own credibility and worthwhile aspects to be watched.  So if you ever wanna burn through 100 movies.  As for me…I’m at 64/100.  If you’re lower than me, you have work to do.  If you’re higher than me, movie film points for you.

100 of the Best Movies

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Pixar has a knack for creating some of the most lovable animated characters to ever hit the screen.  They’ve done more than 10 movies where each of them has at least 2 or 3 likable/lovable characters.  So I’ve made a list of my 5 favorites below.

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Dialogue is the writer’s way to speak the characters soul in a movie.  It relays personality, interests, priorities, and values that we come to love about our favorite movie characters.  Too much of it however, can be a bad thing.  Not in all cases, but most people don’t like people who have an infinite battery source on the chatterbox.  The ramblings of a disillusioned man or even an intelligent man can usually tend to get on our nerves.  Today I’ve compiled a rather small list [but equipped with videos as well as images] of some of the biggest chit-chat-kats in the movie galaxy that are worthy of your note.  As usual, please let me know who I’ve missed.  I like my mind stimulated as much as yours.

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Adult Innuendo in Kids Films

UGO does a good job in compiling lists and can be compared to Cracked.com.  Which is a humungous compliment to them.  They’ve listed a couple of movies of where kid’s movies have adult innuendos.  Not all kids movies are strictly for kids.  There are a couple of jokes that simply fly over their heads and the parents and baby sitters put their hands over their mouths and giggles.  Here’s the link.

Adult Innuendo in Kid’s Movies

 

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Last week, it sort of felt as though I bashed being a movie buff in preference for being a television buff with so many television related posts.   I can feel sometimes that I relay the imbalance of movies and television and I have to remind myself that I still need to write about movies every once in a while.  I haven’t really been to a movie theater as of late and all the movies I’ve been watching are either old or terrible, neither of which warrants a full blow review.  And I tire of lists that hold little relevance.  So I kind of went into the mind process of when I wrote about my ‘television ratio’ and ‘reasons to watch television’.  Today I write to defend the movie buff honor and claim how pride I am to being one. Below I’ve compiled a list of 5 reasons or better yet, perks to being a movie buff.  Read below.

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It’s no surprise that many movies have tried to copy the repeating success of a film franchise.  No one movie alone can beat the strength of a franchise in terms of box office.  Everyone beginning film wants to be the next Star Wars, Harry Potter, or Lord of the Rings.  But where these franchises have succeeded, about 3-5 have failed.  Below you’ll find The Golden Compass, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, and Eragon.  While not all these films are bad [Mystery Men is in there, and I absolutely loved that movie], either their box office or uncommitted stars stopped these films from become sequels or even more.

20 Failed Franchise Formations

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Absurd things like the rappelling scene in Mission Impossible are like the dreams of a fantasia screen writer.  However, these 6 scenes were inspired by events that actually happened.  Check out this other Cracked article that compiled this awesome list.

6 Absurd Movie Scenes that Actually Happened

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Little did you internet people know, today is my birthday.  And here I am continually writing stuff for you on a day where I should be relaxing and not worrying about stuff.  Sheesh, the things I do for you.  Nah, I’m just kidding.  I love this and writing for you guys is my vacation from the Hell hole of a school that I attend [JK, it’s not THAT bad].  So that wraps up today.  I’m 20 years old now.  Goddammit.  I’m old.  It felt like yesterday when I watched this television show and this movie.  But low and behold these are from the goddammed 90s!!  Sweet mama pajama.  Okay, enough with me facing my own mortality.  Someone get me a shot of something strong.

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Frank and Fiona Scene

Recently, I’ve been crushing so much television. Caught up with FX’s Archer and Justified. Looking into Life’s Too Short and Extras. Then there’s The Walking Dead that’s returned [one more episode till I decide my verdict on whether this show is still worth watching]. Awake and Game of Thrones come mid spring. And then a dry summer just gets us amped for Fall television. I’d say it’s almost a one year anniversity before I started taking television seriously. I remember a long time ago, my friends saying, ‘do you watch Parks and Recreation?’ ‘did you see last night’s Office?’ I was always left out of these conversations, trying to sway them to talk about movies for something I could possibly geek out about. Around this time last year, I finally started digging into television. Soon enough I had NBC’s Community, Parks and Recreation, and the Office entire series under my belt. Then Friends. Then suddenly I started craving more and more, catching up on Dexter, Firefly and more until the point where I’ve devoured everything from Arrested Development to more obscure TV shows like Better Off Ted. Now I find myself watching tons more hours of television than movies. I honestly say the ratio hours spent looking at a screen for television to movies is about 3:1. That’s maybe 3 hours of tv for one hour of movies. Translate a two hour movie, that means I watch 7 hours of television for 2 hours of movies. 7 hours of television either translates to 20 30-minute block, or 10 one-hour blocks.

Read below for a weekly take down in of my watching schedule and my thoughts on it.

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