Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole

September 28, 2016 § Leave a comment

Well, I am finally looking at the only movie he did that I haven’t seen. I mean, I have seen his stuff before and after this but this one is as much of an oddity as Michael Jordan’s Playground being that these two are made for general audience. I’m not complaining really but let me ask you this, if you ask somebody about what movies Zack has done, will this one be brought up or will that person said “oh, he made that awful Superman movie” or “that Sucker Punch guy? Fuck him”?

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And being that Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole is based on Guardians of Ga’Hoole book series by Kathyn Lasky, I don’t think I should talk about her mainly because I never read her stuff. Yeah, that’s the thing about how my sets of reviews of Zack’s stuff goes – George A. Romero? Yeah, I seen his stuff. Alan Moore? Good stuff and sad that he’s gonna retire from comics. Kathryh Lasky? Um, never heard of her until I start writing this review. The reason for this is because I don’t read much literary works to be honest and stuck on comic books as reading material. I do read novels from time to time and all but I somewhat have a dyslexia-like effect that makes me not understand much on written text even though I am writing very well.

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This movie is through the eyes of Soren (Jim Sturgess), an owl who lives in the Tyto Forest along with his older brother Kludd (Ryan Kwanten). After they heard the tale about the legends of the Ga’Hoole, the brothers attempt to test their flight but fallen to the ground before they were kidnapped and sent to St. Aegolius that was taken charged by Nyra (Helen Mirren). As Kludd decides to join Nyra’s forces, Soren then escapes along with his new friend Gylfie (Emily Barclay) and find ways to look for the legends of the Ga’Hoole along with Soren’s idol The Lyze of Kiel (Geoffrey Rush) with the help of Digger (David Wenham), Twilight (Anthony LaPaglia) and Mrs Plithiver (Miriam Margolyes).

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Of all Zack Snyder movies, this is the one I haven’t seen prior to starting the series and I do have to be honest about this here. This movie is kind of okay. I mean, yeah there are notable Snyder motifs like bullet time and adding in the dark tone but the dark tone makes sense since I remember seeing movies like The Neverending Story, Return To Oz and Labyrinth that has its tone here and there. The voice acting is fine, the story is consistent and the score is good but is there any non-positives? Well, only one and this is very picky of me to say this so all I have to write is this – Really, A song by Owl City within the movie and the soundtrack? Clever.

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I do have little more to say and it’s the way on how this movie is promoted. Now I have seen the trailers and TV spots (with Kings and Queen by 30 Seconds To Mars playing) and it has played in cinemas. The issue is it involves Zack Snyder and this is what I’m about to get here. Now in his movies before and after this, he is present in audio commentaries and behind-the-scenes footage I watched a Blu-Ray copy and it looks like it’s the movie he did that he disowned because no audio commentary is involved and he didn’t appear in any featurettes. There are interviews on him involving the movie seen in YouTube and other places though but it’s odd that he’s not in present in the product itself. In fact, the only celebrity other than him that’s present in the featurettes is that kid from Modern Family.

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Not complaining really so it’s just one nitpick I should bring up. Beyond that, this movie is worth checking out even if you hate Zack and it is made for nearly everybody of all ages. So given that I probably wrote the most brief review of a Zack Snyder movie that I ever did, I should prepare myself for his next few. I have issue with the next one, I have words with the one after that and I do have stuff to say about its sequel but the stuff I’ll say… it’s something so back to me thinking which superhero rip-off I’m looking at before I get to um, Sucker Punch! This is gonna be something.

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The Neighbors: Season One DVD

September 14, 2016 § Leave a comment

After all the craziness, I should get back to intended schedule which is my so-called “Nostalgia Lookback” and I think I should extend this to next year because really, we have few months left this year and I felt like I didn’t complete much. So anyway, what am I looking at this time? Twelve Monkeys? I haven’t finished watched the second season yet. Another Coens movie? Maybe but other than catching up to three movies, I might give a positive review on anything else anyway. Twilight? Uh, do I have to review something related to it? Uh, here we go – The Room Screencaptions which I made at the time where reviews of the movie were briefly taken down so why not look at Tommy’s own sitcom again but in the form of a DVD that I brought.

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And it’s kind of timely since there’s recent news of a documentary about The Room being pulled from festivals including an attempted one in Sydney Underground Film Festival. Tommy is really such a prima donna, isn’t he? And this DVD is pretty much the funniest thing I ever ordered. To start off with, I gonna talk about the front and back cover and the design is poor and look like a total bootleg item. The front has the cast including a weird guy in a crown that’s never in the first season and the way Tommy is in the pic is printed in bad lighting. The back however looks so much like one of those back cover to any porn including shots of sex scenes and I have to wonder if that is intentional or not.

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The disc is alright but there is also a headshot insert card of Tommy Wiseau with an advert to his underwear brand right down to the sizes and all. Why it’s like that is beyond me but it should have been an advert of The Room on Blu-Ray or something. The episodes on the DVD are somewhat differed to the episodes previously aired on Hulu. For one, it’s gotten a “George Lucas Special Edition” treatment with Tommy throwing weird sound effects for no reason (and that’s saying something since the audio in the episodes itself isn’t fixed so expect usual clipping and bad audio). It also has a very few extended moments that is not worth discussing but also there’s the exterior building transition that went from this…

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To well, this…

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I already talked about the episodes themselves so do I need to recap all those six episodes again? Nah, let’s just skip to the special features and the first is an unreleased “To Be Or Not To Be” video which technically has already been released. You see, I once watched a special screening of The Room around the time Greg Sestero was in Australia promoting his book The Disaster Artist and during the screening is a little documentary about the book which includes that video itself. Oh, and the video is an unaired Street USA Fashions advert where Tommy is reciting Shakespeare while promoting products but with random photos of Tommy posing and stuff. Nothing much but it is worth checking out (well, the advert and not his photos).

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The second feature is well, the Tommy Wiseau underwear advert that I already linked in one of my episodic reviews for the show. Skipping to third and it says Romeo & Juliet by Tommy Wiseau which by the way, I should point out something else but his name on the special features menu has a trademark at the end of it so I don’t know why but I guess I may as well do the same. It’s actually a music video short film known as Romeo & Juliette: The New Generation with a band known as Corscia Arts Club performing California I Follow with them wearing the famous Ricky Rick jacket. And the video has few cast members from the show just partying and stuff while Tim is falling for Juliette Danielle (yeah, Lisa herself shows up). It’s perhaps the closest way to say that this is the best thing Tommy Wiseau has ever directed.

And lastly, we have Shame On You by Tommy WiseauTM which is random footage from The Room and behind the scenes stuff. Nothing much really to be honest but it’s another thing you can look up on YouTube. The only downside to the special features is the original pilots (one of which is shown in this trailer) and it is such a shame because one does need to know how is it differed to the official pilot itself. As much as I still stand with this being the worst series of 2015, I can’t deny that this DVD is worth recommending really. Maybe it’s because of the advert, the music video or how six episodes were “fixed” for the release but it is worth checking out. So yeah, that does it for the DVD and now it’s a matter of time before the second season premieres so anytime now, Tommy WiseauTM. Other than that, I better see what is next in the “Nostalgia Lookback” series by looking at my 2010 stuff and what follows The Room Screencaptions is… my review of Metal Man!

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Okay, I’m not gonna do that. And well, I got three TomCat Films involving superheroes left so I have to think of which one to pick. Other than that, it’s back to Zack Snyder retrospective and yeah, this is gonna be an interesting one so until next time.

Batman: The Killing Joke

September 5, 2016 § Leave a comment

Well, it is obvious to know that I’m looking at another Alan Moore adaptation after this one and a recent one no less. Like I mention on a previous review, anybody in Hollywood has the guts to take any of his notable works and adapt it to average-to-poor fashion and the thing is I still stand on what I said about Watchmen but outside of it, I don’t mind V For Vendetta despite having a different commentary and I guess I could watch From Hell or that Constantine movie which yeah, an Canadian actor playing a british character might set off some outrage but keep in mind that Rachel Weisz is in it and she is attractive in this movie.

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And now comes to Batman: The Killing Joke and it breaks my heart that I lost my expectations on this. I was honestly hyped about this when it’s announced with Kevin Conway and Mark Hamill reprising their voice roles and wondered if this adaptation would be extended to include good side-story that’s connected to the graphic novel like parts of Joker’s backstory or similar. They did sort-of that but at the same time, the extension is what I gonna talk about and tell me if this doesn’t scream The Killing Joke to you so here it goes.

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The movie begins with a prologue devoted to Batgirl (Tara Strong) who is after the mob criminal Paris Franz (Maury Sterling) whom got a stalker-like obsession with her and wants her even if it costs the life of his uncle. At the same time, Barbara Gordon herself is obsessed with Batman (Kevin Conway) to the point that they gone from an argument to having sex on the rooftop. The situation got out of control which leads to Barbara retire her career as Batgirl after confronting Franz.

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Following that, we get to the adaptation itself and The Joker (Mark Hamill) escaped Arkham Asylum and committing crimes to the extreme which includes kidnapping Barbara’s father James (Ray Wise) and shooting Barbara in the process (as well as possibly raping her). Batman then wanted no more on his lifelong nemesis and find him once and for all. He eventually found The Joker and James and the movie ends on a ambiguous note with The Joker telling the joke and then… an mid-credits scene where Barbara Gordon at home as she begins her career as Oracle! Wait, what?

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Now to explain how the prologue and the adaptation flow with each other and… no, they don’t flow each other. In fact, the prologue is seen to me as the most insulting thing I ever seen since turning The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen into a action movie ensemble. For one, it portrayed Batgirl as less of a heroic icon and more of a girl who wants to get inside the man wearing the costume and really, this kind of shit probably works better in something like a Frank Miller tract but placing on this adaptation is not right. It also changes the motivation of Batman from going after The Joker because he hurts the people he know and trust to going after him because The Joker killed somebody that Bruce has sex with once. I mean, what the fuck?

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And the thing is that Bruce Timm is so into this idea since before this adaptation since he puts subtle ways involving Batman/Batgirl back in works like Batman Beyond for example. Should I blame him on this? Probably not but really Timm, if you wanna make a slashfic involving these two, don’t put it in the same place as what is considered the most definitive Joker story ever told. The blame is actually more towards screenwriter Brian Azzarello and oh god, I am not much of him to be honest but if I were, this movie would make me call him hack for this. Not only is it because of the prologue but the way he adapt it is poorly done right down to adding the “Swear to Me” dialogue from Batman Begins to this? Really? You putting that in there?

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The ending however is left more ambiguous but more poorly done since it doesn’t include Batman joking The Joker and police vehicles coming near them like in the comic. I read the comic last decade and that story is good and controversial enough to change how you see Batman and The Joker forever. The adaptation sadly is controversial by the case of adding it to the fanbase and that’s just bad. Imagine if there’s an adaptation of Green Lantern: Emerald Twilight where Hal Jordan was having sex with Alexandra DeWitt behind Kyle Rayner’s back while not noticing that Coast City has been destroyed by Mongul and lead to Hal going berserk and be the person putting her in the refrigerator. Yeah, you’ll be pretty pissed about that, would you?

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But is there any positives and yeah, there is. The animated and the voice acting is okay and the adaptation flowed a bit like the story itself even with painful additions. So is this worth checking out? Actually, go with some fan edit or something or read the comic itself but don’t buy the movie. While many complain if Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice or Suicide Squad is a bad movie to come out this year that stars the caped crusader, I have to say that Batman: The Killing Joke is the one for me since really, the adaptation should have been handled better but DC don’t know how to please their fans anymore.

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