Let’s just start with the preface that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was not a universally beloved film. This was DC’s second outing in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) and with Man of Steel’s lukewarm reception to the destructive third act, this film had a lot riding on it. Unfortunately, Batman vs Superman was not well received by critics. With a 27% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it seemed like this franchise was doomed before it could really start. That doesn’t mean that the film didn’t have its fans. In fact, if you check any internet message board within the geek community, there will be full blown arguments to the films merit and how it was a masterpiece and Zack Snyder was just misunderstood. The film was by no means a failure. It’s hard to say a film “failed” when it grossed more than $872 million.
Winter has finally come! Last week we were left with Jon Snow vs Ramsey Bolton and all of its great epicness. On this week’s season finale of Game of Thrones we not only got to see the aftermath of that glorious battle, but we also got a whole lot moving in the rest of the seven kingdoms. Pretty much every story going on moved forward and either reached some sort of conclusion or helped set up something cool for next season. Everything from Cersei’s trial, to multiple deaths, to finally confirming a long-running fan theory, this week’s Game of Thrones did not disappoint.
Warning: This article contains spoilers from the “Game of Thrones” Season 6 episode “The Winds of Winter.”
The long awaited sequel to Independence Day was one of those “I’ll believe when I see it” movies. It’s been talked about for so long, only to pop up when someone asked director Roland Emmerich about it in the midst of making other movies, that it seemed doubtful that the next wave of space invaders would ever arrive. And now, 20 years later, the moment is here. Independence Day: Resurgence fits beautifully in the trend of “re-quels”, a simultaneous sequel and rebooting to turn a franchise that’s stalled out into a comeback success. Sadly though, Independence Day is too in love with its own mythology to make any bold departures from it. (more…)
Who would have guessed that when Mr. Reese and Mr. Finch met by the river five years ago that it would have started an epic emotional journey. Primarily, that emotion is anger, because how could CBS burn off and cast away what maybe the most prescient and compelling genre show on network TV since The X-Files? But let’s not be bitter. The end of Person of Interest was as much an occasion to be celebrated as it was to be lamented, as the journey of the Machine came to an end with one last all-out attack against Samaritan. Who survived and what was left of them, and is there still a possibility of a spin-off? (more…)
Marvel’s Black Cat is one of the most recognized bad-girls (turned good) of comics and also one of the most under appreciated. Most eyes see her as a pair of boobs in a skin tight leather suit with a penchant for stealing things, as well as having a weird affinity for cats, perhaps taking the term “Cat Burglar” too literally. Black Cat, aka Felicia Hardy, is those things, but she is also so much more, she’s a femme fatale. Like all tempting, but dangerous women, they’re not born that way, they’re made. The formula is simple: take a young female, the “daddies little girl” type, and put them through a stressor; either one or a series of traumatic life altering events. Pain and despair take root and define a life of sorrow and pitiful existence, or the damage forges something different. Something where innocence and naivety no longer exist and are instead replaced by toughness and self-reliance. Where there is no good and bad, there is just thyself.
Her origin is that of tragedy. Felicia grew up as as a product of criminal father, incarcerated for his crimes as a notorious thief. Later she became victim to a loss of innocence of the worst kind, being raped by her college boyfriend. She turned her grief and shame into rage, focusing her feelings for revenge towards intensifying her training regime in martial arts and acrobatics. However, she was robbed of a chance for vengeance, as her assaulter was killed in a drunk driving accident. What’s a angst ridden trained fighter with a genetic predisposition for crime to do? Become a thief, with a whole lot of sass and sexiness to spare.
Black Cat is and has been a reformed burglar, else she wouldn’t be a hero, but she continues to walk on the wild side as a detective and adventurer. She’s the former girlfriend of Spider-Man, Flash Thompson, and the mercenary known as the Foreigner.
To celebrate this superhero, known for being as sly as she is sexy with an itch for shiny treasures, comes Sideshow Collectibles and J. Scott Campbell with a treasure all their own. (more…)
The end of Penny Dreadful‘s third season unfurled beautifully in perfectly gothic pain and torture as the forces of good faced off against the forces of evil. So much is left unanswered tonight, but there was still a very big resolution, and a resolution that literally said that this was the end even though a lot of characters exit the stage in mid-action. Is Penny Dreadful coming back for more? Only the executives at Showcase and the show’s creative team can say for sure. But if this was the end, it was as emotional as it was inevitable and the melancholy it leaves you with is palpable. (more…)
To quote Beyonce: “Who Runs The World? Girls!!
This week’s Game of Thrones gave us the epic battle of Jon Snow against Ramsey Bolton (Snow): The Battle of the Bastards! The Thriller In The North!! So did it live up to the hype? This probably was one of the finest, well shot, well edited, tense, and satisfying episodes of television ever!! They laid everything on the table this episode, and the last 20 minutes left you speechless! While we spent most of our time in the North with #TeamSnow, we also got to see Dany also hold it down with her triumphant return to Meereen.
Warning: This article contains spoilers from the “Game of Thrones” Season 6 episode “Battle of the Bastards.”
Pixar is a victim of its own success in a great many ways, because now if one of their movies doesn’t break you down into slobbering mess contemplating the purpose and value and your own existence, then it somehow didn’t meet expectations. But it’s okay for Pixar movies to be merely fun; fun and heartwarming without grander aspirations to remind you of your own humanity, or your own mortality. That’s where Finding Dory lives. The sequel to the 2003 smash hit Finding Nemo is the perfect sequel in that it expands the world of the original, allows its characters to grow just a little bit more, and recaptures the same sense of fun without too terribly rocking the boat. (more…)
In most series, there’s a “It’s a Wonderful Life” moment, a point when a character wonders if their friends, family and neighbours might have been better off by their absence: The Fresh Prince of Bel Air did it, Buffy the Vampire Slayer did, heck even Doctor Who did it. The trick is nuance, does the character in question being missing from their own life result in an unyielding hellscape where evil wins, like what George Bailey saw, or does it mean everyone’s life is bright and shiny? The Dallas series finale was all about the Devil showing J.R. that every would have been much better off by his being missing their lives. So what was the Person of Interest “It’s a Wonderful Life” going to show us? (more…)
“Let us dare” seemed to be the message of the week on Penny Dreadful as several characters took the plunge and dared to indulge in the idea that they could be happy. But this is Penny Dreadful, so things are bound to end in failure no matter how much our friends and heroes want to embrace that chance for happiness. What does happiness mean? Does it mean acceptance? Finding purpose with someone because they accept who and what they are? Even if what’s on the inside is darkness? That seemed to be the question for our cast on this week’s episode, which had new urgency leading into next week’s two-hour season finale. (more…)