Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Movie Review - Batman Under the Red Hood

This before I go on is the best animated Batman movie that there is, hell, I may go as far as saying it is a real contender as being up there with the live action films....well, the good ones.
The film starts off with the Joker beating Robin near death in a shack with a crowbar. Batman is on a motorcycle trying his best to get there to reach him but after a bit Joker gets bored and leaves for better things to do, leaving Robin bloody on the ground. After he leaves, Robin musters his strength to try to crawl to the door but it is locked and he notices the pounds of dynamite with a timer. Batman reaches the shack in time to see it explode, killing his partner.
What an opening.
That Robin was the second Robin, the first being Dick Grayson who got too old to stay as Robin and went off solo as Nightwing. But this second Robin had a jerk personality and Batman took him under his wing to stop him from getting in trouble with the law and make something of him, use his talents for good. It started off well but Robin, Jason Todd, began getting too vicious and started killing their enemies when they went out to fight crime. Now that he is gone, Batman feels that it was his fault and will live with the blame for the rest of his life.
Meanwhile, a villain by the name of Red Hood is causing chaos in the streets and threatening other crime lords to work for him while also killing them at the same time. The main big crime lord is Black Mask. A mobster whose face is a black skull. He doesn't like the fact that this guy is on his turf and taking out all of his men and investing mobs. It is up to Batman to stop them both and end the killing spree.
He has a nice almost reunion team up with Nightwing for a bit that is nice and almost wants you to see them keep being a team. The Joker also appears because Batman believes that he is behind it all somehow even though he is locked up in Arkham Asylum.
This movie was amazing and is aimed at an older audience as well, which is exactly what I want from my Batman movies. It deals with very serious themes and they aren't afraid to kill, show blood, and the occasional low level curse words like hell, damn, etc.
The fight scenes are amazingly animated and choreographed and even though they changed voice actors for Batman and Joker, they pull them off very well. Batman sounds great and instead of Mark Hammil's silly happy laughing Joker, we get a deeper more disturbing Joker, not without the jokes and humor though. The Joker in this movie is voiced by the guy that voices Bender on the cartoon Futurama.
It does a very nice job with it's twists and even when things are revealed there is still tension and it only adds to the excitement as you want to see the outcome.
I can't really say I found much of this movie in the negative category. Just a few minor quibbles like the beginning after the robin death seemed slightly slow and they changed the design of Alfred!!
Alfred was almost unrecognizable, I mean we know its him but they gave him different hair and more hair for that matter. Plus Nightwing joked a bit too much, almost every line out of his mouth was a joke.
And for some reason, everything had to explode...seriously count the number of explosions. Other than that, this is a must see even for people who dont watch or haven't seen the other animated batman movies or the cartoons themselves.
+Great story with really good themes
+Beautiful animation and fight scenes
+Great performances
+A real joy to watch
-Alfred's design
-Nightwing's jokes
-Nothing really negative as you can see, just quibbles.
Watch this movie!

Movie Review - The Haunting in Connecticut

This film is about a family whose son has cancer and keeps needing medication and is in a lot of pain. They are trying their best and lately their son has been getting worse so to be closer to the hospital the mother decides to move them into a cheap home. The house she is told, used to be a funeral home but because she is so desperate for her son, she takes it.
Almost immediately strange appearances occur to the son and he chooses to live in the basement near this locked room that he can't open. In the middle of the night the door opens and he begins seeing visions of burned people and corpses surrounding him as well as coffins being opened and many other things. At first he plays it off as the pills he is taking as they can cause hallucinations but the family start experiencing things as well and the son and daughter find a box in the attic full of pictures of the deceased in their coffins and a smaller box full of eyelids.
The house seems to be taken over by the ghosts of those that died there and are wreaking havoc on the family because of how they were treated when they died. The son is also being visited by the helper of a man who did syonces (spell?) in the house to try to communicate with the dead.
The film has its share of jump moments but there is a bit of a creep factor that some of this is very possible to happen. In fact, it did happen, it is based on the true story of a family who moved in because of their sons sickness and experienced all sorts of ghosts and such.
The movie is an alright movie and it does a good job of making sure you aren't able to guess everything before it happens although I do get the feeling that this type of story has been done countless times before. The ending gets a bit too rediculous and there are things in it that seem thrown in just to make it clear that these people aren't having a good life or have had their best past moments either. I enjoyed watching it and there were a few parts that had me a little creeped. It is a breath of fresh air when unique movies like this are still being made, whether based on actual events or not....or fake actual events like the Fourth Kind and Blair Witch.
+Interesting story with decent characters to back it up
+Not too too predictable
+Lended some creepy moments
+A few unique things that i've never seen in a movie before
-A couple scenes that weren't necessary like a drunken father scene.
-Ending gets a bit farfetched and rediculous
-A guessable final part that has been way overdone

Monday, July 26, 2010

Friday, July 23, 2010

Thor Movie helmets

There we go, Thor may turn out well after all.

Thor & Okami MVC3 screens

More characters announced for MVC3

Okami from the game Okami. Never played it but it got great reviews and is apparently really good. Don't know about fighting as a dog though, although Felicia is in the game and she is half cat so i dunno

THOR!! never played as Thor other than the Marvel Legends game so this is a first for fighting games. BUT I can't help but feel that he is only in here because of the movie coming out next year.

Still no spider-man yet....

Alternate costumes for Shattered Dimensions

Along with these there will also be Cosmic Spiderman and Iron Spider!
We are gettin every spider-man ever in this game!!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Shattered Dimensions trailer with all Spideys

Shows some more bosses in there too like Juggernaut, Scorpion and Deadpool.

AND it comes out 4 days before my bday!

Final Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions Spidey

Ultimate Spider-Man in his symbiote suit.
That makes Noir, Amazing, 2099, and Ultimate the four Spider-Men you get to play in the upcoming game.
Another boss was also announced...

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Mortal Kombat paper

This is awesome, why can't i think of things like this to do???

Videos of new MVC3 characters

Fight with Doom, Skrull, and Chun-Li

and a reveal trailer for the new characters

Another MVC3 news blowout

Trish from the Devil May Cry games.

Super Skrull, who has the powers of all the Fantastic Four members.

The amazing Doctor Doom

and of course, Chun-Li

Monday, July 19, 2010

Wolverine & the Xmen series set

I may go as far as to say the best xmen cartoon ever.
its real close.
But I am so happy the whole thing is coming on dvd, i just hope they keep that box art cause it is badass

Friday, July 16, 2010

Small movie break

Took a small break from my movie to finish up a piece.
Dr. Girlfriend from the cartoon Venture Bros.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

yet another Razor design

This is from a poster that was included with the game...
as you can see, she looks even more different....
and older, a lot older

Razor design for movie

Okay, so here is the design i made up for Razor in Maniac Mansion.
I drew what I thought best....

The NES version is the only one i've ever really played and grown up with so that sprite in the game was my best memory of her....

As you can see, she doesn't look super goth and has long nice hair....and a gigantic earing but thats besides the point.
Now, the Razor on the box for the game was a bit different and looked a bit scary....
Her hair is a big mess and looking at the PC version of the game, they kept the messy frizzed out hair....

So the big question keep in mind i haven't drawn her with a body my redesign of the hair going to be a problem or a big deal?
A quick color sample------

I dont know.
I like it, but is it too far from the game?

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Comic Book Documentary

This is a really good 10 part documentary I found on youtube about comic books and superheroes from the start to from the look of what they cover i'd say right around the time of the first spiderman movie.

Here is part one, the rest you can follow from the links on youtube to see the rest:

Movie Review - Alice in Wonderland

Alice In Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland takes place a little over ten years after the first alice in wonderland story. Which they don't tell you right away and touch little upon throughout the story. It begins with her father telling her she is crazy but all the best people are when she is younger and then it moves right to her being a teenager and a party is thrown so that she can take the hand of a rich lord's son in marriage. During this party she sees a rabbit and follows it down a rabbit hole leaving the son and everyone else standing at the 'altar'. Down the hole she goes and finds the small door, the growing/shrinking food and drink and exactly like the book messes around until she figures out how to go through the door.
Now the movie takes off running a bit too fast for the viewer to really grasp much.
She meets a few characters all at once without much description other than names and they tell her she is back and are curious if she is THE alice. It has been shown on this scroll that she kills the Jabberwockey.
So now we are away from the book a lot. Leaving people a little confused. Don't start the movie as the book and then veer so that it takes places years after.
Then the movie goes really fast and they are attacked by a monster dog creature and we see a lot of the land's imagery and loud music and she gets away. She meets the catepillar, then apparently the star and sole focus of the movie, the Mad Hatter.
We are introduced to so many things and events and back and forths that the story is pretty much non existant. With everyone talking so fast and in so many odd accents its also hard to keep up or understand what is going on anyways.
The Hatter helps her escape from being hunted down by the playing cards and she goes on a quest to save the Hatter from the evil queen of hearts.
I am a huge Tim Burton fan. I love all of his movies, from his start with Pee-wee's big adventure, on through batman,batman returns, beetlejuice, mars attacks, ed wood, charlie and the chocolate factory, edward scissorhands, big fish, nightmare before christmas, corpse bride, and even though i haven't seen it yet Sweeney Todd.
He just has a certain dark artistic style that I find amazing and really fuels my ideas to be creative. But everytime he does a remake of a movie, he screws it up. Take Planet of the Apes. I haven't seen it yet but from the collective opinions of all human sucked.
So he tries his hand at a classic. What I expected was a dark, twisted, almost frightening Wonderland story and what I got was what seemed like Tim almost selling out to Disney. I could see echoes of things that he maybe wanted to try to go with but Disney may have reigned him in a bit so it would appeal to more kids.
The story was almost nonexistant, what they gave you was a basic idea so you could follow the series of events that followed. Which was pretty much, save Hatter and kill the Jabberwockey. It didn't handle the first even well and dropped it completely after a few minutes. I think it would have done better maybe slowing the movie down and not trying to cram so much in. It was almost as if it had Avatar syndrome. Have your audience wowed and distracted by the visuals and all the pretty colors and images so they didn't notice that they had no idea what was going on.
It was an interesting idea of having her return to wonderland but it was executed poorly. Why have her go back if she doesn't remember the place at all from the other time? And according to the book, it was all a daydream anyways while she was sitting under a tree. So would the characters remember her? or is she making that up in her head? Was this movie another daydream? All of the events in it prove that it wasn't which sort of messes up the orignal a bit. Which in this case, why did he choose to call it Alice in Wonderland? Why not Return to Wonderland, or just plainly Wonderland? But seeing the extreme hoaring of Johnny Depp I'm surprised they didn't call it Mad Hatter's Wonderland Excitement. The Hatter is on all the movie posters and most, the sole focus.....on the dvd cover, on the back of the dvd, pushed a lot in the trailers, and look on the posters and dvd...what does it say? Johnny Depp in Alice in Wonderland.
I honestly dont think they needed his name and face all over everything to sell the movie. People are going to buy it regardless, its a well known title and its Disney.
Another thing was I dont think they should have said right away that she was going to kill the Jabberwockey....then the end is very anticlimactic and it takes all the suspense away from it. You know she is going to kill it, its already been written on the scroll and brought up like 13,000 times during the movie so when she does encounter it you know she is in no real danger.
Almost through the whole movie I felt almost a bored sensation like I was waiting for something to happen that never did. It was nice to see him actually show the past time she was there as a little girl but that scene was so quick I doubt anyone really understood it fully. And it further messed with the story and the sense of the thing. I would've taken it out.
There was way too much useage of CGI as well. Johnny Depp's eyes were digitally made bigger and oddest of all was Crispin Glover (helloooo, mcfly!!) his entire body was cgi. Yes, his whole body, all they used was his motion captured performance and his head.
It was a decent attempt but the movie was just too scattered and messy.
I would guess that most people either got distracted by the visuals or nowadays since they pay so much to see a movie, a lot of people dont feel right saying anything is bad because they paid and dont want to say they wasted money.
Oh and i'm sure 3D had something to do with it of course.
Lastly, the relationship between alice and mad hatter got a bit too creepy and odd. I know for a fact i'm not the only one that thought they were going to kiss at the end. It was handled too much and it just made it seem like they fell in love and she was going to stay in wonderland to be his mad bride. Got a little weird. The hatter is mad, crazy, and never really leaves his tea party and they changed that whole dynamic and gave him a huge part with a different personality and feelings and love and all that. Probably because it was Johnny Depp and you dont just use him for a couple scenes i guess.
I think it may be time for Burton to get a new cast too. How many of his movies have Johnny Depp for cryin out loud.
I say see it just to see it but dont go in expecting anything or any real ties to the book.
Hard to decide but i am going with a split...
A few imaginative ideas
Good idea of returning to Wonderland
Big name actors to voice the catapiller and jabberwockey
Nice to see Crispin Glover still acting
Convoluted, messy, scattered story
Poorly executed
Anticlimactic ending
Way too fast pace which made a lot not make sense or understandable
Mad Hatter takeover
Cast of Depp and Helena Bonham Carter are getting tired, i know she is your girlfriend but seriously..
Barely tried to associate with the book
Nice try Burton but I say stick with your style. Dark, artistic, unique movies. I'm still a fan but maybe a little more hesitant now.
Here's looking to your next film.