Bats v Supes

 

Batman v Superman

Ok, I know. I am about a million years too late, but tonight I finally saw Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Overall, it was not as bad as I thought it would be. But that actually isn’t saying much.

The storyline was an ABSOLUTE hot mess.  I’m still not 100% what the flick was actually about.  Batman was cranky, Superman didn’t smile, stuff got destroyed, Lois needed saving a bunch of times, Wonder Woman showed up, and Lex Luthor was an asshole.  That’s pretty much it.

The plot was so awful that it actually made me angry the longer I sat in the theatre.  And mostly, it was because they tried to cram too many comic books into one flick.  Obviously, Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns (no matter what Snyder says) and The Death of Superman (and all of that Doomsday nonsense). Add in the vague references to Wonder Woman’s origin and the origins of the Justice League, and well, like I said, angry.   They could have stuck with ONE of those books as source material and could have had a decently cohesive plot instead of the big turd that they ended up with.

What else didn’t I like?  Oh, I detested Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. Like HATED.   Now I am not the biggest Supes fan and certainly no fan of Luthor, but I dunno, Eisenberg’s portrayal made Luthor out to be more of a petulant child than an evil mastermind and genius.  It was grating. Plus, towards the end, I think he was trying to channel the Joker.. well, poorly. I also continue to dislike Amy Adams as Lois. I grew tired of her about half of the way through Man of Steel and well, it hasn’t improved.  She has nothing on Margot Kidder, man!  And she certainly has no chemistry with Henry Cavill.

Oh Henry Cavill. I struggled with him in this flick too. Contrary to a lot of other people, I really enjoyed Man of Steel and his portrayal. Supes has always been so boring to me so I really enjoyed the darker Superman (I may have cheered when he snapped Zod’s neck, I’m not going to lie).  But in this flick? Ugh, he was so wooden and so…. boring. And not even in that, Supes is a boy scout boring way. In the boring “Why am I watching this? Well, at least he is handsome” kinda way. Not great.  And what pains me is that Henry Cavill is a good actor (Watch The Tudors, I am not just blinded by his beauty!), but he isn’t getting the opportunity to show everyone that. Maybe they will introduce Bizarro (cuz why not?!? [eyeroll]) and we will get to see a bit more from him.  I don’t know.

Still, there were some really great moments.  Ben Affleck was absolutely fantastic as the Bat and Bruce Wayne (especially the latter).  I am not sure if he is my favourite Bat, but he is definitely in the top two (I am a Christian Bale apologist – sue me). I look forward to an Affleck solo Batman flick.   Gal Gadot was, well, alright.  Admittedly, I was a bit underwhelmed with her. But I can tell that she is going to do great things with the character (if the fucking plot isn’t this abysmal) and I squee’d with delight when she saved helped out the boys against Doomsday.

I enjoyed the psuedo-introduction to the Justice League. Though I am still pissed off that Martian Manhunter won’t be in the flick and that there is still no Hal Jordan love (come on guys, even Ryan Reynolds is over it…) And after seeing BvS, I am less annoyed that my Grant Gustin won’t be Movie!Barry because well, these films just aren’t that great. I just wish Affleck was directing the Justice League film. I am so over Zack Snyder (he gets no links!)

Yah, it was a film. I watched it.  It was… alright, which isn’t a ringing endorsement, I know. I just wish DC knew how to make better films. As a DC fan, it hurts my soul that Marvel is making these amazing flicks (Captain America: Civil War opens in less than two weeks, aaaaahhhh!) and DC is making…well, this shit. Upside, DC can at least make pretty fantastic TV.

So I guess there’s that.

Or something.

:S

Marketing Done Right: Deadpool

Yes, the trailers for Deadpool are nothing short of glorious. Seriously, I can not wait until February 12th! I am ridiculously excited. But it really is the other marketing that is making me super excited for the proper cinematic version of the Merc with a Mouth.

Take the following, for example:

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Brilliant AND entertaining. Plus, they really are awesome PSAs. Everyone SHOULD be touching themselves.

Deadpool may actually make the Universe forgive Ryan Reynolds for the Green Lantern*.

*I still maintain it could have been a good flick. While Reynolds isn’t really Hal Jordan material (He has always been Wade Wilson to me – even after the steaming pile of crap that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine – totally not his fault, but I digress). GL just suffered from ABYSMAL editing.

…That Time I Met Cancer Man

In honour of the X-Files revival that starts tonight (!!), I give you this – one of my most prized possessions.

That, my friends, is a 25 year old me that time that AvD and I met William B. Davis, everyone’s favourite Cigarette Smoking Man.  It was at MacEwan Hall Ballroom for a spoken word event circa February 1999. I have a vague recollection of him discussing science, physics and all sorts of smart things.  We had the opportunity for a meet-n-greet after.  He was so very KIND and SWEET. Nothing like his infamous character at all and thus, secured him as one of my favourites for all time.  He signed our tickets and took a photo with each of us.  I was so excited and nervous!

I have a shit eating grin in the photo. But in my head, all I could think was:

“OH MY GOD! CANCER MAN IS TOUCHING ME! CANCER MAN IS TOUCHING ME!”

It was amazing and he was amazing! And I can’t wait to see him in the revival!  I know AvD is excited about seeing her Duchovny in the suit. Me? I am all about Mr. William B. Davis! Can’t wait!

Farewell, Moffat!

Steven Moffat
Finally.

Steven Moffat is FINALLY leaving Doctor Who.

If you know me, you know that I think Steven Moffat is a fantastic writer, but an absolute shit show runner.  He has given the Whoiverse some of the BEST episodes ever written. Both in Who and in the science fiction genre as a whole. He gives Joss Whedon a run for his money. “Blink”, “The Silence in the Library”, “The Forest of the Dead” and “The Empty Child” are brilliant pieces of television.    He also introduced Captain Jack Harkness and River Song (who upon initial introduction was a fantastically wonderful character despite what happened to her in later seasons).    He was one of the strongest resources in the Who writer toolbox since the first season of the 2005 reboot.

After Russell T. Davies left and Moffat took over as show runner, well, things changed.  Now, yes, full disclosure, David Tennant‘s Ten is my Doctor and will always be my Doctor. So I adore anything that RTD gave us – even the schmalz-y ‘shippy stuff.  So when Moffat took over, well, Who was not really my Who anymore.  Yes, Matt Smith‘s Eleven was fantastic (and in my opinion, much darker than Peter Capaldi‘s Twelve*) and I loved Eleven almost as much as Ten. And because of Matt Smith’s portrayal of Eleven, I continued to persevere with Moffat’s Who.

But I dunno, things changed.  The storylines became unnecessarily confusing and convoluted, time was way too timey-wimey, a bit of misogyny started to rear its head, River Song was absolutely decimated as a character, Clara/The Impossible Girl was a wasted opportunity, and so on.  I even thought with the addition as Capaldi’s Twelve that things might improve, but instead it got worse. By the time, my viewing of the second episode of Season 8 had finished, I just could not support Moffat anymore. I continued to watch, but would complain after almost every episode.  It hurt my heart to be so annoyed and upset with a show that I loved so much. I was counting the episodes until he announced his departure.

And today he did.  After next season (which, unfortunately, won’t air until 2017), Moffat will depart and Chris Chibnall** will be taking over. I am ecstatic about this.  I loved both Broadchurch (gads, it was SO good) and Torchwood.  I think he will breathe much needed life into the series.  I can’t wait!

As for Moffat, he was an abysmal fit for Doctor Who, but his tenure running Sherlock has been nothing short of AMAZING.  “The Adominable Bride” was absolutely brilliant and the creative collective between himself, Mark Gatiss, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman is GLORIOUS.  It just keeps getting better and better which is not something I could say about Doctor Who.  So now that he is stepping out of the TARDIS, I wait with bated breath for him to step into 221B Baker Street once more.

Unrelated, if they make that Labyrinth reboot that I have been hearing about all day, I will cut a bitch.

Heath, you are still missed. 🙁  I can’t believe its been eight years.

*Its a fact.  Tears of a clown and all that. Don’t try and argue with me. I will fight you.
**Though, Toby Whithouse would have been even MORE amazing.  But Chibnall is rad.

The X-Files Revival Trailer

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The trailer for the X-Files revival dropped yesterday. Well, a longer one.

I finally watched it. And while I am not 100% sold on the revival, I have a tiny amount of excitement – if only for the words “We have a small problem” (chills!!!)  and that cigarette wielding hand.

So here’s the thing. I love the X-Files.  Well, 1990s X-Files.  I have seen every single episode of the original series a multitude of times.  I watched the original flick.  I faithfully watched very short-lived The Lone Gunmen series. One of my most prized possessions is a photo of myself with William B. Davis*. Hell, unlike a lot of folks, I even genuinely loved Agent John Doggett when Robert Patrick came on the show to replace Duchovny.

But when the show jumped the shark with the awful Mulder/Scully romance-y business… and that kid… It made me so angry.  Ask AvD.  I still rage when she brings up the X-Files.  I never, not-once ‘shipped Mulder/Scully and it annoyed (continues to annoy?) the piss out of me when other people did and when Chris Carter ended up doing it? Well, I was so MAD!

When the show ended, it was bittersweet.  I missed the show, but I had grown so disenchanted with the two lead characters (especially when Mulder came back) that I wasn’t sad to see it go.  And my annoyance was so powerful that I flat out REFUSED to see the flick that came out in 2008.  I figured it was a cash grab. And I, in fact, still haven’t seen it.

Now, I am slowly warming to the idea of a new series. Very slowly. Like tortoise pace.  And its not because I particularly care about Mulder and Scully – cuz I don’t. At all. Its more the other characters that I miss. With the promise of Cancer Man, Skinner and my Lone Gunmen making appearances (Uhm, Krycek? Please?), I am thawing on my No-X-Files reboot hardline and may actually watch it in January.

But I’ll tell you this…. one smoochy between Mulder and Scully? And we will be friends off again! 😉

*CSM and Krycek are my favourites and will always be my favourites. 

 

Uhm, Heathers the Musical..?!

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It’s confessional time!

As I have mentioned before, I LOVE Heathers the film.  I will thunderdome anyone who says anything negative about it because it is so much a part of my existence (I am look at you, DR! 😉 ) And I adore the music from the musical.  I am very excited to be a part of the production that Cappuccino Theatre is putting on early next year.  So, in spite of not seeing the stage production yet, there is already much love for this musical.

But then….

I started watching a bootleg version of the original stage production on the Youtubes.

Friends, I can not tell a lie. I am barely into Act I and I am BORED TO DEATH (no pun intended).  The characterizations are weird – especially Veronica. She is more of a bubblehead that I am comfortable with. The blocking and choreography are so boring (especially given the source material). And the stagecraft? Ugh, it is so visually dull and uninspiring.  I mean, they got the Heathers-Cubed and Veronica colour palette right, but that’s about it.

And don’t get me started on JD. Just don’t.

I feel bad saying that it is boring or anything negative – especially since the music is so amazing and its, well, Heathers.  But man. It hurts my brain and my soul.

On the flipside, this just means that our version is going to be FRICKING amazing in comparison.  Especially given who is on our team. Most of the people on the team couldn’t make an ugly, boring, or uninspiring show if their lives depended on it, so, yah, it will be rad.   That fills me with hope.

Because, that original production…. dang.

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Deadpool Trailer. Finally

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Guys! Its here! Its finally here! Behold. The red band trailer! Obviously, NSFW.

Also? Here’s the trailer for the trailer that came out yesterday! 😀

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Gads, I can not wait for this flick.

Happy Pluto Fly-By Day!

Gorgeous Pluto! The dwarf planet has sent a love note back to Earth via our New Horizons spacecraft, which has traveled more than 9 years and 3+ billion miles. This is the last and most detailed image of Pluto sent to Earth before the moment of closest approach, which was at 7:49 a.m. EDT Tuesday – about 7,750 miles above the surface — roughly the same distance from New York to Mumbai, India – making it the first-ever space mission to explore a world so far from Earth. This stunning image of the dwarf planet was captured from New Horizons at about 4 p.m. EDT on July 13, about 16 hours before the moment of closest approach. The spacecraft was 476,000 miles (766,000 kilometers) from the surface. Images from closest approach are expected to be released on Wednesday, July 15. Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI #nasa #pluto #plutoflyby #newhorizons#solarsystem #nasabeyond #science

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It’s Pluto fly-by day as the New Horizons spacecraft, after 9 years and well over 3 billion kilometres, finally reached its destination today!  It arrived at roughly 7:49 am EST this morning and NASA promises up close and personal images by Wednesday.  I can’t wait!

Space travel is so rad.