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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
« on: March 24, 2016, 11:55 AM »
Posted this in the local MN section, but thought I would share thoughts here as well.  Go see it.

I went into this movie with pretty low expectations. but I liked it. 

The Tone: Yes, it is dark and gray and rainy and serious throughout most of the film. They used slow motion walking or bullet casings falling to the ground to emphasize the seriousness, but it wasn't overdone in my opinion.  It's just more serious than campy - a lot like the Nolan Batman films in that way.  I'm sure they wanted to keep the tone from previous DC movies and differentiate from what Marvel is doing.  But there were 2-3 funny lines in the movie as well that got smiles out of me.

The Characters:  I like the casting for all the heroes.  Had my doubts about Ben, but he pulled off a grim Batman really well.  Gadot's Wonder Woman is awesome and I left wanting to know more about her character.  Eisenberg's Luthor comes off as more of a combination of Lex and The Joker.  I always envisioned Lex as a lot more like Tony Stark - super smart, super rich, super arrogant, super greedy.  He's all that, but also completely mental.  Its cool to find out how he is manipulating things, but feel like there should have been more of a clear motive behind his actions other than just messing with the heroes.  Background characters like Lois, Alfred, Perry, Martha Kent were all great in their supporting roles.

The Storyline: Unlike Nick, I totally bought into why Clark and Bruce find themselves on opposing sides.  Batman sees massive destruction from Superman's battles and is personally impacted by it.  He is worried about anyone having that much power with no checks in place.  He's a vigilante too, but innocents get killed in Superman's battles and he struggles to relate to that. As a reporter, Clark sees how vicious Batman is with the bad guys.  His whole concept is striking fear into people, which is very alien (and wrong) for Supes. Great contrasting between the two philosophies right down to taking time to show Superman in love vs. Batman not even contemplating an heir to the Wayne estate.  They pepper in Wonder Woman really well too - she's a smaller part of the overall story, but not forced in.  It's a long movie (2.5 hours), but almost all of the scenes were worthwhile and contributed to the story.

The Action:
Say whatever you want about all the other aspects of this movie - if you didn't like the fight scenes then you're a soulless hater who should be banned from ever seeing another action film.  Every single fight scene was ridiculously fun.  The Batmobile is kick butt awesome and Bats uses that bat-cable trick like he's Spiderman.  The final brawl at the end is crazy good.  I didn't understand everyone's power set, but they captured the slugfest/light show perfectly from wide shots to the close ups. 

What could have been better:  I really didn't care for Bruce's dream sequences.  I get why they were included, and they were fun to see by themselves, but it really disrupts the flow of the movie.  Lex is just weird as a bad guy.  I would have liked a more polished, less crazy Luthor and more explanation for his motives.  Maybe he's more of a lunatic in the comics - my interpretation of him is more like the Lex from Smallville.  The Justice League setup is a little overdone.  Can't say more without spoiling things, but the setup for another movie was a little more heavy handed than it needed to be.  I would have liked a happier ending too.

Overall, I'd give this movie an 8 out of 10 after expecting about a 5.  I will definitely see it again at some point.  For those that care about the stats, its worth noting that while the Tomatometer is at just 33%, the 124,000 audience ratings have it at 79%.  Don't wait around for the credits - there is no extra footage.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
« on: March 23, 2016, 12:26 PM »
Sadly, 40% on Rotten Tomatoes means I'll be saving my money and waiting for Netflix.  Sounds like it's about on par with what I expected after Man of Steel.  DC/WB really needs to launch Snyder into orbit and retool.  Maybe build up their TV universe and use that to launch some feature films.

I'm one of the last people to stand in defense of this movie, but it doesn't even come out until later this week and critics are rarely kind to scify/action/superhero material.  Maybe give it a few days for some of the genpop reaction to come in.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
« on: March 21, 2016, 03:58 PM »
I'm interested in hearing reviews from people who aren't emotionally invested in the movie being a huge hit.  I've been reading a whole lot of "OMG THIS IS THE BEST MOVIE EVER" stuff from people I know are huge DC fanboys (and who didn't think MoS was a crapfest).  It's coming across as a bit desperate.

I like the characters and want it to be good, but don't have high hopes.  I'll try to post a few thoughts Wed night.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
« on: March 21, 2016, 02:55 PM »
So, just scored a bunch of tickets to this for an early showing on Wednesday night for the MN crew...complete with free popcorn, Dr. Pepper, and a collectible steel pint glass.  I'm far more excited about this movie when it costs $0 and comes with free food/swag.   ;)

The Black Series 6" Figures / Re: 6" Black Series Rumors
« on: March 21, 2016, 02:40 PM »
Where did you hear about them?  Target rarely allows for free standing manufacturer displays.  I have seen them used during Black Friday sales and there were a rew Star Wars ones during Force Friday at one store I went to.  That store had a second Star Wars area set up in the "Holiday section" where they rotate through Halloween, Christmas, Easter, etc. Would be nice if this was the wave 4 stuff many of us are still waiting on.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Do You Have Pets?
« on: March 18, 2016, 04:26 PM »
I'd be wary of Pet insurance Rob...we have looked into it for our dogs from time to time and the coverage isn't very good at all.

I've heard that as well.  You might be better off just socking away what you would have paid in a savings account with the mindset that you can only use that money for pet care later on.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Do You Have Pets?
« on: March 16, 2016, 06:52 PM »
Sorry to hear about your loss Rob.  Anyone who has a pet knows that feeling.  Not quite the same as losing a family member, but about as close as you can get.  Hang in there.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Indiana Jones 5
« on: March 16, 2016, 06:50 PM »
I've got a bad feeling about this...


Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: March 16, 2016, 12:51 AM »
Another great episode.  Agree that these are some of the best we've seen since the series started.  I really thought the negotiation thing was going to last longer too - surprised they wrapped it all up in one show. 

I think Maggie was playing soft at first, but then started to see herself in that redhead after she took a punch from the abusive guy.  Seeing a version of yourself in the crazed eyes of someone else is probably a pretty sobering experience.  I thought for sure she was going to bite it (pun intended) when that walker slide off the spike.

Seems like Negan's group has a pretty advanced system of outposts, scouts, procedures, and codes.  The reinforcements were probably just the closest group.  The "We are all Negan" cultist thing is an interesting take.  Rick's group is thinking they took out the top guy, so should be fun to watch them proved wrong. 

I really liked the "you're not the good guys" line.  Rick's group did attack these guys somewhat unprovoked (unless you count the biker gang).  They killed Negan's people in their sleep, and the mess they left in the safe house sure won't look like self defense.  It was a lot more clear who was right vs. wrong in the comic, but the show is getting a bit ambiguous about it now...

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends
« on: March 14, 2016, 12:59 PM »
I haven't seen them anywhere on the West side...

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: March 13, 2016, 05:21 PM »
I personally liked seeing Ant-Man riding Hawkeye's arrow and running up Iron Man's arm.  It looked like he was about to get a pretty good shot in on Stark!

Ditto. That Ant-Man riding Hawk's arrow is a classic move from the comics. 

The Bullpen / Re: Marvel Legends Role Play
« on: March 12, 2016, 03:26 PM »
Looks like Hasbro has posted a new fan choice poll for their new line of high-end Marvel collector role play stuff:


Voted.  Thanks!

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: March 11, 2016, 03:47 PM »
It'll be interesting to see how they adapt the comics to film.  My main problem with Tony agreeing to be controlled is that he knows that Hydra pretty much controlled the whole government just two movies ago.  The World Council.  Everything.  So that's who he wants to put in charge of the Avengers?

And each of those big destructive events - what would have been the outcome had the Avengers not acted independently?  New York City nuked & the world conquered by aliens.  Every special/consequential human on earth executed.  And total global extinction.

So it just seems there has to be a breach in logic to go along with the "we caused this destruction" argument.

There is a world of difference between saying "You are a superhero, you need to register with the United States, be properly trained, and may be called into service when we need you" versus "Do anything I say because I'm the government."  I think Tony's side is attempting to obey the law, but would be watchful of anything that didn't fit with humane, ethical decisions.  Think of it more like a draft - the world could be called into a war with aliens or Asgardians or evil robots or whatever.  They can't fight that with conventional weapons, so they want the super hero community available to help as needed versus just hoping they show up.  The government might even have better intelligence to help the Avengers pursue common interests.  If they really thought there was any chance Hydra or something other nefarious group was still calling the shots, I think both Steve and Tony's teams would be trying to root out the bad guys.  As for previous destructive events, I think the government would argue that a registered, coordinated force of super powered people might have been able to better defend against those threats and maybe even prevent them all together.  Fewer deaths in New York, better ability to have infiltrated and shut down Hydra, no Ultron battle in the first place because they'd have oversight to Tony's defense plan. 

I haven't read the comics either, even tho I've heard that someone dies, but I wonder after all the fighting each other how do you even team up again as Avengers how do you be 'friends' again? I can't wait to see the movie but I'm interested in how the post Civil War plays out.

The comic is really good, with some great battle scenes and ethical debates.  There are obviously way more heroes involved in the battles and Spiderman plays a pretty pivotal role.  Looks to me like Black Widow will be a bigger factor this time around.  Without giving to much away, it is eventually discovered that a third party was helping orchestrate the civil war, and nothing brings people back together like a common enemy. Thor helps them reconcile, as does time.  Like always, the movie version will change some things around.  They don't have the time to rebuild relationships in little 2 hour spans.  Far easier to just dispose of the characters...Its definitely possible that we see someone else in the armor or carrying the shield after this movie. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Captain America (Movie & Sequels)
« on: March 11, 2016, 10:31 AM »
I know a lot of people have sung the praises of Robert Downey Jr. for getting the ball rolling in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  But as the Iron Man story arc has moved forward, his stories have gotten a little more difficult to digest.  But the Cap stories have been growing in their depth, intrigue and emotional content.  Because of that I think I'm looking forward to this movie a great deal, even though I never read the Civil War comic series.  Now, maybe some of this is by design.  Tony Stark's narcissism is enough to drive any person away.  He has his redeeming moments, but Tony's ego and the notion that he knows best gets in the way of him being a truly decent person.  I guess both IM3 and A-AoU cast some doubt on Tony Stark's altruistic nature.  That, and I think the Russo brothers put together a better film in Captain America - The Winter Soldier, and have likely done so again with Civil War.

Iron Man has always been my favorite super hero. He was one of the first titles I started reading as a kid.  His battle with alcoholism and subsequent fall from grace (in the comics) has a strong personal meaning for me and helped me through some rough times in my life.  I really like what Marvel has done with the entire cast, but Downey is the most spot on with his portrayal of Stark IMO.  Of course Stark is a narcissist. He's ten times smarter than anyone else, a billionaire, a playboy, a super hero.  I think he's the most realistic of all the Avengers in actually showing the flaws that come along with all that success.  He has a panic attack in IM3 because aliens have just attacked New York.  That's a lot more realistic than everyone else's reaction.  He is the first to see that bigger threats are on the way and the Avengers won't be enough to stop it, so he builds tons of different suits and eventually Ultron.  His heart's in the right place - he is trying to protect people and can't count on others to see the dangers he perceives. The problem is that these individual successes continuously get in the way of his ability to trust others and collaborate on the best course of action.  He is simultaneously the best and worst team mate you could ask for.

As for Civil war, Stark has probably had a reality check following all of the destruction he has been part of.  The government wants to license and somewhat control the Avengers actions versus allowing them to do their own thing.  You know, like vigilantes.  Makes sense given all the destruction and death that the Avengers have been a part of.  Our own government is constantly criticized for the way they handle pretty much anything, so its easy to see how public opinion would rise in favor of some kind of control over super humans.  Despite his independent nature, Stark upholds the notion that the government can best determine the right course of actions for the Avengers.  Cap, despite his fierce patriotism, decides that the heroes should be free to make their own decisions.  It's a great storyline in that both of these guys are over correcting for what they see as failures in the system.  And the fact that you can justify the actions of either side in this confrontation.

For me it comes down to your belief system.  Are you willing to surrender some of your individual freedoms to better ensure the safety of everyone or do you value your freedom enough to fight against the laws and regulations that put it at risk.  If you don't mind the government tapping phones to look for tips on terrorists, you're probably in Iron Man's camp.  If you think a guy on the street should be able to shoot a mugger or bank robber, then you're probably in Cap's camp.  Most people probably fall somewhere in between, which is why this is such a fun, but emotional storyline.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
« on: March 10, 2016, 01:23 PM »
Yeah, my 9yo wants to see Deadpool and it wasn't even a discussion.  I'm still not ready to show him stuff like Terminator or Aliens.

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