Category Archives: DC Cinematic Universe

Top 10: Movies Where the Villain Kills the Hero

Sometimes everything isn’t happily ever after for our heroes.  WatchMojo has put together a list for a great topic for discussion: movies where the villain ends up killing the hero.  The hero’s journey doesn’t always end the way we’d hope (those reeling after this weekend’s Avengers: Infinity War are feeling that).  Sometimes a hero sacrifices themselves to ensure their ultimate goal.  Sometimes a hero’s goal IS their own death.  Sometimes….well, sometimes they bad guys DO win.  It goes without saying that unless you feel like you’ve pretty much seen iconic movies GIANT SPOILER WARNING!  What do you think of WM’s selections?  Off the top of my head, Road to Perdition, Shane, and Logan (which is in a lot of ways an homage to Shane) spring to mind.   I think we can definitely find two better selections than The Wicker Man and Batman vs. Superman (seriously, guys?). What other films do you think should have made this list where the hero didn’t make it to the end credits?Mel Gibson in Braveheart

 

Justice League Blu Ray Release Date and Special Features

Jason Mamoa, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher

I was really hoping that WB would release an extended cut of Justice League to flesh out the film, and perhaps refine some of the issues with the theatrical cut.  At the very least, I was hoping we’d get more deleted scenes than are being offered, but this seems like a pretty boilerplate blu ray release.  Oddly, their big selling point is that if you can play the 4K version, it’s more colorful than the theatrical release was.  However opinions may vary, I don’t think the color palate was something that a ton of people were hyper focused on after the film came out.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has officially announced that it will release on 4K Blu-ray3D Blu-ray, and Blu-ray Zack Snyder’s blockbuster Justice League. The three releases will be available for purchase on March 13. 

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In Theaters This Week (11/22/2017): Coco, Darkest Hour, The Man Who Saved Christmas

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Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week.  This being Thanksgiving week, movies open on the Wednesday before the holiday for a five-day weekend.  There are two new wide releases and one limited release all looking very promising. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (11/22/2017): Coco, Darkest Hour, The Man Who Saved Christmas

Ben Affleck’s 10 Best Movies

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Ben Affleck has had a number of phases to his career in the 25 years plus he’s been in Hollywood.  Starting out, Affleck and a number of young actors first gained notoriety in a number of Kevin Smith’s films (Mallrats, Chasing Amy, etc.) back when Kevin Smith actually made movies.  Then he and his best friend Matt Damon had their Hollywood dream come true when their indie film, Good Will Hunting, in which they both wrote and starred, became one of the most critically acclaimed pictures of 1997 and the duo’s Oscar acceptance is one of the best of all-time.  From there, Affleck entered a blockbuster phase that didn’t take.  The scripts kept getting worse until he hit rock-bottom with Gigli, one of the most mocked films in recent memory.

Affleck, though, didn’t burn out.  He started out as a writer, and he started picking quality scripts again.  He also began directing, and he showed tremendous talent with Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and Argo.  Currently, his career is intertwined with being the current Batman, and while I may not be a huge fan of any of the films he’s been Batman in (funnily enough he played Superman first in 2006’s Hollywoodland), I like his take on the character, but I’m not certain where the DCEU goes with a Batman in his mid-to-late 40s.  Whatever’s next, I think Affleck should get back behind the camera, pick projects that highlight his strengths as an actor (he’s not the strongest, but his overall knowledge of the process gives him an edge), and make the movies he wants to make.  Getting sucked into commercial Hollywood blockbusters is what broke his career the first time; I’d hate to see it happen again.
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Movie Review: Justice League (2017) *Just Mediocre*

JK Simmons, Gal Gadot, Ray Fisher, Ben Affleck, and Ezra Miller in Justice League

Justice League has seemingly been on the way forever and has endured one of the more tortured roads to the screen of any blockbuster in recent memory.  First it was two films; then it was one. Then backlash from Batman vs. Superman changed things; then success from Wonder Woman and input from the always meddlesome WB demanded reshoots.   Then director Zack Snyder’s family tragedy caused him to drop off the picture.  Then Joss Whedon (who was already on-board to do the reshoots) took over the picture and cut the running time by 50 minutes, and then the tone was changed to be more in line with the hopeful note set by Wonder Woman.  Take a second to breathe.  So after all of that, what is the dominant impression walking away from Justice League?  There isn’t one.  It’s a film that makes no impact, has no presence, or lasting punch.  So many cooks have been in its kitchen that the final product is just an average, bland waste of an opportunity. Continue reading Movie Review: Justice League (2017) *Just Mediocre*