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Suicide Squad Is the Movie Gotham Deserves

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Is it just me or is Suicide Squad looking like it’s going to be the movie for 2016?! I know I have super high expectations, and I hope I am not over hyped for this film, but I’ll say it… from the moment I saw the cast photos I was sold. After the first trailer came out, I had seen all I needed to see to know that the Suicide Squad film is going to be absolutely perfect for me. I knoooooow. Mel, you really shouldn’t talk so strongly about the film before you’ve seen it. I get it. I really do. But honestly…. in my eyes, they nailed these trailers so fucking much.

The characters look incredible and I am excited about how fresh an new this all is. We’ve had so many Batman films and Superman films, and to me, it’s about time we introduced some new characters to the big screen. The possibilities are endless. I need this movie to be just as amazing as it looks.

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The first full trailer featuring Bohemian Rhapsody is the best trailer I have seen all year. The way they used that music, the meaning behind that song and synchronised it to the action was a beautiful thing. To me, even if I did have any reservations about the film (I didn’t), would have gone the moment I saw that trailer.

But then…. we got more. See how lucky we are as fans in 2016?! I don’t want to ruin the moment, but a question – do we see too much of the film via trailers these days before the film even comes out? Let me know what you think.

A new trailer was shown at the MTV Movie Awards yesterday and it was equally amazing and a bit more fun and lighthearted than the first trailer we saw.

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It’s kinda impossible for me to love Harley any more, but this trailer completely fulfilled my need for Harley. I really enjoyed that. They also had a funny one liner from Deadshot that I appreciated as well – nice to see some of the personalities of the other characters coming through in the trailer.

If you missed the trailer, you can see it here:

What are your thoughts on the trailer and are you excited to see the Suicide Squad? I am going to be there opening night – I can’t tell you how hyped I am!

Melissa / holybatgirl

 

 

Most Anticipated Horror Movies of 2016

I am such a horror movie buff. I always have been, ever since I was (far too) young. As Wondercon was on over the weekend, we were spoiled with all kinds of announcements and trailers. I was in my element.

In particular, there were a couple of horror movies that were talked about that just have me dying to see them, and it made me think about some of the other horror movies that are coming out in 2016 and I thought I’d put together a list of the horror movies I am most anticipating to come out this year! I know, it’s almost April already, so I’ll talk about the movies yet to be released that I am keen to see.

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This list isn’t for the faint-hearted, so I’m sorry if horror isn’t your thing, I am not trying to creep you out… or am I? 😉 If you’re like me though and you like your scary movies, keep reading!

Lights Out
This was one of the movies talked about at Wondercon and we finally saw a trailer for this movie. HOLY CRAP! You guys, this looks so incredibly scary. I feel like I am probably going to sleep with the lights on for at least 3 weeks after I see this film. I’m not going to even talk about this one, I’ll just leave the trailer right here and you can see for yourselves what I mean.

Friday The 13th Part Two
I think I was one of the only people who thought that the reboot of Friday The 13th was decent. It wasn’t going to win any awards, but I am a sucker for a slasher movie, and so I quite enjoyed it. Part 2 is being remade but seems to be getting pushed back. I’ve heard it’s out this year, fingers crossed that’s true!

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The Purge: Election Year
So many franchises seem to ruin a good thing by releasing bad sequels, but I really have enjoyed both Purge movies so far and I have (maybe misplaced) high hopes that the third one will live up to my expectations. This is one of those films that is based on a really cool idea – that one night of the year, all crime and murders are legal for 12 hours. It’s called The Purge. Truly horrifying to me, because there’s that thought of “wow, this could possibly happen”. Those masks are so scary to me! Election Year is one I’ll be checking out.

Rings
Also known as The Ring 3… I remember going to the cinemas when I was younger with my friends and seeing the first Ring, and my god. It was the first time I had seen a Japanese inspired movie like that before, and I couldn’t sleep that night. Now when I look back, that movie has dated a LOT. I hope that Rings doesn’t disappoint. It could certainly use the benefits of modern technology to make it look even more real and scary.

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Death House
This movie is being talked about as “The Expendables of Horror” which both excites me and makes me nervous. A secret government facility becomes ground zero for the most horrific prison break in the history of mankind. You’ll recognise a bunch of icons from movies like A Nightmare on Elm Street and Re-Animator. Stars such as Robert Englund, Danny Trejo, Michael Berryman, Kane Hodder, Dee Wallace, Bill Moseley, Barbara Crampton, Doug Bradley, Ken Foree, Camille Keaton and Don Shanks, among others. EXCITING!

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Amityville: The Awakening
This one I will definitely go and see but I don’t have huge expectations for it, as it seems that Amityville movies seem to just come out all the time with questionable quality. The trailer to me says that it’s passable but won’t be the scariest movie I see in 2016. I am still looking forward to it either way.

31
This one technically has already been released but I can’t help myself but to include it because I really want to see it. Rob Zombie’s movies are always so quirky, weird and filled with torture. I am on the edge between loving his movies and being too grossed out. I am definitely going to check out 31 when I get a chance.

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The Conjuring 2
I loved The Conjuring…. as in, loved it so much I saw it twice at the movies. I thought it was scary, it had a really strong story line (which isn’t always the case for horror movies), and psychologically messed with me. It was brilliant. Also premiering at Wondercon was the trailer for the highly anticipated Conjuring 2. This looks absolutely amazing to me.

I love being a horror fan in 2016.. for all the schlock films out there, there’s just as many brilliant ones being made all the time. 2016, should be a decent year as far as the horror genre goes!

What are you looking forward to?

Melissa / holybatgirl

Is Batman v Superman deserving of the bad reviews?

This post is definitely going to contain a number of spoilers, so if you haven’t seen the movie, please don’t read beyond this point. If you’ve seen the film or don’t care about spoilers, then who am I to stop you?

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I do a pretty damn good job of staying under the radar when it comes to spoilers. So I really hadn’t seen/heard/read any reviews of Batman v Superman prior to seeing it myself.

Here’s the thing right: Overall, I liked Batman v Superman a lot. There were parts were I thought they nailed it and also some weak parts that stopped this movie from being outstanding to me (see yesterdays post with my thoughts).

I feel like in a world where everyone has to love or hate something, in this situation, I feel like for the first time in a long time, I couldn’t say either. I enjoyed it but didn’t love or hate it.

Yet despite knowing how I felt about Batman v Superman, I was still shocked to hear how many negative reviews that people were giving Batman v Superman. Not shocked that some people hated it, but more shocked at the volume in which it was getting canned.

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Take a look at those numbers! So far BvS has proven to be rating pretty badly amongst critics on the website Rotten Tomatoes.. the critics are taking this movie to film school and putting it through the ringer. General audiences, (the public) are still giving it 73% which is still somewhat decent, and also where I fall in the spectrum.

Here are just some of the comments from journalist critics… I apologise now for the obnoxious dribble that you’re about to read..

Here is Tim Grierson, writing for the New Republic:

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a joyless slog. Filled with scenes of gloomy characters confronting their demons or wrestling with their insipid moral quandaries, it’s not a superhero movie so much as it is an excruciating therapy session in which there are occasionally huge explosions and guys in capes.

“Humorless” too, says the AV Club:

Directed by Zack Snyder, of faithfully butchered Watchmen fame, Batman V Superman takes a title fight kids of all ages have been speculating about for decades—costumed titan from the cosmos, meet costumed vigilante from the city—and invests it with all the fun of a protracted custody battle.

Slate wasn’t too kind, either:

It is worse than the widely detested Joel Schumacher Batman films, including the one with bat nipples. It is probably worse than the never-filmed Superman movie starring Nicolas Cage would have been. If Christopher Reeve is spinning in his grave right now, it’s not because Snyder’s film so egregiously ignores what might make a Superman film special (though it does!) but because the throbbing Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL score is loud enough to rattle a buried corpse. I’m a lifelong comic-book reader who is generally sympathetic to comic-book movies and even liked Man of Steel. Batman v Superman made me want to yell at the Justice League to get off my lawn.

Reviewers also agree that the plot was a complete mess. Here’s Vulture, which did not mince words, calling the movie “godawful”:

It’s a shame that Batman v Superman is also a storytelling disgrace. It has maybe six opening scenes and jumps so incessantly from subplot to subplot that a script doctor would diagnose a peculiarly modern infection: “disjunctivitis.”

Us Weekly:

Though hyped for more than a year as a Clash of the Titans epic, the final product is 151 minutes of gloom and doom. Not only is it the anti-Deadpool, it takes itself more seriously than a Best Picture Oscar winner.

Many reviewers agree that Jesse Eisenberg was overacting to an uncomfortable degree. Here’s Deadspin:

Oof, Lex Luthor is a drag. Jesse Eisenberg preens and over-enunciates and waxes crazily pedantic, like no one told him he’s not in a Sorkin movie anymore; his method of conveying Brilliant Insanity is to make as though he just ingested touring funk band quantities of cocaine. It is discomfiting and unpleasant.

Entertainment Weekly says this one is so bad it’s probably worth a do-over:

It’s another numbing smash-and-bash orgy of CGI mayhem with an ending that leaves the door open wide enough to justify the next 10 instalments. Is it too late to demand a rematch?

Are you there? Still with me? I’m sorry you had to see that, but I mean… wow right? Are some of these reviews just a case of people drinking the haterade or are they fair?

My opinion alone is that these comments are completely unfair. Look, I get it… BvS is not going to sweep up all of the awards at the next red carpet event, but what happened to being fair and balanced?

Critics are not fans though, and I’m keen to see what fans didn’t like about the movie.

I thought I’d go through some of the main points that fans are talking about and say whether I thought they were fair or unfair criticisms.

  • The fight scene between Batman and Superman was only 8 minutes.
    This one confuses me, because I wonder what people expected? This was never going to be a three hour battle between Batman and Superman. Not only would that get incredibly old quickly, but there’s a storyline that needs to be set up in order for us to know why they have beef in the first place at the very least. I can’t say that this is a valid reason to dislike the movie, I’d say your expectations were maybe off kilter. Verdict: Unfair
  • Batman kills a whole lot of people in this movie, it destroys Batman’s entire character. Batman doesn’t kill.
    This was the main one that had a lot of people’s knickers in a twist. On the surface, I get it. I understand. But I disagree. I think it’s been widely acknowledged that this Batman is based on Frank Miller’s adaptation of Batman as shown in The Dark Knight Returns. Which for those of you who don’t read comics, or haven’t read this one – Batman is one dark son of a bitch in this comic. He is absolutely the type of guy who kills. One of the scenes in Batman v Superman where Batman takes a gun of a guy and uses it to shoot him was ripped straight out of the pages of The Dark Knight Returns (below). So do I think this comment is fair? Not really. Verdict: Unfair.ibelieveyou1
  • There is too much that they’re trying to cram into the movie.
    I agree with this point… no arguments from me on this, it was one of the things that took away from taking this movie from being very good to outstanding in my eyes. They spent a lot of time setting up the next movies. Verdict: Fair

  • Gal Gadot looks as though she’s 93 pounds, even in costume she still lacked the build of Wonder Woman.
    Really? I can’t agree with this one at all. I absolutely had those reservations and worries about Gal Gadot when it was first announced, but any worries I had, went away when the promo image came out and they were completely quashed when I saw her in action on the screen. She is captivating, beautiful, powerful and no other actress can pop into my mind as looking more like Wonder Woman to me. Especially her face… that IS Wonder Woman. I think people need to give her a break, she put on a lot of muscle for the role and I think she looked fantastic. Verdict: Unfair
  • Lex Luthor is far too over the top to the point where his antics look silly and out of place in the movie
    I can see why people aren’t liking how Lex Luthor acts in this movie, as I said in my summary yesterday they need to be careful because Lex is at this precarious point right now where he’s a bit of a loose cannon but has that dark quirkiness to him but he’s also got that ability to be seen as the love child of Johnny Depp’s Willy Wonka and Jim Carey’s Riddler, which definitely would be out of place in the movie. Some people are saying he was a major reason they didn’t enjoy the movie. Personally, I wouldn’t go that far. I liked the layered aspect to his character, it was a different take and I liked it. But I get it. Verdict: Fair

I always say everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and I love seeing people get passionate about the things they care about. There’s definitely some valid reasons people have bought up as to why they didn’t enjoy Batman v Superman, but from what I am hearing, there’s also a lot of people out there just being a little unfair really. But hey, you can’t make everyone happy 100% of the time!

Poor Ben Affleck was so upset to learn BvS hadn’t received the best reviews, resulting in “Sad Affleck” to go viral.

Let me know in the comments – did you think some of the criticisms of Batman v Superman were fair?

Melissa / holybatgirl

 

My Batman v Superman thoughts

This post is definitely going to contain a number of spoilers, so if you haven’t seen the movie, please don’t read beyond this point. If you’ve seen the film or don’t care about spoilers, then who am I to stop you?

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I started typing up a blog post today on the hate reviews Batman v Superman is getting currently and delving into what’s being said and whether these criticisms are fair or not.

But as I was doing this, I realised that perhaps I was jumping the gun somewhat since I haven’t really talked first about what I personally thought of the movie myself.

Here’s the thing right: I liked it. I liked Batman v Superman a lot. Would I say it was the best movie I’ve ever seen? I wouldn’t. But I also wasn’t expecting it to be either (I’ve always set my expectations higher for Suicide Squad). There were parts I thought they nailed it and also some weaker parts that stopped this movie from being outstanding.

So before I go jumping into the reviews (which I’ll post tomorrow), let me take some time out today to talk a little bit about some of my own personal thoughts about Batman v Superman. I have a lot of thoughts and they’re going to seem to jump all over the place here, so I am going to use dot points so that my jumping back and forth is a little more forgivable. 😉

  • Ben Affleck was incredible. He’s now my favourite Batman. There wasn’t one bad scene where Batman was featured in this movie. Nailed it.
  • Wonder Woman stole the show. She had a minor role in this movie, and yet she’s absolutely captivating and really hard not to like. She LOOKS like Wonder Woman. I know people have had a moan about the fact she’s not as thick as Wonder Woman is in the comics, but she was enough in this movie that I hope it shuts some of those people up.
  • Doomsday was probably my least favourite part of this movie. Not the character himself, but the overdone corny looking CGI effects. Wasn’t a fan of that.
  • This movie really had a lot going on.. I’d have been happy if they stripped it back. Movies that are unnecessarily long can push my patience, no matter how much I like them. I felt like they spent a lot of time setting up for future movies than they spent focusing on the storyline.
  • Superman is never going to be my favourite character, but Henry Cavill is the perfect guy to play this role. I liked that we saw some weakness in Superman in this movie, both physically and emotionally. It added texture to what is traditionally a pretty boring character to me.
  • I loved the continuity from Man of Steel. I was annoyed at the end of Man of Steel because of the amount of destruction that Superman had caused to Metropolis. It didn’t sit well with me. But then they completely addressed that for me in Batman v Superman with Batman stepping in.
  • AQUAMAN!!! Flash and Cyborg too, but AQUAMAN! I actually loved that they teased us with that and didn’t include them in the fight scenes. It builds up the anticipation for the next film. Completely counteracts what I said two dot points ago. I did think the set up of this was lazy script writing in terms of executing this part but my excitement won over.
  • Lois Lane can eat an ass. Not the actress, she was great. But just the character. I have issues with how weak and frail she always seems to be. I will say though, that given her and Superman are in love, it’s nice to see her man pulling through every time, even if I did roll my eyes into the back my of head each and every time she nearly dies. To me, she felt irrelevant to this film.
  • I loved the homage to Dark Knight Returns. I have issues with that comic for other reasons, but I did love how Batman was that badass, gives-no-shits version that we haven’t seen on the big screen before. So refreshing, and it felt like a more authentic version of Batman.
  • Lex Luthor is a character that has audiences divided. Personally? I liked him for the most part. I loved his quirkiness and eccentric nature, it makes me excited to see where his character goes. His craziness and over the top can take him to some incredibly dark places, but they have to be careful he doesn’t turn into Jim Carey’s Riddler if he pushes that over the top aspect too hard.
  • The first 5 minutes where you have the scene of Bruce Wayne as a kid – sensational. The cinematography, lens filters/colouring, and the way they moulded the scene with Bruce’s parents being murdered in the alley with Bruce falling down the well at the funeral was really clever. I really loved this part, and as soon as I saw this, I knew Batman’s character was in safe hands.
  • The action. This is a big plus, I got everything I wanted here. The fight scenes with Batman were phenomenal, it was like watching Arkham Knight being played at some points in terms of the creative take downs. I liked the homage to The Dark Knight Returns as well with the gun. Very cool.

I said at the start of this post that I thought this movie was pretty good and I stand by that. There were certainly  aspects that could have been done better but none of them annoyed me to the point where it made the movie unenjoyable.

I’d absolutely give this a second watch, but I think I’ll wait for the uncut version to be released on bluray and then I’ll check that out.

I don’t make a habit of rating movies out of 10, but if I had to, I’d say that this was a 6.5/7 out of 10 for me. 🙂 Enjoyable, amazing action and the best Batman I’ve ever seen. But too lengthy and too much being crammed into the film, stopping it from being an 8 or a 9.

I’d love to know what you thought of Batman v Superman! Let me know in the comments section, or let me know on Twitter @holybatgirl.

Melissa / holybatgirl