Eric’s Review – “Batman vs Robin” (2015)

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Batman vs Robin Blu-ray

What’s it About?

While Damian Wayne struggles to cope with Batman’s no-killing rule, he soon starts to believe that his destiny lies within a secret society known as, The Court of Owls.

Batman vs Robin”

Directed by Jay Oliva

Reviewed by Eric Jones

I really love these DC Universe animated movies. They excel for me in telling some of the top DC story-lines without the viewer having to invest in years of comic mythology to understand them. Recently they have taken an approach similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and have began adapting stories from their New 52 era. Batman vs Robin, is the 4th film in this new continuity and sequel to the film Son of Batman.

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Son of Batman introduced the character of Damien Wayne. Bruce’s son with Talia, the daughter of Ra’s al Ghul. At the end of that film, the young Wayne goes to live and fight alongside his father. While Son of Batman had good action throughout, it was slightly boring at times.

This one? A much better effort. Like all the other films there is no shortage of action, but there is decent amount of character work in this as well. 

Batman vs Robin picks up with Bruce and Damien patrolling Gotham. Everything is not well with the two however, Bruce has not yet publicly cliaimed his son. Meanwhile Damien feels that Bruce does not trust him. A chance encounter with a character named Talon leads both father and son to the Court of Owls, something Bruce knew as an urban legend from his childhood.

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There is some great character moments in this film that are worth taking note of. First is we get to see that despite Damien’s arrogance and at times bloodthirsty nature, this due to his training by Ra’s al Ghul, that he is still a child like any other. He wants his father’s approval. He wants to be trusted. He doesn’t want his father to think the worst of him. He doesn’t say it, but all his actions indicate this. Bruce on the other hand, is a man not ready to be a father, plain and simple. Gotham is his child and his closest relationship is still with Alfred. You can see that even with Dick Grayson, now Nightwing, that Bruce still hasn’t totally opened up.

The animation in this is top notch as expected from this line of DC film. The action is very fluid and at times pretty visceral. Most noticeably in the fight scenes. Bruce has a more acrobatic and somewhat majestic fighting style when compared to the roughness of his son’s. 

Another quality entry into the DC animated canon. Better than Son of Batman, you get the same quality stories, great action and animation and very good character drama and interaction between a father and son finding their place in each other’s lives.

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Eric’s Rating: 4/5

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Why things have been a little quiet in The Den…

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Not too sure why I picked this image but I think it fits…

Why things are quiet in “The Den”

Yeah, this happens sometimes...

Yeah, this happens sometimes…

Hello, everyone! Vic here with a brief update!

Things have been quiet here at Vic’s Movie Den and it isn’t that I just gave up and crawled away to go live under a rock, or have curled into a fetal position to escape reality. Or, most importantly, that I have become an aloof, tired and bored lazy ass.

It is because of a more pressing issue: “LIFE!”

Yeah, I said it. Life has intervened, yet again, Summer is approaching (or is it encroaching?) and this week I will be getting my pool renovated and opened by the Memorial Day weekend to come. After that, is the work I am doing on the landscaping and grounds around our humble home. Also, next in line is the reno on our backyard deck along with completing the patio for my grill, yadda yadda yadda ad nasuem.

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I am not this guy

So, along with all of this, there is work, appts. for myself and my kids, helping my Mother and Grandmother find new digs, taking photos around Rochester and volunteering at The George Eastman House. Whew…

Now, that being said, I am still watching films and TV shows, but securing the time to sit and bang out a review, or two, is becoming quite a chore and for now, I must let the blogging Gods do their thing. I am going to continue applying my time to the tasks, chores and responsibilities ahead of me until the day comes when I can sit, breathe deeply and whip up some quality content for everyone who checks in frequently, to my page.

Are those heat proof shades? I want a pair.

Are those heat proof shades? I want a pair.

I am NOT closing down the site. I have some wonderful contributors that always pull through for me with content. Kudos to Eric Jones, of The Deacon’s Den, for submitting a great review of “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” by the way.

I will also whip up “Filler Posts” as well. Once, in a while I will post movie related galleries of lobby cards, artwork and posters as well as “on the set” pics and vids.

So, in essence, the blog will go on but new reviews of films, for a while, are going to be posted by my favorite pinch hitters: My contributors! (You all know who you are!)

I will be doing a lot of this

I will be doing a lot of this

Thanks to you all, who like, give feedback on and share my reviews. I am forever grateful, humbled and appreciative of you all and your efforts in supporting my little movie page. It isn’t The Den without you guys and gals!

Summer-is-coming...

Have a great Memorial Day, everybody, and an even better kick ass Summer!

Vic De Leon

Eric’s Review – “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (2015)

Avengers: Age of Ultron from Joss Whedon

Avengers: Age of Ultron from Joss Whedon

What’s It About?

When Tony Stark and Bruce Banner try to jump-start a dormant peacekeeping program called Ultronthings go horribly wrong and it’s up to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans.

Avengers: Age of Ultron”

Directed by JOSS WHEDON

By Eric

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It’s here at last! The latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings back the team that broke all sorts of box office records back in 2012.

Joss Whedon is back at the helm and while Age of Ultron is great fun and a blast just like last time, I do have a few things to nitpick.

The film begins with a great action sequence of the Avengers in the middle of a mission. Once completed Tony Stark, along with Bruce Banner, work without the team knowing on Ultron, a peacekeeping initiative. Stark wants Ultron to protect the world from the threats that may be even too big for the Avengers. Since the movie would be over if it worked, it doesn’t. Ultron is brought to life and begins his plan for world wide extinction of humanity.

My breakdown –

Ultron:

Ultron, voiced by Actor James Spader

Ultron, voiced by Actor James Spader

Ultron is brought to menacingly, charismatic life by James Spader. Being mechanical, Ultron’s mannerisms remind you of his creator, Tony Stark. Spader was perfectly cast for this role

Action Scenes: 

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As in the first film, the action leaps off the screen as if it’s a living comic book. I did miss the brighter cinematography of the original film however. This could have made things pop a little more. But it’s a small complaint. My biggest issue was with the editing of the scenes. As things got more intense, it felt harder for me to follow along the action. Yet what I did see, was amazing.

Hulkbuster:

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“Hulkbuster” One guess who’s in THAT armor?

Live action Hulkbuster? What else is there to say? I just wish I hadn’t seen in a million and one commercials and trailers first. That would have been a great surprise.

Supporting characters:

I absolutely loved the amount of time we got to spend with the supporting cast. Black Widow is still a fan favorite, especially with her blooming romance with Bruce Banner. We meet the twins Wanda and Pietro, or Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.  

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…and the rest

Most of all we get to see more of Hawkeye, who we didn’t get much time with last go round. Even during the final battle we get to see Clint Barton in a brief moment of leadership. Plus we’re treated to a friendly rivalry between him and Quicksilver. I actually enjoyed the supporting cast more than the main core.

I had a few other small issues. Nothing that I felt broke the film, just minor things for me. One thing was this film set up things to come even more so than others in the MCU. It felt a tad bit heavy handed towards the end. Again I liked the brighter cinematography of the last film, and I also felt that the action could be edited a bit quickly.

In addition I missed Alan Silvestri scoring the film. Even though we hear the main Avengers theme, I wished there was something memorable to the score of this one. Danny Elfman does a fine job, but nothing stands out here.

All in all, Avengers: Age of Ultron is exactly what you expect. It does not disappoint there. 

Final Score for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (3.5/5)

 

 

 

“May the 4th be with You”

"Enjoy Star Wars Day...or else"

“Enjoy Star Wars Day…or else”

HAPPY STAR WARS DAY, EVERYONE!

ENJOY THESE 3 ORIGINAL FAN ART POSTERS THAT I HAVE FOUND!

A NEW HOPE

A NEW HOPE

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

RETURN OF THE JEDI

RETURN OF THE JEDI

“STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS” TRAILER BELOW!

“Star Wars” Art by Andy Fairhurst Gallery One

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Hey Densters and Star Wars fans alike!

Here are 3 killer Star Wars Posters by Artist Andy Fairhurst from the Original Trilogy.

You can view and purchase his amazing work at his Website HERE

Andy’s Work is also on Deviant Art Here

Enjoy!

– Vic

A New Hope

A New Hope

Return of the Jedi

Return of the Jedi

The Empire Strikes Back

The Empire Strikes Back

Hope you enjoyed the poster art! There are more to come , so stay tuned to Vic’s Movie Den!

Thanks for stopping by, gang!

Fright Rags Enters “The Twilight Zone”

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Fright-Rags enters The Twilight Zone with new shirts & box set

Pre-order now:  The Twilight Zone

Fright-Rags has traveled through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. Next stop: The Twilight Zone! Rod Serling’s classic anthology series remains one of the most influential television shows of all time.

Enter the Twilight Zone with shirts based on four of the show’s most memorable episodes: Time Enough at Last (designed by Justin Osbourn), To Serve Man (designed by Paul Shipper), The Invaders (designed by Abrar Ajmal) and Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (designed by Abrar Ajmal). The latter also comes in a colorized variant.

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If you can’t choose a favorite, Fright-Rags is offering box set whose boundaries are that of imagination. It contains all 4 designs, an exclusive Twilight Zone logo tee and a 4-inch, resin “Invader” figure (handmade by artist Dave Richardson). The set is limited to only 225 units, each one packaged in a collector’s box.

Cross over to Fright-Rags.com to pre-order these items. Due to their limited nature, the box set and shirts may sell out during the pre-order period. Orders will begin shipping in early June.

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The Twilight Zone joins a long line of beloved properties available from Fright-Rags, which also includes Tales from the Crypt, Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Terminator, Chucky and many more.

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“There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area we call the Twilight Zone.”

If they only would have included "The Howling Man!"

If they only would have included “The Howling Man!”

“Chewie. We’re Home”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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What’s it About?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a continuation of the saga created by George Lucas set thirty years after Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983).

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Directed by J.J. Abrams

Written by J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan

Star Wars The Force Awakens by Manuel Morgado

New Trailer Below!

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