Movie Review: Batman Vs. Robin (2015, Dir, Jay Oliva)

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Warning! Spoilers Contained Within! Warning!

With the economic inequality we are suffering through thanks to the one percent’s out of control greed the story line behind DC’s latest animated movie is a timely one. It’s an adaptation of the Court Of Owls arc from Batman in The New 52 line and in Gotham economic inequality comes in the form a secret society made up of the city’s one percent and their children and their descendants, yes, this society was instrumental in the very creation of Gotham centuries before and they call themselves The Court Of Owls. Their objective is to keep the disease of greed flourishing which means Gotham has to suffer for that happen.

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Movie Review: Justice League: Throne Of Atlantis (2015, Dir, Ethan Spaulding)

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WARNING! SPOILERS ARE SWIMMING AROUND WITHIN! WARNING! 

In the last Justice League movie subtitled, War, the movie ended with the heroes tentatively considering forming some kind of “league” to better defend the world. In this movie they finally come up with their destined name, Justice League, as we learn from Steve Trevor from a phone call while on his way to their S.T.A.R. Lab’s headquarters. Justice League tested better he tells whomever’s on the other end of the line.

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Made-For-TV: Young Justice: Invasion (2012-2013) Blu-ray

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WARNING! IMMENSE AMOUNT OF SPOILERS WITHIN! WARNING!

By the time Season One of Young Justice was done and over, at the time, as I mentioned in the review of that season, I had only seen the opening two-parter, the ending episode and a couple of episodes in the middle, and I was left kind of luke warm to not overly interested in the show as a whole. When news first circulated about Season Two, the first thing that kind of got me “back in the game,” so to speak, was the ‘Invasion’ subtitle being added. What I instantly took from this was that Season Two was going to be “different” than Season One, and for me, at that moment, was a good thing. I think it was the eventual news about the plotline of Season Two and it’s shorter season that had me really interested but a little concerned.

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Made-For-TV: The Legend Of Lizzie Borden (1975, Dir, Paul Wendkos)

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I’ve always wondered why certain crimes get more notoriety than others. With serial killers it’s understandable, they’re the most evil of evildoers and that fascinates us, but what of people who only kill one person, or a small group, and never kill again? Is it the murder, or the murderer, or both? Take Lizzie Borden’s 1892 ax murder of her father and stepmother. I’m sure she wasn’t the first woman to kill another human being with an ax, so why does she go down in infamy when others don’t?

Slow news day?

The weather?

The townsfolk?

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Made-For-TV: Green Lantern: The Animated Series (Blu-ray)

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In brightest day, in blackest night, No evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil’s might, Beware my power, Green Lantern’s light!!!

No disrespect to Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1998), Batman Beyond (1999-2001), or any of the other DC super hero toons that came before, which are all fine in their own right, but, for me, Justice League Unlimited (2004-2006) is DC’s pinnacle of excellence in their history of TV toons and the last word on anything related to the Justice League, thus making Justice League (2001-2004) their second best super hero team toon. But DC had more successes after that namely in the form of Young Justice: Invasion (2012-2013), which was the second season of Young Justice. I wasn’t a total fan of their first season, the animation was inconsistent, being excellent for a few eps then sub par for another, but when Invasion came along the animation in my opinion stayed consistent and excellent for the entire 20 episode arc and the story was more focused. Now during this time DC decided to create their first CGI hero toon and give Hal Jordan his shot at the big time.

Cue Green Lantern: The Animated Series (2011-2013)!

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Made-For-TV: Twilight Zone: Essential Episodes (55th Anniversary Collection)

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WILLIAM SHATNER FROM THE “NICK OF TIME” EPISODE

There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as 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 which we call the Twilight Zone. 

I was always a bigger fan of The Outer Limits (1963-1965) than I was of The Twilight Zone (1959-1964) when they were both in re-runs during my childhood (my brother liked it more than I did), nevertheless I saw enough of the series to cull a mental list of favorite episodes I never forgot about. This new collection here gathered enough of them that it attracted my attention and made me want to review it.

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Anime Review: Zetman (2012)

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I used to be a fan of advancing technology, but that was when I was a kid. The older I got, the more disinterested I became in it — nowadays every time I hear of some advancement we’ve made, I cringe with fear. Lately, it’s beginning to feel like society is regressing while our technology is evolving and that, to me, is a bad combination.

This fear of mine has been encapsulated beautifully in movies like The Terminator (1984), Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) and Jurassic Park (1991) where mankind’s creations got the better of them. And Jeff Goldblum’s statement in Jurassic Park, “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should,” when he’s reacting to Richard Attenborough’s explanation of how they cloned the dinosaurs, has always resonated with me when I first heard it.

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8 Reasons That You Should Be Watching Arrow On The CW

Reasons Why You Should be Watching Arrow on the CW

One of television’s greatest mysteries is how Smallville managed to last 10 seasons.
Even as a casual fan of the show, this confuses me. The only explanation I can give is that it filled the void left by the cancellation of Xena, and it gave comic book nerds access to third rate DC characters they will never see on the big screen. What’s even more amazing than Smallville’s longevity is that the CW is poised to recreate its success with Arrow.

Maybe other networks should take note of the CW’s superhero formula. It’s easy; both Smallville and Arrow are daytime soap operas starring lesser known DC heroes and villains. Throw in a couple of hot shirtless men, an interracial marriage, low expectations, and you have both UPN and the WB’s entire demographic covered. The addition of random DC character cameos, like The Flash, brings in new viewers each week. Even if these fans don’t stick around, they do come back for the season finale, or next big character appearance. It is a recipe for low budget TV success.

I assume most Smallville fans are already tuning in. If you are not, you should be. Arrow has learned from Smallville’s mistakes and is getting everything right that Smallville got wrong. If you missed the Smallville phenomenon the first time around, this is your chance to catch it again, and here’s why you should.

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Blu-ray Review: Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Redemption”

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In Part One of Redemption, a Star Trek: Next Generation two part episode, Picard (Patrick Stewart) is heading down to the Klingon home world to fulfill his arbiter position in the installation of a new Klingon leader. Meanwhile, Worf (Michael Dorn) takes this opportunity to recruit his brother, Kurn (Tony Todd), in the hopes he can restore his family name. This 2-parter pretty much focuses on how dirty politics can get in the Klingon society as the pending leader Picard will install, Gowron (Robert O’Reilly) seeks his help in warding off a civil war.

The main instigators of this civil war are two Klingon sisters, Lursa (Barbara March) and B’Etor Duras (Gwynyth Walsh), who are apparently in collusion with the Romulans, and try “friendly” tactics in securing Picard’s help, but he does not appoint them as leader and sides with Gowan.

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10 Reasons Orange Is The New Black Makes Prison Look Great

Ten Reasons Orange Is The New Black Makes Prison Look Great

The more I watch Orange is the New Black, the more prison is starting to look really appealing. The fact of the matter is, I’m not making any money off this stupid website and I can barely survive! Often the thought crosses my mind, wouldn’t it be great if someone would just take care of me? There’s so much I enjoy doing, like reading, writing, and making things with my hands, but I can’t seem to make ends meet. But now that I’ve gotten a good look at prison from OITNB, I’m realizing it might be a perfect fit for me. How do I get accepted into prison? Do I email them my resume?

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