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Rogue One - Film Review - NOT an SJW's Wet Dream but Perfect 10 (True Spoiler Free)

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Thu 15 Dec 2016 10:17 PM EST
Category: Film Reviews | 1378 Views
Five Dangers out of Five Film Review Rating

(DM) – Thursday December 15, 2016 This is a true spoiler free review!

Rogue One doesn't follow the standard Star Wars formula and for this the film goers are rewarded with a perfect 10 of a film. So many Star Wars questions get answered! Does it fill in the gap between Episode three and four? No. Does it lead into Episode four of Star Wars, A New Hope? Absolutely. Rogue One even answers the question how the film gets its name. In many ways Rogue One is the byproduct of 40 years of questions people begun to ask after the very first Star Wars, A New Hope (a.k.a. Episode four) hit theaters in 1977.

Black Storm Troopers of Rogue One
Has it been 40 years since the first Star Wars? That question is important because beyond Darth Vader being under a mask, a number of other players did in fact require some movie magic which almost works perfectly. Despite technology falling short of replicating a human in cinema it has come far enough to assist in bringing back some of your favorite and obscure Star Wars characters. While the social justice warriors of the world will claim victory with a truly diverse cast of characters, the truth is ...Read more...

Review: Echoes - Mike Richardson

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Sun 2 Oct 2016 10:01 PM EST
Category: Book Reviews | 1010 Views

(DM) – October 3, 2016  Echoes is a quick read at 97 pages. On a tablet your swipes will come quickly. While time travel is nothing new in storytelling, keeping time-travel relatable is overlooked by most. Dark Horse comics' president and publisher Mike Richardson writes a tight time-travel story without insulting the reader, proving a good short story doesn't need its plot burdened with fantastic explanations. 
Echoes - Dark Horse Comics - SummaryWhile any writer may envy Richardson's position at Dark Horse to simply publish his musings at will, none will deny his smooth story-telling flows like a bird in the jet stream. You hardly notice the pages going by without any effort.

Echoes is not a mind-bending original. Yet it is a simple enough story that you wish you had written it yourself.  It is however easy to...Read more...

Suicide Squad - Film Review: DC's First Gangland Ensemble

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Wed 10 Aug 2016 1:05 AM EST
Category: Film Reviews | 1784 Views
Two out of Three Dangers

Suicide Squad Poster(DM) – Sunday August 8, 2016 For such a highly anticipated movie, any negative review you find out there should be considered bias as most reviewers secretly harbor disdain for comic book movies. They want them to fail. In fact, modern age Suicide Squad writer has voiced the same opinion, "I know some of the critics, both in print and online, do not like the movie. That’s okay; everyone has a right to their own opinion even when it’s wrong. My problem is that, at least with some of the media reviews, is that the critic is also tired of superhero and “tentpole” films and, overtly or covertly, would like to see their end. Look, I get it – they have to see all the films out there and they must be tired of all the blockbusters."

Suicide Squad  hits the right notes within the DC universe and within the age group it is geared toward. The film is good. It isn't great and it is well worth seeing, you won't walk away from it let down.

Suicide Squad Ensemble


What is interesting is this film isn't helmed by the usual comic book fanboy. David Ayers is not a traditional director, yet he managed to understand an honor a good bit of the authenticity of characters pulled from the DC print universe. His Suicide Squad is more of a New 52 group and not so much the modern age John Ostrander team. However if you look for it in the film, Ostrander gets a major easter egg. ...Read more...


Warcraft - Film Review: Warcraft doesn't WoW

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Sun 12 Jun 2016 1:30 PM EST
Category: Film Reviews | 1469 Views

Two out of Three Dangers
Warcraft Poster
(DM) – Sunday June 12, 2016 Warcraft as a story is an insiders view or outsiders view. Those are the two ways people see this film. Game experience seems to be the difference between loving the film and not thinking much of it at all.

Generally, I don’t resort to first person references in articles, this one time it is needed. I’ve never once played Warcraft or any follow-up game. I have no reference of the game other than the cover art images. No more.  I’ve watched over my son’s shoulder in passing, but aside from rationalizing this game is based on numbers I have no understanding of it.

This review is based on the story alone. Decide for yourself if any more is needed to make it worth your while.

Warcraft’s opening made no sense due to some bad editing in that it offered so little to the overall story (Pictured below).Warcraft Opening Scene That fight scene showed a one-on-one fight between races and cut away before the action began.

With narration stating the fight between races has gone on for ages, it quickly guided us away with a narration from the perspective of a desolate world that will use dark power to enable a large group of Orcs to pass through a portal to Azeroth.

Azeroth is a medieval land lush with peace and abundance of life. We are meant to understand that this story is where that conflict started.

Azeroth Countryside in ruins

That’s it. That’s your story.

Within a few minutes you realize the affair feels almost totally rendered. Never mind that is a combined live action and CGI, it feels CGI and that leaves the film wanting. It’s 2016, CGI is come further than any time past of course, but it still looks rendered. Grass doesn’t really look like grass. Dirt doesn’t give you a true impression of dry ground....Read more...

Gotham on Fox – Review: Faithful and Good Storytelling

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Thu 25 Sep 2014 12:38 PM EST
Category: Film Reviews | 2349 Views
Four Dangers

(DL) – DC has been incessantly getting it wrong convoluting their universes. Just look at the *New52 in print. Fans are appalled that DC won’t revert to the original origins. Then you have the film Green Lantern, and reboots of Superman. Only Chris Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy made for a great superhero franchise while itself not staying true to canon. It’s frustrating to those that read comics and know the original back stories.

Gotham

Yes, print and cinema are uniquely different but then we get many DC shows all part of the same TV universe that don’t connect (except Arrow and Flash – different timeline saves DC on this one) they will confuse the casual DC viewer....Read more...

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