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11.12.2013

This week: The Superman movie we were all waiting for (and still complained about); the documentary Seaworld doesn't want you to see; and the dearly departed Dexter.

► There are Superman movies we all universally hate, but it appears there are none we all mutually love. Even the '78 classic gets ragged on with surprising regularity, so what chance did Zack Snyder's MAN OF STEEL have? Here, at long last, was the Superman movie with epic battle scenes and Kryptonian ass-kicking you all begged for after the sedate 'Superman Returns,' and do you know what some people bitched about? It was too much! Action overload! Excuse me, but ... are you freakin' kidding me? The last half-hour of this movie nearly blew my fan-boy mind as Supes (Henry Cavill) throws down with Zod (Michael Shannon) while insurance rates in Metropolis soar. Could they have fought in the middle of the desert? Yes ... and then people would whine they fought in the middle of the desert. So if a solid, modern, visually astounding Superman movie like this isn't good enough, internet haters, what do you propose? A Superman/Batman movie? Like that'll ever happen.

► As much as that cover looks like the kick-ass remake of ‘Orca’ we’re all waiting for, BLACKFISH is scary for other reasons. This potent documentary follows the story of Tilikum, a killer whale captured 30 years ago near Iceland (that footage will crush you) for a life in waterpark captivity. He has subsequently been involved in the deaths of three trainers, including two at Seaworld. Not quite as gutwrenching as ‘The Cove,’ but it’ll still put you through the wringer. Likely the Best Documentary frontrunner for next year’s Oscars.

► It’s hard to remember the last time a once beloved show was so hated by the end, so way to go DEXTER. From the heights of Season 4, when it was TV’s biggest buzz show, to the rancid past few years which culminated with a bad-beyond-belief eighth and final season. The venom spewed over the series finale would have melted the internet if so many people weren’t watching ‘Breaking Bad’ instead. In a desperate attempt to not end as expected, the writers came up with something far, far worse. Even the biggest emotional moment – involving the death of a major character - was botched to the point you wonder what the hell everyone involved was thinking. Some lessons learned here, foremost being when to pull the plug.

► Which brings us to DEXTER: THE COMPLETE SERIES, where you can see the downfall play out over eight seasons. 'Dexter' was an instant hit for Showtime, buzzworthy from the start with its offbeat premise and sharp (although hardly great) writing. The first two seasons were marvelous before the third (the Jimmy Smits year) went off the rails. In hindsight, it was the first sign of what was coming, But the show stormed back with a phenomenal fourth season in which John Lithgow played the series' all-time best villain Trinity, and an ending which stunned just about everyone (getting a leg up on the shocking deaths to come in other cable dramas). And that was it. The show's decline the very next season was swift and surprising, and the next three were even worse. When fans are openly hostile to a show they once loved, you didn't stick the landing. You malfunctioned in mid-air.

► The legend goes, Dreamworks had a competition among employees to pitch a one-page idea. Storyboard artist David Soren proposed ‘Fast & Furious’ … with snails. Five years later we get TURBO, in which a garden snails dreams of winning the Indy 500. Fine for undemanding kids, tiresome for adults who’ve seen the same jokes (and plot) in much better movies.

► The Canadian-made I DECLARE WAR is a twisty mix of ‘Stand By Me’ and ‘Lord of the Flies.’ An innocent game of Capture the Flag goes askew for a group of 13-year-olds, as the usual sticks and rocks become much deadlier weapons in their imagination. The game suddenly becomes a pint-size war flick, with consequences that feel real even if the battle isn’t.

► There are folks who will never accept Diablo Cody as an Oscar winner, and they can point to PARADISE as reason why. Cody’s directorial debut finds Julianne Hough as a plane crash survivor who renounces God and heads to Vegas (don’t we all, baby), where she meets a lounge singer and bartender who help her catch up on all the sins she’s been missing (alcohol, tattoos … uh, dancing). Cody also wrote the script, which means plenty of smug dialogue and unrealistic characters. Russell Brand and Octavia Spencer co-star.

► You never know which David Gordon Green you’ll get with a new movie. The one who made the modern comedy classic ‘The Pineapple Express,’ or the one who dropped a massive deuce with ‘Your Highness.’ PRINCE AVALANCHE steps way back to focus on two guys, stern Alvin (Paul Rudd) and his girlfriend’s dopey brother Lance (Emile Hirsch), as they spend the summer of ’88 repainting traffic lines on a desolate highway ravaged by wildfire.

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1:39PM on 11/13/2013
I enjoyed the last Superman movie, myself, and I'm looking forward to seeing this new one. I've never been a big fan of the comics, but I grew with the character. Although I don't think I could sit through "The Cove," I think I'd like to give "Blackfish" a look. The issue of keeping killer whales in captivity has become a big issue here in Niagara Falls in the past few years, and John, you've been right in the thick of that. Myself, I don't agree with it, and they are dangerous animals, so I'm
I enjoyed the last Superman movie, myself, and I'm looking forward to seeing this new one. I've never been a big fan of the comics, but I grew with the character. Although I don't think I could sit through "The Cove," I think I'd like to give "Blackfish" a look. The issue of keeping killer whales in captivity has become a big issue here in Niagara Falls in the past few years, and John, you've been right in the thick of that. Myself, I don't agree with it, and they are dangerous animals, so I'm not surprised that handlers have been killed.
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12:59PM on 11/12/2013

Man of Steel

I own it on Blu-ray and it really adds alot with multiple viewings! I liked it when I saw it in cinema, but now that I watched it a few times at home I really love it!
Also the extras are few, but they give a nice inside view and you see that the crew did their research.
I own it on Blu-ray and it really adds alot with multiple viewings! I liked it when I saw it in cinema, but now that I watched it a few times at home I really love it!
Also the extras are few, but they give a nice inside view and you see that the crew did their research.
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12:49PM on 11/12/2013

MAN OF STEEL - 5/10; TURBO - 1/10; ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN - 6/10.

SUPER-MAN is a lot more developed in M.O.S. than in SUPER-MAN RETURNS, but the latter is still the better movie. The former starts with the backstory and it's deep, and when we finally get to the action, it never ends. Why couldn't they do "Drama Action Drama Action..."? Because of this, I was bored a couple of times. Even when there were fights and explosions on screen. However, the final battle between SUPER-MAN and GENERAL ZOD was fucking awesome!

TURBO is one of the worst movies of the
SUPER-MAN is a lot more developed in M.O.S. than in SUPER-MAN RETURNS, but the latter is still the better movie. The former starts with the backstory and it's deep, and when we finally get to the action, it never ends. Why couldn't they do "Drama Action Drama Action..."? Because of this, I was bored a couple of times. Even when there were fights and explosions on screen. However, the final battle between SUPER-MAN and GENERAL ZOD was fucking awesome!

TURBO is one of the worst movies of the year. Why? Becayse it's one of those movies where the premise is also the plot. It's a concept that maybe one can expand a lot, but they settle on simply attaching it to the underdog formula. It's pretty dull.

I agree with everything that has been said about A.T.P.M. (specially the iconic shots). But I had a problem with the lead characters. When they first talk, they argue, and right after that, they're told they have to work together. It seemed like they were gonna have a hard time working together. Then they spend a good portion of the film working apart and I was waiting for them to unite. When they finally do, they get along just fine. When did that happen? And they stay exactly that way for the rest of the movie. Now, I wasn't expecting it to be like a buddy cop comedy with them arguing and then bonding. But there needed to be a development in their relationship. It may sound cheesy, but they were the heart of the story.
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11:35AM on 11/12/2013
Anyone have any suggestions of what is the best version of Man of Steel on Blu Ray there is to buy?
Anyone have any suggestions of what is the best version of Man of Steel on Blu Ray there is to buy?
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3:46PM on 11/12/2013
Since I posted this I came across an article from the examiner. In it they break down all the version being released for Man of Steel. If you are like me and want the most special features the Target Exclusive is the way to go. It has all the special features that every other version has and includes an additional hour plus of features.
Since I posted this I came across an article from the examiner. In it they break down all the version being released for Man of Steel. If you are like me and want the most special features the Target Exclusive is the way to go. It has all the special features that every other version has and includes an additional hour plus of features.
7:25AM on 11/12/2013
I'll be getting Man of Steel. I wasn't totally thrilled in theaters (mainly because they could have shaved off ten minutes or so), but I was exhausted when I saw it at 10:30 at night. I have a feeling I'm going to love it the second time around. I also preordered Body Bags. My John Carpenter collection will be almost complete (I just need to replace my VHS of Elvis: The Movie and I'm done)!
I'll be getting Man of Steel. I wasn't totally thrilled in theaters (mainly because they could have shaved off ten minutes or so), but I was exhausted when I saw it at 10:30 at night. I have a feeling I'm going to love it the second time around. I also preordered Body Bags. My John Carpenter collection will be almost complete (I just need to replace my VHS of Elvis: The Movie and I'm done)!
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5:56AM on 11/12/2013

Man of steel

Was awesome!
People who complained he killed zod or about the destruction need to pick up a comic.
Was awesome!
People who complained he killed zod or about the destruction need to pick up a comic.
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5:32AM on 11/12/2013
Watch Man of Steel again and enjoyed it again. Loved the Smallville flashbacks. And this time I caught the 'Wayne Enterprises' logo on the satellite.

I also liked Frances Ha and Prince Avalanche.
Watch Man of Steel again and enjoyed it again. Loved the Smallville flashbacks. And this time I caught the 'Wayne Enterprises' logo on the satellite.

I also liked Frances Ha and Prince Avalanche.
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7:31AM on 11/12/2013
Every time I see a post from you I immediately hear in my head, "Oh god please don't kill me! You're one of them I know it!"
Every time I see a post from you I immediately hear in my head, "Oh god please don't kill me! You're one of them I know it!"
3:27AM on 11/12/2013
Man of Steel for me. Personally I think it's the best Superman movie since Superman 2. And I thought All The President's men has already been released on Blu Ray couple of months ago.
Man of Steel for me. Personally I think it's the best Superman movie since Superman 2. And I thought All The President's men has already been released on Blu Ray couple of months ago.
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2:54AM on 11/12/2013
I understand why people disliked Man of Steel, but I think it worked. There's been a lot of hyperbolic hate for the film, but even though it doesn't conform to everyone's ideal of a Superman film (and really, what film would please everyone?) it pushed the character forward. I actually didn't mind Superman Returns, but it was too slavish to the Donner films and didn't advance the character. John, I'm with you on how Superman Returns was criticized for being sedate and when Man of Steel
I understand why people disliked Man of Steel, but I think it worked. There's been a lot of hyperbolic hate for the film, but even though it doesn't conform to everyone's ideal of a Superman film (and really, what film would please everyone?) it pushed the character forward. I actually didn't mind Superman Returns, but it was too slavish to the Donner films and didn't advance the character. John, I'm with you on how Superman Returns was criticized for being sedate and when Man of Steel delivered the punches, there were complaints that it was "too much".
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1:04AM on 11/12/2013

Man of Steel

Man of Steel for me this week.

The comic book film of the year for me and also top five comic book films of all time as well. GREAT film.
Man of Steel for me this week.

The comic book film of the year for me and also top five comic book films of all time as well. GREAT film.
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