Her – Review Jan31

Her – Review

Her is one of those movies that I don’t know if I would have went to go see if it weren’t up for Best Picture at this year’s Oscars. When someone described it to me as “Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with Siri,” I think my reaction was “Ohhhhhhkaaaaaayyyy…” Was this going to be another strange Joaquin Phoenix mockumentary like I’m Still Here? After seeing Her, I don’t think it will take home Best Picture, but I’m glad it was nominated, because it is an excellent movie. It might be the most original romantic comedy I’ve seen since High Fidelity (though I’m not sure how original that was since it based on Nick Hornby’s book of the same name). I can completely see Her winning Best Original Screenplay. Spike Jonze’s script is excellent. He takes a high concept idea, “Man falls in love with iPhone,” and crafts poetry out of it. He pulls off the magic of making this relationship eventually feel both normal and believable. In someone else’s hands, I feel like Her would have had the same tone as an episode of The Big Bang Theory. My only quibble with Her is I wish Spike Jonze went with an unknown actress for the voice of Samantha. I thought Scarlett Johannson did an excellent job in the role, but I couldn’t help but picture Scarlett Johannson throughout the entire movie. Her voice is just too distinctive. I was a little scared as I left theater after watching Her. Because it suddenly hit me. This movie is the prequel to Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines....

Flash Poster Contestants Jan29

Flash Poster Contestants...

We’ve received some great entries in our Justice League: War Flash Poster Contest. The winner of the contest will receive a Blu Ray Combo Pack of Justice League: War signed by voice of The Flash and Covert Affairs star Christopher Gorham, and a follow from Christopher (@ChrisGorham) on Twitter! Check out the contestants’ entries below!   And the winner is…  …@Lovra2! Congratulations! Christopher Gorham had this to say about @Lovra2’s entry: “I think this captures the heart of the film, and we all know hearts are red. :)” Christopher also gave an Honorable Mention to @Will_iamVega for having the most original entry in the contest. Thank you to everyone who...

Arrow S2E7: “State v. Queen”...

The episode begins with a flashback, where we see how the Earthquake in the Glades takes apart the Iron Heights Penitentiary. I’d like to see a map of the Arrowverse. Because we know that Iron Heights is in Keystone City. We know the Glades is in Starling City. I really wonder how this earthquake worked. Because not all of Starling City is decimated but the quake made its way to Keystone City. How far apart are these cities? In any case we get to see how the Dollmaker and now Count Vertigo make their escape from the Penitentiary.  Through an Arrow shaped hole. Flash further back to the island. Oliver as been taken to Slade and Shado’s camp by Ivo and his men. Ollie yells to warn them. This buys them time to escape Ivo without him knowing they were there. Though Slade is looking rough. Oliver then takes Ivo to the World War II Japanese bodies. Ivo is looking for the “Hosen” arrowhead that should be with the bodies but cannot find it. He is about to have his men kill Ollie when Slade and Shado rescue him. Once in a safe place Shado reveals the Hosen. Oliver leads Ivo and his men to the WWII Japanese bodies. Ivo searches everywhere but cannot find “The Hosen,” a special arrowhead that was supposed to be with the bodies. Ivo’s men are about to shoot Oliver when Shado and Slade get the drop on all of them. Another scene on the island. Slade and Shado rescue Oliver. He grabs Sara as they all flee Ivo’s men. Shado uses one of Ivo’s detonators to cover their escape. One final island flashback. Shado pulls out the Hosen. She doesn’t know why Ivo wants it. There is a Buddhist...

Tuesday Night Comics Podcast #4...

Check out Billy and Dave’s comic book picks for comics being released on Wednesday, January 29, 2014. Also in the podcast: the guys review last week’s comics, Billy can’t stop bringing up Rick Remender, and the guys talk about the upcoming 100th birthday of Bill Finger, co-creator of The Batman. http://ia600700.us.archive.org/28/items/TuesdayNightComicsEpisode4/Tuesday-Night-Comics-Episode-4.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

Arrow S2E6: “Keep Your Enemies Closer” Recap...

In this episode we see more of Oliver having a hard time balancing his “Arrow” life and his business life. It starts when Diggle gets grabbed by A.R.G.U.S. agents and Amanda Waller shows up to let him know that Lyla Michaels has been captured in Russia tracking down Deadshot. She was tracking Deadshot for Diggle. Waller also lets him know that she knows what Diggle and Ollie are up to at night and basically blackmails Digg into rescuing her. I don’t know how much blackmailing Diggle really needed. This sets Team Arrow on the go to Russia. And worlds start colliding when Isabel Rochev decides she needs to accompany them on this suspicious trip. John and Ollie ditch Isabel with Smoak to go meet up with Olie’s former Amazo boat cellmate, Antoli Knyazev, who sets up a break into Gulag to rescue Lyla. John and Ollie argue who will go in for her. The decision is made that John will go in. The thought of Arrow going in the prison reminded me of a film by David Goyer that never was made, Green Arrow: Escape from Super Max. The premise is that Green Arrow gets framed for murder and he is stuck in a jail with a bunch of super villains he put there. He needs to escape. Anyway, they set up John to get arrested so he can get in the prison. In the prison, he is chained in a tortuously cold room with Flyod Lawton a.k.a. Deadshot. Digg and Flyod both break free separately and Flyod tells him he knows where Lyla is and he will tell Diggle if Diggle gets him out. Meanwhile, Ollie and Isabel hook up. Felicity comes calling to help Diggle get free. She realizes that Isabel and Ollie slept...

JLA: Trapped in Time – Review Jan24

JLA: Trapped in Time – Review...

Tuesday, January 21 was a big day for the Justice League. That day saw the world premiere of Justice League: War at the Paley Center in New York City and the release of JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time exclusively at Target stores nationwide. The release of JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time may have caught you unaware. The first I heard of it was less than two weeks ago. Needless to say, I was intrigued, so intrigued that I ventured out in a blizzard during lunch to my nearest Target to secure a copy. A sticker on Trapped in Time says it’s a limited time Target exclusive. I’m not sure if this means it will see wide release into other stores after a few months, or if once Target sells out of their stock, that’s it. JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time is a very different movie than Justice League: War. While War’s art direction is based on Jim Lee’s New 52 costumes, Crisis in Time draws its inspiration from many places. Superman is basically in his New 52 outfit with a more stylized S-symbol on his chest. Wonder Woman is wearing her caped costume from Infinite Crisis. Batman’s costume is a mix of New 52 and the recent Brave and the Bold cartoon. It’s not clear which Robin we’re seeing, but he’s in Tim’s original costume with a mop of hair. The lineup is straight out of the Super Powers years of Super Friends. The JLA consists of Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, The Flash and Aquaman, and the villains are their Super Friends era Legion of Doom counterparts. Even Wendy, Marvin and Wonder Dog make a very quick blink and you’ll miss them cameo. Diedrich Bader, aka the best thing about The Drew...

Nebraska – Review Jan24

Nebraska – Review...

Like two of Alexander Payne’s previous films, Sideways and The Descendants, Nebraska involves a journey of self discovery through travel. It’s more like Sideways than The Descendants, in that like Sideways, Nebraska centers around two men taking the most American of journeys, a long car drive. In Nebraska, a son drives his father from Montana to Lincoln, Nebraska so that the father can collect on lottery winnings. It’s set up early on that the son, David, does not think the father actually won anything. But David uses the excuse of taking this trip with his dad Woody to have a father-son bonding experience that never happened in their relationship previously. I feel like Nebraska has one of, if not the most honest looks at alcoholism out of any movie I’ve seen in recent years. Bruce Dern’s character, Woody Grant, is almost like a Ghost of Christmas Future for younger people with drinking problems.  Woody is a letdown as a husband and father. Decades of drinking have taken a toll on his personal relationships, his body and his mind. Will Forte plays David very well. It’s cool to see Forte, who I love as a comedic actor (MacGruber!), take on a serious role. If David has inherited anything from his father, it’s his alcoholism. Unlike his father though, David has put drinking behind him before the start of the movie. Nebraska is a bleak movie, as bleak as the black and white dusty landscape that encompasses most of the movie. Old age isn’t shown as a desirable goal in this movie. With the exception of Peg at the town paper and the nice elderly couple that the funniest scene in the movie centers around (and that I won’t spoil here), the old folks in Nebraska...

Justice League: War – Review Jan22

Justice League: War – Review...

A theater full of excited fans and I braved a blizzard in New York City to attend the world premiere of Justice League: War at the Paley Center. I can’t lie, I was both excited and apprehensive when I took my seat. I was excited because Justice League: War represents a new initiative in the DC Animated Universe. Producer James Tucker has a vision of the films now operating under a shared continuity. I was also excited for the talent that Andrea Romano cast to be in the movie. I’m an unabashed fan of Justin Kirk and wanted to see what he brought to Green Lantern. But I still had a lingering apprehension, which stemmed from the source material. I love Geoff Johns and I love Jim Lee, but I found the story in Justice League: Origin to be a bit underwhelming. Not to say I didn’t like their run on Justice League. I own all of the issues and even a page of Jim Lee’s original art from #5. I just wanted more from that story. Justice League: War brings the more. Screenwriter Heath Corson and Director Jay Oliva make a number of improvements to the Justice League: Origin story in Justice League: War. My favorite line in Justice League: Origin, “Who’s Bruce Wayne?” is still here, but it’s moved much earlier in the story. It definitely works better in its new spot. Later, Bruce’s unmasking to Hal, which I remember being a big sore point for fans when the comic was released feels much more organic in the movie. The scene is now an inspiring one and seems to fit perfectly into the narrative. The biggest change to story is Vic Stone’s transformation into Cyborg. In the Justice League comic, his cyborg...

12 Years A Slave – Review Jan22

12 Years A Slave – Review...

Before I saw 12 Years a Slave, I did not know that it was based on a true story, and I’m suspecting I’m not alone. Because of this, this movie is doing the American public a service, bringing to light once more a terrible story that needs to be told. Chietwel Ejiofor is simply amazing in 12 Years a Slave. He brings gravitas to every scene. His vocal inflection in every line of dialog carries so much meaning. He is my pick for the Best Actor Oscar. 12 Years a Slave is a great movie, though it can be very hard to watch at points. I physically winced during Eliza’s whipping. At the same time, it was such a great scene. Epps can’t bring himself to whip Eliza, so he forces Solomon to do it. It turns Epps into a weakling and a monster all in the same scene. Michael Fassbender should win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar on the strength of this scene alone. My favorite scene in the entire movie is when Solomon has to talk his way out of being killed by Epps in the middle of the night. Solomon is ratted out on a plan to escape to freedom, but instead of fighting or fleeing, he uses his wits to stay alive. He even turns the table on his accuser, causing Epps to mistrust that man. Part of the strength of the scene came from the proximity of the actors. Fassbender literally has his arm around Ejiofor for the length of the scene. Solomon is a turn of the knife away from being in the grave the entire time he’s pleading his case. I think part of what makes 12 Years a Slave works so well is that it humanizes...

Justice League War Poster Contest! Jan22

Justice League War Poster Contest!...

Christopher Gorham, star of Covert Affairs and the voice of The Flash in Justice League: War, was at the World Premiere for Justice League: War at the Paley Center in New York City last night. Ironically, The Flash is not on the poster for Justice League: War. Here’s your chance to rectify that and win yourself a Blu Ray Combo Pack of Justice League: War  signed by Christopher Gorham and a follow from Christopher on Twitter! Entering is easy: Follow @TuesNightMovies on Twitter Design a new poster for Justice League: War. The poster must include The Flash and the title logo for Justice League: War. Other than that, get as creative as you can! Tweet a pic of your poster to @TuesNightMovies and @ChrisGorham with the hashtags #JLWar #FlashPoster Winner will be chosen on January 29th! Justice League: War is available for digital download now and will be released on Blu Ray Combo Pack and DVD on February 4! Pre-order it now on...