Sunday, May 31, 2009

In My Mailbox (2)

In My Mailbox was started by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. Sadly the only books I order are those that are hard to find. The following books are from the library and bookstores.

Author: P.C. Cast & Kristen Cast
Title: Betrayed
Publication Date: 2007
Synopsis: "Fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird has managed to settle in at the House of Night. She’s come to terms with the vast powers the vampyre goddess, Nyx, has given her, and is getting a handle on being the new Leader of the Dark Daughters. Best of all, Zoey finally feels like she belongs--like she really fits in. She actually has a boyfriend…or two. Then the unthinkable happens: Human teenagers are being killed, and all the evidence points to the House of Night. While danger stalks the humans from Zoey’s old life, she begins to realize that the very powers that make her so unique might also threaten those she loves. Then, when she needs her new friends the most, death strikes the House of Night, and Zoey must find the courage to face a betrayal that could break her heart, her soul, and jeopardize the very fabric of her world."

Title: Chosen
Publication Date: 2008
Synopsis: "Bloodlust and dark forces are at work at the House of Night, and fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird’s adventures at the school take a mysterious turn. Those who appear to be friends are turning out to be enemies. And, oddly enough, sworn enemies are also turning into friends. So begins the gripping third installment of this “highly addictive series” (Romantic Times), in which Zoey’s mettle will be tested like never before. Her best friend, Stevie Rae, is undead and struggling to maintain a grip on her humanity. Zoey doesn’t have a clue how to help her, but she does know that anything she and Stevie Rae discover must be kept secret from everyone else at the House of Night, where trust has become a rare commodity. Speaking of rare, Zoey finds herself in the very unexpected and rare position of having three boyfriends. Mix a little bloodlust into the equation and the situation has the potential to spell social disaster. Just when it seems things couldn’t get any tougher, vampyres start turning up dead. Really dead. But, as Zoey and her friends find out, things are not always what they seem…"

Author: Rick Riordan
Title: The Titan's Curse
Publication Date: 2007
Synopsis: " When the goddess Artemis goes missing, she is believed to have been kidnapped.And now it's up to Percy and his friends to find out what happened. Who is powerful enough to kidnap a goddess? They must find Artemis before the winter solstice, when her influence on the Olympian Council could swing an important vote on the war with the titans. Not only that, but first Percy will have to solve the mystery of a rare monster that Artemis was hunting when she disappeared -- a monster rumored to be so powerful it could destroy Olympus forever."

That's all for me this week and I can't wait to read all of them.

Dame Orchid

26 Capes Later: Day Twenty-Six

Movie: Ultraviolet
Release Date: 2006
Runtime: 94 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Future Dystopia
Synopsis: "This entry in the videogame-as-movie sweepstakes borrows equally from Japanese anime, comic books, martial-arts films, and -- most improbably -- John Cassavetes' 1980 thriller, Gloria. In terms of production design and action choreography, it most closely resembles the recent Aeon Flux, right down to the provocatively clad, emotionally distant female protagonist. And, like that Charlize Theron star vehicle, it takes place in a dystopian future that finds the remnants of humanity centrally located in a megalopolis ruled by an elite group of scientists. Violet (Milla Jovovich), one of a rebel faction infected with a virus that enhances physical prowess, is directed to find and seize a rumored super-weapon currently held by the city's totalitarian rulers. That "weapon" turns out to be a young boy named Six (Cameron Bright), whose mutant genetic structure may hold the secret to a cure for the virus. When Six becomes a target, Violet takes desperate measures to keep him alive. Director Kurt Wimmer might easily have made this frankly derivative mélange a delirious spoof, but he opts instead for a grim tone. Fans of Matrix-styled fights and shootouts may experience déjà vu amid Wimmer's impressive array of combat scenes, which hit the marks but break little new ground."

I thought I'd do something a little different this time. So here's what a one of my friends thought of Ultra violet.

Review of Ultraviolet, by 21
In the beginning of this movie, Violet said that she was, "Born into a world that you might not understand," and boy howdy, was she right! I spent half of this movie scratching my head and the other half asking what was going on. There were a few good fight scenes, but I felt that they overused the whole circular fighting thing where the good guy is surrounded by baddies. Once, cool. Twice, a bit of a push. Three times, apsolutely ridiculous. I did like how her hair changed color though, but I'm not sure what the point of that was... Over all, I give this a two out of five, and I don't think I'll be watching it again, but that's just be me. *shrugs*

The movie Ultraviolet is made of awesomeness. It has a fantastic cast and great action sequences.
Ultraviolet stars Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil) and Cameron Bright (X-Men: the Last Stand) and some other people.
I loved how in the beginning of the movie Violet's hair and clothes kept changing colors; it was pretty cool (I wish I could change my hair color as easy as she did).
I think my favorite scenes were the flaming sword fight scene at the end of the move and when Violet was fighting Nerva and the rest of his goons; oh, and every other fight scene. In short I loved the whole movie.
I highly recommend watching the extended version Ultraviolet it makes more sense than the theatrical version.

Dame Orchid

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

26 capes Later: Day Twenty-Five

Movie: Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Release Date: 2008
Runtime; 120 minutes
Rating; PG-13
Genre: Action
Synopsis: "Ron Perlman returns to the role of the big red BPRD agent in this sequel to 2004's Hellboy, directed once again by Guillermo del Toro and scripted as before in collaboration with original Hellboy creator Mike Mignola. For centuries, an ancient truce has kept the naïve citizens of the human race safe from the horrors of the invisible realm -- but that's all about to change, and fast. A ruthless leader has emerged in the invisible realm, a tyrant just as comfortable walking the surface realm as he is living in the land of fantasy. When this power-mad ruler defies his bloodline to assemble an unstoppable army of fantastical creatures that he will use to wage a supernatural war on humanity, it begins to appear that humankind's days are numbered. But Hellboy (Perlman) isn't about to stand idly by as the planet is purged by a demonic despot, and with a little help from his team at the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, he may just be able to send our otherworldly overlords packing. Of course, Hellboy's pyrokinetic girlfriend, Liz (Selma Blair), is always willing to conjure up an inferno or two when things get desperate, aquatic Abe (Doug Jones) is prepared to dive headlong into any battle, and protoplasmic mystic Johann (voice of Thomas Kretschmann) proves an invaluable companion in times of inter-dimensional conflict. Now, as the creatures who inhabit the spiritual realm gear up for an all-out attack on the human plane, the only one capable of saving the Earth is a tough-talking hellspawn rejected by both worlds."

Hellboy II; The Golden Army not as good as the first one. I don't know why but it was just lacking a little something, maybe it was action or suspense.

In my opinion if you add the possibility of one or two of the main characters becoming a parent it just drags the movie down.
I enjoyed the beginning of the movie when Professor Broom was telling H.B. about the Golden Army. My other favorite part(s) were the Troll Market and the Giant's Causeway I loved how they looked.
It was cool to see Abe playing a bigger role then in the previous film and him finding a kindred spirit in Princess Nuala.
I didn't much care Johann Krauss he was just annoying, kind of like Tom Manning (F.B.I. guy).
Although the fight scene for control of the golden Army was pretty cool.

Dame Orchid

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

26 Capes Later: Day Twenty-Four

Movie: Hellboy
Release Date: 2004
Runtime: 120 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Action
Synopsis: "The stylish direction of Guillermo del Toro makes this colorful adaptation of Mike Mignola's graphic novel a lot more entertaining than it might have been in less capable hands. The principal character, after all, isn't just some costumed do-gooder; he's a supernatural being whose origin is considerably less benign than that of the average comic-book crime fighter. Hellboy (portrayed by Ron Perlman), a genuine spawn of the netherworld, is found in the waning days of World War II by Professor Trevor Bruttenholm (John Hurt), who also looks after other mutants kept safe from prying eyes in a secret compound. When the reincarnated Grigori Rasputin -- yes, that Rasputin -- unleashes long-suppressed demonic forces against America, the FBI enlists Hellboy's aid in combating the inhuman creatures doing the evil mesmerist's bidding. Perlman, having played bestial characters before, brings much-needed warmth and humor to Hellboy. He's well supported by Hurt and Selma Blair, properly enigmatic and more than a little wistful as Liz Sherman, whose pyro-kinetic abilities make her dangerous to be around. Doug Jones, totally unrecognizable in makeup and prosthetics, turns in a fine performance as Abe Sapien (voiced by David Hyde Pierce), the half-man/half-fish who aids Hellboy when the FBI comes calling. Very much like the comic books it brings to life, Hellboy pulsates with energy and teems with dynamic visual effects. While the film has wry, humorous moments, it never condescends to its audience. That's more than can be said for many comic-book movies; and for that, del Toro deserves considerable credit."

Hellboy is good, but they could have gone just a little lighter on their repetitive use of a certain swear word. Because it seemed, like, he used it at least once every sentence. Other than that I really enjoyed watching movie.

I think the beginning of the movie was better than the end. Because the end just seemed kind of anticlimactic. Sammael was just plain ugly and kind of gross. No wonder the baddies picked him. I think the funniest thing about Hellboy was his love of cats (he had a lot of them).
When Kroenen was on the examining table he reminded me a little bit of some straight out of a cheesy horror flick with his lack of lips and eyelids.
My favorite part of the movie was the beginning of the movie when they were trying to stop the Nazi's from bringing about the apocalypse.
My least favorite part would have to have been when H.B. was spying on Agent Myers and Liz, it was frankly kind of dull.

Dame Orchid

Monday, May 25, 2009

26 Capes Later: Day Twenty-Three

Movie: Superman Returns
Release Date: 2006
Runtime: 154 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Action
Synopsis: "It has been years since Superman (Brandon Routh) defeated the Kryptonian arch-villains and left Earth on a mysterious quest. When he finally returns, the Man of Steel finds that Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) is a single mom engaged to Perry White's (Frank Langella) nephew Richard (James Marsden), and that arch-fiend Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey) is at it again, simultaneously plotting another massive real estate scam and Superman's demise. This sort-of sequel to Superman II, directed by X-Men's Bryan Singer, is predicated on the assumption that the events depicted in Christopher Reeve's third and fourth outings as the iconic superhero never happened. Singer, who has a decided affinity for the mythic underpinnings of comic book crime fighters, imbues Superman Returns with and epic sensibility; he also sprinkles humorous lines and situations throughout the film but never betrays any hint of condescension or self-parody. The result is an altogether satisfying addition to the Kryptonian canon. The Special Edition boasts more than three hours of bonus features, most of them clustered together under an umbrella title, "Requiem for Krypton: Making Superman Returns." The film's production is documented with welcome specificity, and the actors are seen plying their trade in addition to contributing the usual talking-head promo-speak. Superman's background -- not only as a character but also as a cultural icon -- is explored thoroughly, and casual viewers might be surprised at the extent to which the documentaries' subjects took the project seriously. That the cast and crew approached the film with such reverence is, quite frankly, amazing. A separate featurette, "Resurrecting Jor-El," is narrowly focused on the CGI work employed in reutilizing footage of the late Marlon Brando as Superman's father, shot for the 1978 Christopher Reeve film."

Superman Returns is the first live action Superman movie that I have ever seen, and I loved it. Brandon Routh did an excellent job playing the dorky/hero Clark Kent/Superman.

It was plainly obvious that the kid was Superman’s and not Richard’s.
I think the most annoying thing(s) about Superman would have to be that Lois Lane and everyone he works with have not put two and two together. You know how when Clark’s there Superman is gone and vice versa and how they both disappeared for a couple of years (didn’t anyone else find that a bit odd).
I love how honestly dorky Clark seemed it just made the movie so funny.
Out of all the leading ladies in superhero movie Lois Lane is the least irritating being that she isn’t as helpless as some of the others.
One of my least favorite things about Superman (character, not the movie) would be that he’s just a little bit to nice.
Funniest thing about the Superman family is that they throw everything either just into space or into the sun.
James Marsden pops up in some of the weirdest places; the X-Men movies, Enchanted, Hairspray and probably some that I’m missing.
My favorite scene would have to have been when Superman was rescuing the airplane.

Dame Orchid

Sunday, May 24, 2009

26 Capes Later: Day Twenty-Two

Movie: Batman: The Dark Knight
Release date: 2008
Runtime: 152 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Action
Synopsis: "Christopher Nolan steps back into the director's chair for this sequel to Batman Begins, which finds the titular superhero coming face to face with his greatest nemesis -- the dreaded Joker. Christian Bale returns to the role of Batman, Maggie Gyllenhaal takes over the role of Rachel Dawes (played by Katie Holmes in Batman Begins), and Brokeback Mountain star Heath Ledger dons the ghoulishly gleeful Joker makeup previously worn by Jack Nicholson and Cesar Romero. Just as it begins to appear as if Batman, Lt. James Gordon (Gary Oldman), and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) are making headway in their tireless battle against the criminal element, a maniacal, wisecracking fiend plunges the streets of Gotham City into complete chaos."

Batman: the Dark Knight is a phenomenal movie, the action scenes and acting were awesome. The new Batman movies just seem to get better as each one comes along. The costumes get cooler, the fight scenes get more brutal, and the stories just keep on getting better.

I think Heath Ledger made the best Joker. I hope that the Joker won’t be in anymore Batman movies because I don't think anyone else would ever be able to do as good of a job as he did. Maggie Gyllenhaal was an immense improvement over Katie Holmes in the role of Rachel Dawes.
The Batpod was cool in a very odd (even if it was weird looking) way.
My favorite scene would have to have been the whole movie; it was just so good but so very long.
I didn't think it was even possible, but The Dark Knight was even better than Batman Begins. I hope there will be more movies in the Batman franchise simply because he’s my favorite cape.

Dame Orchid

Saturday, May 23, 2009

26 Capes Later: Day Twenty-One

Movie: Batman Begins
Release Date: 2005
Runtime: 140 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Action
Synopsis: "A sizable number of critics and fans alike have called Batman Begins the greatest comic-book movie ever made, a claim that would be difficult to dispute even if we wanted to. The film has been made without any trace of condescension or campiness by Christopher Nolan, a talented director whose previous thrillers, Insomnia and Memento, both bear the noirish hallmarks he brings to Batman's origin. The story begins with multi-millionaire Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) drifting around the Orient and winding up in the mountain fortress of Ra's Al Ghul, the enigmatic head of a vigilante fighting force devoted to exterminating evil without regard for the niceties of due process. Wayne trains with these warriors but spurns their offer of membership, instead returning to his hometown, Gotham City, to wage his own secret war against the criminals that have overrun it. And to do that he decides to become...well, you know. It's great to see such a film brought to the screen with a serious tone and respect for the underlying property; a respect Nolan underscores by casting A-list actors in the supporting roles. Oscar winner Michael Caine does fine work as Wayne's butler, Alfred, whose wry sense of humor isn't overlooked by the screenwriters. Liam Neeson plays Henri Ducard, the front man for Ra's Al Ghul and Wayne's primary instructor. Morgan Freeman appears as Lucius Fox, a Wayne family confidant who helps the grimly determined scion adopt his new identity by secretly furnishing state-of-the-art gadgetry. The earnest performances of these superlative actors -- along with those of supporting players Katie Holmes, Tom Wilkinson, Gary Oldman, and Rutger Hauer -- lends Batman Begins credibility usually absent from comic-book adaptations. This Batman is truly a frightening figure, an eerie apparition of the night that swoops from the sky and takes human form to pummel his prey. Destructive but non-lethal, he cuts a wide swath through Gotham's underworld while maintaining the pose of irresponsible playboy Bruce Wayne. Here, finally, is a Batman movie that gets it right. Those who grew up with the character as depicted in the '60s TV show might find Bale's incarnation a trifle too revisionist, but it's actually a whole lot closer to the Dark Knight created for the comics by Bob Kane and Bill Finger in 1939. And we approve heartily."

Batman is, like, my favorite superhero ever, which makes Batman Begins one of my favorite movies.
Batman Begins is a definite improvement on the Batman franchise and Christian Bale's the best Batman that I have seen. Another improvement would have to be the costume which was cooler and more functional than the last few (remember the one who couldn't move his head and had to turn his body to see to the side).
Ah, where would Bruce Wayne be without Alfred...most likely dead or something. I absolutely loved Michael Caine as Alfred, his witty remarks made me laugh. Rachel Dawes was an okay character, but I wish they had gotten someone other than Katie Holmes to play her in the first movie. She just isn't that good of an actress and she's kind of irritating. Ra's Al Ghul made for a great villain.
 My favorite scene was when Bruce was training with the League of Shadows, especially his final challenge.  For the moment I cannot think of a scene that I didn't like. 

Dame Orchid

Friday, May 22, 2009

26 Capes Later: Day Twenty

Movie: Iron Man
Release Date: 2008
Runtime: 126 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Action
Synopsis: "From Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures comes Iron Man, an action-packed take on the tale of wealthy philanthropist Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), who develops an invulnerable robotic suit to fight the throes of evil. In addition to being filthy rich, billionaire industrialist Tony Stark is also a genius inventor. When Stark is kidnapped and forced to build a diabolical weapon, he instead uses his intelligence and ingenuity to construct an indestructible suit of armor and escape his captors. Once free, Stark discovers a deadly conspiracy that could destabilize the entire globe, and dons his powerful new suit on a mission to stop the villains and save the world. Gwyneth Paltrow co-stars as his secretary, Virginia "Pepper" Potts, while Terrence Howard fills the role of Jim "Rhodey" Rhodes, one of Stark's colleagues, whose military background leads him to help in the formation of the suit. Jon Favreau directs, with Marvel movie veterans Avi Arad and Kevin Feige producing."

Iron Man the movie is awesome beyond words. His suit of armor is incredible, the acting was good, and the effects were really, really good.

This was actually one of the best superhero movies I have ever seen (and I have seen a lot of them). It is surprising how much I love this movie considering that I really don't like Tony Stark/Iron Man as a character.
I think my favorite scene is the one when he's testing out bits of the armor and his little robot keeps spraying him with the fire-extinguisher.
Do I have a least favorite scene? No, no I don't.
Am I excited about a sequel to Iron Man? How can I not be, when the first one was so good!
Dame Orchid

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

26 Capes Later: Day nineteen

Movie: Ghost Rider
Release Date: 2007
Runtime: 114 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Action
Synopsis: "When a motorcycle-riding stuntman offers his soul to Mephistopheles in order to save the life of the one he loves most, he is forced to play host to a powerful supernatural entity whose flaming skull visage strikes fear into the heart of his enemies in this feature-film version of the long-running comic series. By day, Johnny Blaze (actor and comic-book devotee Nicolas Cage) is one of the world's best-known stuntmen, but when the sun goes down and he is in the presence of evil, the death-defying daredevil bursts into flames to become the indestructible, motorcycle-riding antihero known to the world as the Ghost Rider."

When I first heard about the Ghost Rider movie I was a bit skeptical, especially when I realized that Nicholas Cage would be playing Ghost Rider. But turns out I had nothing to fear, because he did an excellent job playing Johnny Blaze.

His obsession with monkeys and the Carpenters was kind of funny in an odd way. His bike was definitely cool. Although the one thing that doesn’t make sense would have to be the magic eight ball that Roxanne looked out while she was waiting Johnny to show up for their date.
I think my favorite scene would have to be the final ride with Carter Slade his predecessor and the flaming horse.
On a whole this movie was really awesome from beginning to end.

Dame Orchid

26 Capes Later: Day Eighteen

Movie: Spider-Man 2
Release Date: 2004
Runtime: 135 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Action
Synopsis: "Another of those infrequent sequels that just might be better than the original, Spider-Man 2 not only offers a surfeit of spectacular action sequences but also advances the first film's romantic subplot and continues to develop its principal characters. In Tobey Maguire, director Sam Raimi has a soulful young actor perfectly suited to convey the angst of the crusading superhero Spider-Man -- honor bound to serve humanity, yet deeply resentful that this responsibility exacts an onerous toll on his personal life. As the film opens, Peter Parker (Maguire) is struggling to keep up with both his college studies and his part-time job as a freelance photographer, while fighting crime as Spider-Man. His old flame, Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), now a successful model and actress, still has feelings for Peter -- but he holds her at arm's length, fearful of engaging in a romance that could end tragically if his enemies learn of their relationship. And then there's his best pal, Harry Osborn (James Franco), who blames Spider-Man for the death of his father and has vowed revenge, not knowing that Peter is actually the web-crawler he seeks. Over-the-top villainy is supplied by Doctor Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina), a brilliant scientist who goes mad when mechanical tentacles become welded to his body in a laboratory accident. There's enough plot for two movies, with the doctor's depredations at times taking a backseat to the Peter/Harry/Mary Jane psychodrama. But Raimi is a proficient director, and he juggles the disparate story elements with admirable dexterity. The characters' interplay gives Spider-Man 2 a third dimension that most comic-book movies could use: It's fun to watch costumed combatants whaling the tar out of each other, but emotional underpinnings help make the physical conflicts more satisfying. As in the first film, Raimi and his special-effects team rely heavily on computer-generated imagery to give the fight scenes a larger-than-life quality. As a result, the sequel's visuals are, if anything, even more sophisticated than those of the original. Spider-Man 2, however, should never be mistaken for eye candy; it's an enormously satisfying adventure film for the kids that adults will find surprisingly affecting and enjoyable."

I know this review is a bit late, but I don’t cares.

I think I liked the second Spider-Man movie more than I liked the first one. Maybe it was the awesome action scenes, or the funny parts.
The best scene in the movie would have to be the train scene, hands down the best in the entire movie.
The funniest scene was when Spider-Man's powers quit working and he had to ride the elevator down.
My theory is that Aunt May has always known that Peter is Spider-Man.
Doc Ock’s mechanical arms reminded me somewhat of little puppies (go figure).
I also found it kind of fascinating the whole think between Peter and Harry concerning Spider-Man and the death of Harry’s dad. Especially when he found out that Peter is Spider-Man.
My least favorite scene in the movie was the end, you know with the wedding that Mary Jane ran out on *gag*.
Okay, I love this movie.

Dame Orchid

Monday, May 18, 2009

26 Caper Later: Day Seventeen

Movie: Spider-Man
Release Date: 2002
Runtime: 121 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Action
Synopsis: "The film begins with Peter Parker, a high school student, being bitten by a genetically altered spider. After misusing his newly-given abilities, which indirectly causes the death of his Uncle Ben, he becomes the heroic Spider-Man. Peter hopes to win the heart of Mary Jane Watson, the girl he has loved since he was a boy, and battles the villainous Green Goblin, who is the father of Peter's best friend, Harry Osborn."

I liked the Spider-Man movie, but the only thing I would have changed about it would have to be M.J. I don't know why but she is just grates on my nerves, maybe it’s because her character is your typical helpless female.

Toby Maguire did an awesome job portraying Peter Parker; he was a very convincing geek.
I think one of the best scenes is when Norman Osborn is talking to himself in front of the mirror in his apartment. Willem Dafoe did a very convincing job of being crazy lunatic with an alternate personality.
It’s hard to say what my favorite scene in the movie was; there are too many good ones to choose from.
Although my least favorite would have to have be the first couple of scenes, or more specifically before he was bitten by the spider.

Dame Orchid

26 Capes Later: Day Sixteen

Movie: X-Men the Last Stand
Release Date: 2006
Runtime: 104 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Action
Synopsis: "The X-Men trilogy draws to an eminently satisfying conclusion with this highly emotional, action-packed installment focusing on the final showdown between the "good" mutants led by Dr. Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and the "evil" ones led by Magneto (Ian McKellen). The latter's carefully calculated rebellion against human society gathers momentum when the government announces its plans to implement a recently discovered "cure" that neutralizes the mutant gene, but the X-Men (and -Women) remain steadfast in their defense of the status quo -- even though it poses risks to them as well. Director Brett Ratner, who made his bones helming the Rush Hour movies, demonstrates his mettle by steering the complex story line through a maze of plot complications and new characters. He also shows himself more than equal to the task of staging elaborate action sequences that rely heavily on cutting-edge special effects, and the film's climactic donnybrook is one that X-Men fans will long remember. One thing, though: Prepare yourself for a high body count. Several major characters in this franchise won't make it to the final fadeout, although colorful new ones -- including Kelsey Grammer's Beast, Ben Foster's Angel, and Vinnie Jones's Juggernaut -- take their places. Of paramount importance is the fate of Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), resurrected from the dead as the aptly named Phoenix; her character is the linchpin of the whole story. As superhero movies go, X-Men: The Last Stand is top shelf in every respect, and it’s sure to hold up in repeated viewings."

X-Men: The Last Stand is by far my least favorite of the X-Men movies.
I wish that Angel had played a bigger role in the movie, like, more than a couple of scenes (his wings were awesome).
Strangely enough I felt bad for Mystique when she saved Magneto from being shot by the cure and then he just left her because she was no longer one of them. Although I think Karma paid Magneto back in the end, when he was received the cure unwillingly.
And I would like to know why they felt the need to kill off just about all of the X-Men (Jean Grey, Cyclops, and Professor X)?
 I can understand why Rogue would want to take the cure to get rid of her powers, but I still don’t think she should’ve.

It was also nice to see Wolverine finally become a team player.
I also liked how some of the younger mutants were now team members, I think it added a little more life to the team.
My favorite part(s) of the movie was when Kitty was racing Juggernaut to get to Jimmy first and the fight scene at Jean’s childhood home.
My least favorite part of the movie was when Jean killed the Professor.
Favorite characters for this movie would have to have been Wolverine, Angel, and Kitty.
Even though it’s my least favorite of the three x-Men movies I still loved it.

Dame Orchid

Sunday, May 17, 2009

26 Capes Later: Day Fifteen

Movie: X2: X-Men United
Release Date: 2003
Runtime: 133 minutes
Rating: Pg-13
Genre: Action
Synopsis: "This spectacular sequel to X-Men outdoes its predecessor in virtually every way, presenting viewers with a dizzying array of thrills while further developing previously established characters, introducing new ones, and setting the stage for an explosive conflict to come. Threatened in the first film with genocide, the mutants and their advocates -- unofficially led by Dr. Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) -- find their right to privacy threatened by the newly proposed Mutant Registration Act, which enemies like General William Stryker (Brian Cox) hope to use as a means of tracking and eventually eliminating them. The noble Xavier and his team of X-Men still labor against evil, while the sinister Magneto (Ian McKellen) -- although imprisoned -- remains bent on subjecting humanity to mutant control. It wouldn't be easy for any director to do justice to this film's multiplicity of characters, relationships, and subplots, but director Bryan Singer is growing into the challenge: He hurls the viewer headlong into the narrative, which zips along at breakneck speed and pauses only to introduce such new characters as Pyro (Aaron Stanford) and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore), who falls for the beautiful but deadly Rogue (Anna Paquin). Halle Berry, returning as the weather-controlling Storm, doesn't get as much footage as she probably deserves; nor does James Marsden as Cyclops or Rebecca Romijn-Stamos as Mystique. But Famke Janssen's Jean Grey is showcased and plays a pivotal role in the proceedings, while Alan Cumming has a showy supporting part as the Scripture-quoting Nightcrawler. Judged on the basis of eye-popping special effects and spectacular action sequences, X2 would be an eminently worthwhile sequel, but the emphasis on characterization and underlying plea for tolerance make it more than a typical popcorn movie. As comic-book movies go, this one is, well, X-cellent in every way."

I think the second X-Men movie is just a little bit better than the first one, because the characters have matured a lot since the last film.

I still think that Jean Grey is a bit of a dull character. She just lacks a distinct personality.
Although I did love the adding of Nightcrawler to the story, he's one of if not my favorite X-Men.
It was also pretty cool that you got see just a little bit more of some of the other students like Colossus, Kitty Pryde, Siryn, and Jubilee during the invasion of the school.
Even though I’m not exactly a fan of Cyclops’s or Jean Grey it was just a tad bit sad the way he reacted to her loss.
I think my favorite part of the movie would have to have been the scene was Nightcrawler is breaking into the White House and wreaking havoc.
Least favorite part is when their in the jet and trying to lose their tail by using tornadoes as camouflage.
Still a great movie.

Dame Orchid

Saturday, May 16, 2009

26 Capes Later: Day Fourteen

Movie: X-Men
Release Date: 2000
Runtime: 104 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Action
Synopsis: "One of the most popular superhero teams in comic book history finally comes to the screen in this big-budget adaptation of the long-running Marvel Comics series. Psychic Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) leads a school of skilled mutants called X-Men, a peacekeeping force to safeguard the world against a race of genetically mutated humans known as Homo Sapiens Superior. However, Magneto (Ian McKellen), a mutant with a powerful magnetic charge, has also begun to organize a team to strike first against what he believes to be a threat from humanity. When he kidnaps Rogue (Anna Paquin) from the X-Men's compound, Xavier and his forces must rescue her, even as they continue to vie with Magneto for the fearsomely strong mutant battler Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Both Xavier and Magneto also have to contend with Senator Kelly (Bruce Davison), a heartless political leader who wants a final solution against mutants on both sides. Fighting for the forces of virtue with the X-Men are Famke Janssen as Jean Grey, Halle Berry as Storm, and James Marsden as Cyclops; Rebecca Romjin-Stamos as Mystique, Ray Park as the Toad, and Tyler Mane as Sabretooth are the minions of Magneto."

X-Men is one of my favorite superhero movies to watch. Hugh Jackman makes a fabulous Wolverine; he is also just an awesome actor. Anna Paquin did a great job playing Rogue.

Shawn Ashmore (Bobby/Iceman) didn’t he play someone in a (short lived) Disney show back in, like, 2000?
I thought Jean Grey was a bit lame and annoying. I noticed that Storm didn't have very many lines in the movie and the ones she did have were those cheap one-liners (i.e. “Do you know what happens to a toad when it's struck by lightning? The same thing that happens to everything else.”).
I don’t know why but they way Magneto talked was just kind of funny (“You homo sapiens and your guns!”) other than that he was awesomely evil.
Cyclops is too much of a goody-goody to be likeable, plus he's kind of boring.
The leather costumes looked way better than spandex would have *hehehe*.
My favorite part of the movie would have to be the scene in the Statue of Liberty. I loved the way Wolverine and Cyclops would heckle each other.
The worst part of the movie has to have been when Senator Kelly turned to water and than he just burst.
I love this movie (still).

Dame Orchid

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Tiny Blog: No Capes Tonight

I have decided not to watch and review a cape movie tonight, because frankly this weather is driving me crazy. It's wet, which is making my back, knees, and ankles hurt really badly. Plus I had to watch the season finale of Supernatural (it was so good).
Did anyone else watch Supernatural tonight?

Dame Orchid

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

26 Capes Later: Day Thirteen

Movie: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Release Date: 2007
Runtime: 89 minutes
Rating: PG
Genre: Action
Synopsis: "The world's most famous team of astronauts-cum-superheroes returns in the effects-heavy sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. As the story opens, Sue Storm (aka The Invisible Girl [Jessica Alba]) and Reed Richards (aka Mr. Fantastic [Ioan Gruffudd]) prepare for their upcoming, superhero-studded wedding celebration. But Reed cannot stay focused on the nuptials -- he's distracted by wire reports of a bizarre, comet-like object hurtling toward the Earth with tremendous force, triggering brownouts, blackouts, tropical storms, and various other climatological disasters. When the said object hits the island of Manhattan, destroying much of the city in its wake, its identity becomes resoundingly clear. "It" is actually a "he" -- a psychotic villain known as The Silver Surfer (voice of Larry Fishburne) who intends, for some unascertainable reason, to destroy much of the Earth, just as he obliterated dozens of planets before it. Feeling compelled to rally their old gang and save the day, Sue and Reed summon Ben Grimm (aka The Thing [Michael Chiklis]) and Johnny Storm (aka The Human Torch [Chris Evans]) to take on the Surfer -- and end up battling not only him, but an obnoxious Army general (Andre Braugher) and the cantankerous Victor Von Doom (Julian McMahon), who has broken out of his icy prison that held him captive at the end of the first movie. Tim Story returns to direct this sequel."

I thought the first movie was better than Rise of the Silver Surfer. RSS just seemed a bit forced with the whole impending wedding (gah). Another thing why Jessica Alba dye her hair more blonde for the sequel??? and what is up with the contacts???? They weren't there in the first movie, so why change it now?
 The Silver Surfer had like the coolest power, way cooler than Mr. Fantastic, The Thing, or The Invisible Woman.

I think had the focus of the movie been changed from mainly Reed and Sue and been more on the threat of the end of the world it would have been ten times better.
It was good to see Johnny’s character mature, even if it was only a tiny bit.

The funniest part of the movie I think was when Johnny burned the bridal bouquet when Sue through it (his date almost caught it) and when the wedding he had to jump off the roof of the building and he didn’t want to destroy his tux.
Worst part of the movie was the actual wedding.
In the end I still liked the movie.

Dame Orchid

26 Capes Later: Day Twelve

Movie: Fantastic Four
Release Date: 2005
Runtime: 106 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Action
Synopsis: "Jessica Alba, Michael Chiklis, and Chris Evans head a sexy, star-powered cast in this explosive adventure about a quartet of flawed, ordinary human beings who suddenly find themselves with extraordinary abilities. After exposure to cosmic radiation, four astronautsbecome the most remarkable, if dysfunctional. super heroes of all time. Unfortunately, the missions sponser has also been transformed - into the world's most lethal super-villain - setting the stage for a confrontation of epic proportions. Packed with nonstop action, awesome special effects and irreverent humor, Fantastic Four is exhilararting fun from start to finish." 

Fantastic Four was great, but it would have been better if Jessica (tell me I'm pretty) Alba wasn't in it. She just kind of dragged the whole movie down.

Now, Chris Evans on the other hand made a terrific Human Torch, he was so funny. Ioan Gruffudd made a fantastic Mr. Fantastic (pun intended). I don't believe anyone could have done a better job than Michael Chiklis did as The Thing.
'though I expected Doctor Doom to be just a little bit darker than he was, his voice just didn't sound evil or menacing.
Best part of the movie *hmm* the parts that Johnny were in.
Worst part of the movie would have to have been Jessica Alba, she was justs plain irritating.
Fantastic Four is definitely a kid friendly movie.

Dame Orchid

Monday, May 11, 2009

26 Capes Later: Day Eleven

Movie: Elektra
Release Date: 2005
Runtime: 96 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Action
Synopsis: "The film continues the storyline of the film Daredevil wherein Elektra was killed by Bullseye. The story is introduced by a man's voice (later revealed to be the sensei Stick) explaining that there is an ancient war being fought between good and evil. The evil is introduced as a group called The Hand, whilst the good follow Kimagure, a martial art that supposedly makes its practitioners able to foresee the future and control life and death."

The fight scenes in Elektra were pretty good, her costume was definitely better than the one she wore in Daredevil.
 I think my favorite part was near the end when Elektra was fighting Kirigi at her childhood home, especially the part in the hedge maze. The worst part of the movie would have to have been the whole Abby and her father deal. The girl who played Abby was annoying and just plain irritating.
 If the movie had had more fight scenes and less Abby, it probably would’ve had a better reception.

Dame Orchid

26 Capes Later: Day Ten

Movie: Daredevil (Directors Cut)
Release Date: 2003
Runtime: 133 minutes
Rating: R
Genre: Action
Synopsis: "In the contradictory comic-book-movie tradition of Tim Burton’s Batman, director Mark Steven Johnson's Daredevil is decidedly dark and dominated by a tragic, vengeful hero, effectively replicating the odd insouciance of its four-color inspiration. Daredevil, like Batman, is a relentless crime fighter who preys on evildoers to avenge the murder of his father. But that’s where the similarity ends, because Daredevil -- lawyer Matt Murdock by day -- is blind. Fortunately, a childhood accident has attuned his other four senses to an incredible degree, and he can "see" adversaries by the way sound waves register in his brain. Matt finds an unlikely comrade-in-arms in the exotic Elektra (played with leathery verve by Jennifer Garner), who’s also looking for revenge. Their common enemy is a veteran crime lord known as the Kingpin (Michael Clarke Duncan), who orders his psychopathic henchman, Bullseye (Colin Farrell), to remove these threats to his dominance of the underworld. Ben Affleck is appropriately stoic as the tormented Murdock and looks great in the form-fitting red rubber suit that is Daredevil’s trademark. He’s also very effective in expansively choreographed fight sequences that rely more on good, old-fashioned stunt work than computer-generated imagery. Performancewise, though, Affleck is nearly upstaged by both Garner and Farrell, whose intriguing characters are sufficiently colorful to warrant movies of their own. Broadly faithful to its Marvel Comics namesake and lavishly mounted, Daredevil is dazzling, dynamic, and delightful."

After seeing both the theatrical and director cut of Daredevil I have to say that I preferred the director's cut. It was just better and less vague. It's probably one of the only times that a director's cut is actually better than the one you see at the movies (that's just my opinion).
Another great thing about Marvel movies is playing spot Stan Lee, who happens to appear in a couple of their live action films.
The fights scenes were pretty awesome.
Colin Farrell was scary good as Bullseye. Michael Clarke Duncan made a really good Kingpin. Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck did an excellent job as Elektra and Daredevil.

Dame Orchid

Sunday, May 10, 2009

In My Mailbox (1)

In My Mailbox was started by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. Sadly the only books I order are those that are hard to find. The following books are from the library and bookstores.

From the library:

Author: Harper Lee
Title: To Kill A Mockingbird
Publication Date: 1960
Synopsis: "Harper Lee's classic novel of a lawyer in the deep south defending a black man charged with the rape of a white girl
One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has earned many distinctions since its original publication in 1960. It won the Pulitzer Prize, has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, and been made into an enormously popular movie. Most recently, librarians across the country gave the book the highest of honors by voting it the best novel of the twentieth century."
To Kill a Mockingbird I just finished it last night.

Author: Louis A. Meyer
Title: Bloody Jack
Publication Date: 2002
Synopsis: "The tale of Mary, an 18th-century London street urchin who dresses as a boy, renames herself "Jacky" and goes to sea as a ship's boy, soars to new heights in the audio format. Mary's distinctive Cockney dialect is tailor-made for reading aloud. And with award-winning narrator Kellgren at the helm, the result is pure magic. She creates authentic character voices, switching effortlessly among Mary's Cockney, the melodic Irish lilt of sailor Liam, the educated American voice of schoolmaster Tilden, the chillingly sinister, leering tone of Jacob Sloat and many other voices without missing a beat. Her acting is also first-rate: her tone of pride as Mary boasts of her achievements, her tenderness as she speaks of Jaimy, the boy she secretly falls in love with, and the sheer terror in her voice during scenes of violence and danger will have listeners on the edge of their seats."
I've already finished reading Bloody Jack. 
Author: Anna Godberson
Title: The Luxe
Publication Date: 2007
Synopsis: "Pretty girls in pretty dresses, partying until dawn.

Irresistible boys with mischievous smiles and dangerous intentions.
White lies, dark secrets, and scandalous hookups.
This is Manhattan, 1899.
Beautiful sisters Elizabeth and Diana Holland rule Manhattan's social scene. Or so it appears. When the girls discover their status among New York City's elite is far from secure, suddenly everyone—from the backstabbing socialite Penelope Hayes, to the debonair bachelor Henry Schoonmaker, to the spiteful maid Lina Broud—threatens Elizabeth's and Diana's golden future. With the fate of the Hollands resting on her shoulders, Elizabeth must choose between family duty and true love. But when her carriage overturns near the East River, the girl whose glittering life lit up the city's gossip pages is swallowed by the rough current. As all of New York grieves, some begin to wonder whether life at the top proved too much for this ethereal beauty, or if, perhaps, someone wanted to see Manhattan's most celebrated daughter disappear...
In a world of luxury and deception, where appearance matters above everything and breaking the social code means running the risk of being ostracized forever, five teenagers lead dangerously scandalous lives. This thrilling trip to the age of innocence is anything but innocent. "
I'm currently reading The Luxe right now.

Book(s) I bought:
Author: Meg Cabot
Title: Being Nikki
Publication Date: 2009
Synopsis: "Things aren't pretty for Emerson Watts.
Em was sure there couldn't be anything worse than being a brainiac the body of a teenaged supermodel.
But it turned out she was wrong. Because that supermodel could turn out to have a mother who's gone mysteriously missing, a brother who's shown up on her doorstep demanding answers, a former best friend who's intent on destroying Stark Enterprises to avenge the death of his lost love, and a British heartthrob who's written a song about her that's topping the charts.
How can Em balance all that with school, runway shows, and weekend jaunts to St. Johns - especially when she's got ex-boyfriends crawling out of the woodwork who want more than just a photo op; a sister who is headed to the high school cheerleading championships; a company she represents that seems to be turning to the dark side...
Not to mention trying to convince the love of her life that models aren't really airheads after all...especially one model in particular.
But then, nobody said it was going to be easy being Nikki."
I cannot wait to read this one.
Well that concludes my first In My Mailbox.

Dame Orchid

26 Capes Later: Day Nine

Movie: Wonder Woman
Release Date: 2009
Runtime: 75 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Animated
Synopsis: "A graceful Amazon princess of untold strength and beauty attempts to prevent the god of war from instigating a conflict that will last for centuries and destroy the human race as the animated adventure marking the return of DC Comics heroine Wonder Woman. On the mystical island of Themyscira lives a fierce race of warrior Amazons who have raised a powerful daughter named Princess Diana. The Amazons live in secrecy from the outside world, but when Army fighter pilot Steve Travor crash-lands in their tropical paradise, the headstrong princess defies the law of the land by accompanying Trevor back to civilization. But her transition into the modern world won't be an easy one, because when Ares escapes from his Amazonian prison and begins plotting his revenge, Princess Diana is the only person who stands between the god of war, and the destruction of the human race - beginning with the Amazons. Now, as Princess Diana harnesses her unique powers to boldly fight back against Ares and save the planet from certain destruction, Wonder Woman is born and the battle for civilization begins."

The Wonder Woman movie was awesome beyond all belief. Wonder Woman is by far one of the coolest female superheroes that I have ever read about. She's in my opinion way, way cooler than Superman could ever hope to be.
Hades was such a slob in the movie. Hippolyta's armor was cool, ok, all of their armor was cool (see what I mean?). I think Artemis was my second favorite character followed by Steve, because they were both funny in their own way. I just love it when the bad guy is actually someone that is truly bad, so that you don't feel bad about completely disliking them.
I don't want to spoil this movie for anyone who might not have gotten a chance to watch it and were still considering watching it, so this is all I'm have to say about it.

Dame Orchid

Saturday, May 9, 2009

26 Capes Later: Day Eight

Movie: Batman: Gotham Knight
Release Date: 2008
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Animated
Synopsis: "Batman Gotham Knight is a fresh and exciting new entry into the Batman mythos, spinning out of a 40-year history in animation including the Emmy®-winning Batman: The Animated Series, widely considered a pivotal moment in American animation.

Six standalone chapters, each with stylish art from some of Japan’s greatest anime visionaries, weave together into a larger story that follows Batman through his transition from beginner to The Dark Knight."

Chapter-by-Chapter Synopsis
"In “Have I Got a Story for You,” Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Josh Olson (“A History of Violence”) tells the story of how chance encounters with Batman by a group of youngsters leave each kid with a very different impression of the Dark Knight."

In "Have I Got a Story for You" the way the kids each describe their encounter with Batman is quite funny, none of them get it right. Plus they tried to make it seem like they played it cool in the face of danger (yeah, right). I think the portrayal of Batman was okay, but I didn't really care for the way he was drawn in this installment (kind of flabby). 

In “Crossfire,” acclaimed novelist/comics writer Greg Rucka tells the story of Gotham City police having to get over their distrust of Batman – while under fire from the mob.
"Crossfire" I think was excellent. 

In “Field Test,” writer Jordan Goldberg showcases the incredible high-tech arsenal Batman commands and reveals that there are some things even Batman won’t do in his pursuit of justice.
"Field Test" is by far the best segment in Batman: Gotham Knight. Especially the end when he tells Mr. Fox that he's only willing to risk his life not someone else's. 

“In Darkness Dwells” takes Batman into the Gotham sewers to face “Killer Croc,” a deformed thug who seems even more monstrous after the Scarecrow, and his fear toxin, makes a resurgence, in a story by David S. Goyer, co-screenwriter of “Batman Begins.”
"In Darkness Dwells" was pretty good. Although that my number one favorite from the movie, but that's all right. 

Award-winning comics writer Brian Azzarello explores an early chapter of Bruce Wayne’s training in “Working Through Pain,” showing how a mysterious and exotic Indian woman named Cassandra introduced Batman to techniques that would help him to conquer the physical and spiritual consequences of what he does.
"Working Through Pain" is good. In the end when Batman has all of those guns that he found in the sewers, he reminds me a bit of lost little kid.  

Finally, in “Deadshot,” four-time Emmy Award-winning writer Alan Burnett ties together threads from all the Batman Gotham Knight chapters, as Batman must thwart an unerring assassin whose love of guns and disregard for human life lets him cross lines that even a Dark Knight shies away from."
"Deadshot" he's like the complete opposite of Batman. They're both rich, but Batman chose to help people while Deadshot kills them.

Highlights of the movie: It was a Batman which makes it awesome in my book. Dame Orchid

Friday, May 8, 2009

26 Capes Later: Day Seven

Movie: Justice League: The New Frontier
Release Date: 2008
Runtime: 78 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Animated
Synopsis: "The New Frontier takes viewers on an action-packed adventure,exploring the origins of the Justice League. DC Comics legends Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman are all featured in the film as well as Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter and the Flash - as they band together to form the legendary super team. Strangers at first, these very different heroes must over come fear and suspicion to form an alliance against a monster so formidable, even the mighty Superman cannot stop it alone. If they fail, the entire planet will be "cleansed" of humanity."

I know this review is a bit late, but I my computer was acting wonky last night.

Justice League: The New Frontier is by far one of favorite movies of all time. The artwork was spectacular; the portrayal of the characters phenomenal.

  Flash (why doesn't he have his own movie????) is one of the best characters in the entire DC Universe (I miss Bart Allan), and Hal "Spam in a can" Jordan were hilarious. The only drawback to the movies greatness was the voice over for Batman, nothing personal against the guy that did it, but he just wasn't Batman. They should have gotten Kevin Conroy
For those who are fans of Bones, David Boreanaz does the voice of Hal Jordan.
There was a bit of a buddy-flick to the movie with the friendship between Morgan and Jordan.

Here's a quote from the beginnning of the movie it gives you a slight insight into what they're about to face:
"Like all things on this hurtling sphere, I emerged from the molten center of creation. But mine has been a unique path. Isolated, I developed attributes beyond those of lesser beings. Then the sphere was struck by a vast celestial stone. Black chunks of death filled the skies and the world became a chaotic garden of doom. Soon the sphere began to nurture new kinds of life. And there was one that stood above the rest. Its fragile shell belied its vicious nature. And in what seemed like a heartbeat, these things proliferated in both number and destructive needs. Now they have harnessed the most destructive force. And I, The Centre, have concluded that the sphere must be cleansed of them."

After having the chance of seeing this movie multiple times i wish that I had gotten a chanc4e to read the graphic novel.
Do I recommend Justice League: The New Frontier, yes, yes I do. 'though it does have a PG-13 rating for a reason. Because it is extremely violent.

Dame Orchid

Thursday, May 7, 2009

26 Capes Later: Day Six

Movie: Superman Doomsday
Release Date: 2007
Runtime: 78 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Animated
Synopsis: "Inspired by the best-selling DC comic The Death of Superman, the animated feature Superman Doomsday finds the Man of Steel locked in mortal combat with an intergalactic serial killer named Doomsday. Never before have two rivals of such equal footing squared off in a duel to the death that could determine the fate of an entire planet. Will Superman summon the strength needed to save Metropolis by making the ultimate sacrifice, or could it be that the denizens of this bustling city are about to witness the demise of the greatest protector they ever had?"

Surprisingly enough after a certain point in Superman Doomsday, Superman is not in it. Why? Because he "died", that's why.
I'm not exactly the biggest fan of Superman , but his movies are generally pretty good. I just think that he is too much of a goody-goody boy scout.
Out of all the leading lady characters that are civies in movies, Lois Lane is kind of cool in Superman Doomsday, she's willing to do just about anything to get the scoop; including putting herself in harms way. Jimmy made me laugh (which is always a good thing).
Has anybody else ever noticed how Perry White and J. Jonah Jameson seem kind of similar. They're both editors for magazines, and don't really like their resident cape.
I liked the beginning of the movie when Lex is talking to himself as he watches Superman saving the day on TV and is making the whole speech about how even gods must die, I think it sets the tone for the remainder of the movie.
                                                           (Superman VS Doomsday)

Another thing I didn't like was the way that did Superman's face made him look a bit older than he's supposed to be.
Superman Doomsday is a great yet bloody animated action movie, which I loved.

Dame Orchid

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

26 Capes Later: Day Five

Movie: Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow
Release Date: 2008
Rating: PG
Genre: Animated
Synopsis: "When a nefarious villain named Ultron emerges to threaten mankind, the next generation of superheroes leaps into action and prepares to make their famous parents proud. It's been decades since Ultron defeated the original Avengers, and these days even the few folks that had held out hope for the future are finally ready to admit defeat. But Tony Stark has a surprise up his sleeve in the form of four amazing teenagers who just might have the power to defeat Ultron once and for all. But will James (son of Captain America and Black Widow), Pym (son of Wasp and Giant Man), Torunn (daughter of Thor) and Azari (son of the Black Panther) truly be capable of defeating the villain who brought about the downfall of their powerful parents? As the battle gets underway and Hawkeye's sharp-shooting son leaps into the fray, the team realizes that they might stand a fighting chance if they can only track down the mission Hulk and encourage him to become a member of the team. Should they succeed in defeating Ultron, this group will forever be known as The Next Avengers."

Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow is an animated movie aimed more at a younger audience than the previous four Marvel Animated moves.
I loved this movie, even though the characters were way younger than the ones in the last films. My favourite character(s) would have to have been Pym, he was just so funny, Torunn who was just a tad bit crazy in the beginning also they way she talked, and James and Hawkeye (yeah, I know that's, like, almost everyone).
  The most annoying thing was that the Hulk was in yet another movie; he's been in all but one of the five movies that I have seen so far.
Arent their costumes cool costume awesome??? I almost forgot the faces of the Iron Avengers made them look a bit brain-missing *hehehe*.
It was also pretty cool how you got to see a different side to Tony Stark, a more caring side.
The artwork in the movie is really, really good.
Next Avengers is definitely a fun movie that everyone can watch.

Dame Orchid

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

26 Capes Later: Day Four

Movie: Doctor Strange
Release date: 2007
Runtime: 76 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Animated
Synopsis: "This animated feature brings to life the bestselling Dr. Strange series of Marvel comic books. The film -- like the original works -- plunges viewers into an otherworldly, mystical realm, rife with strange and mysterious creatures, of centuries-old spells and barrel-chested heroes. As the story opens, a surgeon, Dr. Stephen Strange, must first travel to the Tibetan Mountains to seek out healing from the Ancient One. After letting go of long-buried wounds from his past, he begins to tap into an inner aptitude for magic and sorcery that will enable him to take on a host of monsters that threaten the sanctity and very existence of humankind."

Out of the four animated Marvel movies that I have seen so far Doctor Strange is the one that I highly recommend that you should watch. It is an extremely awesome movie, the art work is amazing and the characters are super cool.
Doctor Strange starts off as one of those characters that you just don't like, until he has his accident and has to relearn how to do the most simple things, like opening a door and washing his face (his hands were damaged). But by the middle of the movie you will no longer dislike him.
The saddest thing about the whole movie would have to be the flashbacks of his sister. After finding out what happened to his sister you will understand why he is the way he is.
Other than that Doctor Strange is an awesome movie.

I just realized that I've passed the hundred post mark *does happy dance*.
Dame Orchid

Monday, May 4, 2009

26 Capes Later: Day Three

Movie: The Invincible Iron Man
Release Date: 2006
Runtime: 83 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Animated
Synopsis: "Attempting to raise an ancient Chinese city using his company's resources - while also diverting money into a project that he swears will bring Stark Enterprises big money without revealing the nature of the research - Tony Stark's ambitions go up in smoke when the Jade Dragons attack the excavation site, killing most of the men there and kidnapping his friend James "Rhodey" Rhodes. Traveling to China to investigate, he is captured and badly injured by the Jade Dragons, his life only saved thanks to a Chinese shaman and Rhodes' skills as an army medic after a piece of shrapnel damages his heart."

Invincible Iron Man is the third installment in the Marvel animated movies.
The best part about IIM would have to a tie between all of Iron Man's different armors and the Elementals, which were awesome (check out the picture on the left).

The most absurd thing would have to have been Li Mei's hair near the end of the film, it was like Eris's from Sinbad Legend of the Seven Seas, but not nearly as cool (see). Another cool thing is how the same actors reprise their roles from previous films. Example, Marc Worden did Tony Stark's voice in both Ultimate Avengers movies and this one.
The Invincible Iron Man was in short pretty awesome, even though it was a movie about Iron Man.

Dame Orchid

Sunday, May 3, 2009

26 Capes Later: Day Two

Movie: Ultimate Avengers 2
Release Date: 2006
Runtime: 74 minutes
Genre: Animated
Synopsis: "To save humanity, the Earth's mightiest heroes must reunite for a rematch of heroic proportions. Mysterious Wakanda; It lies in the darkest heart of Africa, unknown to most of the world. An isolated land hidden behind closed borders, fiercely protected by its young king - the BLACK PANTHER. A king who holds the fate of the entire earth in his hands. Because brutal alien invaders are coming, soon to fill every sky and control every land, seeking what is buried beneath ancient Wakanda.
  That leaves the Black Panther with a single option, one that goes against the sacred decrees of his people - to ask for help from outsiders. And so he turns to The Avengers - Captain America,  Iron Man,  Thor, Giant Man,  Wasp, Black Widow...and the Incredible Hulk. These mightiest of heroes have battled the aliens before, and barely survived. They thought it was over. They were wrong."

Ultimate Avengers 2 is the end of the first set of movies that tie into one another (see 26 Capes Later: Day One).

 Ultimate Avengers 1 and 2 are both considered to be pretty violent for animated movies, garnering a pg-13 rating each.
   I love how both movies delve into the characters past and present problems, while also trying to make sure the characters and plot continue to evolve throughout the movie.
The best scenes in the movie would definitely have to be the ones that Thor is in. I think the saddest part would have to be when Giant Man dies; he had finally become a slightly less arrogant person when Wasp was hurt and realized that she meant a lot to him.
Black Panther also had some pretty cool music.
It was also nice to see Iron Man acting as more of a hero, rather than a being nothing more than a glory seeker.
In the end the Avengers defeated the Chitauri once and for all.

I loved both Ultimate Avengers 1and 2.

Dame Orchid

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Splash Award

Since I have been completely neglecting my blog as of late that means I have forgotten to accept and pass on the award I received from Dahlia.
Thank you Dahlia for the lovely award. :)

Here are the rules:
1) Put the logo on your blog/post.
2) Nominate up to 9 blogs which allure, amuse, bewitch, impress or inspire you.
3) Be sure to link your nominees within your post.
4) Let them know that they have been splashed by commenting on their blog.
5) Remember to link to the person from whom you received your Splash award.
6) Have F~U~N

And the winners are:
3 Evil Cousin
Irregular Kiki

Dame Orchid

26 Capes Later: Day One

Movie: Ultimate Avengers
Release Date: 2006
Run Time: 72 minutes
Genre: Animated
Synopsis: "As the world sinks into a deep crisis and the threat of ultimate destruction looms just over the horizon, the only hope for mankind lies in six superheroes in this animated Marvel feature. The world's most powerful superheroes have all been brought together in hopes of averting disaster, but with Captain America locked frozen in a solid block of ice for over 60 years, the powerful team must struggle to find a leader. As the reluctant superheroes combine their forces to fight for the good of mankind, the sudden emergence of an unexpected opponent from within their own ranks throws the entire mission -- and the fate of mankind -- into chaos."

Ultimate Avengers website (you know you want to click it).
First, I would like to extend my thanks to Dahlia for the awesome name of 26 Capes Later. Thank you, D.

Ultimate Avengers (UA from here on out) combines three of my favorite movies elements:
1. Its animated
2. It has superheroes
3. it’s an action flick
Team Lineup:
Captain America (Steve Rogers) leader of the Avengers and dealing with a world that has left him behind.
Iron Man (Tony Stark) cocky, yet brilliant billionaire who designed his armor (you saw the movie Iron Man, right?)
Thor (Norse god of thunder) he just rocks. Thor's so cool that he even has his own soundtrack (check out the movie soundtrack on I-Tunes).
Black Widow (Natalia Romonoff) former agent of the KGB now General Fury's right hand.
Wasp (Janet Pym) who can shrink and grow little fairy wings and has some kind of blast (I don't know how she puts up with Hank).
Giant Man (Hank Pym) He can grow in stature *hahaha*, he is also very arrogant and cocky.
General Fury leader of S.H.I.E.L.D.

I think it was interesting that UA begins with Captain America fighting in WWII and than you find out how Cap became trapped in ice after saving the day, where he remains for the next 60 years. Until S.H.I.E.L.D. finds his body incased in a glacier; their plan use the tissue from Cap’s body to help restart the S.S.P.
Project Avenger was meant to be the worlds safeguard against the Chitauri since the Super Soldier Program has yet to show any signs of success, which would put the afore mentioned capes on the same team. When must of them are civilians who are nursing either a grudge against Fury (Giant Man) or they're are more interested in glory (Iron Man) or in Thor's case they just don't want to get involved in mortals problems.
Needless to say the Avengers were formed and the day was saved.

UV has a ton of great voice over’s, Wasp who is voiced by Grey DeLisel (Azula), Hulk is done by Fred Tatasciore (he's like meant to voice the Hulk, like, Kevin Conroy is meant to voice Batman).
Worst part of the movie would have to be Bruce Banner (a.k.a. Hulk) who is nothing more than a sniveling pain in the neck. Hulk’s ok (except for when he’s trying to smash the good guy’s), Banner, not so much.

Does anyone else think tthose who do voice over's don’t get the recognition they deserve?

Dame Orchid

Friday, May 1, 2009

Tiny Blog: It Begins

With nothing better to do, I am planning on watching and reviewing all of the cape (superhero) movies that I own over the next 26 days starting tomorrow.
 And to get in the mood for my 26 day marathon of capes, here's the trailer for the upcoming DC Universe animated movie of Green Lantern: First Flight (I’m sooo excited about it).

Green Lantern: First Flight Official Trailer

Currently in the works for posts (long over due) book reviews and upcoming movie reviews.

Dame Orchid