Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself


By: Da’Mon Guy

      I Can Do Bad All By Myself is one of the more recent films by Tyler Perry to be translated from the stage to the screen. This latest translation stars Taraji P. Henson (The Karate Kid, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)and features an ensemble cast that includes Gladys Knight, Marvin Winans, Brian White (12 Rounds) , Adam Rodriguez (CSI: Miami), Mary J. Blige, and of course Tyler Perry.

      Madea (Perry) awakes to a break in at her home. Upon confronting the burglars, she discovers that the burglars are in fact, three kids. Madea then takes the children to their aunt, April (Henson), who is self indulged and does not want the children. April is a nightclub singer whose self indulgent ways have led to a damaging lifestyle. This lifestyle includes alcohol abuse, a relationship to a married, uncaring boyfriend, and a distant relationship to her mother. April takes in a Mexican handyman (Rodriguez) at the request of the church who tries to convince her to change her self damaging ways. He also tries to convince her to keep the children.

      I Can Do Bad All By Myself is not one of Tyler Perry’s better translations from the stage to the big screen. The movie unfolds just like a play. Many of the scenes are too long, over dialogued, and unnecessary. This never had the feel of a movie. The scenes transitioned poorly and the film lacked cohesion. It was just like a play without the fade to black or stage changes. That took away from the positive message of the film. The music was good as it conveyed messages that related to the film. Nevertheless, many of the musical scenes were too long and added to the poor transitioning of the play to the screen.

      Tyler Perry’s performance as Madea is a role that we have unfortunately become accustomed to. Madea does have some humorous moments but not enough to warrant Perry’s’ screen time. His overused usage of ebonics has worn out its welcome. Essentially, this character hurts the story. It’s just a way for him to appear in one of his films as he always does.

      Taraji P. Henson as April has a good performance, not great, but worth being commended. She displays some moments of brilliance as she shines at times but this character is limited by the limitations of the script and not a reflection of her ability. This one is no different than many of the others that she has portrayed all too often. She really needs to broaden her acting choices to showcase the true talent that these types of roles continually suppress. I did enjoy her ability to convey a wide range of emotions in this film. She was able to portray this emotionally unbalanced character very well in spite of the limitations that she had to endure. This an example of the type of talent that she has. There were two standout performances in the film. Hope Olaide Wilson as Jennifer and Brian White as Randy. Young miss Wilson was really convincing as the angry, rebellious, sixteen year old Jennifer. Her performance was the best in the film. You felt the burden of her life and the pain in every line. Brian White had a really good performance as Randy. His evil was felt in every line from his first scene. You were not supposed to like or have any sympathy for him and because of White’s home run performance, I never did. The other stars, Mary J. Blige and Gladys Knight, popped in but they were there just for face time as they never really added anything to the story.

      I am in the middle on this film. I'm not a fan of it but I do like the message that the film tries to convey. This movie appeals to a certain demographic and Perry has mastered it. Too many of the characters are stereotypical but that’s what Tyler Perry makes his fame from. Almost every one of the projects he undertakes never really break any of the stereotypes placed on the characters that he displays. Instead, he embellishes and flourishes on the desires of a target audience. In addition, he uses big names to draw his audience to limited, stereotypical movies. They don’t advance African Americans, instead they hinder us, helping to paint a limited perception.

Monday, October 25, 2010


By Da’Mon Guy

      Splice is a slow paced, thought provoking, sci-fi thriller. It stars Adrien Brody (Predators, King Kong) and two lesser known supporting actors, Sarah Polley (Dawn of the Dead, John Adams) and Delphinie Chanéac (The Pink Panther)

      Splice is about two scientists that are trying to discover the cures for a multitude of genetic diseases. The two scientists, Clive and Elsa (Brody and Polley) are a couple, who’s passions extend beyond the lab. They have been combining or “splicing” DNA from different living organisms. They have been combining DNA in order to find the perfect combination to create a living donor capable of producing viable DNA to offset human diseases like cancer and other life ending diseases. The “two young rebellious scientists are told by their employers to halt groundbreaking work that has seen them produce new creatures with medical benefits by splicing together multiple organisms' DNA. They decide to secretly continue their work, but this time splicing in human DNA.” ( The result of their successful splicing is a life form named Dren, a hybrid of human DNA and a number of other DNA samples.

      The movie is essentially comprised of a series of bad choices by Clive and Elsa. The two of them literally make bad choice after bad choice throughout the course of the film. Also, We never really understand the true motives of Clive and Elsa. Especially Elsa, who is conflicted from the outset. She proclaims that she doesn’t want children but once Dren is born she takes a very parental approach. This conflict is at the core of the film. Elsa's conflicted personality is the real undoing of the film. We never connect with her. We don't feel any sympathy for her at all which is the biggest problem of the film. We never like her as a parent or a victim. By the end of the film she abandons her parental approach and reverts to a cold, calculating, scientific persona. She is the Dr. Frankienstein of the film. Elsa is three different personalities within the course of the movie. The mother, the scientist and the villian and none of them are portrayed particularly well. The outcome of her conflicted choices at the end the movie is welcomed.

      We are forced to endure the slow process of Clive and Elsa debating about the complication of creating and then “raising” Dren. Clive continually succumbs to his Elsa's every decision. The movie has little to no originality as we have seen this before. The movie is very reminiscent of Species, Frankienstien and the remake of the Fly (1986) that featured Jeff Goldblum. Only this time, we bare witness to the development of the life form from birth. The highlight of the movie is the very weird sex scenes that both Clive and Elsa have with Dren. Clive through a twisted choice and Elsa through force. This movie is the latest example of a good idea gone wrong. The premise of the movie as well as the characters intentions within the movie illustrate this.

      Splice doesn’t offer anything new, innovative, or spectacular. In fact, its boring to the point of being disappointing. The movie continually builds up suspense but it never uses it or satisfies you. The plot moves at a very slow pace and its almost illogical. In addition, the concept of the movie is no where near original. This movie is basically a reason for the creators to make a low budget sequel or start a series of direct to video sequels.


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Get Him to the Greek


By Da’Mon Guy

      Get Him to the Greek isn't “knock your socks off funny” but it is a really good movie that is highlighted by some good comedic performances. Russell Brand (Forgetting Sarah Marshal, Bedtime Stories), Jonah Hill (Superbad,), Sean “P. Diddy” Combs (A Raisin in the Sun, Carlito’s Way: Rise to Power) and Colm Meaney (Law Abiding Citizen, Con Air) all take part in the comical debauchery known as Get Him to the Greek.
      Get Him to the Greek is a story about an aspiring music executive, Aaron Green, (Hill) who has 72 hours to bring ex-rock great, Aldous Snow (Brand) from London to Los Angeles. Aaron devises a plan to resurrect the former superstar to a comeback concert known as the Greek music fesitval. Along the way, Green has a multitude of challenges that stand in his way including Snow himself.
      The movie is highlighted by some really good comedic performances. Jonah Hill and Russell Brand are really good on screen together. Their performances compliment each other extremely well. Brand as the outrageous, over the top musician and Hill as the struggling exec just trying to do his job make for a great contrast in style reminiscent to Abbott and Costello in appearance. No where near the level of talent but it was very remindful. Sean “P Diddy” Coombs makes a great addition to the cast as the manic music mogul, Sergio. Coombs performance was one of the better parts of the movie as the manic music producer. His constant beleaguering of his entire staff, especially Aaron, were some of the best scenes in the movie. His concept of “mind fucking” was hilarious.

      Most of the comedy is hit or miss. Either the scene is very funny or it won’t garner a chuckle. It then leaves you with a blank face and a clueless feeling. The scenes that are funny, however, are very funny. They make the movie worth watching and they make up for the scenes that are lacking. Many of the funnier scenes are very raunchy, sometimes even over the top, but they make for plenty of laughs as Green and Snow race through loads of booze and party after party on their way to the concert.

      Get Him to the Greek is full of subtle messages that may go understated or even missed as this is a comedy but the messages are true and clear. The movie confronts the issues of the rock star lifestyle, love, suicide, and family. The rock star lifestyle appeals to most. The partying, the women, and the money. But in Get Him to the Greek we are shown first hand the negatives of the lifestyle. Despite being very rich and famous, Aldous Snow has no friends and is very lonely. The rock star life is a lot of glitz but no substance. He is extremely lonely, most of the relationships he maintains is very superficial, even the one with his mother. Aaron craves more excitement in his life. He is in a subtle, loving relationship but craves for some the partying that goes along with the music world. He soon finds out that the glamour and glitz of being a star isn’t all it appears to be.

      Get Him to the Greek is very enjoyable. The comedy is rich and genuine. Although it isn’t anything new or innovative it makes for good viewing. The performances by its main stars are enough to make the movie good despite its lack of originality. The lyrics to Aldous Snow’s songs are hilarious. Watching Russell Brand perform the Clap and African Child are enough to warrant the viewing time alone. Throw in the outrageous performance by P Diddy and we have the combination for some really humerous entertainment.

Hot Tub Time Machine

By Da’Mon Guy

      Hot Tub Time Machine is the latest, humerous take on time travel. In this latest leap into the past, four friends are whisked back to the 1986 with a chance to revisit a pivotal night in their lives. The movie stars John Cusak (2012, 1408 ) Craig Robinson (Zack and Miri make a Porno, Pineapple Express), Rob Corddry (What Happens in Vegas, Semi-Pro), Clark Duke (Kick Ass, Superbad) and Chevy Chase (Caddyshack, Zoom).

      Hot Tub Time Machine is about three men who all are a crossroads in their lives. Three very different circumstances but a crossroads nevertheless. Adam (Cusak) is an insurance salesman who has just gone through a rough divorce and is unsatisfied with his romantic decisions to this point in his life. He questions his choices and wishes for change. Nick (Robinson), a former aspiring musician, is completely unhappy with his job and various aspects of his life. Most notably his wife’s infidelity. But he also questions his choices about his music career or lack there of. Lou (Corddry) is at a life turning point where he questions romance, career, and even life itself. Lou makes a suicide attempt and reunites the three distant friends with the addition of Adam’s nephew, Jacob (Clark). Then, Adam and Nick are forced into watching Lou because he’s been placed on suicide watch. The two decide to take Lou to one of their former favorite hang outs in order to lift his spirits. The guys decide to blow off some steam in a hot tub. The hot tube is actually a time machine and whisks them back to 1986 to a pivotal night in all of their lives, then, the fun begins.

      The concept of Hot Tub Time Machine is nothing new. This is the latest attempt takes us back to the 1980’s. The movie has the look and feel of the of the 1980’s. The jokes and comedic scenes are innovative and nicely placed. For example, Nick is in shock after being whisked back to 1986, then while questioning his surroundings he asks someone “What color is Michael Jackson?” These are the types of references that make the movie funny as the four gentlemen struggle with the decision of reliving the night to keep the timeline in order or doing something to change the future.

      The movie’s plot is very cliché and extremely predictable but setting it in 1986 makes it entertaining. There’s nothing to knock you out of your seat or wow you but watching the 1980’s look and references make for a really good time. It’s not something that I wouldn't recommend going to the movies for but there are some scenes that are worth viewing. It makes for a good night at home.

The Bounty Hunter

By Da’Mon Guy

      Someone needs to place a warrant out for who ever is responsible for The Bounty Hunter. It’s a boring, obsessively mediocre, romantic comedy. There isn’t really anything about this to make this one stand out from the others. Gerald Butler (The Ugly Truth, Law Abiding Citizen) and Jennifer Aniston (The Break Up, Friends) are the focus of this calamity.

      The story starts with Milo Boyd, (Butler) a down on his luck bounty hunter with a penchant for gambling. Milo is on his way to drop his latest bail jumper to jail. This particular bail jumper is Nicole Hurley (Aniston), a reporter, and Milo’s ex wife. The two are recently divorced and have been at odds since then. Milo jumps at the chance to exact some form of revenge. Nicole is a reporter who is hot on the trail of a murder case which has been ruled a suicide. The  pursuit of trying to break open the story of the murder/suicide is the cause of her skipping her court appearance.

      The Bounty Hunter doesn’t have one exceptional thing to even make it worth watching. Who knows why this was made? Jennifer Aniston is becoming a type cast actress. All she does of late is romantic comedies and she isn’t even doing those well. She’s a good piece of eye candy and not much more. I can’t remember the last time that she had an exceptional role. Someone please break out the gong for her. Gerald Butler is much better than this garbage. He too is falling into “romantic comedy” doom as every other movie he does is a romantic comedy. He’s a really good actor who often chooses bad films that do not allow his talent to shine. Butler is one of the few actors that successfully pull off starring in multiple genres. He needs to stay away from the bad choices like Gamer, Rock n Rolla and get back to the good choices he made like 300 and Law Abiding Citizen.
      I can't think of one good reason to merit the production, the time it took to watch it or the time it took me to write this review other than telling any and everyone that I can to STAY AWAY FROM THIS MOVIE! It was one of the worse movies that I have seen in some time. The plot was senseless, it wasn’t funny, the romance wasn’t there. It is literally the worse romantic comedy that I have ever seen. By the end of the movie all I wanted to do is fight!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time


By Da’Mon Guy

     Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time  is good enjoyment for the entire family. It’s full of action, suspense, and is a visual masterpiece. It is the latest film in the tradition of Pirates of the Carribean. It is loosely based upon a series of video games by the same name. Jake Gyllenhaal (Brothers, Jarhead), Gemma Arterton (Clash of the Titans, The Disappearance of Alice Creed), headline the movie with Ben Kingsley (Gandhi, House of Sand and Fog), and Alfred Molina (Spiderman 2, Frida) round out the cast in this visual spectacle.

     Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Dustan, a former orphan, that is rescued from the streets by the King of Persia. The King was impressed by Dustan courage when he saved another child from harm at a street bazaar in Persia that he spared Dustan’s life and adopted him as one of his own children. The story then advances some 15 yrs and Dustan and his two brother are now adults, they are on a quest to conquer a neighboring kingdom. The kingdom of Alamut belongs to Princess Tamina. The princess is the guardian of the secret Dagger of Time which can change time and the fates. Dustan‘s fate becomes intertwined with the dagger‘s as his adventure begins

     Jake Gyllenhaal does an excellent job as the rags to riches hero. He executes a remarkable job of bringing the spirit and the style of the video game to life. The stunts and done well and the acting is commendable. Gemma Arterton also does a good job as the feisty princess. The romance between Gyllenhaal and Arterton is believable and entertaining. The have definite chemistry as they compliment each other well on screen. Ben Kingsley does an admirable job as the treacherous uncle Nazim. He truly makes you want to hate him as every good villain does. Alfred Molina makes a good cameo as a shady but good hearted ostrich racer.
      Prince of Persia has a very compelling storyline with a message deeply seeded within it. The story‘s main theme is the importance of family especially brotherhood. The central focus of the film is the bond between Dustan and his brothers. It showcases their differences but it also demonstrates how in spite of their differences that the bond among brothers is the greatest treasure and the real strength of the kingdom. It also tells how that you don’t have to born into a family to become a family. A very important message that is very universal.

     The cinematography is very well done. It is one of the best parts of Prince of Persia. The landscape scenes are bold and well shot. They camera really draws you into the land of Persia, you almost feel as though you are right there. The stunts are also well done. As Dustan jumps then flips around you feel as though you are right in the middle of the action.
      Prince of Persia  will keep the entire family entertained. Everyone from the youngest to the oldest will enjoy this movie. It contains a lot of action as well as a good message embedded within the story. The visuals and stunts will keep you cheering. It’s another hit for Disney!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Charlie Bartlett


By: Da’Mon Guy

      Charlie Bartlett is a multifaceted, feel good, coming of age story. It has something for anyone who enjoys a good movie. Anton Yelchin (Terminator: Salvation, Star Trek 2009), Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man 2, Sherlock Holmes), Kat Dennings (Defendor, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist), Hope Davis (The Lodger), and Tyler Hilton (Walk the Line) unite to bring this touching story to life.

      Charlie Bartlett is the cliché story of the rich, troubled, teenager struggling to find himself. It opens with Charlie (Yelchin) being kicked out of his latest private school. Charlie was caught making false driver’s license for his schoolmates. so his heavily-medicated mother (Hope Davis) transfers her son to a public institution. Looking like a junior stockbroker in navy blazer and attaché case, he turns into a bully‘s punching bag, until he joins forces with former bully Murphy (Hilton) to sell prescription medication and split the profits. Charlie secures the meds from an assortment of pill-pushing psychiatrists. He even captures the interest of self-possessed drama queen Susan (Dennings), daughter of booze-soaked Principal Gardner (Downey Jr.). Gardner doesn't trust Charlie, but lacks the evidence to confirm his suspicions--so he sets out to secure some. Once he installs surveillance cameras, the game is on. By the end, the two will compete for control of the school and Susan’s interest.
      The plot of Charlie Bartlett isn’t anything new but a couple of things about this movie seperates it from other movies with similar plots. The performances of each of the main characters and the different comedic takes that they approach serious issues make the movie stand out. Charlie appears to be an uppity, rich kid, but he is however, very likable even vulnerable. Yelchin’s performance allows us to have sympathy for the character. He makes us want Charlie to succeed as he aspires to climb into the ranks of high school popularity.

      Robert Downey, Jr. delivers a good performance as the Kit’s father
and the principal. He represents the everyday struggles that some adults have as parents. His performance confronts the struggles with parenting, career, and even alcoholism. He also doubles as one of Charlie’s nemesis and the father figure that he has lost. Kit Dennings does an admirable job as Susan, the principal’s daughter and Charlie’s girlfriend. Hope Davis as Charlie’s mother is excellent. She has been struggling with being a single parent in Charlie’s father’s absence. Finally, Tyler Hinton as Murphy, the former bully turned friend to Charlie is an excellent addition to the story.
      Charlie Bartlett is superbly interwoven with comedic elements that give the movie a light, humorous atmosphere in spite of the seriousness of the subject matter. It confronts a multitude of teen issues such as drug/ alcohol abuse, bullying, suicide, single parenting, rebellion and acceptance. An example of how the movie addresses then adds a comedic take to the serious issues that plague teens is how teens need an outlet for problems. Charlie assumes the role of the school psychiatrist. By listening to their problems and offering well-researched advice, the unlicensed doc becomes the most popular kid on campus. He begins to hold sessions in the school bathroom. He offers advice to his fellow teen in what become know as “bathroom confessionals.”
      Charlie Bartlett is a great family movie. It is an excellent blend of drama and humor. The movie addresses so many concerns of adults and teens but is entertaining enough not to bore us to death in the process of confronting these issues. In addition, all of the characters in the story are well written and portrayed as each serve as a vehicle for different issues in today’s world of growing from adolescence into adulthood. I really liked this movie and
would definitely recommend it to all.

Sunday, October 10, 2010



By Da’Mon Guy

     Zombieland is a fresh take on zombie movies. It is a terrific blend of horror, action, and comedy. This is not the first film to attempt to take a comedic approach to the zombie genre, it is however, one of the best. Wood Harrelson (Transsiberrian, Cheers), Jessie Eisenberg (The Social Network, Adventureland), Emma Stone (Easy A, Superbad), and Adigail Breslin (My Sister’s Keeper, Little Miss Sunshine), and Bill Murray (Ghostbusters, Caddyshack) come together to bring us this to make this a hit. 

     Zombieland is about a plague that strikes the earth which causes most of the entire population of Earth to be changed in to zombies. The survivors aren’t infected initially become infected quickly as they are attacked by the ones who are. The movie opens with Jessie Eisenberg’s character, Columbus, giving us a voice over about the zombie infestation and his “rules” for survival. His survival rules are quickly highlighted on screen as we see are shown hilarious examples of each rule. Columbus's list is actually comprised of 32 rules. He then meets Tallahassee (Harrelson). Tallahassee embraces the state of chaos and becomes a zombie killer. He loves every minute of his newfound profession. The two become unlikely partners then they meet Wichita (Stone) and Little Rock (Brensen). Wichita and Little Rock are scamming sisters on their way to California. The four make an odd bunch but they unwillingly band together as the only apparent survivors in Zombieland.

     Woody Harrelson as Tallahassee is one of his best performances ever. He definitely makes the movie worth watching. His outlandish, care free, often reckless attitude and his obsession for zombie killing are some of the best scenes in the movie. The various ways and the sheer enjoyment that he gets out of dismembering zombies are a joy to witness. This standout comedic performance literally carries this movie single-handly as the other stars are completely disposable.
     Jesse Eisenberg is bland as ever. Who the hell told this guy that he could act. I hate this dude! I would really like to find out why someone thinks he has any acting ability. He is downright awful. I don’t know or understand when the quiet, needlessly, over talkative character became good for the screen but it is overused and abused. He and Michael Cera have the patent on this. They both portray is so well that I often get them confused. I hate them both. They play the same character in every movie that either of them are in and never bring anything to the film. I hate them in movies so much that I hate them in real life. I really wanted someone to shoot him. Emma Stone (Wichita) was excellent eye candy but not much more. She didn’t bring anything to the film either. She was just as bland as Eisenberg and should have been eaten by a zombie. You could have put any other pretty actress in the role and would have done considerably better. The romance between Columbus and Wichita was dull and needless. We never felt any sparks nor did we care. The only use for the so called romance was to set up the finale. Adigail Bresen was better than Eisenberg and Stone but not by much. She is too good of a young actress to be used in this limited role. Bill Murray's guest appearance was a surprise treat.

     Zombieland takes crisp, comedic approach to the zombie genre. It harkens back to the classic George Romero zombie films as well as combining elements of the newer zombie movies like 28 Days later and the Resident Evil films. The movie is funny right from the outset. The opening montage of the movie sets the pace as we watch zombies chase and feast on the innocent. Despite the limited performances from most of its stars, Zombieland is really good. Woody Harrelson's perfomance as Tallahassee in combination with the rules for survival make this movie well worth the time. So relax, sit back, and let the carnage begin!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Superman/ Batman: Apocalypse


By Da’Mon Guy

      Superman and Batman: Apocalypse is the newest animated feature from DC comics. The movie is full of action but it doesn’t contain the substance of their last release, Batman: Under the Red Hood. “Apocalypse” is comprised of a talented voice cast that has become the norm for DC comics when making these animated features. Tim Daly (Monk), Kevin Conroy (Batman: the animated series) star as Superman and Batman with Andre Braugher (The Mist) and Summer Glau (Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles) rounding out the cast. This animated movie was adapted from another one of DC comics newer mini series The World's Finest featuring Superman and Batman.

      "Apocalypse” begins in Gotham City as it is being hit by a meteor shower that was caused by the events that took place in Superman/Batman: Public Enemies. The meteor shower brings the arrival of a strange girl that quickly whisk through the city creating some level of catastrophe. Batman is out on the girls hills as she quickly displays the same powers as Superman. On the run and out of control the girl causes all kinds of damage which opens the door for the appearance of Superman to save the day. We later learn that the girl is Kara Zor-El, Superman’s cousin Supergirl. The story is actually about her and more of a coming of age story.

      The story however is lacking in the area of substance. This story doesn’t really do anything to develop our heroes. Superman and Batman are no different in this incarnation than any other film or cartoon that has been previously done. The lone detail that has been added is the emphasis of two contrasting personalities of Superman and Batman. Superman is the ever optimist and Batman is the clearly more pessimistic and cynical. This dynamic is clearly the focus and driving point of the story. Even still, it should been better emphasized. Outside of the occasional verbal debate there wasn’t enough to show the difference or enhance the friendship that they share.

      The real strength of Superman/ Batman: Apocalypse is the supporting characters that join them in this movie. All of the supporting characters enhance the story and make it worth watching. Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Harbinger, Darkseid, and Barda each make the story much more appealing as each of the characters add depth the story. Kara as the spoiled teenager was a good dynamic to the story as she created all kinds of tension for the other characters. Wonder Woman’s role in DC comics has been redefined and she clearly was the stand out character in this story. Her strong, intense personality was a welcome addition to the story. Watching her stand toe to toe and clearly not settle for being the third wheel Superman and Batman was really a treat. Barda’s desire for normalcy is not a new ideal for super heroes but watching her walk around in her suburban home trying hide the arrival of the superheroes was a nice touch.

   This is a movie strictly for comic book lovers as there really isn’t much depth to the story. There’s plenty of action. Enough to satisfy any adrenaline junkie. The fight scenes are big and bold. It’s a good DVD for comic book fans but not much more than that.

Desmond's Vantage


By Desmond Guy

      Batman: Under the Red hood
The movie opens with a daring caper. Batman races through the snow covered corners of Bosnia riding the Bat Pod. Very cool! The next scene takes us to an abandoned warehouse where we witness Batman’s arch nemesis, the Joker, maliciously beating the Boy Wonder, Robin, to a bloody pulp with a crowbar. The movie then heads back to Gotham City with the Dark Knight teaming with his former protégé', Nightwing, formerly the first Robin. The duo begin to battle another larger than life super villian, Amazo. This particular confrontation displays the camaraderie between Batman and his former partner. It is if the two has never miss a beat.
The movie really stays true to the spirit of the original characters that DC comics created. Each character is depicted exactly as they are intended to were originally created. Batman with his cold calculating wit. Nightwing with his ever chatting ways. This is a throwback to the 1970’s version of the character of Robin as depicted in Suprfriends and the campy 1960’s Batman TV series. The Joker is also true to form as this character is a very good blend of last two big screen incarnations of the Joker as portrayed by late Heath Ledger (The Dark Knigh 2008) and Jack Nicholson. (Tim Burton’s 1989 version of Batman)

     I also like the encounter with the mysterious Red Hood. He always seemed to be a step ahead of the former dynamic duo. This movie in particular showcases a side of Batman in a new light. You can see how easily he can become a dark persona. You also witness how the weight of being Gotham City’s dark avenger carries a heavy burden on him. This adds a human element to the character of Batman that is often not shown. I'd recommend this movie to all ages as it's Batman at his best! A must see! Five stars!
is a great movie! In my opinion, it is one of the best animated movies that I have seen to date. It is right up there at the very top of a short list of my favorite animated films, five stars!

Saturday, October 2, 2010



By Da’Mon Guy


   Killers has little to no sparks and the laughs are few. There isn't hardly anything to justify sitting through the length of this movie. This movie is a waste of talent in the latest failed attempt at the combination of comedy, action and romance. Ashton Kutcher, (the Guardian, What Happens in Vegas) Katherine Heigl, (The Ugly Truth, Knocked Up), Tom Selleck, and Catherine O’Hara star in this waste of an hour and 40 plus minutes.

      Ashton Kutcher stars as Spencer. A government secret agent who longs for the simple life. The opportunity arises when he is on assignment in Nice, France. In a chance meeting, He crosses paths with Jen Kornfeldt, (Katherine Heigl) fresh out of a failed relationship, is quickly impressed by the scantly clad Spencer. The two exchange looks and smiles in an elevator. After a brief walk then a boring date. The two return to Jen‘s room where she bares some truth about herself to Spenser which quickly appeals to him since he has been forced to lead a life of deception. The story progresses three years as Jen and Spencer are now happily married and now living in suburban America. The fairy tale life begins to unfold as Spenser’s old CIA boss calls him causing his nice boring life to unfold. This leads to attempts on Spencer‘s life as “Killers” come after him to claim a $20 million bounty.

      Kutcher is barely believable as a secret agent and Heigl was even less entertaining. Spencer was probably the worst secret agent ever on film as he is beaten up by every person in which he has a physical altercation with. There was some chemistry between Kutcher and Heigl but no where near enough sparks to save this farce. The brief exchanges and references made about marriage are somewhat amusing but are nothing new. Heigl is becoming settled in a particular type of character. This one was no different any of her last roles in romantic comedies such as the Ugly Truth, Knocked up, or 27 Dresses.

      Tom Selleck and Catherine O‘Hara were one of the few bright spots. Selleck portrayed a good strong supporting role as the overbearing, over protective father. Catherine O'Hara was funny in her apperances as the mother. She was constantly drinking in nearly every scene. She had a drink for every minute and occasion as the movie progressed, her drinks became more outrageous. It almost appeared that she was drinking to mask what she might have known. But there wasn’t really any reason other than the fact that she was a lush and loved every minute. Even at the end of the movie she had her drink which made it all the more funny.

      I was really disappointed in Killers. The movie was full of eye candy for both of the sexes but nothing more. It was just senseless. Kutcher and Heigl are much better actors than this. Don’t waste your time. No sizzle at all. If it weren’t for Tom Selleck and Catherine O’Hara, the movie wouldn’t be worth watching.