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Justice League: War (quick movie review)

Justice League: War is based on the first few issues from Justice League’s New 52 reboot in the comics a few years back. I thought it sucked back then, and it sucks now.

And by sucks, I mean this movie is boring.

Seriously, it’s really boring. I’ve seen this movie within the last month and I couldn’t remember the plot. At all. I had to look it up and then it came back to me. That is not a good sign. Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox wasn’t great, but at least I remembered what it was about. This… I didn’t care. The movie totally failed at getting me to care about how the Justice League gets together, if anything bad happens to the people of earth, the heroes… I don’t care. The only really memorable moment in the movie is when Batman tells The Flash "You do clean, efficient work."

Justice League: War is a snoozefest – I give it a 2 out of 10. How do you screw up a movie where the Justice League fights Darkseid for the fate of earth. Like this.

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Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (quick movie review)

I gotta tell yah, these DC Animated Universe Justice League movies have gone way downhill.

I love the idea of time traveling to the past creating a mishap in the future, but frankly, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox just doesn’t work. Nobody gives a rats butt about The Flash’s mom. I did like what they did with Batman here, but ultimately, this movie is a few bagels short of a dozen… or something something metaphor.

The characters in this movie… Oy, The Reverse Flash… he looks like The Zoid’s evil brother or something. This guy gives Wario a lot of credibility… you know what I’m saying? I guess I’m saying that the movie’s antagonist sucks and I’m not even sure how he’s aware of the paradox or why The Flash himself can’t figure it out. It’s just… well, this movie is ass is what it is.

It’s not boring, but I can’t recommend Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. I’m giving it a 4 out of 10. There’s no rewatchability here and it’s barely worth a look for even hardcore fans.

5 notables on Son of Batman (movie review)

For the most part, I’m a big fan of the DC Comics Animated Universe. It’s almost all gold, but this time, they kinda blew it. I wouldn’t say Son of Batman is boring, but since none of the characters are especially interesting, it just kinda plods along to its inevitable conclusion.
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Batman Returns movie review

Here’s where the wheels start to come off.

If you’ll check my Batman post, you’ll see that while I love the movie, I’m quick to admit that it’s not without fault and I’m not the world’s biggest Tim Burton fan.  Batman Returns is chock full of Burtony goodness, and it’s to the film’s detriment - but, if ever there was a movie that was saved by performances, it’s this one. Read the rest of this entry

Batman (1989) movie review

It might be a comic book movie classic now, but when this movie was on its way to theaters, nobody knew what to expect.  People complained that Mr. Mom wouldn’t make a good Batman, nobody knew who the hell Tim Burton was, and I still get confused every time I watch it when I see that Jack Nicholson has top billing in the flick.  Batman might be short of story, but it’s got great atmosphere, fantastic performances and is responsible for the flood of comic books movies we’ve had since, for better or worse.   Read the rest of this entry

Jesse Eisenberg will play Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons Cast as Alfred in upcoming Batman-Superman Movie

I’m sure everyone has heard by now that Jesse Eisenberg will play Lex Luthor and  Jeremy Irons will play Alfred in upcoming Batman-Superman movie (that is rumored to be delayed because either Ben Affleck hurt his leg or they need more time to finish special effects).  I’m sure by now everyone is over their Batfleck trauma (note:  I was never effected by this as I’m an Affleck fan, if not always a fan of the movies he appears in) and Jeremy Irons sounds like a fine choice to play Alfred, but for some reason, I am anticipating the most controversy over Eisenberg’s casting.  I think he’ll do a fine job and probably provide levity as well as menace.  Still, I didn’t see this coming – although I probably should have…

Dancing Batman! and other things

If you’re a regular visitor of CreativeJamie.com, then you’re probably tired of us constantly putting I’m Married to Batman! in your face.  Well, we’re sorry about that.  We have other ideas, we swear!  But first, we did promise you Dancing Batman, so let’s get that out-of-the-way after the jump.  Read the rest of this entry

I’m Married to Batman Christmas Special Pt 2 – So that’s what that feels like

As promised, here’s the second part of the I’m Married to Batman Christmas Special!  You don’t need to watch them in order, but you can check out part one here.

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I’m Married to Batman Christmas Special Pt 1 – Do They Know It’s Christmas?

As promised, here’s the first new I’m Married to Batman episode in over a year!  See Batman DANCE!  And, as an added bonus, part 2 of our Christmas Special is coming up in December.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: I’m Married to Batman Two Part Christmas Special Coming Soon!

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UPDATE:  part 1 is now available!

The I’m Married to Batman 2 Part Christmas Special is Coming Soon!  Yes, for the first time since August of 2012, CreativeJamie.com is proud to announce two new episodes in the series that nobody watchesRead the rest of this entry

I’D Rather Be In Batman License Plate Holder

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Because the phrase “I’d rather be in Batman” could be taken in so many different ways, I’ve come up with 3 possible ways to interpret what I assume is a poorly phrased tagline for a license plate holder.

1.  “I’d rather be in Batman” is a reference for actors to make meaning that they’d rather appear in the 1989 Tim Burton film rather than the project there currently working on.

2.  “I’d rather be in Batman” is a mistake; its supposed to say “I’d rather be in Gotham.”  (As in, “I’d rather be at the beach.”)

3. “I’d rather be in Batman” just means that some dudes think that Batman is hot and they would literally rather be in Batman than any other guy.  Hey, he’s rich, powerful and looks good in tights… yeah we get it.

Dogs vs (toy) Batman [video]

Sometimes the dogs get a toy and beat the crap out of it together – the toy never stood a chance.  In this case, it was tough to watch Batman get torn apart, but that’s life, I guess.

TECHNICAL NOTES:This was filmed with a Samsung Galaxy S4 and edited in Adobe Premiere – the images were created in Adobe Photoshop.

Oh Hot Wheels, you so crazy…

Hi, I’m Jamie, and if you didn’t already know, I’m a crotchety old man.   Hence the following complaint (Do your best to imagine a garbled old man voice while reading the text below):

In my day (the eighties) we had die-cast metal Hot Wheels and we liked it that way.   If your friend pissed you off, you’d just bean him in the head with a corvette or a station wagon and he’d know you meant business.  Now these. ..  These pathetic substitutes for Hot Wheels are not only poorly constructed,  but look at this ridiculous marketing tie in!  What kids want to play with the VW from Footloose or the convertible that was featured in Beverly Hills Cop?  Why are they selling toys now that should have marketed to me twenty-five years ago!?!

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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Part 2 quick movie review

Batman_The_Dark_Knight_Returns_Part_2_movie_posterGuess who’s back?  Back again?  It’s Batman in The Dark Knight Returns Part 2!  And this one…  whew, this one is crazy.

I think I liked Part 1 better than Part 2 – maybe because for what Part 2 lacks in story in comparison to Part 1, it it makes up for in sheer lunacy.  Seriously, this movie is nuts.  It features:  Superman fighting the USSR’s military and just… killing people, the joker on an insane murderous rampage, nuclear explosions and Batman fighting the cops – and that’s none of that is even in the climax of the movie.  It’s nuts.

Like I mentioned yesterday, Peter Weller is the voice of Bruce Wayne/Batman in these flicks rather than Kevin Conroy, and I know I already mentioned the speech he makes near the end of this flick, but wow, is it awful – it bares repeating.  Kevin Conroy is great as the voice of Batman, and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.  (Check out the trailer below:  “Tonight, we are the law.  I am the law!”  Yuck.)  Oh, and while I’m’ taking shots at people, Michael Emerson as The Joker just wasn’t working.  Again, just call Mark Hamill – and again, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

This movie is nuts, but if you watched Part 1, you’ll need to watch Part 2 to see how the story ends…  and it’s not the most satisfying of endings, but it’s worth checking out for any Batman fan.  I give Batman:  The Dark Knight ReturnsPart 1 a 7 out of 8.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Part 1 quick movie review

Batman_The_Dark_Knight_Returns_Part_1_movie_posterWhew, that’s a mouthful of a title, huh?  But there’s plenty of Batman in The Dark Knight Returns to justify the two movie story – and it’s existence – but not much more than that.

Of the two parts, I’d say that part 1 of The Dark Knight Returns is the better, more entertaining half of the story.  It’s fun to get acquainted with this new Gotham City and a new Bruce Wayne – they’re both older and they’ve both changed.  I’d of never thought I’d see Bruce Wayne driving a race care and thinking something tot he tune of, “This would be a good death…  [to die in a race car accident]  But not good enough.”  It calls into question whether or not being Batman was about thrill seeking, revenge, or justice, or if somewhere along the road, the line got blurred, but it doesn’t matter anymore, because Bruce hasn’t been Batman for 10 years, and he’s kinda old.

This movie features Peter Weller as the voice of Bruce Wayne/Batman rather than Kevin Conroy, who is almost always the voice of Batman in any animated presentation since the late 80s, and Weller is OK, but he just doesn’t hit the mark – it’s not so noticeable in Part 1, but he makes a speech in Part 2 that I didn’t believe for a second.

It’s an interesting story with interesting characters, but unless you’re really into Batman, you might want to skip this one – especially if you saw The Dark Knight Rises and you didn’t think it was anything great.  On the other hand, if you couldn’t get enough of DKR, then this is the movie series for you.  I give Batman:  The Dark Knight ReturnsPart 1 a 7.5 out of 8.

The Bane Action Figure is doing what now?

Think about what Dark Knight Rises action figures might look like.  Picture them in your mind.  What would Batman look like?  What would Bane look like.  Then imagine they sold them both together in a set.  And they look like this:

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Take a close look at these fellas and how they’re posing.  Think carefully about what they’re both doing. Read the rest of this entry

My Chiropractor can apparently turn me into Batman

I think I found the right chiropractor for me…

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Yep, pretty sure.

Any chiropractor that lets his child do the white board sign in his office and mention Batman is OK in my book.

Batman: Year One (quick movie review)

I remember reading the graphic novel of the same name and being bored, but this flick blew me away. Maybe they added more detail… I don’t know, but Batman: Year One blew me out of my seat. In many ways, the story about Jim Gordon’s rise to commissioner is more interesting than what’s happening with Bruce Wayne, and that might be what makes the film so compelling. It’s very different than Batman Begins despite covering some of the same ground (and you’ll notice some elements that Nolan borrowed, such as the bat homing device), but it’s still a must watch for anyone who enjoyed Christopher Nolans’ Batman flicks. I give it an 8 out of 10.

Batman: Year One is available on Netflix Instant.

Dark Knight Rises Batman figure includes more than one HEAD!

I think yesterday’s post made it clear that I don’t know jack about action figures or collectibles, but this is a whole new level of weird.
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9 Nerdy Christmas Gifts I Received

I hope everybody had a great Christmas – I sure did, as you will see.  Whoever said it is better to give than to receive didn’t get these nerdy Christmas gifts that prove once and for all that some people just get me.  Here’s what I got in no particular order:

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