Field Notes: Assault on Arkham

The Batman Arkham Universe includes Batman: Assault on Arkham, the direct-to-video release from 2014.

Batman Assault on Arkham banner

I didn’t know what to expect and but I enjoyed the movie – the characters and the setting were Arkham through and through and it added more life to the universe, seeing Continue reading →

Field Notes, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

I watched Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (theatrical version) last night and did so with the understanding that it was not reviewed well.

But that’s a good thing – when you go in with low expectations, the movie almost always turns out better then you thought it would.

Unfortunately that’s not the case (for me) with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – I’m interested to see where the DC Extended Universe goes from here, but this movie was a rough ride.

Biggest Issue

The biggest issue I had with the movie was the realization of Lex Luthor. I could not get on board with how they portrayed the character, and this is coming from someone who’s not steeped in DC lore. It wasn’t a “he-doesn’t-match-with-who-I-thought-he-should-be” thing, it’s a “he’s-more-annoying-than-evil” thing. Continue reading →

First Step into a Larger World

Star Wars

A little over a year ago I was able to do something that I’d been looking forward to for a long time – share Star Wars with my children.

If you’re a parent you know you only have a few precious years to teach your kids that what you think is cool is cool, so you’ve got to get on it. If you’re not a parent, consider this a head’s up!

I did not see A New Hope until Continue reading →

Definition Rejected – Battle of Five Armies

“The Defining Chapter”

This was in the official teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies.

I can’t remember the last time I took issue with a subtitle (although I’m sure it’s happened), but I’ve decided not to accept this last chapter in the current Middle-Earth film saga as defining the whole of it.

It's on the poster too

It’s on the poster too

Why? Here’s a quick chronological breakdown of what got me to this place: Continue reading →

Set your weapons for Hype: Stormtrooper Edition

It’s great to have a new Star Wars movie to look forward to, and the teaser for Episode VII The Force Awakens had some cool moments.

The Millennium Falcon dodging tie fighters across Tatooine, X-wings speeding over water, miniature droids on soccer balls – all something fun to look at.

But let’s cut to the coolest part – stormtroopers! In a sweet-looking updated Continue reading →

A wonderful, awful idea – reading the Grinch

He's hating the Whos

He’s hating the Whos

We read How the Grinch Stole Christmas! the other night as a family and it was pretty sweet; I enjoyed the Christmas special on TV growing up but couldn’t recall if I had ever read the book.

Now I have, and it was fun to read the story from its original perspective.

Having watched the aforementioned TV special enough to be able to practically quote it verbatim, the book seemed remarkably short (which is weird since its animated counterpart is only half an hour long) – and the buildup to the heist didn’t seem as epic.

Still a good tale well told and one I was glad to read aloud.