Robin Williams Tributes from Around the Net

Jimmy Fallon and Conan pay Tribute to Robin Williams

Jimmy Fallon is known for breaking into laughter during his sets; not into tears.  Jimmy Fallon gets emotional during The Tonight Show praising the “divine madness” of Robin.  Before showing Robin Williams very first appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, he leap into a wonderful impression of Robin that exemplifies why he and so many other loved him.

“I’m never going to see anything like this human ever.  It is just amazing.  His brain was always thinking 10 steps ahead of what he was saying.  He was like the Muhammad Ali of Comedy.” – Jimmy Fallon.

Finally, Fallon stands up on his desk as though he was part of the Dead Poets Society and says “O Captain, My Captain! You will be missed.”

Conan O’Brien did a segment on his show Conan where he remembers all the times he has had him as a guest throughout the years.  Conan even proclaims Robin as “The Best Talk Show Guest in the World” and he isn’t just saying that.  The last clip he shows has him sitting next to Robin saying he is the best talk show guest in the world.  Conan fondly talks about Robin WIlliams as he share an anecdote of the time that Robin bought him a bizarre orange and green bicycle.

‘Aladdin’ on Broadway pays Tribute to Robin Williams

James Monroe Iglehart now plays the role of Genie on Broadway and because of the amount of influence that Williams had as that character he’d be remiss not to address the loss of the great entertainer.  Iglehart made a point that Robin Williams was not only a great comedian, but one of the greatest entertainers of all time.  He then leads the audience into a sing-a-long of “Never had a Friend Like Me” which itself has a whole new meaning now that Robin Williams has passed.

Boston pays Tribute to Robin Williams

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There is a bench in the Boston Public Garden that has become a big memorial in Robin Williams honor because it is where he and Matt Damon shared a dramatic scene in Good Will Hunting.  People have put flowers on the bench and hundreds of quotes from all his movies are written in chalk around the bench.

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Robin Williams won his only Oscar for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in Good Will Hunting.

World of Warcraft to pay Tribute to Robin Williams

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Knowing Robin Williams was an avid World of Warcraft player fans of the game took to Change.org to request that he be memorialized in the game itself as an NPC.  After 24 hours the petition reached 10,000 signatures and Blizzard, the company that produces World of Warcraft, responded that they are taking care of it.

Norm MacDonald recounts a touching story about Robin Williams

One tweet at a time Norm MacDonald told a story of his first appearance on Letterman and the instant impact Robin Williams had on him.

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“I was a punk kid from rural Ontario and I was in my dressing room, terrified.
I was on the phone to a friend back home when the funniest man in the world ambled by.
There was no one else on the floor. In shock, I told my friend who just walked by. Only the funniest man in the world.
I guess he heard me say his name, cause in an instant he was at my side.
He was a jewish tailor, taking my measurements. He went down on his knees, asked which way I dressed.
I told my friend on the phone that the funniest man in the world was on his knees before me, measuring my inseam.
My friend didn’t believe me so I said, “Could you talk to my friend, sir.
The funniest man in the world took the phone and for ten minutes took my friend’s chinese food order.
I laughed and laughed and it was like I was in a dream because no one else was there. No one.
The place was out of Moo Shoo Pork, and there was nothing he could do about it.
He angrily hung up on my friend and I was about to thank him when he said I hadn’t even tried the jacket on.
Then the funniest man on earth dressed me, a complete stranger, and i remember he ended with a windsor knot.
He spoke mostly yiddish, but when he finished he was happy with his job and turned me to a mirror to present myself to me.
No one witnessed any of this. No one.
The funniest man alive was in my dressing room a good half-hour and was far funnier than the set I had to do soon.
All of a sudden it was, had to.
When he left my dressing room, I felt alone. As alone as I ever remember feeling.
Until today. #RIPRobinWilliams

Marc Maron pays Tribute to Robin Williams

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Marc Maron is a stand-up comedian with a popular podcast called “WTF – The Marc Maron Podcast” and he posted an episode called “Remembering Robin Williams.”  At the start of the podcast Maron gives a heartfelt speech about Robin Williams as he is still processing the tragedy.  The podcast leads into a repost of an interview he had with Robin Williams in 2010.  The interview itself is one of a kind as Robin openly speaks about relapse to alcohol addiction, his cocaine habits, his heart valve transplant, and more.  It’s one of the only interviews I’ve heard with him that isn’t a performance.  You get a sense of how Robin act when there isn’t a crowd present and you can tell he was genuinely a sweet man.

Zelda Williams pays Tribute to her Father

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Before being trolled off of social media by people harassing Zelda Williams in various way about her father’s suicide, she tweeted this quote by french writer and poet Antoine De Saint-Exupery.  “I love you.  I miss you.  I’ll try to keep looking up. Z”.  This tweet gives me the impression that even behind closed doors Robin Williams was a great man and father.  Zelda Williams is 25 years old.

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Awesome Title Sequence for ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’

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This in not a title sequence for ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ (2005) that starred Sean Connery (and caused him to leave the business).  This was created specifically with the original graphic novel in mind written by Alan Moore and Illustrated by Kevin O’Neill.  With beautifully crafted motion graphic design (and a well chosen James Bond-esque song to go with it) Florian Liedtke has made me excited for a movie that will probably never get made.  He even adds his fantasy cast and I couldn’t think of a better person to play Quatermain than John Hurt.  Guy Ritchie would also get me excited if he were to direct such a project.  Florian Liedtke created this title sequence as a university project.

The song is called ‘The Other Side’ by Woodkid.

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Watch 9 Seconds of ‘Better Call Saul’

AMC released a painfully short teaser for their Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul.  It’s hard to make any kind of impression of the show given how little footage is shown, but it’s nice to see something.  Gears are moving and the filming process has begun.  Hopefully the teaser is good sign that a full trailer will be coming very soon.  Even though it has been delayed to February the show has already been renewed for a second season.

Better Call Saul will star Bob Odinkirk as small-time lawyer Jimmy McGill before he changed his name to Saul Goodman.  Jonathan Banks will be a series regular reprising his role as Mike Ehrmantraut.  There is no confirmation that Bryan Cranston (Walter White) will be in the show, but he is slated to direct an episode.

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Top 8 Podcasts on Itunes

 

I don’t understand why anyone would pay for SirisXM when there are so many great podcasts out there for free.  I don’t even listen to music anymore on my commutes to work.  Podcasts have the benefit of talk radio without the downside of jumping in mid-conversation.  You can probably find at least 10 podcasts on any subject so it’s a good idea to do some research and find out what worth listening to!

Here are my top 8 Podcasts (along with some bonus recommendations).
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1. The Cracked Podcast

Hosted by Jack O’Brian and Michael Swaim.

Cracked.com is a humor site where any subject can be dissected and presented in funny intelligent essays in the form of easy to digest lists.  When I was first exposed to Cracked.com I spent days going through their backlogs to read about insanely random stuff like “The 6 Most Gigantic Everything in the History of War” or “6 Inexplicably Hostile Interviews with Famous Musicians” or “6 Ancients Sports to Awesome for the Modern World“.  The Cracked Podcast is an extension of that, usually tackling one subject and presenting it from the perspectives of .  The podcast is like being a fly on the wall of an incredibly smart conversation and while a lot of what they talk about can be found in one of their articles there is still a lot of new information that they provide that is just as interesting.

This is one podcast that I will make sure to listen to every episode.

I also suggest anyone to check out their web-series called After Hours.  It is like a much shorter scripted version of their podcast with video and it is hilarious.

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2. Baldmove TV

Hosted by Jim and A.Ron

Baldmove is more of a network of podcasts than a particular podcast.  They will do a podcast on various television shows and provide in-depth discussions on each episode as they are released.  I began listening to them in the height of my ‘Breaking Bad’ obsession.  I found that their discussions on the show gave me more appreciation for the show as they had noticed things that I had not.  I have listened to their podcasts for Breaking Bad, Fargo, Game of ThronesOrange is the New Black and highly recommend them.  They also do Madmen, The Walking Dead, House of Cards, and a ton others.  If I had the time to listen to them all I probably would, but I enjoy that there is a selection and can listen to the ones that really interest me.

I also listen to A Cast of Kings and The Ones Who Knock hosted by Dave Chen and Joanna Robinson on slashfilm.com

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3. Fatman on Batman

Hosted by Kevin Smith

The first podcast I ever listened to was Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier on Smodcast.  Kevin Smith has become one of the most proficient podcasters on the interwebs.  He is ironically talkative for someone who is famously known as Silent Bob.  He is a natural story teller and even though he may dip into a blow job joke or self-deprecating fat humor a little too often I still enjoy his sense of humor and perspective.  However, there is only so much about his personal life I can take and found myself much more interested in his other podcast called Fatman on Batman.  Kevin Smith makes it no secret that his personal favorite superhero is Batman.  He is so connected to the character that even talking about him will sometime bring him to tears.  This his only ongoing podcast designed to feature different guests.  The show will typically feature a guest from the industry who has worked with the character of Batman such as Jim Lee, Geoff Johns, Kevin Conroy, Bruce Timm, Mark Hamill, Adam West, and more.  And while the general focus of the podcast is Batman it is always more about the guest and how their path in life has lead them to working with Batman.  Smith also claims that Ben Affleck has agreed to be on the podcast when he has the time.  Given that Ben Affleck has starred in many of Smith’s films and that Kevin currently lives in Affleck’s old home, I have no reason not to believe him.  Being that Batman is also my favorite superhero this is definitely a podcast that I definitely keep up to date with.  Another Batman-centric podcast I listen to is The Arkham Sessions.  This podcast features an actual psychologist as one of the hosts who provides her profession analysis of all the characters in Batman: The Animated Series.

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4. The Nerdist Podcast

Hosted by Chris Hardwick

Tom Hanks, Morgan Freeman, Tom Cruise, Will Ferrell, Joss Whedon, Arnold Schwarzenegger, are just some of the huge names that have been interviewed on this podcast.  And many of these interviews have me looking at these celebrities in a whole new light.  Because the podcast is generally an hour long conversation you will get insight in these people’s lives that you won’t find anywhere else.

I don’t listen to every episode, because I am not always interested in every guest.  But interesting guest do come by fairly often.  Similar long-form interview podcasts I listen to include WTF with Marc Maron, The Adam Corolla Show, and Team Coco Podcast.

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5.  Comedy Bang! Bang!

Hosted by Scott Auckerman

There’s no other podcast that makes me laugh harder than Comedy Bang Bang.  Comedy Bang Bang is unique because it is an improvisational comedy podcast.  They will usually have a real guest on the show along with a comedian acting as a character.  For example, comedian Paul F. Tompkins is a regular guest who improvs as characters like Werner Herzog, Ice-T, Cake Boss, and Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber.  Andy Daly is also a common guest with a wide range of characters.  The popularity of the podcast managed to get the show spun-off into a television series on IFC and they are currently on their third season.

Some episodes are hit and-miss so I try to look out for guest that I am interested in. I look out for whenever Andy Daly and Paul F. Tompkins are on.  They are just so quick and funny.  Just from listening to the podcast I can honestly say that I regard them as comedic geniuses. 

If you are interested in long-form improvisation.  Andy Daly did an amazing podcast called ‘The Andy Daly Podcast Pilot Project’ where he improvs pilot “failed” podcasts pilot hosted by some of his popular characters on CBB.

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6, 7, and 8. SlashfilmcastFilmspotting / Filmspotting: Streaming Video Unit

Slashfilmcast is hosted by David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley 

Filmspotting is hosted by Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen

Filmspotting: SVU is hosted by Matt Sing and Alison Willmore

It’s a three-way tie for 6th place.  As a film critic and entertainment blogger I am naturally going to be interesting in the opinions of professionals.  I’ve been a long time follower of slashfilm.com and would easily cite them as one of my main inspirations for beginning one myself.  The Slashfilmcast will normal begin with short discussions about some of the biggest news stories of the week regarding the film industry followed by an in-depth conversation about a new movie release.  Their multiple perspectives make listening to the podcast more enjoyable then reading a simple review.

Filmspotting is another great source of intelligent conversation about film.  Along with a review of a movie they will normally feature a top 5 list of their choice such as “Top 5 Monster Movies” for example.  This podcast has over 500 episodes and a spinoff podcast called Filmspotting: SVU

Filmspotting: SVU is exactly like Filmspotting only they focus on movies that are specifically available to stream whether from Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, or wherever.  The fact that all the films they talk about is available online is a huge bonus.  They often talk about films I haven’t heard about and I often find myself watching them after they hearing about them.

Comment below with your favorite podcasts.

 

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How ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Should Have Ended

“On your left! Before going into battle, Cap and Team discuss their options and realize they’ve had something very useful in their possession all along.” – HISHE

They make a pretty good point about Black Widow’s face changing technology.  Now it’s going to bother me if it never gets brought up again in the movies.

I liked that they made Tony go to that little girl birthday.  It’s a great reference to the deal Nick Fury made that never paid off.  That would have been a pretty funny post-credit scene for show.

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Chris Pratt shows off ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Ship ‘MTV Cribs’ style

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Chris Pratt gives a guided tour of ‘Milano’ the spaceship he pilots in Guardians of the Galaxy.  This is actually a pretty awesome look behind the scenes that gives a close look at many of physical details you may have missed from the movie.  If you aren’t aware of Chris Pratt’s off-screen personality he is currently charming the world one video at time including one with him rapping Eminem’s Forgot About Dre in an interview and one where he french braids an intern’s hair.

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Warner Bros. moves ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ date

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Marvel showed no fear in announcing ‘Captain America 3′ would release on the same day as ‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice’.  Their hearts were either set on May 6. 2016 or they just wanted to see Warner Bros. sweat.  In either case, both studios claimed they wouldn’t budge seemingly determined to let the films fight it out in the box office.  Now it looks like Warner Bros. has finally folded and they’ve decided to release the film earlier on March 25, 2016 instead.

A March release is an unusual time for a tent-pole film of this size, but it might prove to be the best possible move.  As far as competition goes for March of 2016 there is basically none and Marvel proved twice this year that releasing outside the typical ‘May, June, July.’ summer release will not break a huge movie.  ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is the highest grossing august film ever and ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ came out around the same time of the year that ‘Batman v. Superman’ will release.  Maybe this will clue big studios in that they don’t all have to blow their loads in the first three months of the summer.  They can spread them out during the year and still do well and possibly better.  The top 2 grossing films of all time were released in December because James Cameron was genius enough to know when he wouldn’t have to face any stiff competition.

When it comes to release dates it is like Warner Bros. and Marvel are playing an intense game of chess.  Marvel has listed all the dates it will be releasing their next 11 films (8 of which are still untitled).  The idea of staking a claim on a coveted summer release date years in advance is a brilliant marketing strategy that will undoubtedly scare other studios away who do not want to compete against guaranteed blockbusters.  This was an aggressive move by Marvel that shows confidence in its ability to bully away competition by its prestigious reputation alone.  It’s clear that Warner Bros. saw the benefit of calling “dibs” so they too have announced their slate up until 2020 including animated films.  It’s interesting to speculate on what untitled movies will be filling these slots.  It’s starting to look like ‘Shazam!’ starring The Rock will be a pretty safe bet.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Review

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If only Green Lantern was this good. Guardians of the Galaxy succeeds thanks to a tight script, a powerhouse cast, consistent visual effects, and a superb time-capsule soundtrack. The key to its success is that it doesn’t take itself too serious. That’s not to say that it doesn’t have its serious moments.

The movie opens with a young Peter Quill whose mother is dying of cancer presumably. The scene is pretty touching despite not really knowing who these characters are yet. The fact that it’s a son losing his mother is relatable enough. It’s an effective scene that sets up Peter Quill’s unresolved guilt, sentimental walkman, and subsequent abduction without taking a huge amount of screen time. If we learned anything from Spider-man, Batman, Man of Steel, Green Lantern, The Green Hornet, and Ghost Rider it is that unresolved guilt over a lost parent is an excellent catalyst for heroism. Having her die does explain why he doesn’t feel the need to return to earth and the “grab my hand” line has a nice payoff in the end. Peter gets abducted and we advance 26 years. The jump from child to adult was a little jarring. There is a significant chunk of his life missing and his entire introduction to life on other planets is completely skipped over. It would have been interesting to how he reacted to be taken or to see how he was raised, but a simple kidnapping is all we get in terms of a proper “origin” for Starlord and I am actually fine with that. Origin stories in comic book movies tend to drag on so it’s nice to see one get it out of the way fast knowing it has a lot more story to tell.

I knew from the trailers that the soundtrack would be amazing. The 70’s music and how it is tied to his cassette player and his mother was done brilliantly. It matched surprising well with the tone and sets itself apart from other films in the genre. As the opening credits appear Peter Quill is dancing his way to the beat of “Come and Get your Love” and before you know it you are hit with the title Guardians of the Galaxy. As comical as Marvel movies get it is still has become commonplace for the score to be very serious before presenting the title. This movie is aware of that and plays with your expectations in a fun way.

Guardians of the Galaxy hits upon a lot of clichés, but often acknowledges them or cut them short to comedic effect. One example being the “Rousing Speech” cliché. The group is down and out and the leader has to pull them back up with words of inspiration to get them back in the fight. We’ve seen it time and time again so when Starlord is faced with the task we all know what to expect. Sure enough they all stand up one by one until the most stubborn member of the group gives in last. The charm in Guardians of the Galaxy’s take on this cliché was Rocket’s commentary on the act of standing up. He says something along the lines of “Okay, I’m standing now. Now, we are all standing like a bunch of jackasses.” It’s that type of self-awareness that keeps these old tropes from going completely stale.

When Peter tries to hawk the orb to the Broker he is confronted by Gamora, Rocket, and Groot. Rocket and Groot want him he has a bounty on them and Gamora is after the orb. It’s clear that the only ones working together are Rocket and Groot so knowing they will all eventually become teammates it’s interesting to see how Peter turns the situation around. He is also able to prevent Drax from prison shanking Gamora.

Bradley Cooper plays the Rocket, a genetically modified raccoon. Rocket’s most human moment in the story was when Peter had to calm him down after fighting with Drax. He almost breaks down as all his insecurities pour out in a drunken rage. For most the movie he was just the wise-cracking/gun toting raccoon, but in this instance he is revealed to be a truly conflicted character. He was really a highlight of the film. Drax the Destoyer won me over quickly his inability to understand metaphor, but he almost lost me when he idiotically called Ronan to fight him when they were completely outmatched.

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Ronan the Accuser is basically a repackaged Malekith the Accursed (Thor: The Dark World) with a sledgehammer. They both had an army at their disposal with a grudge against entire race of people. They both were forgettable villains who briefly possessed an infinity gem. One had main spaceship that was long and thin that ran completely vertical and the other had a main spaceship that was long and thin and ran completely horizontal, so I guess they really weren’t all that similar. I, however, got a lot of enjoyment from Ronan’s reaction to Starlord singing and dancing to “Ooh Child” by The Five Stairsteps. But, as a villain neither Ronan nor Malekith come close to achieving the Loki status of awesomeness.

Nebula, played by Karen Gillen (Doctor Who), on the other hand was at least a little more interesting. The fact that she and Gamora were both raised by Thanos as living weapons gives her character and her relationship to the hero (Gamora in this case) more weight. There is so much more to explore about Nebula and Gamora’s past together that I would love to see more of her in the future. The fact that both she and Gamora were quick to betray their father Thanos says a lot about his skills as a parent. Nebula had one of the coolest moments in the movie. After her villainous speech was quickly cut short by Drax in a ‘puny god’ type moment, she stood up mangled his rocket launcher and popped all her bones back into place like bonafide badass.

Thanos has finally made a full appearance, but much like an avid blogger he has still never left his chair. By establishing more infinity gems Marvel is continuing to set the stage for Thanos to truly cause some chaos.  I like Josh Brolin, but I did not see any reason why he was chosen to play Thanos other than name recognition. The same thing goes for Vin Diesel as Groot and Bradley Cooper as Rocket. I hope they did all the motion capture work as well Andy Serkis style. Rob Zombie and Nathan Fillion also lend their voices to the film, but good luck pointing them out without being told who they are. I went into the film knowing what character Nathan Fillion played and I still could recognize it as his voice.

It’s never made clear which infinity gem the purple stone represents. According to comicvine.com the purple gem is the Space Gem and it “allows its owner to be anywhere in an instant. They can be in multiple places in the universe, or nowhere. Mastery would allow the owner to warp or rearrange space as they see fit.” This concept is not represented in the movie at all, but I could accept that Ronan failed to understand how to use the gem. It’s not like it came with a manual. Perhaps it isn’t even the space gem. Whatever it is they were not very clear on how the gems work or where they even came from.

I’m a big fan of Chris Pratt from Parks and Recreation and I wanted to see him succeed as a leading man and I think he pulled it off. The movie held together nicely despite juggling an enormous cast of characters. James Gunn deserves a lot of credit and am glad to see that he has signed on to do ‘Guardian of the Galaxy 2’. It’s clear that he has set up a few open threads to follow up on in the sequel, namely Peter Quill’s father.

Some final notes

  • I’m pretty sure the end credits scene was a jab at George Lucas.  Besides creating the genre defining Star Wars saga he had also directed ‘Howard the Duck’ (1986) which is often regarded as one of the worst comic book movies ever. I really hope this doesn’t lead to a Howard the Duck reboot, though I suppose if anyone were to find a way to make it work it would be Marvel.
  • The fact that Nathan Fillion was in the movie and didn’t cameo as Mal from Firefly is a crime.
  • The obscene gesture alert from the trailer was removed in the actual film making the line “I didn’t know how the machine worked?” make far less sense.  I preferred it with it blocked.  It’s not that I find middle finger offensive.  The implied middle finger is just a more creative to way to do it.guardians-galaxy-movie-trailer-humor
  • I laughed really hard at the “Jackson Pollock” joke.
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‘Batman: Assault on Arkham’ Review

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‘Batman: Assault on Arkham’ should have really been called ‘Suicide Squad: Assault on Arkham’, but I won’t hold that against it.  While Batman does have an important part in the movie the real focus is on Amanda Waller’s collection of misfit convicts and their mission to break into Arkham Asylum.  From start to finish this movie is balls to the wall.  It’s most certainly the most adult oriented “Batman” film to date as the violence gets more graphic, the language gets more vulgar, and the sex becomes more racier than ever before (yes there is sex, but it’s the PG-13 kind).  Ironically, a lot of the material in this film is closer to what you’d find in today’s comic books, than in the movies.

‘Batman: Assault on Arkham’ is set in the same universe as the famed ‘Arkham Asylum’ video game universe and takes place sometime after the events of ‘Batman: Arkham Origins’.  There are a ton a great cameos in the film that I would dare not spoil, but the main cast consists of Harley Quinn (Hyden Walch), Deadshot (Neal McDonough), King Shark (John DiMaggio), Killer Frost (Jennifer Hale), Black Spider (Giancarlo Esposito), Captain Boomarang (Greg Ellis), and as the core of the film.  We also have the legendary Kevin Conroy reprising his role as Batman, and Troy Baker doing him best impression of Mark Hamill (I thought it was Mark Hamill until I saw the credits).

Sometimes when a superhero movie has a large cast of characters (especially with so many character we’ve never met before), people will cry “Too many characters!”.  I am happy to say that much like the video games this movie is based from, the balance of characters and story in no way a negative.  This is a team film done right and there isn’t a second wasted on unessential backstory.  Questions like “Who is Black Spider or King Shark is completely irrelevant.  They are there and they are convicts and that’s all you really need to know.  ‘Batman: Assault on Arkham’ is more like the ‘Ocean’s 11′ of superhero films than anything else.  All the character’s are established as individuals with their own personalities and they each have own abilities that come into use during the mission.  Harley Quinn even has a great moment where her past as a psychiatrist becomes useful.

Some other notes I’d like to mention.

  • There is a lot of great fan service including a pretty neat Easter egg from Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight’ (2008).
  •  I enjoyed the comic relief and dark humor to keep the film light while people are getting killed left and right.
  • The Japanese inspired animation is different to what we’re used to in a DC animated film, but I welcomed the difference.  The action was visually dynamic and the character design were true to the video games.
  • Some of the plot twists were predictable, but there were enough twists that a few of them were able to slip passed me and catch me by surprise.

This movie utilizes “C-lister” characters in a daring way.  I would have never have guessed a Batman film would star Captain Boomerang as one of the lead characters.  And while Batman and the Joker are only secondary characters they still get their fair share of screen time.  I would definitely recommend this movie over the other two DC animated movies released this year, ‘Justice League: War’ and ‘Son of Batman’

You can read my review of ‘Son of Batman’ here.

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Batman: Assault on Arkham is out now digitally and will be coming to DVD/Blu-Ray on August 12th.

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‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill for’ Red Band Trailer

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“Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller’s visually stunning “Sin City” graphic novels back to the screen in “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.” Weaving together two of Miller’s classic stories with new tales, the town’s most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more notorious inhabitants.” – Machinma

It’s has been 9 years since the first Sin City and at some point I had lost hope that this sequel would ever get made.  Shame on me for ever doubting Robert Rodriguez.  Check out the trailer for some gory decapitations and some hypnotic Jessica Alba dancing.

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