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Batman: Assault on Arkham - Assault on Arkham is one of the billion animated DC direct-to-video films made over the par 10-15 years, and is one of the best I've seen.  Assault on Arkham is set in the Batman: Arkham video game universe, about right after Arkham Origins. It's a Batman film in some ways, but he's only got a supporting role. This is more of a Suicide Squad film and it's a damn good one. It features Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Black Spider, King Shark, Killer Frost and KGBeast, as well as Riddler and the Joker.

 

Batman: Assault on Arkham works on so many levels. From the amazing characters and their dynamics and dialogue, its voice actors, visual style and animation and action to its dark, mature and, at times, pitch black humor and its overall mature and sexy style.

 

This is the type of film we'll never see live-actioned, unless someone who needs no major financial back-up suddenly turns up and wants to make a film. And it's a shame, because the world needs more superhero films like this.

 

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Batman: Gotham Knight - A 6-part anthology film made by Japanese directors in an anime style, which in itself is pretty special and fresh. Like 98% of all anthology films the quality is a bit up and down, but it never falls flat on its head. It's always fun and it's always interesting. The film is set to Christopher Nolan's Batman universe more accurately between the events of the fantastic Batman Begins and boring-as-fuck(!) The Dark Knight. I like how all the stories connect, even though you can watch each without having seen the previous (ones). And because it's made by different directors with different style and vision which makes every short look very different

 

Have I Got a Story for You tells the story of four kids who meet up, with three being a bit late. They explain this by having experienced Batman fight a criminal in real life. The real fun part here is how the three late kids all tell a over the top story with a out-of-this-world interpretations of Batman and his abilities, but they all bear references to earlier Batman stories and the villain in all have small thing that make him resemble classic Batman villains. Two of the stories (Man-Bat and shadow-Bat) were cool as fuck! 8/10

 

Crossfire is a fairly standard mob affair. It's a cool one, but far from the best. 7/10

 

Field Test is another standard one, but it's all fun. 7/10

 

In Darkness Dwells isn't just my favourite of this film, but among the coolest Batman stories I've ever seen. The overall visual style and animation, the story, the look of the villains and so on. Dark, gritty, mean. This one was pure fucking perfection! 10/10

 

Working Through Pain is a very deep short that takes a very different look at who Bruce Wayne is. Very nice! 8/10

 

Deadshot was my second favourite. The pacing was insane and made it intense as fuck, it was animated beautifully, especially the last fight, and was just top notch all the way. 9/10

 

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The Batman vs. Dracula - Batman goes horror? Yeah, he actually does. The Batman vs. Dracula is a fine mix of action and horror with Dracula himself being the main antagonist. Along the way he gets some help from The Penguin and The Joker, which works really fine. This isn't a deep film with a lot of character depth and such. It's a straight-forward action-horror that's more similar to Blade and Underworld than classic horror like Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens, Dracula (1931), Dracula (1958) or Nosferatu (1979). But it does carry a lovely gothic atmosphere throughout the film and the action and animation is superb, as well as a magnificent Peter Stormare as Dracula.

 

Btw, the way Dracula comes to life must be a homage to Dracula: Prince of Darkness? Was superb!

 

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Batman: Under the Red Hood - This is hands down one of the better Batman films I've seen so far. Very mature film with superb dialogue, good moral questions and a nice look at the psyche of Batman and the fine line between good and evil. The writing is, as already said, really mature as well as super intelligent, deep and really complex. Albeit a bit short (most of these are rarely more than 75 minutes long), it does carry an edge to its characters I've never really seen in a Batman film and the characters are really good written, as well are the dialogue.

 

Dark, haunting and gritty, but at the same time it has a very human edge to it.

 

Btw, look out for minor details. I am pretty sure Batman's costume changes a bit in all the flashbacks, as he update his suit every now and then. That is some serious detail work. 

 

Amazing film!

 

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Watched Jigsaw recently. I'm not really a fan of the gore aspect of Saw, to be honest, I'm just a sucker for movies where you guess who survives and for ridiculous plot twists. It was painfully underwhelming in both of those areas.

 

I mean, the twist was pretty obvious after the shot of the scars on his back. At least in the earlier movies the twist usually felt like they were trying to think outside the box a bit. Totally felt like they phoned it in with this one, so I have no idea why they thought this particular script was a good reason to bring the franchise back.

 

The traps seemed oddly flimsy as well - like they were totally missing the gritty industrial vibe they had in the previous films.

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Atomic Blonde -The thin-as-fuck plot is basically an excuse to show a totally over the top fucking badass Charlize Theron run around and being awesome, but who gives a fuck? She's grown into a magnificent, majestic queen of cinema and might as well be the next big action hero. Over the top violence, and a lot of it, and a Charlize Theron that's to die for? What more can one ask for? A plot? Meh. Don't give a fuck. Amazing film!

 

68 Kill - I really loved the poster which made me watch this, and man was I not disappointed. It's really over the top and ridiculous, but it was so much fun throughout. It's not original, but it's got lots of twist and turns and something always happens. I really liked it, despite all of its flaws.

 

Ingrid Goes West - Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen carries this drama-comedy which just so happens to be among the most uncomfortable films I've ever watched. Holy shit, it really gave me the creeps. But at the same time it offers so much social commentary, observations and truth.  Creepy as fuck, but at times very witty and fun. Liked it. Aubrey Plaza is amazing!

 

Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 - 11 years after the first one Alain Desrochers returns wiith a sequel to the Canadian buddy-comp comedy from 2006. It's a bit weaker, but it offers a lot of fun throughout. Throughout both I've found meself giggling and laughing out loud many, many times, and that is a positive sign for sure.

 

Serenity - It doesn't quite live up to the series it's based on (FIrefly), but it's a superb continuity of a classic TV-series nonetheless. It just offers a lot of fun. They don't really maker sci-fi like this anymore. It's magic!

 

 

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Dark Angel - This one is probably better known under the lame title I Come In Peace but to me this is Dark Angel all the way. I was invited over to a friend to watch this on a huge screen, and it was amazing. The film was fantastic of course. Absurd and comical as fuck, but we're both Dolph Lundgren fanboys and that makes a difference for sure.  But it's a cheesy-as-fuck action sci-fi, and it pleased me a lot. Will watch again!

 

Dragonslayer - This epic sword & sorcery film are among the best in the genre. It's as majestic as it gets, and almost 40 years later the dragon, Vermithrax Pejorative (what a badass name!), are still the best dragon made on screen ever. Miles ahead of the next ones. Holy shit, it looks so good, it's so powerful and dangerous. It's everything you'd want from a dragon. This film is a forgotten gem and a proper classic in my eyes. Magnificent! Almost perfect!

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2 hours ago, Bear said:

Ingrid Goes West - Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen carries this drama-comedy which just so happens to be among the most uncomfortable films I've ever watched. Holy shit, it really gave me the creeps. But at the same time it offers so much social commentary, observations and truth.  Creepy as fuck, but at times very witty and fun. Liked it. Aubrey Plaza is amazing!

 

Thanks for mentioning this. I love Aubrey Plaza and I wanted to watch some random movie, so this was perfect. :D Good stuff.

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Batman & Bill - A documentary about the very roots of Batman and who created him, his foes and the whole universe of Gotham. Bob Kane always got the honor for this as his name was always attached to everything. But the truth is something quite different, and this film takes a lot at that. A very sad, touching and tragic story tbh. And the best thing about this is that it in no ways try to talk shit about Bob Kane or anything, rather it focuses on trying to give Bill Finger some credit for his work. Obviously, doing that automatically sheds some negative light on the face of Bob Kane, but not a single time during this documentary does the filmmaker intend to dirt up Bob Kane's name and legacy. Which is something I have to appreciate.

 

 

War for the Planet of the Apes - I thought Rise... was a good film, but it kinda lacked the feeling of being a Planet of the Apes film. And it felt more like a different film of its own. With Dawn... they took a huge step away from this, and backwards I'd say as they include a lot of familiar elements from the Planet of the Apes franchise and it felt like a very good Planet of the Apes film. With War... they've decided to include even more of the original films to the reboot, and it should be no surprise that this is by far the best in the reboot and the best Planet of the Apes film since the original 1968 film. This was amazing! 

 

I must also applaud the inclusion of Bad Ape. He works as a comic relief, but not in the usual try-hard sense. He feels like a natural character to the whole universe and one that just had to come sooner or later. Really liked him.

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Batman: The Killing Joke - A weird, disjointed film. The film starts with a prologue taking a look at the relationship of Batman and Batgirl. And unlike others, I think this part is decent. Fans talk about the character of Batgirl being sexualized, but I don't really think so. Or at least not in the vein others seem to think. It shows the human side of the characters Batman and Batgirl, and it shows some of their flawed sides and faults, especially the father figure that it Batman.

 

My problem with the film lies in the fact that the first and second half of the film don't connect in any way whatsoever, and the first half doesn't stand well on its own legs. I don't know why they included that in this film and I don't understand why they didn't just make a full film out of the second half. But the second half, the Killing Joke story, is really nicely adapted, if not perfect. But it makes this film worth a look and it makes it a lot better than the reviews would suggest.

 

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Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection - The first Delta Force film with Chuck Norris and Lee Marvin is a classic, and this, while like most Cannon film sequels are a huge step down, is still very entertaining. Simple, straight-forward Chuck Norris action film. No more, no less.

 

68 Kill  - 90 minutes of fast, over the top violence and gore, immature humour and witty dialogue. This isn't by no means a great films, but it's got almost everything I love mashed into one film and it worked really well. These 90 minutes flew by like it was fucking 40 minutes. Absolute hilarious.

 

I checked this out because of its poster btw.

 

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Sweet-looking posters, Especially the top one. Gorgeous!

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Justice League – Just another superhero movie that suffers from the tragically  shit formulaic villain. What kept the movie afloat were the characters. I surprisingly enjoyed the cast, Although the humour felt forced at times. Also, this definitely should have been released AFTER every other character in the league had been established with their own movie, I know a little about each hero due to the JL cartoon and stuff I watched, but for people who don't have this knowledge the characters were just sort of thrown into the movie with little introduction. 

The group has good chemistry, however the villain, who looked like something out of the latest World of Warcraft trailer, was DUMB. Some bad CG effect that won't stop going on about "I wanna take over the world BUAHAHA" and mumbling something about his mother who was just three rocks wtf. Trash, just like every other villain from recent sci-fi fantasy flicks.  (apart from Pennywise) 

If they had focused on anything else but that subplot with the villain it would've made for a better movie. 

Entertaining, but sadly lacks an interesting plot.  I think it ended up being kind of geared more towards children. 

 

if this movie had been JL versus Superman I would give it a straight up 10/10 because that scene was awesome.

 

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Last movie I saw was Raw. It was on netflix and I saw something saying it was so gross that people couldn't make it through the whole thing. Don't agree with that but I did really really like it. It had some gross moments but it was a pretty shocking movie in general. Not the gore cause there wasn't that much it was just used to great effect. Didn't feel like a horror movie. More like a coming of age movie meets a psychological thriller but only in sections. If that makes sense.

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7 hours ago, platy said:

Justice League – Also, this definitely should have been released AFTER every other character in the league had been established with their own movie, I know a little about each hero due to the JL cartoon and stuff I watched, but for people who don't have this knowledge the characters were just sort of thrown into the movie with little introduction. 

 

This shouldn't be a problem, unless the film is poorly made and written to begin with. Take a look at The Avengers as an example. Neither Black Widow or Hawkeye had an film of their own before this, even though they had small appearances in other Marvel films before this. But they both worked really well in the film and had quite big supporting roles. But it's not like the general audience had any clue about who they are before this.

 

It's the same with Captain America: Civil War and the characters Bucky Barnes (Winter Soldier), Falcon, War Machine, Black Panther, Vision and Scarlet Witch. None of these have had any big roles in previous films, though some have had small supporting roles. But again, most casual viewers knew nowt of these characters. But again, they worked really well in the film.

 

And I could mention more Marvel films who's made this work. And that's only because of it's writing and portrayal of its characters on-screen.

 

 

I have not seen Justice League yet, but I would imagine it suffering from the same problem as every other film in the DC Extended Universe. And that is poor writing. Poor, poor, poor writing. Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman all suffers from this, even though Wonder Woman is on a whole other level compared to the other films. But it's still not a well-written film. Not even close, especially character-wise. And I have no problem imagine this as a huge problem for Justice League as well, as it seems to be a trend in the DCEU to have poorly written characters and stories.

 

DC should be about 50 times better and cooler on screen than Marvel as it's got a cooler arsenal of superheroes and characters, yet the DC films, with the exception of Wonder Woman (6/10), are unwatchable at best while Marvel are spewing out the one big, fat entertaining film after the other in an incredible tempo. So disappointing.

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2 hours ago, Bear said:

 

I have not seen Justice League yet, but I would imagine it suffering from the same problem as every other film in the DC Extended Universe. And that is poor writing. Poor, poor, poor writing. Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman all suffers from this, even though Wonder Woman is on a whole other level compared to the other films. But it's still not a well-written film. Not even close, especially character-wise. And I have no problem imagine this as a huge problem for Justice League as well, as it seems to be a trend in the DCEU to have poorly written characters and stories.

 

DC should be about 50 times better and cooler on screen than Marvel as it's got a cooler arsenal of superheroes and characters, yet the DC films, with the exception of Wonder Woman (6/10), are unwatchable at best while Marvel are spewing out the one big, fat entertaining film after the other in an incredible tempo. So disappointing.

Disappointing indeed. I didn't go in with high expectations, after I suffered through suicide squad and slept through 90% of BvS. 

 

I'm no movie expert, but I think you're right. The writing is awful. JL is the draft of a movie and it should've gone through many revisions and improvements before they put it out there. But I believe the rush to compete with The Avengers meant they sacrificed the quality just for the sake of showing "look we have our group of heroes too!" and then embarrassing themselves in the process. 

Honestly it does make me sad that DC can't be bothered to put enough effort into their movies. I couldn't give a flying fuck about anyone in The Avengers and the movies bore me to death, I wanted a new superhero franchise to follow after the end of the new X-Men. 

The characters have potential and the casting was good,  but I don't feel like I have the strength to keep up with any more DC movies if everything is gonna be basic, rushed and bland every single time. 

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If you are a fan of DC I would recommend going through their animated films. Seen a lot of the Batman films and saw two more yesterday and tge quality of the majority are sky high. Really, really high quality stories where they put a lot of effort into almost everything. Said it not many days ago that it is a shame they, don't put 1/10th of the effort into the live action films. It really angers me.

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