Spoiler Free Review(Netflix!): Iron Man and Captain America – Heroes united

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Back to the spoiler free reviews! Today I will cover a new addition to the Netflix library. “Iron man and Captain America: Heroes United.” Since this movie goes downhill quickly I’ll be just as succinct. First off the animation style is extremely off-putting. The 3D animation has been done well with shows like Star wars the clone wars and Green lantern…but this seemed shoddily done and or rushed. The plot line is extremely generic and the dialogue was clearly crafted to get everyone’s little catch phrases in there. Also in terms of dialogue and character development they hit you over the head with every little character change that happens. Frankly it’s insulting, even if I were five…which I’m not.

I'm obviously a new born.

I’m obviously a new born.

 

 

So staggeringly generic plot lines and dumb dialogue aside, there are enough hand cannon blasts, shield tosses, and other destructive attacks to keep the eye flickering between the screen and whatever else you’re doing. However if you’re looking for something good to watch, avoid this at all costs. Sorry Marvel live action’s kicking butt but DC so far has got you on this direct to DVD thing.
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One out of five stars. Do yourself a favor and take this one out of your Netflix queue.

Thanks for reading!
Sincerely,

Brian Bell

How DC can optimize their upcoming film list easy as 123

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This past week DC released their list of upcoming movies.

2016: Suicide Squad (directed by David Ayer)
2017: Wonder Woman (starring Gal Gadot)
2017: Justice League Part One (directed by Zack Snyder)
2018 The Flash (starring Ezra Miller)
2018: Aquaman (starring Jason Momoa)
2019: Shazam
2019: Justice League Part Two (directed by Zack Snyder)
2020: Cyborg (starring Ray Fisher)
2020: Green Lantern

That’s a pretty intense list. I mean I’m geeking out about Suicide squad, that’s going to be quite the gritty action movie. Let’s take a look at the lessons they should learn from their OLD films and see how they can apply these hard learned lessons to their future releases.

3. Steel – Casting

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Several things were wrong with this film(obviously). But for the sake of this article, let’s go with casting. Now it’s 2014 so I’m pretty sure they wont be casting any pro ball players in major roles, HOWEVER the lesson to be learned here is not to cast purely on numbers. See what Hollywood loves to do is test an actor’s name with audiences. The actor with the most positive response likely gets the role. This doesn’t always work, sometimes it’s best to look at someone with little or no name. If they need a refresher course for that they can look at that last green lantern movie.

2. Diversify

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Tell me this doesn’t aggravate your soul

Yes, diversify.  John Stewart is the tough as nails Ex-Marine and sometimes ladies man Green Lantern. If you were born in the late 80s early 90s that was your first Green Lantern. The animated series have a LOT of weight regardless of what the “purist comic book fans” would have you believe. Most people are introduced to the comics via the animated series, and according to the animated series, John Stewart was the Green Lantern who helped found the Justice League.

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*Backstory From 2001-2006 he was showcased on television with the justice league show, justice league unlimited, static shock, and appearances in video games. At one point Common was even cast to play him in a film adaptation but the WGA strike pushed it back and they switched it to Hal Jordan for unknown reasons. *Backstory ends

Why go with a character that your target demographic doesn’t know? Especially when diversifying your film actually makes you money and you ALREADY EXPOSED EVERYONE TO THAT CHARACTER. Anyway DC fix this mess.

1. Writing

I will never let this go.

I will never let this go.

Lest we forget the original Justice League of America made for tv movie. Pretty much terrible in every way possible when it comes to writing.

Now on the other hand they are using a great writer to headline most of these films. But as great as David Goyer has been for you guys, can he get a break? I mean…seriously he’s done all the Batman films, Man of steel AND signed on for the next one. He’s doing the Justice League movie…He’s going to be completely tapped out!
This time let’s try not to make these soooo “kid friendly” I mean, granted DC can be the boy scouts of the comic world at times…but suicide squad NEEDS to be rated R.

Well that’s the 123 of it, here’s hoping for great releases for all of the films. Really looking forward to Cyborg, Wonder Woman, and of COURSE Batman Vs Superman (still salty about Affleck)

Thanks for reading!

Sincerely

Wiseguy Industries.

Spoiler Free Review Presents: This Is The End

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I just “binge watched” every DVD I could get my hands on. So here we go with the spoiler free reviews! Feel free to leave your own comments below!

Plot

Jay Baruchel flies to LA to hang out with his buddy Seth Rogan. After an afternoon of fun with just the two of them, Seth suggests they go over to James Franco’s house for his house-warming party. Jay reluctantly agrees and while they are there all hell breaks loose, literally. Now the remaining party members must figure out what is going on and try to survive.

EXECUTION

The movie is unique in that everybody in it plays fictionalized versions of themselves. I’m not sure how they got so many celebrities to do cameos (Kevin Hart, Rhianna, Michael Cera, that guy from How I met your mother) but they were all pretty funny. The movie just gets funnier as time goes by, albeit quite dark. The way it’s presented however I doubt most would realize how dark it really is. The direction, acting, and comedic timing of this film were really on point.

Music

Backstreet’s back ALRIGHT! There are several popular songs used throughout the film including that backstreet boys hit, gangnam style, Spirit in the sky, and more. Also Henry Jackman created a great moody score for the film. The music is placed well and really adds to the overall mood of the film.

CAST

Directed by

Seth Rogen
Evan Goldberg
Produced by
Seth Rogen
Evan Goldberg
James Weaver

Screenplay by

Seth Rogen
Evan Goldberg
Story by
Seth Rogen
Evan Goldberg

Starring

Seth Rogen
Jay Baruchel
James Franco
Jonah Hill
Danny McBride
Craig Robinson
Michael Cera
Emma Watson

RATING

5-Stars

Five stars! Definitely do not pass this one up on your next trip to the…Blockbuster?

Lord I'm old...PurpleBox?

Lord I’m old…PurpleBox?

Well however you get your DVDs definitely pick this one up! It’s funny, well-directed, and best of all, completely different from the legions of terrible films that come out every day.

Well thanks for reading! Hope this helps!

Sincerely

Brian Bell-Wiseguy Industries

Spoiler Free Review Presents: Captain Phillips

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Plot

Captain Phillips, played by Tom Hanks, boards a ship to take food and water to Mombasa. The trip will take them around Somalia. Wary of heightened pirate activity in the area, Captain Phillips is putting his crew through test emergency drills to help them prepare when the attack happens. The rest of the movie basically centers around the Captain attempting to save his crew and cargo with little, to no regard for his own safety.

EXECUTION

The beginning established the characters on both sides. I really respected the fact that they at least tried to show how poverty-stricken Somalia really is. It gave the pirates a more realistic feel. However after that opening sequence we don’t get much of that and it frequently delves into the “corny” realm. The acting and direction were superb, it’s just the lines were a tad banal.

Music

A few popular tunes here and there such as Eric Clapton’s “Wonderful Tonight.” Mostly silence or a nice film score composed by Henry Jackman(Kick-ass,Xmen first class,This is the end). While the music did help create a nice suspenseful mood, it wasn’t intrusive.

Cast

Directed by

Paul Greengrass

Produced by

Michael De Luca
Dana Brunetti
Scott Rudin
Kevin Spacey
Written by Billy Ray

Starring

Tom Hanks
Barkhad Abdi
Music by Henry Jackman

Cinematography Barry Ackroyd

Editing by Christopher Rouse

Rating

3-stars-out-of-5

While the acting and direction were great, the movie is undeniably boring and a little corny. Tom Hanks’ performance was great but it was like watching CNN for 2 hours, yes it’s entertaining, but it gets real old, real quick. All in all I’d say catch this on DVD but there are other movies out there that I wish I’d spent my money on.

Thanks for reading!

Sincerely,

Brian Bell-Wiseguy Industries

Kingdom, Come PART 2! Post apocalyptic, Sci-Fi Script!

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After receiving several very good notes, I went back and did a few rewrites of the script and switched to final draft to fix formatting issues. I have uploaded the first twenty pages with the updates, as well as part of the second act. Everybody here has been extremely helpful, I hope you enjoy this screenplay as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Logline: When a rogue survivor leads resistance-fighters against a murderous dictator who controls what remains of post-apocalyptic Earth, they must face his personal army, bionically-enhanced Un-dead soldiers!

Kingdom, Come act one part of 2

Just click the link above! Ok got it? Good. So anyway I’d love your opinion on the logline as well as the first act and the first pages of act 2. I would like to hear honest opinions, if you like it say so! If you don’t, you can say that as well!

I only ask that both sides be constructive if you do feel like answering. I really appreciate you guys! Thanks!

Sincerely,

Brian Bell-Wiseguy Industries

Ben Affleck Is Batman: How it sent me through those 5 stages.

I decided to wait on writing this until I was through experiencing what I knew was going to happen. I didn’t want to behave rashly, or put anything out onto the wide web I couldn’t take back.  Let’s take a journey, a journey that began with an amazing announcement at comic-con, and ended…with Ben Affleck.

1st step – Denial

batman no wayThis is where it all began for me. I follow IGN on Facebook and I thought it was some kind of joke. In fact when I posted it in another group that I belong to, they too laughed. “Oh IGN is TROLLING HARD today,” “That’s not funny IGN,” they said “we all know that’s not true.” “Confirmed? What do they mean confirmed? His name wasn’t even mentioned!” Indeed the Nile t’was not just a river in Egypt that fateful ‘eve. We were knee-deep in denial, for IGN does not troll good people, they are not the Onion. People began wildly throwing out accusations of IGN being hacked until eventually we saw it on other sites. With dawning comprehension the horror of the situation hit us as hard as a vegetable Bane.

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He still hit pretty hard.

Stage 2 – Anger

The internet EXPLODED! Angry fan-boys doused themselves in gasoline and set themselves on fire outside of Warner Brothers’ headquarters.

World peace? Uhh no, didn't you hear about Bat-fleck???

World peace? Uhh no, didn’t you hear about Bat-fleck???

Memes abound! Didn’t you see Daredevil? He doesn’t have the charisma, he doesn’t have the attitude, he won’t take it seriously! Does he even lift?? This is a slap in the face to all nerd kind, how DARE you WB how DARE YOU? How about you just stick to animated movies and leave the real superhero stuff to Disney? You SUCK!

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Step 3- Bargaining

Maybe they offered the role to someone else first? Maybe they turned it down? If we protest, sign petitions? Maybe they just need to hear our voices? Yeah…Yeah…that’s it, hey look White House! Make this travesty illegal! That’ll show ‘em! They’ll change it for sure now. Xbox retracted it right? Same thing can happen here! Nothing…let’s pray on it! No? nothing? What? Seriously?

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You guys? I don’t think he’s changing his mind…

Step 4 Depression

Every morning waking up to the nightmare that is BAT-FLEK sent several people into a depression, self abusive spiral. Nobody wore Batman paraphernalia out on the streets, for shame!  Every night I had terrible dreams of bat-nipples, bad puns, and chubby non-caring batmen.

Step 5 Acceptance

Maybe…maybe he’s learned from his stint as the Daredevil. I mean I know he said he’d never play a superhero again. He felt it degraded him as an actor…But maybe that just means the role is something he feels he can really throw himself into? Yeah that’s gotta be it. I mean Wolverine said he’d be good so that’s got to count for something right? Right?

Sigh…let us pray the nerd’s prayer.

Oh Bob Kane and possibly Bill Finger, depending on who you’re talking to, please let this Batman casting not be the worst thing since Joel…Please allow us the strength to carry on in these hard and unknowing times, if you could please stop turning over in your graves for half a second, we would like to apologize for WB for they know not what they do. I pray that you somehow make this work. In Wayne’s name…Abat.

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Thanks for reading!

Sincerely,

Wiseguy Industries-Brian Bell

Old School Gamer Review Presents: TMNT: Turtles In Time

Turtles_in_Time_(SNES_cover)Children of the 90s please! Please calm down…stop screaming! I know I know…this game defined your childhood, yada yada…However, let me give the readers who for some reason have no clue as to who the Turtles are…a clue.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles began as a comic book(a much more violent and disturbing comic book) and became extremely successful and popular due to a self-titled morning cartoon show. Like everything else in the 90s it had to have not only a television show, but a board game, t-shirts, jewelry, a series of video games, and spin-off toys guaranteed to catapult a child from excitement to tears on Christmas morning.

MOM! WTF!

MOM! WTF!

There were a few different games, but today we are reviewing the arcade port of the Turtles in Time “episode.” So let’s take a journey with a few pizza eating turtles, through time!

Storyline

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After a hard day of training, chowing down on pizza, exchanging hilarious quips and whatever else New Yorkers do. The Turtles sit down to watch catch their favorite news anchor on television. Before their very eyes Krang (who now has wings) makes off with the entire statue of liberty! Shredder immediately takes credit for it and the TMNT team is off to catch him. They eventually catch up to Shredder and seemingly defeat him. However he has one last trick up his sleeve. It’s all been a trap!

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Uh…thanks Admiral “after the fact.” Anyway, he opens a portal in time and slings the Turtles into it. The TMNT team must fight their way through different time periods in order to get back to present day New York!

Cast of Characters

Select screenThe playable characters are Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael. April O’neil and Master Splinter makes an appearance as well as several villains from the show.

GAMEPLAY

gameplay turtlesThe infamous screen toss! The controls are great, extremely fluid. If you want to sling your swords around you can do that, somebody comes up from behind? BAM! Kick to the chin while you still face the other way. Oh that bad guy’s getting on your nerves? Sling him into the screen! The controls for this gameplay are amazing. Very inventive for its time period. Not to mention it’s a giant mess of four player, beat-em up, Turtle-ey goodness!

Graphics

turtles fightThe graphics are great for the time. The backgrounds are simple but well done. The picture up there clearly shows the Empire State Building lit up as it is at night. That’s a nice touch to add to the great animation that’s going on. It really looks just like the cartoon show, and that’s really what you need when creating a game like this, and for the techies-

Raster graphics
Horizontal orientation
Resolution: 288×224 pixels
Refresh rate: 60.00 Hz
2048 colors

MUSIC

turtles-in-time-gameplay1The music is great. Why? Because it’s the music from the actual television show, changed to reflect the period of time that you are playing in at the time!

The Test Of Time

Sit down around the SNES and play this little ditty. Seriously you will have some of the most fun ever. Side-scrollers are oft forgotten in this generation, which is sad because they were some of the greatest games to play. Especially the 4 player beat-em ups. Yes it’s very fun to snipe your friend in the head on HALO, but teaming up with him to take down Shredder is even more fun! Wave after wave of enemies through different time periods, as well as different difficulty levels will keep you busy for some time.

Final Score

5-StarsFive stars! Great controls, cool comic book storyline, multi-player, and you can throw people into the screen! How cool is that? Unfortunately if it were released today I don’t think it would get a chance. Ah such is life. If you get a chance get this game and play with a friend!

Thanks for reading!

Sincerely,

Brian Bell-Wiseguy Industries