Extending my thoughts outward from the idea of the Higgs Field Neutralising Engine, I have decided to look more at the practical applications of this technology.

Use a directed low energy anti-Higgs particle beam or field neutraliser to negate the mass of everyday objects.

A directed low energy beam would not separate the object from our universe as we know it, but could interfere with the Higgs Field, reducing the mass of an object and nullifying its mass or velocity in a single vectored direction.

A low energy field could help reduce mass making it easier for the force beams to slow a mass with excessive velocity to a virtual stop.

Going further, the same low energy Higgs field neutraliser device could be used to reduce the velocity and the effect of g-forces on aircraft, vehicles and spacecraft.

Imagine that you crash two cars together and at the moment that they make contact, a protective field is engaged, Their velocity would be reduced to zero, their effective combined mass would be reduced and more importantly their potential mass, a product of their inertia, would also be reduced.

So, not only would the Higgs Field Neutralising Engine be a potential source for interstellar travel, it could be used for reducing impact damage from motor vehicles, it would allow us to fly our aircraft for longer distances using less fuel and allow us to put a spacecraft into orbit with the minimum of discomfort and effort for the occupants…

I hope that someone is already working on this technology. Come on people, someone do the math..

Okay, so after some serious thought I think I may have made a mistake with the idea of the Higgs Neutraliser Engine. I still think the idea is sound, but I have some initial thoughts that I think might improve the design.

Firstly, it occurred to me that everything within the field would have zero mass. Zero mass is a problem. The slightest movement with zero mass would cause someone to accelerate to unknown speeds. Or would it? Would everything be subjective? Do objects with zero mass within a zero mass environment react the same way as objects with mass in a normal environment?

Secondly, would the objects actually have zero mass, or would they still have mass but in separation from our normal universe? Would there be a region of normal space below our own, subject to similar laws but separated? It stands to reason that there would still be a Higgs field in operation within the separation field. Mass would still exist, but separated from our own universe. So within our own universe, the standard laws of mass and gravity would have no effect on any of the objects within the field.

Put a fish in a bag of water and float it in the ocean. It would survive for a while, and would still be protected from the rest of the ocean. The fish would eventually use all the oxygen left in the bag, but would still be protected. In the same way, suppose you create a space craft that uses this Higgs Anti-field generator? I surmise that a Higgs field might still exist within the bubble created by the neutralising field, but in order to maintain and protect the occupants of the field, the generators of energy might have to be placed in a ring or on nacelles that are attached to the control structure.

All these questions can only be answered by complex investigation by brains far superior to myself.

I recently read a paper by students from the University of Leicester, which proposed that using plasma as a shield against other forms of electromagnetic radiation is not only theoretically possible, but is indeed entirely plausible using todays levels of technology.

Okay, I can buy that idea. But lets take it a step further.

Instead of bottling a plasma field in a super powerful magnetic field, why not scale down the technology. Make the field elongated and continually cycling. Use a super dense portable battery solution added to a cycling plasma field contained within a device that can be directed and held within the hand. You might even use a crystalline substance to act as a lense for the energy source. You could then have a blade like device, able to cut through anything it touched or defend against laser bolts and other similar devices.

We could call it something catchy, like a laser sword or a plasma sword. I’m sure there are catchier phrases…

I remember, one fateful night in 1996, seeing the movie “From Dusk Till Dawn” and thinking this was the best vampire movie I had ever seen. Believe me, I have seen an awful lot of bad vampire flicks. Not least of which are those based upon alternate legends. However, this one was different. It was unashamedly violent and sensuous in equal steps. I remember seeing the dance of the snake woman and thinking she must be the most beautiful woman I had ever seen.

The following day I got married. It would seem that the Dusk Till Dawn story is yet another thing that has outlasted my marriage.

As a Movie to TV conversion I expected this series to be a little more tame, with less gore and violence, a little more character driven and with a more indepth story. I expected it to generally stick to the story of the original film. So far, having just watched the sixth episode in the series, I am not disappointed. Yes, the level of gore and violence is far in excess of what I expected, but it is not quite as bad as the movie and TV audiences are now finding it more acceptable to use over the top schlock gore in TV horror. At least in the states. 

In the UK things are different and I can see this program being chopped about quite a lot if it is shown too early in the evening.

The characters are stronger in this than the movie. We see more background and more about their own strengths and weaknesses. I found myself rooting for Richie Gecko, (played by Tarrantino in the original movie), even though he is easily as depraved as the creatures he is about to encounter. Why? Because his portrayal by Zane Holtz is completely dead pan psycho. He has no apparent redeeming qualities, yet somehow you know he is going to be a better fighter because of this.

D.J. Cotrona as Seth Gecko is no replacement for George Clooney, but he does somehow draw you in. Sane, but willing to protect his brother until the end, he will do what needs to be done. There is some superficial “Cloonyness” to him that adds to the mystique, and in general he does the job that needs to be done. He is a good foil to Zane Holtz.

Add in Jason “ex-terminator / true blood” Patrick, and things start to hot up. He plays the part of the preacher and does it well. Easily as ripped apart by his own insecurities as by his loss of faith and the death of his wife – this man is born to redeem himself. His children seem to be along for the ride, but his daughter, (played by Madison Davenport), is far from a pushover and bodes well as a strong character. The same cannot yet be said of the son, Scott Fuller. Brandon Soo Ho hasn’t yet been given enough of a reason to shine in the roll, but the series is only just over half way through.

There are many more supporting characters, seen in flashback as well as in the ongoing storyline. Jesse Garcia as obsessed lawman Freddie Gonzalez seems to be another dark hero. His aim is to bring in the Gecko brothers who shot his friend and partner Earl McGraw, played by Don Johnson. Johnson’s character is seen alive in the first two episodes, but after his death he is also seen in regular flashbacks. I like Johnson and this role suits him. 

I thought I would hate this program, but I find myself drawn to each episode. It will be interesting to see what happens and whether it reaches the same conclusion as the movies.

In my opinion  the first six episodes average 7.5 / 10 at the moment. I consider that more than enough for a new television series. Can’t wait for the action to kick in…Image

I was lucky to see this at the weekend and although I was pleased with the ultimate result of the movie, I was not at all pleased with all of the content. I will be posting a full review when I have had time to further analyse the movie, but for the moment here are my initial thoughts.

SPOILERS AHEAD

First of all, this movie feels very much like a filler. A movie that has been put in place to explain what happens in more eventful Marvel movies in the future. This doesn’t make it a bad film. It gets a decent set of actors, who play their characters more like the comics than the first movie. Particularly Odin, who’s famous temper comes to the fore regularly. Chris Hemsworth seems to struggle with the dialogue at times and only really seems at home when in action. However, his scenes with Natalie Portman are great and you can see that they both enjoyed themselves. Makes me wonder how much real chemistry exists between the actors.

There are some plot points that I don’t like though:

1) the death of Thor’s mother.
2) the fact that Thor’s hammer bounces off ‘The Corrupted’ armor, when it is clearly shown that the have been defeated by Asgardian weapons in an earlier part of the film.
3) the often stilted dialogue
4) the new intern, who annoys me intensely. He wasn’t needed.
5) Selvig running around naked.. funny but completely pointless…
6) you can’t get to Greenwich on the Victoria Line…

What I do like:

1) Its set in England in the most part.
2) you see more of the science behind the myth of the Gods.
3) you learn the Gods of Asgard do have life spans – even if they are measured in millennium.
4) Loki is both a villain and a hero in this movie.
5) Selvig running around naked, it is funny even if it is pointless….
6) it is a pure Thor movie that has no distractions from Shield or the Avengers.

MAKE SURE YOU STAY FOR BOTH THE EXTRA SCENES AT THE END OF THIS MOVIE!

I have recently been watching the new vampire series called The Originals, an offshoot of the already established series, The Vampire Diaries.

First of all, this is more of the same but with bells on. Both this and The Vampire Diaries are full of angst ridden, soul searching vampires who are either trying too hard to be evil or too hard to be human. Where this differs from the original series is in the writing and the characters. This series deals with the first and most powerful vampires on the planet. 

A spin-off from The Vampire Diaries and set in New OrleansThe Originals focuses on Klaus (Joseph Morgan), Elijah (Daniel Gillies), and Rebekah (Claire Holt). Recurring character Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) is pregnant with Klaus’ child. Klaus is none too happy about this, initially refusing to have anything to do with Hayley, who is being looked after by a group of none too trustworthy witches. Klaus is more concerned with taking down his protégé, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), who is now in charge of New Orleans, a city that Klaus originally had a hand in building. Klaus is playing a tricky game, but succeeds in making Marcel’s life very difficult, very quickly – without Marcel catching on to his plan.

This is the basic premise, but the description is too simple. There are many behind the scenes sub plots starting to develop and so far I have only seen the first three episodes.

If anyone wants to submit reviews to this blog of The Originals then I will be happy to post them. Send a comment to me with your blog or email address and I will contact you.

Finally, here’s a factoid. Phoebe Tonkin and Clare Holt used to appear on an Australian TV show together – as Mermaids! More mythical creatures.

Imagine what would have happened if Star Trek had continued as a TV series in the 1960’s? Well that’s just what a group of talented individuals have done.

Star Trek Continues is just that, a continuation of the original series, with full replica sets, in the same style and even with some of the same “ham” acting. All of the actors are new and although none of the original bridge crew are still involved, their spirit exists in those that are playing the roles.

I can’t believe that I missed this in May when it was launched…

Effects exceed those of the original and the story of the first episode – Pilgrim of Eternity – follows on from one in the original series in an effective and interesting manner. I found myself grinning an uncontrollably while watching it.

Pilgrim of Eternity, although set a few years later in time, is a direct sequel to the original series episode Who Mourns for Adonais, and stars Michael Forrest who reprises his original role as Apollo. It deals with the now aging Apollo, who has been trapped in an energy draining construct called the Realm, and how he and the crew of the Enterprise come to terms with his new mortality. It is well written and truly in the spirit of the original series. To tell you more would spoil it, but it is a worthy sequel.

Now, to some of the points that Trek fans will like.

The Cast

    Vic Mignogna

This guy is a great voice actor and brings that skill directly into the role of Captain Kirk. Although he will never quite match the acting style of William Shatner, his mannerisms and vocal style are close enough to make him a good match for the original captain. In other words, he comes damn close.

    Todd Haberkorn

Todd as Mr Spock is strange choice but one I can live with. He is nowhere near the same as Leonard Nimoy and doesn’t have the same screen presence, but his severe countenance is definitely Vulcan and he is in keeping with the role. I like the way he fits into the rest of the crew.

    Chris Doohan

Casting another Doohan as Mr Scott is both an interesting choice and a great homage to James Doohan, his father. His Scottish accent slips at times but he fills the role extremely well. In fact it is spooky to watch because even his facial mannerisms match those of his fathers. Struggling to keep his accent sometimes conflicts with his acting skill, as it seems like he is rushing his lines, but its nothing that time won’t make easier.

    Larry Nemecek

Mr Nemecek is both an actor and a well-respected authority on Star Trek so it is great to see him playing the role of McCoy. Physically he is nothing like the original “Bones”, but he fills the role well and it appears he is a good actor too. I miss the southern drawl, but you can’t have everything. Whether he continues in the role is not known, as his image isn’t on the main production shot of the website, but I hope he will.

    Grant Imahara

Grant is a special effects wizard with a great pedigree and one of the hosts of Discovery Channels Mythbusters series. He isn’t a great actor when he has to show emotion, but this could be because he is trying too hard to emulate the voice of Sulu from the original series. I would suggest he should just use his own voice and make the role his own.

    Kim Stinger

Although she is not quite as mysterious and sensual as the original Uhura, Kim is a great actress, (and singer too), as it turns out. She also does her own stunts. She is inspired in the role as Uhura and her style is somewhat a mix of Nichelle Nicholls and Zoe Saldana. I like her take on the character.

    Wyatt Lenhart

Wyatt is not used much in the first episode, but listening to him is like listening to the original Checkov, with a slightly clearer accent. I hope his talents are used more in future episodes.

    Michelle Specht

Michelle as Dr McKenna is a great addition to the original crew. The ships first counselor, (and possibly Starfleets too), she mixes comedic style, emotion and empathy all into one leggy red-headed package. Sorry, couldn’t help myself there. Love this character!

Finally, Marina Sirtis as the voice of the computer is inspired. She is just recognizable enough to make me smile. I waited until the end credits to confirm her involvement as I couldn’t quite believe it at first. Nice choice.

The Writing & Sound

As I said previously, the writing is at least as good as the original series. At times better. The dialogue is sometimes stilted, but never boring. Add in great sets and good incidental music and you might as well be watching one of the original series episodes. The music is exactly like the original series, and adds drama when needed.

Incidental sounds, like the background noises on the bridge and the swishing of the doors are all as authentic as they can be. It really is like stepping back in time. I love it that so much time has been spent getting these little details correct.

Conclusions

It’s impossible to believe that this series has been produced by fans of the original. The production quality is amazing and the acting talent varied and very well-rounded. I love the attention to detail and as a very critical fan of the original series, it makes me smile and want more. Just when the next episode will be released is very much dependent upon funding, but I can’t wait to see it.

Check out http://www.startrekcontinues.com to view the episode and have a look at some of the vignettes. If you want to contribute to the ongoing series then checkout their kickstarter page

Many thanks to CBS / Paramount for allowing these fan episodes to be created. It only serves to promote the genre and keep Star Trek in the minds of those of us who are eagerly awaiting a new series. In fact, here’s a hint CBS – these guys already have the sets and the skill both in front of, and behind, the camera – fund them!

It has been tentatively proved that the Higgs Particle, or Higgs Boson, exists and as such we can therefore theorize that the Higgs Field must also exist. If this is the case, then might we not also theorize that should you be able to prove the existence of a field of extraordinary energy, that interacts and binds the universe together, might we not also theorize that it might be possible to neutralize this field in some way?

If interacting with the Higgs Field is what gives an object mass, then it might be theorized that by stopping an object from interacting with the Higgs Field we could also nullify its mass. So if that object originally has a measurable mass caused by interaction with the Higgs Field, then it could be that by neutralizing the field around the object we might be able to reduce that mass and allow that object to move through normal space at extraordinary speeds. Why? Because of Einstein and his general theory of relativity.

Part of Einstein’s theory of relativity allowed him in measurable terms to express that the energy required moving an object is equivalent to the mass of the object multiplied by the speed of light squared. Put simply it means that as an object approaches the speed of light its mass increases as its velocity increases. If an objects mass increases as a product of its inertia, then as you get closer and closer to the speed of light that object would gain more mass. This would potentially require an almost infinite amount of energy, far more than can be found in our universe, to reach the speed of light. However, if you could somehow nullify that objects mass, say by removing its interaction with the Higgs Field, you could potentially reduce the need for infinite energy. Therefore there is more potential for higher velocity.

If the object described is a space craft, then by nullifying the Higgs Field you give that craft the potential to traverse space at speeds close to or indeed beyond the speed of light. In fact, light speed travel becomes an immediate possibility. The big problem is that everything within the field has relatively zero mass and as such no potential for inertia. That means that although the field could be produced, using something like an ion propulsion unit or similar device would be useless. For the field to work, it must be complete. If it is complete, then it must cut off the interaction of any propulsion device that uses thrust as a means of producing inertia. That thrust will not react with the Higgs Field.

So how do we get around this?

Theoretically, in the same way we can use the flow of an electromagnetic field to accelerate a particle through normal space, we could use the neutralizing field by cycling it around the object and in effect causing it to accelerate an object through the Higgs Field itself. Like pushing an object through water or air, the better the dynamics of the shape of the neutralizing field – the faster it should travel through the Higgs Field.

What we have in effect theorized in describing this method, is the need for a Higgs Field Warping Device or a Warp Field Generator. To create such a Warp Field might require extremely high levels of energy that simply do not exist in this current age, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t work on the theory.

If we are ever able to create a field of energy that does not interact with the Higgs Field and we are able to place humans or devices safely inside it, we would have to be far more in tune with the universe than we are now. It would take a coalition of the worlds minds, resources and governments to reach this goal.

Could it be that with this discovery of the Higgs Particle we are finally evolving towards an era when we are enlightened and intelligent enough to progress out amongst the stars safely? Or will we be hampered by our own fears, trust issues, greed and avarice? Only time and the stars will tell, but I would like to live to see that day.

I am not a great fan of US versions of UK shows, but there have been more and more television series that have moved over the pond over the last decade and most of these have been excellent reinterpretations of the UK originals. My favorite of these has been the US version of Being Human, but I think this has just been knocked off it’s pedestal by The Tomorrow People.

The Tomorrow People was a UK show, originally developed in the 1970’s, which chronicled the adventures of a select number of super powered humans. Originally aired in the UK between 1973 and 1979 it was re-imagined in the early nineties and then again between 2001 and 2007 as a series of audio plays. The Tomorrow People were unable to kill, having a built in “off switch” which engaged when they tried. Their powers were built around telekinesis, telepathy and with the help of their biotronic computer TIM, they could teleport great distances. The Tomorrow People helped others of their kind that were just starting to develop their powers. They also worked to protect the Earth and other Tomorrow People from Aliens and humans that wanted to destroy them or use their powers for nefarious means.

That was a period of bad special effects, wobbly sets and not too clever story writing. However, as a kid growing up in the 70’s it was a cool TV show to watch and often featured in the magazine Look-In as a comic strip.

Back to 2013, where the budgets are higher, the stories more intelligently written and the viewing public more discerning. To make The Tomorrow People work in the 21st century needs a slightly different twist to the story. Here we have a US series, with a great set of actors from previously successful TV shows. Does it translate well? Yes it does. The pilot episode, which I have just viewed, is a great start to a new series. It follows the same formula, but with a twist. There is still a computer called TIM, (which sounds surprisingly like the original), there are still people with super powers and they still protect themselves and others of their kind.

Spoilers!

The main protagonist, Stephen Jameson, has been fighting voices in head, strange sleep walking episodes and other weird events for several years. After seeing a series of psychiatrists and specialists he has been taking heavy doses of specialist drugs to keep himself sane. Then one night, he is approached by The Tomorrow People and discovers that he isn’t crazy and he is just the next level of humanity. In a nutshell, they attempt to recruit and train him but he is wary of their motives. Then he finds out that his own dad used to be one of them and that his uncle heads up an organisation that is trying to track them down and eradicate them.

Telling you more would spoil the story, but this is not as straight forward as it might seem and I can see where there is plenty of room for romance and conflict between many of the characters. The cast list includes:

Robbie Amell as Stephen Jameson
Luke Mitchell as John Young
Peyton List as Cara Coburn
Aaron Yoo as Russell Kwon
Madeleine Mantock as Astrid Finch
Mark Pellegrino as Jedikiah Price

Pellegrino makes a great “Big Bad” and as such I can see him having great fun with the character Jedikiah, who is Stephens uncle.

Altogether a great start to a great reboot of a 70’s classic.

Having watched Wolverine nearly ripped to shreds, Batman die, the Avengers nearly disassemble due to pay issues and the Man of Steel become a killer, Louis Turfrey gives his thoughts on which movie was the best of the Superhero movies he has seen this year. This might take a while.

I am a great lover of heroes, whether they are TV, Comic or Movie based. This has the unfortunate effect of making me super critical of all the superhero movies that have graced our screens so far this year. I have probably missed a few, so I will only take it upon myself to share my limited opinion laden views on those that I have actually watched.

The Dark Knight Rises

A good movie, but not the best of the three latest Batman movies that have hit the screens over the last decade. My favourite was the The Dark Knight. It had just the right amount of gadgets, story, character driven moments and of course – The Joker. In comparison, although The Dark Knight Rises hits hard, it doesn’t quite make it to the top of my list this year. There just isn’t enough of the dark side of the Dark Knight, and I am afraid that although I am a fan of Nolan’s interpretation of the Batman myths, I did not like his version of Bane. Tom Hardy makes a good Bane, but the back history of the character is what causes my brain to itch in frustration, as does Hardy’s voice through that mask. It always seems slightly muffled and although it’s true to life, it doesn’t breathe a high enough fear into the character.

Maybe James Earl Jones would have done a better job?

In my opinion though, Anne Hathaway is the best Catwoman ever, despite my initial reservations. She has just enough of the bad girl mixed into her character. You can see her need to clean up her act and run away from her past.

Three additional characters shine in this movie. Blake, the police detective that may or may not be Robin / Nightwing, is an interesting character. A shame we never see him reach his full potential, but Joseph Gordon-Levitt does a good job as the cop seeking to help those who can’t help themselves. Second we have Commissioner Gordon, who sees his protection of Harvey Dent’s secret as a burden he can no longer maintain. He becomes a hero in his own right when he helps the Batman track down and then remove the nuclear bomb that threatens to destroy Gotham.
Lastly, but no means least, Michael Caine’s interpretation of Alfred Pennyworth is to be commended. A no nonsense man that seeks only to protect his employer and friend, he sees the Batman’s death as a failure, but in the end is vindicated by the revelation that Bruce Wayne has survived the ordeal.

This movie has a great supporting cast, it’s just a shame that the story wasn’t quite up to the job. I hope nobody will take offense when I say that although Christian Bale is an excellent actor, he struggles as the Batman. He is still the best Batman since Michael Keeton though. The Batman costume also sucks and has done so since the first of the last three movies. It’s the mask, it’s just not aesthetic.

The Wolverine

This was only ever going to be an action movie in my eyes, so I was surprised by the character driven plot and back history. Definitely one up from the previous Wolverine origins story, which quite frankly wasn’t so bad, (apart from the Deadpool character which sucked). Here we have a hero that is pushed to his limits and beyond. He is like the samurai of old, who protects the weak and fights with honour. Yet at the same time, he can be as brutal and feral as his name suggests. Even when robbed of his healing ability, he does what needs to be done in order to rescue the woman that has stolen his heart.

It’s nice to see the human side of Wolverine, as well as the feral side. Truly Hugh Jackman has made this character his own, and seems nearly ageless in the part. Finally, I like the fact that once his Adamantium claws are removed, his bone claws grow back. This was covered in the comics and I love it when the movies refer back to comic material.

Iron Man 3

The third in the Iron Man series, and the first movie to directly reference the events that occurred in Marvels 2012 movie, Avengers Assemble.

Tony Stark is a broken man that has had to face his mortality and come to terms with a near death experience. He’s a businessman that has become a hero, but up until this time has never had to deal with an event as big as the invasion of New York, (see Avengers Assemble). It has left him desperate to protect his fiancé and yet at the same time he feels powerless to do so. He is suffering from post traumatic stress, flashbacks and self doubt. However, as this story proves, Iron Man is as much about the man as the suit.

Without a doubt Robert Downy JR is Iron Man. In the same way as Iron Man is Tony Stark. Over the years, Marvel has changed the occupant of the Iron Man suit, but in the end Stark always returns to the role and that’s how it should be. Downy has wit, presence and acting ability. He carries this movie through the good and the bad.

First of the bad points are the effects. In the previous two movies it was possible to believe that the man was actually in the suit. In this movie something has changed. Maybe it’s the over reliance on the multiple suits, or maybe it is the fact that downy himself isn’t in them. Something is missing.

Second bad point is The Mandarin. Kingsley makes a great Mandarin in every way, so imagine my surprise when his character turns out to be an actor playing the part. Not a good plot twist, in any way or form. Kingsley as the Mandarin is believable, but having the character Aldrich Killian become the true Mandarin was a waste of a character. It just didn’t ring true in my eyes. It spoiled the movie for me, although it was somewhat redeemed by the post credits scene featuring Bruce Banner…

Man of Steel

This was the movie that I most anticipated this year and the one that both shocked me and had me wanting more.
This is a movie about one man’s struggle to be human and still be a hero. I love what they have done with the costume and the Superman myth. Here we have a man that has grown up hiding his powers and has not yet realised his full potential. He becomes a drifter after the death of his father, rescuing people when he can and becoming an urban legend in the process. He discovers his heritage, rescues a tough as nails Lois Lane, and at the same time does the one thing that Superman always tries to avoid – kills his arch enemy.

The back history is good, as are the effects and the fighting. Many people have criticized the movie for its long drawn out fight scenes and the sheer amount of damage that is done to the city of Metropolis in the process. They have criticized it due to technical holes in the plot, (like Lois Lane falling away from a mini black hole). However, as an origin movie this kicks ass. Yes, the Lois Lane character is glossed over, but you can see how she will become a force for good in Clarke Kent’s life. Some people complained that it was too easy for her to track down the Clarke Kent character, but I think this is entirely reasonable in a society where the strange is celebrated and written about in all forms of media.

This is not my top superhero movie of 2013, but it comes close. A Superman for the twenty first century.

Kick Ass 2

This is the long awaited sequel to the original Kick Ass movie and stands out because of the performance of two of its actors. It does not have the impact of the original movie, which had some brilliant set scenes, but it is good enough to be classed as a great sequel.

In this movie, Kick Ass is encouraged to once more done his latex suit and become a street hero. In the process he is trained by his friend and fellow hero Hit Girl. This is almost like a coming of age movie, and deals with people that have had to grow up and deal with adversity far sooner than they should have. The character Mindy Macready, aka Hit Girl, is having to deal with the consequences of her father’s death in the previous movie. She is forced to go to school, when in fact school has very little it can teach her, so chooses instead to train herself and her fellow student Dave Lizewski, aka Kick Ass. Her truancy is discovered and so she is emotionally blackmailed by her guardian Detective Marcus Williams, into living a normal life. Meanwhile Kick Ass joins a group of like minded hero’s who have formed the team Justice Forever, which is headed up by an ex mob enforcer called Colonel Stars and Stripes. This is where the movie gains ground because whether he likes it or not, Jim Carey is awesome in this role. No amount of avoiding the fact will remove this from the movie and it fills in the whole left by the continuing absence of Hit Girl.

The return of Hit Girl, after the death of Dave’s father in the movie, is what brings this movie to a satisfying conclusion. There is just something about the complete ruthlessness of the character that makes me smile. She is like the Huntress in the DC universe, but tougher. A product of a lifelong training regime that gives her ninja like reflexes and abilities, she is more kick-ass than Kick Ass himself.

Again, this is my third favorite superhero movie of the year, coming a close second to Man of Steel.

Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox

Here we have the first of the two animated movies that I am including in this review. Flashpoint is one of those animated movies that fans of the DC universe have been waiting for since the Flashpoint storyline was published throughout the DC comics series during 2011.

The Flash, in an effort to save his deceased mother, creates ripples that disastrously alters the Universe. He must team with other heroes to restore the timeline while the Earth is plunged into a war between Aquaman’s Atlantis and Wonder Woman’s Amazons. There is a twist to this story though, because the Flash may not be responsible.

After waking up to find he is powerless, Barry Allen trips over his own feet and nearly lands in the lap of his mother Nora, now alive. His memory of his own timeline clashes with a new timeline where the Justice League does not exist. He must regain his abilities and reform a new Justice League and persuade them to hold the world together just long enough to allow him to jump back in time and stop himself from averting his mother’s death.

It’s a well thought out story, with excellent voice acting and a great deal of interesting new takes on old characters. It would never have made a great cinematic release, but as a straight to DVD publication is well worth the cash. It seems that DC is better at creating animated movies than it is at creating live action movies.

The Return of The Dark Knight Part 1 & 2

Based upon the comic book of the same name, this shows how a movie should be made. It is helped by the fact that the source material is so good and follows the book almost page for page.

Chronicling the return of the Batman, who at the age of 55 has been retired for some years, it follows his battle to bring order to the crime ridden streets of Gotham City. No longer as fit as he has been, and limited by both age and infirmity, he must rely on his supremely tactical mind and ability to inspire awe and fear. On the outside he is every bit as tough as he has ever been and has more of an edge, whilst on the inside he is a man who is fighting the effects of years of physical abuse on his body.

This is how you make a Batman movie and although it is split into two halves, (the second released this year), it does not suffer for it. This movie is animated very much like the graphic novel, and I love the atmosphere which is helped by a great story.

The end, where Batman absolutely creams Superman, is well worth the wait. This should have been a cinematic release and would not have suffered for it, but as a DVD set it is just as full of impact.

Into 2014

With the new Thor movie imminent, and several other international movies in the works, the rest of 2013 will be interesting for superhero fans. Hero’s, like Vampires, are a box office draw at the moment, how long this will go on is a matter open to debate. It is a debate that will stretch well into 2015 and I look forward to taking an active part in it – updating you as I go along.