5. JLA:World War III
The superweapon Mageddon arrives and threatens the entire universe, and it’s up to the JLA to stop it. This would be an opportunity for the heads at DC to introduce a variety of characters at the same time, teasing future projects while giving a huge taste to fans of what to expect. The large cast would have to be cut down, but DC would have editing room to exclude anyone not necessary to the main story.
4. Justice League of America: The Tornado’s Path
Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman meet to vote on new members of the JLA. This can be a great setup story minus the Red Tornado storyline, which can be removed totally. The dialogue between the three heroes is what would make this a great joy to see on screen. The writing by best selling thriller writer Brad Meltzer really captures the personalities of these iconic characters and can be used to craft their screen presence in the DC movie universe.
3.Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman: Trinity
Witness the birth of a legendary alliance as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman join forces to battle Ra’s al Ghul who enlists the aid of the clone of Superman, known as Bizarro, and the deadly rogue Amazon Artemis. This story, which focuses on the big three, gives a balanced view into each character’s back story by putting them up against each of their arch nemisises. The understanding of each hero can be deeply explored and uncovered as the potential dark side of each is showcased in physical form.
2.Identity Crisis (Brad Meltzer)
When the spouse of a JLA member is brutally murdered, the entire super-hero community searches for the killer, fearing their own loved ones may be the next targets! Once again, best selling author Brad Meltzer writes a stunning story that showcases the human side of the world’s greatest heroes in a who-done-it for the ages. The thriller structure could make the movie version a unique film that would entertain a wide audience and allow the world’s greatest detective a chance to live up to his name.
1.Justice (Alex Ross and Jim Krueger)
Criminal masterminds act together but with a surprising plan that causes the public to believe they are fighting for a Utopian society. The anti Superman story arc can be further extended to include Batman by presenting other powerful beings making an effort to solve the world’s problems. This story of villains with apocalyptic visions would provide an epic story for a newly formed JLA.
Daniel Ortiz Rants on: The Nun
A priest with a haunted past and a novice on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate the death of a young nun in Romania and confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.
Before I get into this review, lets talk briefly about The Conjuring cinematic universe. Now, the first Conjuring, I didn’t find it scary, but I did find it very entertaining. The second Conjuring I found to be pretty creepy. Both of these movies were directed by James Wan who also directed Insidious 1 & 2. When it comes to horror, some of his stories have continuity problems, and plot conveniences, but the man really knows how to utilize creepiness and maintain real and unexpected jump scares. It gets you invested in the movie based on fear alone. He’s so good at it, he was able to spawn spinoff films, first with the Annabelle series and now with The Nun.
The problem is that he doesn’t lend his directorial skills to these extended films, and well…they end up falling flat. I will give credit to Annabelle 2: Uprising (as I like to call it). It was better than the first one, but it was definitely no masterpiece.
Now with that brief history of the CCU (as I like to call it) out of the way, lets keep the critique of The Nun short and sweet. It was doo doo.
At the very least I assumed that the film would touch on some things that would play against my faith, but this felt like a story that even Catholics would say, “Dude, you guys have some great imaginations!” It felt entirely too tame, extremely predictable and the story was way too outlandish.
The characters were boring, bland and unforgettable. The demon nun was even boring and lacked a coherent or credible background story. It made me realize that you can take the same character, and one Director make magic it while the other makes smoke and mirrors.
Lets keep the critique of The Nun short and sweet. It was doo doo.
The jump-scares were literally stand-scares. I predicted every single moment that was supposed to be a, “catch you off guard” scare scene, and found myself highly annoyed by the trope of following an ambiguous figure pacing vigorously away from the main protagonists while the protagonist chased them down some dark corridor or smoky forest.
As usual, they try to tie this back to the original Conjuring movie, but it was weak, and you barely remember the original scene in the first place.
Overall Grade: D
It wasn’t good. That’s the end all of it. I would suggest staying home and re-watching The Conjuring 1 & 2. You will get much more out of watching these films. I would also suggest leaving these cinematic universes to Marvel and D.C……just Marvel.
Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Director: Corin Hardy
New Line Cinema
1 hour 36 minutes
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“Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan with the help of a white surrogate, who eventually becomes head of the local branch.”
Spike Lee’s work has always taken a unique look at the black perspective in America. His earlier works were filled with social commentary that tended to put a magnifying glass on the racial turmoil and bleakness of the black experience. He found a way to make humor out of every day circumstances, then blend it seamlessly with an overall message of human nature within race relations whether good or very bad.
Unfortunately, his later works have suffered a lack of that perfect blend. They often shift tones so rapidly, his audience can’t comprehend what type of emotion to investment in. I feel that this film suffers from that extreme tone shift.
Not only does the story lack a certain cohesion, there wasn’t any true sense of danger the audience could feel the protagonists were in. The interpretation of the Klansmen was so inept, they failed to do simple things like search a new recruit for a wire or do a thorough background check. Now, I never want to give any credit to the KKK, but one would think a criminal organization such as this one would take the necessary measures to make sure their prospects were legit.
The acting was somewhat decent, but often the levels of racism seemed cartoonish and more ignorant than threatening. Even the character of Ron Stallworth came off as a 90’s black comedian impersonating a white man (even when he wasn’t on the phone). I don’t blame this on the actors but more on the direction.
The racism seemed cartoonish and more ignorant than threatening.
Spike Lee also added commentary in the middle and after the movie that was loosely related to the overall story and once again switch emotional tones between funny moments and brutal stories of racial tensions in America. The soundtrack also seemed to be off. Serious moments weren’t reflected in what we heard and this is integral to creating urgency within the viewer.
Overall Grade: C
Even with my harsh rant, I don’t think its a bad watch. I actually encourage folks to go see this movie for the historical relevance. I just think that the constant shift in tone, sound and emotions muddy down what would otherwise be considered a pretty bad-ass story.
Biography, Comedy, Crime
Director: Spike Lee
2 hour 15 minutes
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‘Sorry to Bother You’ Just Might
It’s impossible to review Boots Riley’s directorial debut Sorry to Bother You without giving too much away. Before I spoil the surprises, let me say there is much to like about this surrealist dark comedy even as the film tries to toss you from the roller-coaster at regular intervals.
Cassius Green, the young African-American telemarketer played by Lakeith Stanfield, learns that faking a white voice on the phone is the only way to make money when cold calling. David Cross supplies the overdubbed white voice.
The thought of unionizing with his underpaid co-workers is thrown out the window when Cassius is promoted to Power Caller. Power Callers sell a whole different product – a work/life opportunity called WorryFree that is ostensibly slave labor. This doesn’t sit well with his unionizing friends, nor his artist/activist girlfriend Detroit, played by the impure-thought-inducing Tessa Thompson. Cassius has a choice to make that becomes clearer as the plot dives into absolute absurdity.
Nothing may prepare you for the half-horse half-human workhorses that show up in the third act.
Nothing may prepare you for the half-horse half-human workhorses that show up in the third act. Their B-movie bodies (replete with certain horse-like appendages) steal any bit of nuance from the story.
Armie Hammer plays Steve Lift, CEO of WorryFree, with a keen interest in leveraging Cassius as a “Martin Luther King type” workhorse he can control from the inside. Yes, there’s something to offend anyone that doesn’t know how to digest satire – from Detroit’s Murder Murder Murder earrings, to one dimensional white villains, an orgy scene, a two worded rap, and more horse peen than you can shake a stick at.
Yet it somehow works, at least for me. Reminds me of a time in the late eighties to mid-nineties when movies could be looser, made on the cheap, and weren’t expected to gross a hundred million dollars to be successful. Sorry to Bother You cost a little over three million and has made about fifteen as of this writing.
I’m not saying Boots Riley’s debut is comparable to, say, Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It, but it does set the stage for his Do The Right Thing.
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