Justice League vs Teen Titans – Really…It’s a Teen Titans Movie

What is with the recent string of versus movies in DC? Batman v Superman should have helped to prove that now people will be a bit wiser on the promise of something great. Justice League vs Teen Titans is a title that says roughly the same thing as Batman v Superman. That the film you are going to watch better have a satisfying clash between the two sides. I mean these are two of DCs well-known squads in their canon and to offer them both fighting each other, there needs to be a good reason for it. Also it is an introduction to the Teen Titans in this animated DC universe, so tying in both an origin story of new characters for a team we don’t know into some grand battle against DC’s crowning gem of a team is a bit much for an hour and twenty minute movie. Does it deliver on its namesake? Hmm that might be a difficult question and a bit too much to ask for a movie of its size or budget, I think the better question is does the movie work even with such a bloated idea for a story?

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Where I Was and Where I am Going

I thought there really wouldn’t be this many of these types of posts coming around often these days but here I am doing yet another update. Primarily this is just a response to the lack of content that has been going up on my blog (though it probably isn’t that shocking an amount of days compared to my usual post pattern). This is to address where my mindset is and what I want to do going forward.

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I’ll be honest and say first that I thank everyone who takes the time to read these things. But I have had some personal problems and gotten into a weird head space the days I have been gone this time. Having to write things on top of that was not going to make content I would be proud of and it was the first time in about 10 years that I started actively reading for fun. That was one of the oddest things I could have done. I had a lot of things cooking that I have left on the backburner because of this little stint of mine and hopefully over the course of the next week or even sooner I can start getting back to making more posts.

I feel like part of this stepping away for a bit and actually reading for a while reminded me of something I have been probably ignorant to admit about myself. I was getting bored with what I was doing and I moved away from what I started this blog for. I was moving into a conventional pattern of releasing post after post about a singular thing and attempting to shove myself into a rhythm that never worked for me. Don’t get me wrong, I stand by what I did but I felt it was another thing that I needed to do to understand what I wanted to do with myself and this blog going forward.

I want to return back to doing anime topics that I am passionate about. Going back and talking about airing anime or doing the antagonist hunt again because while those took a while to sit through specific series I enjoyed doing them. Maybe do the opening analysis again and some top 10s. What I want to do is to get in the rhythm of releasing every other day to allow myself a sense of calm rather than constantly scrambling to find new stuff to talk about. I was forgetting why I started this blog in the first place, and I need to get back to it. Which is why this week may be a bit barren for me as well but I hope to return shortly.

I think I just want to be able to make my posts more diverse or else I don’t know if I will continue to have the drive to make things. Not to say I will stop doing these film reviews, but rather I want to move back to more opinion pieces or different stuff to make me feel more invested in what I am doing. Luckily I have got my head back in it, and this post was just my way of not only letting you know I am back but to myself as most likely this post has been waiting a while to be posted since it was finished.

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So I am happy to be back and like always, don’t forget to have yourself a fantastic day!

 

Batman: Bad Blood – Mixed Signals through Dark Comedy

Family is not a bad thing to focus on, it’s what these films have been doing for the past two to mixed results. Bad Blood takes it that one step further into expanding the family and giving us some well needed time with Dick Grayson, since he was more of a side character in the first two. Though as we know by the many franchises that thrive on family as a core theme, it doesn’t always make a film an instant winner to see more in house drama. We have dealt with father and son dynamics for the past two films, and now Bad Blood wants to add in two more characters into the bat cult with their own origin stories. I understand the fact that they want to flesh out the mythos and other “bat people”, but does it make sense to add in two characters that need to be situated in with two other characters they still need to flesh out?

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Batman vs Robin – Can a Sequel Retreading Old Ground be Good?

Usually when a sequel tries to do the exact thing its predecessor does, it gets panned for it. What happens however if the predecessor was bad? If the sequel manages to fix the wrongs with the previous film and right most of the issues that plagued the original? Does that immediately forgive the sequel for retreading similar territory? While watching Batman vs Robin these were the questions swarming my head. After the previous film involving Damian Wayne and Batman, it kind of looked like all was lost with the character in this DC animated universe. With one sequel, can the right the wrongs of the previous by doing roughly the same thing but better? I mean it’s a tough question to answer, especially with numerous sequels telling us that the answer must be no. Though this one could very well beat those odds.

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Son of Batman – A Bad Note to Start On

How does one screw up the introduction of a character into a beloved mythos? Well allow Son of Batman to show you how with three easy steps! First you make sure that they have no likeable traits, make them a bloodthirsty psychopath that’ll endear him to the fans. Secondly you make sure he has that persona throughout all of the film, can’t have him showcase pesky things like kindness and growth right? And finally the third step is to make sure he only has one goal throughout the entire film and have the father figure beat you over the head with how bad that goal really is. That is how Son of Batman manages to handle Damian Wayne’s entrance into the Batman animated mythos and believe me it only takes a few scenes to prove how annoying he can get. The question I think best fits this film is that when the main character fails to entertain, does that mean the film itself is inherently bad?

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Status Update on Mega Marathon X

So I have some unfortunate news.

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I am not that good at Mega Man X. Traumatizing I know, but its the sad truth of the matter that I just don’t have it in me to die continuously while I try to binge these games to less than stellar results. I am trying to keep the content going, but unfortunately besides top ten ideas the steam is running out fast. I think I will be continuing trying to beat Mega Man X related content and post stuff well into the end of September, but it will be more in concentrated bursts like a Steven Bomb for all those who watch Steven Universe and its random release schedule.

Does that mean content may be stinted in the next few days? Yes it does as I need to think of what to do next in terms of a week of something as I wanted to do one more for summer and there will be regular content coming back shortly. But for the next few days at least I don’t think content will be returning unfortunately. I have to write the stuff and it may take a tiny bit, plus the Mega Man X games will still be completed so that may take up my time. But sadly that means the Mega Marathon X will turn into a Mega Man X Cluster from time to time.

Hopefully I will get back up to doing stuff in two days from now. To those who have followed those posts don’t worry they aren’t going away, just prolonged. I have some things planned and the next themed week will be coming up before the end of August so stay tuned. And like always don’t forget to have yourself a fantastic day!

Don’t Hang Up – Every Typical Slasher Trope this side of ATM

For those wondering, ATM was a slasher film that starred Josh Peck. Where the killer had people trapped and every known trope and cliché of a slasher film, and all the tricks involved with the technical side of things was exploited. There is a difference between that film and this film though, one was funny and the other one was just cruel and stupid. Don’t Hang Up is one of those modern day slashers that doesn’t understand that while being technically proficient, it still doesn’t mean your movie is good. Revenge films often fall prey to their own hubris that people will enjoy them for the simple fact of people not liking the characters and hoping to see them get what’s coming to them. The simple fact of torturing people out of a source of entertainment has merits if there is a point to all of this, and not just any point oh no…it needs to be a good point to make us sit through watching people suffer greatly over a prolonged period of time. So where did Don’t Hang Up fall short where ATM still manages to be watchable?

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