Posts Tagged ‘ Batman ’

Is Piracy Responsible For The Failings Of Expendables 3?

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Prior to its cinematic release, The Expendables 3 was discovered to have been leaked online. The high quality screener copy of the film was quickly snapped up by hungry pirates all over the world, ready for their fix of blood, violence and quippy one-liners. Lionsgate, the distribution company, immediately reacted by demanding sites be taken down and the torrent removed. But, as with all things on the internet, once it is online it is staying there and the screener is still available to many internationally.

Huge torrent sites, such as Kick Ass, have removed the film entirely from their sites fearing more vigorous attacks from Lionsgate through the courts. The company has seen the film underachieve at the box office, and the current consensus is that this is due to piracy. The matter of financial gain versus quality art is more apparent than ever in the modern industry, and regardless of personal feelings towards the act of piracy it is becoming a more and more heavily debated social topic. Are the pirates ruining the film industry? Or is the greed of the Hollywood system destroying film? All films require profit to be a success in the eyes of the production company, and many of the lower budget films released do not have the financial backing to stand up to the economic consequences of piracy. The Expendables 3 may be a big budget, Hollywood picture filled to the rafters with A-Listers, but that does not mean piracy will not negatively effect the future of the much loved action franchise. Further, if Lionsgate, who have the financial means to attack the sites, and are able to do so, then legally they are within their right. More so, being more powerful in terms of financial backing they have a responsibility to do so to protect themselves and smaller budget films and companies. But is piracy to blame for a fall in the film’s box office success? Or is piracy merely a scapegoat for the failings of a bad movie? Our critics review is available to read here. Continue reading

The First Annual Academy Of Super Hero Film Awards

No matter how you feel about it, Thor : The Dark World was the final super hero/comic film in one of the biggest years for super films ever, still not a patch on last year but it was never going to be. Knowing that and seeing as we’re heading into award season I felt that now was the time to take 2013’s best comic films and dole out awards in the same categories as the Academy Awards but limit the field to comic book movies. Please comment below with your criticisms of my picks and feel free to pick your own. Oh and if you can pretend Kevin Smith is hosting it too that would be great.

Best Actor – Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine)

ImageThis was probably the closest call I had to make when compiling my list. On one hand we had Henry Cavill turning in a star making performance in Man of Steel, one which is going to walk him into a lot of high profile movie roles. On the other we had Hugh Jackman, Robert Downey JR and Chris Hemsworth returning to the roles they made famous but in grittier sequels. Even though I feel Cavill is the best acted Superman (not the most iconic yet though), I feel overall Hugh Jackman gave the best performance as a super hero this year. He took all the great features we have loved from his Wolverine over the past 13 years and added new layers of pain, regret and realism. It was his best outing as the razor clawed mutant and was the perfect precursor to the amazing looking X-men : Days Of Future Past. Continue reading

Top 10: Movie Psychopaths

Off the heels of my review of Psycho  where I went in depth about my love of movie psychopaths I thought it could be interesting to do my top 10 movie psychopaths list. The criteria are they have to have appeared in a movie but can have appeared in other media and must conform to this definition of a psychopath “a person with an antisocial personality disorder, manifested in aggressive, perverted, criminal, or amoral behaviour without empathy or remorse”. With all those formalities out of the way lats kick it off! (Warning spoilers) Continue reading

Ben Affleck To Star In Next Bat Flick

batmanThe question that has been repeated almost to an extent of nausea ever since Comic-Con this year has finally been answered with the revelation that Ben Affleck is to be the new Batman. Many people have been left flabbergasted at the choice with stars such as Armie Hammer, Jon Hamm and even for a time Orlando Bloom rumored to take up the cape and cowl. Alot of criticism has been poured out over the internet by fan boys incensed Warner Brothers and Zack Snyder could come to such a decision. With the negatives of this decision plastered all over social media let me present you with some positives before the four horsemen of the apocalypse are sighted filling over Warner brothers. Continue reading

Deadpool Review (Rated 18+)

Not your conventional superhero…

Through the years, licensed games have become something of a tainted chalice in the video game industry. Be they movie tie ins, comic book adaptations etc they have always had that one common trait; they’ve been pure and utter garbage. There has been some diamonds in the rough for sure, but until Batman Arkham Asylum in 2009, things looked like they would never change. Arkham City followed two years later and a half decent Wolverine game appeared in between and for the most part it looks like licensed titles are getting a bit more care and attention (see the last two Transformers titles, the non-movie tie in Spiderman games and more). The latest licensed game to come along then is the curious beast that is Deadpool and to be honest, it’s a tough one to call. Continue reading

Batman And Superman To Unite In Film Spectacular

Warner Bros. Studio has revealed plans to unite Superman and Batman in one movie. Director Zack Snyder will bring together the two superheroes on the big screen for the first time.

Snyder is co-writing the story with David S. Goyer, who will then pen the screenplay. The movie is set to begin production in 2014 and will release in 2015. Continue reading

Worst Superhero Movies Ever

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Fresh from completing his latest comic book venture “Velvet”, author Stephen Coffey reveals his worst superhero movies ever having already paid tribute to the greatest  ever made.

As Superheroes are expected to dominate this years box office, with Superman returning to our silver screens under the name Man of Steel (I’m sure that at some point someone in Hollywood will place Superman before that title, in case people don’t realise that it’s a Superman movie, sigh). With Thor 2, Iron Man 3, and GI Joe 2 coming along it’s time we look back at some of the low points of the Superhero/Comic movies that have assaulted our eyes.

As with my top ten this list is based on the movies that I have seen and are in no particular order.  I won’t respond to any comments or arguments, this is my list and my opinion, you are as always entitled to your own.  Continue reading

Top Ten Superhero Movies

When I was asked to compile this list of the top ten Superhero movies, it left me perplexed.  Should I write down the box office hits?  Anyone can look that up on boxofficemojo.com or should I write down the fan favourites?  Truth be told EVERY Comic Book and Superhero fan would have a different 10 movies and in a different order.

So, since this is my article and since I have my own top ten that is what you are going to get. Continue reading

Death Penalty Looms For Batman Killer But Is It Justifiable?

America got its first glimpse of James Holmes on Monday as the man believed to have murdered 12 people and injured at least 58 in a mass shooting at a Colorado movie theatre made his first appearance in court.

Holmes (24) stands accused of bursting into a midnight screening of the latest Batman movie in the Denver suburb of Aurora and shooting his victims, the youngest of which was six.

He also left behind a booby-trapped apartment filled with homemade bombs. When arrested he reportedly told police he was the Batman villain the Joker, who also has coloured hair.

In a small courtroom packed with media, relatives of the dead and injured, and even some of the walking wounded themselves, Holmes sported a shock of dyed orange hair and a prison jump suit.

His hands were cuffed and he did not say a word. He did not seem to look at his victims, either staring straight ahead or looking at his feet. He had been brought into the building via an underground tunnel from a next-door jail, where he is being held in solitary confinement and is on suicide watch.

One possible sentence for college dropout Holmes if found guilty is the death penalty, something which has been handed down in Colorado for lesser crimes.

Here Irish News Review contrasts the arguments for and against executing the now notorious Batman killer.

For-Glenn Dowd (Editor, Irish News Review)

I have never advocated the death penalty but over the past year my mindset has been forced to change a little due to the atrocities carried out by people such as Holmes and Anders Behring Breivik, both of whom I believe should be executed. A life for a life or rather in their cases twelve lives for a life or seventy seven lives for a life.

The manner in which Holmes acted was cunning, devious and downright evil. How anybody can bring such carnage to the world is despicable. Furthermore, what sort of a man can live knowing that he has murdered twelve people, including a six year old. Holmes heinous acts clearly showed what is wrong with American society. Anybody can be granted access to weaponry with relevant ease. The American government have themselves to blame for this latest catastrophe.

America is synonymous with gun crazed morons who have etched themselves into history for all the wrong reasons. The death penalty has befelled some of them but not all of them. Holmes has shocked the world with his actions and on a personal level I have been sickened by his endless depths of evil. Some media outlets have suggested that the perpetrator may in fact be insane but how often have we seen insanity used as a get out clause in murder cases? Should this plea of insanity decrease the severity of the punishment handed down to Holmes? In the real world the answer would be no but then again we don’t live in the real world.

The victims’ families will no doubt be split over what they feel is adequate punishment for Holmes. Some believe his actions will warrant execution while others will hold that life imprisonment will do them justice as he will be left to rot and ponder his actions in a prison cell for the rest of his life. But in this instance I don’t agree that Holmes should be sentenced to life imprisonment.

The families will discuss what they feel is adequate punishment with the state authorities and will seek to find closure fast. There is no definitive way of doing this and views will conflict but in my opinion if there is any justice in this world the state of Colorado will ultimately serve Holmes with notice of his execution.

Against-Tara Cunningham (Reporter, Irish News Review) 

Personally, I don’t think he should, not because I believe he will feel remorse for the outcome of his actions, nor because I believe that he can be treated for his insanity, but because death is a simpler option in my view, a ‘get out of jail free card’ some would say.

The simplest example which I can liken it too is the action of ripping off a band aid. If you rip it off at the fastest possible speed, the impact and pain is minimal. If you slowly peel that band aid off, little by little the pain intensifies, until it is somewhat unbearable. In my view, for the criminal involved, the death penalty is an easier solution, a less painful solution, as opposed to day by day facing up to the crime you have committed, and facing a long slow life dealing with it. As simplistic as that analogy is, I believe it to have some veracity.

The death penalty debate has been at the forefront of international media for countless years.  They say to take a life when a life has been lost is revenge, but it is not justice and I would indeed agree. Yes, it gives the victims who survived and the families of those who didn’t the revenge they want for the unbearable hurt they must now carry with them for the rest of their days, but does it aid the healing process? No, it merely removes the culprit from the earth, but leaves emotional scares which last for eternity. The victims and their families need justice, not revenge. Justice is making the guilty face up to their crimes, and James Holmes should face life imprisonment for the heinous massacre in Colorado. Life imprisonment in which every day he is reminded of the damage, destruction and the pain he caused. He needs to realise that his actions were immoral, and he will not realise that if he faces the death penalty, an option that will end his suffering and mental struggle.

It is my opinion that the driving force behind the notion that retribution is immoral is that it is just a sanitised form of vengeance. Howling mobs attacking prison, chanting outside the prison in which the accused is due to be executed, suggests anger, unresolved anger, inability to forgive and does suggest that vengeance remains the foremost reason behind the public’s support of capital punishment. But those angry mobs must realise that for all they chant and hurl abuse at the offender, their anger or inability to forgive will not subside the minute Holmes faces the death penalty. It will not subside until they address the horrific actions which they were faced with in that cinema, or the devastating news they received about their loved ones soon after. Vengeance must be separated from your desire for justice. Vengeance doesn’t make the hurting stop, knowing however that justice has been sought, and a life imprisonment order imposed on the accused, will aid the recovery process as you know that not only do you have to face this every day, that the accused will too.

The death penalty provides insufficient retribution, whereas life imprisonment without the possibility of parole can be a greater source of suffering to the offender after a short period of time in imprison. It may be also interesting to note that the death penalty leads to a brutalisation of society, and an increase in the murder rate. For example, statistics have shown that in the USA more murders have taken place in states where capital punishment is allowed. According to the FBI the murder rate difference between death penalty and non death penalty states rose from 4% in 1990 to 44% in 2003. Therefore the threat of the death penalty does not deter these atrocious crimes, and disturbed individuals from carrying out acts of terror in the future.

When we think of James Holmes, and his actions, we are drawn to the conclusion, that for a person to conduct such an inhumane act that they must be insane. Has he a guilty mind? Surely if a person hasn’t a guilty mind, why punish them for actions they were not aware that they were doing. They clearly need help – by this I do not mean in any terms that he ever be let free, but people suffering from insanity need to be confined to mental institutions, for the safety of the public.

There is one question that remains, and is burning in the minds of everyone, why did James Holmes do this? It appears that there was premeditation, a number of calculated moves and a degree of intellectual intelligence for this massacre to transpire. As he stepped into the courtroom on Monday we saw a man slipping in and out of consciousness, lost in his head. The bleak reality is you can’t look into the face of a killer and know his heart or his mind. We see a murder, an obsessed character, obsessed with the Joker, wanting to play out the villain from an earlier Batman movie but as we watch him, we also see the images of the 12 dead splashed across the media, and for this Holmes must pay the price. But is that price the death penalty?

The decision will be made in consultation with victims’ families – but bear in mind, ripping the band aid quickly is often painful for the offender, the death penalty will shorten his suffering and mental anguish following the realisation of what he has done, but it won’t shorten the suffering of the victims’ families. Short term vengeance is not always the answer, James Holmes deserves to be reminded every day for the rest of his life what he did, the hurt and pain he caused, and not be faced with the easy option – after all for him, the easiest option now is the death penalty.

 

A Real Life Villain

We all know the villain from the movies… the vacant eyes, yet a face of terror, responsible for the most heinous of crimes. We are shielded from their acts by a cinema screen, a half eaten box of popcorn perhaps or the human shield you’re sitting next to in the comfort lined cinema seats. We’ve all been there; if you dare to admit it or not, I’m sure there was that one movie, that one scene, which ignited an element of fear within you.

Unfortunately, for the packed cinema in Colorado last Friday, at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, the villain that came to life that night was not one from the movies, but a real life villain. An incident, that within minutes resulted in the shooting dead of 12 people and causing injury to 58 others.  A man dressed in body armour and toting three guns opened fire at the midnight screening of the Batman movie. Moments after the massacre this man was apprehended.

President Obama was due to visit the town to meet victims and their families last night. This atrocity will now serve as a reminder for the President that the issue of gun control in America is one of grave salience and one which needs to be addressed immediately.

Today, that suspected gunman made his first court appearance, refusing to talk about the reasoning behind the shootings, a massacre which is undoubtedly one of the worst in US history. Police are still searching for the motive which led him to this terrible onslaught.

As the suspect sat in court, courtesy of the TV screen, the rest of the world were today sheltered from this villain; dressed in a red jailhouse jump suit, with bright red dyed hair, his glare fixated straight ahead – James Holmes, a real life villain, and one that will now haunt Colorado for life. He will face at least 71 charges, one for each victim, and may face the death penalty.

In the movies, the villains are also tried at the end, but it is then the happily ever after ensues, but not this time, the bleak realism for the people of Colorado is no happy ending, it’s a heartbreaking tale of a packed cinema screening that ended in tragedy, a tragedy that will remain with Colorado for years to come.

To the twelve victims of the Colorado Massacre– Rest In Peace.