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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fishing in the Discount Bin - The Wolverine

Welcome back to Fishing in the Discount Bin, my weekly ramble about one of the movies I own on some form of home media format.  This time out, we take a look at everyone's favourite mutant, The Wolverine.  This shows up in my notes at December 14, 2013.

The Wolverine Movie poster...the awesome one that looks like a Japanese print

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fishing in the Discount Bin - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III

Here we are again, Fishing in the Discount Bin.  I watch a movie and blog about it.  It's just that simple.  Today, we round out the live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trilogy with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III.  This is in my notes at December 7, 2013.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III Movie Poster

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fishing in the Discount Bin - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze

Here we are again with Fishing in the Discount Bin, where I try to turn my lazy Sundays on the couch watching DVDs into something productive.  I'm working my way through the live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and today we get to the second installment, The Secret of the Ooze.  This pops up in my notes at December 1, 2013.  

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II Movie Poster

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Fishing in the Discount Bin - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

It's that time again!  Fishing in the Discount Bin, where I watch and blog about one of the movies I own, because I have shockingly little to do on Saturday nights.  Today, we start tackling the TMNT trilogy from my junior high years with installment #1, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  This pops up in my notes at November 23, 2013.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Poster

Monday, September 01, 2014

Batman: Assault on Arkham Review

Well, it's that time again.  DC has given us another straight-to-DVD animated movie, and with my recent trip into the city, you know I just had to pick it up.  So let's take a look at....

Batman: Assault on Arkham DVD Cover

Batman: Assault on Arkham

Directed by Jay Olivia and Ethan Spaulding

Starring the voices of Kevin Conroy, Neal McDonough, Hynden Walch, Matthew Gray Gubler, Troy Baker, CCH Pounder, Greg Ellis, Giancarlo Esposito, and Jennifer Hale.

Backstory:  I think I've mentioned I'm really starting to get bored with DC Universe straight-to-video movies.  It always seems to be the same ol' Batman stories or the same ol' Superman stories.  Shine the spotlight on some of the other heroes for once!  So I like how they're trying to sneak in other heroes right now.  Like this latest one, Batman: Assault on Arkham.  Despite the name "Batman" appearing in the title, and the promise that it's based on the best-selling series of Batman: Arkham video games, it's actually a Suicide Squad movie.  The Suicide Squad was originally explained to me as the Dirty Dozen of the DCU.  Supervillains, blackmailed by the government into going on black ops missions in exchange for time off their sentences.  So how does the Suicide Squad fare in their adaptation to animation?

Plot:  The Riddler has hacked into Amanda Waller's private files, and downloaded all of Waller's data on every dirty mission the Suicide Squad has ever done.  But, before Waller's elite commandos can take down the Riddler, Batman busts in, captures the Riddler and sends him back to Arkham Asylum.  Waller is left no choice, and recruits the latest incarnation of the Suicide Squad, consisting of Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Killer Frost, Black Spider, and King Shark.  Their mission:  break into Arkham Asylum and recover the information from the Riddler.  But once they penetrate the walls of the Asylum, it becomes clear that many members of the team have their own agenda.  What is Killer Frost's secret mission?  Does Harley Quinn really seek to bust out her old flame the Joker?  And can they accomplish everything without raising the attention of Batman?

What I Liked:  It's great to finally see someone else take the lead.  Deadshot makes a surprisingly capable leader as he takes command of the Suicide Squad and does his best to fulfill the mission.  Harley Quinn is nice and crazy, and it's interesting to see her use her feminine wiles.  It's also neat to see Batman and the Joker's latest battle literally reduced to a subplot.  And the opening sequence is pretty good, too, as we see the members of the Squad getting "recruited." 

What I Didn't Like:  Not much, actually.  The action was good, but you still can't shake the "Been there, done that" feeling that's hanging over a lot of these.  And out of all these movies, this one definitely  has the most nudity, as Harley Quinn and Killer Frost seem to be taking their tops off a lot. 

Final Verdict:  A surprisingly good entry in the franchise.

3 Nibs

Bonus Features:  For bonus features, you get a running commentary from the filmmakers, a featurette on the origins and evolution of Harley Quinn, a featurette on the origins and evolution of Arkham Asylum, 4 bonus cartoons from the various DC animation projects, and a sneak peak at the next film, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, which looks to be how they're giving us an Aquaman film.