This week, got a trio of DVDs: Wild Tales, Avengers Age of Ultron, and Raising Arizona; and Cubicle 7 sent me the hardcopy of the Tenth Doctor Sourcebook for the Who RPG!
2-hour podcast about Batman v Superman: Dawn Will Never Come Because DARRRRRRKKKK!, here's a capsule review ;-). Zack Snyder's dismal lack of pacing and weak understanding of the material he wants to adapt sinks this bloated whale carcass of a film already compromised by Goyer's fatally convoluted and contrived script. And yet, I liked the actors/characters a heck of a lot (yes, even the jaded "Goddamn Batman", and top marks for Wonder Woman, now can't wait for her movie), so I wish they'd been in a better movie. Part of the problem, I think, is that Warners are in too much of a hurry to get their franchise going and the Justice League elements (including Diana, no matter how much I liked her) are awkwardly plugged in. And if like me, you're tired of Infinity Stone flashforwards in Marvel movies, you're going to hate the Apokolips/Crisis/Injustice foreshadowing in this movie; we're just not invested enough in this world yet to care about hints to something that HASN'T actually been brewing for a while. Confounding. And if you've got kids under 13, heed the PG-13 warning. It's so close to being an R, it's easy to see how the Special Edition DVD will get there (and fans of the bloat, I think it'll clock in a 3 hours!). But it's not so much that it's too violent for kids or that there's almost nudity in it, it's that the ethical questions asked will bore, confuse and repel (adults too, because the answers aren't well thought through). I think kids would want to see their heroes come alive on the big screen, but this about the failure of heroism. If Snyder wanted to do a thinking man's superhero movie, he should have started by being a thinking man himself is what I'm saying. Reach|Grasp ratio is way off.