Thursday, July 14, 2016

Ghostbusters (2016)


A couple of things...

A big fat suck it to those whiny little 'men' who bitched about how having females in lead roles would destroy the universe. Fuck you and the frozen dinner you eat as you sit on your single bed from Ikea and type stupid sexist comments on the internet down in your mother's basement. MUM GET OFF THE PHONE I'M ON THE INTERNET.

A big fat tear to Paul Feig for putting a bronze bust of Harold Ramis near the Dean's office *sob*

A big fat OH MY FRIKKEN SWEET JEEBUS MOTHER OF BACON AND CAT VIDEOS THIS IS AMAZING.

Things I learnt: Mike Hat is a cool name for a dog; don't compare Andy Garcia to the Mayor from Jaws; the power of Patty compells you!

Yes.
Yes out of yes.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Conjuring 2


It's been five weeks since I stepped foot in a cinema. I was on holidays then I got sick for a couple of weeks but now I'm back DAMMIT! And just my luck, a horror film was released today; it was meant to be.

The Conjuring 2 was directed by James Wan (all horror films from the last thirteen years), who co-wrote the screenplay with the Hayes boys, Chad and Carey. They also wrote the first installment of The Conjuring. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) are back investigating the paranormal. It's the 1970s, see, and people are wearing corduroy and listening to Elvis.

The Warrens are called to investigate the possible paranormal happens of a house. This is not just any house. This is The Amityville Horror house. If you haven't seen the film based on the real murders of the DeFeo family, I'll wait here for you while you do. Watch the 1979 version, not the remake. And, for the love of bacon, don't watch any of the sequels. OK, good.

So, Lorraine goes into the basement of the DeFeo house and sees a demon dressed in a Nun's habit. This scares the bejeebus out of her. There's also a creepy 70s kid.

Worst family photo ever.

Later in 1977, a family in Enfield, England are also having paranormal happenings that need investigating.

Eleven year-old Janet Hodgson (Madison Wolfe - Keanu) and her fourteen year-old sister Margaret (Lauren Esposito) are playing around with a home-made Ouija board. They ask questions but get no answers. Everyone goes to bed. Film over. Done.

Janet wakes up in the middle of the night on the lounge room floor in front of a creepy-looking leather arm chair. She thinks she was just sleepwalking. Later, she hears loud knocks at her door.

 Don't let the Westboro Baptist Church do your decorating.

The following things happen in no particular order:
  • Toy turns itself on and makes noise but doesn't wake up anyone else in the house. 
  • Kid's teepee made out of sheets.
  • Loud noises.
  • Flickering lights.
  • Shaking beds.
 Janet starts channeling a cranky old man called Bill (Bob Adrian - 12 Monkeys). When Janet tries to watch The Goodies on the telly, Bill changes the channel to watch Margaret Thatcher give a speech. The Hodgson's are being haunted by the ghost of a Tory who steals the TV remote. Now that is scary.

Their mother Penny (Francis O'Connor - Cleverman) turns to her priest for help. He gets in contact with the Warrens.

Bless this cupboard.

James Wan has carved out a big chunk of the horror genre since Saw was released in 2003. Thankfully, his films are generally of a better quality that a lot of others out there. One of his other franchises, Insidious, is also well done. Although there is one thing that bugged me with all this. Patrick Wilson stars in The Conjuring and Insidious so I couldn't remember if his character was the same in both films, were they connected somehow? The answers are no and no. I just have a terrible memory when it comes to horror films (insert plug for my #EpicHorrorMovieRewatch). It's a small quibble but it did take me away from the story trying to work it out.

Madison Wolfe must be awarded with Best Performance in a Horror Film or something like that. She was absolutely brilliant. Wolfe was twelve at the time of filming and already has eighteen credits on imdb. Frikken wow. Her terror was palpable.

 Heeeeeere's Janet!

The Conjuring 2 is a good horror flick. It takes a lot for me to say that but I really enjoyed this one. Granted, it lost me about an hour in but the third act was gripping and kept me engaged for the remainder of the film. Some of the film went back and forth from the Amityville case and the Enfield case and I could have watched full movies on both of those cases. I did groan a little when I saw the word 'Amityville' on the screen, purely because there have been so many shit sequels, but I was excited with what they did with that story. I can't remember if the Warrens were depicted in the 1979 film but I'm just about to watch it to find out.

Yes, there were tropes aplenty and some cheap scares but the story was interesting. That is what matters. There was also a dog who rang a bell at the door when it had to go outside to pee.

For the record, James Wan's current muses, Ed and Lorraine Warren, have investigated many more cases so I'm sure there will be many more films about them.

I don't know if this is part of a marketing campaign but the actual Amityville House is on the market again. So if you want to live in the murder house, apply within.

Things I learnt: Don't buy a fully-furnished house; home-made Ouija boards are just as good as ones from the store; don't turn off The Goodies.

Boo.
Seven out of ten.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Mr Robot

Hey peeps, I wrote this review for a uni assessment thing and I like the series so much I thought I'd post it here as well. It's a bit longer than my usual posts but I'm sure you'll be fine with that. If not, then whatevs man, I'm not your mum.




‘Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank; give a man a bank and he can rob the world.’
                                                                                                  -Tyrell Wellick.
Hello, friend.
If you could wipe all of your debt, would you do it? Not just your debt but your family’s, your friend’s, their families, would you do it? If you could, would you take down the monstrous corporations and the banks? The corporations that have taken over our lives? That don’t pay any tax? The banks that gave home loans to people who couldn’t afford them? Who forced millions of people out of their homes and their jobs? The question really isn’t would you do it, but rather how could you not? Similar to David Fincher’s 1999 film Fight Club, this is the crux of the television series Mr Robot (2015- current).
Mr Robot was created by Sam Esmail, an Egyptian-American, who originally planned for the project to be a feature-length film. This all changed as he was writing the script. In an interview with Forbes’ Merrill Barr, Esmail said, ‘When I got to Page 90 and I was still halfway through Act 1 that’s when I decided, “OK. This can be a television show.”’
Elliot Alderson. Just a tech.
The series follows Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek – Need for Speed), one of the most compelling and complex characters I’ve seen on television in a long time. Elliot is a hoodie-wearing IT specialist with a cocktail of personality disorders who works as a tech at a large cyber security company, Allsafe. Allsafe’s major client is E Corp—think Google, Microsoft, and Apple all combined into one massive, multi-billion dollar company that permeates every aspect of our lives. Elliot meets up with some computer hackers, led by Mr Robot (Christian Slater – Mind Games), who are trying to find a way to hack into E Corp’s systems, take the company down, and the banks with it. The problem is, Elliot is also a paranoid schizophrenic and has trouble distinguishing between reality and his hallucinations.
The season begins with a black screen; we hear Elliot’s voice. ‘Hello, friend,’ he says. Then, ‘Maybe I should give you a name. You’re only in my head, I should remember that.’ He tells us about the giant conglomerates that run the world and the powerful men in charge who play God. He also tells us that he thinks he’s being followed. Elliot talks to us throughout the series via voice-over. He lets us into his mind, tells us his thoughts. He thinks we exist.
The top one percent of the top one percent
We first see Elliot in Ron’s Coffee Shop somewhere in New York City. It’s late. He sits down at a table in front of a man and starts talking. The man is the shop’s owner, Ron (Samrat Chakrabar – Equity). Elliot knows a lot about Ron—his real name, his family, and more importantly, his Wi-Fi password. Elliot also knows that Ron deals in child pornography because Elliot hacked Ron’s computer.  Elliot hacks everyone’s computer. Elliot has Ron’s incriminating evidence in a file. Ron thinks Elliot is blackmailing him and offers him money, but as the police arrive at the coffee shop in response to Elliot’s anonymous tip, Elliot walks out the door and says, ‘I don’t give a shit about money.’
Ron (right) is about to be arrested
At work the next day Elliot’s boss Gideon Goddard (Michel Gill – House of Cards) tells Elliot that Allsafe was hacked the night before. Elliot, Gideon, and Elliot’s childhood friend Angela Moss (Portia Doubleday – Mr Sunshine) are about to have a meeting with Chief Technology Officer for E Corp, Terry Colby (Bruce Altman – Show Me a Hero) to find out what how the hack happened. Although Colby is CTO of the largest tech company in the world, Colby is a dolt. So too are the rest of his team, except one, Tyrell Wellick (Martin Wallström – 100 Code), E Corp’s Senior Vice President of Technology. From our first brief encounter with Tyrell, it’s clear to see that he actually knows what he’s talking about. Tyrell takes an interest in Elliot. A kindred spirit perhaps?
Elliot has also hacked his therapist, Krista (Gloria Reuben – Falling Skies). He lies to her and hides his true self. He tells her that he’s not seeing men in black following him anymore. He tells her that he’s taking his medication; that he’s being social. In reality, he is broken.
At the end of the day Elliot goes home and feeds his fish, Qwerty. He sits in the corner and cries. He asks us, ‘What do normal people do when they get this sad?’ Elliot takes morphine.
Elliot. Alone.
Later that night, Elliot meets a man on a train. On his jacket is a patch that says ‘Mr Robot’. He tells Elliot to follow him; he does. Inside an abandoned amusement arcade in Coney Island hides fsociety, a group of hackers with the goal to take down the banks and wipe everyone’s debt. One of the hackers, Darlene (Carly Chaikin – Suburgatory), talks to Elliot as if she has known him for a long time, but he tells us he doesn’t know her. Is he telling us the truth?
Elliot meets Mr Robot
Elliot is intrigued by the group and their Robin Hood ideology but he doesn’t know if they even exist. He asks us, ‘That didn’t just happen, right? This is a delusion. Is this a delusion? Shit, I’m schizo.’ He has another discussion about the way of the world with Mr Robot. ‘Are you a one or a zero?’ Mr Robot asks. ‘Are you a yes or a no?’ Elliot is a one, he agrees to help fsociety.
The first thing they need to do in order to get the ball rolling is frame E Corp CTO Terry Colby for hacking Allsafe. Elliot’s position at the cyber security company will give them all the access they need.
Like the real-world hacking organisation Anonymous, fsociety uploads videos to Youtube about things we all know but don’t do anything about. We’re all crumbling under debt. We’re all captives. Like Anonymous, the people we see in these videos wear masks.
As the season progresses we also spend more time with Tyrell Wellick. Born in Sweden, Tyrell could easily be mistaken for Bret Eason Ellis’ Patrick Bateman. Impeccably dressed with razor-sharp focus Tyrell, like Bateman, also has a vicious streak—every so often he beats up a homeless man and gives him money in return. Tyrell’s pregnant wife, Joanna (Stephanie Corneliussen – Legends of Tomorrow), is as ambitious as Lady Macbeth. Tyrell wants the position of Chief Technology Officer that has been vacant since Colby was arrested by the FBI.  The couple are used to getting what they want and go to great lengths to achieve their goals. But, as those great English philosophers, The Rolling Stones say, you can’t always get what you want.
Tyrell and Joanna Wellick
The series attends to other characters quite generously as well. We get to know them, their dreams, their flaws.
Darlene is trying to organise a group of Chinese hackers known as the Dark Army to support them. The group is headed up by the mysterious White Rose (B.D. Wong - Gotham). The Dark Army are hesitant and require a lot of persuading.
Angela loses her job at Allsafe. Later she breaks up with her boyfriend and co-worker Ollie (Ben Rappaport – The Good Wife) after finding out he was cheating on her. Laden with student debt, she has to move back in with her father in New Jersey.
Darlene (left) and Angela
Shayla (Frankie Shaw – Mixology) is Elliot’s neighbour and drug dealer. She has an abusive boyfriend, Fernando (Elliot Villar – Gotham). Elliot hacks his computer and gives another anonymous tip to the police. When Fernando is sent to jail for drug dealing, Elliot and Shayla grow close. Elliot even calls her his girlfriend. Unfortunately, Fernando is released and wants revenge.
Mr Robot truly is an outstanding production and as I write this, I’m watching it for the fifth time. Or is it the sixth? It’s not often I say this, but everything about it is perfect: the casting, the plot, characters, direction. Everything. Hands down, Mr Robot was my favourite new show of 2015.
Rami Malek’s Elliot is alien-like. He looks at the world as if he’s constantly trying to make sense of it. He thinks of people as if they are computer systems. His delusions become contagious—how can we be sure that what we’re seeing is real? So too does his paranoia, but we should all be a little paranoid in the age of the Internet of Things. Shouldn’t we?
Elliot is as unreliable as unreliable narrators get. Near the end of the season a bombshells are dropped which force us to question what we’ve been watching all this time. No spoilers, I wouldn’t do that to a friend, but they will make you watch the whole series again to look for clues.
When Elliot speaks to us he refers to the company E Corp as ‘Evil Corp’. As soon as we hear him say that, everyone else in the story world calls it Evil Corp as if to solidify the fact that we are experiencing this as part of Elliot’s psyche.
Evil Corp through Elliot’s eyes
The prescient narrative seems to have been ripped out of the headlines. If this were set IRL (in real life), Mr Robot and his team of hackers would have been protesting during Occupy Wall Street. They would be committing DOS (Denial of Service) attacks alongside Anonymous. They would be cheering at Bernie Sanders’ rallies. Aren’t we all desperately waiting for something like this to happen? The problem is that we’re all waiting for someone else to do it. Well, friend, are you a one or a zero?
To convey a level of authenticity to the hacks, showrunner Sam Esmail hired a former FBI cyber security officer as a consultant to write the lines of computer code that gets displayed on computer screens. Gone are the days of CPUs filled with scrolling green, random digits; Mr Robot’s hacks are legit. The actors even type real code instead of banging away at the keyboard.

Real code created by real hackers
One aspect of the show I must draw your attention to, friend, is the cinematography by Tod Campbell (Sleepy Hollow) and Tim Ives (Girls). At first glance, Mr Robot could easily be one of David Fincher’s films. Fincher’s trademark colour-grading manipulates the images; he uses green for Fight Club, yellows for Zodiac, blues for The Social Network, beiges for Gone Girl. The same technique is used here; we see a distorted view of Elliot in mostly yellow tones, the coldness of the office at Allsafe is enhanced with blues and greys.
Elliot in amber
Esmail told Brian Lowry from Variety, ‘The thing about the show is that it’s very specific visually. There’s a certain aesthetic and a certain style that I want the show to have.’
Composition and framing techniques go against traditional conventions, much like the character of Elliot himself. Elliot, the hero of the story, wants to save the world but does not see himself as a hero. Instead of being in the centre of our screen and the main focus of our attention, he hides in the corners of the frame where he thinks we won’t notice him. Small. Inconspicuous. Off-kilter.
Elliot hides in the corner of the frame
At times, the arrogance of Tyrell demands our attention. His face fills the screen as he prepares himself for an interview, slapping his own face when he messes up a well-rehearsed line. Other times, when he is more vulnerable, he also shrinks in size.
Things don’t go well for Tyrell
Esmail discusses these symbolic, stylistic choices in a conversation with Alan Sepinwall, ‘In episode 6, which had some of the most beautiful framing, especially this one scene with Tyrell and Scott, and he's framed so low in the frame, and I thought, "That's genius, because it's almost like he's neck-deep and drowning. The conference room is all above him."’
Tyrell is confronted by Scott (Brian Stokes Mitchell – Glee)
Anthony Casanova has edited a spectacular video highlighting how shots are framed here.
This first season of Mr Robot ran for ten episodes and won multiple awards including a Golden Globe for Best Television Series - Drama and a Peabody Award at the 75th Peabody Awards. For his role as Elliot, Malek won the 2016 Critic’s Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series, and co-star Christian Slater won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-series or TV Film. USA Network was so confident with Mr Robot they approved a second season before the first episode had aired.
Sam Esmail (3rd right) with cast at the 2016 Golden Globes
Bonus features on the season one DVD box set include a deleted scene from episode 8 that is really, really short, so short you have to wonder why they bothered popping it in! A gag reel, which is always a welcomed edition on any DVD; and the obligatory ‘Making Of’. The short documentary has interviews with cast members and Sam Esmail.
In an interview Esmail says, “My background is I’m just a nerd at heart. I had actually started an internet company during the whole internet boom and my friends were programmers. Some of them were hackers. And I just never felt it was represented well in television or film.” Looking back now at films like Hackers (1995) and Antitrust (2001) it’s easy to see what he’s talking about. The use of technology has never been portrayed well; it’s always been visually dumbed down and explained in basic terms for ease of consumption.
He also explains his inspiration for writing Mr Robot which came from the frustration caused by the 2008 Global Financial Crisis and by the Arab Spring which was propelled by the use of Twitter and Facebook.
Season one of Mr Robot is available on DVD and Blu-Ray. Season two commences on the USA Network in July this year. I really hope you watch it, friend. We can all learn something from it.

Brilliant.
Ten out of ten.


Friday, April 22, 2016

Apollo 18 (2011)


On December 7 1972, Apollo 17 landed back on Earth after a twelve day mission on the Moon. NASA had three more missions planned but were soon scrapped due to budget cuts... at least that's what we've been told.

Apollo 18 was directed by Gonzalo López-Gallego (Open Grave) and written by Brian Miller. This is Miller's only feature film credit. Apollo 18 is a found footage film so everything we see is recorded from cameras set up in the modules, just outside the module, or on cameras attached to spacesuits.

The three astronauts on this Apollo 18 mission are Ben Anderson (Warren Christie - Motive), Nate Walker (Lloyd Owen - You, Me, and the Apocalypse), and John Grey (Ryan Robbins - Arrow). The film begins with footage of their pre-mission interviews and family home videos. Everything is peachy keen and because this is a horror film, we know that isn't going to last for very long.

 Those smiles ain't gonna last!

The launch on December 25 1974 is a success and soon they're approaching the moon. Grey stays aboard the Freedom Command Module while Anderson and Walker have all the fun on the moon's surface in the Liberty Lunar Module (LAM).

Their mission is to deliver a mysterious payload on behalf of the Department of Defense. Walker thinks it's part of an early warning anti-missile defense system. It's not. Anderson and Walker set up the 'PSD5' near the southern pole of the moon then collect rock samples to take back to NASA for study. So far so good. But then...

 Ground Control to Major Skin Problem.

The next day they set out to explore their surroundings. One of them finds a Russian flag on the moon's surface and a lunar module. Inside the module is a murdered cosmonaut. The Russians never set foot on the moon so how did this module get here?

The events in the film take place shortly after the Watergate scandal which is still fresh in Walker's mind. No one trusts the government anymore; maybe the Russians did make it to the moon? Only one body was found so how was be killed? Paranoia sets in. During a walk outside the LAM, Walker screams and yells something is in his suit. He comes back inside and finds a large gash in his stomach. Walker has been infected.

Apollo 18 is a pretty slick sci-fi horror film. Miller's script taps into some of our greatest fears: What if we're not alone? What if you are in a strange place with no way home? At 88 minutes it's the perfect length for this type of film that has only a few sets. Added to this, the number of cameras set up in and outside the LAM means that we're not stuck with the same view for extended periods of time. For a 'found footage film' this sure is well edited. Aren't they all?!

 Do not adjust your TV set.

The absence of a score is most welcomed here; the only noises here are the ticker ticker of the video recorder and what ever else is making sound in the diegesis. Feelings of tension and dread are palpable as we hear claustrophobic breathing muffled by the astronauts' helmets.

A thick dark collar around the frame lends a level of authenticity to the film's claim. Parts of it look like it was filmed on 8mm, other portions have the same grainy, scratchy look as footage from the real Apollo missions.

I'm pleased to say that this is one of the better found footage films that I've seen lately and gosh darn, there's a whole lot of them these days.

Things I learnt: pre-packaged scrambled eggs do not sound tasty; don't go to space with someone who snores.

Nicely done.
Seven out of ten.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Apartment 143 (2011)


 Apartment 143 (aka Emergo) was directed by Carles Torrens (Pet), and written by Rodrigo Cortés (Red Lights).

Paul (Rick Gonzalez - Rush), camera dude/director, and Ellen (Fiona Glascott - Episodes), secretary/phone-girl/gate keeper, install cameras in an apartment to record everything that goes on within it. Yes, this is a found footage film.

This ain't gonna end well.

Alan (Kai Lennox - Legit) thinks his family is being haunted after the death of his wife. Things rattle and go bump. Playing the part of the Creepy Kid, his young son Benny (Damian Roman) says he talks to his mother even though she is dead. Angsty teen Caitlin (Gia Mantegna - The Middle) is angsty.

Even walls are art critics these days.

Paul and Ellen take readings and photos of the apartment as all good paranormal researchers do. Their boss, Dr Helzer (Michael O'Keefe - Homeland), asks the family a bunch of questions. All kinds of things happen: the phone rings but no one is on the other end. We hear knocks on the door but no one is there. We hear crashing sounds from the kitchen but nothing has been moved. They use strobe lights, Electronic Voice Phenomenon recorder, even a Faraday cage to try to get to the bottom of it all. In one recording, a creepy woman dressed in white appears...

Creepy woman dressed in white

They call in Heseltine (Francesc Garrido - Isabel) to conduct a seance. He gets results. Things get worse.

I kinda liked this film. The found footage sub-genre is getting really tired but there are a few good ones around. This script is solid and the story is interesting. It doesn't necessarily do anything new genre-wise but I just like its simplicity. I don't know what the budget was but I'm assuming it was low. In saying that, it doesn't look like a low budget film, it looks rather sophisticated.

The bulk of Apartment 143 takes place in a single apartment yet the whole space is utilised and the cameras are set up in enough locations around the rooms so it doesn't feel like we're trapped in the one boring place.

With a running time of about eighty minutes, this film is in that sweet spot of not too long, not too short. Although, one thing that really bugged me was in the final seconds of the film. One last 'BOO' if you will. The gimmick of the final scare just before the film cuts to black has been used quite a few times before and it's getting old. Perhaps it's there to herald a sequel? I don't know.

Not bad.
Five out of ten.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice


 Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice was directed by Zack Snyder who has become DC's darling. Not only did he direct Man of Steel, but he's also directing the two up and coming Justice League films. The script was written by Chris Terrio (Argo) who is also writing the two JL films. Co-writer is another DC alum, David S. Goyer who wrote The Dark Knight, Batman Begins and the televisions series Constantine. Writing credits also go to Batman and Superman creators Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Jerry Siegel, and Joe Shuster.  The DC posse is well and truly in da hizzle.

There may be a few mild spoilers in this but only the mild salsa kind, nowhere near the 'why did I eat this' kind of salsa.

We all know who Batman (Ben Affleck - Batfleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill - My Dreams) are by now so let's move on.

In one of his dastardly plans, Lex Luthor (Jessie Eisenberg - The Social Network), who is like an evil version of Mark Zuckerberg, frames Superman for the death of some people in the somewhere (can't remember) in the deserts of Africa.

Some alien bad guys went looking for Superman and went all Michael Bay on Gotham's ass destroying a lot of buildings and killing a lot pf people.

You up?

Batman is pissed, probably just because Superman has his own giant statue in Hero's Park and Batman doesn't.

The US gets on board with the whole Anti-Superman thing because he's an alien and American's don't like aliens. Not even building a ten foot wall paid for by Mexico can keep Superman out of the US.

Some time later, Bruce is still pissed and people still hate Superman even though he saved some cosmonauts from an exploding rocket, he saved a woman from a burning building in Mexico, blah, blah, blah. Meanwhile Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot - some of the Fast and Furious flicks), wears sexy dresses and does some googling.

 She doesn't do the spinny thing. Not once.
 More plot things happen.

The big set piece near the end is a big fight. Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman all join forces to defeat a Big Monster Dude because it's a comic book movie and saving cats is not enough to satisfy the cinema-going public these days.

#WokeUpLikeThis

The thing that got me the most, and this is the mild spoiler, is during this mammoth fight scene, Batman hardly does anything. Sweet Fuck All. He uses his grappling hooks to get away from Bad Monster Dude, he shoots it with something. That's pretty much it. There's even a shot where you can see this massive fight going on with Wonder Woman and Superman doing their thing and Batman is standing there doing nothing. Why? Because he can't do anything to take down Bad Monster Dude. Batfleck has limits.

Apart from that, the flick looks great, there are many desktop-wallpaper moments. There's even graffiti written on walls with Joe + Siegel which is a nice touch. Performances all round are pretty good. But is it a good film? You'd probably have to decide that for yourself. I did feel that Batman's motive for this 'let's troll Superman' crusade was a bit weak. After all the good things we've seen Superman do, surely Batters should have seen he was being played? I don't know.

I do have a couple of observations. There's a Big Monster Dude attacking the city and he's drawing energy from the power grid. Why, then, would you aim a nuclear weapon at it? Last time I checked there was a funk load of energy in a nuclear weapon.

Why does Batman have very elaborate dreams that don't result to anything and feature some dude who keeps repeating himself who we never see again? I haven't read the comics (gasp!) so I'm sure he means something to someone.

 I don't understand.

Batman goes out at night and doesn't need the flash light eyes so why does he need them when he fights Superman? They don't do anything and surely having such bright lights in front of your eyes would only impede your sight. Or did I miss something there as well?

One thing is for sure, I can't effing wait to see the Wonder Woman film. It's about frikken time we got a female super hero film!

Things I learnt: Bruce Wayne needs to some yoga and chill the frak out; Martha, Martha, Martha; MOAR WONDER WOMAN PLEASE!

It's hard not to compare this with Nolan's Batman trilogy, or the recent spate of Marvel films, so I'm going to anyway, this one just doesn't quite hit the mark.

Edit: Just been told by a friend that dreamy guy is this guy. 

Seven out of ten.

Do you really need to see the trailer again? I think not.