June 21, 2016

Do Not Disturb! - A Disturbing Horror Tale

Imagine waking up, tight to a bed, with a complete stranger in the same situation, knowing there's someone, something, preying on you somewhere in the darkness. That's the starting point of Do Not Disturb!, an original short horror movie directed by P. Tavares, a Brazilian director who's been in love with the genre for a long time.

The movie has all the qualities we expect from a thriller: Good plot, actors prepared to deliver a believable performance and a gloomy atmosphere that will make you think about it for days to come. Especially after the disturbing ending.

Can I give you a tip? Turn off the lights, get cozy, enjoy your trip and, if you notice something watching you from behind, bear in mind your imagination sometimes can be tricky. Or maybe not... Dare to look!

Do Not Disturb! has already won a few awards and the producers are planning on turning it into a feature film, with a brand new screenplay written by Tavares.

So, hit play and enjoy! If you want to have more information about the movie, check HERE.

June 17, 2016

Finding Dory

  • Country: United States
  • Original release: June 17, 2016
  • Running time: 103 minutes
  • Director (s): Andrew Stanton
  • Written (s): Andrew Stanton
  • Cast: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O'Neill, Ty Burrel, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levi, Idris Elba, Dominic West, others.

In 2003 Pixar Animation Studios presented us with some of the best under the sea animated images in an unforgettable movie: Finding Nemo. As usual, the studio taught a lesson on how to create an incredible original screenplay (nominated for an Academy Award in this category), that paid special attention to character development. One of these characters was the sweet, yet clumsy and forgetful, Dory. The Pacific regal blue tang stole the spotlight and it came to no surprise when she was announced as the protagonist of the sequel.

It took 13 years for this movie to come to life, but, I must say, it was worth the wait. Under the sea, however, only one year has gone by since Dory helped Marlin rescue Nemo. Life is the same for everyone, except for one single detail: Dory starts to have glimpses of memories about her life as a young fish, having her parents around her. That's when two important things happen: the adventure begins and it is nothing like the original.

Finding Dory doesn't recycle the plot or characters. Don't expect, for example, to see Darla or the trio of Sharks. This movie brings its own assemble of new characters and they are special on their own. The original trio, Dory, Marlin and Nemo, are still true to their characteristics with Ellen DeGeneres doing another exceptional job voicing the blue fish with the perfect tone between naivety, youth and comedy timing. This time she has new friends: Hank, the cranky octopus (played by Modern Family's Ed O'Neill); Destiny, a short-sighed whale shark; and Bailey, a beluga whale. Also, Eugene Levi and Diane Keaton provide the voices for Dory's parents, Charlie and Jenny. All of the characters have their moments to shine in a screenplay that navigates well between comedy and drama, without being pushy or underestimating children's understanding. 

The animation is a piece of art. Every frame, every fish, every seaweed... Everything has a special appeal. Sometimes it's like seeing the real thing, like going under the sea. This experience is enhanced by the real 3D, something that wasn't used with its predecessor. Back then 3D was not a well developed technology as it is now.

Coming from successes in the animation field (A Bug's Life and Wall-E) and a huge flop in his live-action attempt (John Carter), the director Andrew Stanton, who also wrote the movie and provided the voice for the sea turtle Crush, outsmart himself with this sequel. Can we say it's better than the original? No, we can't. However, we can say for sure it is as good as Finding Nemo.

Tip 1 - Don't come to the movie late or you'll miss the incredible Pipper, the best piece among all Pixar's works in short length features.

Tip 2 - The Aquarium crew is not part of the movie this time, but if you want to know what happened to them after Finding Nemo I advise you to stay for the after credits scene.

Find tickets for Finding Dory HERE.

June 16, 2016

Superman #1 - Review and Preview

Superman is back, we all know that at this point. If you don't, check HERE and HERE first. We know who this old new guy is and we glad to see him in the official Timeline. This Superman #1 came with a mission: making the generation that started reading the series during the New 52 relaunch fall in love with this Clark Kent. That's why the story, written by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason, happens through Jon's point of view.

Jon, who was born during the Convergence event, is Lois and Clark's young son, who just recently found out who his father was. Besides, his powers are starting to show up, what makes the family come together in a attempt to protect and prepare the kid for what's coming his way.

The whole issue deals with Jon trying to understand what's happening to him and what's the weight of being Superman's son. His powers brings him a loss right in the beginning and a gain in the Kathy Branden character, who, for what is seems, is going to be the "Lana Lang" for this "Superboy".

Through Jon's eyes, we see his admiration for his father, his love for his family and Superman being recruited by the Justice League in one of the coolest moments of the issue. Also, a cliffhanger leads us to believe the boy is closer to become a younger version of his father.

The panels developed by Mick Gray, with colors by John Kalisz, are really good, but not as good as the work presented in Action Comics #1. There's room to improvement there. In general, a good issue.


Batman #1 - Review and Preview

Tom King has proven himself a good asset to write about the Batman world. However, after BATMAN REBIRTH #1, this is the first the writer will be fully responsible for the Dark Knight title. I'm not sure if this Batman #1 was a good starting point, though.

We have two new heroes in the city: Gotham and Gotham Girl. DC's been teasing these two new insertions to the Batman mythos for weeks and now we finally got to meet them. Sort of. They are just presented to the readers as a cliffhanger to the next issue. I loved the art by David Finch, Matt Banning and Jordie Bellaire. It bring us close to the Gotham City as never before, finally presenting it as more than the place the action takes place. It actually seems like a real city, with a bunch of vigilantes doing their most to protect it.

However, while the city comes as real as ever, Batman comes as unreal as ever.

I know we're dealing with comic books, but Batman was always the closest we would get to "real people", taking into consideration he has no super powers. This issue, on the other hand, shows Batman trying to prevent an airplane from crashing after it was hit by a missile. Although the writing is really good, bringing fast pace and adrenaline to every panel, with the hero dealing with his upcoming death (Come on, we know it's not happening!), it was kind of underwhelming seeing him ejecting himself from the Batmobile, landing into the plane (Just to remember: it was hit by a missile and is falling at high speed) and manage to use gadgets from his utility belt to try to save it. Too much. Just too much. I mean, he's just a man... How hard will King push us?

Batman #1 was kind of a disappointment in this aspect, let's se what the future holds.

June 10, 2016

Detective Comics #934 - Review

James Tynion IV is a name that became known in the last few years among Batman fans. The writer created some great stories and brought back to Gotham City characters we all love and were ignored by DC Comics. Spoiler, Cassandra Cain and Azrael are a few examples. Also, Tynion IV know how to write for the younger crowds in a entertaining way and understands every character should have its spotlight moment. Batman & Robin Eternal is proof of what I say, but if you need anything else to confirm it just read The Woods. What I mean is that there's no more qualified writer for this new phase Detective Comics is going through. 

There's a villain in Gotham observing and analyzing the vigilantes. His identity is still a mystery, but Batman feels the growing need to prepare the new generation for what's coming next. However, Batman understands he has a lot of work on his shoulder and he needs a partner. Not a sidekick, a partner. And that's when he decides to look for the help of his cousin Kate Kane, the Batwoman.

New 52 failed at presenting Batman and Batwoman as a team, showing they could work together. Bruce, for example, never even came out as Batman to her. That was maybe one of the reason the Batwoman title was cancelled, but I can say that it takes only one page for Tynion IV to correct all these mistakes and have the Dark Knight apologizing.

The whole issue is not focused in who the villain is, this is for the future. This issue deals with the new Bat-team. And, boy, was I happy about it! Batman and Batwoman will be responsible for training a group consisting of Red Robin (Tim Drake), Spoiler (Stephanie Brown), Orphan (Cassandra Cain) and Clayface (Basil Karlo).


Tim is back to his red and green suit, reminiscing of his 90's famous uniform. He's not going to be a part of the Teen Titans for now and will have some good interaction with Spoiler, as he used to do in the good and old Chuck Dixon's years. Cassandra Cain is also a character who deserved a chance in this rebirth, but the most interesting addition to the team is Clayface. That was a villain I would never imagined as turning into a good guy, but I see lots of possibilities for this reluctant hero.

Spoiler is back to stay :-)
Now, the best part of this issue: the jaw-dropping art. Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira and Adriano Lucas are fu****g talented dudes; there's just no better word to define it than a big fat cursing one. They delivered some of the best panels I've seen in recent comic books. And is this promise of an exciting adventure with this phenomenal art that will keep me coming back twice a month for the new/old Detective Comics series!